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Welcome sunshine for many

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 1:00 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure will deliver sunshine for most places as we head into the weekend. However the fine weather will not last for everyone, as a front pushes onto the country by the end of the weekend. More >>

NIWA seaweed scientist tackling global climate change issue

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 9:58 am | NIWA

One of the world's leading scientific publishers has named a paper cowritten by a NIWA scientist as one of 250 groundbreaking findings that could "help change the world". More >>

Researcher examines link between viruses and breast cancer

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 2:18 pm | University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury’s Chair of Cancer Epidemiology, Professor Ann Richardson , is on a mission to discover if there is a link between common viruses and breast cancer. More >>

Zero Carbon Bill - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 1:27 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government's proposed Zero Carbon Bill lays out how they plan to transition New Zealand to a low-emission economy by 2050. More >>

How will Auckland’s underground cables cope with an eruption

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 12:48 pm | Earthquake Commission

With eyes on Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, a local researcher is asking how Auckland's underground water pipes and power cables would cope if lava cut over their pathway. More >>

Green chemistry project aims to create lipids

Wednesday, 20 June 2018, 11:16 am | KiwiNet

HAMILTON, NZ, June 20, 2018 – Nelson research scientist Dr Ivan Kurtovic has received a $25,000 boost from KiwiNet’s Emerging Innovator Programme for a green chemistry project to create specialised lipids for use in nutraceutical and functional food ... More >>

Videogame loot boxes similar to gambling

Tuesday, 19 June 2018, 10:42 am | Massey University

Adolescents playing video games that offer randomised rewards to increase competitive advantage could be being exposed to mechanisms that are psychologically similar to gambling, according to new research just published in Nature Human Behaviour . More >>

Almost $19 million awarded to Otago researchers

Monday, 18 June 2018, 2:47 pm | University of Otago

A new study investigating for the first time the health of occupants of leaky homes in New Zealand is one of many University of Otago-led projects being funded this year by the Health Research Council to the tune of almost $19 million. More >>

Name that pest – Using AI to rapidly ID pest species

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:45 pm | University of Canterbury

Ever been fined $400 at the border for a forgotten banana and wondered about the strict biosecurity rules in New Zealand? A University of Canterbury academic is working to make it possible to instantly identify suspect insects, plants and fungi from ... More >>

How species live together in climate change

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:24 pm | Landcare Research

Understanding how species live together in changing ecosystems has been a difficult subject for scientists to attack. More >>

A wet start to the week

Monday, 18 June 2018, 1:02 pm | MetService

This week gets off to a stormy start with heavy rain and thunderstorms for most parts of the North Island today. A complex low pressure system with several embedded fronts moves southeast across central New Zealand today bringing wet weather through to ... More >>

SMC: Antarctic ice sheets, youth offending

Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:14 pm | Science Media Centre

New Chief Science Advisor Professor Juliet Gerrard will replace Sir Peter Gluckman as the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor on July 1, it was announced this week . MacDiarmid Institute A biochemist, Prof Gerrard is the Associate Dean of Research ... More >>

Nitrogen-reducing plantain recognised with Fieldays Award

Friday, 15 June 2018, 3:09 pm | HMC Communications

A plantain that started life as a common weed has been recognised for its contribution to the future of farming with an Innovation Award from Fieldays. More >>

New Zealand Researcher Receives International Award

Friday, 15 June 2018, 9:41 am | Dr Marewa Glover

Renowned tobacco control researcher Dr. Marewa Glover today was the recipient of the INNCO Professional Advocate of the Year Award for her support of tobacco harm reduction at the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw, Poland. More >>

Mātauranga and science join forces in new research

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 12:52 pm | University of Auckland

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) recently announced that it has awarded $100,000 in funding towards a project that aims to improve the way in which scientists work with and engage with Māori. The Ministry of Business, Innovation ... More >>

Waves trigger Antarctic ice shelf collapse

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 12:24 pm | Australian Antarctic Program

Ocean waves following sea ice loss trigger Antarctic ice shelf collapse Storm-driven ocean swells have triggered the catastrophic disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves in recent decades, according to new research published in Nature today. More >>

Major Funding Boost for Top Clinical Research Institute

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 12:08 pm | MRINZ

New Zealand’s leading clnical research organisation has been rewarded with a major funding extension, in recognition of its on-going excellence and achievements in the field of medical research. More >>

Conservation more than saving kiwis

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 11:01 am | Lincoln University

Lincoln University DesignLab Director Mick Abbott wants New Zealanders to look beyond the birds and think about our protected natural areas. More >>

Installation of Sysmex’s innovative UN-Series at Labtests

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 10:17 am | Sysmex

Labtests, a division of Healthscope NZ, is one of the largest private pathology providers in New Zealand and have become the first laboratory in the country to install and begin processing specimens with Sysmex’s innovative UN-Series. Urinalysis testing ... More >>

Science Journalism Fund - round 3 now open

Thursday, 14 June 2018, 8:42 am | Science Media Centre NZ

Applications are open and eligibility criteria have been updated for the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Momentum builds for Leapfrog Works with industry recognition

