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A Mostly Wet And Cooler Weekend

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 12:48 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting that most areas across Aotearoa will see wet conditions over the coming days. A front currently passing over the North Island sets the scene for the coming days, bringing localised areas of heavy rain and possible thunderstorms ... More >>

Protecting Globe-trotting Seabirds – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 12:19 pm | Science Media Centre

New research is highlighting the need for internationally-minded policies to protect albatrosses and large petrels, as they regularly fly in and out of danger on the high seas. The research , which includes New Zealand data, tracks more than 5,000 ... More >>

Seabirds Spend Nearly 40% Of Their Time On High Seas, Study Finds

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 8:09 am | NIWA

Albatross and seabirds flying close to the sea surface. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King A global effort by seabird researchers, including those from NIWA, has resulted in the first assessment of where the world’s most threatened seabirds spend their ... More >>

WayBeyond Launches Crop Registration, Moving Tomatoes Into Next-gen Tech

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 5:36 pm | WayBeyond

New Zealand agtech business Waybeyond has launched a purpose-built mobile Crop Registration app for tomato growers, digitizing a time-consuming manual data process. “Those in the tomato business will be very familiar with Crop Registration and the task ... More >>

Ocean Acidification Causes Hearing Loss In Fish - Study

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 1:09 pm | University of Auckland

Higher levels of CO2 affect the ability of young snapper to hear, according to a new study published by scientists from the University of Auckland, NIWA and James Cook University in Australia. Humans are releasing more carbon into the atmosphere, ... More >>

Can Earthquakes Trigger Volcanic Eruptions?

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 10:54 am | University of Canterbury

A collaborative study from an international team of researchers has determined the conditions needed for an earthquake to trigger a volcanic eruption. University of Canterbury (UC) doctoral candidate Gilles Seropian and Volcanologist Professor Ben ... More >>

Announcing Traci Houpapa’s Appointment To The SfTI Board

Wednesday, 3 March 2021, 8:57 am | National Science Challenges

Traci Houpapa (Waikato Maniapoto, Taranaki, Tūwharetoa) MNZM JP joins the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge Board. SfTI is pleased to announce Traci Houpapa appointment to its Board: “Traci is a well-known and ... More >>

AI Experts, Thought Leaders, And Early Adopters From South-East Asia To Gather At World AI Show – Jakarta

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 4:52 pm | ACN Newswire

World AI Show is supported by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo), the Government of Indonesia and Jakarta Smart City. The show is taking place on 4 March 2021 from 9am - 5pm (Western Indonesia Time). As one of the highly ... More >>

Always Take The Weather With You

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 8:38 am | Department of Conservation

From 2 March 2021, the Department of Conservation (DOC) is partnering with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) to provide an upgraded weather forecasting service using the latest technologies. With rapid advancement of weather ... More >>

A Turbulant Start to Autumn

Monday, 1 March 2021, 1:26 pm | MetService

MetService says that on average the waters around Aotearoa are warmer in the first month of autumn than the first month of summer, but around two thirds of the country usually see higher air temperatures in December vs March. Whilst it will be warm, ... More >>

Something’s Fishy — New Funding To Tackle Illegal Activities At Sea Using Machine Learning And Data Analytics

Friday, 26 February 2021, 5:50 am | Xerra

A partnership between Aotearoa’s Xerra and Australia’s FrontierSI kicks off this week, with $100K AUD awarded to Xerra to help the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation’s Analytics Lab Program (AGO Labs) build new industry capability in ... More >>

NZ’s Pioneering AI Experts Speaking At Crucial Summit In Auckland

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 7:44 am | Make Lemonade

Many of New Zealand’s pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) experts will provide the latest news and outline new trends at the Aotearoa AI summit in Auckland on March 17. One of the key speakers is a founder of AI company Soul Machines, Greg Cross, ... More >>

