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NIWA undertakes ambitious, complex seabed experiment

Monday, 7 May 2018, 9:47 am | NIWA

One of the most challenging scientific underwater experiments ever attempted by NIWA is taking place this month on the Chatham Rise. More >>

No sex means longer life

Monday, 7 May 2018, 9:18 am | University of Auckland

Promiscuity is a bad idea for female stick insects, in fact their smartest option is to have no sex at all. More >>

SMC: Neonicotinoid ban in the EU

Friday, 4 May 2018, 3:59 pm | Science Media Centre

Neonicotinoid ban in the EU The European Commission voted late last week to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides anywhere except a close glasshouse. More >>

New Zealand seriously needs a national AI strategy

Friday, 4 May 2018, 10:15 am | Make Lemonade

Christchurch - New Zealand seriously needs a national AI strategy to keep pace of global change in technology, the Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand (AIFNZ) research report, just released, says. More >>

Pāteke population in Abel Tasman soars

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 5:19 pm | The Project Janszoon Trust

The Abel Tasman National Park has been given the tick of approval as a home for pāteke, with the population of rare native ducks increasing dramatically. More >>

Commentary on the AI Forum’s latest report

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 4:14 pm | FaceMe

The AI Forum NZ’s latest report, AI: shaping a future New Zealand , was launched yesterday across the country and media outlets nationwide. FaceMe, a member of AI Forum NZ, is playing a pivotal role in shaping NZ’s AI strategy globally. It’s ... More >>

Unidentified whale signals recorded in Cook Strait

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 1:52 pm | NIWA

Two yet-to-be identified species of beaked whales have been detected in the Cook Strait region. Identifying which species they are is important for understanding the status of marine mammal populations in New Zealand waters A research team led ... More >>

Researchers to explore White Island’s toxic cloud

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 1:50 pm | Earthquake Commission

White Island’s hot and toxic volcanic cloud holds vital data that until now has been out of reach. The Earthquake Commission is funding researchers from Victoria University of Wellington who will use new technology to bring back this information ... More >>

Sunny end to working week but wet weather on the way

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 12:50 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure lying over the country today persists through Friday before being displaced by a series of fronts during the weekend. Sunny, settled weather is expected across much of the country today and tomorrow before getting progressively ... More >>

Bones from extinct New Zealand moa are turning up

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 11:13 am | MindKits

Bones from extinct New Zealand moa are turning up in classrooms throughout New Zealand thanks to an innovative 3D printing project. More >>

AI will not result in catastrophic job losses

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:14 am | Make Lemonade

AI will not result in catastrophic job losses May 3, 2018 The arrival of artificial intelligence into businesses and society are not likely to produce anywhere near the number of job losses most people think, a new AI research report says. Instead, ... More >>

Concern about potential AI biased, inaccurate decisions

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:13 am | Make Lemonade

Concern about potential AI biased, unfair, inaccurate decisions May 3, 2018 Most New Zealanders are ambivalent about artificial intelligence and its impact on the future, but new research has found 68 percent of respondents in a national survey ... More >>

Geneious Biologics annotation algorithm beats IgBLAST, MiXCR

Thursday, 3 May 2018, 9:44 am | Geneious Biologics

AUCKLAND, NZ – May 2, 2018 – A white paper released today shows an annotation algorithm developed for Geneious Biologics, a commercial software solution for antibody screening and discovery, outperforms those of open source sequence analysis software ... More >>

AI tech at tipping point

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 6:17 pm | Make Lemonade

AI tech at tipping point May 2, 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have reached a tipping point of maturity, ready for widespread application across all domains of work and life, Artificial Intelligence Forum New Zealand (AIFNZ) executive ... More >>

Could Higher Density Developments Help Auckland

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 2:58 pm | National Science Challenges

The largest single housing development in New Zealand - Hobsonville Point - is emerging as a positive example of how living at density can enhance liveability. More >>

May 2018 – A cooler month signalled for many of us

Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 10:12 am | MetService

May temperatures are forecast to run a touch cooler than usual across the North Island, as well as for Nelson and Marlborough. For the remainder of the South Island, fairly typical May temperatures are expected. More >>

Coasts in crisis

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:36 am | University of Auckland

Coastal populations around the world have exploded in recent decades but our enthusiasm for living by the sea coincides with a projected rise in risk to the coastal environment including extreme weather events, sea level rise, and the impact of human activities. More >>

Scientists tackling severe strain as flu season kicks off

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 11:32 am | ESR

ESR scientists say the flu strain (influenza A(H3N2)) associated with an increase in hospitalisation and deaths in the Northern Hemisphere is part of this year’s vaccine in New Zealand. More >>

Researchers bring new thinking to dolphin tourism activity

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 10:38 am | University of Otago

New research led by University of Otago scientists indicates there is increasing evidence that whale and dolphin watching activities can have detrimental effects on the populations they target. More >>

Research reveals new insights into severe childhood epilepsy

Tuesday, 1 May 2018, 10:36 am | University of Otago

In a new study on children with severe forms of epilepsy, researchers have found the genetic copying mistake that causes the severe epilepsy in children can be found in their parents who do not have epilepsy. More >>

