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Tonga Eruption Discoveries Defy Expectations

Monday, 23 May 2022, 1:04 pm | NIWA

New findings from the record-breaking Tongan volcanic eruption are “surprising and unexpected”, say scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA’s research vessel, RV Tangaroa , has returned ... More >>

Monkeypox Cases Spreading Overseas - Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 May 2022, 1:46 pm | Science Media Centre

  The monkeypox virus, which causes fever symptoms and rashes, has been detected in countries across Europe and North America. The virus occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of Central and West Africa - but now dozens of confirmed ... More >>

A Step Forward For Biotech In New Zealand

Friday, 20 May 2022, 6:25 am | South Pacific Sera Limited

19 May “The government has made a pragmatic and future-focused investment in mRNA technology,” says Dr William Rolleston, director of South Pacific Sera in Timaru. Today the government budget announcement included $40.7M over four years for RNA ... More >>

Fulbright-EQC Scholar Excited To Mingle With Seismic Superstars

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 9:23 am | Earthquake Commission

Geoscientist Jesse Kearse can’t wait to board a plane to California to finally take up his Fulbright-EQC scholarship and tap into the brightest minds at some of the world’s leading earthquake research institutes. “It’s been a long time ... More >>

Innovation And Tech Underpins Need For Emissions Reduction

Thursday, 19 May 2022, 6:21 am | Make Lemonade

Aotearoa’s new emissions reduction plan doesn’t explicitly call out the importance of innovation and technology, but it is there throughout the plan, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Tech is ever present in today’s digital world, he says. “Be ... More >>

Meet Experts Behind NZ’s First National Space Mission

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 2:01 pm | University of Auckland

Experts behind New Zealand’s first government-funded space mission partnership, MethaneSAT, will come together to talk about the project in a free event for Techweek at the University of Auckland on Friday (20 May). The mission, which aims to solve ... More >>

Agritech Companies Helping Reduce NZ’s Rural Emissions

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 10:59 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand’s agritech companies are helping meet the country’s climate commitments and their innovations are valued internationally which will drive agritech export growth and create future proof jobs for Kiwis. Agritech could be destined to save ... More >>

Rubrik Launches Security Cloud To Secure Data Wherever It Lives

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 10:24 am | Rubrik

Rubrik launches Rubrik Security Cloud to secure data wherever it lives, across enterprise, cloud, and SaaS.   Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security™ Company, today announced Rubrik Security Cloud to secure customers’ data, wherever it lives, across ... More >>

Kobe Steel To Launch "Kobenable Steel", Japan's First Low CO2 Blast Furnace Steel

Wednesday, 18 May 2022, 6:39 am | ACN Newswire

TOKYO, May 17, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Kobe Steel (KOBELCO) announces today that it will launch "Kobenable Steel" and become Japan's first* provider of low CO2 blast furnace steel products with significantly reduced CO2 emissions during ... More >>

Forecasting The Next Five Years Of The COVID-19 Crisis – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

An international report predicts the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to be a society-wide crisis of growing inequalities that span far beyond the health sector. The International Science Council report (to which Sir Peter Gluckman and Sir David Skegg contributed) ... More >>

New Drive To Harness Mātauranga Māori For Aotearoa

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 12:41 pm | AgResearch

Mātauranga Māori should be seen as adding to the toolbox to tackle the big issues for agriculture and other sectors, rather than something that threatens the science status quo, says the head of AgResearch’s new Māori Research & Partnerships ... More >>

Assistive Technology: A ‘Life Changer’ For Those Most In Need

Tuesday, 17 May 2022, 6:52 am | UN News

Almost one billion people with disabilities and older persons are being denied access to assistive technology, according to a UN report published on Monday, calling on governments and industry to fund and prioritize access. Produced jointly by the World ... More >>

