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Most kids have no screen-time limits

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:49 am | CensusAtSchool

Eight in 10 teens and six in 10 primary school children say there are no limits on their screen time out of school – whether that’s playing computer games, using their phones, or browsing the internet. The insights have emerged from the second ... More >>

Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online

Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 9:43 am | Netsafe

New findings from the University of Auckland show more than half of high school students are never supervised online outside of school, and only two in 10 primary schoolers are “usually” supervised. More >>

Massey team to investigate death of killer whale in Auckland

Tuesday, 14 March 2017, 10:42 am | Massey University

A Massey University team is mobilising to investigate the death of a killer whale or orca, washed up on the west coast of Auckland at Whatipu Beach. Killer whales are considered “Nationally Critical” in New Zealand, with known threats documented ... More >>

The Tasman Tempest takes its toll – time to tally up

Monday, 13 March 2017, 4:00 pm | NIWA

As the Tasman Tempest headed east off New Zealand today, it’s time to look at the statistics and see how many records it washed away. More >>

Wastewater study flushes out drug habits

Monday, 13 March 2017, 2:58 pm | Massey University

The first wastewater study of drug use in New Zealand confirms methamphetamine is the most commonly detected illegal drug in Auckland. More >>

Techweek 2017 to showcase the best of New Zealand tech

Monday, 13 March 2017, 2:47 pm | Techweek

Techweek 2017’s launch is fast approaching, the website is live and is being regularly updated with events as they are added to the schedule. More >>

Settled weather to bring relief to the North Island

Monday, 13 March 2017, 12:55 pm | MetService

Relief has finally arrived to those areas of the North Island which have seen flooding rainfalls over the last week. More >>

The importance of sleep for young minds

Monday, 13 March 2017, 10:44 am | Waikato University

Watching your baby sleep peacefully is one of the joys of becoming a parent. But have you ever wondered what is happening in this little sleepy head’s mind? More >>

New Zealand lags behind in international shipping law

Monday, 13 March 2017, 9:12 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research from Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law reveals New Zealand is lagging behind when it comes to international laws around ship emissions and air pollution. Dr Bevan Marten profile pictureDr Bevan Marten, a senior lecturer who ... More >>

Hayward Medal awarded for environmental contribution

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 1:08 pm | Zespri

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 March 2017 Hayward Medal awarded for environmental contribution: Dr David Steven The Fresh Carriers Hayward Medal was awarded tonight to Dr David Steven, recognising his work to fundamentally shift how the kiwifruit industry manages ... More >>

Survey shows NZ bee loss is low

Saturday, 11 March 2017, 12:39 pm | Agcarm

Survey shows NZ bee loss is low New Zealand's honey bee population is growing, with starvation, queen problems and wasps at the heart of bee health issues, according to annual survey. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) today released findings ... More >>

Focus on natural hazards

Friday, 10 March 2017, 4:00 pm | Science Media Centre

Two research papers on major natural hazards and an internal review into September's East Cape earthquake have turned the spotlight on natural hazards this week. More >>

Investment in Research & Development for Ship Intelligence

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 5:37 pm | Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has today announced the latest stage in its research and development plans to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality and reap the benefits of increasing digitalisation in the marine industry. More >>

New detection system revolutionises water quality tests

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 3:35 pm | Massey University

Students on an Environmental Health Monitoring course at Massey University in Wellington are the first in the country to use a new rapid automated microbiology detection system to monitor water quality. More >>

Professor Mann’s contribution to Medical Research Recognised

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 10:18 am | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL) today announced that Professor Athol Mann has been appointed a Life Member in recognition of his contribution to the organisation and medical research, following his retirement from the RFL Board of Management earlier this ... More >>

Otago researchers gain control over single atoms

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 2:20 pm | University of Otago

University of Otago physicists have found a way to control individual atoms, making them appear wherever they want them to. More >>

Navy Leads the World in Technology Adoption

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:28 pm | Royal New Zealand Navy

In its 75th anniversary year, the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) notched up the accolade of becoming the first navy worldwide to adopt benchmark technologies that enable its warships Te Kaha and Te Mana to achieve unmanned machinery space – allowing ... More >>

Meteorological March Madness

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 12:22 pm | NIWA

NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll says parts of the upper North Island have received more rain in two days than normally falls for the entire month. More >>

Endangered beetle vs ‘unholy alliance’ of rabbits & redbacks

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 11:39 am | AgResearch

An “unholy alliance” between rabbits and Australian redback spiders is threatening the existence of an endangered New Zealand species, a study led by AgResearch has shown. More >>

First evidence of rhinos’ ability to correct sex imbalance

Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 9:52 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Research led by Victoria University of Wellington has demonstrated the ability of rhinoceros to modify the sex of their offspring to avoid the dominance of one gender and limit severe competition for breeding. More >>

