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Hawke’s Bay Community Engaged In Codling Moth Research To Protect New Zealand Apples

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 8:31 am | Plant and Food Research

Growing the world’s best apples is a team effort. Plant & Food Research has engaged households in Hawke’s Bay, the heart of New Zealand’s apple industry, in studies that will help create smarter and more sustainable ways to protect the ... More >>

New Zealand’s Most Devastating Predators’ Genomes Sequenced. DNA Codes Broken For Stoat And Ship Rat

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 3:13 pm | Predator Free 2050

The DNA secrets of the Predator Free 2050 programme’s most wanted species have been revealed. The complete genome of the stoat is now available to researchers on the US-based National Center for Biotechnology Information genome database, hard ... More >>

NZ Vets Behind Major New Discovery In The Treatment Of Arthritis

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 2:38 pm | imsvet

In a twist on new uses of old things, Arthramid® Vet is a unique and patented 2.5% cross-linked polyacrylamide hydrogel (PAAG) for intra-articular injection, and the first PAAG in the world registered for veterinary use. This revolutionary hydrogel ... More >>

Legalising Cannabis In Aotearoa New Zealand: What Does The Evidence Say?

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:25 am | Chief Science Advisor

Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor releases cannabis evidence summary ahead of referendum The Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science (PMCSA) has released an accessible evidence summary today, titled ‘Legalising cannabis: What does the ... More >>

Thursday Brings Respite From Adverse Weather

Monday, 6 July 2020, 3:07 pm | MetService

After a wet and windy night for many, MetService is forecasting further winter weather, complete with snow, for New Zealand over the coming days – not the best start for the school holidays. However, there is some respite from Thursday. For the North ... More >>

International Recognition For Wai-iti Dark Sky Park | First ‘Dark Sky Park’ Designation In NZ

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 4:34 am | Dark Skies Tasman

Wai-iti Dark Sky Park has achieved international recognition, being endorsed by the International Dark Sky Association (IDA). It is the first location to receive the ‘Dark Sky Park’ designation in New Zealand.  Wai-iti Dark Sky Park ... More >>

NZ Tech Company Launches Online Signature Book For Overseas Graduates

Saturday, 4 July 2020, 3:33 am | SignMyBook

SignMyBook Director and Head of Information Technology, Matt Browning and Josh Dillner, crammed three months of work into the four weeks of May, ensuring graduating students could have the send off they deserved Social isolation during Covid 19 didn’t stop ... More >>

The Climate Record That Keeps Getting Broken

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:37 pm | NIWA

Among the multitude of New Zealand climate statistics there is one record that continues to be broken month after month. Since January 2017 there has not been one month that recorded a below average nationwide temperature, according to NIWA’s seven station ... More >>

Public Conversation Needed About Terms On Which New Zealand Could Re-open

Friday, 3 July 2020, 8:42 am | University of Auckland

Three of New Zealand’s most influential and trusted public figures are calling for a conversation now on a cohesive national ‘reconnection strategy’ to re-open New Zealand’s borders. Former Chief Science Adviser to the Prime Minister Sir Peter ... More >>

Virgin Galactic Announces Date For World’s First Virtual Reveal Of Spaceship Cabin Design

Friday, 3 July 2020, 7:14 am | Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or “the Company”), a vertically integrated aerospace company, today announced that SpaceShipTwo’s cabin interior design reveal will take place on July 28, 2020. The virtual event ... More >>

Kiwi Confirmed In Coromandel Reserve

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 1:34 pm | Department of Conservation

Conservation groups on the central east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula are marking a major success, with confirmation of a population kiwi in a scenic reserve in the settlements of Matarangi and Kuaotunu. Representatives from Project Kiwi and Rings ... More >>

The Sun Makes A Brief But Welcome Return

Thursday, 2 July 2020, 12:59 pm | MetService

Wintery weather has percolated our news stories recently, with MetService recording gale force southerlies, large swells and snow on mountain passes. The latest MetService forecasts show a respite is to hand, as high pressure slides across the country later ... More >>

DuPont Drives Planet Forward Solutions For Plant-based Food And Beverages

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 6:14 pm | DuPont

With the launch of a new brand designed for co-creation of plant-based beverages, dairy alternatives, meat, fish and seafood, DuPont looks to enable the transformation of global eating habits, taking innovation beyond imitation with Danisco Planit™ ... More >>

Seasonal Climate Outlook

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 4:19 pm | NIWA

Outlook Summary Ocean temperatures in the central Pacific continued to cool during June and are slightly below average for the time of year. Oceanic La Niña conditions (47% chance) and ENSO-neutral conditions (51% chance) are about equally likely for ... More >>

EQC Allocates $3m To Country’s Top Scientists For Natural Hazards Research

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:03 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is launching a revamped $3 million University Research Programme to support EQC’s aim of building New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards. From today, the programme will fund eight leading scientists at Auckland, ... More >>

