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New Zealand blackcurrants support an active lifestyle

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 12:03 pm | Plant and Food Research

New research is adding to the knowledge that New Zealand blackcurrants are a ‘super fruit’ for those with an active lifestyle. More >>

Moral decisions for driverless cars - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 10:01 am | Science Media Centre

In a scene right out of 'The Good Place', researchers have asked mil-lions of people across the world what they think a driverless car should do in the face of an unavoidable accident. More >>

NASA Testing New Zealand Wool Tech

Thursday, 25 October 2018, 9:58 am | Lanaco

A New Zealand developed, wool-based filter technology is one of several filter systems being evaluated by NASA to protect astronauts in the Orion spacecraft on upcoming deep-space exploration missions. More >>

Cow emissions devastate the environment daily

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 2:06 pm | World Animal Protection

Today (24/10/18) researchers from World Animal Protection are warning that farm animals around the world are causing devastating damage to the environment by burping and farting out immense amounts of greenhouse gas every day. More >>

Irish Famine victims were heavy smokers, new research shows

Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 9:50 am | University of Otago

Irish Famine victims were heavy smokers which caused badly rotten teeth, researchers from the University of Otago and Queen’s University Belfast, in Ireland, have discovered. The research was carried out on the teeth of 363 adult victims of the Great Irish ... More >>

Collaborating under the ice

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 4:19 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Ian Hawes has spent 40 years diving in Antarctica to gain an understanding of how inland and coastal aquatic ecosystems work. Now, he is sharing his knowledge with Korea’s Antarctic programme. University of Waikato Ecologist Professor Ian Hawes, ... More >>

Space start-up wins entrepreneurship $100k challenge

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 11:13 am | University of Auckland

New satellite software being developed by University of Auckland students will simplify the process of sending satellites into space – and the space start-up has just received a $25,000 boost from the University’s entrepreneurship competition. More >>

Tickets on sale for Prof. Brian Cox's 2019 NZ visit

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 10:02 am | MR Fahrenheit

Tickets go on sale today for the New Zealand leg of Prof Brian Cox’s first world tour, Professor Brian Cox Universal World Tour 2019: Live On Stage . Prof Brian Cox will be embarking on his first World Tour, visiting North America, UK, Europe, Asia ... More >>

Scientists listen to the sound of photosynthesising seaweeds

Monday, 22 October 2018, 8:58 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists are hoping they may one day be able to “listen” to kelp forests in the waters around New Zealand to find out how they are faring. More >>

SMC Bulletin - The state of NZ's air quality

Friday, 19 October 2018, 4:12 pm | Science Media Centre

The state of NZ's air quality The Ministry for the Environment’s latest environmental report shows that air quality in New Zealand is generally good, but some issues persist More >>

Researchers in the hunt for ‘holy grail’ of pain relief

Friday, 19 October 2018, 2:46 pm | ANZCA

A new generation of opioids with fewer side effects is being explored by an Australian and Chinese research team. Emeritus Professor Maree Smith of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland will present research on oliceridine, a ... More >>

World-leading Canterbury physicist wins Innovation Medal

Friday, 19 October 2018, 9:50 am | University of Canterbury

Internationally respected Physics Professor Phil Butler has been announced as the 2018 recipient of the University of Canterbury (UC) Innovation Medal, the highest award the University can bestow to an outstanding innovator. More >>

Treasure found on Northland beach

Friday, 19 October 2018, 9:27 am | NIWA

A chance find by a woman walking on a Northland beach is now helping scientists learn more about mako sharks. Clare Veltman was walking Te Araroa – the 3000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Recently, while on Ninety Mile Beach, she spotted ... More >>

Fish scientist receives early career honour

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 12:18 pm | Plant and Food Research

Dr Maren Wellenreuther, a senior scientist at Plant & Food Research, has won this year’s Hamilton Award, the Royal Society Te Apārangi Early Career Research Excellence Award for Science. More >>

New test may help rule out heart attack within 15 minutes

Thursday, 18 October 2018, 9:41 am | University of Otago

A preliminary study of a new, quick and accurate, bedside blood test performed in Emergency Departments (ED) could help reduce the time it takes to rule out heart attacks. The study findings have been published this morning in the Journal of the ... More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 17 October 2018

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 3:27 pm | NIWA

North Island Up to 17th October 2018, rainfall has been below normal or well below normal for a majority of the North Island, excluding the East Cape and the Tauranga area where rainfall has been near normal. The drier than normal pattern has generally ... More >>

Fungal in the jungle

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 11:44 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is considering an application from a Spanish company to release a new microorganism, the fungus Glomus iranicum var. tenuihypharum. The fungus, and products derived from it, are claimed to promote growth ... More >>

Researching high hazard, but quiet, fault lines

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 11:33 am | Earthquake Commission

“Some of these faults have been quiet for a long time, and some have been really active after long periods of calm. It’s the quiet ones you need to watch, the wisdom goes, and that applies to earthquakes too”, says Professor Mark Stirling, Chair ... More >>