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 5:11 pm | Seequent

Seequent and Mott MacDonald named Digital Transformation Initiative of the year finalist in British Construction Industry Awards; follows shortlisting in Ground Engineering Awards. More >>

Science Journalism Fund - round 3 now open

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 3:28 pm | Science Media Centre

Applications are open and eligibility criteria have been updated for the third round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Wetland Symposium for Hawke’s Bay

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 12:24 pm | Hawke's Bay Regional Council

Award-winning restoration project at Pekapeka Wetland in Hawke’s Bay features at Wetland Restoration Symposium in September. More >>

New therapy for kidney patients wins innovation award

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:23 am | Medical Technology Association of New Zealand

A new haemodialysis (blood filter) therapy that has the potential to significantly advance renal (kidney) care for patients in New Zealand has won the James & Wells Medical Technology Association of New Zealand (MTANZ) Innovation Award for 2018. More >>

Environmental impacts of meat consumption low priority

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 10:04 am | University of Otago

Many New Zealand consumers are unaware of the environmental impacts of their meat consumption and this may be influencing our high meat intake, according to a study by the University of Otago. More >>

Vitamin C trialled as life-saving treatment

Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 8:32 am | University of Otago

University of Otago, Christchurch researchers are teaming up with intensive care specialists to study whether intravenous infusions of vitamin C could be a life-saving treatment for patients with sepsis. More >>

Lake Tekapo study raises awareness of tsunamis in NZ lakes

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 3:33 pm | NIWA

A pilot project has provided the most advanced mapping of a New Zealand lake ever and highlights the hazard to lakeside towns of tsunamis caused by landslides. More >>

International Recognition GNS Science Research Output

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 3:15 pm | GNS Science

International Recognition for Research Output for GNS Science GNS Science has been recognised for the high calibre of its research by being the top ranked corporate institution in the world for its output of publications in earth and environmental ... More >>

Digital principles set up to help NZ businesses evolve

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 1:05 pm | Make Lemonade

The digital revolution that has begun will change, redefine and disrupt almost every sector across the country, New Zealand Techleaders chair David Kennedy says. More >>

New PM’s Chief Science Advisor - Expert reaction

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

Prof Juliet Gerrard, Associate Dean of Research at the University of Auckland's Faculty of Science, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. More >>

University professor announced as new Chief Science Advisor

Tuesday, 12 June 2018, 10:17 am | University of Auckland

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the University of Auckland today to announce Professor Juliet Gerrard will take up the role of Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. More >>

Plant proteins and food exports: More depth to industry

Monday, 11 June 2018, 11:29 am | Innovatek

TV news and social media highlight Impossible Burgers going global and Vivera plant-based steaks flying off Tesco’s shelves in Britain. True to form they have focused the public’s attention on threats to our agriculture exports. More >>

Phosphorus just the tonic for needy cows

Monday, 11 June 2018, 10:29 am | Bayer NZ

Auckland Monday 11 June 2018 – Dairy cows are the elite athletes of milk production and as such need to be kept in top condition. More >>

Otago researchers help unlock answers about leptospirosis

Monday, 11 June 2018, 9:15 am | University of Otago

University of Otago researchers are helping lead international studies which have discovered that exposure to cattle and rice farming are risk factors for the devastating disease leptospirosis in northern Tanzania. More >>

Auckland marine biologist wins environment award

Saturday, 9 June 2018, 11:29 am | University of Auckland

Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine has been named inaugural winner of the Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation. More >>

SMC: Mars' building blocks for life

Friday, 8 June 2018, 3:20 pm | Science Media Centre

The Curiosity rover has found new evidence that Mars could have supported ancient life, and NASA's scientists say their findings show they’re on the right path in the search for evidence of life. A series of papers published today in Science detail ... More >>

Winner Picked for New Zealand’s National Fungus

Friday, 8 June 2018, 11:33 am | Manaaki Whenua

New Zealand has voted its pick for the national fungus and the overwhelming winner is the sky-blue mushroom Entoloma hochstetteri (also known to Māori as werewere-kōkako). More >>

Zonta Announces 2018 Science Award Recipient

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:49 pm | Zonta

The 15th Biennial Zonta Science Award winner will be announced by the Governor General, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, at a ceremony at Government House on Thursday 7 June 2018. The Award was established in 1990 by the Zonta Club of Wellington to further ... More >>

Landcare Research scientist wins Zonta Science Award

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:47 pm | Landcare Research

A love of the natural world has seen Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research scientist Dr Jessie Prebble named the 15th Biennial Zonta Science Award winner. The award was established in 1990 by the Zonta Club of Wellington to further the status of New ... More >>

SOFIA returns to Christchurch’s night skies

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 7:30 pm | ChristchurchNZ

SOFIA returns to Christchurch’s night skies 07 June 2018 NASA’s largest flying astronomical observatory has returned to Christchurch to continue exploring the mysteries of outer space. More >>

