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Drug lab tests 10,000th sample

Friday, 17 January 2020, 1:59 pm | ESR

New psychoactive drugs and chemically concealed compounds have been among the thousands of suspected drug samples tested at a rapid screening lab near Auckland Airport. More >>

It’s time to care about the insects

Friday, 17 January 2020, 12:12 pm | University of Waikato

While reports last year on insect decline calling the situation an ‘insect apocalypse’ have been widely criticised for their methods, Dr Chrissie Painting from the University of Waikato, along with 70 other researchers from 21 countries, says that there is ... More >>

Researchers develop technique to 3D print 'living' plastics

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 4:52 pm | University of Auckland

In a world-first, researchers at the University of Auckland have demonstrated how to 3D print a ‘living’ resin, a novel technique that enables the creation of ‘living’ and ‘self-repairing’ plastics, and could be a game changer in medical ... More >>

2019 second hottest year on record, UN confirms

Thursday, 16 January 2020, 11:17 am | UN News

Last year was the second warmest year on record, the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ) confirmed on Wednesday. More >>

Novel coronavirus detected in China –Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 5:16 pm | Science Media Centre

The virus was detected after more than 40 people were hospitalised with pneumonia in Wuhan City, China and the outbreak traced to a large animal and seafood market. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that person-to-person transmission ... More >>

Fisheries management helps prevent overfishing - Reaction

Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 11:27 am | Science Media Centre

Roughly half of the world’s fish catch is being managed sustainably, but the other half is not properly assessed or managed, leaving vast areas prone to overfishing, according to a new global study. More >>

It’s a colourful life under the Antarctic ice

Monday, 13 January 2020, 12:50 pm | NIWA

The rich diversity of marine life near Scott Base in Antarctica has stunned scientists diving under the ice to set up environmental monitoring sites. More >>

World attention for New Zealand’s threatened fungi

Friday, 10 January 2020, 12:20 pm | Landcare Research

World attention for New Zealand’s threatened fungi Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species ( www.iucnredlist.org ) is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. It is now ... More >>

2019 NZ's fourth warmest year on record - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 January 2020, 11:36 am | Science Media Centre

Last year was New Zealand's fourth warmest year since recording began in 1909, according to the 2019 Niwa Annual Climate Summary. Annual temperatures were +0.5 to +1.2 degrees Celsius above the annual average across the majority of New Zealand, the report found. More >>

Australian bushfires continue to blaze – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 3:40 pm | Science Media Centre

Fires continue to rage across south-eastern Australia and three blazes may join forces to create a mega fire on the Victoria-New South Wales border. More >>

ASB creates biodegradable Sustainaball to celebrate Classic

Wednesday, 8 January 2020, 10:40 am | ASB Bank

ASB is taking a sustainable spin on one of the most iconic Kiwi summer props, the humble tennis ball, creating a world-first biodegradable Sustainaball which can produce a native New Zealand seedling. While a normal tennis ball can take hundreds of years ... More >>

The epic life of the spiny red rock lobster

Monday, 6 January 2020, 11:18 am | NIWA

Sam Fraser-Baxter heads to the Wairarapa for one of New Zealand’s longest-running marine surveys – counting baby lobster. More >>

NZ striving to create inclusive digital identity environment

Monday, 6 January 2020, 10:39 am | Make Lemonade

Aotearoa New Zealand has a golden opportunity, now at the start of a new decade, to demonstrate a truly inclusive digital identity environment, Digital Identity New Zealand (DINZ) executive director Andrew Weaver says. Such is New Zealand’s progress, ... More >>

Aussie bushfire smoke reaches NZ – update 2nd Jan 2020

Friday, 3 January 2020, 10:02 am | NIWA

A thick river of smoke has been flowing across the Tasman Sea for over a month, tracked in detail by scientists using satellite imagery. Most of the time the smoke passes to the north of New Zealand, or is removed by rainfall before it reaches us. However, ... More >>

Ten years of the weather with you

Monday, 30 December 2019, 9:09 pm | NIWA

If you happened to be in Timaru on February 6, 2011 you might recall it was uncomfortably, ridiculously hot. More >>

Where are the monarchs?

Monday, 30 December 2019, 8:58 pm | Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust

A survey over recent weeks by the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust shows real concern for the health of NZ’s monarch butterfly population. More >>

Where are the monarchs?

Monday, 30 December 2019, 8:07 pm | Moths and Butterflies NZ Trust

A survey over recent weeks by the Moths and Butterflies of New Zealand Trust shows real concern for the health of NZ’s monarch butterfly population. More >>

What’s in the NIWA freezer?