Sir Jonathon Porritt to address a future of sustainability

Wednesday, 17 October 2018, 8:52 am | Cawthron Institute

The Cawthron Institute Trust Board is proud to announce British environmentalist, Sir Jonathon Porritt as its speaker for the Thomas Cawthron Memorial Lecture in Nelson Tasman on 23 October 2018. More >>

Life-saving stroke treatment focus of new research

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 3:21 pm | ANZCA

A life-saving procedure to remove blood clots in stroke patients is the focus of a study being led by a specialist anaesthetist in a collaboration between anaesthetists, radiologists and neurologists at Auckland City, Wellington Regional and Christchurch ... More >>

Otago researcher takes genomic sequencing to the farm

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 10:07 am | University of Otago

In a world first, international scientists including a University of Otago researcher, have used whole genome sequencing to help diagnose a plant pathogen destroying crops on African farms, potentially paving the way for preventing crop failures, vital ... More >>

Too Much Oxygen Potentially Risky for Chronic Lung Patients

Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 8:54 am | Medical Research Institute

Ground-breaking research looks set to change the way patients who are acutely unwell with a chronic and common lung disease are treated in hospital. More >>

Hatchet Job on Trout and Salmon Hatcheries?

Monday, 15 October 2018, 5:36 pm | Rex Gibson

A commissioned NZ Fish and Game report by Nelson’s Cawthron Institute decrying trout and salmon hatcheries has been described as a “hatchet job” by a prominent Canterbury ecologist and river advocate. More >>

Solomon Islands to get new seismic monitoring network

Monday, 15 October 2018, 2:27 pm | GNS Science

Staff from GNS Science are in the Solomon Islands for the next month to help set up the country’s first geohazard monitoring network to provide real-time information on earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. More >>

High Pressure to Set the Scene for the Upcoming Week

Monday, 15 October 2018, 12:09 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure building over the Tasman Sea will be the main driver for weather conditions this week. More >>

Alpine Fault Project Launches Coordinated Response Framework

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:20 am | Alpine Fault Magnitude 8

A coordinated South Island-wide response to the next severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault came a step closer today with the launch of Project AF8’s “SAFER Framework”. More >>

EPA ramps up chemical reassessments programme

Monday, 15 October 2018, 11:01 am | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is making changes to the way some chemicals are managed in New Zealand. More >>

Gene editing upsets the applecart

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:21 am | Life Sciences Network

“New Zealand will slip behind its competitors and forfeit opportunities to address climate change, water quality, pests and other environmental concerns if we reject the use of gene editing in our primary industries” the chairman of the Life Sciences ... More >>

Tauranga Moana launches biosecurity collective

Monday, 15 October 2018, 10:18 am | Tauranga Moana

National and international biosecurity experts will converge on Tauranga this week, for a series of biosecurity-related events and the launch of a new initiative. More >>

Great science and good food makes million dollar business

Monday, 15 October 2018, 9:44 am | University of Auckland

A New Zealand start-up making apple, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir flour has received a $NZ1.2 million injection from the home of gastronomy, France. More >>

Icy delay to Antarctica

Sunday, 14 October 2018, 11:39 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica is dealing her icy hand, delivering a series of storms that have caused the longest delay in decades for the start of the season. More >>

SMC Bulletin - Limiting warming to 1.5C

Friday, 12 October 2018, 3:39 pm | Science Media Centre

Limiting warming to 1.5C The world needs to get to net zero carbon by 2050 to avoid warming by more than 1.5C, according to the IPCC. More >>

New study links common herbicides and antibiotic resistance

Friday, 12 October 2018, 2:36 pm | University of Canterbury

A new study finds that bacteria develop antibiotic resistance up to 100,000 times faster when exposed to the world’s most widely used herbicides, Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) and antibiotics compared to without the herbicide. More >>

Japanese inventor wins the 2018 Ryman Prize

Friday, 12 October 2018, 1:55 pm | Ryman Healthcare

Professor Takanori Shibata has been awarded the 2018 Ryman Prize in recognition of his more than 25 years of ground-breaking research into new technology to help older people. More >>

Mice bred with two mums - Expert Reaction

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:45 am | Science Media Centre

Researchers from China have bred healthy mice with two mums (and no dad) that went on to have normal pups of their own. More >>

Last gasp of winter for the end of the School Holidays

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 2:02 pm | MetService

A low pressure system with a series of associated fronts brings heavy rain, thunderstorms, snow and strong winds to many areas across the country today through until Saturday. A southerly change in the wake of this system drops the temperatures down to the ... More >>

Diet has little influence on precursor to gout

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:54 am | University of Otago

Dietary factors have a far smaller influence on urate levels (a precursor to gout) than previously envisaged, new University of Otago research reveals. More >>

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 11:25 am | NIWA

Near normal tropical cyclone activity overall during November-April, but increased east and reduced west of the Date Line; multiple severe tropical cyclones expected. More >>

Link between iron and vitamin D deficiency?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 1:35 pm | Massey University

Approximately 12 per cent of pre-menopausal women in New Zealand are diagnosed with iron deficiency. Previous research from Massey University has identified women of Asian origin are five times more likely to be iron deficient, and researchers are ... More >>

Heat seeking drones could help protect and save dolphins

Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 9:20 am | Maui and Hector's Dolphin Defenders

A scientific study recently conducted in New Zealand and the UK, has suggested unmanned drones equipped with a thermal imaging cameras, could be used to seek out, and help protect endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins in New Zealand, and other marine ... More >>

Freshwater agenda – Expert Reaction

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:20 pm | Science Media Centre

A blueprint for the Government's freshwater agenda , which sets out key objectives for improving water quality over the next two years, has been released today. More >>

IPCC report ‘end of magical thinking’ about climate change

Monday, 8 October 2018, 5:03 pm | University of Canterbury

Limiting global warming to 1.5C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment released today (2pm Monday 8 October NZTime). With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, ... More >>

Have prehistoric eruptions being lying about their age?