Innovative Tech Could Generate Renewable Energy & Capture Carbon

Monday, 16 May 2022, 11:42 am | University of Canterbury

UC Engineering PhD student Karan Titus is researching new ways to combine geothermal with bioenergy, to supercharge renewable electricity and create a carbon sink. Titus has shown that a combined geothermal and bioenergy plant could remove a million tonnes ... More >>

Sea Ice Can Control Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability, New Research Finds

Friday, 13 May 2022, 3:09 pm | University of Canterbury

An international team, including University of Canterbury Associate Professor Wolfgang Rack and researchers from Cambridge and Newcastle universities, UK, have used a combination of historical satellite measurements, along with ocean and atmosphere records, to ... More >>

Anchors Cause "Extensive, Persistent" Damage To Seafloor

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 10:08 am | NIWA

High-resolution mapping has produced the first ever global estimates of coastal habitat damage caused by anchoring. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in port congestion around the world, leading to unprecedented bottlenecks in maritime traffic and intensive ... More >>

Charting A Course For A Real-time Navigation Aid In The Sounds

Thursday, 12 May 2022, 9:31 am | Marlborough District Council

Kura te Au/Tory Channel, the main trunk line for ferries travelling between the North and South islands, has long had a reputation amongst mariners as a complex waterway. Work on a novel solution to the navigational challenges the channel presents ... More >>

We Can Generate Green Hydrogen, But How Will We Store It?

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 12:19 pm | University of Canterbury

The Aotearoa New Zealand goal of zero emissions by 2050 brings urgency and pressure to create enough green hydrogen and safely store it for the future. Generating green hydrogen – hydrogen produced from water using renewable electricity – is a seasonal ... More >>

Scientists Transform Beating Heart Stem Cells Into Brain Cells

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 6:10 am | UVA Health

Research in Mice Yields Surprising Insights Into How Cells Develop CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., May 10, 2022 – By turning off a single gene, University of Virginia researchers and their collaborators caused stem cells already becoming heart cells to change ... More >>

Satellite Tracking Reveals Threat To Biggest Fish In Sea

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 9:55 am | University of Auckland

Lethal collisions of whale sharks with large ships may be vastly underestimated, potentially helping to explain why the biggest fish in the sea is in decline, according to new research. “Collision risk with marine vessel traffic is only starting to ... More >>

Revolutionising The Construction Industry One Panel At A Time

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 9:44 am | University of Canterbury

New Zealand engineers aim to revolutionise the way we construct buildings with a modular building system that’s fast to assemble, recyclable and could be the answer to earthquake prone communities. University of Canterbury (UC) Professor Rajesh Dhakal ... More >>

$38M To Support Independent Research In New Zealand

Tuesday, 10 May 2022, 9:35 am | Health Research Council Of New Zealand

Independent research organisations (IROs) doing crucial health research will receive funding to the value of $38.3 million from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC). The funding will be distributed among four IROs, spread over a maximum period ... More >>

Prehistoric Earthquakes And Snail Shells May Give Future Insights

Monday, 9 May 2022, 10:25 am | University of Canterbury

New research led by University of Canterbury paleoseismologist Dr Tim Stahl is providing insights into prehistoric surface rupturing earthquakes in the Republic of Georgia to understand what future earthquakes could do. Along with a multi-disciplinary research ... More >>

A New Age Of 2.5D Materials

Saturday, 7 May 2022, 6:33 am | ACN Newswire

2.5-dimensional materials promise new applications for artificial intelligence, electronics, automobiles and the energy sector. TSUKUBA, Japan, May 6, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Scientists are exploring new ways to artificially stack two-dimensional ... More >>

Loom Launches All-New Editing Tools For Stitching Multiple Videos Together

Friday, 6 May 2022, 6:07 am | Loom

The No. 1 customer-requested feature improves collaboration and storytelling capabilities for Loom’s 14 million users SAN FRANCISCO, May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Loom, the video communication platform for async work, launched all-new video editing tools ... More >>

AUT & Institute Of Data Partnership Launches Intensive Tech Bootcamps To Combat NZ Skills Shortages

