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Biological Heritage National Science Challenge statement

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7:27 pm | Biological Heritage National Science Challenge

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge welcomes public discussion on science-based options for tackling New Zealand’s biodiversity challenges, including the perspective piece by Professors Kevin Esvelt and Neil Gemmell discussing ... More >>

New smart wearables help Kiwi workers sit up with confidence

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 10:06 am | Upright Technologies

UPRIGHT GO and UPRIGHT PRO are designed to tackle screen slouch, improve posture, appearance and reduce risk of associated back pain. More >>

Professor Rick Millane elected as Fellow of Royal Society

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 9:47 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury Professor Rick Millane has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi. More >>

Geologist Nick Mortimer Honoured by National Science Body

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 8:23 am | GNS Science

A geologist who led a project that unveiled a new and largely underwater continent called Zealandia has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. More >>

DOC respond to possible mouse sighting on Tiritiri Matangi

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:49 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is responding to a possible mouse sighting on pest-free Tiritiri Matangi island in the Hauraki Gulf. More >>

Kaikoura earthquake inspires coastal expert conference

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 1:13 pm | NZ Coastal Society

Today coastal scientists, engineers, planners, and managers gathered in Tauranga for the New Zealand Coastal Society’s 25th annual conference. More >>

New Zealanders out to uncover icy secrets

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:45 am | Antarctica New Zealand

A University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic Antarctic research expedition as part of efforts to better understand how the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) will respond to global warming. More >>

Meet SAM - The Virtual Politician for the Digital Age

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:24 am | Trio Communications

A Wellington-based technology group will launch a pilot digital platform called “SAM – the Virtual Politician” at the launch of the newly-formed Wellington CIT.AI chapter today – part of a global network of cities showcasing their Artificial ... More >>

Anglers face ‘last ditch’ battle to save wild salmon

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 1:13 pm | Fish and Game New Zealand

Anglers have been warned they are now in a last-ditch battle to save New Zealand’s wild salmon population. More >>

Pioneering women honoured in Antarctica

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 8:59 am | Antarctica New Zealand

“They thought I was a feminist, but I wasn’t a feminist at all … I just liked wearing trousers!” That seems like a sensible option for Thelma Rodgers who, in 1979, was the first New Zealand woman to spend an entire winter in Antarctica – ... More >>

High pressure prevails for the next two weeks

Monday, 13 November 2017, 12:46 pm | MetService

New Zealand’s weather for the next two weeks is looking mostly dry and settled, thanks to a ridge of high pressure that moves onto the country today and is expected to stick around into next week. More >>

Outstanding science recognised at inaugural awards

Monday, 13 November 2017, 9:58 am | Science New Zealand

A woman dedicated to rebuilding fish stocks, the man at the forefront of earthquake monitoring system GeoNet, and a team dedicated to helping Pacific nations better prepare for climate change, are amongst 14 individuals and 7 teams honoured for their ... More >>

SMC: 2017 another scorcher year

Friday, 10 November 2017, 9:06 pm | Science Media Centre

2017 another scorcher year 2017 is set to be in the top three hottest years on record, with record-breaking extreme weather, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO’s) provisional statement on the state of the climate. More >>

Whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep with half a brain

Friday, 10 November 2017, 12:00 pm | University of Canterbury

Ever wondered how and where whales, dolphins and porpoises sleep? New work by University of Canterbury researcher Andrew Wright at the released this week reveals for the first time that harbour porpoises sleep during diving. More >>

The Bakhshali Manuscript: the world's oldest ‘true’ zero?

Friday, 10 November 2017, 11:52 am | University of Canterbury

It may be elementary maths, but the concept of zero has given rise to many an existential, intellectual debate over the history of zero, with much musing over nothing. More >>

More Rain for Some but a Positive Start to Next Week

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 2:11 pm | MetService

Following the severe weather experienced in many places mid-week, the weekend ahead see a shift back to Spring’s usual ‘mixed bag’ pattern. But beyond the weekend, a high-pressure system should settle things down more consistently across the country. More >>

Complete online record of 150 years of discovery

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 1:20 pm | Royal Society Of New Zealand

All copies of the Transactions of the Royal Society of New Zealand, one of New Zealand’s most important research publications, are now available online, thanks to a collaborative project between Royal Society Te Apārangi and the National Library of New Zealand. More >>

Monarch Butterfly Trust Inundated with Requests for Help

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 9:23 am | Monarch Butterfly NZ Trust

The Monarch Butterfly New Zealand Trust is being inundated with requests for help with starving monarch caterpillars. More >>

Southern seas warming faster than northern New Zealand

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 9:46 am | University of Auckland

Three of the longest-running sea temperature records in the Southern Hemisphere have been analysed by scientists and show that while coastal waters near Auckland are not getting any warmer, southern New Zealand and Tasmania are. More >>

Winters much shorter than they once were, says NIWA

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 8:47 am | NIWA

New Zealand winters are a month shorter than they were 80 years ago, NIWA scientists say. More >>

AI Showcase Event features 7 Kiwi Businesses

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 5:13 pm | AI New Zealand

“AI is the new electricity” said Andrew Ng, The Founder of Coursera & in his keynote speech at the recent AI Frontiers Conference. More >>

