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Edison Robot And Programming Help Kids

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 12:02 pm | MindKits

Automation in Our Future – A case for all kids to learn programming using robotics. Robotics and programming need to be compulsory for all students. Our kids need problem solving skills to avoid being displaced by automation and we need to start teaching ... More >>

Cannabidiol shown to be effective for severe form of Epilesy

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 10:27 am | University of Otago

The first ever Class 1 clinical trial of the drug cannabidiol has shown it is effective at reducing convulsive seizures in a severe type of epilepsy in children. The Dravet syndrome is a severe childhood epilepsy disorder associated with drug-resistant seizures, ... More >>

Rocket Lab scrubs test launch attempt from Launch Complex 1

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 3:19 pm | Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, has postponed the test launch of its Electron vehicle today due to weather conditions. The planned launch attempt will now take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017. More >>

Upside to work with US Army on engineered skin replacement

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 3:02 pm | Upside Biotechnologies

Auckland New Zealand, May 24 2017: Regenerative medicine start-up Upside Biotechnologies has signed a CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) with the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) based in Fort Detrick, Maryland. More >>

New insights gained into genetics of gout

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 11:03 am | University of Otago

Wednesday 24 May 2017 New insights gained into genetics of gout in Māori and Pacific people Newly identified gene variants contribute to explaining why Māori and Pacific people have the highest rates worldwide of gout, the painful and debilitating arthritic ... More >>

Hacked passwords cause 81% of data breaches

Wednesday, 24 May 2017, 10:50 am | Centrify

Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, has highlighted the fact that four out of five data breaches last year involved compromised credentials. More >>

Rocket Lab scrubs test launch attempt from Launch Complex 1

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:34 pm | Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, has postponed the test launch of its Electron vehicle today due to weather conditions. The planned launch attempt will now take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. More >>

Geneious Biologics to Power Biological Drug Development

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 11:36 am | Biomatters

AUCKLAND, NZ – May 23, 2017 – Geneious Biologics, an enterprise software solution for screening antibodies and related constructs using sequence data, was launched today and will change the way scientists identify antibodies for use in biological ... More >>

Rocket Lab and its efforts to launch NZ into space game Q&A

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 10:55 am | Science Media Centre

Yesterday marked the start of the ten-day window in which Rocket Lab will attempt to launch its Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula in the Northern Hawkes Bay. More >>

Wintery Blast Ends, Now Back to Autumn

Monday, 22 May 2017, 2:24 pm | MetService

New Zealanders feeling the bite of what was for most, the coldest recorded temperature so far this year, will be happy to hear that a short-term upward trend in overnight lows is forecast. Alexandra dropped to -5.0C just before dawn Monday morning. Temperatures ... More >>

Rocket Lab Testing Update 22 May 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017, 9:30 am | Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, has delayed the roll out of the launch vehicle called Electron, titled ‘It’s a Test’, by one day at Launch Complex 1, due to weather conditions. The planned launch attempt will now ... More >>

Sleep problems focus of new study on Kiwi kids with autism

Monday, 22 May 2017, 8:57 am | Health Research Council

New research will look at developing effective treatments for sleep problems that affect the growing number of New Zealand children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). More >>

Alpine Fault is hot, hot, hot

Friday, 19 May 2017, 1:13 pm | Science Media Centre

Drilling into the Alpine Fault to measure the conditions of the fault and monitor what happens before a major earthquake, a team of New Zealand and international scientists found extremely hot water just a couple of hundred metres down. More >>

The EPA is ready for lift off

Friday, 19 May 2017, 12:46 pm | Environmental Protection Authority NZ

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has received the pre-launch notification for New Zealand’s first space vehicle test launch. More >>

Mangroves: to clear or not to clear?

Friday, 19 May 2017, 9:10 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have written a guide for managing mangroves, prompted by a desire for people to learn more about mangrove ecosystems, and what happens when they are removed. More >>

Legal action against tobacco 'sticks' - Expert reaction

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 5:03 pm | Science Media Centre

Tobacco sticks designed to be heated in an electronic device have run afoul of NZ law, with charges laid against their manufacturer. More >>

Adylkuzz Crytocurrency Miner Is Not the Next WannaCry

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 2:05 pm | Symantec Security Response

There have been reports of another threat, known as Adylkuzz, leveraging MS17-010 to propagate to vulnerable machines. MS17-010 is the same vulnerability used by WannaCry to propagate across networks however this is where the similarity with Adylkuzz ends. More >>

Here comes the polar front

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 1:17 pm | MetService

Cooler southerlies become established over the country today, but even colder weather is still to come. More >>

Resilience Challenge funds $900,000 of research

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 10:51 am | GNS Science

Resilience Challenge funds $900,000 of research to make New Zealand more resilient to natural disasters. More >>

