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Tawa teacher to present at science conference in France

Friday, 12 May 2017, 3:01 pm | Hampton Hill School

Hampton Hill School teacher, Carol Brieseman, will be travelling to France in June to present at the first ever Ocean Observers workshop in Brest, France. The meeting will be hosted by the Océanopolis Aquarium from 13-14 June and as a science educator, ... More >>

Takahē Recovery Programme brings birds back from the brink

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:58 pm | Department of Conservation

Takahē Recovery Programme brings birds back from the brink The once presumed extinct takahē are on the road to recovery, moving down two places along the threat classification system from nationally critical to nationally vulnerable. Minister of Conservation ... More >>

Background report: MfE “Clean Water” Swimmability Proposal

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 5:09 pm | NIWA

NIWA Technical Background report for MfE “Clean Water” Swimmability Proposals for Rivers www.niwa.co.nz/news/niwa-technical-background-report-for-mfe-clean-water-swimmability-proposals-for-rivers More >>

Broad low pressure brings heavy rain and wind

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 2:36 pm | MetService

Another period of heavy rain and strong winds is forecast for parts of New Zealand today and into tomorrow. MetService has issued a series of Severe Weather Warnings and Watches covering much of the Central and Northern New Zealand. This wet weather ... More >>

Throwing ants off the scent

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 2:06 pm | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research, B3 (Better Border Biosecurity) and the University of Auckland have been researching Argentine ants to determine how odour and physical cues help them to forage for food. More >>

Relaxation techniques better than mindfulness therapy

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 9:43 am | University of Auckland

New research has shown that the use of Mindfulness training in cancer patients can produce negative results to their wellbeing compared to using simple relaxation techniques. More >>

Seafood industry welcomes funding for endangered sea lions

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 4:56 pm | Deepwater Group

The announcement today that the Government will contribute $2.8 million over four years to fund further research into the mortality of sea lions has been welcomed by the seafood industry. More >>

Research reveals how to make your vegetables last longer

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:22 am | Love Food Hate Waste

New research from the University of Otago has revealed the best home storage methods to lengthen the shelf life of vegetables. More >>

Threatened Species Strategy - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 11:19 am | Science Media Centre

The strategy outlines how the government aims to halt the decline of our threatened species and prevent others from becoming threatened, with Predator Free 2050 featuring prominently. More >>

IoT changing the face of the nation

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:54 am | NZTech

Future tech realities are beginning to change the face of how New Zealanders operate in their daily lives – at home and work, and coming research results will help shape the nation’s future, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. More >>

Scientists extend record of earliest life on land

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:52 am | University of Auckland

A study of hot spring deposits in New Zealand and Australia provides new evidence that life existed in these environments around 3.48 billion years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to an international research team ... More >>

Whale and dolphin research championed globally

Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 10:29 am | Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

Auckland's only daily whale and dolphin eco-tourism tour operator is conducting valuable research on rare marine mammals in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, according to a well-known international science community. More >>

TechWeek event showcases Virtual Reality

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:32 pm | Rotorua X

Photo: TechCafé using Virtual Reality set-up that will be at the event in Rotorua on Wednesday 10 May. More >>

Upholding standards for researchers in the public interest

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 2:08 pm | Royal Society

Encouragement from the New Zealand Association of Scientists for its members to follow the Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Code of Professional Standards and Ethics is welcome, says Professor Richard Bedford, President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

New tools for detecting serious gut conditions

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 12:40 pm | University of Auckland

Researchers at FlexiMap, a spin-out company from the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute (ABI), are developing tools that will revolutionise our understanding of the stomach and intestine by measuring its bioelectrical activity. More >>

Guarding against doomsday for our plant species

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 12:14 pm | AgResearch

AgResearch has deposited a collection of seeds in a remote Arctic doomsday vault to guard against the loss of plant species in war, disease or disaster striking New Zealand. More >>

No, you can’t have a moa - resurrecting extinct species?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 11:09 am | University of Canterbury

The perils of resurrecting extinct species, such as the moa or huia, will be discussed when a new paper, led by University of Canterbury (UC) conservation geneticist Dr Tammy Steeves, is published in international journal Functional Ecology this week. More >>

How do we decide which species to resurrect?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:49 am | University of Otago

The resurrection of vanished species - through cutting-edge technologies such as gene-editing - should be targeted towards recently extinct species rather than ancient ones, according to a leading University of Otago conservation biologist. More >>

NZ scientists leading de-extinction discussion

Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 10:05 am | Science Media Centre

A University of Otago professor has led a special journal issue focused on de-extinction, pouring cold water on the idea that woolly mammoths might be making a come-back. More >>

Eyes on the east and west this week

Monday, 8 May 2017, 2:12 pm | MetService

The weekend’s calm conditions continue for a couple of days yet, but cloud and heavy rain are on the way. A trough in the Tasman Sea brings a gradual increase in cloud and rain for those in the west but, for the most part, a broad high over New ... More >>

