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Velocity challenge finalists announced

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 10:34 am | University of Auckland

An alternative power generation mechanism for satellites, a low-cost, portable diagnostic tool that detects Glaucoma, and software to make the car wrecking industry more efficient, are some of the finalists’ projects among this year’s Velocity $100k Challenge. More >>

History Made by Waikato’s EquiBreed

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 10:23 am | EquiBreed

Waikato company EquiBreed NZ have made history with the birth of New Zealand’s first foal produced by an in vitro fertility treatment using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). More >>

LeoLabs Unveils Kiwi Space Radar

Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 8:26 am | LeoLabs

Menlo Park, CA, October 14, 2019— LeoLabs, Inc., the leading commercial provider of low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and space situational awareness (SSA) services, introduced a new era of transparency in LEO today with the launch of its Kiwi Space ... More >>

Researchers seek help on lobster catches

Monday, 14 October 2019, 3:23 pm | NIWA

NIWA researchers are seeking the help of recreational divers, snorkellers and lobster potters in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty to learn more about how rock lobster are faring. More >>

Agricultural nanotechnology project wins research grant

Monday, 14 October 2019, 2:22 pm | Lincoln University

Applying nanotechnology to agriculture to increase productivity and reduce environmental impacts has secured a Lincoln University team a million dollar grant from MBIE’s Endeavour Fund. More >>

Two lows to affect New Zealand this week

Monday, 14 October 2019, 12:11 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting two separate low-pressure systems to affect different parts of New Zealand this week. The first low is moving over the North Island in the first half of this week, while the second low will move over the South Island ... More >>

Wellington children part of global vaccine research

Monday, 14 October 2019, 9:24 am | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

Mothers and infants in the Wellington region are set to play an important role in global research to develop a universal flu vaccine. More >>

A tale of two lows

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 12:01 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting the heavy rain to ease and weather to become mainly fine for the North Island this weekend, while the South Island remains cloudy and wet thanks to a low-pressure lingering just west of the South Island. Another low-pressure ... More >>

Tonga receives high-tech data from NZ underwater survey

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:36 am | Land Information NZ

The New Zealand High Commissioner in Tonga HE Ms Tiffany Babington has today delivered a massive thirty thousand gigabytes of data featuring never-before-seen images of the undersea world around Tonga to the Tongan Government. More >>

2019 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships to accelerate careers

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 11:26 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Eleven early¬ to mid-career researchers have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships that will support them to accelerate their research careers in Aotearoa. More >>

Marine scientist honoured for her contribution to diversity

Thursday, 10 October 2019, 10:45 am | AWIS

Professor Abigail Smith has been named this year’s recipient of the Miriam Dell Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring by the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS). More >>

Response to AgCarm: Yes, the IARC is an ‘outlier’

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 7:19 pm | Soil and Health Association

The Soil & Health Association of New Zealand Response to AgCarm Yes, the IARC is an ‘outlier’ and we are the safer for it An October 1 media release by Agcarm draws attention to the fact that the chemical industry affirms the safety of glyphosate. ... More >>

Skills Bright Sparks Finalists

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 5:33 pm | Skills Bright Sparks

The finalists for the Skills Bright Sparks Competition have been announced, with a number of entries addressing environmental issues – indicating that the health of our planet is a major concern for Kiwi youth. Skills Bright Sparks is New Zealand’s ... More >>

New Zealand volcanologist joins international team

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 10:31 am | Earthquake Commission

Drone technology developed at the Victoria University of Wellington has helped improve our understanding of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. More >>

NZ volcanologist joins international team testing drone tech

Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 9:45 am | Earthquake Commission

Drone technology developed at the Victoria University of Wellington has helped improve our understanding of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Volcanologist Dr Ian Schipper has just returned from an expedition with a group of international ... More >>

Announcing the finalists of the NZ Aerospace Challenge 2019

Monday, 7 October 2019, 3:01 pm | Christchurch NZ

Robotics, satellite data, remote sensing and solar power are just some of the technology featuring in the top eight solutions for the New Zealand Aerospace Challenge 2019. More >>

Significant wet weather for the west of the South Island

Monday, 7 October 2019, 2:01 pm | MetService

“Conditions for the West Coast of the South Island are looking particularly wet in the coming days,” comments MetService Meteorologist Andy Best, “as a slow-moving front and deepening Low over the Tasman Sea affect the South Island this week.” More >>

Groundwater Pesticide Survey finds organic contaminants

Monday, 7 October 2019, 8:41 am | ESR

A four yearly nationwide assessment of New Zealand’s groundwater resources has found very low concentrations of organic contaminants in close to two thirds of the wells tested. More >>

Cold front forecast for the weekend

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 1:23 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting that a cold front will move up the country over the weekend, with more changeable Spring weather expected for the second week of the school holidays. More >>

Seasonal Outlook: October – December 2019

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 11:10 am | NIWA

ENSO neutral conditions continued during September 2019, with sea surface temperatures (SSTs) near average for the time of year in the central equatorial Pacific. More >>

