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‘Brain fingerprinting’ has crime-solving potential for NZ

Thursday, 20 April 2017, 11:22 am | University of Canterbury

Forensic brainwave analysis – or ‘brain fingerprinting’ – could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project led by the University of Canterbury has found. More >>

Extraordinary footage of blue whales in South Taranaki Bight

Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 11:01 am | Kiwis Against Seabed Mining

NEWPORT, Ore. – Blue whales didn’t become the largest animals ever to live on Earth by being dainty eaters and new video captured by scientists at Oregon State University shows just how they pick and choose their meals. More >>

MindLabKids.com beaming into a home near you

Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 9:09 am | The Mind Lab

Auckland, 18 April 2016 – A new, free video-based learning website where kids can discover science and technology is now beaming into the homes of kids all around New Zealand. More >>

NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Due to Winds

Monday, 17 April 2017, 8:27 am | NASA

NASA postponed the fifth launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 7:50 a.m. Monday, April 17 (New Zealand time) due to winds blowing in a direction not conducive for launch. More >>

Launch Attempt Scheduled for NASA Super Pressure Balloon

Sunday, 16 April 2017, 2:18 pm | NASA

Launch Attempt Scheduled for NASA Super Pressure Balloon NASA is targeting Monday, April 17 (Sunday, April 16 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential ... More >>

Round up of this week’s weather

Friday, 14 April 2017, 7:41 pm | MetService

This week we were visited by a low from the Tasman Sea closely followed by Cyclone Cook from the Tropics, bring rain and wind to already saturated regions of New Zealand. More >>

Science Deadline: Another cyclone, freshwater...

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 5:34 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: Another cyclone heads to NZ, chief scientist looks at freshwater, and media training for Māori researchers. More >>

UC Pro-Vice-Chancellor wins international geospatial award

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:41 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s College of Science Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Lawson has won the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) Professional of the Year 2016 award. More >>

Study shows childhood ‘self control’ key to positive futures

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 4:24 pm | PORSE

Self-control in early childhood is key to predicting positive outcomes later in life, according to a leading academic. Professor Richie Poulton, Director of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, said self-control was fundamental ... More >>

Cyclone Cook and flood risk - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:34 pm | Science Media Centre

A mere week after the tail end of Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the North Island, another cyclone is on its way. More >>

Following the movemet of Cyclone Cook

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 2:05 pm | MetService

Cyclone Cook has arrived in New Zealand coastal waters this morning and MetService is following its movement very closely. Widespread rain continues over large parts of the country, although the heaviest and most significant falls remain closely wrapped ... More >>

Techweek: New Zealand takes on the world

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 11:56 am | Techweek

Science fiction writer Neal Stephenson joins the line-up of more than 100 speakers at Techweek’17 More >>

Rare native buttercup found on Stewart Island

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 3:59 pm | Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation botanists have found a rare native buttercup on a remote mountain range on Stewart Island/Rakiura. More >>

Batten Down the Hatches for Cyclone Cook

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 11:11 am | MetService

MetService is advising New Zealanders to prepare for Cyclone Cook which is expected to make landfall in an area from Coromandel Peninsula to Western Bay of Plenty around 6pm Thursday, travelling south through the North Island and is expected to track ... More >>

Electric Vehicle Batteries research released

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 10:19 am | Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

New research released today shows electric vehicle (EV) batteries are reliable and long-lived. More >>

The science of New Zealand’s freshwater estate

Wednesday, 12 April 2017, 9:46 am | Sir Peter Gluckman Chief Science Advisor

Sir Peter Gluckman, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, has released a report designed to assist in understanding the complexity of issues surrounding the condition and stewardship of our freshwater. More >>

NZ gets a 'CERT' - What are the big cybersecurity threats?

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 5:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government today launched CERT NZ , a cyber security unit that will track cyber attacks and offer information for internet users and businesses about online threats. CERT NZ, which has been funded to the tune of $22.2 million over four years, will ... More >>

Celebrating a boost to New Zealand cybersecurity

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 3:51 pm | InternetNZ

New Zealand's new Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) opens its doors today, and InternetNZ is welcoming the day with open arms. More >>

Low Pressure System Thwarts Super Pressure Launch Efforts

Tuesday, 11 April 2017, 2:00 pm | NASA

Multiple areas of low pressure with associated precipitation and unfavorable winds have settled in over New Zealand preventing NASA from attempting a super pressure balloon launch from Wanaka over the next several days. More >>

Nyriad Creates Groundbreaking Technology for SKA

Monday, 10 April 2017, 7:30 pm | Nyriad

Cambridge, New Zealand, April 10, 2017 — The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s biggest data problem. Nyriad (a New Zealand startup) has developed a breakthrough technology that promises to be the solution. ICRAR, the International Centre of Radio ... More >>

New paper proposes medical approach to river health

Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:34 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Leader Dr Roger Young has published a paper advising there is much to be learned from the medical practice when considering ecosystem management. More >>