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 4:51 pm | Institute of Data

5 May 2022 - Critical Tech skills shortages in NZ are constraining local businesses and preventing economic growth. To combat this, AUT has partnered with the Institute of Data to offer intensive bootcamps in software engineering, data science and cybersecurity ... More >>

Happy Diamond Anniversary For Some Laudable Work

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 3:11 pm | NIWA

A Central Otago scientific research station with a globally revered reputation is marking its 60th anniversary. NIWA’s Lauder Atmospheric Research Station is almost exactly halfway between the equator and the South Pole, about 36 km from Alexandra, ... More >>

Mycoplasma Bovis Nearly Eradicated - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:13 pm | Science Media Centre

The cattle disease which arrived in New Zealand nearly five years ago has been reduced down to a single farm. It comes after a world-first eradication campaign involving the culling of thousands of cattle, which MPI has described as one of its biggest-ever ... More >>

New Sea Level Rise Projections For Aotearoa New Zealand

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 12:11 pm | NZ Psychological Society

NZ SeaRise scientists’ findings that sea level rise around Aotearoa New Zealand is likely to occur faster and to a greater extent than previously predicted, means government must act immediately to prepare communities for the dramatic changes we ... More >>

Plan To Transform Food Processing Waste Would Boost NZ Economy And Environment

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 10:32 am | University of Canterbury

Micro-organisms found in bacteria and fungi could help change food waste into high-value products that would boost New Zealand’s economy by $1.6 billion a year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A research project led by University of Canterbury Environmental ... More >>

The Health Benefits Of New Zealand Cherries To Be Assessed In New Study

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 10:12 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

An eight-month project to explore the bioactive properties of Aotearoa cherries to better understand their potential health benefits has attracted research funding and is now underway. High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga National Science ... More >>

Scanner Upgrade Advances MRI Imaging Capabilities At The University Of Auckland

Thursday, 5 May 2022, 6:51 am | University of Auckland

The Centre for Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CAMRI), based at the University of Auckland, has invested in a major upgrade to its imaging capabilities. Its newly installed Siemens MAGNETOM Vida Fit MRI scanner offers cutting-edge medical and research ... More >>

New Sea Level Rise Projections Help Inform Community Adaptation Conversations And Planning

Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 10:53 am | Te Uru Kahika

Te Uru Kahika – Regional and Unitary Councils Aotearoa recognises the new online tool released by the NZ SeaRise: Te Tai Pari O Aotearoa programme for its contribution to understanding the timeline for relative sea level rise across New Zealand. Te ... More >>

AI Forum NZ Helping Climate Change And Environment Issues

Tuesday, 3 May 2022, 5:49 am | Make Lemonade

It is no longer enough to leave the impacts climate change and declining biodiversity to chance, AI Forum NZ executive director Madeline Newman says. The cost of inaction is rising exponentially and AI can help uncover hidden patterns that may help us ... More >>

NZ Sea Levels May Rise Twice As Fast As Thought – Expert Reaction

Monday, 2 May 2022, 10:56 am | Science Media Centre

  Sea-level rise in our biggest urban areas may happen two to three decades earlier than expected, fresh projections suggest. Scientists from the NZ SeaRise programme have designed a new online tool that shows sea-level rise projections by ... More >>

Research For Life Awards $100,000 To Wellington Medical Researchers

Friday, 29 April 2022, 10:19 am | Research for Life

Wellington-based medical researchers have received up to $99,996 in Research For Life ’s first funding round for 2022. Research For Life funds innovative quality research undertaken by researchers in the early stages of their careers who, through ... More >>

New Zealand Researchers Lead World First Sequencing Of Bilberry Genome

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 3:50 pm | Plant and Food Research

A bilberry gene mapping project at Plant & Food Research, funded by Genomics Aotearoa, has made some significant findings on the berry’s unique pigments, something that has exciting potential for our own horticulture industry. The genome produced ... More >>

