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Fresh Scientific Scrutiny For Arrowtown Air

Friday, 5 June 2020, 10:31 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have set up air quality sensors every 100 metres across Arrowtown in what is believed to be the world’s densest air monitoring network. The monitors will be in place for the rest of winter to give scientists a much more detailed picture ... More >>

Cawthron & ESR Study Link Between Heavy Rainfall & Norovirus Water Contamination

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 4:19 pm | Cawthron Institute

Photo Credit: Cawthron Institute Nelson’s Cawthron Institute will co-lead an international team of researchers working to find better ways of detecting norovirus in wastewater and understanding the link between heavy rainfall events and norovirus contamination ... More >>

Transforming The SMART GRID With Fibocom 5G Modules

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 4:05 pm | ACN Newswire

Automatically determines, adjusts, and controls power usage making smart grids "smart" SHENZHEN, CHINA, June 3, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Fibocom (SHE: 300638), a leading provider of cellular embedded wireless module solutions for the Internet of Things ... More >>

Welcome To Winter

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 1:12 pm | MetService

Monday marked the first day of meteorological winter and according to MetService, the weather over the coming days is set to deliver on expectations. The country is already feeling the effects of the chilly season. MetService meteorologist Mmathapelo ... More >>

NZ Humidity Prevented Spread Of Covid-19 Pandemic

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 10:59 am | Make Lemonade

New research conducted by Professor Michael Ward, an epidemiologist in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, and two researchers from the Fudan University School of Public Health in Shanghai showed that humidity is ... More >>

InternetNZ Offers Its New Cyber Security Product For An Extended Free Trial

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 4:06 pm | Internet NZ

InternetNZ has announced that its new cyber security product, Defenz Domain Name System (DNS) Firewall, is available for a free four month trial. This extended trial is offered to organisations and businesses, Internet Service Providers and Managed ... More >>

Hazard Classification Changes For Benzyl Alkonium Chlorides

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 3:03 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The EPA has updated the hazard classification for benzyl alkonium chlorides (BACs), substances found in a variety of disinfectants and detergents. BACs are a family of compounds which have diverse uses, including in pesticides, preservatives, veterinary ... More >>

Mega Research Project Is Improving New Zealand’s Ocean Knowledge

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 2:43 pm | MetService

New Zealand’s leading marine scientists involved in the $11.5 million Moana Project have gathered virtually over two days [27-28 May] to review their progress in the five-year research project to revolutionise our understanding of Aotearoa’s oceans ... More >>

Government’s Support For Science Sector Crucial For NZ’s Recovery – GNS Science

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 2:23 pm | GNS Science

Science and innovation will play a crucial role in New Zealand’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and GNS Science welcomes today’s announcement of additional support for the sector. Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods ... More >>

New Funding Supports Critical Science Research For New Zealand

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 2:04 pm | Science New Zealand

The Government’s announcement of additional funding of more than $200 million for the seven Crown Research Institutes reinforces the view that science and innovation is critical to New Zealand’s recovery and rebuilding. John Morgan, the NIWA CEO ... More >>

Funding For R&D In New Zealand – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 1:14 pm | Science Media Centre

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods has today announced $401.3 million funding for research and development through Budget 2020 and the COVID Response and Recovery Fund. The fund includes $150 million for an R&D loan scheme, ... More >>

Sir Jerry Mateparae To Lead The Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 11:03 am | Healthier Lives National Science Challenge

Sir Jerry Mateparae has just been appointed to be the next Chair of the Healthier LivesHe Oranga Hauora National Science Challenge, officially taking over from the inaugural Chair of Healthier Lives, Dr Jenny McMahon, on 1 June 2020. “We are ... More >>

Stink Bug Measures Show Results

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 10:43 am | Ministry For Primary Industries

Strict biosecurity requirements for imported cargo have reduced the threat of brown marmorated stink bug and even tougher rules will be introduced next season. There were 57 interceptions of live brown marmorated stink bug during the 2019/20 season ... More >>

Agency collaboration puts focus on forest food sources

Wednesday, 3 June 2020, 9:01 am | Landcare Research

A multi-agency research collaboration is putting the focus on forest food sources as part of wider efforts to boost New Zealand’s native bird populations. More >>

Samoan AI-based Virtual Agent Piloted To Ease Public Consultation Barriers

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:29 pm | IBM

An AI powered agent named Tala may open the door on a new way of measuring sentiment and getting feedback from New Zealand’s ethnic communities. Developed and designed by Beca, one of Asia Pacific’s largest advisory, design and engineering consultancies, ... More >>

