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Samoan AI-based Virtual Agent Piloted To Ease Public Consultation Barriers

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:29 pm | IBM

An AI powered agent named Tala may open the door on a new way of measuring sentiment and getting feedback from New Zealand’s ethnic communities. Developed and designed by Beca, one of Asia Pacific’s largest advisory, design and engineering consultancies, ... More >>

JCB Signs A Strategic Partnership Agreement With TECHFUND For Joint Research

Monday, 1 June 2020, 4:39 pm | ACN Newswire

JCB signs a Strategic Partnership Agreement with TECHFUND for Joint Research on Sustainable Payment System Using Blockchain TOKYO, June 1, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB Co., Ltd., a global payment network and a leading issuer and acquirer in Japan, ... More >>

Professor John Nacey Recognised In The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:34 pm | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL) Board member and Immediate Past Chairman, Professor John Nacey has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020, being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). Research For Life’s current chairman ... More >>

After Scientific Breakthrough: Digid Seeks FDA Approval For Its Rapid Corona Antigen Test

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 5:01 pm | ACN Newswire

At the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), scientists have succeeded for the first time in detecting SARS-CoV-2 viruses using the revolutionary Cantisense(TM) technology from Digital Diagnostics AG. Application for approval of the Digid Cantisense(TM) ... More >>

Rimini Street Speeds Software Issue Resolution By 23% With New Artificial Intelligence Applications

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:40 pm | Rimini Street

Company extends software support leadership with new patent pending AI Applications that have already won multiple awards for innovation and achievement in customer service Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software ... More >>

Paice, Abell, And Daimler Agree To License Patented Technology

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:25 pm | ACN Newswire

BALTIMORE, MD / ACCESSWIRE, May 29, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Paice and Daimler have reached an agreement to license patented hybrid technology. Paice was an early leader in electrified vehicles. The company was awarded its first hybrid vehicle patent ... More >>

Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief. While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health , public concerns about its ... More >>

Species Interactions Are The Hidden Key To Understanding Non-native Plant Impacts

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:48 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

New research published in the journal Science shows that non-native plants interact differently with insects and soil microbes than native plants, which has dramatic consequences for carbon cycling. Carbon cycling is the process by which plants take ... More >>

Could Consuming New Zealand Blackcurrants Be Enough To Earn An Olympic Medal?

Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:35 am | Plant and Food Research

The news is bright for the New Zealand blackcurrant industry, with a recent meta-analysis study showing that properties in Adaptive™ New Zealand blackcurrants can improve sports performance. A meta-analysis conducted by scientists from the University of ... More >>

UPDATED Action For Healthy Waterways Package - Expert Reaction V2

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:47 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has announced new rules and regulations to clean up New Zealand’s waterways and protect them from future pollution. The Action for Healthy Waterways package sets higher standards around the cleanliness of swimming spots, includes ... More >>

Plant & Food Research joins forces with Māori groups

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:09 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research will collaborate with Māori groups to develop protocols to preserve reproductive cells for iconic or endangered freshwater fish and develop local skills for the establishment of a nursey of regional treasures ... More >>

How AI Is Being Used In Breakthrough Surgery, To Lighten The Load On Painful Knees

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 10:52 am | University of Auckland

Surgeons are using AI-driven software developed by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), University of Auckland, to operate on the knees of young patients, and have shown that it could reduce the recovery time of patients receiving a high-tibial ... More >>

ChurchAppsNZ Offers Free Covid-19 Contact Tracing And Visitor Register To New Zealand Churches

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 9:10 am | Snapp Mobile

ChurchAppsNZ by Snapp Mobile has released a new service in its app that gives Churches a free and easy way to track and register members who want to visit the Church during Alert Level 2. The service has already been offered to its 600+ existing client base ... More >>

Blockpass Debuts Branded WebID Version Of Its Award Winning Digital Identity Protocol

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 4:04 pm | ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, May 26, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Responding to market demand and an increasingly remote business environment, Blockpass today revealed the launch of the WebID version of its award-winning identity verification protocol, KYC Connect. The Blockpass KYC ... More >>

Dip in diversity at equator

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 11:33 am | University of Auckland

New research shows that instead of marine biodiversity being highest at the equator as widely expected, it actually dips there. While previous work at the University of Auckland suggested this was due to global warming, the latest study finds the ... More >>

