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Kiwi COVID 19 Vaccine Developer In Biobead Tech Collaboration

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 4:40 pm | COVID-19 Vaccine Corporation

COVID-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC) , New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine development company, is collaborating with Dr Iain Hay, senior lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland and his group. The university’s commercialisation ... More >>

Efforts To Track Down The Origin Of The New Cases Of COVID-19 In The Community Are Ongoing.

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 2:10 pm | Science Media Centre

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said in this afternoon’s media conference that genomic sequencing had not yet revealed an exact link between the new cluster of cases and border quarantine cases. So far, the new community cases ... More >>

Student Quad Bike Invention A Winner

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 11:59 am | NIWA

An invention that could save lives has taken the top spot at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair. Lachlan Coleman, a student at St. Paul's Collegiate, invented a device called “Roll Gauge” that helps prevent rollover on vehicles like quadbikes ... More >>

UC scientists study climate impacts on Antarctic seals

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 9:29 am | University of Canterbury

A New Zealand-led international study of the crabeater seal population in Antarctica aims to understand environmental impacts on one of the southern-most mammals in the world. More >>

Next Steps As COVID-19 Returns - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 2:58 pm | Science Media Centre

New Zealanders have been briefed with new information about how the Government is handling new cases of community transmission. The SMC asked experts to comment on the following: 1. Mask wearing 2. Contact tracing tech 3. Legal powers 4. Mental ... More >>

New Board Members For Antarctica New Zealand

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 12:55 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is pleased to welcome two new Board members. Independent Director, Jenn Bestwick and Environmental Manager, Neil Gilbert have joined the organisation. The appointments were announced in today’s New Zealand Gazette. Mrs Bestwick is ... More >>

Manawatū Sci-tech Startups Get Momentum Boost

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 11:26 am | UniServices Limited

Manawatū-based university science and technology staff and student entrepreneurs will be able to bring their startup projects to market faster, and with more likelihood of success, when the fifth branch of the Momentum Investment Committee (MIC) launches ... More >>

“Game Changing” Cloud-based Climate Physical Asset Risk And Ranking Product Released

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 11:02 am | CLIMsystems

It has been twenty years in the making but the scientific team at CLIMsystems has cracked several major technological hurdles with the release of Climate Insights. Manging Director at CLIMsystems Dr Peter Urich and his team recognised a growing ... More >>

A Proposed Origin For SARS-CoV-2 And The COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 4:44 pm | Independent Science News

by Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD In all the discussions of the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, enormous scientific attention has been paid to the molecular character of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including its novel genome sequence in comparison ... More >>

Early NZ Scientist Careers Made Vulnerable By COVID-19 – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 4:39 pm | Science Media Centre

  The COVID-19 pandemic is making the careers of NZ researchers even more vulnerable, according to a new discussion paper. The report says this risk is “particularly acute” for Māori, Pasifika, and female scholars, who are more likely to have insecure ... More >>

Chatbot As Therapy For Tinnitus – Study Launch

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 2:52 pm | University of Auckland

Chatbot technology that offers therapy for tinnitus sufferers via a mobile device such as a smartphone will be trialled at the University of Auckland. Researchers are recruiting participants for the ‘Tinnibot’ study which is aimed at helping ... More >>

Election 2020 & Science

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 2:00 pm | Science Media Centre

Ahead of the 2020 general election, scheduled to be held on September 19, the Science Media Centre posed nine science-related policy questions to political parties. Full responses are available <strong><a href="https://sciencemediacentre.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=b0ac89646f&e=67d2de6c0f" ... More >>

Kiwi Kids Embark On Virtual Field Trip To Learn About Alpine Fault

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 12:28 pm | Earthquake Commission

Students from around New Zealand will soon embark on a unique field trip to discover the incredible powers which created the South Island landscape and still pose a threat to our communities. And they will be all be able to do this from the safety of their ... More >>

Creative Block Of Molecular Evolution: Adaptive Mutations Repeat Themselves In Tiny Crustaceans

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 8:21 am | Skoltech

A group of scientists from Skoltech and the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of RAS (IITP RAS) showed, using Lake Baikal amphipods as an example, that parallel evolution driven by adaptations can be detected at the whole-genome level. ... More >>

Biodiversity Strategy Launched – Expert Reaction

Monday, 10 August 2020, 6:47 pm | Science Media Centre

The Minister for Conservation has launched a long-term strategy aiming to keep ecosystems resilient and varied. Te Mana o te Taiao – The Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy sets five key goals to reach by 2050, with specific objectives and goals ... More >>

No Long-Term Climate Benefits From COVID-19 – Expert Reaction

Monday, 10 August 2020, 6:44 pm | Science Media Centre

Policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will have a ‘negligible’ impact on long-term warming, according to new research. Scientists have calculated that recent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants may only result in climate ... More >>