Urgent Need To Restore Land And Forests – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 28 April 2022, 3:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Up to 40% of the world’s land is degraded, says a major UN assessment of how countries manage and use land resources – soil, water and biodiversity. The report says that restoring land, soils and forests could contribute more than one-third of what’s ... More >>

Blueprint To Adapt To A Warmer World – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 5:38 pm | Science Media Centre

The government’s first formal plan for adapting to climate change – including effects like floods, fire, drought and sea-level rise – is now out for public feedback. This first step brings together what’s being done already and what could be done ... More >>

New Science Recruits Put Myrtle Rust In The Spotlight

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 1:48 pm | Scion

A science-based Jobs for Nature-funded project recently launched at Te Waiiti Marae at Lake Rotoiti in the Bay of Plenty. It is a crucial step in the fight to protect some of New Zealand’s best-known native plants. The ‘Myrtle Rust Jobs for Resistance’ ... More >>

Easy Access To Environmental Research Data

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 10:25 am | NIWA

Identifying unknown organisms, forecasting the weather and understanding the potential impacts of a tsunami. These are all possibilities opened up by a new website that has been built to provide easy access to an enormous range of environmental research ... More >>

DENSO And USJC Collaborate On Automotive Power Semiconductors

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 7:56 pm | JCN Newswire

An IGBT production line will be established at USJC, the Japan fab subsidiary of UMC Kariya, Kuwana, Japan/Hsinchu, Taiwan, Apr 26, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - DENSO Corporation, a leading mobility supplier, and United Semiconductor Japan Co., Ltd. ... More >>

NASA Balloons Return To New Zealand With Super Pressure Balloon Test

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 10:29 am | NASA

NASA’s Scientific Balloon Program is back in Wanaka, New Zealand, for another flight test of its super pressure balloon, or SPB, technology to support science missions for longer flight durations, with flights running up to 100 days. The team ... More >>

The Science Behind Stroke Apps

Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 9:41 am | Auckland University of Technology

International scientists and clinicians agree that digital technologies used for stroke prevention must be scientifically sound and evidence-based. They have developed criteria to gauge the efficacy of new products entering the mHealth apps market. ... More >>

Legend Capital's Innostellar Biotherapeutics: IRD Gene Therapy Product Approved For Clinical Trial In China

Monday, 25 April 2022, 5:38 am | ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, Apr 24, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Shanghai Langsheng Biotechnology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Legend Capital's co-founded company Innostellar Biotherapeutics, announced that the clinical trial application of its product LX101 injection for ... More >>

U-Boat Worx Launches 9-person Flagship Lithium-ion Battery Submersible NEXUS

Saturday, 23 April 2022, 6:05 pm | ACN Newswire

AMSTERDAM, Apr 21, 2022 - (ACN Newswire) - Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx ( ) breaks the mould with the launch of the NEXUS series. U-Boat Worx is the market leader in private and commercial submersibles. Since 2017, ... More >>

Beyond Imagination's New Humanoid Robot Will Connect People Coast To Coast Physically

Saturday, 23 April 2022, 5:16 am | ACN Newswire

Beomni at Explorers Club Makes History! Beomni is the world's most sophisticated general-purpose humanoid robot, capable of performing an almost unlimited number of tasks. The robot is on display at the Explorers Club Headquarters this week in ... More >>

Polymer Batteries A Step Closer

Friday, 22 April 2022, 1:27 pm | Flinders University

An international research team has moved closer to developing a more sustainable, rechargeable ‘organic’ battery model by doubling its energy storage capability. With the aim to one day power small electronic devices and divert toxic waste from ... More >>

New Zealand-Singapore Partnership On Low Emissions Energy Demonstration Project

Friday, 22 April 2022, 10:20 am | Ara Ake

An energy innovation testbed will be established in New Zealand, providing a hub for the demonstration of new technology that could help lower emissions. New Zealand’s Future Energy Centre, Ara Ake, has facilitated a partnership between Ecolabs - a ... More >>

