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Rain Not Enough To Change Fire Danger

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 10:24 am | Fire and Emergency NZ

Rain over the weekend has not changed the fire danger levels across the country, warns Fire and Emergency New Zealand. Manager Rural Fire Tim Mitchell says given how dry conditions have been, the rain experienced over the past few days has not ... More >>

Innovation Program Puts Emerging Leaders At The Forefront Of Tackling Climate Change

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 8:39 am | GHD

Smart Seeds, a 10 week innovation program powered by GHD, will develop up to 20 new solutions and ideas for how New Zealand can better tackle climate change. Now in its fifth year running in New Zealand, the program launches in Christchurch this ... More >>

Research On Climate Change Aims To Give Voice To Pacific People

Monday, 24 February 2020, 3:29 pm | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato researcher says some of the current colonial representations of climate change in the Pacific are obscuring Pacific voices and failing to recognise the importance of Indigenous knowledge in the fight against our changing climate. ... More >>

Rain Still Hard To Come By For Most Of New Zealand

Monday, 24 February 2020, 11:23 am | MetService

  MetService is forecasting a mostly dry start to this week, with predominantly settled conditions. The front which moved over New Zealand on the weekend, provided some brief rain relief for drought-stricken parts of New Zealand. However, more rain ... More >>

The Power Of Sleep Protects At-risk Children From Obesity

Monday, 24 February 2020, 9:51 am | University of Auckland

  A University of Auckland study has identified a key factor in protecting at-risk pre-school children from becoming overweight or obese and the elixir is sleep. The research examined data from Growing Up in New Zealand , this country’s largest ... More >>

'On A Knife Edge': Experts Warn Great Barrier Reef Could See 3rd Mass Coral Bleaching In 5 Years

Friday, 21 February 2020, 11:36 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

Australian scientists and conservationists warned in the Guardian Thursday that the Great Barrier Reef could soon endure a third major coral bleaching event in just five years, highlighting how the human-caused climate crisis is already devastating ... More >>

PriceSpy Research Suggests New Samsung Handsets Are Not As Popular As They Once Were

Friday, 21 February 2020, 9:15 am | PriceSpy

As anticipation builds surrounding the imminent release of Samsung’s latest handset, the Samsung Galaxy S20 , new research from the fully impartial price and product comparison site, PriceSpy, suggests Kiwi shoppers may not be flocking to the shops ... More >>

Renée Walker Resigns From EQC

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 4:54 pm | Earthquake Commission

Earthquake Commission Chief Executive Sid Miller this afternoon announced the resignation of Renée Walker, Deputy Chief Executive, Readiness & Recovery. Ms Walker will be leaving the organisation in May after a three-month transition period. "It ... More >>

Brief Rain To Interrupt Prolonged Dry Spell

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 12:31 pm | MetService

  MetService is forecasting a couple of fronts to move northeast across New Zealand on Friday and Saturday, bringing a period of rain that will interrupt the extremely dry weather experienced by many places this summer. However, a ridge ... More >>

Aroa Biosurgery Expands Options For Soft Tissue Repair With Launch Of Myriad™

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:56 am | Aroa Biosurgery

Auckland, NZ. Aroa Biosurgery, the Auckland-based privately held soft-tissue repair company, has launched Myriad™, a new product for soft tissue repair and reconstruction, in the United States market. Aroa Chief Executive, Brian Ward says the product name, ... More >>

Scientists Say Methane Emitted By Humans ‘vastly Underestimated’

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 10:28 am | NIWA

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated. Graphic credit: ... More >>

One Third Of Taiwanese Online Consumers Have Accessed Streaming Piracy Websites Or Torrent Sites

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 1:47 am | ACN Newswire

A new study of the online content viewing behaviour of Taiwanese consumers, revealed that 33% of consumers have accessed streaming piracy websites or torrent sites to access premium content without paying any subscription fees. In addition, 28% of ... More >>

Evidence Giant Blue Whale Making Comeback

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 1:25 pm | University of Auckland

  The critically endangered blue whale is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming. In the first multi-year survey at South Georgia Island in the southwest Atlantic ... More >>

23 Former Diplomats Urge Global Leaders To Adopt Paris-Style Agreement To Protect Biodiversity

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:57 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

Ahead of government negotiations scheduled for next week on a global plan to address the biodiversity crisis, 23 former foreign ministers from various countries released a statement on Tuesday urging world leaders to act "boldly" to protect ... More >>

