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UC scientist developing infinitely rechargeable batteries

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 1:41 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury chemistry expert, Dr Deborah Crittenden is a finalist in the sixth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation in New Zealand ... More >>

EPA: Plastic microbeads ban kicks in on 7 June

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12:05 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority will be responsible for new rules to protect people and New Zealand’s environment from plastic microbeads. Some products containing plastic microbeads will be banned from sale from Thursday 7 June 2018, says Dr Fiona ... More >>

Farmers on-board with predator-free vision

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12:00 pm | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers Taranaki President Donald McIntrye says today’s announcement of $11.7 million of government funding for Taranaki’s war against possums, stoats and rats is "amazing news". More >>

2018 KiwiNet Awards finalists: research-rich innovation

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 9:23 am | KiwiNet

Twelve stunning finalists have been selected for the sixth annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards, designed to celebrate impact from science through successful research commercialisation within New Zealand’s universities and Crown Research ... More >>

La Nina's gone; wild and unruly arrives

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 2:53 pm | NIWA

We've got hot temperatures, we've got cold temperatures, freezing temperatures, ice, snow, hail, rain - and even a few rays of sunshine. And one very confused weather pattern. More >>

Help name the latest online sensation

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 11:53 am | Department of Conservation

Millions of people have spent the last three years watching her neighbours grow up. Now for the third year running the Department of Conservation is inviting people to help name the newest Royal cam albatross chick at the Taiaroa Head colony on Otago ... More >>

Otago researchers develop ground-breaking communication tech

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 11:51 am | University of Otago

In the ongoing quest for better, faster and higher-quality wireless communication, University of Otago researchers are leading the way. More >>

Media release: High and Dry - Monday 28th May 2018

Monday, 28 May 2018, 12:16 pm | MetService

It’s set to be a cold end to May this week, with temperatures across the country on the chilly side and many spots on both the North and South Island set to wake up to some frosty mornings. On Monday morning Manapouri took the crown for the coldest ... More >>

SMC: How biodegradable are bags?

Friday, 25 May 2018, 3:43 pm | Science Media Centre

How biodegradable are bags? Plastic bags are currently public enemy number one, but are biodegradable bags any better? More >>

Advanced Manufacturing and The Fourth Revolution

Friday, 25 May 2018, 2:33 pm | The Manufacturers' Network

TechWeek has shown off and discussed a range of technology across the country – today it's advanced manufacturing's turn. The Christchurch Headline Event, The Fourth Revolution, is showcasing the exciting work which is being done and the opportunities ... More >>

Footage shows exceptional clarity of Te Waikoropupū Springs

Friday, 25 May 2018, 11:55 am | NIWA

On the bottom of New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs is an underwater garden of vivid green, pinks and inky blues. More >>

How temperature affects our response to advertising

Friday, 25 May 2018, 10:08 am | Massey University

We often say that love “warms” our hearts, or fear “gives us the shivers”, but the connection between emotions and physical temperature is closer than you might think. More >>

Cannabis: what’s the harm?

Friday, 25 May 2018, 9:16 am | University of Otago

A researcher of the effects of cannabis says any law change to free up the drug’s availability needs to take account of scientifically-robust data showing regular use in young people is associated with a higher risk of mental health issues, use ... More >>

Whale wows Napier crowd

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 5:31 pm | Department of Conservation

A humpback whale stopped in Hawke’s Bay today for lunch and a show just off Napier’s Marine Parade beach. More >>

Kiwi named in honour of late Joseph Harawira, QSM

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 5:13 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Ian Tarei and family from Omataroa Kiwi Project holding kiwi chick JoeJoe with EPA Board member Dayle Hunia (far right). More >>

Compost - a hidden source of plastic pollution

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 4:06 pm | Institute of Environmental Science And Research

Compost - a hidden source of plastic pollution. The extensive use of all kinds of plastic in food production is a ticking time bomb because of the risks it poses to the environment and human health, says ESR Environmental Scientist Olga Pantos. Dr ... More >>

Severe weather eases, wintery weather arrives - 24 May 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 2:41 pm | MetService

It’s not winter yet, but nature doesn’t follow a calendar. Snow has fallen to low levels, with Queenstown experiencing a dusting and several mountain roads closed due to the inclement weather. This wintery blast is due to persistent southerly winds ... More >>

Major US funding boost for trial of sugar gel for newborns

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:06 am | Liggins Institute

New Zealand-led research that could improve the care of up to a third of all babies born and potentially prevent brain damage in infancy has received a $2.8 million boost from the United States. More >>

Facebook and Te Puia unveil new AR filter at Techweek

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 3:02 pm | Joint Press Release

Facebook and Te Puia unveil new AR filter at Techweek Jaws have literally dropped during Techweek this week > as the world’s first Māori-themed augmented reality (AR) face filter goes live. Developed as a digital partnership between Te Puia, New ... More >>

