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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 >>

Research finds GE foods not "Substantially Equivalent"

Wednesday, 18 January 2017, 9:16 am | GE Free NZ

International research published by a team of scientists show that a total reevaluation of GE foods using comprehensive 'omic' safety tests is urgently needed. More >>

Predator Free NZ - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 1:48 pm | Science Media Centre

Nearly six months ago the Government announced it would aim for a Predator Free New Zealand by 2050. More >>

Researchers invited to apply for Research & Travel Grants

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 10:59 am | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL) invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for the next round of applications is Tuesday, 7 March 2017. More >>

New gene therapy hope for spinal injuries

Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 9:45 am | Auckland University

A new gene therapy that may restore some movement function to people with recent spinal cord injuries is the focus for spinal cord injury researcher, Jarred Griffin. More >>

Cawthron Institute welcomes proposal to ban microbeads

Monday, 16 January 2017, 5:18 pm | Cawthron Institute

The Cawthron Institute has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for the Environment to ban the sale of personal care products containing plastic microbeads. More >>

Proposal to ban microbeads

Monday, 16 January 2017, 4:05 pm | Science Media Centre

Cosmetic products containing microbeads will be banned under a proposal announced by the Minister for the Environment today. More >>

'Bomb' Low brings Wind, Rain & Cold

Monday, 16 January 2017, 2:04 pm | MetService

Last weekend New Zealand continued in the southwest weather pattern that has lingered around since December. This means that the South Island west coast got most of the rain at the weekend while parched regions in the north and east hardly saw a drop. More >>

White-capped albatross census at the Auckland Islands

Monday, 16 January 2017, 1:43 pm | Seafood New Zealand

Scientists are heading to the Auckland Islands on Wednesday to complete an annual census of the white-capped albatross. More >>

Summer Series #5 Life’s a beach

Monday, 16 January 2017, 9:20 am | NIWA

Summer Series #5 Life’s a beach Six scientists reveal their favourite beaches but also observe how they’re changing. More >>

Science Deadline: Alcohol ads, record year for climate

Friday, 13 January 2017, 2:18 pm | Science Media Centre

TV sport prime time for booze New research adds to a call to ban alcohol marketing and sponsorship from sports. More >>

Still Searching for Summer?

Thursday, 12 January 2017, 2:56 pm | MetService

It is hot and dry in the east and north of the North Island, with fire bans and brown paddocks a sign of summer-like weather. Plus the east of The Divide has had a dry start to the year in the South Island. In contrast western facing regions of the ... More >>

Taking on obesity with science and education

Wednesday, 11 January 2017, 11:14 am | University of Auckland

We all know simply telling teenagers what’s good for them seldom gets through (and the same goes for adults). That’s why a unique science education programme developed in New Zealand is giving teenagers the knowledge and tools to figure out for themselves ... More >>

800th kaka banded at ZEALANDIA

Tuesday, 10 January 2017, 5:03 pm | Zealandia

Volunteer kaka bander Linton Miller bands kaka nestling “W-YG”, the 800th kaka to be banded by ZEALANDIA, held steady by volunteer kaka monitor Bill Beale. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Ridder More >>

Another windy week ahead

Monday, 9 January 2017, 1:22 pm | MetService

Most places are in for more windy days this week, due to a large high north of New Zealand directing a prevailing westerly flow over the country. On Wednesday and Thursday, winds are expected to rise to gale in parts of the South Island and lower North Island ... More >>

Climate Summary: New Zealand’s warmest year on record

Monday, 9 January 2017, 12:37 pm | NIWA

Annual temperatures were above average (0.51°C to 1.20°C above the annual average) throughout the country, with very few locations observing near average temperatures (within 0.5°C of the annual average) or lower. The year 2016 was the warmest on ... More >>

2016 another scorcher year

Monday, 9 January 2017, 12:08 pm | Science Media Centre

2016 was the hottest year in New Zealand in over a century, surpassing the previous warmest year on record, 1998. More >>

Study finds babies are relatively safe in Wahakura

Monday, 9 January 2017, 12:03 pm | University of Otago

Monday 9 January 2017 Study finds babies are relatively safe in Wahakura, woven flax bassinets More >>

Mining land can be returned to glory

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:39 am | UNITEC

Findings from researchers at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand show a new way of managing land restoration could revolutionise how mining areas are restored worldwide. More >>

SUMMER SERIES #4 Scientist keeps cool head on the ice

Monday, 9 January 2017, 9:13 am | NIWA

Top of Natalie Robinson’s to-do list right now is to work out exactly what she’s brought back from Antarctica. More >>

NIWA Outlook: January – March 2017

Friday, 6 January 2017, 4:59 pm | NIWA

Overview The tropical Pacific continues to exhibit mainly ENSO-neutral conditions. Sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central Equatorial Pacific Ocean remain marginally below average. In the sub-surface ocean, the pockets of cooler than average temperatures ... More >>

Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 6:58 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 >>

Rentokil Aims to Break the Mosquito Life Cycle

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:55 am | Rentokil

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, January 04, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Acting as Aedes Fighters, dedicated volunteers from Rentokil Initial Malaysia have worked together on a mission to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds, reducing the mosquito population, and to ... More >>

World Science Festival Brisbane is returning in March 2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017, 9:46 am | World Science Festival Brisbane

Running from 22-26 March, topics over the four day festival will run the gamut from deep space to deep oceans, music to madness, aliens to Einstein. There will be some amazing speakers at the festival including 14 year old New Zealand whiz kid Tristan ... More >>

Unusual whale strandings prompt urgent call

Tuesday, 3 January 2017, 12:25 pm | Sea Shepherd NZ

Unusual whale strandings prompt urgent call for autopsies During the height of Kiwi Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations there have been several whale strandings and unusual sightings. Unusual because: these incidents involve multiple species ... More >>

Above and beyond - a voyage in the Pacific

Monday, 2 January 2017, 2:04 pm | NIWA

A NIWA technician spends four days and three nights on a crowded boat heading to one of the most remote places in the Pacific to help install a weather station. Conditions are so arduous he decides to quit his job - but how do you do that in the middle ... More >>

Scientists set up offices in great outdoors

Monday, 26 December 2016, 2:08 pm | NIWA

Summer is for scientific fieldwork. Three NIWA scientists are heading into the wild blue yonder, some with fancy technology and others with a coffee cup and a bag of party balloons. More >>

 

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