Tracking beach litter thanks to citizen scientists

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 11:02 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealanders will soon be able to tell how much litter there is on our beaches, thanks to a citizen science project, Stats NZ said today. More >>

Planning an ocean observation network

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 10:45 am | NIWA

New Zealand’s changing ocean environment has prompted the call to develop a system that will keep closer tabs on information from scientific monitoring buoys so the data they produce can be shared as widely as possible. More >>

Should we be worried about vaping? - Expert Q&A

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 9:46 am | Science Media Centre

Over a dozen people have died in the United States and another 800 have become seriously ill in an outbreak of lung injury that appears to be associated with vaping. More >>

Glyphosate Discussion Must Be Based on Facts And Science

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 3:15 pm | Agcarm

Agricultural chemicals, including glyphosate, are some of the most regulated products in the world. More >>

Research to uncover crucial knowledge on braided rivers

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 1:50 pm | Lincoln Agritech

A new five-year research programme is aiming to help regional councils manage their water resources and meet the Government’s freshwater quality standards by 2025. More >>

Rotorua ‘kiwi hospital’ officially launched

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 1:46 pm | Ngai Tahu Tourism

A new ‘kiwi hospital’ at the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa has been officially launched at the start of Save Kiwi Month. More >>

Red meat no worse, no better than soy protein for heart risk

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 1:28 pm | University of Auckland

Three weekly servings of fresh, unprocessed red meat over eight weeks neither lowers nor raises heart disease risk in already at-risk men, findings from a novel New Zealand study suggest. More >>

Red meat no worse, no better than soy protein

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:54 pm | University of Auckland

Three weekly servings of fresh, unprocessed red meat over eight weeks neither lowers nor raises heart disease risk in already at-risk men, findings from a novel New Zealand study suggest. More >>

Activists and academics intersect at Sustainability Awards

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:48 pm | University of Canterbury

Globally, locally, through their research and via community platforms, academics are leading climate change action, and none more so than University of Canterbury (UC)’s Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward . More >>

Artemis: The Future of Deep Space Exploration

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 12:24 pm | University of Canterbury

Artemis was the mythical twin sister of Apollo, and goddess of the Moon. Now she personifies our path to the Moon as the name of NASA’s Program to return astronauts to the lunar surface – including the first woman. When they land, they will be ... More >>

UC doctoral student takes three minute thesis to Brisbane

Wednesday, 2 October 2019, 9:10 am | University of Canterbury

Quick, clear and succinct – just a few things that University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral student Eloise Smith needs to keep in mind as she prepares for this week’s 2019 Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition in Brisbane. More >>

14248 kererū counted in nationwide citizen science survey

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 12:55 pm | Urban Wildlife Trust

This week New Zealand citizen scientists made over 6,700 observations of kererū. This year’s Count had broader reach than last year, with observations from Kaitaia to Rakiura/Stewart Island and everywhere in between, and a total of 14,248 kererū ... More >>

Science Journalism Fund – new 2019 round now open

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 9:20 am | Science Journalism Fund

The Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund will award a second round of funding this year, with projects due mid-2020. More >>

Cut the talk, take action, says Caritas

Monday, 30 September 2019, 5:22 pm | Caritas Aotearoa

On the heels of more than 40 events held across the country last week in a wave of international climate protests and marches, Caritas will release its annual State of the Environment for Oceania report on 3 October, the eve of St Francis day. This ... More >>

Cold blast to start the School Holidays

Monday, 30 September 2019, 1:34 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting a series of cold fronts to spread over the country from the Tasman Sea during the first half of this week, bringing changeable and unsettled weather to Aotearoa. The fronts also usher in strong, cold southwesterly winds, bringing ... More >>

A global first for urban earthquake effects management

Monday, 30 September 2019, 12:49 pm | CSI

Christchurch, NZ. 30 September 2019. In response to the lessons of the Christchurch, Kaikoura and Seddon earthquakes, Canterbury Seismic Instruments (CSI) is launching Sentinel , a global first for urban earthquake effects management. More >>

Scientists help lamprey to spread the love

Monday, 30 September 2019, 9:50 am | NIWA

Contraptions that resemble upside-down kitchen sinks have been placed in the Waikawa River in Southland to attract a notoriously elusive native fish species. NIWA scientists have dubbed these structures “lamprey love lofts” and the hope is that lamprey ... More >>

Improving conditions for weekend, apart from rain in west

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 1:12 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting improving weather for the weekend, with a changeable start for the school holidays on Monday and Tuesday. More >>

NZ researchers at forefront of hunt for acute pancreatitis

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 12:00 pm | University of Auckland

A University of Auckland researcher has received United States funding to test new potential drugs for one of the most common, and potentially lethal, abdominal diseases in urgent hospital admissions. More >>

Reporting the Chilean ayten

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10:34 am | Landcare Research

Researchers at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research and Environment Canterbury are calling on the public to report sightings of the problematic pest tree Chilean mayten. More >>

Biotechnology may be one answer to help slow climate change

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 8:38 am | Make Lemonade

Biotechnology may be one of the answers to help slow the serious and urgent issue of climate change, BiotechNZ executive director Dr Zahra Champion says. The accelerating pace of climate change along with global population and depletion of agricultural ... More >>

