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Disruptive Weather Following a Mild Start

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:58 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting disruptive weather, following a mild start to the week. Development of a significant system from the south is likely to see strong winds, heavy rain and possible heavy snow to some parts of New Zealand. This is set to contrast ... More >>

PGG Wrightson Seeds development at Lincoln

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:08 pm | AgResearch

A new building development by PGG Wrightson Seeds at AgResearch’s Lincoln campus is a significant step forward for both parties, and for the burgeoning research and innovation hub in the Canterbury town, leaders of the two organisations say. More >>

Analysis of breast milk nutrient composition

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:23 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand. The findings may help researchers develop a product for breastfeeding mothers that would support their nutrition and therefore ... More >>

University of Otago to develop Education Centre

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:45 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago is developing a new $1.5 million education and research centre at its Southland campus in Invercargill, in partnership with the Southern District Health Board. More >>

Gene Editing Drives into Dangerous Unknown Territory

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:32 pm | GE Free NZ

The Royal Society Te Apārangi is inviting feedback on scenarios for the use of gene editing in the primary industry sector [1]. Are they leading New Zealand agriculture and horticulture into dangerous unknown territory when they promote genetically engineered ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Should we use GE in plants?

Friday, 5 October 2018, 4:18 pm | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses and risks of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

International research about NZ’s largest fault

Friday, 5 October 2018, 2:37 pm | GNS Science

An international team of scientists sets off this weekend to place earthquake monitoring instruments along New Zealand’s largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone. More >>

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show Tour

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:52 pm | Nanogirl

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show New Zealand Tour 2018 - Tickets on Sale Now The world's only female-led live science show - Nanogirl Live! - is touring New Zealand for the third year running. This year, the Nanogirl team will present ... More >>

Otago researchers win Fellowships worth $3.2 million

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:44 pm | University of Otago

Three highly-promising University of Otago researchers and another recently departed from the university, have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships worth $3.2 million by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

DreamLab users help accelerate cancer research

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:37 pm | Vodafone NZ

The Vodafone Foundation announced today users of the DreamLab app have helped cancer researchers finish Project Genetic Profile, focused on calculating genetic similarities between brain, lung, melanoma and sarcoma cancers well ahead of schedule. Researchers ... More >>

Support Women in STEM by buying an experience

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:29 pm | Association for Women in the Sciences

If you’ve ever wanted to do kitchen science with Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson, talk microbiology with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, go bug hunting with the Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste, hang out on the set of TVNZ Breakfast with Jack Tame, or tour a scientific research ... More >>

MetService Forecasts a Mostly Fine Weekend

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:57 am | MetService

The middle weekend of the school holidays is shaping up to be “not too bad” weather-wise, says MetService. More >>

River water quality report – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre

A river quality report and interactive from Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has measured the health of our rivers through data on 10-year trends from sites around the country. More >>

Gene editing in primary industries – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

2018 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships announced

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:33 am | Royal Society

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

River macroinvertebrates are under pressure

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:38 am | LAWA

Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has analysed and released 10-year trends for river macroinvertebrates for the first time and the results are publicly available on the LAWA website . The Macroinvertebrate Community Index (MCI) is an important biological ... More >>

Potential uses of gene editing for primary industries

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 9:26 am | Royal Society

Removing allergens from milk, making mānuka disease-resistant and preventing wilding pines are some potential future uses of gene editing in New Zealand if we choose to utilise this new technology. More >>

Scion Annual Report showcases many successes

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 4:34 pm | Scion

Scion Annual Report showcases many successes Scion has issued its annual report for the 12 months ending 30 June 2018 presenting a successful year for the Rotorua-based Crown research institute. Recently appointed Chair Dr Helen Anderson says the Scion ... More >>

NIWA Outlook: October – December 2018

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 1:25 pm | NIWA

For the sixth consecutive month, ENSO-neutral conditions persisted across the tropical Pacific. In September 2018 however, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) continued to trend down and is now in the El Niño range with a value of –1. On the other ... More >>

2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:52 am | The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet

Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the inherent ability of our immune system to attack tumor cells this year’s Nobel Laureates have established an entirely new principle for ... More >>

Revolutionary 3D colour X-ray for medicine

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:33 am | University of Canterbury

Invented in Christchurch, the MARS spectral x-ray scanner will revolutionise medical imaging globally, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer and heart disease, because it provides far greater detail of the body’s chemical components. ... More >>

Nobel Prize in Physics 2018: Tools made of light

Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 9:33 am | The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 More >>

Nobel Prize recognises growing relevance of immunotherapy

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 3:02 pm | Malaghan Institute

The decision to award a Nobel Prize to two leading immunotherapy researchers is well deserved recognition of the major impact immunology and immunotherapy is having in the fight against cancer says the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research. More >>

