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How does blue light affect us? - Expert Reaction v2

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:04 am | Science Media Centre

A new report from Royal Society Te Apārangi summarises what we know about how our increased exposure to artificial blue light affects us and our environment. More >>

Kiwi Actor Arriving Home After Six Months At Sea

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 10:01 am | Eat Less Plastic

Around 80% of the samples taken from the ocean by Phil Somerville on his six-month journey from LA to New Zealand, had plastic in them. More >>

Ice sheets under 1.5C warming - Expert Reaction v2

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:59 am | Science Media Centre

Under the Paris Agreement, nations agreed to limit global warming to less than 2C above pre-industrial levels, but even that might not be enough to stop the collapse of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. More >>

Callaghan Innovation Introduces Game-Changing 3D Printing

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:45 am | Callaghan Innovation

New Zealand’s Callaghan Innovation today unveiled Laminated Resin Printing (LRP) – a new type of 3D printing technology that enables rapid prototyping of high-resolution microscale structures. Its MicroMaker3D team is one of ten exhibitors selected for ... More >>

Perpetual jetlag? Exposure to artificial blue light a risk

Tuesday, 13 November 2018, 9:41 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

A new paper released today by Royal Society Te Apārangi finds that our increasing exposure to artificial blue light is a possible risk for our health, for wildlife and for studying the night sky. However, there are many things we can do to protect ... More >>

‘Feral’ conference explores how humans frame nature

Monday, 12 November 2018, 5:22 pm | Massey University

Possums, privet, rats, ragwort, stoats, goats and gorse – the status of invasive species in New Zealand such as these will be part of a broader, global discussion in a conference exploring how we perceive and manage nature, and why we treat certain ... More >>

Kaikōura quake, two years on: GNS Science looks back

Monday, 12 November 2018, 4:27 pm | GNS Science

Two years ago, a magnitude 7.8 quake near Kaikōura dramatically changed part of New Zealand’s landscape. This week, GNS Science experts look back on the most complex earthquake ever studied – and consider the implications for the future. More >>

International earthquake experts meet in Oamaru

Monday, 12 November 2018, 3:48 pm | Earthquake Commission

This month, Oamaru is host to 70 top earthquake scientists at the 2018 Taiwan-Japan-New Zealand Seismic Hazards Assessment Meeting, which is being held between 14 – 18 November. More >>

A Taste of Summer

Monday, 12 November 2018, 2:21 pm | MetService

As we look to the week ahead, it definitely has a summer flavour about it, with a broad ridge of high pressure sitting over Aotearoa for at least the first half of the week. This generally means morning cloud breaking up under the heat of the ... More >>

International space mission partnership

Monday, 12 November 2018, 9:39 am | Centre for Space Science Technology

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) is delighted to announce their role in facilitating their first international space mission partnership, as a calibration and validation (cal/val) partner for the NASA ECOSTRESS mission. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Marsden Fund awards $85m

Friday, 9 November 2018, 3:55 pm | Science Media Centre

Marsden Fund awards $85m A total of 136 research projects, ranging from virtual pregnancy to studying volcanoes from a ‘waka-lab’, have been given a funding boost in the latest round of the Marsden Fund. More >>

Atmospheric river hits NZ

Friday, 9 November 2018, 12:44 pm | NIWA

An atmospheric river spanned from the Indian Ocean to New Zealand on Thursday, leading to huge rainfall totals along the West Coast and Southern Alps, according to NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll. Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow regions in the atmosphere ... More >>

Plant & Food Research scientists recognised at Awards

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:27 am | Plant and Food Research

A leading materials scientist, an emerging kiwifruit scientist and a team that develops genetic markers to enable breeders to select elite seedlings, all from Plant & Food Research, were honoured at the Science New Zealand 2018 National Awards at Parliament ... More >>

Researchers from GNS Science honoured in prestigious awards

Friday, 9 November 2018, 11:17 am | GNS Science

Researchers from GNS Science involved at all stages of the science value chain were this week honoured for their contributions to making New Zealand more resilient to geological hazards. More >>

Being attracted to someone else – new study launched

Friday, 9 November 2018, 10:38 am | University of Auckland

A study at the University of Auckland is exploring a topic most adults probably experience at one time or another – fancying someone other than a person they are in a relationship with. More >>

Heavy Rain, Strong Wind Easing into the Weekend

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 2:54 pm | MetService

An active cold front is making its way up the South Island today, bringing gales, heavy rain and snow. More >>

Researching bumblebee learning and snapper biology

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 11:13 am | Plant and Food Research

The biology of bumblebees and snapper are the focus of new research projects funded by the Marsden Fund. More >>

Two new GNS Science projects win funding

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 10:36 am | GNS Science

Two new GNS Science projects win funding from the prestigious Marsden Fund Research projects at GNS Science that will investigate rupture processes on the Alpine Fault and the emission of greenhouse gases from volcanic areas in the North Island have ... More >>