Tank Water Before And After Drought - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 11:00 am | Science Media Centre

Forecast rain might be a welcome relief for tank water users across the parched North Island, but now they should be wary of contamination. A front is hoped to move over the upper North Island sometime this weekend , welcome news for those who have ... More >>

Trintech Announces Four SAP-Certified Integrations With SAP S/4HANA(R) And SAP NetWeaver(R)

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 8:11 am | ACN Newswire

Trintech, a leading global provider of integrated Record to Report software solutions for the office of finance, today announced successful certifications by the SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC). Trintech's Cadency(R) 8.0 and Cadency RPA and ... More >>

CITIC Telecom CPC Helps Enterprises Maintain Business Continuity With Cloud Desktop & Remote Access

Wednesday, 19 February 2020, 7:47 am | ACN Newswire

CITIC Telecom International CPC Limited (CITIC Telecom CPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CITIC Telecom International Holdings Limited (SEHK: 1883) today announced its launch of remote working solutions (cloud desktop - Desktop-as-a-Service, DaaS; remote ... More >>

Brain Structure And Antisocial Behaviour - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 1:54 pm | Science Media Centre

Lifelong antisocial behaviour may be associated with differences in brain structure, reports a new study. An observational study published today in The Lancet Psychiatry examined MRI brain scans of more than 600 participants from the Dunedin Study. The ... More >>

Developers Institute Aiming To Break The Tech Mould

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 12:30 pm | Northland Inc

Developers Institute, an innovative school for software developers, is ready to break the mould of the tech world nationally. Based at The Orchard – Northland Inc’s collaborative business and event space for the region’s growing community ... More >>

BRI Leads The Way With Green Star Certification

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:43 am | Bragato Research Institute

Bragato Research Institute (BRI) is aiming for excellence in sustainability with a 5-star rating for its new research winery building. Upon certification it will be the first building in Marlborough to be built to this standard. CEO MJ Loza says ... More >>

NZ Automation Agency Named Number 1 In APAC

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 8:11 am | Hype and Dexter

Auckland-based automation agency Hype & Dexter has been named the top HubSpot solutions partner for the entire APAC region for 2019. The win also sees them take the number 7 spot in the global rankings of agencies who provide solutions for the ... More >>

SEO Company Breaking Mould By Swearing Off Long Term Contracts

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 4:48 am | Premium SEO NZ

The SEO industry is known for being full of dodgy dealers and unsavoury practices. One agency has set out on a mission to change that – starting by making long term contracts a thing of the past. Premium SEO, the business that launched out of Christchurch, ... More >>

Giant Squid And Glow-in-the-dark Sharks Surprise Scientists

Monday, 17 February 2020, 3:14 pm | NIWA

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species. But other denizens of the deep east of Canterbury ... More >>

Warm And Muggy Week Ahead

Monday, 17 February 2020, 12:30 pm | MetService

  As former Tropical Cyclone Uesi moves off to the southwest today, MetService has lifted all Severe Watches and Warnings. There are still a few areas, in the northwest of the South Island and the western North Island expected to receive some rainfall ... More >>

Next Generation Of Kiwi Explorers Selected To Tackle Kayaking In Antarctica

Saturday, 15 February 2020, 1:24 pm | Antarctic Heritage Trust

Imagine paddling alongside a humpback whale, watching a Gentoo penguin porpoise through the water or seeing a leopard seal haul himself onto an iceberg. That’s the sort of surreal experience five young people are hoping for, having been selected ... More >>

Concentration Of CO2 Hits 416 Ppm - highest EVER daily average, but it still wont be breaking news

Friday, 14 February 2020, 10:03 am | Common Dreams - Jessica Corbett

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists and scientists for the international community ... More >>

Record Dry Spells And Effects On Forests – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 2:04 pm | Science Media Centre

With no rain forecast before Sunday, Auckland is about to break a record for the city's longest dry spell. Niwa says Auckland is likely to hit 40 consecutive days without rain this weekend . The upper North Island is seeing severe meterological ... More >>

Auckland Set To Break Dry Spell Record

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 12:05 pm | NIWA

  Auckland is set to break a climate record on Saturday for the region’s longest dry spell, according to NIWA forecasters. A dry spell is defined as consecutive days with less than 1 mm of rain and the current record for the greater Auckland ... More >>