Scientists Offer Free Soil Tests For Kiwis

Wednesday, 24 February 2021, 9:41 am | University of Auckland

A nationwide project to investigate the soil beneath our feet has been launched by scientists and New Zealanders are encouraged to send in samples of their own garden soil for analysis. Soilsafe Aotearoa is a major new research programme being run ... More >>

Seismic Survey Maps Part Of Lake Wānaka Lakebed

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 4:00 pm | Otago Regional Council

The results of a seismic mapping project on the bed of Lake Wānaka have provided further evidence of a likely active fault identified in 2019. The Otago Regional Council (ORC) commissioned NIWA to undertake the mapping in late 2019, after a desk-based ... More >>

Perseverance Rover Lands On Mars – Expert Reaction

Friday, 19 February 2021, 6:51 pm | Science Media Centre

NASA has landed a car-sized rover on the red planet to search for signs of past life. The vehicle has more instruments than the four rovers preceding it, and it’s also carrying gear that could help pave the way for human exploration of Mars. The ... More >>

Nozomi Networks Labs Report: Cyber Risk To Critical And Industrial Infrastructure Reaches All-Time High

Friday, 19 February 2021, 12:26 pm | Nozomi Networks

AUCKLAND, February 19, 2021 — A new report from Nozomi Networks Labs finds cyber threats to industrial and critical infrastructure have reached new heights as threat actors double down on high value targets. With industrial organisations ramping connectivity ... More >>

Ancient Kauri Trees Reveal A Turning Point In Earth’s History 42,000 Years Ago

Friday, 19 February 2021, 8:29 am | NIWA

A new international study using ancient swamp kauri from Northland shows a temporary breakdown of Earth’s magnetic field 42,000 years ago sparked major climate shifts leading to global environmental change and mass extinctions. This dramatic turning ... More >>

New Research Aims To Uncover Earthquake Risk Of Recently Discovered Waikato Fault

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 12:15 pm | Earthquake Commission

GNS Science experts have embarked on a research project to determine the earthquake risk of a recently discovered fault in the Waikato. This is part of an effort to better understand quake risk in parts of New Zealand that are traditionally seen ... More >>

Summer is Back

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 11:48 am | MetService

A ridge of high pressure has parked itself over Aotearoa and MetService says dry and sunny conditions can be expected throughout the weekend and into Monday. MetService meteorologist Ashlee Parkes explains, “Thanks to a persistent high, summer conditions ... More >>

Hugh Green’s Philanthropic Legacy Supports World-leading Research To Help Newborn Babies

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 10:27 am | University of Auckland

Hugh Green overcame hardship to become a leading New Zealand businessman. Now, his philanthropic legacy is supporting world-leading research aimed to help newborn babies to breathe. Associate Professor Katie Groom and her team at the University of Auckland’s ... More >>

Government Must Put Funding Into Educating New Zealanders About Cyber-risk

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 7:36 am | Make Lemonade

NZTech says that it is time for the government to put funding into educating New Zealanders about how to avoid being a victim of cybercrime, just as government does for road safety. About 87 percent of Kiwis concede security of their personal information ... More >>

Auckland Jumps Down To Alert Level 2 – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 5:50 pm | Science Media Centre

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that New Zealand will move to less restrictive Covid-19 Alert Levels at midnight tonight. The Auckland region will go to Alert Level 2 , apart from members of the Papatoetoe High School community, who are being asked ... More >>

Forest Edge Trial To Shed Light On Bat Behaviour

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 9:45 am | Department of Conservation

A trial underway on the edge of the North Island’s Pureora Forest is exploring how New Zealand’s native bats/pekapeka respond to different types of artificial light. This collaborative trial, combining expertise and knowledge from Department ... More >>

Sonicity: A New Geolocative App Available On IOS And Android (beta Version)

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 6:47 am | Sonicity

Sonicity is an exciting new platform for sonic artistic expression, created in Wellington by the combined talents of mDigital, POW Studios and Pirate & Queen (Lōemis, Verb Festival). It is location-aware, meaning it responds to the geolocation of the ... More >>