JCB Signs A Strategic Partnership Agreement With TECHFUND For Joint Research

Monday, 1 June 2020, 4:39 pm | ACN Newswire

JCB signs a Strategic Partnership Agreement with TECHFUND for Joint Research on Sustainable Payment System Using Blockchain TOKYO, June 1, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB Co., Ltd., a global payment network and a leading issuer and acquirer in Japan, ... More >>

Professor John Nacey Recognised In The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020

Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:34 pm | Research for Life

Research For Life (RFL) Board member and Immediate Past Chairman, Professor John Nacey has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020, being made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM). Research For Life’s current chairman ... More >>

After Scientific Breakthrough: Digid Seeks FDA Approval For Its Rapid Corona Antigen Test

Saturday, 30 May 2020, 5:01 pm | ACN Newswire

At the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), scientists have succeeded for the first time in detecting SARS-CoV-2 viruses using the revolutionary Cantisense(TM) technology from Digital Diagnostics AG. Application for approval of the Digid Cantisense(TM) ... More >>

Rimini Street Speeds Software Issue Resolution By 23% With New Artificial Intelligence Applications

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:40 pm | Rimini Street

Company extends software support leadership with new patent pending AI Applications that have already won multiple awards for innovation and achievement in customer service Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software ... More >>

Paice, Abell, And Daimler Agree To License Patented Technology

Friday, 29 May 2020, 4:25 pm | ACN Newswire

BALTIMORE, MD / ACCESSWIRE, May 29, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Paice and Daimler have reached an agreement to license patented hybrid technology. Paice was an early leader in electrified vehicles. The company was awarded its first hybrid vehicle patent ... More >>

Understanding 5G Concerns – Expert Q&A

Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

Recent attacks on cell phone towers have brought concerns over the rollout of 5G technology into sharp relief. While scientific research has consistently shown that the technology does not adversely affect human health , public concerns about its ... More >>

Species Interactions Are The Hidden Key To Understanding Non-native Plant Impacts

Friday, 29 May 2020, 9:48 am | Bio-Protection Research Centre

New research published in the journal Science shows that non-native plants interact differently with insects and soil microbes than native plants, which has dramatic consequences for carbon cycling. Carbon cycling is the process by which plants take ... More >>

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Friday, 29 May 2020, 8:35 am | Plant and Food Research

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UPDATED Action For Healthy Waterways Package - Expert Reaction V2

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 1:47 pm | Science Media Centre

The Government has announced new rules and regulations to clean up New Zealand’s waterways and protect them from future pollution. The Action for Healthy Waterways package sets higher standards around the cleanliness of swimming spots, includes ... More >>

Plant & Food Research joins forces with Māori groups

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 9:09 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research will collaborate with Māori groups to develop protocols to preserve reproductive cells for iconic or endangered freshwater fish and develop local skills for the establishment of a nursey of regional treasures ... More >>

How AI Is Being Used In Breakthrough Surgery, To Lighten The Load On Painful Knees

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 10:52 am | University of Auckland

Surgeons are using AI-driven software developed by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI), University of Auckland, to operate on the knees of young patients, and have shown that it could reduce the recovery time of patients receiving a high-tibial ... More >>

ChurchAppsNZ Offers Free Covid-19 Contact Tracing And Visitor Register To New Zealand Churches

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 9:10 am | Snapp Mobile

ChurchAppsNZ by Snapp Mobile has released a new service in its app that gives Churches a free and easy way to track and register members who want to visit the Church during Alert Level 2. The service has already been offered to its 600+ existing client base ... More >>

Blockpass Debuts Branded WebID Version Of Its Award Winning Digital Identity Protocol

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 4:04 pm | ACN Newswire

HONG KONG, May 26, 2020 - (ACN Newswire) - Responding to market demand and an increasingly remote business environment, Blockpass today revealed the launch of the WebID version of its award-winning identity verification protocol, KYC Connect. The Blockpass KYC ... More >>

Dip in diversity at equator

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 11:33 am | University of Auckland

New research shows that instead of marine biodiversity being highest at the equator as widely expected, it actually dips there. While previous work at the University of Auckland suggested this was due to global warming, the latest study finds the ... More >>

Teenagers Help Address Tech Equitability

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 10:25 am | Remojo Tech

Young Enterprise Scheme startup, Remojo Tech addresses tech equitability among students through lockdown and beyond by providing free laptops to local schools & training students to repair community donated devices. Remojo Tech has managed to ... More >>

Adélie Penguins Contribute To A Better Understanding Of Marine Protected Areas In Antarctica

Monday, 25 May 2020, 2:32 pm | Landcare Research

Satellites are keeping track of what Adélie penguins and other top predators get up to in the Antarctic, and those data are helping a multi-national research effort better understand the benefits of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. Manaaki ... More >>

Mixed Bag Of Weather For The Coming Days

Monday, 25 May 2020, 1:34 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting unsettled weather for many as several fronts affect the country over the next few days. MetService meteorologist Mmatheplo Makgabutlane says the unsettled conditions follow on from the wet finish to the weekend. “A front ... More >>

Are you sure that’s the right way?