Teenagers Help Address Tech Equitability

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 10:25 am | Remojo Tech

Young Enterprise Scheme startup, Remojo Tech addresses tech equitability among students through lockdown and beyond by providing free laptops to local schools & training students to repair community donated devices. Remojo Tech has managed to ... More >>

Adélie Penguins Contribute To A Better Understanding Of Marine Protected Areas In Antarctica

Monday, 25 May 2020, 2:32 pm | Landcare Research

Satellites are keeping track of what Adélie penguins and other top predators get up to in the Antarctic, and those data are helping a multi-national research effort better understand the benefits of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. Manaaki ... More >>

Mixed Bag Of Weather For The Coming Days

Monday, 25 May 2020, 1:34 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting unsettled weather for many as several fronts affect the country over the next few days. MetService meteorologist Mmatheplo Makgabutlane says the unsettled conditions follow on from the wet finish to the weekend. “A front ... More >>

Are you sure that’s the right way?

Monday, 25 May 2020, 11:13 am | University of Auckland

Satellite tracking of whales migrating from Australia and New Zealand to summer feeding grounds shows some southern right whales or tohorā are travelling in the opposite direction to what scientists expected. More >>

Kiwi start-up gets funding to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Monday, 25 May 2020, 9:05 am | CVC

Auckland: Kiwi start-up, COVID-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), has secured $488,000 interim funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund to begin development of a COVID-19 vaccine for both ... More >>

Time To Celebrate Our Scientists

Friday, 22 May 2020, 8:54 am | The Kudos Awards

New Zealand’s world-renowned response to Covid-19 shows what can be achieved by acting on good science, and during lockdown many New Zealanders have become fans of our country’s science heroes. As nominations for the 2020 Kudos Science Excellence ... More >>

East Coast Shellfish Unlock Earthquake History

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 11:19 am | Earthquake Commission

New EQC-funded research will enable scientists to pinpoint with more accuracy the frequency and size of large past earthquakes and tsunamis on the east coast of the North Island. By radiocarbon dating shells, GNS Science researcher Dr Kate Clark ... More >>

Cannabis for pets, a first for New Zealand

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 9:55 am | Helius

Local company, Helius Group, is launching New Zealand’s first ever medicinal cannabis for pets’ product range with the establishment of Helius Animal Health. The new business will operate alongside the country’s largest medicinal cannabis company, ... More >>

Autogrow Cracks The Yield Prediction Code With FarmRoad

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 6:17 pm | Autogrow

After three years of research, development, lab and farm trials; New Zealand agtech company Autogrow has set the global benchmark for crop yield prediction with an initial 90 percent accuracy rate with their FarmRoad solution. “Accurately predicting harvest ... More >>

Minimise Winter Nitrogen Loss

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 4:18 pm | Bala Tikkisetty

Winter is around the corner and currently most farmers are focusing on achieving increased productivity by judicious use of nutrients with an aim of minimising environmental impacts. Cooler months can pose a significant challenge for nutrient management, ... More >>

New Mapping Package Gives Iwi And Conservation Groups The Tools To Monitor Progress

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:55 pm | Landcare Research

Iwi and conservation groups throughout the country can now track and plan the conservation progress of native taonga species in their rohe, thanks to a new free software package. Researchers from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research have developed a downloadable ... More >>

Uncovering the migration secrets of whales

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 11:28 am | University of Auckland

Genetic analysis of skin samples from southern right whales at feeding grounds at South Georgia Island in the southwest Atlantic Ocean shows the whales that gather there are more closely related to those in South America than to those in South Africa, ... More >>

New Guidelines For Hydrographic Surveying Published

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 2:47 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) are pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Good Practice Guidelines for Hydrographic Surveys in New Zealand Ports and Harbours . The revised guideline provides advice on good practice ... More >>

Digital Doctors’ HealthPod Puts Healthcare In The Community #entrepreneurship #health

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 11:08 am | University of Canterbury

Imagining a HealthPod located in the community, where patients with chronic illnesses could more easily monitor their symptoms, has won a team of health students the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Digital Doctors Disrupt Challenge ... More >>

Digital Twins – Unlocking The Value Of Interconnected Infrastructure Data

Monday, 18 May 2020, 5:41 pm | Infrastructure New Zealand

“We are delighted to release a new report today, in collaboration with the University of Canterbury Quake Centre and their Building Innovation Partnership, on the value and need for a Digital Twin for New Zealand’s infrastructure,” says Infrastructure ... More >>

Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Monday, 18 May 2020, 3:00 pm | NIWA

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More >>

Cool And Settled Weather To Continue

Monday, 18 May 2020, 1:04 pm | MetService

Another week where settled skies dominate MetServices’ weather outlook. Fine weather welcomes teachers and students returning to school this week and offers bright days to resume outdoor activities. Where is the unsettled autumn weather you might be ... More >>

Spying For Sharks, Caring For Kākā, And Burying Briefs – Community Research Projects Receive Funding

Monday, 18 May 2020, 12:12 pm | Otago Museum

While Otago carefully begins to return to normal activity, eight newly funded community research project teams are also planning for their year ahead. From using 3D models to communicate about local climate change impacts in Queenstown Lakes District, to ... More >>

Don’t Quit, Says Zonta Science Award Winner

Monday, 18 May 2020, 7:00 am | Zonta Club of Wellington

Dr Helen Woolner, winner of the 16 th Biennial Zonta Science Award 2020. Photograph courtesy of Victoria University of Wellington. In these uncertain times of Covid-19 when Scientists are being valued more than ever, the Zonta Club of Wellington, is ... More >>

Introducing BotSight: A New Tool To Detect Bots On Twitter In Real-Time

Friday, 15 May 2020, 6:42 pm | NortonLifeLock

Introducing BotSight: A New Tool to Detect Bots on Twitter in Real-Time: Quantifying Disinformation on Twitter, one Tweet at a Time NortonLifeLock Research Group (formerly known as Symantec Research Labs) has released a beta tool that can detect bots on ... More >>

UC Connect Public Talk - Interstellar Worlds: Tiny Arrivals From Other Stars | Dr Michele Bannister

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:28 pm | University of Canterbury

Internationally renowned University of Canterbury (UC) astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister will take us on a journey to explore interstellar worlds in her upcoming free UC Connect public talk at the University of Canterbury. “We are now in an ... More >>

“Traceable Pro” App Launched - Secure, Private Contact Tracing Tool For Businesses

Friday, 15 May 2020, 1:27 pm | Webtools

Traceable Pro, a new online app, has been launched to enable businesses to easily and securely capture contact information of visitors, customers and staff. The Ministry of Health has identified contact tracing as vital to eliminating Covid-19. Level ... More >>

Further Measures Needed To Make Kiwi Homes Healthy In The Wake Of COVID-19 - Oculus

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 2:00 pm | Oculus

Building science and architectural engineering company Oculus says strong measures by the government are needed now to improve the health of New Zealand’s homes in the wake of COVID-19. The company says a new report and recommendations by the New ... More >>

A mostly fine weekend, but showers affect the North Island

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 12:14 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting mostly fine weather this weekend, but showery easterlies will affect eastern parts of the North Island. More >>

Reply To An Article Clean Energy, Incinerating Waste And Destroying Viruses

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 9:56 am | Zero Waste Europe

We would like to share with you our concern related to information presented in the article from 12th May related to Clean Energy, Incinerating Waste And Destroying Viruses The information presented in the article, as "waste needs to be incinerated ... More >>

Viral Mutations, Lineages, And Strains – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 2:40 pm | Science Media Centre

A pre-print study says there is a new, quickly spreading mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study – which has no t been peer reviewed – also suggests the mutations could affect vaccine or treatment development. The SMC asked experts to comment on ... More >>

Tangaroa Heads Back To Sea – With Social Distancing

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 2:35 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa will sail out of Wellington Harbour on Sunday for the first scientific voyage since the lockdown. The ship is heading to the Campbell Plateau south of New Zealand, to undertake a camera survey of the seabed ... More >>

Mimicking Nature’s Best Medicine Opens Door To New Treatments

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 10:22 am | University of Canterbury

Discoveries made by a University of Canterbury (UC) organic chemist could be a springboard to new treatments for cancers and antibiotic resistant infections. Dr Daniel Foley , a lecturer in UC’s College of Science, has found ways to quickly create synthetic ... More >>

20 Organisations Pledge Support For Digital Inclusion Plan Submitted To NZ Government

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:24 am | Internet NZ

20 organisations across New Zealand have called on the Government to implement an action plan for digital inclusion and pledged their support to make it happen. The plan was submitted to Government last week. Digital inclusion is about making sure ... More >>