Monday, 8 October 2018, 3:55 pm | University of Canterbury

Volcanic lies: Have prehistoric eruptions being lying about their age? Some volcanic eruptions, including the most recent large Taupo eruption in New Zealand, may be lying about their age, according to new University of Canterbury research. A study ... More >>

World-renowned space company partners with NZ institute

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:16 pm | Centre for Space Science Technology

The Centre for Space Science Technology (CSST) and Airbus Defence and Space today announced a partnership agreement, which will give New Zealand businesses, industry, government and the research community access to an even wider selection of high resolution, ... More >>

IPCC 1.5C report - Expert Reaction

Monday, 8 October 2018, 2:06 pm | Science Media Centre

The IPCC's latest special report - Global Warming of 1.5C - has been released at a press conference in Incheon, South Korea. More >>

Disruptive Weather Following a Mild Start

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:58 pm | MetService

MetService are forecasting disruptive weather, following a mild start to the week. Development of a significant system from the south is likely to see strong winds, heavy rain and possible heavy snow to some parts of New Zealand. This is set to contrast ... More >>

PGG Wrightson Seeds development at Lincoln

Monday, 8 October 2018, 12:08 pm | AgResearch

A new building development by PGG Wrightson Seeds at AgResearch’s Lincoln campus is a significant step forward for both parties, and for the burgeoning research and innovation hub in the Canterbury town, leaders of the two organisations say. More >>

Analysis of breast milk nutrient composition

Monday, 8 October 2018, 10:23 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists have investigated the differences in breast milk produced by women from the three main ethnic groups in New Zealand. The findings may help researchers develop a product for breastfeeding mothers that would support their nutrition and therefore ... More >>

University of Otago to develop Education Centre

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:45 pm | University of Otago

The University of Otago is developing a new $1.5 million education and research centre at its Southland campus in Invercargill, in partnership with the Southern District Health Board. More >>

Gene Editing Drives into Dangerous Unknown Territory

Friday, 5 October 2018, 5:32 pm | GE Free NZ

The Royal Society Te Apārangi is inviting feedback on scenarios for the use of gene editing in the primary industry sector [1]. Are they leading New Zealand agriculture and horticulture into dangerous unknown territory when they promote genetically engineered ... More >>

SMC Bulletin - Should we use GE in plants?

Friday, 5 October 2018, 4:18 pm | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses and risks of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

International research about NZ’s largest fault

Friday, 5 October 2018, 2:37 pm | GNS Science

An international team of scientists sets off this weekend to place earthquake monitoring instruments along New Zealand’s largest fault, the Hikurangi subduction zone. More >>

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show Tour

Friday, 5 October 2018, 1:52 pm | Nanogirl

All New Nanogirl Live Science & Engineering Show New Zealand Tour 2018 - Tickets on Sale Now The world's only female-led live science show - Nanogirl Live! - is touring New Zealand for the third year running. This year, the Nanogirl team will present ... More >>

Otago researchers win Fellowships worth $3.2 million

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:44 pm | University of Otago

Three highly-promising University of Otago researchers and another recently departed from the university, have been awarded Rutherford Discovery Fellowships worth $3.2 million by the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

DreamLab users help accelerate cancer research

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:37 pm | Vodafone NZ

The Vodafone Foundation announced today users of the DreamLab app have helped cancer researchers finish Project Genetic Profile, focused on calculating genetic similarities between brain, lung, melanoma and sarcoma cancers well ahead of schedule. Researchers ... More >>

Support Women in STEM by buying an experience

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 12:29 pm | Association for Women in the Sciences

If you’ve ever wanted to do kitchen science with Nanogirl Michelle Dickinson, talk microbiology with Dr Siouxsie Wiles, go bug hunting with the Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste, hang out on the set of TVNZ Breakfast with Jack Tame, or tour a scientific research ... More >>

MetService Forecasts a Mostly Fine Weekend

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:57 am | MetService

The middle weekend of the school holidays is shaping up to be “not too bad” weather-wise, says MetService. More >>

River water quality report – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:50 am | Science Media Centre

A river quality report and interactive from Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) has measured the health of our rivers through data on 10-year trends from sites around the country. More >>

Gene editing in primary industries – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:47 am | Science Media Centre

A new discussion paper evaluates the potential uses of gene editing for New Zealand’s primary industries. More >>

2018 Rutherford Discovery Fellowships announced

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 11:33 am | Royal Society

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