E tautoko ana ngā takuhe a Te Pūtea a Marsden

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 10:00 am | Marsden Fund

E tautoko ana ngā takuhe a Te Pūtea a Marsden i ngā rangahau auaha i Aotearoa mai i ngā rāpoi ngota tae atu ki ngā moroiti o Te Kōpaka Runga He $85.6 miriona (GST kore) kua tohaina e Te Pūtea a Marsden ki ngā kaupapa rangahau 136 puta noa ... More >>

New Marsden Fund grants support innovative research

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:44 am | Marsden Fund

New Marsden Fund grants support innovative research in Aotearoa from atoms to Antarctica’s microbes The Marsden Fund has allocated $85.6 million (excluding GST) to a total of 136 research projects across New Zealand. These grants support New Zealand’s ... More >>

University of Auckland research attracts major funding

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:21 am | University of Auckland

Are microalgae responsible for putting plastic in our food? How do sharks localise sounds underwater? The rise of drug-resistant pathogens is a major global health problem but could the molecules living organisms employ to defend themselves against ... More >>

University of Otago celebrates Marsden Fund success

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:18 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are celebrating their most successful Marsden Fund round ever, securing $28.5 million (excluding GST) for 41 world-class research projects. More >>

World-first virtual pregnancy wins top Marsden funding

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 9:14 am | University of Auckland

An international project to create a world-first virtual pregnant uterus has won the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute top Marsden funding. More >>

Protecting Earth from Space

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 5:39 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

New Zealand scientists returning to Antarctica this summer will mark ten years contributing to two worldwide networks that look at space weather and lightning, and how these natural phenomena impact Earth. More >>

Review finds New Zealand a world leader in climate change

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 12:04 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

A government research programme has positioned New Zealand as a world-leader in research into mitigating greenhouse gases from agriculture and adapting to climate change, a recent independent review has found. The Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI’s) ... More >>

Scientists spy on baby snapper in Hauraki Gulf

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 3:03 pm | NIWA

NIWA researchers are out on the Hauraki Gulf this week to find out more about the nurseries of young snapper. More >>

New innovative rat lures attract global interest

Monday, 5 November 2018, 3:28 pm | KiwiNet

KiwiNet supports commercialisation of new easy-to-use, sustained-release, long-life rat lure products for global pest control market More >>

Clear night for most on Guy Fawkes, but Big Change Coming

Monday, 5 November 2018, 2:39 pm | MetService

It is an easy start to the week weather-wise with all areas seeing an improvement following the active weather of Saturday. This is good news for the Guy Fawkes celebrations around the country. “As such, we expect a good evening for fireworks displays tonight,” ... More >>

Don’t bank on seed banks to save New Zealand’s trees

Saturday, 3 November 2018, 11:08 am | Lincoln University

New Zealand can’t rely on seed banking to save many of its iconic trees, such as kauri, from disease, a new international study shows. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Attitudes to euthanasia

Friday, 2 November 2018, 4:13 pm | Science Media Centre

Attitudes to euthanasia A review of 20 years of research has indicated strong public support among Kiwis for euthanasia or assisted dying, and that support had remained stable over time. More >>

New Antarctic Frontiers

Friday, 2 November 2018, 12:38 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

It’s not quite “To infinity and beyond” but when you’re 850 km away from Scott Base in Antarctica, it sure does feel like it! A team of New Zealand scientists will explore new frontiers in Antarctica this season when they travel across the ... More >>

An Unsettled Start to November

Friday, 2 November 2018, 11:03 am | MetService

MetService is forecasting another ‘spring-like’ month for November, with large week-to-week variations expected. More >>

An Enhanced Research Focus

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 4:07 pm | Nga Pae o te Maramatanga

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) - New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence has announced a comprehensive suite of nine new research platforms, which are contributing to an enhanced research focus for NPM and designed to deliver innovation in areas ... More >>

Tectonic plate boundary scientist honoured by national body

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 12:38 pm | GNS Science

Geophysicist Laura Wallace of GNS Science was today named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi for research that has put New Zealand at forefront worldwide of studies on tectonic plate boundary processes. More >>

A Pūhoro Weekend – Severe Weather Lies Ahead

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 12:32 pm | MetService

In typical spring fashion, Aotearoa is in for another burst of severe weather (pūhoro). MetService is forecasting a windy and wet weekend, with significant weather Warnings and impacts across much of the country. More >>

Centenary cohort of Fellows announced

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 11:22 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Twenty new Fellows and three Honorary Fellows have been elected to the Academy of the Royal Society Te Apārangi for their distinction in research and advancement of science, technology or the humanities. They are world leaders in topics that include, ... More >>

No Cause for Alarm if ICU Patients Don’t Eat All They Should

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 8:26 am | Medical Research Institute

Its long been a concern for doctors caring for critically ill patients – just how important is nutrition to patient survival and how much food is optimal to maximise their recovery? More >>

Fly sprays and animal treatments come under EPA microscope

Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 12:53 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority is to investigate products containing synthetic pyrethroids as part of its revamped reassessments programme, announced in mid-October. More >>

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope

Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 10:08 am | NASA

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets – more planets even than stars – NASA’s Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has ... More >>

Bayer improves antibiotic resistance test in dairy cows

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 10:29 am | Bayer NZ

Auckland 30th October 2018 – Bayer has made improvements to its DairyAntibiogram (DAB) antibiotic resistance test by adding more antibiotics and more concentrations to the list. More >>