Innovation on show at NZ Space Challenge

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 1:53 pm | Christchurch NZ

From Taranaki to Texas, innovation on show at NZ Space Challenge 23 May 2018 Airborne ice penetrating radar may be the answer to navigating the Extreme Environments of Antarctica and outer Space. Taranaki’s Duncan Young is spearheading a team from ... More >>

Mānuka honey definition research published

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 11:47 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Research undertaken and led by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to develop a scientifically robust definition for mānuka honey has just been published in a leading international scientific journal. More >>

Dunedin NZ Space Challenge finalists on AI + Antarctica

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 9:38 am | Christchurch NZ

A Dunedin tech team say using artificial intelligence to detect and map hazardous surfaces could be the answer to navigating the Extreme Environments of Antarctica and outer Space. More >>

Surgeons train to save lives with 3D printing

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 2:49 pm | Canterbury District Health Board

A team at Christchurch Hospital is 3D printing models of babies’ chests to train surgeons for a life-saving procedure. More >>

An adventure in Antarctica

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 2:28 pm | Christchurch NZ

A childhood dream to explore Antarctica has led a Tauranga-based tech expert to design an innovative solution to navigate the extreme environments of Antarctica and outer Space. More >>

Intermittent rivers affect global CO2 emissions

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 10:44 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury scientists are part of a global research collaboration into the environmental impacts of dry riverbeds, with their findings published today in a new paper in one of the world’s top scientific journals. More >>

Scientists bring in kids to help with air quality research

Monday, 21 May 2018, 2:11 pm | NIWA

Pupils at a Central Otago primary school are helping NIWA air quality scientists learn more about pollution in their town in a four-month project that will track where smoke comes from and where it goes over winter. More >>

NZ Space Challenge heats up as finalists announced!

Monday, 21 May 2018, 1:04 pm | ChristchurchNZ

The search for New Zealand’s top space talent is drawing closer with five regional NZ Space Challenge finalists announced in Christchurch. More >>

Weather deja-vu- 21st May 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018, 12:50 pm | MetService

It’s a case of more of the same weather this week as last. While the west coast is in the running for another wet week, out in the east it will be the winds to keep a close eye on. Across the country however, MetService is forecasting temperatures ... More >>

Raydar Announces Launch of New Behavioural Research Division

Monday, 21 May 2018, 10:34 am | Raydar

Auckland based Shopper Marketing agency, Raydar has today announced the launch of a new behavioural research division, Sapien, which will be headed by Research Director, Mark Vincett and Insight Director, Manya Craig. More >>

50 Years Ago: Inangahua Quake Jolted NZ Out of Complacency

Sunday, 20 May 2018, 2:09 pm | GNS Science

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the magnitude 7.1 Inangahua earthquake and scientists are among those reflecting on how much progress has been made in the world of earthquake science since 1968. More >>

SMC: Budget 2018 expert round-up

Friday, 18 May 2018, 4:24 pm | Science Media Centre

The Labour Government's first Budget focuses primarily on health, housing and education, but a few new research and innovation initiatives got a look-in. More >>

PM world’s first leader to appear as hologram at Techweek

Friday, 18 May 2018, 10:45 am | Make Lemonade

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will set a world first opening Techweek on Monday as she will attend as a hologram. More >>

Budget 2018: Science and research - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 4:56 pm | Science Media Centre NZ

The Labour Government's first Budget includes funding for the R&D tax credit announced last month, a new Green Investment Fund to transition to help the transition to a low-carbon economy and funding towards healthier homes. More >>

Greater science investment to grow NZ wealth and wellbeing

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 4:35 pm | Science New Zealand

Anthony Scott, chief executive of Science New Zealand, the peak body for the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), says the investment in science research announced today will help protect the environment, grow New Zealand’s national and regional prosperity, ... More >>

Researcher to investigate the impact of sleep on dementia

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 1:50 pm | Massey University

Understanding the role of sleep with ageing is becoming increasingly important. Life expectancy is increasing and with it the prevalence of sleep problems, which can negatively impact waking function, physical and mental health, healthcare usage and ... More >>

UC showcases innovative research which is good for the world

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:47 am | University of Canterbury

Innovative research that is good for the world is set to fascinate participants at Techweek18: UC People Making a Difference . More >>

Schools Space Exploration Live Stream

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:40 am | OMGTech

Schools Space Exploration Live Stream 1 - 3pm May 21st 2018 Headline Event for Techweek 2018 (#twnz18) Brought to you by OMGTech! More >>

Zoo and Aquarium professionals heading to Wellington

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10:39 am | Wellington Zoo

Wellington Zoo is proud to be hosting The Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) 2018 Conference in Wellington from May 21 – May 24; with over 200 delegates from around the world attending. More >>

New ideas for detecting cancer get go-ahead

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 8:57 am | Health Research Council

Can dogs really sniff out cancer? Thanks to a grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), a University of Waikato lecturer can now test this theory in a clinical setting. More >>

Alpine Fault Project Releases Video Series

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 2:48 pm | Project AF8

Project AF8, the South Island-wide effort to coordinate planning and preparation for a severe earthquake on the Alpine Fault, has released a series of short videos to mark the end of the first two years of its work. More >>

