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Put insomnia in its place

Monday, 13 February 2017, 1:48 pm | Massey University

Insomnia is a major health care problem globally, with about one-third of Kiwis reporting they regularly have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Twenty-five per cent of New Zealanders are affected by long-term insomnia symptoms. More >>

Wet and windy start but sunshine returns mid-week

Monday, 13 February 2017, 12:28 pm | MetService

After a settled start to the weekend, the weather began to deteriorate yesterday as a front over the Tasman spread warm moist air over central and northern New Zealand. More >>

NASA's Balloon Program Returns to Wanaka, New Zealand

Monday, 13 February 2017, 10:52 am | Wanaka Airport

For a third consecutive year, NASA is returning to Wanaka, New Zealand, to launch a long-duration, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) into one of the most dynamic and severe flight regimes inside the Earth's atmosphere. More >>

NASA confirms 10-year arrangement for super balloon launches

Monday, 13 February 2017, 10:47 am | Joint Media Statement

Wanaka Airport Operations Manager Ralph Fegan today welcomed the news that NASA will return to Wanaka in 2017 for its third super pressure balloon launch, scheduled for late March/early April, and will be further committing to the site as one of its ... More >>

Change to cannabis approval

Friday, 10 February 2017, 4:10 pm | Science Media Centre

Patients seeking medicinal cannabis will no longer need the approval of a minister, but will go to the Minstry of Health instead. More >>

Study of mutant sheep provides exciting new opportunities

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:17 am | AgResearch

Research into “mutant” sheep has AgResearch scientists eyeing up a greater understanding of what makes human hair curly or straight, and the potential for innovative new wool products. Commonly known as Felting Lustre mutants, these sheep are rare and ... More >>

Hearing and balance disorders focus for new centre

Friday, 10 February 2017, 11:15 am | University of Auckland

A multidisciplinary collaborative research centre dedicated to research into hearing and balance disorders was launched in Auckland this week. More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook Update

Friday, 10 February 2017, 10:49 am | NIWA

This update for the latter half of the 2016–17 Tropical Cyclone (TC) season (February to April 2017) suggests near normal activity can still be expected. The 30-year (1981-2010) average number of all (named) storms is 12.4 (10.4) in the Southwest Pacific1 each ... More >>

Local Environmentalist, International Recognition

Friday, 10 February 2017, 9:02 am | Environment Institute of Australia and NZ

Christchurch terrestrial ecologist, Dr Judith Roper-Lindsay, has received international recognition for her contribution to environmental practice. More >>

Researchers awarded funds to tackle diabetes

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 12:19 pm | University of Otago

Diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing long-term health conditions with enormous costs for individuals, the health care system and society. More >>

Drone swarm to locate people post-disaster

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 10:42 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) researchers are working with Japanese colleagues to develop technologies that will enable swarms of drones to locate and potentially triage people buried in the wreckage and debris of natural disasters. More >>

The impact of our warming world on Earth’s ice

Thursday, 9 February 2017, 10:25 am | Victoria University of Wellington

Top international scholars will gather at Victoria University of Wellington next week to discuss the connections between Earth’s frozen waters and the global climate system. More >>

Change to approval for medicinal cannabis

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 3:25 pm | Science Media Centre

Patients seeking medicinal cannabis will no longer need the approval of a minister, but instead will go to the Ministry of Health. More >>

Taking action against tutsan

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 1:24 pm | Landcare Research

Two insects that will tackle a weed threatening the viability of New Zealand farms are poised to be released into the environment for the first time. More >>

Technology allows 9% of fertiliser to be redeployed

Wednesday, 8 February 2017, 11:45 am | Ravensdown

More precise aerial fertiliser spreading has already proven it can deliver environmental gains compared to blanket topdressing, but now fresh research is emerging that it will improve the bottom line of New Zealand’s hill country farmers. More >>

Auckland Museum Recognised As Global Leader

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 2:47 pm | Auckland Museum

Auckland War Memorial Museum has been recognised as an example of best practice in the World Wide Web Consortium’s most recent “ Data on the web ”. Founded by Tim Berners-Lee, the W3C sets and maintains the standards that help make the web ... More >>

Rain for the dry regions

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 2:36 pm | MetService

“The driest regions of the country are finally set to see some useful rain,” said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. “Rain spreads into Hawke's Bay late this afternoon, and into Gisborne overnight. And it looks likely to produce ... More >>

College of Anaesthetists celebrates its 25th anniversary

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 12:00 pm | ANZCA

ANZCA (the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists) today celebrates 25 years of leadership in medical research, specialist education and training and the setting of professional standards. The College was founded on this day in 1992, ... More >>

Future sea-level rise from warming of polar ice sheets

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 10:10 am | Victoria University of Wellington

One of the world’s most prominent glaciologists, who is behind a landmark report revealing the unstoppable collapse of a large part of Antarctica, is giving a free public lecture next week at Victoria University of Wellington. Professor Eric Rignot, ... More >>