Request For Proposals For New Digital Cadastral Survey Data Model

Monday, 10 August 2020, 10:22 am | Land Information New Zealand

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has published a Request for Proposals for the development of a 3-dimensional Cadastral Survey Data Model and Exchange (3D CSDM) on the Government Electronic Tender Service (GETS). The Request for Proposals closes ... More >>

UC Connect: Earthquakes + Innovation = Resilience

Monday, 10 August 2020, 10:15 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering technology is being used to quake-proof buildings, build the “Ferrari of bridges”, and predict the future in order to save lives in these shaky isles and around the world. An expert panel will discuss ... More >>

University Of Auckland Researchers Join Global Consortium For Vehicle Electrification

Friday, 7 August 2020, 2:48 pm | University of Auckland

Work at the University of Auckland will play a significant role following this week’s launch of the National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Centre for Electrified Transportation in Utah, USA. Advancing Sustainability through Powered ... More >>

Researchers On Hunt For Fish Nurseries

Friday, 7 August 2020, 8:59 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers are heading out into the Marlborough Sounds early next week to survey an area thought to be home to important juvenile fish nurseries. Separation Point, which marks the area between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay (and forms part of ... More >>

Ice-olation For Antarctica New Zealand

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 12:04 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

Antarctica New Zealand is gearing up for a much reduced season on the ice this year and a very different deployment to normal! Before they head to one of the remotest places on the planet, all personnel flying south with the New Zealand programme will ... More >>

DENSO Establishes Pittsburgh Innovation Lab To Accelerate Automated Driving R&D

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:58 am | JCN Newswire

KARIYA, JAPAN, Aug 5, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation today announced it has established the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, a new U.S. R&D center designed to strengthen open innovation and enhance technology development that enables automated ... More >>

Logitech G Delivers Ultra Realistic Racing For Playstation®4, Playstation®5* And PC

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:53 am | Logitech

Logitech G Delivers Ultra Realistic Racing With Trueforce Racing Wheel For Playstation®4, Playstation®5* And PC Logitech G923 Racing Wheel and Pedals Features New Force Feedback System, Delivering Next-Generation Realism and Performance for Sim Racers Logitech ... More >>

Logitech G Delivers Ultra Realistic Racing With Trueforce Racing Wheel For PC And Xbox One

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 5:50 am | Logitech

Logitech G923 Racing Wheel and Pedals Features New Force Feedback System, Delivering Next-Generation Realism and Performance for Sim Racers Logitech G, a brand of Logitech, (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, ... More >>

Students Do The Science On COVID Protection

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 2:28 pm | NIWA

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures. This Friday, the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Science Fair kicks ... More >>

Promising Results From Circulating Tumour DNA Cancer Research

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 10:07 am | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

A recent publication from Fudan University in China is one of several international studies which are demonstrating the power of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) technology for the early detection of cancer. CtDNA is an emerging technology which uses simple ... More >>

Climate Change Risk Assessment - Expert Reaction

Monday, 3 August 2020, 3:08 pm | Science Media Centre

  New Zealand's first nationwide climate change risk stocktake has highlighted ten areas of most concern. The Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act 2019 included a requirement for a National Climate Change Risk Assessmen t (NCCRA) ... More >>

A Green Building On The White Continent

Monday, 3 August 2020, 2:51 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

The colour of the new Scott Base may not be decided, but one thing is clear – the building will be green. Antarctica New Zealand, together with the New Zealand Green Building Council, has developed a custom Green Star tool to measure the sustainability ... More >>

Safety Regulations For GE Under Threat

Monday, 3 August 2020, 2:07 pm | GE Free NZ

GE Free NZ has just received information under the OIA on the EPA-approved GE clinical trial of a vaccine for liver cancer. Pexa Vec (Pexastimogene Devacirepvec) a live genetically engineered small pox (vaccinia) virus failed to reach its clinical endpoints ... More >>

New Study Shows That New Zealanders Die Before Australians

Monday, 3 August 2020, 1:49 pm | Royal NZ College of General Practitioners

New research published today in the Journal of Primary Health Care shows that New Zealanders will die earlier than Australians and its heart disease and cancer that will do it. The research calculated five indicators of old-age structure to find ... More >>

Fine, Warm Weather Continues Until Thursday

Monday, 3 August 2020, 12:28 pm | MetService

Settled weather continues over New Zealand thanks to a ridge of high pressure that remains parked just east of the country.This ridge shielded New Zealand from a significant low-pressure system in the Tasman Sea last week, the remnants of which scuttle away ... More >>

Launch Of Lanaco New Zealand Made Wool PPE Masks At Parliament

Sunday, 2 August 2020, 2:20 pm | Lanaco

This will officially launch Lanaco personal protective equipment masks, using its organic/hybrid Helix Filter Media, which is based on the science of DNA genetics from specially selected sheep flocks bred in New Zealand to produce a truly unique ... More >>

