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Better Connected Thanks To Antarctica

Monday, 15 August 2022, 10:34 am | Antarctica New Zealand

Not many Kiwis know that we connect to Antarctica every time we open a map on our phones – thanks to data collected by the Scott Base Geomagnetic Observatory! As well as supplying data for smartphone orientation, geomagnetic measurements from ... More >>

Social Media Helps Scientists Monitor Rarely Sighted Whales

Friday, 12 August 2022, 6:02 am | University of Auckland

Social media posts helped scientists to monitor one of Aotearoa’s rarest whale species, the infrequently sighted southern right whale, or tohorā. Photographs shared by members of the public, via Facebook and nature-watching network iNaturalist, helped ... More >>

Water Projects Nab Scholarships

Thursday, 11 August 2022, 6:28 am | Primo Broadband

H2 Oh-so-smart science winners Water is the key ingredient in two similar, and ingenious entries from students that gained them scholarships at this year’s WITT Taranaki Science and Technology Fair. Marco Kraayenhof and Oliver Marsh both won their respective ... More >>

Hi-Tech Success: From Sea To Cellulose

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 10:42 am | Scion

A recipient of one of the technology sector’s most sought-after accolades has reinforced the value of teamwork, combining mātauranga Māori with Scion’s scientific excellence and innovation. AgriSea New Zealand won the coveted NZ Hi-Tech Kamupene ... More >>

Critical Aotearoa AI Summit Will Help Pave The Way

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 6:45 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand’s vital AI event next month, Aotearoa AI Summit, will help pave the way for the future of artificial intelligence around the country, to help the economy. The AIForumNZ says it is anticipating fluid intelligence, a more complex use of AI ... More >>

The Environmental Benefits Of Free E-waste Recycling With TechCollect NZ

Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 5:42 am | TechCollect NZ

As of 31 July 2022, the TechCollect NZ pilot programme has recovered and recycled over 177 tonnes of information and communication technology (ICT) e-waste, creating a range of positive impacts for Aotearoa’s environment and ecosystems. This major ... More >>

Breakthrough In Search For Tinnitus Cure

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 12:26 pm | University of Auckland

University of Auckland scientists are excited by results from a trial of a new treatment for tinnitus. After 20 years searching for a cure for tinnitus, researchers at the University of Auckland are excited by ‘encouraging results’ from a clinical trial ... More >>

2020 Australian Wildfires Reveal Significant Hole In Our Understanding Of Ozone

Tuesday, 9 August 2022, 10:48 am | NIWA

Smoke from the devastating Australian wildfires impacted the atmosphere in a way that’s never been seen before. Scientists at NASA and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) have been studying the effects ... More >>

Jack Frost Makes An Appearance

Monday, 8 August 2022, 2:20 pm | MetService

It’s been a snowy weekend for the South Island high country and while the snow is on the way out, MetService is forecasting chilly temperatures to follow - likely the coldest week this year for some. An Orange Heavy Snow Warning remains in place ... More >>

EPA Seeks Submissions On New Rodent Poison

Monday, 8 August 2022, 12:08 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on difenacoum, a poison used to control rats and mice. PelGar International Limited has applied for approval to import or manufacture for release two types of ready-to-use rodent ... More >>

Te Whare Wānaka O Aoraki Lincoln University Launches World-firstresearch Centre To Solve Toughest Biosecurity Challenges

Monday, 8 August 2022, 11:17 am | Lincoln University

A new Centre of Excellence announced by Lincoln University will bring together more than 100 of the world’s top biosecurity researchers and stakeholders to solve some of the toughest challenges facing the agriculture, forestry and environment sectors ... More >>

Nuclear Technology Helps Mexico Eradicate Invasive Insect Pest

Saturday, 6 August 2022, 6:15 am | UN News

One of the most devastating insect pests infesting fruits and vegetables in Mexico has been eradicated in the state of Colima, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In cooperation with IAEA and the Food and Agricultural Organization ... More >>