Primary schools to study the worm that once held up SH1

Tuesday, 15 May 2018, 10:38 am | University of Otago

Researchers from Catchments Otago – a University of Otago Research Theme – are embarking on a year-long study with three Dunedin primary schools into the mysterious ancient velvet worm – peripatus – thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Unlocking ... More >>

Groundbreaking trial seeks links to GHG emissions

Monday, 14 May 2018, 4:58 pm | Landcorp

It may seem like a long bow to draw, but a ground-breaking trial at Pāmu’s Waikite farm, will test the link between the administration of long-acting drench products in sheep, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. More >>

Low cloud and fog brings murky start to the week

Monday, 14 May 2018, 12:42 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting northerly winds associated with a low crossing the Tasman Sea which will continue to push warm, moist air onto the North Island and large parts of the South Island for the first half of the week. The low is expected to cross ... More >>

UC scientists invited on major Antarctic expedition

Monday, 14 May 2018, 11:40 am | University of Canterbury

In early 2019, University of Canterbury researchers will be part of an international effort to explore one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world: the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. More >>

Science Deadline: This week in Sci-tech Issue 471, 11 May 20

Friday, 11 May 2018, 3:55 pm | Science Media Centre

Science Deadline: Cochrane vaccine review, call for harm-reduced tobacco products, and curtailing farm nutrient run-off More >>

SMC ALERT: Impact of Mycoplasma bovis on cow welfare

Friday, 11 May 2018, 3:18 pm | Science Media Centre

The cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has spread “beyond all expectation” in the last week, with Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor indicating that the number of farms affected by the disease "will likely exceed their earlier modelling”. More >>

NZ school children revealing the power of mānuka

Friday, 11 May 2018, 12:18 pm | University of Otago

Schools and pupils from all over New Zealand are working with the University of Otago and Plant & Food Research to discover what secrets are locked within the wide variety of mānuka around the country – including whether the native plant’s ... More >>

Otago researcher discovers 34 million-year-old whale fossil

Friday, 11 May 2018, 11:55 am | University of Otago

A University of Otago palaeontologist’s discovery of an ancient fossil whale that swam the Antarctica seas 34 million years ago has paved the way for new knowledge about the evolution of baleen whales. More >>

New Aust-NZ research ship collaboration established

Friday, 11 May 2018, 11:20 am | NIWA

Australian and New Zealand scientific research organisations have established the first formal collaboration aimed at promoting the safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operation of research ships. More >>

Smart software sniffs sick strain of Salmonella

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 3:31 pm | University of Canterbury

Two researchers from the University of Canterbury and another from the Helmholtz Institute have developed machine-learning software that can predict how dangerous a particular strain of Salmonella will be, according to a paper published in PLOS ... More >>

Have you checked the weather for mothers’ day?

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 1:14 pm | MetService

Two low pressure systems are lining up over the Tasman Sea, ready to cross over New Zealand from Friday meaning a wet Mother’s Day for many. More >>

Nominations Open for Otago Science Awards

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 10:19 am | Joint Press Release

Nominations Open for Otago Science Awards A call is being made to recognise Otago’s science heroes with nominations now open for the biennial Otago Daily Times Otago Science Awards – a joint initiative between the New Zealand International Science ... More >>

New tool to classify severity of Salmonella

Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 2:21 pm | University of Otago

A University of Otago expert is part of an international collaboration that has created a new machine learning tool that can detect whether emerging strains of the bacterium Salmonella are more likely to cause life-threatening bloodstream infections rather ... More >>

Secret World of Butterflies

Wednesday, 9 May 2018, 10:22 am | Auckland Museum

Thousands of stunning butterflies from around the world will go on display for the first time in a spectacular exhibition at Auckland Museum from 9 June 2018. More >>

BayTrust scholarship awarded to kaimoana researcher

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 4:14 pm | Universities New Zealand - Te Pokai Tara

Waikato University PhD student Vanessa Taikato has been awarded the 2018 Bruce Cronin BayTrust Scholarship to study ways in which Māori moved marine shellfish from location to location. More >>

Curtailing farm nutrient run-off - Expert reaction

Tuesday, 8 May 2018, 10:28 am | Science Media Centre

Environment Minister David Parker told TVNZ's Q&A on Sunday that tough measures to curb nutrient run-off from farms could stall further dairy intensification. Though he said there would not be a direct cap on the number of cattle, "cow numbers ... More >>

Drought will bring more crop disease, scientists warn

Monday, 7 May 2018, 4:01 pm | Bio Protection Research Centre

New Zealand’s land-based primary industries need to get ready for more, and more serious, crop disease as climate change causes more and longer droughts, according to new research. More >>

Otago experts welcome invitation to work on AI framework

Monday, 7 May 2018, 10:09 am | University of Otago

University of Otago experts in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy are welcoming a Government invitation to formalise a relationship to shape the future of AI and predictive analytics software use in New Zealand. More >>

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 >>