Using AI To Predict New Materials With Desired Properties

Saturday, 1 August 2020, 7:23 am | ACN Newswire

An artificial intelligence approach extracts how an aluminum alloy's contents and manufacturing process are related to specific mechanical properties. Tsukuba, Japan, July 31, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Scientists in Japan have developed a machine learning ... More >>

COVID-19 Sees Natural Hazard Awareness Information Taken Online

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 11:32 am | Earthquake Commission

In late March, as the nation went into lockdown for COVID-19, local hazard education providers AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8) and East Coast Life at the Boundary (East Coast LAB) had hoped to be on the road, informing local communities about the risk ... More >>

ESET Issues Q2 2020 Threat Report - Cybercriminals Cash In On Users Adjusting To A Covidian World

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 8:35 am | ESET

ESET has released its Q2 2020 Threat Report, summarizing key statistics from ESET detection systems and highlighting notable examples of ESET’s cybersecurity research, including exclusive, previously unpublished ESET research updates. Threats related ... More >>

Dawn Aerospace Unveils Their New Spaceplane; The Dawn Mk-II Aurora

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 7:00 pm | Dawn Aerospace

Dawn Mk-II Aurora - Stefan Powell side on. A New Zealand-based aerospace company is on the path to revolutionising space transportation. Dawn Aerospace, headquartered in Christchurch, unveiled its suborbital spaceplane today, the “Mk-II Aurora”, ... More >>

Nameless nodes get new look from NIWA

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 2:07 pm | NIWA

At the bottom of the Southern Ocean, near Cape Adare in East Antarctica, lies an undersea ridge which until this month was only known by its co-ordinates: -71.2132 latitude, 172.1649 longitude. More >>

Kiwi COVID 19 Vaccine Developer Teams Up With Callaghan Innovation

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 9:12 am | CVC

COVID-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC) , New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine development company, is collaborating with NZ’s innovation agency, Callaghan Innovation at its Bioprocessing and Fermentation group based at its Gracefield site in Lower Hutt, ... More >>

Techweek NZ | Hootsuite & Conversologie Present: Digital Innovation Through Social Transformation

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 8:43 am | Hootsuite

Hootsuite, in partnership with Conversologie , will present an exclusive and live webinar, ‘Digital Innovation through Social Transformation’, at this week’s Techweek NZ event. The session, led by Breast Cancer Foundation NZ , will explore ... More >>

Logitech G Launches PRO X Wireless Gaming Headset

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 6:02 am | Logitech

Logitech G launches LIGHTSPEED Wireless version of its award-winning PRO X Gaming Headset designed with and for the world’s top esports pros Logitech G, a brand of Logitech and leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, today introduced ... More >>

Cloud Data A Silver Lining For Climate Change Predictions

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 11:04 am | University of Canterbury

Clouds above the Southern Ocean could hold the key to more accurate global climate change predictions. University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have led a Deep South National Science Challenge project to collect information about cloud formations ... More >>

Auckland Experts Changing The Face Of Cyber Security Technology In New Zealand

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 8:11 am | ATEED

RELEASE SUMMARY World’s leading cyber security experts will meet in Auckland next year to discuss advancement within the field as the risks of leaked data, phishing and exposure to inappropriate content poses increasing harm to economies across the ... More >>

Aussie Tech Company Gives Free Software To Solve COVID-19 Challenge

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 8:05 am | Formitize

CEO of Australian tech company Formitize, Matt Burge, saw the challenge businesses faced in quickly setting up secure visitor record systems in order to be compliant with COVID-19 tracing requirements, and knew his software company could help. “As ... More >>

Impact Biomedical Initiates Quantum Research Program To Solve The Patent Cliff

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 7:08 am | ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, July 27, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - SGX-listed Singapore eDevelopment Limited's (SeD; SGX:40V) wholly-owned subsidiary Impact Biomedical Inc. ("Impact"), announced today the initiation of Quantum, their research program designed to solve ... More >>

UC Researchers Ask: Is Robot Abuse Immoral?