Scientists Retool Weight-loss Drug For Lifesaving Treatments In University Of Auckland Study

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 8:45 am | University of Auckland

A weight-loss drug used in New Zealand and around the world could be repurposed to prevent organ failure in patients in intensive care, research from the University of Auckland and Monash University in Australia shows. Orlistat, marketed in New Zealand ... More >>

Significant Summer Storm For Parts Of The North Island

Monday, 15 February 2021, 2:00 pm | MetService

Rain is topping up dams and relieving parched soil across the North Island today, but MetService cautions that more rainfall on Tuesday may cause significant impact for already saturated soil. Many areas of Northland were soaked overnight; in 24 ... More >>

Common Mineral Could Be Key To Tackling Climate Change

Monday, 15 February 2021, 12:14 pm | University of Canterbury

A team of international researchers led by a University of Canterbury (UC) Engineering academic, believe they have discovered a potentially revolutionary key to reducing climate change impacts. Lead researcher UC Civil Engineering Associate Professor ... More >>

Securing A Future For NZ Pastures

Monday, 15 February 2021, 12:10 pm | NZ Grassland Association

 Farmers, scientists and rural industry leaders are meeting in Waikato later this year to start mapping out a secure future for New Zealand pastures. The Resilient Pastures Symposium (RPS), organised by the NZ Grassland Association (NZGA), ... More >>

Researchers Mobilise Citizen-scientists For Insights Into Community-based Earthquake Early Warning System

Monday, 15 February 2021, 9:43 am | Earthquake Commission

Scientists are calling on New Zealanders to become citizen seismologists to help determine whether a low-cost community-based earthquake early warning system is feasible in New Zealand. The project, co-funded by EQC and Massey University, has enabled ... More >>

Clear Skies Ahead, But Cloud And Rain To Come

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 12:33 pm | MetService

This weekend is sure to remind everyone that we’re still in the summer months. While it might not be the hottest of weekends, calm clear weather, especially on Saturday, will remind us that we’ve still got a wee way to go until autumn strikes. ... More >>

AI Takes Centre Stage At International Conference In Christchurch

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 12:00 pm | University of Canterbury

How people interact with robots and virtual characters will be the hot topic at an international conference booked for Christchurch next year. The University of Canterbury (UC) has won a bid to host the International Conference on Human-Agent ... More >>

Jobs For Nature Helps Lizard Hunt

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 10:52 am | Department of Conservation

Work to find out more about South Westland lizard species has been given a helping hand through Jobs for Nature. Very little is known about native lizard species in South Westland despite the area containing plenty of excellent lizard habitat. Last ... More >>

New Bioactive Beverage To Be Developed Using Kawakawa, A NZ Native Species

Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 1:36 pm | National Science Challenges

The High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge has awarded $1,297,299 in funding for research which, in collaboration with industry partners Wakatū Incorporation and Chia Sisters, will explore the potential health benefits of incorporating the ... More >>

What’s With This Windy Wet Weather?

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 12:04 pm | MetService

Now here’s something we haven’t seen in a while… Rain and wind! Yes, it is summer (don’t you remember last week?) This week will be wet and a bit windy for most; however, the week will end on a calmer note. MetService are forecasting wet ... More >>

Iceperts Arrive In Christchurch

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 10:09 am | Antarctica New Zealand

In a normal season, New Zealand’s Antarctic scientists would either be at Scott Base or just returning from Antarctica. Instead they are gathering in Christchurch for the Antarctic Science Conference and the Snow and Ice Research Group workshop. ... More >>

Relaxing Border Restrictions By Arrival Country – Expert Reaction

Friday, 5 February 2021, 9:52 am | Science Media Centre

Research contracted by the aviation sector models the effect of selectively relaxing our border restrictions depending on each country’s Covid-19 risk level. It is a model of how we could manage international arrivals by their country of origin, ... More >>