Pre-schoolers’ daily dose of internet

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 9:34 am | Vodafone NZ

The results from a Colmar Brunton survey[1] released today, reveal that internet safety ranks highest on the list of concerns for Kiwi parents – ahead of education, road safety and childhood obesity. More >>

NZ ‘unites’ for a better internet on Safer Internet Day

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 9:09 am | Netsafe

Safer Internet Day 2017 kicks off with new online safety resources for Kiwis from some of the biggest players in the industry including Netsafe, Google, Trade Me and Twitter. More >>

Kiwi – Back From the Brink

Saturday, 4 February 2017, 2:07 pm | Kiwis for Kiwi

Kiwi – Back From the Brink Kiwi can be saved from extinction by boosting numbers of chicks captured in the wild and releasing them into predator free habitats. That’s the goal of Kiwis for kiwi, the trust that supports hundreds of conservation volunteers ... More >>

Inquiry hears outbreak details

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:39 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government inquiry looking into last year's Havelock North gastro outbreak has started hearings this week. More >>

HPV vaccine funded for boys

Friday, 3 February 2017, 4:37 pm | Science Media Centre

As students have headed back to school this week, boys, as well as girls, will have funded access to the HPV vaccine Gardasil. More >>

AI technology for automated treatment planning from UHN

Friday, 3 February 2017, 9:47 am | RaySearch Laboratories

University Health Network (UHN) in Canada has exclusively licensed a new artificial intelligence (AI) technology for automated radiation therapy treatment planning to RaySearch, for incorporation* into the RayStation® treatment planning system. The ... More >>

Research cooperation cannot be put at risk

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 3:56 pm | The Royal Society of New Zealand

International research cooperation is critical to addressing the world’s most pressing issues – like climate change, extreme weather events, water and food. We need research grounded in evidence and quality research practices to address these ... More >>

Science is, sometimes, political

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Association of Scientists

The New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) is deeply concerned by the impact of the new US administration. More >>

Opportunity for Kiwis to have their say on personal data use

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 12:40 pm | Data Futures Partnership

Our Data Our Way is an opportunity for all New Zealanders to have a say on how personal data is used and shared. Anyone can take part by using a new online tool which launches today (Thursday) and explores people’s comfort levels in different data use situations. ... More >>

Important submarine canyon ecosystems at risk

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 11:57 am | Niwa National Climate Centre

A NIWA scientist is calling for greater protection of submarine canyons around New Zealand as their rich marine life comes under increasing threat from human activity. More >>

Major primary industry tech event returning this March

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 10:09 am | MobileTech

In just under two months, Rotorua will again be playing host to nearly 300 industry representatives from throughout the primary industries sector. MobileTECH 2017 is a major industry conference focusing on new technologies and innovations designed ... More >>

Tobacco smokers invited to participate in quit trial

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 9:49 am | University of Auckland

Auckland tobacco smokers are invited to take part in a trial to determine the effectiveness of e-cigarettes combined with nicotine patches and behavioural support, to help people quit smoking. More >>

Support the habitat stamp – and funds that help NZ wetlands

Thursday, 2 February 2017, 9:15 am | NZ Fish and Game Council

New Zealanders are urged to help protect wetlands that are not only crucial to the survival of game birds and other wildlife – but help humans survive natural disasters. More >>

It never rains, but it pours

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 4:19 pm | MetService

What you thought of January depends a great deal on where you live. It was a windy and cool start to the year for most of us, but each end of the country experienced hugely differing rainfall during January. “The start of 2017 saw absolutely opposite ... More >>

Why we need to go back to the future (and give it a name)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 2:46 pm | sticK

Here’s a counter-intuitive notion, that if we’re smart, could allow our analogue agricultural systems to thrive in a digital world. But to do so we MUST own our story. My contention is, “the more society connects to the cloud, the more we will want ... More >>

NZ’s first 34 million year land-based climate record

Wednesday, 1 February 2017, 2:23 pm | GNS Science

More than 2000 samples of fossilised tree pollen stored in Lower Hutt are helping scientists get a fuller picture of southern latitude climate over the past 34 million years, covering a period when New Zealand was six to eight degrees Celsius warmer ... More >>

Lexar NZ Launches First 512GB Pro 3500x CFast 2.0 Card

Tuesday, 31 January 2017, 11:24 am | Lexar Media

Doubled Capacity Allows Cinematographers, Filmmakers, and Content Creators to Capture Highest-Quality 4K Video and Beyond More >>

Toasty weekend sets the trend

Monday, 30 January 2017, 1:12 pm | MetService

This weekend was hot, with temperatures maxing out at 33 degrees in Napier, brought about by warm northwesterly winds. Few places saw any rain, the exception being Fiordland and the southern West Coast where Milford Sound clocked up 124mm of rain during the ... More >>

Albatross survey complete

Monday, 30 January 2017, 9:40 am | Seafood New Zealand

Scientists have returned from the Auckland Islands where they undertook the annual census of the white-capped albatross. More >>

12-month deadline for EQ fix

Friday, 27 January 2017, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

Owners of about 300 earthquake-prone buildings will have 12 months to secure unreinforced masonry, following theNovember 14 Kaikoura earthquake. More >>