More Rain For The South While Dry Continues In The North

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 11:45 am | MetService

  Significant rain is expected for Southern New Zealand on Sunday, but there is no relief in the short term for the parched North Island. With Tropical Cyclone Uesi currently in the northern Tasman Sea, MetService meteorologists are ... More >>

CEAC Support For Visiting UK Scientist Warns “we Are Breathing Plastic"

Thursday, 13 February 2020, 9:30 am | Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre

CEAC is impressed with the honesty of this scientist Matthew Shribman who follows the same path of other researchers who have uncovered the truth about the widespread epidemic now surfacing about ‘micro-plastics’ now found everywhere in our global ... More >>

Yawning Difference Between Us And Dogs

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 1:40 pm | University of Auckland

In a bitter disappointment for dog lovers everywhere, scientists have found dogs don’t yawn at the same time we do because of any special human-canine bond. While contagious yawning is well documented in chimpanzees, the evidence is much more mixed ... More >>

Innovative Product Using Seaweed Waste And Greenshell Mussels To Be Developed For Anti-inflammatory Effects

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 11:02 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

12 February 2020 The GreenshellTM mussel (GSM) Perna canaliculus is an iconic New Zealand seafood product that is highly valued by consumers in New Zealand and overseas for its unique flavour and visual appeal, and increasingly for its anti-inflammatory ... More >>

Internationally Significant Work Honoured

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 9:19 am | ESR

Top honours have been given to ESR Scientist Dr John Buckleton for work that’s making a significant contribution on the world stage. More >>

“We’re breathing plastic” - visiting UK scientist warns

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 9:20 am | Matthew Shribman

Scientist Matthew Shribman is coming to New Zealand to spread his warning about humanity’s addiction to plastic . Visiting science communicator Matthew Shribman has a stark warning for humanity: we are now breathing in plastic. The renowned scientist ... More >>

Physicists shine light into Primordial Universe

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 8:45 am | University of Auckland

Following the Big Bang, the Universe passes through a series of epochs, each one longer than the last. For physicists to be sure that they understand the Universe, the predicted events in each of these eras must combine to match what astronomers ... More >>

Climate Change Throws Tree Seeding Out Of Sync – New Study

Tuesday, 11 February 2020, 7:07 am | University of Canterbury

Climate change is negatively affecting tree reproduction by throwing seed production systems out of synchronisation, according to a new international study co-authored by a University of Canterbury scientist. Many tree species worldwide produce large ... More >>

Bayer, Meiogenix Collaborate For Agricultural Innovation Through Development Of Unique Technologies

Monday, 10 February 2020, 11:21 pm | ACN Newswire

Monheim, Germany and Paris, France, Feb 10, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Bayer and Meiogenix, a biotech company focused on next-generation breeding technologies, announced today a collaboration to advance agricultural research and development by accelerating ... More >>

Female neuroscientists on why we need more women in science

Monday, 10 February 2020, 4:52 pm | University of Auckland

(Headline abbreviated, original headline: No-brainer: NZ’s top female neuroscientists on why we need more women in science) More >>

Another dry week ahead, with temperatures rising

Monday, 10 February 2020, 12:41 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a slow-moving ridge of high pressure will bring dry and settled weather to most of the country this week, with no relief likely for parched areas. A southwesterly flow has kept temperatures on the cool side of the ledger ... More >>

Waikato researcher re-writing history of Pacific

Monday, 10 February 2020, 10:29 am | University of Waikato

A University of Waikato researcher is re-writing the history of ancient human movement across the Pacific, by changing the way radiocarbon dates are interpreted. More >>

Quirky science will help broach tough issues

Monday, 10 February 2020, 9:59 am | Grow O Tautahi

“Ever wanted to know if a cow is smiling? Or how you can make your car run on food waste from the rubbish dump?” Grow Ō Tautahi Science Ambassador Trevor Stuthridge is keen to share cool science alongside research that makes a real difference to ... More >>

Scientists invent new traps for brown marmorated stink bugs

Monday, 10 February 2020, 9:24 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists looking at how to control a future invasion in New Zealand of brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys , have developed new traps that could be used to remove future offspring by attracting and removing males and females. More >>

How NZ would fare during a world catastrophe

Friday, 7 February 2020, 3:49 pm | RNZ

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Science Deadline - This Week in Sci-Tech

