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Skull could be world’s oldest tsunami victim

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:23 am | University of Auckland

A new geological analysis of the site where a 6,000-year-old human skull was discovered in Papua New Guinea in 1929 has revealed that the person probably died in a catastrophic tsunami. More >>

NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2018 - Launch Event Reminder

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:15 am | NZ Hi-Tech Awards

The 2018 Hi-Tech Awards will open for entry in just over a month and we're marking the occasion with special launch events for people interested in entering the Awards or nominating someone they think should enter. More >>

New surgical device among Velocity $100k Challenge winners

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 2:27 pm | University of Auckland

A new surgical stitching device is being developed in New Zealand that could prevent complications during the surgical process and even save lives by saving time. More >>

Food exports of the future

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 11:10 am | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists are leading new research that could revolutionise New Zealand foods - with new ways of boosting flavour and texture, and products designed to make our brains perform better. Supported by industry and research partners, AgResearch ... More >>

Fellowships and scholarships support discovery

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:46 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

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

Competitive males can adjust sperm speed

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 3:09 pm | University of Canterbury

It’s a fish tale of a sexual nature that may impact our understanding of male fertility. A University of Canterbury doctoral researcher has discovered that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce. More >>

A Mainly Fine Week Despite Some Wet Weather

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 2:01 pm | MetService

Following a wet end for many to the long weekend, MetService are forecasting another mixed week of weather for New Zealand. A weather system will affect different parts of the country this week, bringing rain to places, wind to some but sunshine to others. More >>

Kiwi tech advances will help drive greater food supply

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 10:17 am | Make Lemonade

Tech advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) might help New Zealand move toward a solution for helping feed the world which will require food production to double to meet a growing population demands, says a Kiwi tech ... More >>

Snoring, Sleeping Pills and Snacking in Spotlight

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:46 am | Australasian Sleep Association

More than 500 of Australasia’s best sleep specialists will gather in Auckland this week to reveal new research that will help millions of snorers, shift workers and fatigued teens get their forty winks. More >>

a2 Milk™ digested differently to conventional milk

Sunday, 22 October 2017, 7:27 pm | Liggins Institute

a2 Milk™ digested differently to conventional milk by lactose intolerant people – study New research from New Zealand has found that a2 Milk™ prevents some symptoms of dairy intolerance and eases others, even though it contains the same amount of ... More >>

Science could be in for shake-up

Friday, 20 October 2017, 3:04 pm | Science Media Centre

With strong policy commitments on R&D spending, climate change and freshwater quality, science funding and research priorities may change. More >>

Southern spring sizzle sets records

Friday, 20 October 2017, 12:49 pm | NIWA

An immense dome of high pressure stretched across the Tasman Sea onto the South Island yesterday, bringing the highest temperatures across New Zealand since April. More >>

Forecast for your Labour Weekend

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 2:03 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting a warm run up to the first long weekend of the season, with temperatures heading into the high twenties in some places in the South Island today (Thursday) and Friday. After that things return to a changeable westerly flow ... More >>

New Programme Promotes Profitability & Sustainability

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:54 am | Plant and Food Research

Improving environmental, economic and social outcomes are at the heart of an expansive new sustainability science programme from Plant & Food Research. More >>

The State of New Zealand's Atmosphere & Climate

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:35 am | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ have released an updated report on the state of New Zealand's atmosphere and climate. The report documents trends in global and local conditions, including a 1°C temperature increase in New Zealand ... More >>

Nanogirl Live! Heading to Abu Dhabi

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 10:55 am | Nanogirl

This November, the Nanogirl Live! team are taking their explosive, educational and entertaining approach to science education to Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2017. More >>

Study predicts changes in marine ecosystems

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 9:30 am | University of Auckland

A new study based on the first global survey of marine life by scuba divers has provided fresh insights into how climate change may affect marine ecosystems. More >>

Snapper family ties provide new evidence on marine reserves

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 12:26 pm | University of Auckland

A higher proportion of young snapper in fishing areas north of Auckland are related to adult snapper from the Goat Island Marine Reserve, confirming what scientists have long suspected: the reserve acts as a giant snapper nursery. A higher proportion ... More >>

Sea ice change puts glitch in NIWA's Antarctic research

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 11:07 am | NIWA

A dramatic change in sea ice this year is likely to hamper a NIWA-led research project aiming to better understand how ice shelves will melt as the ocean warms. More >>

House of science is bringing top scientists to BoP

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 5:25 pm | House of Science

House of science is bringing top scientists to the Bay of Plenty October 2017: The House of Science is hosting leading New Zealand scientists at their biennial symposium in November. The first-of-its-kind institution is changing the way Kiwis engage with ... More >>

NZ Could Cut its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Naturally

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 3:18 pm | Browning and Associates

Washington DC – Nature could cost-effectively[1] deliver over a third (37%) of greenhouse gas emissions reductions required by 2030 to prevent dangerous levels of global warming, according to a new study published today by scientists from global ... More >>

How to deal with contradictory scientific information

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 12:30 pm | University of Auckland

