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The Hunga-Tonga Eruption Rapidly Depleted The Ozone Layer – Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 October 2023, 10:57 am | Science Media Centre

  The 2022 Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption shot out an unprecedented amount of water vapour into the sky, reaching heights of up to 55km and depleting 5% of the ozone layer in some regions in just one week. New research published in ... More >>

Telco, Online Safety Organisation And UK Grime Artist: Trio Teaming Up To Teach Kiwi Kids About Smartphone Safety

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 8:14 pm | 2Degrees

77% of parents worry about giving their child a phone with internet access 92% of parents believe their child would benefit from a conversation about the safe use of devices online But 71% of parents didn’t know of any services helping kids learn ... More >>

Deadly Bird Flu Outbreaks Are Starting In New Places – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 2:16 pm | Science Media Centre

  Deadly bird flu virus outbreaks are now starting in places outside Asia, including in Europe and Africa, suggesting a shift in the global distribution of the viruses, according to new international research. The deadly H5N1 virus first ... More >>

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Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increase 0.2 Percent In The June 2023 Quarter

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 11:02 am | Statistics New Zealand

New Zealand’s seasonally adjusted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased 0.2 percent (33 kilotonnes) in the June 2023 quarter, after a 0.1 percent increase (26 kilotonnes) in the March 2023 quarter, according to figures released by Stats NZ ... More >>

Labour Weekend Weather

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 2:40 pm | MetService

With a long weekend on the horizon MetService has some good news about what’s in store. After a week of thunderstorms, strong winds and seesawing temperatures, the good news is the weekend is shaping up to bring some more settled weather back ... More >>

Some Homes Contain 3x More Air Pollution, NIWA Finds

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 12:41 pm | NIWA

A new study from NIWA has mapped outdoor air quality for Invercargill and Alexandra in more detail than ever before. Researchers found that outdoor air in the most polluted locations contained three times as much particulate matter - from smoke and other ... More >>

Massey University Student’s Re-engineered DrugTesting Kit Invention Through To The Final Heat Of James Dyson Award

Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 11:02 am | Massey University

Selected by 14 Dyson engineers from across the world, the best 20 entries to the James Dyson Award have been shortlisted. New Zealand student’s invention ‘Pre-Podium’ has made the shortlist- a re-engineered drug testing kit that promises an improved ... More >>

Intel Launches Intel Core 14th Gen Desktop Processors For Enthusiasts

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 5:47 pm | Intel

Today, Intel launched the new Intel® Core™ 14th Generation desktop processor family, led by the Intel® Core™ i9-14900K. This latest-generation desktop processor family includes six new unlocked desktop processors at launch, delivering up to 24 ... More >>

GPT-4 Artificial Intelligence Shows Some Competence In Chemistry

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 5:37 pm | ACN Newswire

GPT-4, the latest version of the artificial intelligence system from OpenAI, the developers of Chat-GPT, demonstrates considerable usefulness in tackling chemistry challenges, but still has significant weaknesses. “It has a notable understanding ... More >>

The Eco-Friendly Home: How Leak Detection Fits Into Sustainable Living

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 4:00 pm | Fabric Digital

The conversation around sustainable living often circles topics like renewable energy, waste reduction, and ethical consumption. However, there's another key element that is sometimes overlooked: water conservation. Effective water leak management plays ... More >>

New Insights Gained From Kākāpō Translocation

Tuesday, 17 October 2023, 12:10 pm | Department of Conservation

The trial kākāpō population in the heart of the Waikato continues to give insights after a determined parrot found a way to leave the fenced sanctuary. Four-year-old Tautahi, who was safely returned to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari last week, is ... More >>

New Report Highlights Pressures On Aotearoa New Zealand's Climate

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 11:08 am | Statistics New Zealand

Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are changing Aotearoa New Zealand’s climate, impacting the environment, communities, and the economy, according to a new report. The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ have released the latest, ... More >>

Release Of Our Atmosphere And Climate 2023

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 11:00 am | Ministry for the Environment

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ are today releasing the latest, three-yearly update about the state of Aotearoa New Zealand’s atmosphere and climate. Our atmosphere and climate 2023 provides further evidence that emissions from human activities are ... More >>

Kudos Awards Names Finalists For 2023

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 6:27 am | Kudos Science Trust

The Kudos Science Excellence Awards have named their top scientists in eight categories for 2023 in advance of their annual gala event in November. This year’s finalists highlight a wide range of scientific research and discoveries, again demonstrating ... More >>

Fujitsu And RIKEN Develop AI Drug Discovery Technology Utilizing Generative AI To Predict Structural Changes In Proteins

Wednesday, 11 October 2023, 5:59 am | JCN Newswire

New technology uses AI with electron microscope images to reduce development time and cost of drug discovery TOKYO, Oct 10, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and the HPC- and AI-driven Drug Development Platform Division of the RIKEN Center ... More >>