Rainmaker on the way for northern New Zealand

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:09 pm | MetService

An interesting week ahead for weather enthusiasts as two very different weather systems make an impact on New Zealand. A cold front spreads a cool showery airstream up the South Island overnight Monday and through Tuesday, with many places seeing daytime ... More >>

Ara first in world to use virtual reality for X-ray training

Monday, 6 March 2017, 2:02 pm | Ara Institute

As part of its commitment to contemporary learning environments and delivery, virtual reality training software is being introduced at Ara Institute of Canterbury as a game changer for the medical imaging industry here and internationally. Students ... More >>

Specific immune cells predict bowel cancer outcomes

Monday, 6 March 2017, 10:15 am | University of Otago

A pilot study by University of Otago researchers suggests that people with colorectal cancer that have a certain type of immune cell in their tumour may have increased survival rates. More >>

Science Deadline: Antibiotics, water, environment compliance

Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:32 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Antibiotic priorities, freshwater discussion continues and environmental compliance overlooked Issue 413, 03 Mar 2017 Quick Links SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About Us Contact the SMC Top news from the Science ... More >>

February 2017 Climate Summary

Friday, 3 March 2017, 5:07 pm | NIWA

Rainfall for February was above normal (120 to 149% of normal) or well above normal (>149% of normal) for central and southeastern parts of the North Island, as well in the Far North. The rest of the North Island experienced mostly near normal (80 ... More >>

Summer 2016-17: cool for most but dry in the north and east

Friday, 3 March 2017, 4:59 pm | NIWA

Temperature Summer temperatures were below average (-0.51°C to -1.20°C) or well below average ( Rainfall Rainfall was below normal (50-79%) in many northern and eastern areas of the North Island and South Island. It was a particularly dry summer ... More >>

Sigmoidoscopy test greatly reduces risk of bowel cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017, 2:55 pm | University of Otago

A world expert in cancer screening based at the University of Otago says new evidence from the United Kingdom strongly supports the introduction of flexible sigmoidoscopy screening for bowel cancer in New Zealand rather than the currently planned screening ... More >>

Showcase of creativity and technology

Friday, 3 March 2017, 12:42 pm | Show Me Wellington

Wellington’s biggest business events tradeshow Show Me Wellington is getting even bigger, with over 100 exhibitors now confirmed for this year’s event. More >>

Mimicking evolution to treat cancer

Friday, 3 March 2017, 10:18 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Artificial forms of evolution are being used by a Victoria University of Wellington scientist to improve the ability of microbes to attack tumours. Research led by Associate Professor David Ackerley, director of Victoria’s Biotechnology programme, has underpinned ... More >>

Treatments better than antibiotics need developing “now”

Friday, 3 March 2017, 9:44 am | University of Otago

New Zealanders should not be complacent because we have fewer antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens than elsewhere in the world, a University of Otago expert says. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch, 2 March 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 4:45 pm | NIWA

Pictured above: Soil Moisture Anomaly Maps, relative to this time of year. The maps show soil moisture anomaly for the past two weeks. More >>

Otago researchers receive new joint research funding

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 2:50 pm | University of Otago

Researchers from University of Otago are among the first recipients of two new grants from PHARMAC and the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). More >>

The battle between the Ridge and the Trough

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 2:42 pm | MetService

“Beach goers and barbecue lovers have been enjoying the ridge of high pressure sitting over central New Zealand of late,” said MetService Meteorologist Lisa Murray. “As we head into the weekend the weather map is changing as a trough pattern pushes ... More >>

New research may help protect, save Maui & Hector's dolphins

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 11:33 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

A pioneering scientific study currently underway has proven new thermal detection technology could be used to help protect and save Maui and Hector’s dolphins. Initial survey results suggest the technology and technique could be deployed to provide ... More >>

New temperature extremes for Antarctica

Thursday, 2 March 2017, 10:16 am | Victoria University of Wellington

A Victoria University of Wellington scientist is part of an international group of experts who have identified the highest temperatures ever recorded in Antarctica. More >>

NIWA Outlook: March – May 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 4:40 pm | NIWA

The tropical Pacific is currently in an ENSO (El Niño – Southern Oscillation) neutral state (neither El Niño nor La Niña). Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean are near average. However, during February, ... More >>

March 2017 – A drier than usual March for many of us

Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 1:31 pm | MetService

February was a month of two halves, with the incumbant westerly winds being replaced mid-month by High pressure over the South Island. This resulted in an abrupt change from wet and windy weather in western regions of both Islands, to sunshine and drier ... More >>

Dog squad finds conservation islands clear of pests

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 4:40 pm | Department of Conservation

Two of Wellington’s predator-free islands have been combed by Conservation Dogs and given a clean bill of health by the Department of Conservation after biosecurity scares over the summer. More >>