200 years closer to a cure for Parkinson’s

Monday, 10 April 2017, 4:28 pm | Parkinsons New Zealand

It’s been 200 years since English physician James Parkinson first described the condition named after him in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. Since 1817, major advances have been made in Parkinson’s research, including the development of various medications ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone Cook churning across Pacific

Monday, 10 April 2017, 3:10 pm | NIWA

NIWA meteorologist Seth Carrier outlines the likely path of Cyclone Cook, which is gaining strength in the Pacific. More >>

Kaikoura quake produced record ground shaking measurement

Monday, 10 April 2017, 12:08 pm | GNS Science

Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake produced the strongest ground shaking ever recorded for an earthquake in New Zealand, according to new research out this week. More >>

New Zealand penguins in crisis

Monday, 10 April 2017, 9:42 am | Forest and Bird

Half the world’s threatened penguin species live in New Zealand and yet there is no coordinated government plan to protect them. Forest & Bird is joining a global campaign to help save penguins and is calling for a national recovery plan to protect ... More >>

Study to develop faster detection of antibiotic resistance

Monday, 10 April 2017, 9:07 am | Health Research Council

New Zealand researchers are about to develop a radical new way of helping doctors detect antibiotic resistance faster that could save patients’ lives and change the way antibiotics are used around the world. More >>

NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Due to Weather

Monday, 10 April 2017, 8:43 am | NASA

April 10 NASA Balloon Launch Attempt Postponed Due to Weather NASA postponed the third launch attempt of its super pressure balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand, at 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 10 (New Zealand time) due to poor weather at ground and ... More >>

Launch Attempt Scheduled for Super Pressure Balloon

Sunday, 9 April 2017, 2:46 pm | NASA

Launch Attempt Scheduled for Super Pressure Balloon NASA is targeting Monday, April 10 (Sunday, April 9 in U.S. Eastern Time (EDT)), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential 100-day ... More >>

Wild weather lashes NZ

Friday, 7 April 2017, 4:30 pm | Science Media Centre

After Tropical Cyclone Debbie thrashed Queensland last week, the storm's remnants hit New Zealand this week causing flooding and widespread disruption. More >>

New research examines little known Hauraki seismic zone

Friday, 7 April 2017, 3:08 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission is funding research to improve the understanding of known and potential faults in the Hauraki Rift; a geological area running through the Auckland and Waikato regions including the Hauraki Gulf, Firth of Thames and Hauraki Plains. ... More >>

Tropical Torrent by the numbers

Friday, 7 April 2017, 12:53 pm | NIWA

The Tropical Torrent that spread over New Zealand this week, produced up to three times the normal April rainfall for some locations in three days, NIWA forecaster Ben Noll says. More >>

First Launch Attempt for 2017 NASA Super Pressure Balloon

Friday, 7 April 2017, 12:41 pm | NASA

NASA is targeting Saturday, April 8 (Friday, April 7 in U.S. Eastern Time), to conduct a super pressure balloon (SPB) test flight launching from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, on a potential 100-day journey. More >>

Celebrating women in science

Friday, 7 April 2017, 11:16 am | Association for Women in the Sciences

This July, New Zealand’s female scientists from the past, present and future will be celebrated as Auckland hosts the ninth triennial Association for Women in the Sciences conference. More >>

Proving the benefits of music therapy

Friday, 7 April 2017, 10:14 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington academic has been awarded nearly $100,000 in funding to research the effectiveness of music therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The New Zealand IHC Foundation funded-project, led by Dr Daphne Rickson ... More >>

The end of the rain is in sight

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 2:38 pm | MetService

Since the beginning of the week, historic amounts of rain have fallen across much of the country. Whakatane recorded more than two months' worth of rain over a two day period, the third-highest 2-day total since records began in 1974, and major ... More >>

Digital service collaboration brilliant for rural NZ

Thursday, 6 April 2017, 10:25 am | Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand

A rural health leader says she’s absolutely thrilled digital service providers and rivals Vodafone, Spark and 2degrees are joining forces to help with rural broadband. More >>

P10 Series: First smartphone with Te Reo Operating System

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 5:29 pm | Huawei

HUAWEI debuts the HUAWEI P10 Series: World’s first smartphone with Te Reo Māori language Operating System More >>

$6000 Prize for Paper Proving CO2 Causes Warming

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

4 April 2017 $6000 Prize for Paper Proving Carbon Dioxide Causes Dangerous Warming A prize of $6000 has been offered to the first person – or group – who can produce a peer-reviewed paper based on real world evidence that satisfies an independent ... More >>

Bioengineering aids recovery for swallowing disorders

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 1:44 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers at the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research have revealed an innovative new treatment for people with swallowing impairments. More >>

New Hope in the Fight Against Generational Diabetes

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 12:33 pm | Fonterra

A new University of Otago study has found a Fonterra probiotic could reduce cases of gestational diabetes in pregnant women by 68 per cent. Fonterra Programme Manager Nutrition and Health, Dr James Dekker said instances of gestational diabetes are ... More >>

Regions Win Battle to Protect Their GM Free Status

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 11:42 am | ATTN

Hawke’s Bay exporters, growers and farmers who have worked hard to protect the region’s GM free status are happy the environment minister has backed down from controversial amendments to the RMA that would take away the regions’ right to ... More >>

Native forests threatened by myrtle rust

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:39 am | Forest And Bird

The arrival of myrtle rust, threatening some of New Zealand’s most precious native trees, shows the kind of impact climate change could have on the country, says Forest and Bird. Myrtle rust, or Puccinia psidii , is a fungus with spores that are spread ... More >>

Antibiotic Resistance: The End of Modern Medicine?