LCT files pericyte protective agent provisional patent

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 4:14 pm | Living Cell Technologies

7 November 2017 – Sydney, Australia & Auckland, New Zealand – Living Cell Technologies Limited has filed a provisional patent for pericyte protective agents titled “PERICYTE PROTECTIVE AGENTS FOR NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS INCLUDING NEURODEGENERATIVE ... More >>

2017 is set to be in top three hottest years

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 1:49 pm | World Meteorological Organization

2017 is set to be in top three hottest years, with record-breaking extreme weather WMO report highlights impacts on human safety, well-being and environment More >>

2017 set to be another scorcher - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 9:43 am | Science Media Centre

2017 is set to be in the top three hottest years on record, with record-breaking extreme weather, according to the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO's) provisional statement on the state of the climate. More >>

Lookalikes not necessarily the same, says NIWA scientist

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 8:53 am | NIWA

They hide under rocks in lakes, rivers and streams, look decidedly grumpy and only come out at night. More >>

Growing evidence to support use of stem cell transplantation

Monday, 6 November 2017, 2:59 pm | Multiple Sclerosis New Zealand

Following TVNZs Sunday programme last night on people with multiple sclerosis seeking stem cell transplantation overseas for their MS, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New Zealand (MSNZ) confirms its support for the use of this treatment within a clinical ... More >>

Rapidly Deepening Low’s Course Set for New Zealand

Monday, 6 November 2017, 1:38 pm | MetService

As a ridge of high pressure builds across the country today, bringing relatively settled weather, a low currently over eastern Australia is getting ready to make a rapid break across the Tasman. More >>

Think carefully before prescribing medicines

Monday, 6 November 2017, 9:43 am | Council Of Medical Colleges

The Council of Medical Colleges is encouraging clinicians to think carefully about the medications they prescribe for patients. More >>

Proof of life using molecular tools

Monday, 6 November 2017, 8:56 am | Cawthron Institute

Scientists at Cawthron Institute have explored the role of RNA in identifying living organisms when using metabarcoding for marine biosecurity applications. More >>

Royal Society Climate Threats Create Needless Stress

Sunday, 5 November 2017, 4:35 pm | New Zealand Climate Science Coalition

“There’s not one chance in a million that the future will unfold in the manner predicted by the NZ Royal Society’s report “ Human Health Impacts of Climate Change in New Zealand”, said the chairman of the NZ Climate Science Coalition, ... More >>

SMC: Marsden Fund awards $84m

Friday, 3 November 2017, 3:41 pm | Science Media Centre

A total of 133 research projects have been funded in the latest round of the Marsden Fund, for a total of $84.6 million. More >>

Liverworts would rather be 'red than dead'

Friday, 3 November 2017, 1:07 pm | Plant and Food Research

A Plant & Food Research project into the unique way liverworts shield themselves from extreme environments has been awarded funding for ongoing research in the latest round of Marsden Awards. More >>

World Jellyfish Day 3/11/17 & What to Do If You Get Stung

Friday, 3 November 2017, 12:26 pm | Sea Life Kelly Tarltons Auckland

World Jellyfish Day 3/11/17 - Myths Debunked & What to Do If You Get Stung More >>

$15.6m Marsden funding a record for Massey

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 3:43 pm | Massey University

Massey researchers have received more than $15.6 million from the Royal Society of New Zealand's annual Marsden Fund for 26 projects, a record number of projects funded and total funding. More >>

$84.6m awarded by Marsden Fund - Expert reaction

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 2:17 pm | Science Media Centre

A total of 133 research projects have been funded in the latest round of the Marsden Fund, for a total of $84.6 million – an increase over last year's $65m. More >>

Settled weather to end

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 1:25 pm | MetService

On Friday, New Zealand will wave goodbye to the settled weather we’ve been experiencing over the past few days as the ridge of high pressure stationed over the country moves off to the northeast. More >>

Engineering research boosted by new funding

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 12:43 pm | University of Auckland

Engineering research at the University of Auckland receives more than $1.5 million in new funding from the Marsden Fund for 2017. More >>

Scientist Exposes Impacts of Oil Blasting on NZ Blue Whales

Thursday, 2 November 2017, 10:42 am | Greenpeace New Zealand

Thursday, November 2: A renowned marine ecologist at Oregon State University has laid bare the harmful impacts that seismic blasting for oil has on New Zealand’s marine life, including the blue whale. More >>

Seasonal climate outlook November 2017 - January 2018

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 2:01 pm | NIWA

The tropical Pacific is still officially in a ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) neutral state, but some indicators have leaned more towards La Niña conditions during the course of October 2017. After a brief period of warming early in the month, sea ... More >>

Could you be addicted to your pain medication?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 10:27 am | University of Auckland

Aucklanders who know or feel they have an addiction to over-the-counter or prescription pain medication are being invited to take part in a University of Auckland study. More >>

Genetic link between obesity and diabetes

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 3:55 pm | Liggins Institute

Auckland researchers have made a major leap in our understanding of the genetic basis for obesity and type 2 diabetes, and why these two conditions so often go hand in hand. More >>