New Zealand Wool Technology Flying To The Moon

Friday, 5 August 2022, 3:41 pm | Lanaco

Lanaco filters, made from New Zealand sheep's wool, will be flying with Shaun the Sheep mascot in NASA unmanned mission to the Moon at the end of this month. On 30 August 2022, NASA has scheduled the first flight of Orion - a human carrying-capable ... More >>

World's Biggest Deal For Humanoid Robots Inked

Friday, 5 August 2022, 6:27 am | ACN Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug 4, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Robotics innovator Beyond Imagination, Inc. has entered into an agreement with SELF Labs, Inc. to provide at least 1,000 humanoid robots for use in agricultural "grow boxes"'. This is believed ... More >>

Thinking Machines And Human Beings

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 12:00 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

What will become of humans when thinking machines outthink us at every turn? That's about to be the new human condition. As a reviewer of the book, "Seven Games" (checkers, chess, Go, backgammon, poker, Scrabble and bridge) quips: "Every ... More >>

USV Returns From First Caldera Survey In Tonga Loaded With 'Astounding' Data

Thursday, 4 August 2022, 11:38 am | NIWA

Essex/United Kingdom, 3 August 2022 : SEA-KIT International’s Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer has returned from an initial survey mission inside the caldera of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha'apai (HT-HH) volcano carrying a plethora of data and ... More >>

Happy Birthday To The Mars Curiosity Rover

Wednesday, 3 August 2022, 10:25 am | Husqvarna

The Mars Curiosity Rover turns 10 and finally gets the celebration it deserves – thanks to fellow robots on Earth For the love of engineering, Husqvarna, the market leader in robotic lawn mowers, has decided to give the Mars Curiosity Rover the birthday ... More >>

Kiwi Households Better Placed To Meet Energy Needs Thanks To In-home Energy Advice

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 2:35 pm | BRANZ

Kiwi households at risk of energy hardship are getting personalised, in-home advice to help them stay warm, dry and healthy, thanks to a successful home energy management programme supported by BRANZ. Healthy Homes: making energy work for whānau is professional ... More >>

New App Encourages EV Makers To Say No To Deep Sea Metals

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 7:18 am | Greenpeace

Greenpeace has launched a new app designed to raise awareness about the environmental threats posed by deep sea mining. Using an interactive interface, the web-app encourages people to learn more about the emerging extractive industry while also providing ... More >>

Scientists Reconstruct Human Migration That Changed Africa More Than 4,000 Years Ago

Tuesday, 2 August 2022, 7:16 am | University of Auckland

Scientists have reconstructed a migration that changed Africa Bantu peoples conquered dense tropical rainforest 4,400 years ago to spread their languages and culture across the continent, according to scientists from the University of Auckland and Germany’s ... More >>

Wet Weather For The West Of The South Island But Mostly Dry Elsewhere

Monday, 1 August 2022, 11:30 am | MetService

A ridge of high pressure brings mostly settled weather to northern New Zealand this week, while a pair of fronts bring periods of rain and gales to parts of central and southern New Zealand. MetService advises that the northwest winds ahead of these ... More >>

Seagrass Restoration Project Aims To Help Tackle Climate Change

Monday, 1 August 2022, 9:24 am | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute has partnered with Westpac NZ Government Innovation Fund, Port Nelson and forestry company OneFortyOne to launch a seagrass restoration project that aims to fight climate change and improve ecosystem health. The three-year project ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook - Warm And Sunny

Friday, 29 July 2022, 9:50 am | NIWA

The Seasonal Climate Outlook for August - October Highlights: - Warmer temperatures than usual - Lots of sunshine - Overall drier compared to previous outlooks The live stream will take place at 11 am today - ... More >>

Unsettled Weather Continues

Thursday, 28 July 2022, 12:51 pm | MetService

Aotearoa New Zealand has had its fair share of adverse weather these past few weeks and, while the coming days look to bring changeable conditions, MetService is predicting the next systems to be less severe. MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris states, ... More >>