Major NZ clean tech company head in NZ to promote biotech

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 9:17 am | Make Lemonade

The founder of one of New Zealand’s biggest biotech companies, Dr Sean Simpson, is back in New Zealand this week attending key board meetings for the next wave of Kiwi success stories, BiotechNZ executive director Zahra Champion says. Simpson, ... More >>

Computer scientist wins Fellowship for AR development

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 9:10 am | University of Otago

University of Otago computer scientist Stefanie Zollman has won the L’Orėal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship, which recognises outstanding female scientists globally. Researching the wide world of augmented reality, Dr Zollmann’s $25,000 fellowship ... More >>

Volunteers needed to unlock historic weather secrets

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 9:03 am | NIWA

NIWA climate scientists are calling for volunteers to unearth weather secrets from the past – including those recorded by members of Captain Robert Scott’s doomed trip to the South Pole in 1912. More >>

Secrets of mighty cancer killing virus unlocked

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 8:57 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers have used high-resolution electron microscopy images to reveal how an anti-cancer virus interacts with tumor cells, increasing its potential to save lives. More >>

3D mapping to enable better regional planning

Monday, 29 October 2018, 3:03 pm | Local Government NZ

LGNZ has welcomed this afternoon’s announcement from Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones of $19 million in co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund to enable extensive 3D elevation mapping of New Zealand’s regions. More >>

Schools face off in national robotics final

Monday, 29 October 2018, 12:47 pm | Robopa

Whakatāne technology hub Robopā is gearing up to put 12 primary-intermediate school teams through the wringer to find the first National Robotics Scrimmage champions. More >>

Improving the Health of Children in Developing Countries

Monday, 29 October 2018, 12:44 pm | Techion Group

Dunedin NZ: Agritech technology developed in New Zealand for farmers is showing potential to help manage disease in children in developing countries. More >>

More changeable spring weather for the royal tour

Monday, 29 October 2018, 12:41 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting showers and thunderstorms over much of the North Island and upper South Island today. This afternoon’s visit to Abel Tasman National Park by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is looking wet, but they should miss out on the ... More >>

Local researcher awarded prestigious fellowship

Monday, 29 October 2018, 12:36 pm | L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science

The world of Augmented Reality will soon be leaping into our everyday lives thanks to the work of award-winning University of Otago scientist Stefanie Zollmann, who has just been granted the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship ... More >>

From Antarctic Ice to Jupiter’s moon

Monday, 29 October 2018, 9:29 am | NIWA

Work undertaken by New Zealand scientists working in Antarctica this summer may help to explore Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon, for signs of life. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Morals for driverless cars

Friday, 26 October 2018, 3:35 pm | Science Media Centre

Morals for driverless cars In a scene right out of ‘The Good Place’, researchers have asked millions of people across the world what they think a driverless car should do in the face of an unavoidable accident. More >>

Successful mission to record the earth’s rumbles

Friday, 26 October 2018, 2:52 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Valuable insights into the risk of earthquakes and tsunami from New Zealand’s largest fault line will be gained after scientists successfully placed high tech earthquake recording instruments on the sea floor off the East Coast as part of an ... More >>

Science stars in the Top of the South shine brightly

Friday, 26 October 2018, 12:18 pm | Cawthron Institute

Talented young scientists from Nelson Tasman were celebrated at the 2018 Scitec Expo Awards ceremony on 25 October with 51 winners receiving awards. More >>

Understanding the mysteries of the earth

Friday, 26 October 2018, 9:09 am | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

For the past couple of weeks, teams of earthquake scientists have been visiting remote sites in the region around Gisborne to collect data that may eventually help New Zealand understand and prepare for large earthquakes and the tsunami they generate. More >>

Fellowship for research into the impact of climate change

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 3:58 pm | Landcare Research

Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research scientist Dr Kendon Bell has been awarded a Rutherford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his research into measuring the impact of climate change on New Zealand land. More >>

Fellowships and scholarships support researchers

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 3:23 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Three researchers recognised for their sustained research excellence and 13 highly promising researchers at the early stages of their careers have been awarded fellowships and scholarships today. More >>

A Switch in Weather Regimes

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:51 pm | MetService

The change comes after a spell of mild and settled weather for the country. Many South Island locations experienced their maximum temperatures for the day early this morning ahead of the change, with things cooling down significantly this afternoon ... More >>

New Zealand blackcurrants support an active lifestyle

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:03 pm | Plant and Food Research

New research is adding to the knowledge that New Zealand blackcurrants are a ‘super fruit’ for those with an active lifestyle. More >>

Moral decisions for driverless cars - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 10:01 am | Science Media Centre

In a scene right out of 'The Good Place', researchers have asked mil-lions of people across the world what they think a driverless car should do in the face of an unavoidable accident. More >>

NASA Testing New Zealand Wool Tech

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 9:58 am | Lanaco

A New Zealand developed, wool-based filter technology is one of several filter systems being evaluated by NASA to protect astronauts in the Orion spacecraft on upcoming deep-space exploration missions. More >>