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Calls for more research on microplastics in drinking water

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:11 pm | ESR

A scientist leading a study on the effects of microplastics in the New Zealand environment is welcoming calls for a further assessment of their potential impacts on human health. More >>

Research aims to assist M. bovis eradication

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:41 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

New research will determine if there is a better way of prioritising investigation of farms potentially infected with Mycoplasma bovis . This would enable the M. bovis Programme to more quickly identify infected farms and take action to accelerate eradication ... More >>

Thunderstorms And Gusty Winds Batter the North

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 1:19 pm | MetService

MetService has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for northern areas of the North Island tonight into Friday morning. More >>

What a difference a decade makes in earthquake engineering

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 10:26 am | University of Auckland

It’s a brutal way to learn but if there is any good to come out of the earthquakes that devastated parts of New Zealand over the last decade, a lot more is now known about the ground beneath our feet. More >>

New reports highlight flood risk under climate change

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 8:36 am | NIWA

Two reports released today by NIWA and the Deep South National Science Challenge reveal new information about how many New Zealanders, how many buildings and how much infrastructure could be affected by extreme river and coastal flooding from ... More >>

Set nets push penguins closer to extinction

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 1:37 pm | Forest And Bird

An estimated 30 hoiho deaths in commercial set nets in the most recent annual data underlines the urgent need for action to stop the mainland population of the world’s rarest penguins becoming extinct, Forest and Bird says. More >>

Micronutrients affect gut bacteria associated with ADHD

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 9:02 am | University of Otago

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took micronutrients had lower levels of a bacteria linked to the psychological disorder, and a healthier range of bugs in their gut overall, new research shows. More >>

Health Star Rating review - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:48 pm | Science Media Centre

The first five year review of the Health Star Rating system has been completed, with a series of recommendations for improvements. More >>

Nutrient efficiency is important

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:08 pm | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

Winter and early spring are times when nutrients are most at risk of getting lost from farms due to high rainfall, reduced pasture growth, the huge amount of urine deposition, soil compaction and pugging. More >>

Young kauri keep 'grandpa' kauri alive through root systems

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:12 am | Auckland University of Technology

AUT scientists have described how a kauri stump is keeping itself alive by holding onto the roots of neighbouring trees; exchanging water and resources through the grafted root system. New research, to be published on July 25 in iScience , details ... More >>

Wet and windy from Tuesday

Monday, 19 August 2019, 12:03 pm | MetService

Presently, a ridge of high pressure is bringing settled weather to Aotearoa. However, from Tuesday MetService forecasts deteriorating weather as a front arrives from the west. This front is followed by a low-pressure system, bringing several features ... More >>

The Takahē Love Triangle on Rotoroa Island

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:34 pm | Rotoroa Island

A carefully choreographed love match is taking place at Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf this week – all in the name of conservation. More >>

Gales and snow this weekend

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 1:18 pm | MetService

MetService meteorologist Andy Best says, “An active cold front over the Southern Ocean is expected to move onto southern New Zealand by the end of Friday.” More >>

Can you deal with a digital detox?

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:28 am | Auckland University of Technology

New research from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) shows tourists who travel technology-free can suffer withdrawal symptoms akin to giving up smoking or drinking. The findings also show that tech-free travellers can regain social, navigation and ... More >>

Foresters says gene editing valuable against climate change

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 3:21 pm | NZ Forest Owners' Association

A forest industry leader is calling for serious public debate on the advantages of using gene editing to combat wilding pines and in the broader context of fighting climate change through carbon sequestration. More >>

FDA findings undermine Royal Society on GE Deregulation

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 2:23 pm | GE Free NZ

14/08/2019 FDA findings undermine Royal Society Call for GE Deregulation Trust in the Royal Society will be undermined, after the FDA scientists found gene editing errors were being overlooked. The latest was in gene edited (GE) “hornless” cattle ... More >>

Short bursts of exercise good for the brain

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:39 am | University of Auckland

Short intensive bouts of exercise have similar beneficial effects on the brain as longer workouts, according to new research from the University of Auckland. More >>

Canterbury Museum: Monster Penguin Find in Waipara

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 9:36 am | Canterbury Museum

A new species of giant penguin – about 1.6 metres tall – has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury. More >>

Judging is underway to select the best River Stories of 2019

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 4:44 pm | Cawthron Institute

Judging is underway to determine the best River Stories for 2019 as part of this year’s New Zealand River Awards. More >>

Fringe events added to Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 2:49 pm | Cawthron Institute

The Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture will take place on the evening of 17 September 2019 at Annesbrook Community Church. Tickets are now available and Nelson Tasman residents are urged to secure their tickets as demand for tickets this year is already ... More >>

Calls for overhaul of gene-technology regulations

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:35 am | Royal Society Te Aparangi

An expert panel set up by Royal Society Te Apārangi to consider the implications of new technologies that allow much more controlled and precise ‘editing’ of genes, has concluded it’s time for an overhaul of the regulations and that there’s ... More >>