Science and research is becoming more popular in the media and on-line, so how can the general public deal with contradictory scientific advice and research? Professor Rainer Bromme of the University of Münster, Germany, will present a talk, “Between ... More >>

Shaping the future of what we eat and grow

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10:54 am | Lincoln Hub

The future of food and the alternative ways to feed a growing global population will be the focus of a plant-based innovation hackathon in Christchurch in early December. More >>

Warm temps ahead of Labour Weekend

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10:52 am | NIWA

An air flow extending from Australia on Thursday and Friday may bring near-record warmth to parts of the interior South Island, says NIWA forecaster Ben Noll. A large area of high pressure to the northwest of New Zealand will help steer this warm air ... More >>

High honour for pioneering scientist

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:57 am | Lincoln University

A Lincoln Agritech Ltd scientist known for his pioneering work in electronic engineering was honoured by the Royal Society Te Apārangi last week. More >>

More Kiwis buying into artificial intelligence

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 8:48 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealanders are buying into the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) as it is creeps into many walks of everyday life, an AI specialist says. More >>

Major Funding to Develop Sensor Technology

Monday, 16 October 2017, 12:01 pm | Auckland Bioengineering Institute

Researchers from the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) have won $12 million to develop multi-purpose smart sensors that will give new insight into diseases such as heart failure and urinary function. More >>

Multinational Probe of Hikurangi Subduction Zone

Monday, 16 October 2017, 11:26 am | GNS Science

Scientists are preparing for New Zealand’s largest ever deployment of seafloor earthquake recording instruments in a bid to learn more about the earthquake behaviour of the tectonic plates beneath the east coast of the North Island. More >>

Oil Industry Representative Misleads Public

Sunday, 15 October 2017, 11:35 am | Fossil Fuels Aotearoa Research Network

Cameron Madgwick, CEO of the Petroleum Exploration and Production Association of New Zealand (PEPANZ) responded this week to claims by Greenpeace activist Mike Smith that seismic testing harmed marine mammals. Smith was reacting to news that Schumberger ... More >>

NRGene Delivers Major Breakthrough in Sunflower Genome

Saturday, 14 October 2017, 11:32 am | NRGene

Ness Ziona, Israel – 13 October 2017 – NRGene , the worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, has created a previously unattainable version of the sunflower genome for a cooperative of scientists from Canada, the United States, France, and ... More >>

Science Deadline

Friday, 13 October 2017, 2:40 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: Camera project shows extent of junk food, booze ads, orca-sized toothache, and 21 medals for NZ researchers. More >>

Pregnant women should sleep on their side

Friday, 13 October 2017, 1:53 pm | University of Auckland

Infrared cameras study found pregnant women should sleep on their side New University of Auckland research has found that expectant mothers should sleep on their side towards the end of pregnancy, after the research found that women who sleep on their ... More >>

New term, new NZ marine science resources

Friday, 13 October 2017, 11:56 am | NIWA

School pupils can now explore a real-world issue facing New Zealand – how to best manage our vast marine resources – thanks to a collaboration between the Sustainable Seas Challenge and Science Learning Hub. More >>

A Robot’s 'Father' Discusses Progress in AI

Friday, 13 October 2017, 11:02 am | United Nations

A robot’s ‘father’ discusses progress in artificial intelligence and reveals a future that’s closer than you think More >>

Consultation Opens for Sustainable Seas Challenge 2019–2024

Friday, 13 October 2017, 9:31 am | NIWA

Improving marine management is critical to New Zealand’s future health and wealth, but research in isolation is not enough. Excellent engagement with, and participation from, all users and sectors of society is essential. We have therefore been working ... More >>

Vibration therapy trialled in young children

Friday, 13 October 2017, 8:49 am | Liggins Institute

The Torrens Kelly family were “somewhat sceptical” when son Luke, then 12, joined a clinical trial of a new vibration therapy for cerebral palsy at the Liggins Institute. “Luke has had many therapies in the past and it is often hard to judge whether ... More >>

New tool estimates if solar panels are economic

Friday, 13 October 2017, 8:37 am | University of Auckland Business School

A new tool is available to help Auckland households and businesses work out whether it makes financial sense to install solar panels on their roofs. The free online calculator factors in the unique “solar rooftop potential” of half a million ... More >>

Thomson Medal latest accolade in string of successes

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 4:46 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute Chief Executive Professor Charles Eason CRSNZ has been awarded the Thomson Medal by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. The Thomson Medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to the organisation, support, and application of science ... More >>

'Killer' toothaches likely cause misery for captive orca

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 4:04 pm | University of Otago

An international research team that includes a University of Otago scientist has undertaken the first in-depth investigation of the teeth of captive orca (killer whales) and have found them a sorry state, which raises serious concerns for these ... More >>

An improved weekend for many

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1:55 pm | MetService

Most places in the country are experiencing well above average rainfall this year, so any interludes of settled weather are welcome. After the recent rainfall, soils are saturated and water is pooling in many places. Any drying conditions will be ... More >>