Māori Astronomer Receives Prime Minister’s Award

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:51 pm | University of Waikato

Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe) University of Waikato Professor Rangi Matamua (Tūhoe), has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Communications Prize from the Royal Society of New Zealand. The prize, worth $100,000, is awarded to a practicing scientist ... More >>

2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes Announced

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:48 pm | Prime Minister Science Prizes

The 2019 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been announced in a digital livestream event today. The Prizes recognise the impact of science on New Zealanders’ lives, celebrate the achievements of current scientists and encourage scientists of the ... More >>

Ground-breaking Climate Change Collaboration Awarded PM’s Science Prize

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:42 pm | GNS Science

Dr Richard Levy and Dr Nancy Bertler at the Ice Core Facility, GNS Science GNS Science is proud to be part of the Melting Ice & Rising Seas Team that has been awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize.  The project is a ground-breaking ... More >>

Laser Physicist Wins Emerging Scientist Award

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 4:28 pm | University of Auckland

Dr Miro Erkintalo from the University of Auckland’s Department of Physics has won the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Award at this year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prizes. Dr Erkintalo is a principal investigator at the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic ... More >>

New State-of-the-art Genomic Analysis Technology Puts Dairy Farmers In Stronger Stead For Spring

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 3:32 pm | LIC

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor today visited LIC to view its herd testing facilities and new multi-million genomic analysis technology which will ultimately put the dairy industry in a stronger position as it prepares for its role in New ... More >>

$1.2m Funding Boost For Parkinson's Disease Study

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:45 pm | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury-led research that could help Parkinson’s disease patients learn more about their risk of dementia has received a million-dollar funding boost. The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC), a Crown agency, has awarded a project ... More >>

New H1N1 Influenza Virus Detected - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 2:36 pm | Science Media Centre

A Chinese and British research team has identified a new H1N1 influenza virus in pigs. The research, published today in PNAS , says this type of virus has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”. The researchers call for ... More >>

Advantage Earns Recognition Being Awarded New Zealand MSP Of The Year For LogRhythm For 2020

Monday, 29 June 2020, 5:38 pm | Advantage

Alex Teh of Chillisoft presents the NZ MSP of the Year Award trophy and certificate to Brad Pearpoint of Advantage LogRhythm has a pedigree as an award-winning NextGen SIEM platform, with over 4,000 customers around the world, who use it to mature their ... More >>

This Week In One Word - Southerlies

Monday, 29 June 2020, 1:32 pm | MetService

Last week saw the country divided in half with the lower South Island having settled conditions while places in the North Island were seeing heightened thunderstorm activity with a couple of tornadoes making an appearance. This week, MetService is forecasting ... More >>

Researchers Developing Ways To Disinfect PPE For Potential Reuse

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 2:11 pm | University of Auckland

Researchers from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago have received funding of $1.3m to put in place a mobile solution to disinfect and potentially reuse personal protective equipment (PPE). Lead researcher Dr Yvonne Anderson of the University ... More >>

New Technology Aims To Reduce Risk Of Covid-19 Spreading In Hospitals

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 11:36 am | Auckland University of Technology

AUT researchers have secured funding to produce a prototype of a new humidifier aiming to reduce the spread of viruses like COVID-19 in hospital settings. AUT Ventures, the commercialisation arm of the University, has secured $169,000 from MBIE’s COVID-19 ... More >>

Heavy Rain Arrives In The North, Unsettled Weekend For Most

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 11:32 am | MetService

Heavy rain and strong easterlies are affecting parts of the upper North Island today, as a front moves slowly southwards. The rest of New Zealand can also expect unsettled weather over the next few days according to MetService. MetService Meteorologist ... More >>

Impact Biomedical Achieves COVID-19 Success With Equivir And 3F Biofragrance

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 7:05 pm | ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, June 24, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Singapore eDevelopment Limited's (SeD; SGX:40V) wholly owned subsidiary Impact Biomedical Inc. has announced proven in vitro success with Equivir and 3F Biofragrance against COVID-19 in independent laboratory ... More >>

ESET Researchers Discover New Android Ransomware, Provide A Decryptor

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:40 pm | ESET

A new ransomware family, which ESET detects as CryCryptor, has been targeting Android users under the guise of an official COVID-19 tracing app. ESET put an end to the attack Sydney – June 24, 2020 - ESET researchers, thanks to a tweet announcing ... More >>

Human Impact Throws Tree Seeding Out Of Sync – New Study

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 2:58 pm | University of Canterbury

Human impacts on the environment are changing many biological responses, with effects on rare species and human health, but predicting such responses is complicated, according to a new paper by a University of Canterbury ecologist. In his research paper published ... More >>

