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Agritech Companies Helping Reduce NZ’s Rural Emissions

Wed, 18 May 2022 10:59:26 +1200 | Make Lemonade

New Zealand’s agritech companies are helping meet the country’s climate commitments and their innovations are valued internationally which will drive agritech export growth and create future proof jobs for Kiwis. Agritech could be destined to save ...More >>

Hydrogen – The Magic Rainbow Gas

Wed, 18 May 2022 10:29:46 +1200 | Viv Forbes

If you believe in the tooth fairy, or vote Green, you probably believe that hydrogen is the magic rainbow gas that will banish global warming, replace wicked hydro-carbons in electricity generation, fuel tomorrow’s trucks, planes and heavy equipment, ...More >>

Emissions Reduction Plan – Expert Reaction

Tue, 17 May 2022 12:51:47 +1200 | Science Media Centre

The government has released its first plan on how to get to zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Emissions Reduction Plan proposes economy-wide changes to drive down New Zealand’s emissions. The SMC asked experts to comment on: An overview of the ...More >>

Forecasting The Next Five Years Of The COVID-19 Crisis – Expert Reaction

Tue, 17 May 2022 12:51:00 +1200 | Science Media Centre

An international report predicts the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be a society-wide crisis of growing inequalities that span far beyond the health sector. The International Science Council report (to which Sir Peter Gluckman and Sir David Skegg contributed) ...More >>

New Drive To Harness Mātauranga Māori For Aotearoa

Tue, 17 May 2022 12:41:35 +1200 | AgResearch

Mātauranga Māori should be seen as adding to the toolbox to tackle the big issues for agriculture and other sectors, rather than something that threatens the science status quo, says the head of AgResearch’s new Māori Research & Partnerships ...More >>

On The Emissions Reduction Plan Non-Event

Tue, 17 May 2022 11:12:06 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

Clearly, the attempt to take the politics out of climate change has itself been a political decision, and one meant to remove much of the heat from the global warming issue before next year’s election. What we got from yesterday’s $2.9 billion ...More >>

Innovative Tech Could Generate Renewable Energy & Capture Carbon

Mon, 16 May 2022 11:42:22 +1200 | University of Canterbury

UC Engineering PhD student Karan Titus is researching new ways to combine geothermal with bioenergy, to supercharge renewable electricity and create a carbon sink. Titus has shown that a combined geothermal and bioenergy plant could remove a million tonnes ...More >>

Real Change For Outdated Genetic Laws

Sun, 15 May 2022 13:09:26 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand can’t afford to be left behind as genetic engineering advancements transform the agriculture sector,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron. “As part of ACT's Real Change Budget, we would make changes to the ...More >>

Unity Among Nations, In Push For Greater Space Security At UN-led Talks

Sat, 14 May 2022 19:55:33 +1200 | UN News

A new UN-led push to prevent an arms race in outer space has received wide-ranging support and participation from civil society and Member States – including all five permanent members of the Security Council - at talks in Geneva. The first Open-ended ...More >>

Canterbury Astronomers Spot Quadruple Stars Which May Spark Supernova

Fri, 13 May 2022 16:20:19 +1200 | University of Canterbury

A quadruple star system discovered in 2017 and recently observed at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory could represent a new channel by which thermonuclear supernova explosions can occur in the Universe, according to results published in ...More >>

Sea Ice Can Control Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability, New Research Finds

Fri, 13 May 2022 15:09:59 +1200 | University of Canterbury

An international team, including University of Canterbury Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack and researchers from Cambridge and Newcastle universities, UK, have used a combination of historical satellite measurements, along with ocean and atmosphere records, to ...More >>

The Ukraine War Is Accelerating The New Space Race

Fri, 13 May 2022 07:22:23 +1200 | Globetrotter

The suspension of collaborative projects between Russian and Western space agencies will enhance their traditional rivalries. But the new space race is also being driven by other countries—as well as private companies. By John P. Ruehl / Globetrotter ...More >>

CBRN Protection Equipment Market Sales To Reach A Valuation Of US$ 61.6 Bn In 2029

Thu, 12 May 2022 19:02:16 +1200 | Future Market Insights

A new Future Market Insights (FMI) study suggests that the global  CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) protection equipment market  will exhibit a healthy CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period of 2022 – ...More >>

Anchors Cause "Extensive, Persistent" Damage To Seafloor

Thu, 12 May 2022 10:08:49 +1200 | NIWA

High-resolution mapping has produced the first ever global estimates of coastal habitat damage caused by anchoring. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in port congestion around the world, leading to unprecedented bottlenecks in maritime traffic and intensive ...More >>

Charting A Course For A Real-time Navigation Aid In The Sounds

Thu, 12 May 2022 09:31:45 +1200 | Marlborough District Council

Kura te Au/Tory Channel, the main trunk line for ferries travelling between the North and South islands, has long had a reputation amongst mariners as a complex waterway. Work on a novel solution to the navigational challenges the channel presents ...More >>

Cess@tion Study Offers Chance To Trial A Natural Stop-smoking Aid

Thu, 12 May 2022 06:29:05 +1200 | National Institute for Health Innovation

Smokefree May is the perfect time to kick the habit and the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) invites any smoker who wants to make a healthy change to sign up for a study that will test cytisine, a natural product which has been shown ...More >>

Is Being Hooked On Sugar A Lifestyle Choice Or An Addiction?

Thu, 12 May 2022 05:32:15 +1200 | Health Research Council Of New Zealand

It can be incredibly hard to resist the lure of lollies, cupcakes and other sweet treats, especially for those of us with a sweet tooth. But what if this craving for sugary foods wasn’t a lifestyle choice but a sign of a sugar addiction? University ...More >>

We Can Generate Green Hydrogen, But How Will We Store It?

Wed, 11 May 2022 12:19:59 +1200 | University of Canterbury

The Aotearoa New Zealand goal of zero emissions by 2050 brings urgency and pressure to create enough green hydrogen and safely store it for the future. Generating green hydrogen – hydrogen produced from water using renewable electricity – is a seasonal ...More >>

Scientists Transform Beating Heart Stem Cells Into Brain Cells

Wed, 11 May 2022 06:10:11 +1200 | UVA Health

Research in Mice Yields Surprising Insights Into How Cells Develop CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 10, 2022 – By turning off a single gene, University of Virginia researchers and their collaborators caused stem cells already becoming heart cells to change ...More >>

MRINZ Receives Independent Research Funding From The Health Research Council Of New Zealand

Tue, 10 May 2022 14:44:02 +1200 | Medical Research Institute of New Zealand

Core Independent Research Organisation (IRO) funding has been granted to the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) by the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC).     HRC IRO Funding is awarded through a negotiated process, ...More >>


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