Waitangi Weekend Rounds Off Our Run Of Sun

Thursday, 4 February 2021, 11:32 am | MetService

MetService are forecasting settled conditions over the long weekend, but the weather takes a tumultuous turn in the middle of next week. Waitangi Weekend will be dry for most of New Zealand, although many places will see more cloud than we’ve been ... More >>

Pfizer And BioNTech Achieve Approval By Medsafe For Their Vaccine Against COVID-19

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 2:24 pm | Joint Press Release

Pfizer New Zealand and BioNTech today welcomed the drug safety regulator Medsafe in New Zealand granting Provisional Consent for their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine COMIRNATY™. Pfizer is the Market Authorisation Holder in New Zealand. The distribution of the ... More >>

Shark Numbers Decline Amid Research Gaps

Wednesday, 3 February 2021, 8:12 am | NIWA

A lack of information about New Zealand oceanic shark populations is making it difficult to assess how well they are doing, says a NIWA researcher. New research published in premier science journal Nature last week, with input from NIWA, showed the global ... More >>

AUT Students’ Concept Heartfelt Chosen For Global Lexus Design Award Competition

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 2:31 pm | Lexus New Zealand

Two Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies students – Jessica Vea and Gayle Lee – have been chosen as one of six finalists in the Global Lexus Design Awards competition. Their concept Heartfelt, showcases ... More >>

How Purchasing A Particular Pop Up Penguin Will Fund Antarctic Research

Tuesday, 2 February 2021, 11:55 am | University of Canterbury

Over the summer, Cantabrians have seen painted penguins ‘popping up’ around the streets and public spaces of Christchurch, Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula. However, one small penguin has a special solo mission – to help fund penguin research. With ... More >>

Packaging Forum Litter Reduction Project Funding Up For Grabs

Monday, 1 February 2021, 11:00 am | The Packaging Forum

The country’s biggest packaging industry organisation is offering funding for projects which aim to reduce litter in New Zealand. The Packaging Forum opened its first grant funding application round of 2021 today (1 February), to run for the ... More >>

Built To Last: Rectifier Technologies Unveils Foundational 50kW EV Charger Module

Monday, 1 February 2021, 10:35 am | Rectifier Technologies

Power conversion technology specialist Rectifier Technologies (ASX: RFT) has unveiled its latest isolated power converter, the RT22. The 50kW Electric Vehicle (EV) charger module has been developed for high-powered EV chargers (HPC). More >>

Sugar Treatment Cuts Risks For Newborn Babies In NZ-Australia Trial

Friday, 29 January 2021, 9:33 am | University of Auckland

Rubbing sugar gel inside the mouths of newborn babies at risk of hypoglycaemia reduced their odds of developing the disorder, a four-year trial conducted in maternity hospitals across New Zealand and Australia has found. <img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2101/afcc09edb4c9d7c2bfc7.jpeg" ... More >>

Towards A Sustainable Future With Lead-free Electroceramics

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 12:46 pm | University of Canterbury

From transducers to ultrasonic motors, ferroelectric ceramics are at the heart of today’s consumer electronics yet what causes these versatile materials to age and degrade is poorly understood. With most containing toxic lead, cleaner alternatives ... More >>

Fireworks Dangerous In More Ways Than One

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 9:09 am | University of Auckland

Playing with a fireworks sparkler for just eight minutes is the equivalent of breathing a day’s air pollution and breaches safe levels, new research shows. Scientists measure air quality by the amount of particulate matter, known as PM10, in the air ... More >>

Burgeoning NZ Tech Sector Struggling To Get Enough Staff

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 7:14 am | Make Lemonade

New Zealand’s tech sector is struggling to get enough skilled staff despite strong job growth and thousands of new tech jobs being created every year, a new survey says. The Kiwi economy is being seriously restricted by a digital skills mismatch ... More >>

Greenfern Awarded Research Grant To Investigate High-value Products Made Using Hemp Seed Oil By-products

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 3:11 pm | Greenfern Industries