New Research Harnesses Soil Fungus For Environmental Mitigation

Thursday, 28 July 2022, 6:46 am | Ravensdown

A major new research programme launched today promises to further reduce the environmental impact of New Zealand agriculture, with naturally occurring soil fungus shaping as a new hero, assisting farmers with more efficient nitrogen use. N-Vision NZ, led ... More >>

Gene Responsible For Deadliest Brain Tumor Also Causes Childhood Cancer, UVA Finds

Thursday, 28 July 2022, 6:35 am | UVA Health

Discovery Could Open Door to New, Targeted Treatments CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., July 27, 2022 – A gene that UVA Health researchers discovered is responsible for the deadliest type of brain tumor is also responsible for two forms of childhood cancer ... More >>

The Climate Commission’s Advice On The Emissions Trading Scheme – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 3:19 pm | Science Media Centre

The Climate Change Commission is recommending improvements be made to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The Commission says the government should reduce the amount of emissions allowed by the scheme, as well as updated price control settings to ... More >>

Monkeypox: A Global Health Emergency - Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 3:08 pm | Science Media Centre

The World Health Organisation has declared monkeypox a global public health emergency, but says the outbreak can be stopped. There have been more than 16,000 confirmed cases of monkeypox in more than 75 countries, but the WHO suspects the true number ... More >>

Groundbreaking Study Finds Kānuka Oil Product Effective For Eczema

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 9:51 am | Medical Research Institute

The first clinical trial looking at the topical use of kānuka oil for eczema relief, has shown that a cream containing oil derived from native kānuka is an effective emollient for treatment of moderate-to-severe eczema in adults. Results published ... More >>

Help@hand Expands Support For Family Violence In NZ

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 9:41 am | Make Lemonade

Help is on its way for New Zealanders suffering from tech abuse. Technology facilitated abuse (TFA) uses tech to coerce, stalk or harass someone. It is overwhelmingly gendered with 96 per cent of perpetrators being male and 93 per cent of victims are women. ... More >>

World First Study Shows Leopard Seal Birth And Pup Sightings Are Not Limited To The Antarctic

Tuesday, 26 July 2022, 12:37 pm | WWF

A new study identifies leopard seal births and pups in the first database of its kind and reveals evidence that these sightings are not limited to the Antarctic. Leopard seals had always been considered an Antarctic species, residing predominantly ... More >>

Climate Change Challenging Whio

Tuesday, 26 July 2022, 12:13 pm | Department of Conservation

The latest whio count shows climate change is affecting the iconic rapid-riding blue ducks’ habitat but the hard work of humans is helping build their resilience. A count earlier this year found 694 whio pairs in monitored areas where trapping ... More >>

Revolutionising The Understanding And Performance Of Clinical MRI

Monday, 25 July 2022, 1:35 pm | Matai

If you have ever had an MRI scan, you will have come into contact with work by Kiwi medical imaging pioneer Graeme Bydder. Much of the content of present-day clinical MR examinations is derived from his early work. At age 78, Mātai Scientific Advisory ... More >>

Auckland Museum Announces 2021 Dr James Fawcett Fund Recipients

Monday, 25 July 2022, 12:16 pm | Auckland War Memorial Museum

In September 2021 Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum announced the inaugural funding round of the Dr James Fawcett Postgraduate Herpetological Awards, which has now been granted to two recipients. The 2021 Awardees are Sarah Lamar (PhD ... More >>

Greens Called To Reinstate Toi Te Taiao -The Bioethics Council

Saturday, 23 July 2022, 1:12 pm | GE Free NZ

The Green Party are being called on to support a new Toi Te Taiao with an expanded role to include other emerging technologies; Synthetic Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Nano-technology and Geo-engineering. In an open letter to Green Party members and ... More >>

Scientists Seek Meteorite Footage

Friday, 22 July 2022, 5:42 pm | University of Canterbury

The meteor’s sonic boom was heard across South Canterbury. Seen at 8:06pm on Thursday night, it was reported on social media by people from across the South Island. The arrival was caught by at least four specialised fireball detection cameras, as well ... More >>