Monday, 25 May 2020, 11:13 am | University of Auckland

Satellite tracking of whales migrating from Australia and New Zealand to summer feeding grounds shows some southern right whales or tohorā are travelling in the opposite direction to what scientists expected. More >>

Kiwi start-up gets funding to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Monday, 25 May 2020, 9:05 am | CVC

Auckland: Kiwi start-up, COVID-19 Vaccine Corporation (CVC), has secured $488,000 interim funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) COVID-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund to begin development of a COVID-19 vaccine for both ... More >>

Time To Celebrate Our Scientists

Friday, 22 May 2020, 8:54 am | The Kudos Awards

New Zealand’s world-renowned response to Covid-19 shows what can be achieved by acting on good science, and during lockdown many New Zealanders have become fans of our country’s science heroes. As nominations for the 2020 Kudos Science Excellence ... More >>

East Coast Shellfish Unlock Earthquake History

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 11:19 am | Earthquake Commission

New EQC-funded research will enable scientists to pinpoint with more accuracy the frequency and size of large past earthquakes and tsunamis on the east coast of the North Island. By radiocarbon dating shells, GNS Science researcher Dr Kate Clark ... More >>

Cannabis for pets, a first for New Zealand

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 9:55 am | Helius

Local company, Helius Group, is launching New Zealand’s first ever medicinal cannabis for pets’ product range with the establishment of Helius Animal Health. The new business will operate alongside the country’s largest medicinal cannabis company, ... More >>

Autogrow Cracks The Yield Prediction Code With FarmRoad

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 6:17 pm | Autogrow

After three years of research, development, lab and farm trials; New Zealand agtech company Autogrow has set the global benchmark for crop yield prediction with an initial 90 percent accuracy rate with their FarmRoad solution. “Accurately predicting harvest ... More >>

Minimise Winter Nitrogen Loss

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 4:18 pm | Bala Tikkisetty

Winter is around the corner and currently most farmers are focusing on achieving increased productivity by judicious use of nutrients with an aim of minimising environmental impacts. Cooler months can pose a significant challenge for nutrient management, ... More >>

New Mapping Package Gives Iwi And Conservation Groups The Tools To Monitor Progress

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:55 pm | Landcare Research

Iwi and conservation groups throughout the country can now track and plan the conservation progress of native taonga species in their rohe, thanks to a new free software package. Researchers from Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research have developed a downloadable ... More >>

Uncovering the migration secrets of whales

Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 11:28 am | University of Auckland

Genetic analysis of skin samples from southern right whales at feeding grounds at South Georgia Island in the southwest Atlantic Ocean shows the whales that gather there are more closely related to those in South America than to those in South Africa, ... More >>

New Guidelines For Hydrographic Surveying Published

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 2:47 pm | Maritime New Zealand

Maritime NZ and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) are pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Good Practice Guidelines for Hydrographic Surveys in New Zealand Ports and Harbours . The revised guideline provides advice on good practice ... More >>

Digital Doctors’ HealthPod Puts Healthcare In The Community #entrepreneurship #health

Tuesday, 19 May 2020, 11:08 am | University of Canterbury

Imagining a HealthPod located in the community, where patients with chronic illnesses could more easily monitor their symptoms, has won a team of health students the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) Digital Doctors Disrupt Challenge ... More >>

Digital Twins – Unlocking The Value Of Interconnected Infrastructure Data

Monday, 18 May 2020, 5:41 pm | Infrastructure New Zealand

“We are delighted to release a new report today, in collaboration with the University of Canterbury Quake Centre and their Building Innovation Partnership, on the value and need for a Digital Twin for New Zealand’s infrastructure,” says Infrastructure ... More >>

Seven Weeks Of Clearing The Air Provides Huge Benefits: Scientist

Monday, 18 May 2020, 3:00 pm | NIWA

Seven weeks of lockdown has provided evidence of how pollution can vanish overnight with benefits for the environment and individuals, says NIWA air quality scientist Dr Ian Longley. Dr Longley has been monitoring air quality in Auckland, Wellington ... More >>

Cool And Settled Weather To Continue

Monday, 18 May 2020, 1:04 pm | MetService

Another week where settled skies dominate MetServices’ weather outlook. Fine weather welcomes teachers and students returning to school this week and offers bright days to resume outdoor activities. Where is the unsettled autumn weather you might be ... More >>