Monday, 27 July 2020, 2:24 pm | University of Canterbury

In a new study, University of Canterbury (UC) researchers have found that participants considered abusive behaviour towards a robot just as immoral as abusive behaviour towards a human. The paper titled ‘The morality of abusing a robot’, by Associate ... More >>

Fine Weather High Gives Way To Tasman Sea Low Later This Week

Monday, 27 July 2020, 10:40 am | MetService

A slow-moving ridge of high pressure over New Zealand brought fine, calm and frosty weather to most places over the weekend, with MetService forecasting more of the same for the start of this week. However, by mid-week a front associated with a slow-moving ... More >>

Techweek2020 Starts Today With More Than 280 Online Events

Monday, 27 July 2020, 9:21 am | Techweek

New Zealand’s annual festival of tech and innovation, Techweek2020, kicks off today and with more than 280 online events and 30 hours of live Techweek TV content, Techweek2020 has something for everyone. More >>

The Quiet Earth

Friday, 24 July 2020, 8:01 am | Auckland University

As many daily activities came to a halt during lockdown, the Earth itself became quiet, probably quieter than it has been since humans developed the technology to listen in. Seismologists have analysed datasets from more than 300 international ... More >>

Mixed Performance By Regions Leaves National Emissions Picture Unchanged

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 12:03 pm | Statistics New Zealand

Approximately two-thirds of New Zealand’s regions recorded decreases in their total greenhouse gas emissions, while one-third of regions saw increases between 2007 and 2018, Stats NZ said today. “While some regions reduced their emissions, ... More >>

Cold Southwest Flow Gives Way To Settled Weather For The Weekend

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 11:55 am | MetService

MetService is forecasting cold southwesterlies cover the country today, with several Severe Weather Watches and Warnings in force. There is a Strong Wind Warning (Orange) in force for Hawkes Bay south of Napier, as well as the Tararua District, whilst ... More >>

Hayward Joins Prestigious Team Of 30 To Write Global Climate Report

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 11:25 am | University of Canterbury

A University of Canterbury (UC) expert on sustainability, youth, climate and democracy is the only New Zealander appointed to the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Core Writing Team of thirty world experts. Professor of Political ... More >>

Rocket Lab Offers New Zealand’s First Aerospace Apprenticeship

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 7:42 am | Rocket Lab

The programme enables apprentices to receive a formal Aeronautical Engineering trade qualification for building Electron rockets and testing space hardware. Auckland, New Zealand. 23 July, 2020– Rocket Lab, the global leader in small satellite launch, ... More >>

New Report Finds IoT Botnets & Shifting Ransomware Are Raising The Stakes For Enterprises Worldwide

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 7:03 am | Nozomi Networks

A new report from Nozomi Networks Labs finds cyber threats against OT and IoT infrastructure continued to grow in number and impact in the first half of 2020. OT-reliant organisations are increasingly embracing IoT devices, and COVID-19 has forced a global shift to ... More >>

PrivateVPN CMO: 5G Network Will Be A Major Focus For Online Security

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 6:54 am | Precise Security

In a recent interview with Precisesecurity.com , PrivateVPN Chief Marketing Officer Michael Smolski has talked about the 5G network and online security debate. He noted that security and speed go hand in hand. Coronavirus impacts VPN uptake In the coming ... More >>

Reproducing A Driver's Senses By Engineering: DENSO's Challenge To Develop Automated Driving Systems

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 6:45 am | JCN Newswire

TOKYO, July 21, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - On June 9, 2020, DENSO Tech Links Tokyo #7, an event organized by DENSO Corporation, was held as a webinar. The theme was "Human Drivers and AI--Automated Driving from the Viewpoint of Human Characteristics." ... More >>

To Achieve AI-based Fully Automated Driving: R&D Project On Elemental Technologies At DENSO

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 6:19 am | JCN Newswire

TOKYO, July 21, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - On June 9, 2020, DENSO Tech Links Tokyo #7, an event organized by DENSO Corporation, was held as a webinar. The theme was "Human Drivers and AI--Automated Driving from the Viewpoint of Human Characteristics." ... More >>

World 1st Identification Of A Larval Mola Alexandrini Sunfish By New Zealand & Australian Scientists

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 6:13 am | Auckland Museum

One of the World’s Largest Fish Develops from a Tiny Larval Mola Larval Mola ©Amy Coghlan Larval Mola ©Kerryn Parkinson AMS I.29346-002 Australian and New Zealand scientists have, for the first time, successfully identified the tiny larva of the ... More >>

New Technologies Put More Human-ness Into The Zoom (and Other Remote) Rooms

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 10:41 am | University of Auckland

As the pandemic obliged many of us to retreat from the real-world and into the remote one, researchers at the ABI upped the pace of their research on how to put more of the human dimension to Zoom and other teleconferencing platforms. This includes numerous ... More >>

NIWA Crew Face Record Time At Sea

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 10:01 am | NIWA

Coronavirus border restrictions mean six NIWA staff face four straight months at sea in a bid to keep an international ocean research project afloat. NIWA’s research vessel Kaharoa leaves Wellington tomorrow to deploy more than 100 remote ocean monitoring ... More >>

Getting To The Heart And Sole Of Barefoot Running

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 7:39 am | University of Auckland

Were we really born to run barefoot, and even if we were, should we try to revert to nature after a lifetime of wearing shoes? Probably not all of us, according to research led by Associate Professor Justin Fernandez, Auckland Bioengineering Institute ... More >>