Injecting applied science back into the water quality debate

Friday, 27 January 2017, 1:55 pm | Horizons Regional Council

Discussion around the state of water quality in New Zealand is not short of an opinion or two. Yet when it comes to the science, we’re surprisingly quiet. More >>

Forecasts a Future of Technology for People, by People

Friday, 27 January 2017, 12:33 pm | Accenture

Rapid acceleration of human-centric technology in AI, digital ecosystems and marketplaces will empower people, drive transformation of business and society More >>

MBIE appoints new Chief Scientist

Friday, 27 January 2017, 11:08 am | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has appointed University of Auckland’s Deputy Dean of Engineering, Margaret Hyland as its new Chief Scientist. “We are delighted to announce Margaret’s appointment as Chief Scientist. This ... More >>

Call for improvements in draft energy efficiency strategy

Thursday, 26 January 2017, 4:12 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) has released its submission on the draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (NEECS). It has called for an economy-wide target for energy efficiency, and for sector targets that have some ... More >>

Last blast before warmer weather

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 1:53 pm | MetService

The contrast between north and south has been unusually pronounced this summer, with successive fronts lashing the south, and drought conditions in the north. Cooler conditions have prevailed, with much of New Zealand 1 to 2 degrees colder than normal ... More >>

Major cyber security forum coming to New Zealand

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 11:57 am | University of Waikato

The annual International Organization for Standardization ( ISO ) event, responsible for cyber security international standards such as the ISO/IEC 27000 series, is coming to Hamilton in April this year. More >>

Creatures reveal true colours up close

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 11:43 am | NIWA

From a tiny caddsifly to a frolicking dusky dolohin, NIWA staff have captured some beautiful images of insects, birds, fish - and a particularly handsome frog. More >>

Submarine volcanoes give up their secrets

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 11:01 am | GNS Science

Twenty-metre high chimneys belching out hot acidic mineral-rich fluids, forests of long-neck barnacles clinging to craggy rock formations, and beds of mussels lining vertical rock walls. More >>

Fast track clinic speeds up Northland lung cancer response

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10:28 am | Northland District Health Board

Telling patients whether they have lung cancer or not is now being done on average 18 times more quickly, thanks to the implementation of the Respiratory Fast Track Clinic service in Northland. More >>

Harnessing hope to treat rare disease in children

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 10:07 am | Victoria University of Wellington

New research from Victoria University of Wellington has provided insight into the effectiveness of a potential drug to treat a rare, fatal disease in children. Sometimes referred to as childhood Alzheimer’s, Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a genetic ... More >>

How to become predator free

Friday, 20 January 2017, 2:47 pm | Science Media Centre

Nearly six months ago the Government announced it would aim to rid New Zealand of rats, stoats and possums by 2050. How will we get there? More >>

A new frontier in food production

Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:31 am | Cawthron Institute

A team of world class science and engineering minds are in Nelson this week, applying their expertise to the challenge of making open ocean shellfish farming viable. If successful, the project could significantly increase New Zealand shellfish production ... More >>

Anniversary in Antarctica to focus on icy continent’s future

Friday, 20 January 2017, 9:10 am | Antarctica New Zealand

The 20th of January 2017 is the 60th anniversary of the opening of Scott Base in Antarctica – an occasion that will be marked with lamingtons, cheese rolls and a push to turbo charge the global conversation on climate change. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 4:49 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent.  Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”.  Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Some welcome rain and a glimpse of summer

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 1:47 pm | MetService

The South Island and lower North Island saw plenty of severe weather through yesterday and into this morning, as forecast. More >>

One storm down, another on its way

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 1:31 pm | NIWA

The intense low pressure system that developed in the Tasman sea late yesterday had become as strong as a category 2 tropical cyclone by 8am today, says NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll. More >>

Scientists continue magnetic measurements in Antarctica

Thursday, 19 January 2017, 11:31 am | GNS Science

New Zealand scientists are in Antarctica this month collecting measurements of the Earth’s magnetic field that were first taken by Scott’s Terra Nova Expedition over 100 years ago. More >>

What will the wasp plague be like this year?

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 1:32 pm | Victoria University of Wellington

New research from Victoria University of Wellington has revealed the population of the common wasp is amplified by spring weather, with warmer and drier springs often meaning more wasps and wasp stings in summer. More >>

Inbreeding threatens Long Island’s little spotted kiwi

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 10:45 am | University of Otago

A population of rare little spotted kiwi (LSK) that was thought to be thriving in a Marlborough island sanctuary is actually seriously threatened by the silent effects of inbreeding, new research led by a University of Otago scientist suggests. More >>

Pure Stem Cell Procedures a First for Athritis Breakthrough

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 10:23 am | Queenstown Regenerative Medicine

Leading edge stem cell technology company Queenstown Regenerative Medicine (QRM) is bringing the latest world-class procedures to New Zealand. More >>

New startup to research novel cancer vaccines

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 10:15 am | University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is partnering with an American drug development company to launch a biotech start-up that will research novel cancer vaccines. More >>

 

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