Myrtle rust appears in Taranaki

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 2:48 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Testing by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today revealed myrtle rust infection at a plant nursery in Taranaki. More >>

Techweek‘17 wraps up

Wednesday, 17 May 2017, 10:12 am | Techweek

After 287 events in 24 centres around the country, Techweek ’17 has delivered its promised “festival of technology” to New Zealand. More >>

UPDATED – Two Possible Links Tie Wannacry to Lazarus Group

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 1:52 pm | Symantec Security Response

Symantec has uncovered two possible links that loosely tie the WannaCry ransomware attack and the Lazarus group: More >>

Fraud Week: Take care online

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Bankers' Association

The recent global randsomware attack provides a grim reminder to protect yourself online, says the New Zealand Bankers’ Association in Fraud Week 2017. More >>

What you need to know about the WannaCry Ransomware

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 11:44 am | Symantec Security Response

On May 12, 2017 a new variant of the Ransom.CryptXXX family (Detected as Ransom.Wannacry ) of ransomware began spreading widely impacting a large number of organisations, particularly in Europe. More >>

Science Alive's Exhibits engaging public in Malaysia

Tuesday, 16 May 2017, 10:04 am | Science Alive

CEO of Tech Dome Penang in Malaysia speaks with the Science Alive Exhibits staff on the successful utilisation of their Kiwi-made, interactive exhibits in Penang. More >>

Antarctic Air on the Way

Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:58 pm | MetService

The warm air from the remnants of ex-Tropical Cyclone Donna last week will be a distant memory to New Zealanders by Friday, with strong southwesterlies delivering significantly chillier weather in the wake of a rain-laden low which moves over the country on ... More >>

WannaCry provides important lessons for cyber security

Monday, 15 May 2017, 1:37 pm | InternetNZ

Over the past weekend, thousands of computers around the world were infected with a malicious piece of software called WannaCry. There is risk that this malware may continue to spread, or even encourage copycat activity. More >>

Council blamed for gastro

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:24 pm | Science Media Centre

The first stage of the inquiry into Havelock North’s drinking water contamination found several parties (including both the district and regional councils) failed to protect the public from disease. More >>

Which species to resurrect?

Friday, 12 May 2017, 4:23 pm | Science Media Centre

De-extinction is no longer a matter of if, but when, according to University of Otago’s Professor Phil Seddon, but we should think about what species we should resurrect and what would happen to our ecosystems if we did. More >>

Tawa teacher to present at science conference in France

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:01 pm | Hampton Hill School

Hampton Hill School teacher, Carol Brieseman, will be travelling to France in June to present at the first ever Ocean Observers workshop in Brest, France. The meeting will be hosted by the Océanopolis Aquarium from 13-14 June and as a science educator, ... More >>

Takahē Recovery Programme brings birds back from the brink

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:58 pm | Department of Conservation

Takahē Recovery Programme brings birds back from the brink The once presumed extinct takahē are on the road to recovery, moving down two places along the threat classification system from nationally critical to nationally vulnerable. Minister of Conservation ... More >>

Background report: MfE “Clean Water” Swimmability Proposal

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 5:09 pm | NIWA

NIWA Technical Background report for MfE “Clean Water” Swimmability Proposals for Rivers More >>

Broad low pressure brings heavy rain and wind

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 2:36 pm | MetService

Another period of heavy rain and strong winds is forecast for parts of New Zealand today and into tomorrow. MetService has issued a series of Severe Weather Warnings and Watches covering much of the Central and Northern New Zealand. This wet weather ... More >>

Throwing ants off the scent

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 2:06 pm | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and the University of Auckland have been researching Argentine ants to determine how odour and physical cues help them to forage for food. More >>

Relaxation techniques better than mindfulness therapy

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:43 am | University of Auckland

New research has shown that the use of Mindfulness training in cancer patients can produce negative results to their wellbeing compared to using simple relaxation techniques. More >>

Seafood industry welcomes funding for endangered sea lions

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:56 pm | Deepwater Group

The announcement today that the Government will contribute $2.8 million over four years to fund further research into the mortality of sea lions has been welcomed by the seafood industry. More >>

Research reveals how to make your vegetables last longer

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:22 am | Love Food Hate Waste

New research from the University of Otago has revealed the best home storage methods to lengthen the shelf life of vegetables. More >>

Threatened Species Strategy - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:19 am | Science Media Centre

The strategy outlines how the government aims to halt the decline of our threatened species and prevent others from becoming threatened, with Predator Free 2050 featuring prominently. More >>

IoT changing the face of the nation

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:54 am | NZTech

Future tech realities are beginning to change the face of how New Zealanders operate in their daily lives – at home and work, and coming research results will help shape the nation’s future, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. More >>

Scientists extend record of earliest life on land

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:52 am | University of Auckland