New Zealand Partnership Increases Geothermal Presence In Japan

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 3:48 pm | GNS Science

GNS Science and Geo40 have today announced a geothermal coalition which will see them establish a physical presence in Tokyo. The move to open an office in Japan demonstrates the strength of New Zealand’s expertise in the geothermal space, and ... More >>

A Plan To Save Nature Within 30 Years – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 21 April 2022, 3:47 pm | Science Media Centre

  Efforts to safeguard New Zealand’s native plants and wildlife are spelled out in a newly-launched government plan, including easing tourism impacts and more coordination and community-led activities. The Conservation Minister says 4000 species ... More >>

Ministry Releases Latest Guide For Organisations Measuring Emissions

Wednesday, 20 April 2022, 10:14 am | Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment has issued an updated guide today for organisations to measure and report on emissions. New Zealand’s emissions reduction plan, to be released next month, will put Aotearoa on the pathway to meeting its 2050 targets. ... More >>

Warm And Wet Weather For Short Week Ahead

Tuesday, 19 April 2022, 11:20 am | MetService

A mature low pressure system to the west of the North Island drives a warm, moist airflow over the country for the next few days. MetService is forecasting either rain or showers to northern parts of the North Island today (Tuesday) and the west ... More >>

The State Of The Environment In Aotearoa – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 4:17 pm | Science Media Centre

  A triennial report on the state of the environment has changed the way it reports its findings, drawing more on mātauranga Māori and exploring the link between the environment and our wellbeing. This year’s Environment Aotearoa 2022 ... More >>

Enviro-report: NZ Needs Nature, But First Nature Needs Us

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 10:58 am | Forest and Bird

Today's Environment Aotearoa 2022 State of the Environment report shows that nature will help and protect New Zealand’s society and economy, but only if we do a lot more to protect nature first. "This report shows that nature is helping us in ... More >>

Latest State Of The Environment Report Released

Thursday, 14 April 2022, 10:51 am | Statistics New Zealand

A comprehensive assessment of New Zealand’s environment shows improvements in some areas, but continued reduction in many aspects of environmental quality, with consequences for human health and wellbeing, according to the state of the environment ... More >>

Understanding Why Our Giant Glaciers Disappeared In The Past Gives Clues To The Future

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 4:01 pm | NIWA

An international team of climate scientists is working in North Canterbury to try to understand the reasons why giant glaciers disappeared thousands of years ago. Massive pre-historic glaciers once stood on the banks of Lake Tennyson, North Canterbury. ... More >>

Ruapehu Unrest Heightens - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 2:45 pm | Science Media Centre

  Mt Ruapehu’s crater lake is belching CO at the second highest level ever recorded at the site. GNS says the changes suggest magma may now be driving the unrest, increasing the chances of further volcanic activity – however an eruption ... More >>

Palaeontologists Find Mystery ‘Relic’ Bird Fossil At St Bathans

Monday, 11 April 2022, 1:10 pm | Canterbury Museum

An ancient bird recently discovered at New Zealand’s most significant fossil site for land-dwelling animals has scientists scratching their heads. The trans-Tasman team of researchers who described the bird, named Zealandornis relictus , say it ... More >>

New Research Centre Aims To Help Reduce Risk Of Covid-19 Transmission Indoors

Monday, 11 April 2022, 8:54 am | BRANZ

The newly established Indoor Air Quality Research Centre (IAQRC) brings together expertise from seven leading research organisations. It aims to increase public awareness of indoor pollutants, and related health outcomes, and to advocate for improved indoor ... More >>

Emergency Management Sector To Benefit From Researchers’ Natural Hazard Knowledge

Friday, 8 April 2022, 11:00 am | Earthquake Commission

Leading researchers will team up to share their knowledge on Aotearoa’s tsunami and earthquake risk with emergency management and response staff, hazard analysts and policy-makers through a smorgasbord of webinars. Funded by the Earthquake Commission ... More >>