Friday, 7 February 2020, 3:34 pm | Science Media Centre

A plane carrying nearly 200 Wuhan evacuees has landed in Auckland as the disease becomes more fatal than SARS. More >>

Southerly Saturday and sunny Sunday

Friday, 7 February 2020, 10:21 am | MetService

MetService is forecasting a front to spread a southerly change up the country tomorrow (Saturday). The front brings strong winds and cooler air over Aotearoa, and a brief spell of rain for southern and central areas. This front is followed by a ridge of ... More >>

Expedition reveals the violent birth of Zealandia

Friday, 7 February 2020, 9:01 am | The Conversation

Expedition reveals the violent birth of Earth’s hidden continent Zealandia, forged in a ring of fire More >>

Blockpass Announces PASS Club - Exclusive Perks to Members

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 10:26 pm | ACN Newswire

In its latest development announcement, Blockpass IDN has revealed the creation of PASS Club - a first of its kind members-only club for users of the Blockpass App. Blockpass provides KYC-as-a-Service to businesses that operate in regulated industries, ... More >>

Flooding could release toxic gas – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 3:23 pm | Science Media Centre

A chemical substance known as ouvea premix stored at an old paper mill in Mataura could release toxic ammonia gas if it comes in contact with water. More >>

Medical cannabis may ease anxiety, chronic pain

Wednesday, 5 February 2020, 2:13 pm | University of Auckland

A new study of the first 400 patients in Aotearoa New Zealand assessed for medical cannabis suggests potential benefits for thousands of people beyond currently recognised uses. More >>

Monthly climate summary - January

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 3:13 pm | NIWA

• Dryness with much of the country having well below average rainfall • Temperatures well above average for some areas • Highest temperature was 38.2C at Gisborne on January 31 • Waikato has had the most sunshine so far this year! More >>

Antivirus Would Have Saved Them $71 billion in 2019

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 4:07 am | Psychic Ventures Ltd

Data gathered and calculated by Precisecurity.com shows that some businesses could have saved about $71 billion by having an effective antivirus solution. The affected businesses saw millions of records exposed due to poor security. More >>

Myrtle rust is having sex – what it means for New Zealand

Monday, 3 February 2020, 3:29 pm | Landcare Research

Myrtle rust is an invasive fungus that infects iconic native New Zealand trees in the Myrtaceae family, such as pōhutukawa and mānuka. More >>

MetService have issued their first Severe Red Warning

Monday, 3 February 2020, 2:40 pm | MetService

MetService, is New Zealand’s only authorised provider of Severe Weather Watches and Warnings – the public alerts for severe weather. This is the first Red Warning MetService has issued since introducing this new level of warning reserved for the ... More >>

Public surveyed on state of the environment

Monday, 3 February 2020, 10:16 am | Lincoln University

Lincoln University has released the findings of its 9th Public Perceptions of New Zealand’s Environment survey. More >>

Drilling for icy answers

Monday, 3 February 2020, 9:24 am | Antarctica New Zealand

This summer, nearly one thousand kilometres from Scott Base across the world’s largest ice shelf, a team of Kiwi researchers plunged to new depths. More >>

Drone and AI technology to predict algal blooms

Sunday, 2 February 2020, 11:29 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN

Daejeon, Korea, Jan 31, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has developed a technology for analyzing water quality with drones and using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the level of algal ... More >>

How is New Zealand’s landscape changing?

Friday, 31 January 2020, 3:57 pm | Landcare Research

New Zealand’s land cover is constantly changing. This week sees the release of version 5 of New Zealand’s Land Cover Database (LCDB), which details these changes, helping us to understand how the way we are using our land is changing. More >>

Test to detect novel coronavirus available in New Zealand

Friday, 31 January 2020, 12:28 pm | ESR

ESR has confirmed that a novel coronavirus diagnostic test is now available in New Zealand and testing can begin from today. More >>

Recycling breakthrough set to save environment from acid

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 6:03 pm | University of Canterbury

An industrial prototype to recycle acid waste from Christchurch’s galvanised steel industries is just the beginning for researchers at the University of Canterbury who have a global vision for their eco innovation. Called Zincovery, their exciting ... More >>

Hotspot Watch

Thursday, 30 January 2020, 3:48 pm | NIWA

The latest Hotspot Watch is attached. A huge Hotspot now covers Northland, Waikato, Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula. There is now nowhere in the North Island where soil moisture levels are normal or above normal. More >>