Tropical Cyclone activity expected to be near-normal

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 2:49 pm | MetService

The Southwest Pacific tropical cyclone season formally starts on the 1st of November, with an average number of named cyclones expected in the upcoming 2017-18 season under the influence of climate conditions heading into La Niña this summer. More >>

Tropical Cyclone Outlook for Southwest Pacific

Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 12:16 pm | NIWA

Forecasters say about eight to 10 named tropical cyclones are expected to form in the Southwest Pacific basin between November and April. More >>

New Zealand Can Lead the World in Reducing Emissions

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 3:17 pm | John Baker

An international soil scientist has spelt out the way New Zealand can meet part of its commitment to reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The release of CO2 significantly contributes to climate change. However Dr John Baker says it can be ... More >>

NZ-China non-communicable disease research strengthened

Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 10:07 am | University of Otago

The upcoming signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) at the University of Otago with three leading Shanghai institutions is a welcome sign of the growing collaborations between New Zealand and Chinese health researchers, according to organisers. More >>

It’s not all doom & gloom for the weather this week

Monday, 9 October 2017, 2:49 pm | MetService

It is a gloomy start to the week for most of us, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. More >>

Transit Gets Smarter Due to Real Time Display Technology

Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:51 am | Radiola Smart Trasnit

Smart transit set to get a whole lot smarter thanks to real time display technology More >>

Malfoy the wasp no longer unknown to Science

Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:49 am | University of Auckland

It’s one of our least-loved insects, with a particularly gruesome reproductive technique, but University of Auckland doctoral student Tom Saunders is on a mission to rescue our native wasps from their bad name. It’s one of our least-loved insects, ... More >>

Big Ideas Needed for 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards

Monday, 9 October 2017, 9:34 am | World Wildlife Fund

Big, bold ideas needed for 2017 Conservation Innovation Awards - Search is on for the next environmental game-changers More >>

10th anniversary of ocean acidification research

Monday, 9 October 2017, 8:24 am | NIWA

A decade of scientific research into how ocean acidification is affecting New Zealand waters has led to far greater understanding of the vulnerability of our marine ecosystems, according to a newly published review. More >>

Northland's Displaced Land Explained by Obduction

Friday, 6 October 2017, 9:28 am | Geomarine Research

Most of Northland is composed of giant slabs of rock that were pushed up out of the ocean and slid hundreds of kilometres southwest into the region says Auckland geologist Bruce Hayward in his new book Out of the Ocean into the Fire . This process known ... More >>

Settled weather coming to an end this weekend

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 1:51 pm | MetService

After a spell of settled weather to start the school holidays, a low approaching from the Tasman Sea will bring it to an abrupt end, with wet weather expected for most during the weekend. More >>

UC researcher awarded prestigious Rutherford Fellowship

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 12:41 pm | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury meteorology academic is delighted to be named among the next generation of research leaders in the 2017 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships, announced today by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

Next generation of research leaders

Thursday, 5 October 2017, 10:08 am | Royal Society Of New Zealand

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

Fencing of waterways an effective tool to combat pollution

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 8:21 pm | AgResearch

Fencing of waterways an effective tool to combat pollution Fencing of waterways has proven very effective where it has been used to combat the risks of contamination from agriculture, AgResearch says. AgResearch’s Professor Rich McDowell, the chief ... More >>

Insurance: the canary in the coalmine of climate change?

Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 3:16 pm | Deep South National Science Challenge

The Deep South Challenge announces new research into who should bear the cost of our changing climate, and when. More >>

October 2017 – Finally, some drier weather!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 3:48 pm | MetService

During September, low pressures dominated the weather map once again. “This is the third consecutive month in which Lows have targeted New Zealand,” said MetService Meteorologist Georgina Griffiths. “This has resulted in extremely wet conditions ... More >>

Cancer geneticist to receive Otago’s highest honour

Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 9:17 am | University of Otago

Professor Parry Guilford, an internationally renowned cancer genetics and biology expert, has been selected as the University’s latest recipient of the Distinguished Research Medal, the University of Otago’s highest distinction. More >>

IROs Garner Endeavour Funding for Leading Research

Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 8:49 am | IRANZ

A number of Independent Research Organisations (IRO), offering research from the impact of household products on New Zealand’s aquatic ecosystems to developing nitrogen-fixing trees and grasses for our forestry and pastoral industries, have ... More >>

Astro Stars Set to Descend on NZ for Starlight Festival

Monday, 2 October 2017, 1:20 pm | The Hermitage Aoraki Mount Cook

New Zealand is set to welcome some of the most influential astrophysicists in the world, as part of the third Aoraki Mackenzie Starlight Festival, to be held at Aoraki/Mount Cook’s The Hermitage Hotel from Friday the 13th-15th October. More >>

A Settled Start to the School Holidays

Monday, 2 October 2017, 12:37 pm | MetService

A more settled southwest flow lies over country today in the wake of a windy night which brought gusts of up to 135km/h to exposed areas of the upper North Island yesterday. Winds and showers ease today as a ridge begins to build to the north, while those ... More >>