Dolphin Protection Plan Announced - Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 2:01 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has announced a suite of measures in an effort to protect New Zealand’s native Māui and Hector’s dolphins. The measures include a nationwide ban on drift netting, a prohibition on granting new permits for seismic surveying and seabed mining ... More >>

Baby boom for rare skinks

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 1:52 pm | Department of Conservation

A critically endangered species of skink whose natural habitat has been destroyed by beach erosion is breeding well at Auckland Zoo. More >>

Glaciers Continue To Melt Away

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 10:02 am | NIWA

Scientists analysing end-of-summer snowline survey photos have estimated that 13 million cubic meters of ice have been lost from just one glacier from 2016 to 2019. NIWA climate scientist Dr Andrew Lorrey says that the volume lost from the Brewster ... More >>

Seequent Launches Contaminated Site Solution To Aid Environmental Sustainability

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 5:42 pm | Seequent

Global geoscience software company Seequent has released a Contaminants extension for its 3D modelling and analysis solution Leapfrog Works. Contaminant extension for Leapfrog Works The integrated solution enables geoscientists to easily and intuitively ... More >>

Kiwi Company Combines With Swiss Textile Technology Experts To Create Antiviral Lifestyle Clothing.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 9:54 am | AVIRO

Kiwi brand AVIRO has combined forces with Swiss textiles technology company HeiQ to launch the first lifestyle clothing range designed to minimise the transmission of pathogens on fabric, including coronavirus and influenza. The range includes t-shirts, ... More >>

New Discovery Tracking Humpback Whale Migration From Space

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 9:30 am | University of Canterbury

A new international study led by a University of Canterbury scientist has discovered paikea humpback whales stick to old migration routes despite ocean changes associated with climate change. Understanding how organisms respond to environmental change ... More >>

Researchers Stimulate Improvements In Parkinson’s Treatment

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 9:07 am | QIMR Berghofer

New Australian research led by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute has identified ways to make the most widely-used advanced treatment for Parkinson’s disease - deep brain stimulation therapy - more effective and safer. Deep brain stimulation ... More >>

Young Kiwi Astro-photographer Shoots For The Stars

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 8:32 am | Stardome Observatory

Matariki by Josh Kirkley. The stars are aligning for up-and-coming Auckland-based astro-photographer Josh Kirkley (Kāi Tahu). During lockdown, one of his images was picked up by NASA and shared on the space agency’s Instagram to its 59.2 million ... More >>

Holograms Help SIT Nursing Students Prepare For Possible Covid-19 Patients

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:30 pm | Southern Institute Of Technology

How do you train healthcare workers to recognise and manage Covid-19 before you have access to patients, or before people get sick? Southern Institute of Technology nursing students are learning how thanks to Augmented Reality. Just one day after ... More >>

Heavy Rain And Easterly Gales For Parts Of The North Island Later This Week

Monday, 22 June 2020, 11:20 am | MetService

Following on from the rain that fell about northern and eastern parts of the North Island during the past week, MetService is forecasting more rain and strong easterly winds for those areas during second half of this week, while the South Island is ... More >>

Let The Robot Swarms Begin!

Monday, 22 June 2020, 9:20 am | Asia Corporate News Network - ACN Newswire

Tsukuba, Japan, June 19, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Multi-disciplinary research has led to the innovative fabrication of molecule-sized robots. Scientists are now advancing their efforts to make these robots interact and work together in the millions, explains ... More >>

Sunday Morning Solsitce

Friday, 19 June 2020, 2:39 pm | NIWA

If you're keen to mark the winter solsitce set your clocks for 9:43am on Sunday. This is the point from which New Zealand and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere begins to get more daylight as the sun’s angle in the sky starts to increase. From ... More >>

New use for wool – high-performance PPE masks

Friday, 19 June 2020, 1:31 pm | Lincoln University

Lincoln Agritech, a research and development company owned by Lincoln University, has received $290,000 in government funding to create biodegradable wool-based PPE masks for the COVID-19 pandemic response. More >>

New Zealand International Science Festival Announces NZ’s First Major Post-lockdown Event

Friday, 19 June 2020, 10:26 am | The New Zealand International Science Festival

The New Zealand International Science Festival has launched the full programme for it’s 2020 ‘Nano’ Festival , which with over 70 events is not quite as small as director Dan Hendra had initially imagined. “The idea behind the ‘Nano Edition’ ... More >>

Wet weather continues for the north

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 1:14 pm | MetService

New Zealand has had an interesting weather week, with rain, winds and snow all making an appearance with noticeable flare for many across the country. MetService says there’s more to come through the coming weekend. More >>

Otsaw Launches World's First UV-C LED Disinfection Autonomous Robot

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 6:13 pm | ACN Newswire

First Deployment at Wisma Atria, Singapore Starting from 15 July 2020 SINGAPORE, June 16, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Local robotics manufacturer Otsaw Digital Pte. Ltd. ("Otsaw") is pleased to announce that it has launched the world's first ... More >>