Handwritten files provide sediment treasure chest

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 1:39 pm | NIWA

A NIWA scientist who spent years poring over handwritten scientific notes stored in about 50 large wooden drawers, has seen the fruits of her labour now being used in ways she never imagined. More >>

Sulawsi quake and tsunami – Expert Reaction v2

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 12:06 pm | Science Media Centre

On Friday Evening, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The quake and resulting tsunami killed at least 800 people and displaced more than 50,000. More >>

Sulawsi quake and tsunami – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre

On Friday Evening, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. The quake and resulting tsunami killed at least 800 people and displaced more than 50,000. These numbers are expected to grow as the rescue teams ... More >>

Whale footage and research from sub-Antarctic Islands

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:41 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago research team led by Professor Steve Dawson and Dr Will Rayment, have recently returned from a month-long expedition to the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands where they have been collecting data on a recovering population of southern ... More >>

Quantum Shorts is open for entries

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:21 am | Quantum Shorts

Lights, camera, action! The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies is calling for entries to the celebrated Quantum Shorts film festival. The festival is free to enter, and open to amateur and professional film-makers who want to tell ... More >>

Key Dairy Areas Forecast to Have a Drier Than Normal October

Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 10:04 am | CLIMsystems

Hamilton, New Zealand, 3 August 2018. The relatively benign seasonal forecast issued by ExtendWeather in August for the early part of the dairy season has largely been experienced. The three times a month update does however offer insights into occasionally ... More >>

Kiwi’s made kererū count this week

Monday, 1 October 2018, 4:58 pm | Kereru Discovery Trust

Kiwi’s made kererū count this week in NZ’s biggest citizen science project This week hundreds of New Zealand citizen scientists made just over 8,800 observations of kererū, from as far north as Mangonui and south as Pikaroro Bay, Stewart Island, ... More >>

Meg Matthews appointed Cawthron chair

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:10 pm | Cawthron Institute

Media Release: 1 October 2018 Meg Matthews brings considerable governance experience to role as Chair of Cawthron Institute Board of Directors Meg Matthews has been appointed chair of the Cawthron Institute Board of Directors. She replaces Ian Kearney who ... More >>

Dry weather wins battle over weakening fronts

Monday, 1 October 2018, 1:00 pm | MetService

Several fronts weaken as they move over New Zealand this week, resulting in plenty of fine weather for the first week of the school holidays. More >>

October is the time to search for the South Island kōkako

Monday, 1 October 2018, 12:23 pm | South Island Kokako Charitable Trust

If you’re planning to get out and about this spring, please take a camera as the search continues for the elusive and secretive South Island kōkako. More >>

New technique to test NZ foods that promote healthy bacteria

Monday, 1 October 2018, 11:47 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

At birth a baby’s digestive system is pristine and waiting to be rapidly colonised by millions of bacteria (microbiome). We know the health of a baby is linked to the health of its microbiome. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Get on board with blockchain

Friday, 28 September 2018, 3:56 pm | Science Media Centre

Get on board with blockchain New Zealand should get on board with blockchain, including cryptocurrency, according to a report funded by the Law Foundation. More >>

Harnessing science to support Mycoplasma bovis eradication

Friday, 28 September 2018, 2:44 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

This week in Wellington, the Mycoplasma bovis Strategic Science Advisory Group (SSAG) brought together around 75 key people for a workshop to develop the science plan that will prioritise Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) eradication research and help inform ... More >>

Nanogirl Labs Donating Kitchen Science Cookbook to Schools

Friday, 28 September 2018, 12:30 pm | Nanogirl

Nanogirl Labs Are Donating the Kitchen Science Cookbook to Every Decile 1 & 2 Primary School in New Zealand More >>

Scientists recognised for controlling plant disease

Friday, 28 September 2018, 11:03 am | Plant and Food Research

Two wins for Plant & Food Research at the Kudos Awards - Dr Philip Elmer, a senior scientist in plant pathology and biological control, has been presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, while his team was awarded the Kudos Science ... More >>

UC scientists mix technology, art and roleplay

Friday, 28 September 2018, 10:34 am | University of Canterbury

Combining special effects, science, art and storytelling, University of Canterbury geological scientists have developed an exciting hi-tech game to help high school students understand the power of the earth. More >>

Region shines a light on our world class scientists

Friday, 28 September 2018, 9:35 am | The Kudos Awards

Region shines a light on our world class scientists Hamilton and Waikato’s science and innovation sector celebrated the region’s top scientists and their achievements at the 12th annual Kudos Awards last night in Hamilton. More >>

Government Invests $6m into a Seaweed Project

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 12:08 pm | Waikaitu

Waikaitu Ltd is proud to be a partner with Auckland University in a novel project awarded with $6m through the Endeavour Fund 2018. More >>