Monday, 23 December 2019, 10:59 am | NIWA

Just past the locks, alarms and big heavy doors is a rather macabre sight. To see it, you first need to grab a heavy jacket, pick a beanie out of the box and put on a pair of industrial strength gloves because it’s cold in there: -20C to be ... More >>

NZ eco-innovation finalists announced

Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:40 pm | Callaghan Innovation

Insulation made from clothing off-cuts, mushroom-derived construction material, a robotic farming system, an AI-powered recycling bin and a game turning locals into citizen scientists, are among ten finalists announced today for New Zealand’s official ... More >>

Reassessment of benzyl alkonium chlorides

Friday, 20 December 2019, 12:26 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Submissions on our proposed updates to the benzyl alkonium chloride (BAC) approvals are now open. More >>

Summer break a chance to help people with autism

Friday, 20 December 2019, 11:59 am | University of Auckland

A student venture developing virtual reality technology to help people with autism has received funding to bring the concept to life over summer. More >>

Give nesting birds a fighting chance this summer

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 1:54 pm | Department of Conservation

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reminding the public to be careful near shorebird nesting sites on the East Coast this summer. More >>

Nearly Christmas!

Thursday, 19 December 2019, 12:26 pm | MetService

Metservice expects a busy weather week ahead in the run up to Christmas. The all important Christmas Day Forecasts on Metservice.com get the human touch from Friday as our meteorologists take over from the computer driven output. More >>

Environmental impacts of tourism – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 2:08 pm | Science Media Centre

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) Simon Upton warns that increasing numbers of tourists are eroding the very attributes that make New Zealand such an attractive country to visit. More >>

Study survey’s health risk in NZ rivers

Wednesday, 18 December 2019, 10:13 am | ESR

A pilot study gathering data on the human health risks posed by New Zealand rivers and streams is getting underway this summer. More >>

How many moa?

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 4:10 pm | Landcare Research

Flightless birds were once the largest and heaviest terrestrial fauna on many archipelagos around the world – including the nine species of moa in New Zealand. More >>

Aotearoa Science Journalism Fund - Round 5 winners

Tuesday, 17 December 2019, 10:32 am | Science Media Centre

Five new projects will be funded in the latest round of the Aotearoa New Zealand Science Journalism Fund. More >>

Beech mega-masts and predator plagues – Expert Q&A

Monday, 16 December 2019, 4:06 pm | Science Media Centre

When New Zealand's beech trees seed, they produce a bounty of food for native birds - and the mammals that feed on them. More >>

Our new rock-star Professor

Monday, 16 December 2019, 2:16 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

He has carved an internationally renowned career focusing on earth sciences, and now Professor John Cottle, from the University of California Santa Barbara, is coming home. More >>

Severe Weather before Santa gets to town

Monday, 16 December 2019, 1:20 pm | MetService

As excitement builds for Santa’s arrival, MetService has started receiving questions about the Christmas Day weather forecast, but it is also important for the public to be aware that there are several significant weather features striking Aotearoa ... More >>

A Moth Named Barbara

Monday, 16 December 2019, 1:18 pm | Otago Museum

Dunedin’s Dr Barbara Anderson, who is passionate about all things moths, has just had a species named after her. Ichneutica barbara is a moth within the Noctuid family, which is one of the largest moth families in the world. More >>

GNS Science maps show risk levels at White Island still high

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 5:02 pm | GNS Science

Risk assessment maps released by GNS Science (dated 02 and 12 December 2019) show the crater floor of Whakaari/White Island is still a high-risk area, with a further eruption looking increasingly likely. The maps were released at a National Emergency ... More >>

Changeable weather continues into the weekend

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 1:18 pm | MetService

Changeable, Spring-like weather is forecast over the next week. Fast-moving weather features tracking up the country will bring showers to many, but rain to western areas of South Island, for the remainder of this week and into the weekend. More >>

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 12:07 pm | NIWA

If Santa is quick he can hop on a ridge of high pressure for his big trip to New Zealand very soon. More >>

Potential new cancer treatment a step closer

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:33 am | QIMR Berghofer

QIMR Berghofer researchers have discovered a potential new cancer immunotherapy target that involves switching off a regulatory cell to stop tumours growing and spreading. More >>

Risk of Whakaari/White Island eruption remains high

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 11:17 am | GNS Science

The risk of further eruptions at Whakaari/White Island is unchanged and remains high, GNS Science experts say. More >>

Southland greenhouse gas emission profile for 2018

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 5:13 pm | Great South

Great South has today released a profile of Southland’s emission sources for the 2018 calendar year. More >>

Calculations show “medium likelihood” of Whakaari eruption

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:57 pm | GNS Science

There is a “medium likelihood” of an eruption outside the vent area of Whakaari/White Island, with volcanic tremor increasing, GNS Science experts say. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 4:40 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Climate explained: 7 reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:26 am | The Conversation

Many developed countries already have significant waste-to-energy operations and therefore less material going to landfill. More >>