Gene editing regulations – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:27 am | Science Media Centre

It's time for an overhaul of the regulations around gene editing, according to an expert panel set up by Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:10 am | NIWA

A worm that feeds on bacteria and has no eyes is one of the standout stars of almost 600 unfamiliar and potentially new ocean species identified at NIWA in the past year. The worm was found burrowed into a piece of sunken wood found North East of the Chathams ... More >>

60 years of the Antarctic Treaty

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 9:05 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica is one of the most pristine environments on the planet, and the treaty system that keeps it that way has just turned 60. Alongside 53 other nations, New Zealand has reaffirmed its commitment to the Antarctic Treaty. The Treaty is a unique ... More >>

Prune your lilly pilly hedges this month, to save NZ natives

Monday, 12 August 2019, 1:33 pm | Landcare Research

Scientists advise to prune your lilly pilly hedges this month, to save New Zealand’s native plants More >>

Thunderstorms to be followed by relative calm

Monday, 12 August 2019, 12:08 pm | MetService

After a weekend that saw heavy rain, heavy snow and severe thunderstorms affect parts of the country, MetService is forecasting the weather to calm down by the middle of the working week. However, thunderstorms remain in the forecast for parts of the ... More >>

IPCC Climate Change and Land report - Expert reaction

Friday, 9 August 2019, 12:21 pm | Science Media Centre

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on how land use contributes to climate change and how climate change affects the land has been finalised in Geneva. More >>

GE Free Tasmania a shining example for NZ

Friday, 9 August 2019, 10:37 am | SOIL and HEALTH Assn of NZ

The Soil & Health Association congratulates the Tasmanian government for extending its ban on genetically engineered organisms for another 10 years, until 2029. More >>

Nuts don’t lactate but no reason to call almond milk 'juice'

Friday, 9 August 2019, 9:13 am | The Conversation

Almonds don't lactate, but that's no reason to start calling almond milk juice More >>

Meet the ‘Hercules parrot’ from prehistoric New Zealand

Friday, 9 August 2019, 9:11 am | The Conversation

Heracles inexpectatus on the forest floor, with three small wrens foraging at its feet. Brian Choo , Author provided More >>

DSM’s research collaboration in New Zealand is well-advanced

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 3:42 pm | Royal DSM

Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and sustainable living, is happy to announce a well-advanced collaborative innovation program between New Zealand company Argenta, University of Otago and AgResearch for the development ... More >>

2019 KiwiNet Awards winners: NZ’s top research innovation

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 2:28 pm | KiwiNet

HAMILTON, N.Z., 8 August, 2019 – Winners of the seventh annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards , designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities, Crown Research Institutes ... More >>

Wintry Weekend Weather

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 12:52 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting rain to be the story to end the week, with Heavy Rain Watches in force for Fiordland till 11pm Thursday, and Northland and Gisborne on Friday. Wet weather will spread to most places this weekend as a low pressure system ... More >>

Our pets are good for us: Recognising International Cat Day

Thursday, 8 August 2019, 8:31 am | Agcarm

There is a wealth of evidence proving what many of us already know – our pets are good for us. Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and allergy levels. Pets can also ease feelings of loneliness, especially in the ... More >>

NZ big bird a whopping ‘squawkzilla’

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 12:03 pm | Flinders University

Australasian palaeontologists have discovered the world’s largest parrot, standing up to 1m tall with a massive beak able to crack most food sources. More >>

Blackcurrants and Exercise

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 11:38 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research have found that juice from New Zealand blackcurrants consumed prior to exercising could increase motivation to adhere to exercise. More >>

Science Symposium will focus on safeguarding myrtles

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 4:38 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The 2019 Myrtle Rust Science Symposium in Auckland, 9-10 September, will bring together organisations passionate about safeguarding and sustaining New Zealand’s precious myrtles for future generations. More >>

Application to release small wasp to tackle giant aphid

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 1:23 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Views are sought on an application to release a small parasitic wasp to control and eradicate the giant willow aphid. More >>

Insulin technology will provide better diabetes care

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 12:43 pm | University of Canterbury

Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase , from the University of Canterbury (UC) College of Engineering, is working on world-first insulin sensor technology to enable ‘right now’ measurement for those managing type 2 diabetes. More >>

Kiwifruit genes validate plant evolutionary theory

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 11:05 am | Plant and Food Research

An international research team has discovered a sex determining gene in kiwifruit that could potentially lead to the breeding of hermaphrodite varieties. The study has also validated the “two-mutation model” in sex acquisition of plants proposed ... More >>

Human intelligence will be the key to preparng for AI

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 9:30 am | Royal Society

What could the growing use of artificial intelligence mean for Aotearoa and how can we ensure that all New Zealanders can prosper in an AI world? More >>