A Taranaki-based medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp venture is part of a group that will investigate ways to turn hemp seed hulls, which there is little or no market for currently, into high-value products destined for the global export market. Greenfern ... More >>

The Business Of Using AI In Medicine For A Faster Cure

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 10:37 am | University of Canterbury

How is a Canterbury Business School lecturer with a background in computer science and artificial intelligence (AI) helping to speed up the development of medicines? University of Canterbury (UC) Business School lecturer Dr Pan Zheng is researching ... More >>

Auckland Team Wins Award For Work To Reduce The Use Of Animals In Research And Testing

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 3:54 pm | Ministry For Primary Industries

Dr Benjamin Albert and his colleagues from the Liggins Institute, Auckland University, are the winners of the 2020 Aotearoa New Zealand John Schofield 3Rs Implementation Award. The 3Rs promote the reduction and replacement of animals used in research, ... More >>

It’s Hot Then It’s Cold

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 12:22 pm | MetService

MetService is keeping a close eye on the numbers this week as temperatures tell the story. Hot weather along the eastern seaboard is the talk of Tuesday, with parts of Canterbury forecast to climb to 36°C. MetService meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree ... More >>

New Way Of Sensing Becomes Commercial Reality

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 12:07 pm | SPROUT

Scentian Bio spins out from Plant & Food Research with investment from Sprout Unravelling the mystery of how insects smell led to a ground-breaking discovery - a panel of synthesized insect receptors could be used to create a device to smell ... More >>

Pest-free Goal Won’t Be Achieved Without New And Better Tools

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 9:32 am | University of Auckland

New Zealand’s goal to become predator free by 2050 will remain an unrealised dream unless new technologies and advances in social engagement continue to be developed, researchers who first promoted it say. A team from the University of Auckland has ... More >>

NZ Digital Skills Efforts, A Picture Of Lost Opportunity: Survey

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 6:53 am | Make Lemonade

A major new national digital skills survey being released tomorrow, paints a picture of lost opportunity highlighting New Zealand is experiencing a digital skills mismatch which is impacting on the growth of the economy during difficult covid times. Digital ... More >>

FarmIQ – Where From, Where To

Monday, 25 January 2021, 5:01 pm | FarmIQ

Over a decade ago, the Primary Growth Fund projects kicked off. The aim was to boost investment into new and innovative technology for farmers, which could be commercialised, helping grow the primary sector’s contribution to the economy. Now at the start ... More >>

Global Regulators Taking A Hard-line Approach To Data Protection, Finds Law Firm DLA Piper

Monday, 25 January 2021, 4:48 pm | DLA Piper

We are only just into 2021 but already privacy and cybersecurity are back on the radar as essential issues facing New Zealand businesses, with the high-profile data breach affecting the Reserve Bank. A DLA Piper global survey makes sobering reading: ... More >>

NZ Facing Rampant Cybercrime Threats In 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021, 4:38 pm | Make Lemonade

New Zealand organisations and businesses are facing increasing and rampant cybercrime threats and the situation is getting worse, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says. Almost a million New Zealanders are falling victim to cybercrime every year, ... More >>

Heat Returns In The East

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 1:27 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a run of changeable weather to come, as summer makes a brief return, before a cold front sweeps through, pivoting back to hot weather next week. After a couple of days of unseasonably cool temperatures across the country, ... More >>

Investigating The Mathematics Of Extinction

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 10:21 am | University of Canterbury

Two University of Canterbury (UC) mathematicians have been granted $710,000 from Te Pūtea Rangahau a Marsden, the Marsden Fund, to investigate mathematical models for extinction events in the tree of life. Using a mathematical and algorithmic framework, ... More >>

Male Praying Mantis Fights To Avoid Being Eaten

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 12:59 pm | University of Auckland

Sexual reproduction in the insect world is often a risky business and never more so than when the risk of being eaten is high. But a new study on South African - or Springbok - praying mantids, commonly found in New Zealand after first being identified ... More >>