Ngāpuhi researcher challenges health advice on Obesity

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:54 am | Ngapuhi

Medical practitioners and policy makers internationally are taking note of research completed by Ngāpuhi education scholarship recipient Dr Ricky Bell given its findings go against the long-standing public health approach for obesity mitigation. More >>

DNA-packaging proteins and cancer development

Thursday, 27 September 2018, 10:00 am | University of Otago

University of Otago scientists have unravelled the 3D structure of two proteins, potentially providing answers as to why some people may be at risk of developing specific cancers. More >>

Post-winter cultivation is critical

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 10:46 am | Bala Tikkisetty Waikato Regional Council

The future of farming, on which our region’s economic and social wellbeing relies heavily, could be at risk if the quality and extent of our soils are not maintained. Sediment and nutrients from farming operations, along with pathogenic microbes, are ... More >>

MINERVA-II1: Successful image capture, landing on Ryugu, hop

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:08 pm | Hayabusa2 Project

On September 21, the small compact MINERVA-II1 rovers separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft (time of separation was 13:06 JST). The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B. We have confirmed both rovers landed on the surface of asteroid ... More >>

Mozzies knocked out with gene drive - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 8:53 am | Science Media Centre

UK researchers say they've successfully used a CRISPR-based gene drive to cause the collapse of a population of caged malaria-carrying mosquitoes. More >>

Brain Research NZ Features in International Programme

Monday, 24 September 2018, 4:07 pm | Brain Research NZ

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. To raise awareness about the condition, Brain Research New Zealand (BRNZ) has highlighted their efforts to research and combat dementia in ‘Every Three Seconds’, an international documentary ... More >>

Busy season for NIWA scientists in Antarctica

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:49 pm | NIWA

The new science season at Antarctica is just a few days away from opening and NIWA researchers are busy packing containers and shipping them to the ice where they will be reunited with them in the coming months. The summer science season lasts for about ... More >>

Scientists in the age of ‘fake news’

Monday, 24 September 2018, 3:40 pm | ESR

ESR’s new Chief Scientist says at a time when there is an increasing distrust of experts, scientists have a responsibility to communicate in a simple and clear way. Watch Brett Cowan talk on this interesting topic. More >>

Heavy snow, rain and bitterly cold southwest gales

Monday, 24 September 2018, 12:25 pm | MetService

Snow has fallen to 300 metres over parts of southern New Zealand this morning, and there’s more snow to come through to the middle of this week. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Aus strawberries needled

Friday, 21 September 2018, 3:42 pm | Science Media Centre

Aus strawberries needled Australia's strawberry industry was dealt a massive blow this week when needles were found in the fruit, by people who had purchased them from local stores. More >>

Want to tell NZ about Antarctic science ... from Antarctica?

Friday, 21 September 2018, 11:21 am | Antarctica New Zealand

If you’re an educator, journalist, artist or influencer and want to tell New Zealanders about Antarctic science and why it’s important … read on! More >>

Miscanthus shelter boosts farm productivity

Friday, 21 September 2018, 9:51 am | Miscanthus NZ

Miscanthus – a the giant sterile perennial woody grass - was originally brought into New Zealand to be grown as a renewable energy crop, primarily for boiler fuel. While this is still a very valid and appropriate use, innovative Kiwis have been ... More >>

Enjoy the weekend weather as change is coming

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 1:21 pm | MetService

MetService is encouraging everyone to make the most of the weekend’s weather as a cold front approaches from the south bringing a return of ‘winter-like’ conditions. More >>

Democratising carbon fibre from Auckland

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 9:52 am | Callaghan Innovation

An Auckland company has come up with a way of making the miracle carbon fibre material available to all. More >>

Global TB burden falling - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The global burden of tuberculosis is falling, but faster detection and treatment would help the process, according to a new World Health Organization report. More >>

Women in science – a celebration of NZ pioneers

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:17 am | University of Auckland

Pioneering women scientists who helped pave the way for others are being honoured as part of Women’s Suffrage 125 celebrations by having the University of Auckland’s science departments and schools named after them for the week. More >>

Huge reduction in nitrogen leaching when Miscanthus is used

Wednesday, 19 September 2018, 9:13 am | Miscanthus NZ

One of the negative effects that pastoral agriculture can have on the environment occurs through the leaching of nitrogen into groundwater. Most members of the public do not understand how or why this is important but those that do are justifiably ... More >>

OPEN LETTER to national leaders concerning our Royal Society

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 11:27 am | Climate Conversation

The Royal Society of New Zealand refuse to give evidence that global warming is man-made. More >>

Anti-reflux medicines safe for infants

Tuesday, 18 September 2018, 9:20 am | University of Otago

New University of Otago research shows infants using popular anti-reflux medicines like omeprazole are not at increased risk of pneumonia or other lower respiratory tract infections, contrary to findings from other international studies. More >>