Otago discovery sheds new light on several disease processes

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 11:09 am | University of Otago

New light on a key factor involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, gastric cancer and melanoma has been cast through latest University of Otago research carried out in collaboration with Australian scientists. More >>

SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Spacecraft Beyond the Moon

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 10:57 am | SpaceX

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will ... More >>

Wellington's summer was bad, but not as bad as you think

Monday, 27 February 2017, 3:05 pm | NIWA

Wellington's summer was bad, but not as bad as you think - honest Summer officially ends tomorrow but for Wellingtonians it feels like it’s only just getting started. NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll explains what went wrong. More >>

Toxic algal blooms in NZ - Expert Q&A

Monday, 27 February 2017, 12:45 pm | Science Media Centre

Last week, the New Zealand Government announced its intention to make 90 per cent of NZ's waterways 'swimmable' by 2040. More >>

NZ Hi-Tech Awards - Entries close in 7 days

Monday, 27 February 2017, 11:46 am | NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Just a reminder that it's 7 days until entries close for this year's Hi-Tech Awards. It's not too late to pull your entry together: check out our categories here . More >>

Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroy seabed life

Monday, 27 February 2017, 9:59 am | NIWA

Huge mudslides from November’s earthquakes have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikōura Canyon. More >>

Cawthron innovation impresses esteemed guests

Friday, 24 February 2017, 5:38 pm | Cawthron Institute

New Zealand Governor-General The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne immersed themselves in the wonderful world of science at the Cawthron Institute yesterday afternoon. More >>

Minister muddying waters with accusations of “junk science”

Friday, 24 February 2017, 4:25 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says that Environment Minister Nick Smith’s claim that criticism of the government’s proposed swimming standard is based on “junk science”, doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. More >>

Swimmable target for 2040

Friday, 24 February 2017, 3:25 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government plans to ensure 90 per cent of New Zealand rivers, streams and lates are "swimmable" by 2040. More >>

Student awarded internship with MX3D

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11:29 am | University of Auckland

Using robots to build a bridge over a canal in Europe might sound like a scene from a science fiction story, but it will soon be reality for one young architectural graduate from the University of Auckland. More >>

Android ransomware requires victim to say unlock code

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:58 am | Symantec

Latest Android.Lockdroid.E variant uses speech recognition instead of typing for unlock code input. More >>

Ancient penguins lived alongside dinosaurs?

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:42 am | Canterbury Museum

Artist’s impression of a group of Waimanu penguins on a beach in Paleocene Canterbury. Credit: Chris Gaskin, Geology Museum, University of Otago. More >>

New Zealand freshwater quality reforms moving forward

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 5:25 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute welcomes the Government’s announcement of the latest round of freshwater reforms. The Government is proposing greater transparency regarding which lakes and rivers are swimmable and this will vary across seasons and places. More >>

UC marine scientist named NZ's first Pew Conservation Fellow

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 4:40 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Antarctic marine scientist Dr Regina Eisert has been recognised for her work protecting the world’s oceans with a prestigious Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship. More >>

Te Papa’s fish and spirit collections closed for quake work

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:44 pm | Te Papa

The National Fish Collection and the natural history spirit collections held by Te Papa at its Tory Street research facility have been closed temporarily while the building undergoes earthquake strengthening. More >>

NZ’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ drone flight

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:44 pm | Transpower

Transpower today announced it will conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ flight using a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS or drone). Transpower will be the only NZ organisation to have undertaken this type of flight. More >>

Most Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:35 am | NASA

This illustration shows the possible surface of TRAPPIST-1f, one of the newly discovered planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. Scientists using the Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes have discovered that there are seven Earth-size planets in ... More >>

AI set to massively impact NZ

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:25 am | NZTech

New Zealand needs to seriously and swiftly embrace artificial intelligence (AI) as an extraordinary opportunity and challenge for the country’s future, a new body, the AI Forum says. More >>

World-leading climate change research at Bream Bay

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:09 am | NIWA

The effects of climate change on fish are being studied in a world-first trial at NIWA’s Bream Bay marine science centre. More >>

UC planet hunters search the galaxy’s centre

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:06 am | University of Canterbury

With the help of international researchers and three identical telescopes in Chile, Australia and South Africa, the UC Physics and Astronomy team is helping answer some of the great unknowns about the planets in our galaxy. More >>

UC academic to write Global Warming Special Report for UN

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:58 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) Associate Professor Bronwyn Hayward is the only New Zealander among the world experts appointed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) to prepare the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C. More >>

World first initiative to power energy innovation

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:28 pm | Joint Media Statement

A groundbreaking collaboration between Simply Group, Counties Power, Callaghan Innovation, and Creative HQ will unlock half-hour electricity data for the first time, to promote research and innovation. More >>


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