Swan-derful News: Ancient Waterfowl Found At St Bathans

Friday, 22 July 2022, 1:46 pm | Canterbury Museum

Palaeontologists digging near St Bathans in Central Otago have discovered a fossil that probably belonged to the Southern Hemisphere’s oldest known swan species. <img src="" ... More >>

Thousands Of Kiwis With Asthma Set To Benefit From New Nationwide Air Sensor Array

Friday, 22 July 2022, 1:07 pm | RespiTrak

Thousands of Kiwis living with asthma are set to benefit from the installation of a new nationwide sensor array which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to provide real time alerts to the presence of airborne allergens. The sensors, which will be ... More >>

New Zealand Parents View Cyber Safety As A Life Skill

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 8:35 pm | NortonLifeLock

Cyber Safety = Life Skill: Parents Rank Cyber Safety Skills Among    Emergency Preparedness for Kids   Nearly 9 in 10 of New Zealanders surveyed believe it likely that kids will give away their parents’ or their families’ ... More >>

InsectBot Creator Can Win Rocket Lab Tour

Thursday, 21 July 2022, 3:51 pm | STEMfest

New Zealand’s young innovators have been set a mission of creating an InsectBot capable of surviving on Mars for the chance to win an exclusive VIP tour of the Rocket Lab facilities. The Great InsectBot Mission Competition is being led by STEM Wana ... More >>

2022 Off To A Searing Start

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 12:01 pm | NIWA

New Zealand’s weather is proving no exception to the record-breaking extremes occurring around the globe. Analysis undertaken by NIWA meteorologists revealed that the first six months of 2022 have been Aotearoa New Zealand’s 2 nd warmest on record. ... More >>

Covid-19 Death Reporting Changes – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 9:49 am | Science Media Centre

NZ’s Covid-19 statistics will become more accurate as the Ministry of Health starts reporting deaths where the virus is the underlying or contributing cause. The Ministry previously recorded all deaths within 28 days of a positive test, plus any death ... More >>

NZ’s Estuary Health Check-up Results Now Freely Available Online

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 9:38 am | LAWA

From today, people can access information about the health of estuaries locally and across the country using a new topic on the LAWA website that makes results from regional and unitary council monitoring programmes freely available. The new LAWA ... More >>

New Social Engineering Tactics: Cybercriminals Posing As Journalists Or Twitter Employees

Wednesday, 20 July 2022, 7:05 am | NordVPN

These attacks typically aim to harvest credentials Cybersecurity experts at Poofpoint have recently noticed tactics that hackers from Iran and Turkey have been using in 2022 to steal credentials. The attacks include cybercriminals sending malicious emails ... More >>

Baby Talk Is Consistent Across Cultures From Tanzania To Wellington To Beijing, Research Shows

Tuesday, 19 July 2022, 5:30 am | University of Auckland

When singing and speaking to young infants, people alter their voices in a way that is consistent across cultures, according to a study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. The findings suggest that the way in which humans speak and sing ... More >>

Te Hiku Media Launch ‘Rongo’ To Support The Correct Pronunciation Of Te Reo Māori

Monday, 18 July 2022, 5:09 pm | Te Hiku Media

Available for download now on the Apple App Store, Rongo is an app designed to get more people speaking te reo Māori with correct pronunciation. Peter-Lucas Jones, CEO of Te Hiku Media says, “For many people, speaking Māori is the hardest part ... More >>

Scientists Work On Aotearoa’s Own Wellbeing Diet

Monday, 18 July 2022, 5:44 am | University of Otago

Joint University of Otago and University of Auckland media release: Kiwi scientists are developing an Aotearoa New Zealand wellbeing diet, He Rourou Whai Painga, aimed at tackling diabetes and other metabolic diseases. A team of researchers is developing ... More >>

Covid Jabs And Menstrual Changes – Expert Reaction

Saturday, 16 July 2022, 6:24 pm | Science Media Centre

More than 40% of people who have regular periods reported bleeding heavier than usual after getting a Covid-19 vaccination, according to a web survey of more than 39,000 adults. The US research, published in Science Advances , is an exploratory ... More >>