Scientist Russell Lowe wins Plant Raiser's Award

Monday, 15 June 2020, 9:29 am | Plant and Food Research

Russell Lowe, respected kiwifruit breeder and scientist at Plant & Food Research, has received the 2020 Plant Raiser's Award by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture for the breeding and selection of 'Zesy002'. The cultivar beloved by ... More >>

COVID-19 Testing And The Pacific Border – Expert Reaction

Friday, 12 June 2020, 1:42 pm | Science Media Centre

With no active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, the next frontier is our borders. While the concept of a 'trans-Tasman bubble' with Australia was floated first, the Cook Islands has since suggested starting a safe travel zone with New Zealand. The ... More >>

Plant & Food Research joins Blue Economy CRC project

Friday, 12 June 2020, 9:58 am | Plant and Food Research

Plant & Food Research is a participant in a Blue Economy CRC Australia scoping study looking to review state-of-the-art multi-use floating offshore/high energy platform concepts and their application, aimed at supporting the development of a sustainable ... More >>

Rheumatic Fever Recurrences - Expert Reaction

Friday, 12 June 2020, 8:38 am | Science Media Centre

Most New Zealanders who suffered a repeated bout of rheumatic fever between 2010-14 were young adults, or had stopped their medication, according to a new study.The research also found recurrences were strongly associated with severe rheumatic heart ... More >>

Scientists Nurturing Only Plant Of Its Kind

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 9:05 am | NIWA

For more than 20 years NIWA scientists have been nurturing three plants that are the only examples of their kind in existence. Hamilton-based freshwater ecologists Paul Champion and Mary de Winton retrieved the rare species of the quillwort family ... More >>

Unravelling The Biomolecular Secrets Of Bacteria

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 8:43 am | University of Canterbury

Campylobacter jejuni is a common cause of food poisoning in New Zealand. Yet the biomolecular interactions at play when this bacterial infection strikes are poorly understood. With the support of a Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te ... More >>

NZ Blackcurrant Extract Could ‘turn Back The Clock Ten Years’ For Arterial Health

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 1:52 pm | CurraNZ

Internationally praised for its numerous health and fitness benefits, from performance to immunity, studies now reveal New Zealand blackcurrant extract could also provide clinically-significant cardioprotective effects after ‘turning back the clock ten ... More >>

LIC HoofPrint™ Important Step Towards Helping Farmers Reduce Environmental Footprint

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 9:58 am | Livestock Improvement Corporation

New Zealand agritech cooperative LIC has launched a new tool to help dairy farmers keep step with increasing demands to reduce their environmental footprint. LIC’s new HoofPrint™ index provides farmers with accurate insights on bulls born since ... More >>

Antarctic Science Shrunk For COVID-19 - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 3:48 pm | Science Media Centre

Antarctica New Zealand is limiting its activities in the world's only COVID-19-free continent, in an effort to keep it that way. This field season, the organisation will support only long-term science monitoring programmes in the vicinity of Scott ... More >>

Pilot Trial To Identify Possibiliity Of Breeding Lower-methane Emitting Cows Gets Underway

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 11:53 am | Livestock Improvement Corporation

A pilot trial seeking to identify a possible link between the methane cows produce and their genetics has got underway in the Waikato. The trial involving dairy breeding bulls is believed to be a world-first and is being run by Livestock Improvement Corporation ... More >>

‘A Lot On Our Plates’ – Kiwis Invited To Take Part In New Campaign

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 11:26 am | Earthquake Commission

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land shaped by immense plate boundary forces. Now, a new education campaign wants to make Kiwis more aware about the risk those forces pose and encourage them to take steps to be better prepared for the next earthquake or ... More >>

Lincoln University Research Yields Important New Tool To Slash Nitrate Leaching From Dairy Cows

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 11:02 am | Lincoln University

The latest research from Lincoln University’s Pastoral Livestock Production Lab offers new hope to dairy farmers in the search for tools to reduce nitrate leaching to the waterways, with the genetic disposition of the cows themselves delivering ... More >>

Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM): A Remedy For Aotearoa’s Oceans

Monday, 8 June 2020, 4:49 pm | Sustainable Seas Challenge

Action is needed to ensure the coasts and oceans that are integral to Aotearoa New Zealand’s health and wealth – and our national identity – are healthy and productive for the long-term. To celebrate World Ocean’s Day, this short animation explains ... More >>

No Active COVID-19 Cases In New Zealand - Expert Reaction

Monday, 8 June 2020, 2:01 pm | Science Media Centre

The Ministry of Health has today announced that there are no active cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand. The final coronavirus patient has been symptom free for 48 hours and is regarded as recovered. This makes New Zealand the first significantly affected ... More >>