Prime Minister sees the future at Techweek‘17

Monday, 8 May 2017, 12:55 pm | Techweek

With more than 150 events from Whangarei to Greymouth, New Zealand’s Techweek has kicked off More >>

MetService and BloomSky at Farming2020

Monday, 8 May 2017, 12:36 pm | MetService

Agrigate dairy portal partner, MetService, plans to install BloomSky weather data devices on the LIC Innovation Farm in the South Waikato ahead of Farming2020 which takes place there from Tuesday 9 May to Thursday 11 May 2017. More >>

Freshwater reforms may have minimal impact on emissions

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:43 am | Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Two separate independent studies have found that the incidental impact of freshwater reforms on greenhouse gas emissions will not be large unless they lead to a lot more trees being planted. More >>

Loss of science quality in NZ is having dire consequences

Monday, 8 May 2017, 11:21 am | Dr Jo Pollard

Back in the 1990s, in at least one institution, rigorous government science was alive and well. More >>

Science Deadline - This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 5 May 2017, 3:26 pm | Science Media Centre

A fungal disease that could harm some of our iconic native trees has been found on mainland New Zealand for the first time. More >>

Planktonauts training for Sea Cadet mission

Friday, 5 May 2017, 12:30 pm | Cawthron Institute

Nelson Marlborough Sea Cadet Corps Lieutenant Milo Coldren has been preparing for his aid mission to Fiji with planktonaut training from Cawthron Institute research scientist Dr Xavier Pochon. More >>

Biggest week-long tech event ever held in NZ

Friday, 5 May 2017, 10:20 am | NZTech

New Zealand Techweek, which is the biggest festival of tech events ever held in New Zealand, begins all over the country tomorrow. More >>

NIWA April 2017 Climate Summary

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:58 pm | NIWA

April 2017 was characterised by higher than normal atmospheric pressure to the south and southeast of the South Island, along with lower than normal atmospheric pressure over and to the north of the North Island. This pressure pattern resulted in more ... More >>

Crazy & Ambitious Conference 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:55 pm | National Science Challenges

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge kicks off its inaugural conference at Te Papa, Wellington next week. More >>

Research fit for a king salmon

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 4:11 pm | Cawthron Institute

Scientists from around the world are in Nelson this week to work with domestic experts and salmon industry leaders on a Cawthron Institute led research programme that aims to improve the profitability and production efficiency of king salmon. More >>

Counting endangered birds from space

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 3:26 pm | Canterbury Museum

In a worldwide first, New Zealand and British scientists have used satellite images to calculate the number of endangered albatrosses living on remote and inaccessible islands. More >>

Centrify calls for two-factor authentication mandate

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 2:17 pm | Centrify

This week, Sabre Corp, a major technology solution provider for airline and hotel companies, disclosed a breach of its Central Reservations system may have exposed customer payment card data and personal information. Reports suggest that compromised ... More >>

Off-label prescription of proton pump inhibitors is common

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 12:47 pm | University of Otago

Off-label use of proton pump inhibitors is common among New Zealand infants, according to new University of Otago research. More >>

REANNZ increased 20Gbps capacity

Thursday, 4 May 2017, 11:00 am | Research and Education Advanced Network

REANNZ Ltd, the high-speed telecommunications network powering New Zealand’s research, innovation and education communities, today announced the completion of a total system upgrade to ensure the continued high performance of their network. More >>

Jumping spiders research a key to robotics

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 1:02 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Species of jumping spiders of the family Salticidae can now be imported into New Zealand for research purposes, following a decision by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). More >>

International team wins $2 million research grant

Wednesday, 3 May 2017, 11:46 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Professor Rick Millane is one of an international team of researchers that has been awarded a NZ$2 million research grant by the Human Frontier Science Program to develop a novel method for imaging individual biomolecules with ... More >>

Blockchain leaders coming to New Zealand

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 4:15 pm | Blockchain

Blockchain is a revolution of technology that acts as a global spreadsheet that is programmed to record transactions of value. The information on blockchain exists as a shared database that is continually reconciled. Because the database is not ... More >>

A drier than normal May on the horizon for many

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 3:51 pm | MetService

Lows made frequent forays across the North Island during April, with Cyclone Cook a notable arrival on 13-14 April. The atmosphere was locked in a repeat pattern during April, with low pressure bee-lining towards Cape Reinga and producing intermittent ... More >>

World Password Day

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 1:07 pm | Connect Smart

May 4th is not only a special day for Star Wars fans, this year it’s also World Password Day . If the Empire had used better cybersecurity , including strong passwords, the Rebel Alliance would have had real difficulties and the Star Wars story might ... More >>

Manifesto Launched To Help Advertisers Beat Ad Blockers

Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 11:05 am | Video Entertainment Network Asia - VeNA