DOC Biodiversity Strategy – Expert Reaction

Monday, 5 August 2019, 8:46 pm | Science Media Centre

DOC Biodiversity Strategy – Expert Reaction The Department of Conservation (DOC) has developed a new biodiversity strategy which sets out how it hopes to protect and grow our native ecosystems over the next 50 years. More >>

Climate Summary: 2nd-warmest July on record

Monday, 5 August 2019, 1:57 pm | NIWA

Temperature Temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.2°C above average) or well above average (>1.2°C above average) nearly everywhere across New Zealand, with the most unusually warm temperatures in the interior South Island and parts ... More >>

Following the snow, weather to remain unsettled this week

Monday, 5 August 2019, 12:43 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting an unsettled week of weather, with temperatures likely to return to normal for this time of year, following the snowy weekend. More >>

Study reveals unique genetic insight into NZ kids

Monday, 5 August 2019, 9:27 am | University of Auckland

The country’s largest longitudinal study has found that girls, Pacific children and children born to older mothers have a unique genetic advantage that could potentially help them live longer. More >>

Brand new Nanogirl Live! science show touring this November

Friday, 2 August 2019, 3:21 pm | Nanogirl

The world's only female-led live science show, Nanogirl Live! will bring it’s signature explosive theatrics back to the stage for it’s fourth New Zealand tour this November, performing it’s all-new live show, Bring on the Noise. More >>

Know what’s under the surface

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 3:24 pm | Ravensdown

When it comes to managing fertiliser application, it makes sense to apply the right amount of nutrient to the right place at the right time. Ravensdown’s Precision Nutrient Management process helps give farmers an agronomic and economic advantage. More >>

Matariki X: Environmental innovation and iwi investment

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 2:10 pm | Callaghan Innovation

Environmental innovation and improving iwi investment a focus for Māori innovators and entrepreneurs at Matariki X More >>

NZ to have world-leading natural hazard risk modelling tool

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 1:42 pm | Earthquake Commission

EQC, GNS Science and NIWA have joined forces to further develop world-leading natural hazards risk modelling for New Zealand. More >>

Cold, windy and unsettled weather to continue into next week

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 12:52 pm | MetService

MetService is expecting a cold southwest flow will continue to cover New Zealand until the middle of next week. Embedded in this flow, several fast-moving fronts will bring periods of strong winds and rain to many places. Snow is also likely to ... More >>

$11.5 million project to revolutionise ocean forecasting

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 12:30 pm | MetService

A bold new project that will revolutionise New Zealand’s ability to comprehensively measure, monitor and predict the state of our oceans, was launched on Tuesday [30 July]. More >>

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 10:18 am | NIWA

Under the light of the moon where the river meets the sea, NIWA researchers are planning to catch tiny fish that are all but invisible to the naked eye. More >>

New Online Report: Visualising Global Climate Action

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 9:41 am | UNFCCC

UN Climate Change News, 31 July 2019 - The UN Climate Change secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative has released an interactive, online report, showcasing shining examples of diverse climate solutions from around the world. The report tells the ... More >>

Negative SAM and this week’s wintery weather

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 9:39 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Negative SAM isn’t the grumpy dude in your office, but is short for the Southern Annular Mode - also known as the Antarctic Oscillation, the label given to the way the Southern Ocean westerlies and storms move around in the oceans surrounding Antarctica. More >>

Ministry of Health Promotes Vegan Path to Sustainable Future

Thursday, 1 August 2019, 9:13 am | Vegan Society

A report just released by the Ministry of Health encourages plant-based eating as a key strategy for reducing our national health sector’s carbon footprint. Sustainability and the Health Sector is all about how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within ... More >>

Northland Regional Council Right to Reject GMOs Moratorium

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 4:24 pm | New Zealand Life Sciences Network

“Rejecting a moratorium on genetic modification (GM) in Northland will broaden economic opportunities, enable vital tools to meet our environmental challenges and was the right decision for the Northland Regional Council to make”, the chairman ... More >>

Tourist businesses fund whale & dolphin research

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 9:06 am | Department of Conservation

Whale and dolphin watching tourist operators in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park (HGMP) have funded $100,000 of research into the marine mammals that provide their livelihood. More >>

National Science Challenge invests $1.7M in Riddet Institute

Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 3:06 pm | Riddet Institute

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has announced a $1.75 million research investment to continue the Science of Food programme through the Riddet Institute. This programme involves the design and manufacture of food products that ... More >>

Unlocking the secrets of the Hikurangi subduction zone

Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 1:46 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Four of the country’s leading scientists will share the latest research into New Zealand’s largest and most active fault in public talks in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay in August. More >>

Study shows pathogens lurking in farm and forest soil

Tuesday, 30 July 2019, 10:17 am | Bio Protection Research Centre

Cutting-edge science has revealed for the first time what microbes are lurking in our soil – and that there are many more harmful ones on farms and in plantation forests than in natural forests. More >>