Sysmex and ESR collaborate on national COVID-19 results CDR

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 12:23 pm | Sysmex

Within hours of New Zealand lifting to alert level 4, a collaborative project was initiated between the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and Sysmex New Zealand to establish a national clinical data repository (CDR) for all COVID-19 ... More >>

NZ Planet-hunters Discover New ‘one In A Million’ Super-Earth

Monday, 11 May 2020, 8:44 am | University of Canterbury

Astronomers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have found an incredibly rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy. The planet is one of only a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of ... More >>

Growth NZ Tech: Move Over Zoom, realityvirtual.co To Deliver Immersive Video Conferencing

Monday, 11 May 2020, 7:22 am | Reality Virtual

New Zealand startup realityvirtual.co has just been awarded funding from American video game producer and software giant Epic Games, creators of the popular video game, Fortnite. The grant is one of several from Epic’s whopping NZD$164 million ... More >>

Tip-toeing out of lockdown

Friday, 8 May 2020, 3:45 pm | Science Media Centre

Promising milestones and a glimpse of life at Level 2 has raised hopes - but is it too soon to ease restrictions? More >>

Science Journalism Fund COVID-19 winners awarded

Friday, 8 May 2020, 3:38 pm | Science Media Centre

Seven new projects will be funded in the special COVID-19 round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Student Venture Aims To Bring Automation To Home Builders

Friday, 8 May 2020, 1:45 pm | University of Auckland

A group of engineering and science students who met during a free University of Auckland venture development programme run last summer, are preparing to take their building automation ideas to the world. Nikau Robotics is utilising leading-edge ... More >>

NZ Researchers Lead New International Book On Human-Robot Interaction

Friday, 8 May 2020, 1:34 pm | University of Canterbury

An expert international consortium, including University of Canterbury (UC) researchers, has written the first textbook on Human-Robot Interaction to be published by Cambridge University Press in May 2020. Researchers from the University of Canterbury (New ... More >>

UCOL Lecturer Lead Scientist for COVID-19 Testing lab

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 3:36 pm | UCOL

It’s not often that a fully functional and accredited laboratory gets set up within a week – but with Manawatū facing severe COVID-19 testing delays, Dr Rebecca Lucas-Roxburgh and her team made it happen. More >>

Research For Life awards $105,810 to Wellington Researchers

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 10:12 am | Research for Life

Wellington-based medical researchers have received $105,810 in Research For Life ’s first funding round for 2020. More >>

Remote Temperature Device For Rest Homes A World First

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 9:38 am | University of Auckland

A matchbox-sized body sensor worn under the arm to monitor whether someone has a fever and that sends that data over very long distances has won funding to conduct clinical trials. The temperature-reading biosensor called ‘Nightingale' is designed ... More >>

Scientists seek smoke sniffers

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 9:38 am | NIWA

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Tourism in a trans-Tasman bubble – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 7 May 2020, 9:16 am | Science Media Centre

The Prime Minister’s commitment to a “COVID-safe Travel Zone” between Australia and New Zealand could give our tourism industry a key opportunity to recover from the impact of the pandemic. More >>

Research Investigating How Invasive Predator Control Impacts Insects

Wednesday, 6 May 2020, 9:36 am | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato researcher says New Zealand’s successful predator control measures which are helping our native birds thrive, may be having an unexpected impact on our native insect populations. Dr Andrew Barnes and PhD student Nigel Banks have ... More >>

International Recognition For GNS Science's Research Output

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 2:48 pm | GNS Science

Cutting edge research and high-impact partnerships have cemented GNS Science’s position as a thought leader in earth and environmental sciences, recognised in the annual Nature Index . In the 2020 Index , published this month, GNS Science is ranked ... More >>

Drought hits hard, far and wide

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 2:28 pm | NIWA

Analysis of drought conditions across New Zealand this year shows it is one of the most severe on record for some regions. More >>

Treaty Of Waitangi/Te Tiriti Guidelines For AI And Data Released

Monday, 4 May 2020, 4:33 pm | Karaitiana Taiuru

Internationally there are widespread reports and cases of discrimination against minority groups, including Indigenous Peoples, People of Colour, LGBIT and Women, with Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms and Data. In turn, this has created international ... More >>