WELLINGTON - May 2, 2017 - Video ad tech company Unruly and ad platform VeNA today unveil a manifesto for New Zealand brands and agencies looking to deploy best practice video strategies. More >>

More chilly nights ahead

Monday, 1 May 2017, 1:10 pm | MetService

A burst of polar air which flowed northwards over New Zealand yesterday meant a very cold start to this week for many inland places, with frosts reported this morning, and Queenstown recording an overnight low of -1C, Alexandra -2C and Mount Cook -3C. More >>

Global leaders combine forces

Monday, 1 May 2017, 11:33 am | Future Realities

As the first national tech week approaches in May one of the highlight events, Future Realities, has attracted support from the local innovation community and international speakers including Author Neal Stephenson. The aim of this event is to boost understanding ... More >>

Red Lab Coat Day New Zealand launch

Monday, 1 May 2017, 9:14 am | Multiple Sclerosis Society

The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (“NZMSRT”) is excited to announce that in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (“MSNZ”) it will be celebrating Red Lab Coat Day on 1 May 2017. This is a day recognising ... More >>

EDS calls for urgent action to avoid species extinction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 4:57 pm | Environmental Defence Society

The Environmental Defence Society has released its submission on the Government’s freshwater reform proposals and has called for more urgent action. More >>

Climate change & insurance

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:40 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand’s coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. More >>

Freshwater pressures rising

Friday, 28 April 2017, 3:38 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. More >>

Climate change and insurance - Expert Reaction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 12:32 pm | Science Media Centre

The extent to which climate change threatens New Zealand's coastal housing will depend on insurance options available to homeowners, according to a new report. More >>

AgResearch helping people to breathe easier

Friday, 28 April 2017, 11:29 am | AgResearch

28 April 2017 AgResearch helping people to breathe easier With air quality an increasing concern for people around the world, AgResearch is doing its part in the development of innovative pollution masks that protect the everyday health of users. AgResearch ... More >>

Red Lab Coat Day New Zealand launch

Friday, 28 April 2017, 10:37 am | Multiple Sclerosis Society

The New Zealand Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust (“NZMSRT”) is excited to announce that in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (“MSNZ”) it will be celebrating Red Lab Coat Day on 1 May 2017. This is a day recognising ... More >>

Cassini's grand finale - Expert reaction

Friday, 28 April 2017, 9:37 am | Science Media Centre

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun its 142-day death spiral inside Saturn’s rings, passing through them 22 times over the coming months. More >>

Quake hazard to the South from Akatore Fault hard to assess

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 2:03 pm | University of Otago

One of the closest active geological faults to Dunedin is not giving up its secrets easily. That is worrying when it comes to assessing the potential earthquake hazard the Akatore Fault poses to residents in Dunedin and around the region. More >>

Response to Ministry for freshwater report

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:35 pm | Enviroment Canterbury

Environment Canterbury Chairman David Bedford said the comprehensive report provides a marker of New Zealand’s fresh water management and the areas that particularly need addressing. More >>

Where would we be today without WiFi?

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 1:28 pm | Aurecon

Where would we be today without WiFi? No more hotspots. No cool internet cafés. Our ‘mobile’ devices would be far less mobile. Or what would life be like without the microwave? TV dinners would never be the same. What many of us don’t know, ... More >>

Freshwater report shows increasing pressures

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:11 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand have released the latest national report about the state of freshwater. Our fresh water 2017 measures the quality of New Zealand's waterways, including water quality, biodiversity and cultural ... More >>

New report reinforces need for urgent action on rivers

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 12:08 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling for a comprehensive government package to restore our declining rivers and lakes, in the face of overwhelming evidence that they are in serious trouble. More >>

Report confirms serious challenges for rivers

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 11:10 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s rivers and lakes are under increasing pressure, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of fresh water. More >>

Scientists go door-to-door in Edgecumbe

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 8:31 am | NIWA

Scientists will be knocking on doors in Edgecumbe next week seeking to survey the damage done to buildings from recent flooding caused when a stopbank on the Rangitaiki River breached. More >>

Whitehead Return Brings Bream Head Bird Song Bonanza

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 3:33 pm | Bream Head Conservation Trust

Bird and nature lovers are already enjoying the increasing sight and sound of native bird species on this iconic Whangarei Reserve since the Bream Head Conservation Trust’s habitat restoration programmes began there 15 years ago. More >>

Vodafone connections slow to download NZ pages

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:47 am | TrueNet

Vodafone shows a strong decline during the day and into the evening, in stark contrast to all other ISP results on any fixed line technology. The trend in Special Chart 3, has been evident for some time, indicating long standing congestion on the Vodafone ... More >>

More Action Needed on Digital Inclusion

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 9:12 am | Innovation Partnership

New Zealand has made good progress toward making Broadband accessible, but due to other factors some people are still not able to take advantage of the opportunities created by the Internet. Fellowship research released today by the Innovation Partnership ... More >>