Free Masks And RATs Ahead Of The Winter Covid-19 Peak – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 2:38 pm | Science Media Centre

Rapid Antigen Tests and masks will be free for all, and more people will be able to access antivirals, as the government gears up for a winter Covid-19 peak. Antiviral medications Paxlovid, molnupiravir, and remdesivir will be funded for a wider group ... More >>

James Webb Telescope’s First Pictures – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 2:34 pm | Science Media Centre

NASA has released some of the deepest and highest-resolution images of the universe to date. The images have been captured by the James Webb Space Telescope , which launched late last year. View all the high-resolution images from the JWST here . ... More >>

Mātai To Launch Game-changing Public Pathway For Accuracy And Equity In Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 9:27 am | Matai Medical Research Institute

The Mātai Medical Research Institute will begin a game-changing prostate cancer diagnostic pathway project. The project has been made possible through the generous support of the Hugh Green Foundation, who donated the biopsy machine, the essential ... More >>

Virtual Reality App Trial Shown To Reduce Common Phobias

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 5:43 am | University of Otago

Results from a University of Otago, Christchurch trial suggest fresh hope for the estimated one-in-twelve people worldwide suffering from a fear of flying, needles, heights, spiders and dogs. The trial, led by Associate Professor Cameron Lacey, from ... More >>

Malaysian Genomics Forms Partnership For Expansion In Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 14 July 2022, 5:27 am | ACN Newswire

Group to collaborate with United Doctors Hospital for genetic screening tests and cell therapies PETALING JAYA, Malaysia, July 13, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Malaysian Genomics Resource Centre Berhad (Bursa: MGRC, 0155), a leading genomics and biopharmaceutical ... More >>

Intel Releases Open Source AI Reference Kits

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 2:58 pm | Intel

What’s New: Intel has released the first set of open source AI reference kits specifically designed to make AI more accessible to organizations in on-prem, cloud and edge environments. First introduced at Intel Vision , the reference kits include ... More >>

Moa Bones On Display At Pūkaha

Wednesday, 13 July 2022, 10:31 am | Pukaha National Wildlife Centre

Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre has unveiled a rare display of moa bones at its Visitor Centre this week. Visitors can view the Moa bones for free in the Pūkaha Visitor Centre. The Centre is open 9:00am – 5:00pm seven days a week. To celebrate ... More >>

Venture Taranaki Announce Six New Curious Minds Taranaki Projects

Tuesday, 12 July 2022, 12:14 pm | Venture Taranaki

Venture Taranaki, the regional development agency, has announced six new community-based science projects have been funded through the Curious Minds Taranaki programme. Led by Venture Taranaki and funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment ... More >>

A Wet And Windy Start To The School Holidays

Monday, 11 July 2022, 1:11 pm | MetService

It is going to be a wet and windy start to the school holidays as a deep area of low pressure and associated fronts move slowly south across the country. This system is expected to bring significant heavy rain and strong winds to many areas, with ... More >>

There Is No Evolution Of Consciousness

Monday, 11 July 2022, 10:50 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

It’s become a commonplace in the West to comfortingly believe that “everything is always evolving forwards even when it looks like things are moving backwards.” But each week that conceit becomes harder to sustain. For one thing it’s simply ... More >>

Quantum Hackers Threaten To Break The Internet. These Scientists Are Shoring Up Our Defences

Friday, 8 July 2022, 11:06 am | University of Auckland

In a looming catastrophe dubbed “Q Day,” super-powerful quantum computers would overwhelm the world’s online security. A security tool built on University of Auckland research may help to prevent that happening. The system, called CRYSTALS-Dilithium ... More >>

Kiwi Undergraduates Welcomed To Compete In International Business Competition – The 3M Inspire Challenge 2022

Friday, 8 July 2022, 10:16 am | ThreeM

For more than a century, global science company 3M has innovated a wide range of products for businesses and consumers including the iconic Post-it Notes and Scotch tape. The company has today launched the second edition of its competition the 3M ... More >>