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:36 am | Bridget Williams Books

The prediction is that, without urgent action, by 2025 we could see a return to the pre-antibiotic era when a simple stubbed toe could mean amputation or death. – Siouxsie Wiles More >>

March climate summary

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:22 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

March 2017 was characterised by higher than normal atmospheric pressure over and to the south and west of the South Island combined with lower than normal pressure to the northwest of New Zealand. This pressure pattern resulted in a predominant ... More >>

Pioneers in e-health for children, up for two awards

Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 10:15 am | Make Lemonade

It’s hardly big news that a ground-breaking, game-changing virtual digital health business, Navilluso, has reached the finals in two innovative categories of the New Zealand Hi-Tech awards. More >>

Myrtle Rust on Raoul Island - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 3:50 pm | Science Media Centre

DOC staff on the Kermadecs' Raoul Island have confirmed the discovery of the fungal plant disease myrtle rust on pōhutukawa trees. More >>

Māori scientists lead effort to combat plant pathogen

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 3:15 pm | Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

The recent finding of myrtle rust on Raoul Island pōhutukawa trees marks a significant and very sad milestone in a long history of impacts of invasive pathogens, pests and weeds on New Zealand's unique flora and fauna, says Dr Andrea Byrom, Director ... More >>

Triton Hearing delivers teleaudiology world first

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 3:08 pm | Triton Hearing

Nationwide audiology chain Triton Hearing is introducing a world first with teleaudiology that will provide more New Zealanders with easy and affordable access to professional advice about their hearing. More >>

Students go against the grain

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 2:17 pm | Otago Polytech

How many ways can a waste product become a highly desirable consumable? Well, at least six at this year’s Product Pitch for the Bachelor of Culinary Arts from the Food Design Institute students at Otago Polytechnic. The students have been given ... More >>

C-Prize champions wearable technology

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 11:22 am | Callaghan Innovation

The next big thing in wearable technology could come from New Zealand’s premier challenge prize, launched by Callaghan Innovation in Auckland this evening. More >>

Probiotics may reduce risk of gestational diabetes

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 9:50 am | University of Otago

Research led by the University of Otago, Wellington has found that a ‘home-grown’ naturally occurring probiotic reduces the risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) and lowers fasting blood sugar. More >>

Warnings and Watches Galore - Monday 3 April 2017

Tuesday, 4 April 2017, 9:13 am | MetService

A big weather week is just getting started as a deepening low moves out of the northern Tasman Sea and muscles its way across the country. Severe Weather Warnings and Watches have been issued, and there will be many more updates to follow. More >>

Free Nintendo Switch Emulators Are Fake

Monday, 3 April 2017, 2:07 pm | Symantec Security Response

Scammers are trying to dupe users into believing that a software emulator exists for the Nintendo Switch, the company’s newest console released on 3 March 2017. More >>

Ground-breaking project to boost Christchurch whitebait

Monday, 3 April 2017, 2:03 pm | University of Canterbury

A large-scale initiative to help identify and improve īnaka (whitebait) spawning areas on Ōtautahi Christchurch waterways in the post-earthquake environment has attracted considerable community support. More >>

Conservation experts take over Wellington Zoo for a day

Monday, 3 April 2017, 11:58 am | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo's global and local conservation partners are taking over Wellington Zoo for a very extraordinary day. More >>

St John ‘Heart of Gold’ Annual Appeal

Monday, 3 April 2017, 11:00 am | St John

St John will be shaking buckets during the this week, raising money for command units and specialist equipment to be used when responding to major emergencies. More >>

International fisheries scientists meet in Nelson

Monday, 3 April 2017, 10:16 am | Deepwater Group

Scientists from more than 20 countries are meeting in Nelson this week for an international conference to discuss the latest advances in fisheries technology. More >>

Tropical Torrent takes aim at New Zealand

Friday, 31 March 2017, 2:51 pm | NIWA

After thrashing Australia, what’s left of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie is forecast to slowly move across the Tasman Sea over the weekend and soak New Zealand next week. More >>

NZDF Delivery a Boost for Scientific Work in the Kermadecs

Friday, 31 March 2017, 1:03 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Scientific work in the Kermadec Islands by three government agencies has received a boost following the delivery this week of about 50 tonnes of supplies by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). More >>

Seafood industry funds conservation expedition

Friday, 31 March 2017, 12:43 pm | Deepwater Group

A science expedition led by scientist Paul Sagar is setting off to the Snares Islands for an annual survey of Southern Buller’s albatross, and while there also collecting faeces from the skua seabird for the Department of Conservation (DOC). More >>