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Autumn summary

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 5:13 pm | NIWA

Autumn is over but the weather keeps on giving. In the Autumn Climate Summary you will see: More >>

DOC works with Goodnature to protect rare kiwi

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 4:03 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation is working with conservation techology company Goodnature to install the latest traps at a remote South Westland site to better protect one of our rarest kiwi. More >>

NZDF Completes Hydrographic Survey in Cook Islands

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 1:45 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

Mariners travelling to the Cook Islands will soon be able to use more accurate nautical charts, which will be updated using findings from a hydrographic survey completed recently by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). More >>

Kiwi student to join leg of Tara expedition

Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 10:03 am | University of Auckland

The famous schooner which once belonged to Sir Peter Blake will pick up a special guest on its way to an historic stopover in Auckland on July 1. More >>

Queen’s birthday honours recognises Dr Rhodes’ services

Monday, 5 June 2017, 12:17 pm | Cawthron Institute

Queen’s birthday honours recognises Dr Rhodes’ services to science and marine farming Source: Cawthron Institute -- Cawthron Institute warmly congratulates Dr Lesley Rhodes , for her appointment as Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit ... More >>

Trump pulls US out of Paris

Friday, 2 June 2017, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

In a widely-anticipated and predicted announcement, US President Donald Trump confirmed he will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement. Speaking from the Rose Garden on Friday morning NZ time, Trump said he would withdraw the US from ... More >>

The plight of NZ's native birds

Friday, 2 June 2017, 3:54 pm | Science Media Centre

In her penultimate report, the outgoing Environment Commissioner turned her attention to the threats to our native birds. More >>

Project Crimson Asks Kiwis To Fight Against Myrtle Rust

Friday, 2 June 2017, 1:42 pm | Project Crimson

Project Crimson Asks Kiwis To Support The Fight Against Myrtle Rust For the first time in Project Crimson’s 27 year history, the Trust has temporarily halted the planting and distributing of any pohutukawa or rata trees and is asking New Zealanders ... More >>

Trump pulls out of Paris Agreement - Expert Reaction

Friday, 2 June 2017, 9:17 am | Science Media Centre

News this morning that US President Donald Trump has decided to pull the USA out of the Paris Agreement was widely anticipated. More >>

A cool Queen’s Birthday

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 2:16 pm | MetService

Winter was welcomed in with extensive fog for many parts of the country today, but generally benign weather and mild temperatures are the name of the game today. Things will change over the coming days, as a variety of weather systems affect different ... More >>

Commissioner’s Support for 1080 and GE Labelled Crazy

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 2:15 pm | Bill Benfield

The New Zealand government under siege for its frenzied use of 1080 poison in its “Battle for the Birds” seems headed towards using controversial genetic engineering to attack predators. However the proposal has been strongly debunked by two conservationists ... More >>

Cardiovascular killer protein probed by Otago researchers

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 11:53 am | University of Otago

Probing the molecular breakdown of a little-known “killer” lipoprotein, responsible for many cases of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions, has given University of Otago scientists new insights into how it is metabolised by the body. More >>

Importance of LongTerm Monitoring for Native Birds

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10:48 am | Birds New Zealand

A new report released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment draws attention to the perilous state of the majority of New Zealand’s native bird species. This comes as no surprise to Birds New Zealand, a society whose members ... More >>

Funding announced for climate resilience research

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 2:48 pm | NIWA

Working out which roads, buildings and railway lines across New Zealand could be affected by flooding due to climate change, is the subject of a new research project being funded by the Deep South National Science Challenge. More >>

Community science has a strong foothold in South Auckland

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:25 pm | COMET Auckland

Ten new community science projects are getting underway in South Auckland, involving science fields from dung beetles and juvenile flounder raising, to beehive and rodent activity monitoring. More >>

900 complaints of online bullying & harassment in first 6mo

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 1:10 pm | Netsafe

Hundreds of people have reported personal harm caused by digital communications - but there is still confusion about the service launched under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. More >>

Training science technicians that are ready for the future

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:56 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Too many graduates applying for science technician roles require significant on the job training as they lack technical aptitude and transferable practical skills, according to a report released today by an expert panel convened by the Royal Society ... More >>

New database sheds light on prehistoric NZ tsunamis

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:29 am | NIWA

The scientific records of palaeotsunamis to have affected New Zealand shores can now be accessed in a new one-stop information shop. More >>

Smokers more likely to have babies with teeth abnormalities

Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 10:07 am | University of Otago

Women who smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day during pregnancy are much more likely to give birth to babies who will fail to grow all their teeth, new University of Otago research has found. More >>

Myrtle rust update – Tuesday 30 May 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 1:30 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

The stats stand at: 21 properties in Taranaki, 3 in Northland and 2 in Waikato. More >>

A showery week ahead signals the end of autumn

Monday, 29 May 2017, 2:32 pm | MetService

Tuesday looks like being the end of a very foggy period over New Zealand. In many places, people will wake up to extensive fog and low cloud, especially over inland parts of the North Island. “Travellers should be prepared for possible delays and ... More >>

Scientists identify global ‘game-changers’ for biosecurity

Monday, 29 May 2017, 2:21 pm | Lincoln University

We need to prepare for more incursions of pests, diseases and weeds driven by our rapidly transforming world, scientists have cautioned in a recent study. More >>

‘Missing DNA’ could explain why some get breast cancer young

Monday, 29 May 2017, 9:11 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago, Christchurch, discovery of missing DNA in women who develop breast cancer at a young age could hold the key to helping them beat the disease. More >>

New Zealand set to blow its carbon budget by 27%

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:41 pm | Forest And Bird

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, released today, shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. “Just a day ... More >>

NZ beats Australia to space

Friday, 26 May 2017, 4:25 pm | Science Media Centre

Rocket Lab launched its Electron rocket yesterday from the Māhia Peninsula, reaching space but failing to make it to orbit. More >>

Rocket Lab lifts off - Expert Reaction

Friday, 26 May 2017, 9:53 am | Science Media Centre

Despite not reaching orbit, the company announced it successfully made it to space, marking the first orbital-class rocket launched from a private launch site. More >>

Rocket Lab successfully makes it to space

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:37 pm | Rocket Lab

Huntington Beach, California and Auckland, New Zealand May 25, 2017 - Rocket Lab, an American-New Zealand aerospace company, broke new ground today when its Electron rocket reached space at 16:23 NZST. More >>

$250 million earmarked for science & innovation initiatives

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 5:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Finance Minister Steven Joyce's first budget included boosts to science and research funds, including: More >>

Scientists plan to use novel technology

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:43 pm | Cawthron Institute

Protecting our waters: Scientists plan to use novel technology to help detect marine pests Source: Cawthron Institute -- Some of New Zealand’s international marine biosecurity partners are in the country to workshop the development of exciting new ... More >>

New Funding for Antarctic Presence and Science

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 4:39 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand welcomes the Government’s Antarctic initiatives in Budget 2017 to maintain New Zealand’s ongoing presence and scientific research programme in Antarctica. More >>

Autumnal murkiness to end the month

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 12:29 pm | MetService

This morning fog shrouded parts of the upper North Island and the lower South Island, causing delayed flights and murky conditions on the roads. Auckland is in the clear tonight, as cloudy skies should keep the temperatures too warm for a repeat performance. More >>

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 >>