Scion launches innovation hub

Monday, 30 April 2018, 6:45 pm | Scion

Scion launched its plans to build an innovation hub in the centre of its Rotorua campus with the reveal of design concepts at a function today. More >>

European Commission votes to restrict neonicotinoids

Monday, 30 April 2018, 6:28 pm | Science Media Centre

The European Commission has voted to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in EU member states. The decision is expected to come into force by the end of 2018, with only closed greenhouses exempt. More >>

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people

Monday, 30 April 2018, 1:51 pm | Liggins Institute

Could drinking a2 Milk™ help lactose intolerant people digest dairy long-term? Lactose intolerant Aucklanders are wanted for a study that researchers hope will make them better able to tolerate dairy. The study participants will consume conventional ... More >>

EPA watching weekend EU vote on neonicotinoids science

Friday, 27 April 2018, 2:55 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The EPA is standing by for the results from a forthcoming weekend vote by the European Union (EU), over whether more restrictions should be applied to the use of neonicotinoids in member states. More >>

SMC: A low-emissions economy

Friday, 27 April 2018, 2:28 pm | Science Media Centre

A low-emissions economy A draft report from the Productivity Commission has outlined some of the changes New Zealand could expect in the transition to a low-emissions economy. More >>

Attenborough endorses 10-year biodiversity plan

Friday, 27 April 2018, 10:29 am | Royal Society

Attenborough endorses 10-year plan to describe Australasian biodiversity Today New Zealand and Australia are launching an ambitious plan to describe our undiscovered, undocumented and unnamed biodiversity before it becomes extinct. Best estimates put ... More >>

But where are the scientists?

Friday, 27 April 2018, 10:17 am | NZIAHS

One big question is glaringly raised by the composition of the newly announced Primary Sector Council, says Dr Jill Stanley, president of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science. More >>

Wet and windy to wind up the school holidays

Thursday, 26 April 2018, 12:24 pm | MetService

Autumn weather is showing its best side today, with clear skies and light winds for much of the country. However, MetService is forecasting a very damp upcoming weekend of weather as autumn shows its wet and windy side, and many New Zealanders will be ... More >>

Growing understanding of immune system a game-changer

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 11:40 am | Malaghan Institute

World-leading New Zealand immunologist Professor Graham Le Gros says we are on the cusp of exciting breakthroughs in our fight against disease as knowledge of our immune system grows exponentially. More >>

Settled Weather for the Second Week of School Holidays

Monday, 23 April 2018, 12:56 pm | MetService

“A ridge of high pressure currently pushing onto the North Island and upper South Island is set to remain for the first half of the week ahead,” April Clark MetService Meteorologist said. “What this means for most of the country is settled and generally ... More >>

NZ's first offshore observatories inside our largest fault

Friday, 20 April 2018, 6:35 pm | GNS Science

New Zealand’s first offshore observatories are now recording from inside our largest fault Two world-class subseafloor observatories are now operating at the northern Hikurangi subduction zone where the Pacific Plate dives beneath the North Island, ... More >>

Science Deadline - This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 20 April 2018, 3:31 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

Minister for Research, Science and Innovation Megan Woods and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash have released a discussion document on a proposed Research and Development tax incentive. More >>

Emperor penguin foraging behaviour revealed

Friday, 20 April 2018, 2:52 pm | NIWA

An unavoidable delay in a research ship's voyage to Antarctica resulted in some surprising and important findings about the behaviour of emperor penguins. More >>

Time to consider a regulatory body on AI

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 3:39 pm | University of Otago

With Immigration New Zealand recently joining ACC and The Ministry for Social Development on the list of Government departments courting controversy over the use of predictive analytics systems, leading University of Otago researchers say now is the time to ... More >>

Live broadcast with research vessel JOIDES Resolution

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 2:45 pm | East Coast LAB Life at the Boundary

Napier will get the opportunity to learn more about New Zealand’s first offshore earthquake observatories that are now recording from inside our largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone next week. More >>

MfE reports on changes to NZ's landscapes - Expert reaction

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:53 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which we have changed our natural landscapes is highlighted in the latest instalment of the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ's environmental reporting. More >>

Manaaki Whenua welcomes Our Land 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 1:12 pm | Landcare Research

“It is an important synthesis of the state of, and pressures on, our land environments,” says Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research chief executive Richard Gordon. More >>

EPA approves methyl bromide reassessment

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3:40 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An application to decide whether grounds exist for a reassessment of the controversial timber and log fumigant methyl bromide has been approved by an Environmental Protection Authority decision-making committee. More >>

New device could help control disease outbreaks

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 2:07 pm | Lincoln University Foundation

A “game-changing” piece of technology for quickly identifying harmful strains of bacteria in food has just become available in New Zealand, thanks to a partnership between a Lincoln University taxonomy expert and two US senior food safety researchers. More >>

New species of ancient whale identified and named

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 1:25 pm | University of Otago

New species of ancient whale identified and named by Otago palaeontologists University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million ... More >>