UC Scientists Use Haybales to Protect Whitebait Spawning

Thursday, 7 June 2018, 9:14 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers have been successfully locating, protecting and studying whitebait spawning sites in Christchurch city rivers with help from the humble haybale. Doctoral researcher Shane Orchard, along with University of Canterbury ... More >>

New Zealand Climate Summary: May 2018

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 1:53 pm | NIWA

Temperature May temperatures were well above average (> +1.20°C) in parts of Hawke’s Bay. Temperatures were above average (+0.51°C to +1.20°C) for most remaining parts of the North Island, except Northland, Taranaki and Wellington where temperatures ... More >>

Salvinia eradication underway at Papamoa

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 12:57 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Today, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) started work to eradicate salvinia, one of the world’s worst aquatic weeds, from the Wairakei Stream at Papamoa. Salvinia is an unwanted organism and notifiable organism under the Biosecurity Act, meaning ... More >>

Not letting the neighbours ruin the mood

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 12:01 pm | Auckland University

New research into the reproductive behaviour of one of New Zealand’s most mysterious and unusual insects – the cave weta – shows that the male weta’s distinctively-elongated hind legs play a vital role in ensuring mating success. More >>

Precautionary action to seize US imported plant material

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 11:53 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

MPI takes precautionary biosecurity action to seize US imported apple and stone fruit plant material The Ministry for Primary Industries is taking precautionary action to protect New Zealand from potential biosecurity risk by ordering the seizure ... More >>

Campaign brings 100 reports of possible Kōkako encounters

Wednesday, 6 June 2018, 11:04 am | South Island Kokako Charitable Trust

Since the January 2017 launch of the search for the South Island kōkako and the $10,000 reward, the South Island Kōkako Charitable Trust has received over 100 reports of possible encounters with the elusive bird. More >>

What the real deal is with compostable bags

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 7:22 pm | Tonkin and Taylor

With World Environment Day 2018 focused on “beating plastic pollution” – it’s important to know what the real deal is with compostable bags. More >>

Govt bag ban close but needs to be comprehensive

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 5:30 pm | Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace is applauding the strong signal from the Associate Environment Minister today that she will ban plastic bags later in the year, but warns that if not comprehensive, the ban could fail to fix the problem. More >>

Clues for Understanding How Quakes Start

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:57 pm | GNS Science

Scientists studying earthquakes on a large fault in Alaska have identified types of seismic activity that can precede a normal earthquake. More >>

6 life changing surgeries in 5 days

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 2:21 pm | MED-EL

New Zealand’s first and only Auditory Brainstem Implant (ABI) Programme inaugurates with 6 life changing surgeries in 5 days More >>

Stream bank management critical

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 12:44 pm | Waikato Regional Council

Last year, a survey was conducted on soil stability and disturbance for the Waikato region using aerial photography taken in 2012. More >>

NZ’s crime-busting forensics triumph in US murder trial

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 10:44 am | ESR

Forensic software developed by New Zealand scientists at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) has been used in a trial in Brooklyn, New York, for the first time, leading to a murder conviction. More >>

Animal personality/mood study to give new welfare insights

Tuesday, 5 June 2018, 10:21 am | AgResearch

New research exploring the moods and personalities of farm animals is being seen as an opportunity to better understand and enhance their welfare. More >>

SMC: Eradication decision for M.bovis

Friday, 1 June 2018, 3:51 pm | Science Media Centre

Eradication decision for M.bovis Cabinet decided on Monday to continue with attempts to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis . More >>

Rabbit virus working as expected: Science behind RHDV1-K5

Friday, 1 June 2018, 12:08 pm | Landcare Research

It’s been several weeks since regional councils began the nationwide release of the RHDV1-K5 rabbit virus in New Zealand. More >>

The weather for the long weekend

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 12:36 pm | MetService

It’s been a cold and frosty week for much of New Zealand but heading into the long weekend we will see a change. Low pressure returns to the north bringing some wetter but warmer weather to the North Island. More >>

EPA releases science behind hazardous substances

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10:25 am | Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Authority has publicly released, for feedback, the approach used to assess hazardous substances which pose risks to people and New Zealand’s environment. More >>

Smokeless products are key to NZ’s smoke-free future

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 9:53 am | The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (30 May 2018): The New Zealand Initiative is celebrating World Smokefree Day (Thursday 31 May) as an opportunity to take a more compassionate approach to tobacco control policy. More >>

Video shows reality of Hector's and Māui dolphin bycatch

Thursday, 31 May 2018, 9:42 am | NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Video : This video clip originates from a camera trial on six set net fishing vessels trips in the southern inshore fishery in 2012 that were published by MPI last year on https://youtu.be/XkgXJ0AT60k Video footage of two fishermen pulling a dead Hector’s ... More >>

Three Plant & Food Research finalists in 2018 KiwiNet Awards

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 4:04 pm | Plant And Food Research

Three Plant & Food Research innovations and scientists are amongst the 12 stunning finalists selected for the fifth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, which celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation ... More >>