Otago health researchers gain career development awards

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 9:21 am | University of Otago

Four up–and–coming University of Otago researchers have each been awarded around $500,000 from the Health Research Council (HRC) to pursue world-class projects aimed at improving New Zealander’s health and wellbeing and contributing to international ... More >>

Science Challenge Greenlights New Projects

Monday, 30 October 2017, 1:02 pm | Callaghan Innovation

Two new technological projects aimed at selling New Zealand innovation locally and overseas have been funded by the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge Board. More >>

Weather on repeat

Monday, 30 October 2017, 12:57 pm | MetService

High pressure out to the east of New Zealand is holding its position, meaning that MetService weather maps will not be changing much for the rest of the week, including for Halloween festivitieson Tuesday. The high is directing a northeasterly flow over ... More >>

Tackling the big questions

Monday, 30 October 2017, 12:12 pm | University of Auckland

A new research centre involving scientists from a wide range of disciplines is launching tomorrow at the University of Auckland. Led by geologist and astrobiologist Professor Kathleen Campbell from the University’s School of Environment, Professor Richard ... More >>

First Takahē Egg at Pukaha for Over 20 Years

Monday, 30 October 2017, 11:41 am | Pukaha Mount Bruce

The rangers at Pukaha Mount Bruce, National Wildlife Centre were delighted this week to discover that the resident takahē couple, Natural and Fomi are sitting on an egg. The egg was discovered on Saturday by Pukaha ranger, Tara Swan. The discovery ... More >>

Precision Farming Technology for Aquaculture project funding

Saturday, 28 October 2017, 12:42 pm | Cawthron Institute

Scientists are set to research the application of transformational tech for the aquaculture industry, following funding approval for the two-year Precision Farming Technology for Aquaculture project. The project announced today focuses on developing technologies ... More >>

SMC: Climate's impact on NZ health and more

Friday, 27 October 2017, 4:38 pm | Science Media Centre

Climate's impact on NZ health Climate change will impact human health both directly – through heat waves and weather events – and indirectly by challenging our mental health, according to a new report. More >>

Structural Engineers Gather in Wellington Next Week

Friday, 27 October 2017, 12:51 pm | Engineering New Zealand

Structural engineers will meet in Wellington next week to talk about the future of their discipline, at a conference organised by the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand (SESOC). More >>

Gene profiling to try and unlock the causes of breast cancer

Friday, 27 October 2017, 11:44 am | University of Auckland

New research from the University of Auckland has found gene expression profiles, which are a sensitive measure of underlying tumour biology, showed no clear difference between breast tumours from New Zealand patients and those from patients overseas. More >>

Report shows urgent need for climate change preparation

Friday, 27 October 2017, 11:42 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand says a new report has highlighted the serious risk our infrastructure is facing because of climate change. More >>

Forest research awards cover range

Friday, 27 October 2017, 9:57 am | Forest Growers Research

Projects as different as growing thousands of beetles to sacrifice for science and knowing everything there is to wire ropes, earned their scientists recognition at the 2017 Forest Grower Research Awards in Christchurch last week More >>

Running humid for the Auckland Marathon

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 1:05 pm | MetService

Settled weather continues over New Zealand this weekend, but for northern parts humidity is on the rise. A ridge of high pressure becomes slow moving to the east of the country, bringing down tropical air in warm northerly breezes. More >>

Climate change threatens health of New Zealanders

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:47 am | Royal Society

Many factors that contribute to the health of New Zealanders will be affected by climate change, finds a new report by Royal Society Te Apārangi. Direct effects of climate change such as increased exposure to heat waves and weather events, including ... More >>

Skull could be world’s oldest tsunami victim

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:23 am | University of Auckland

A new geological analysis of the site where a 6,000-year-old human skull was discovered in Papua New Guinea in 1929 has revealed that the person probably died in a catastrophic tsunami. More >>

NZ Hi-Tech Awards 2018 - Launch Event Reminder

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:15 am | NZ Hi-Tech Awards

The 2018 Hi-Tech Awards will open for entry in just over a month and we're marking the occasion with special launch events for people interested in entering the Awards or nominating someone they think should enter. More >>

New surgical device among Velocity $100k Challenge winners

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 2:27 pm | University of Auckland

A new surgical stitching device is being developed in New Zealand that could prevent complications during the surgical process and even save lives by saving time. More >>

Food exports of the future

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 11:10 am | AgResearch

AgResearch scientists are leading new research that could revolutionise New Zealand foods - with new ways of boosting flavour and texture, and products designed to make our brains perform better. Supported by industry and research partners, AgResearch ... More >>

Fellowships and scholarships support discovery

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 10:46 am | The Royal Society of New Zealand

Three researchers recognised for their sustained research excellence and seven highly promising researchers at the early stages of their careers have been awarded fellowships and scholarships today. More >>

Competitive males can adjust sperm speed

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 3:09 pm | University of Canterbury

It’s a fish tale of a sexual nature that may impact our understanding of male fertility. A University of Canterbury doctoral researcher has discovered that male salmon can adjust their sperm’s swimming speed if competing with a rival to reproduce. More >>