A study of hot spring deposits in New Zealand and Australia provides new evidence that life existed in these environments around 3.48 billion years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to an international research team ... More >>

Whale and dolphin research championed globally

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:29 am | Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Auckland's only daily whale and dolphin eco-tourism tour operator is conducting valuable research on rare marine mammals in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, according to a well-known international science community. More >>

TechWeek event showcases Virtual Reality

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:32 pm | Rotorua X

Photo: TechCafé using Virtual Reality set-up that will be at the event in Rotorua on Wednesday 10 May. More >>

Upholding standards for researchers in the public interest

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 2:08 pm | Royal Society

Encouragement from the New Zealand Association of Scientists for its members to follow the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Code of Professional Standards and Ethics is welcome, says Professor Richard Bedford, President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

New tools for detecting serious gut conditions

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 12:40 pm | University of Auckland

Researchers at FlexiMap, a spin-out company from the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI), are developing tools that will revolutionise our understanding of the stomach and intestine by measuring its bioelectrical activity. More >>

Guarding against doomsday for our plant species

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 12:14 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch has deposited a collection of seeds in a remote Arctic doomsday vault to guard against the loss of plant species in war, disease or disaster striking New Zealand. More >>

No, you can’t have a moa - resurrecting extinct species?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:09 am | University of Canterbury

The perils of resurrecting extinct species, such as the moa or huia, will be discussed when a new paper, led by University of Canterbury (UC) conservation geneticist Dr Tammy Steeves, is published in international journal Functional Ecology this week. More >>

How do we decide which species to resurrect?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:49 am | University of Otago

The resurrection of vanished species - through cutting-edge technologies such as gene-editing - should be targeted towards recently extinct species rather than ancient ones, according to a leading University of Otago conservation biologist. More >>

NZ scientists leading de-extinction discussion

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:05 am | Science Media Centre

A University of Otago professor has led a special journal issue focused on de-extinction, pouring cold water on the idea that woolly mammoths might be making a come-back. More >>

Eyes on the east and west this week

Monday, 8 May 2017, 2:12 pm | MetService

The weekend’s calm conditions continue for a couple of days yet, but cloud and heavy rain are on the way. A trough in the Tasman Sea brings a gradual increase in cloud and rain for those in the west but, for the most part, a broad high over New ... More >>

Prime Minister sees the future at Techweek‘17

Monday, 8 May 2017, 12:55 pm | Techweek

With more than 150 events from Whangarei to Greymouth, New Zealand’s Techweek has kicked off More >>

MetService and BloomSky at Farming2020

Monday, 8 May 2017, 12:36 pm | MetService

Agrigate dairy portal partner, MetService, plans to install BloomSky weather data devices on the LIC Innovation Farm in the South Waikato ahead of Farming2020 which takes place there from Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May 2017. More >>

Freshwater reforms may have minimal impact on emissions

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:43 am | Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Two separate independent studies have found that the incidental impact of freshwater reforms on greenhouse gas emissions will not be large unless they lead to a lot more trees being planted. More >>

Loss of science quality in NZ is having dire consequences

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:21 am | Dr Jo Pollard

Back in the 1990s, in at least one institution, rigorous government science was alive and well. More >>

Science Deadline - This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:26 pm | Science Media Centre

A fungal disease that could harm some of our iconic native trees has been found on mainland New Zealand for the first time. More >>

Planktonauts training for Sea Cadet mission

Friday, 5 May 2017, 12:30 pm | Cawthron Institute

Nelson Marlborough Sea Cadet Corps Lieutenant Milo Coldren has been preparing for his aid mission to Fiji with planktonaut training from Cawthron Institute research scientist Dr Xavier Pochon. More >>

Biggest week-long tech event ever held in NZ

Friday, 5 May 2017, 10:20 am | NZTech

New Zealand Techweek, which is the biggest festival of tech events ever held in New Zealand, begins all over the country tomorrow. More >>

NIWA April 2017 Climate Summary

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:58 pm | NIWA

April 2017 was characterised by higher than normal atmospheric pressure to the south and southeast of the South Island, along with lower than normal atmospheric pressure over and to the north of the North Island. This pressure pattern resulted in more ... More >>

Crazy & Ambitious Conference 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:55 pm | National Science Challenges

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge kicks off its inaugural conference at Te Papa, Wellington next week. More >>

Research fit for a king salmon

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:11 pm | Cawthron Institute

Scientists from around the world are in Nelson this week to work with domestic experts and salmon industry leaders on a Cawthron Institute led research programme that aims to improve the profitability and production efficiency of king salmon. More >>

Counting endangered birds from space

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:26 pm | Canterbury Museum

In a worldwide first, New Zealand and British scientists have used satellite images to calculate the number of endangered albatrosses living on remote and inaccessible islands. More >>