2019 NZMA's Robinson Award Manuscript Announced

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:19 am | NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association’s 2019 Richard Robinson Award is for the medical research manuscript Childhood predictors of adult adiposity: ¬ Findings from a longitudinal study - NZMJ 23 March 2018, Vol 131 No 1472 ISSN 1175-8716 The authors of the study, ... More >>

Unprecedented carbon monoxide readings in Central Otago

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 9:07 am | NIWA

Researchers at NIWA’s Lauder atmospheric research station in Central Otago have measured prolonged carbon monoxide concentrations well above normal levels. More >>

When penguins ruled after dinosaurs died

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:50 pm | Flinders University

What waddled on land but swam supremely in subtropical seas more than 60 million years ago, after the dinosaurs were wiped out on sea and land? More >>

White Island eruption – Expert Reaction Update

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 12:04 pm | Science Media Centre

Steam and gas jets are still coming out of the active vent on Whakaari / White Island, following the eruption yesterday afternoon. More >>

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning

Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 9:39 am | The Conversation

The sudden eruption at White Island was short-lived but produced an ash plume that rose several kilometres above the vent. GNZ Science , CC BY-ND More >>

Whakaari/White Island eruption – Update #1

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:31 pm | GNS Science

Whakaari/White Island erupted today, in a short-lived event that generated an ash plume around 12,000 feet above the vent, GNS Science says. The eruption began at around 2.11pm NZST (0111 GMT). GeoNet’s webcam images show volcanic ash has covered ... More >>

White Island eruption – Expert Reaction

Monday, 9 December 2019, 5:27 pm | Science Media Centre

Tourists were present on Whakaari/White Island when its volcano erupted at 2.11pm today. More >>

Meet life-size models of Waipara’s giant penguins

Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:19 pm | Canterbury Museum

The now world-famous giant parrot, Squawkzilla, and the monster penguins of Waipara are the stars of Canterbury Museum’s new exhibition Ancient New Zealand: Squawkzilla and the Giants, which opens Friday 13 December. More >>

EQC funds $1 million of research to reduce disaster risk

Monday, 9 December 2019, 2:01 pm | Earthquake Commission

EQC has announced $1 million of funding for 16 research projects to help reduce the impact of natural hazards on New Zealanders’ homes, towns and cities. More >>

Good window of fine weather this week

Monday, 9 December 2019, 12:27 pm | MetService

MetService have observed a shift in the weather. The northwesterlies which brought severe weather last week and during the weekend are gone. New Zealand is under a southwest wind flow bringing cooler air and clearer skies. This marks the beginning ... More >>

NZ supporting future agriculture emission science leaders

Monday, 9 December 2019, 11:21 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Thirty-one early-career scientists from 14 developing countries will each receive research scholarships to boost their scientific capability, with help from a New Zealand government-supported international PhD programme, the Ministry for Primary ... More >>

Discovery may open door to new medicines

Monday, 9 December 2019, 10:18 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

Bio-Protection Research Centre scientists and collaborators have made a discovery that potentially opens the door to new medicines and biological pesticides. In work that began with a PhD thesis, and continued through postdoctoral work, they have ... More >>

CEAC – How to stop destructive loss of ocean oxygen?

Monday, 9 December 2019, 9:03 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

Consider; The shock of an alarming release of the report at the Climate Change conference in Madrid COPs 25 yesterday on the discovery loss of widespread ocean oxygen is another watershed moment that must be recognised as dire for our future survival. Quote; ... More >>

EPA releases findings on Mapara 1080

Friday, 6 December 2019, 3:57 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

An aerial 1080 operation that was linked to the deaths of eight cattle in the King Country substantially complied with the relevant controls and procedures, an enquiry has found More >>

Centre for Brain Research launches Brain Bank Initiative

Friday, 6 December 2019, 8:50 am | University of Auckland

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: Centre for Brain Research launches New Zealand’s first Sports Human Brain Bank Initiative) More >>

How does CO2 cause global warming?

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 4:05 pm | Shopless

Shopless is a NZ free marketplace, we are also a social enterprise, donating half of our revenue to NGOs who are fighting against global warming and/or helping refugees. More >>

NIWA's Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 3:03 pm | NIWA

A weekly update describing soil moisture across the country to help assess whether severely to extremely dry conditions are occurring or imminent. Regions experiencing these soil moisture deficits are deemed “hotspots”. Persistent hotspot regions ... More >>

Rain and wind continue

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 2:08 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting more rain and gales for central and southern parts of New Zealand through to the end of the weekend, while eastern regions will be fine and warm. More >>

Native species protection at heart of project

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 2:03 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

A collaborative project has concluded that the assessment processes for the approval of new hazardous substances are sufficient to protect most of New Zealand’s native species. More >>

The Tree of Life

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12:35 pm | Marco Fantham

Revelations 22:2 ...On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. More >>