Spying For Sharks, Caring For Kākā, And Burying Briefs – Community Research Projects Receive Funding

Monday, 18 May 2020, 12:12 pm | Otago Museum

While Otago carefully begins to return to normal activity, eight newly funded community research project teams are also planning for their year ahead. From using 3D models to communicate about local climate change impacts in Queenstown Lakes District, to ... More >>

Don’t Quit, Says Zonta Science Award Winner

Monday, 18 May 2020, 7:00 am | Zonta Club of Wellington

Dr Helen Woolner, winner of the 16 th Biennial Zonta Science Award 2020. Photograph courtesy of Victoria University of Wellington. In these uncertain times of Covid-19 when Scientists are being valued more than ever, the Zonta Club of Wellington, is ... More >>

Introducing BotSight: A New Tool To Detect Bots On Twitter In Real-Time

Friday, 15 May 2020, 6:42 pm | NortonLifeLock

Introducing BotSight: A New Tool to Detect Bots on Twitter in Real-Time: Quantifying Disinformation on Twitter, one Tweet at a Time NortonLifeLock Research Group (formerly known as Symantec Research Labs) has released a beta tool that can detect bots on ... More >>

UC Connect Public Talk - Interstellar Worlds: Tiny Arrivals From Other Stars | Dr Michele Bannister

Friday, 15 May 2020, 4:28 pm | University of Canterbury

Internationally renowned University of Canterbury (UC) astrophysicist Dr Michele Bannister will take us on a journey to explore interstellar worlds in her upcoming free UC Connect public talk at the University of Canterbury. “We are now in an ... More >>

“Traceable Pro” App Launched - Secure, Private Contact Tracing Tool For Businesses

Friday, 15 May 2020, 1:27 pm | Webtools

Traceable Pro, a new online app, has been launched to enable businesses to easily and securely capture contact information of visitors, customers and staff. The Ministry of Health has identified contact tracing as vital to eliminating Covid-19. Level ... More >>

Further Measures Needed To Make Kiwi Homes Healthy In The Wake Of COVID-19 - Oculus

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 2:00 pm | Oculus

Building science and architectural engineering company Oculus says strong measures by the government are needed now to improve the health of New Zealand’s homes in the wake of COVID-19. The company says a new report and recommendations by the New ... More >>

A mostly fine weekend, but showers affect the North Island

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 12:14 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting mostly fine weather this weekend, but showery easterlies will affect eastern parts of the North Island. More >>

Reply To An Article Clean Energy, Incinerating Waste And Destroying Viruses

Thursday, 14 May 2020, 9:56 am | Zero Waste Europe

We would like to share with you our concern related to information presented in the article from 12th May related to Clean Energy, Incinerating Waste And Destroying Viruses The information presented in the article, as "waste needs to be incinerated ... More >>

Viral Mutations, Lineages, And Strains – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 2:40 pm | Science Media Centre

A pre-print study says there is a new, quickly spreading mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The study – which has no t been peer reviewed – also suggests the mutations could affect vaccine or treatment development. The SMC asked experts to comment on ... More >>

Tangaroa Heads Back To Sea – With Social Distancing

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 2:35 pm | NIWA

NIWA’s flagship research vessel Tangaroa will sail out of Wellington Harbour on Sunday for the first scientific voyage since the lockdown. The ship is heading to the Campbell Plateau south of New Zealand, to undertake a camera survey of the seabed ... More >>

Mimicking Nature’s Best Medicine Opens Door To New Treatments

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 10:22 am | University of Canterbury

Discoveries made by a University of Canterbury (UC) organic chemist could be a springboard to new treatments for cancers and antibiotic resistant infections. Dr Daniel Foley , a lecturer in UC’s College of Science, has found ways to quickly create synthetic ... More >>

20 Organisations Pledge Support For Digital Inclusion Plan Submitted To NZ Government

Wednesday, 13 May 2020, 6:24 am | Internet NZ

20 organisations across New Zealand have called on the Government to implement an action plan for digital inclusion and pledged their support to make it happen. The plan was submitted to Government last week. Digital inclusion is about making sure ... More >>

Sysmex and ESR collaborate on national COVID-19 results CDR

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 12:23 pm | Sysmex

Within hours of New Zealand lifting to alert level 4, a collaborative project was initiated between the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and Sysmex New Zealand to establish a national clinical data repository (CDR) for all COVID-19 ... More >>

NZ Planet-hunters Discover New ‘one In A Million’ Super-Earth

Monday, 11 May 2020, 8:44 am | University of Canterbury

Astronomers at the University of Canterbury (UC) have found an incredibly rare new Super-Earth planet towards the centre of the galaxy. The planet is one of only a handful that have been discovered with both size and orbit comparable to that of ... More >>