Christchurch explores Space and the Antarctic at Techweek

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:56 am | ChristchurchNZ

Extreme Environments – from the Antarctic to Space is a Techweek ’18 event bringing together local, national and international experts to help attendees understand how exploration in the Antarctic is a dry run for Space exploration. The event will also ... More >>

The moa ecology paradox

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 11:16 am | University of Canterbury

A new study about New Zealand’s extinct moa, involving acid baths and concrete mixers, by researchers from the University of Canterbury and Landcare Research, has revealed a surprising finding about their ability to disperse tree seeds. More >>

Geneious Biologics to showcase new capability in Boston

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 3:50 pm | Geneious Biologics

AUCKLAND, NZ – April 17, 2018 – Bioinformatics software company Biomatters today announced it will host an exhibit at the Protein Engineering Summit (PEGS) in Boston to showcase new functionality in its Geneious Biologics software for antibody screening ... More >>

Can a fault’s history signal future quakes?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 2:23 pm | Earthquake Commission

Scientists internationally are puzzled by the 2016 Kaikōura quake that ruptured more than 17 active faults, but did not break some other active faults in the area of the earthquake. More >>

Whitebaiter nets fine for regulations breach

Monday, 16 April 2018, 5:09 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation prosecuted a Porangahau man last Friday, for two breaches of the Whitebait Fishing Regulations. More >>

Science Deadline: This week in Sci-tech

Friday, 13 April 2018, 4:22 pm | Science Media Centre

In this issue: No new oil permits, marine heatwaves heating up, and when did sweet potatoes spread? More >>

Maori STEM Academy students blast off to NASA

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 5:57 pm | AgResearch

On Monday 16 April, 15 students from the Puhoro STEM Academy will be taking off to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Centre in Houston, as part of their ongoing science studies. More >>

Offshore oil permits axed - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 4:44 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The latest inventory of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions shows that there has been a 20 per cent increase in emissions from 1990 to 2016. More >>

Researchers reveal history with exhumation of Otago graves

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 5:08 pm | University of Otago

Researchers reveal history through exhumation of Otago graves 11/4/2018 Exhumation and analysis of skeletons and burial sites in the historic Otago town of Lawrence is underway, with University of Otago researchers conducting The Otago Historic Cemeteries ... More >>

Changeable weather continues to pack punches

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 12:57 pm | MetService

Autumn means fast moving weather systems, with a sprinkling of snow, gales, heavy rain and thunderstorms. A series of fronts continue to affect New Zealand, with another fast-moving system racing up the country on Thursday, followed by a brief ridge before ... More >>

Samurai to slay stink bug

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 12:29 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Industry and government agencies are planning a pre-emptive strike on the Brown marmorated stink bug. More >>

Hotter, longer marine heatwaves over past century

Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 10:09 am | Science Media Centre NZ

Marine heatwaves have been increasing in length, number and intensity over the past century, according to a study investigating global trends. More >>

No One Escapes the Cold Blast

Monday, 9 April 2018, 2:21 pm | MetService

A complex low about to cross central New Zealand will spare no one from the cold air it will drag up from the Southern Ocean. More >>

New clues to help restore fertility

Monday, 9 April 2018, 9:59 am | University of Otago

Ground-breaking research out of the University of Otago is showing potential to restore fertility in women suffering Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. More >>

SMC Bulletin - The costs of climate inaction

Friday, 6 April 2018, 4:11 pm | Science Media Centre

The costs of climate inaction A new report commissioned by Westpac suggests billions of dollars could be on the line if there is further delay in moving to a low-carbon economy. More >>

Fine weekend for most but cold start to next week

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 12:39 pm | MetService

As the short working week comes to an end, the weather brings more good news for everyone. Fine weather is expected for most today and into tomorrow. The North Island is looking mainly fine again on Saturday with a few showers expected with the passage ... More >>

Kiwi scientists revolutionising x-ray scanning technology

Thursday, 5 April 2018, 12:32 pm | University of Canterbury

A project that is revolutionising the way x-ray technology will detect, diagnose and monitor many diseases, including cancer, has been awarded Gold Status for research excellence by MBIE. More >>

Monthly Climate Summary - March

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 4:20 pm | NIWA

March 2018 was characterised by significantly higher pressure than normal to the east of New Zealand. This pressure pattern, in concert with the decaying La Niña in the tropical Pacific, caused more northeasterly winds than usual over the country. ... More >>

National Biomechanics Day

Wednesday, 4 April 2018, 11:30 am | University of Auckland

Can we capture leg motion and use it to understand calf and thigh muscle contraction? Or what about seeing inside a heart to get a glimpse of how it functions? Or observing a model of lungs as they change according to the impact of so many cigarettes smoked ... More >>

Astronomer to speak on the place of humanity

Sunday, 1 April 2018, 6:05 pm | NZCIS

MEDIA RELEASE April 1, 2018 Hubble astronomer to speak on the place of humanity in the universe Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, a senior American astronomer, will speak on astrophysics and its relevance to religion, at the University of Auckland (lecture ... More >>