Climate fight ‘unwinnable’ unless we protect oceans

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 7:58 am | Greenpeace

Wednesday, 25 September - The launch of a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today highlights the urgent need for governments to protect the world’s oceans to win the fight against climate change. More >>

Climate change effects on ocean and ice – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:05 pm | Science Media Centre

A new report has highlighted the urgent need to address climate change to protect the world's oceans and frozen places. More >>

Smart Sheep Set for School Trial

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 2:49 pm | Green Building Council

A smart sheep, whose horns unfurl and nose turns blue when a room is cold and damp, is helping students at an Auckland school understand the benefits of healthy homes. More >>

AI Forum research provides a policy framework for NZ

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 1:40 pm | AI Forum

The AI Forum’s latest research “Towards our Intelligent Future” provides a policy framework for artificial intelligence highlighting the significant opportunity of AI to address well-being, sustainability and economic issues. More >>

High-powered computer sees red

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 11:07 am | University of Auckland

In almost all human cultures, colours are associated with different emotions such as hate, love, anger and sadness. More >>

Why doesn’t everyone believe in climate change?

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:13 am | NZ Psychological Society

The scientific consensus on climate change is that it's happening, and we're a part of it. However, Wellington psychologist, Professor Marc Wilson, believes there’s a big gap between expert and lay beliefs about climate change and he suggests the ... More >>

Scientists share stunning images

Wednesday, 25 September 2019, 9:11 am | NIWA

Castle Hill attracts two types of enthusiasts – climbers and astrophotographers. The hill, on State Highway 73 between Darfield and Arthur’s Pass in the Waimakariri Basin, was named for the imposing array of limestone boulders in the area that mirror ... More >>

Industry leaders launch national touring science exhibition

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 12:00 pm | MOTAT

The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), the MacDiarmid Institute, the Dodd Walls Centre, and Otago Museum are proud to announce the launch of their national science exhibition MIGHTY SMALL MIGHTY BRIGHT. More >>

Mountain going rowi kiwi Aroha on the move again

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 11:06 am | Department of Conservation

Aroha, the rowi kiwi that made headlines last month after she was rescued from a mountain by the local West Coast LandSAR Alpine Cliff Rescue team is on the move again. More >>

Biosecurity Award finalists stepping up

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 10:19 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

The Biosecurity Award finalists announced today exhibit the diversity and shared commitment of those working to protect New Zealand from pests and diseases. Judging Panel Chair Dr John Hellstrom says the finalists represent an impressively diverse ... More >>

Cawthron Institute takes exciting step forward

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 10:14 am | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute’s world-leading international algae research collaborations took a significant step forward with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at an event in Tokyo hosted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on 20 September. More >>

Rain, strong winds and snow in store for the coming week

Monday, 23 September 2019, 1:06 pm | MetService

After a week of settled weather over Aotearoa we head into the start of this week with a change to more Spring-like conditions. More >>

Technology Fails and Creates Superhybrid Mosquitoes

Friday, 20 September 2019, 4:37 pm | GE Free NZ

The unexpected disastrous failure of GE Pest Extinction technology has occurred. A new “super” hybrid genetically engineered (GE) mosquito has been created, and no one knows what the implications and dangers are. These Super GE mosquitos cannot ... More >>

New Zealand has a new insect and it’s named after a hobbit

Friday, 20 September 2019, 10:43 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

New Zealand has a new insect, and just like the hobbit it’s named after, it’s smaller than its closely related species, and has great views of the Southern Alps. But unlike the hobbit, it may be living on your kōwhai tree. Dr Francesco Martoni ... More >>

Preventing climate change cheaper than dealing with damage

Friday, 20 September 2019, 9:09 am | University of Queensland

World leaders need to urgently accelerate efforts to prevent “profound, if not catastrophic” climate change in future, a distinguished group of scientists has warned. More >>

Hon. Eugenie Sage at WasteMINZ Conference and Expo

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 3:19 pm | WasteMINZ

Claudelands, Hamilton, 23 – 26 September 2019: In a speech that will expand on the NZ Government’s commitment to increased participation in the reduction of waste and enhancing the country’s circular economy, Associate Minister for the Environment, ... More >>

Sunny weekend ahead as days grow longer

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 2:30 pm | MetService

MetService is predicting a sunny weekend for most places, as high pressure dominates the weather for New Zealand. The high, which is already bringing fine weather to many parts, is forecast to stick around through to the end of Sunday, meaning many ... More >>

Making better food choices with mindfulness

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 12:13 pm | University of Auckland

Mindfulness has been touted as the antidote to stress and the path to serenity. But can it also help us make better food choices? More >>

Scientists discover one of world’s oldest bird species

Wednesday, 18 September 2019, 4:35 pm | Canterbury Museum

The ancestor of some of the largest flying birds ever has been found in Waipara, North Canterbury. Bony-toothed birds (Pelagornithids), an ancient family of huge seafaring birds, were thought to have evolved in the Northern Hemisphere – but ... More >>