Research Wages War Against A Silent Threat In Our Planted Forests

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 12:45 pm | Scion

New research and smart technologies are offering hope and solutions to foresters waging war against a silent enemy in our pine plantations. Red needle cast (RNC), an unyielding fungal-like disease, has silently been wreaking havoc on pine trees ... More >>

Covid-19 Subvariant ‘Pirola’ Detected In NZ – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 12:06 pm | Science Media Centre

ESR has detected the highly mutated COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 – known as ‘Pirola’ – in New Zealand wastewater samples taken earlier this month. The Omicron subvariant has been declared a ‘variant under monitoring’ by the World Health Organization, ... More >>

New Space Companies Face Their First Solar Maximum – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 12:05 pm | Science Media Centre

With the next solar maximum on the horizon – where solar activity peaks – new space players are operating in an environment unlike what they have seen before, according to authors of a recently published editorial in the journal Space Weather. ... More >>

New Zealand Police Will Be Trialing Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) On Two High Profile Cold Cases.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

FIGG combines DNA testing with genealogical research to analyse genetic relationships between individuals who share very small amounts of inherited DNA with the crime scene DNA sample, using genealogy databases and publicly available records. In 2020, ... More >>

Windy, Hot And Dry Weather Will Be More Likely For Regions In Aotearoa This Summer.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 11:54 am | Science Media Centre

  The climate pattern known as the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, or ENSO for short, was officially declared locally by NIWA this month. With ENSO the country will see dramatic temperture swings and stronger than usual winds. Prevailing ... More >>

Internet Governance Forum: Leveraging benefits of AI and digitalisation while mitigating risks

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 5:51 am | UN Department of Global Communications

Leveraging benefits of rapid advances in artificial intelligence and digitalisation, while mitigating risks underpins UN Forum on Internet Governance Kyoto, Japan, 9 October 2023 – Against a backdrop of growing geopolitical tensions, proliferating ... More >>

Energy-Efficient Appliances And Their Impact On Electrical Systems

Monday, 9 October 2023, 2:15 pm | Fabric Digital

Energy-efficient appliances are increasingly becoming the norm in New Zealand households and businesses, driven by a growing awareness of environmental sustainability and the potential for reduced electricity bills. From smart refrigerators to energy-saving ... More >>

Southwesterly Winds With A Mix Of Showers And Fine Weather

Monday, 9 October 2023, 12:34 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting southwest winds and showers to affect parts of the country to start this week but those with a keen eye on the weather should find a decent window to enjoy the outdoors. Southwesterly winds are the main influence on the weather ... More >>

Canterbury To Host Premiere Climate Adaptation Conference

Saturday, 7 October 2023, 7:34 am | University of Canterbury

An international climate adaptation conference will bring together the world’s top scientists, Indigenous scholars and policymakers in Ōtautahi Christchurch in 2025. Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) will host the 8th ... More >>

Kiwi Kids Champion Conservation As Samsung Reveals 2023 Solve For Tomorrow Winners

Friday, 6 October 2023, 12:51 pm | Samsung New Zealand

An outstanding year of Samsung Solve for Tomorrow entries has seen conservation high on the agenda for many Kiwi kids, with more than 50% of entries dedicated to conservation and managing climate events. Year nine Rotorua student, Cameron Moore, ... More >>

Seed Testing Analysts And Technicians Recognised

Friday, 6 October 2023, 10:10 am | Grain and Seed Trade Assn

At the annual conference of the NZ Grain and Seed Trade Association, held earlier this week, the NZ Seeds Authority announced an industry-endorsed certificate recognising seed testing laboratory staff. Seed laboratories and their staff provide a range ... More >>

Fujitsu And RIKEN Develop Superconducting Quantum Computer At The RIKEN RQC-Fujitsu Collaboration Center

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 6:16 pm | JCN Newswire

Fujitsu and RIKEN today announced the successful development of a new 64 qubit superconducting quantum computer at the RIKEN RQC-Fujitsu Collaboration Center. The new quantum computer leverages the technology developed by RIKEN and a consortium of joint research partners ... More >>

Nutanix Strengthens Cyber Resilience With Accelerated Ransomware Detection And Recovery

Thursday, 5 October 2023, 11:12 am | Nutanix

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX ), a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced new features in the Nutanix Cloud Platform to strengthen organisations’ cyber resilience against ransomware attacks on unstructured data. These new features, available today ... More >>

Animal And Plant Health Warns Farmers Of Novel Drench Supply Issues

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 3:45 pm | Animal and Plant Health NZ

Sheep, beef and dairy farmers may need to rethink their drenching strategies amid novel drench supply issues over the next six months. New Zealand’s manufacturers of the innovative products are warning their customers that supplies will be constrained ... More >>

Engineering New Zealand Says Plan For Investing In STEM Is “long Overdue”

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 2:51 pm | Engineering New Zealand

Engineering New Zealand President Glen Cornelius says a “serious conversation and commitment with Government” about the country’s approach to developing skills in science, technology, education and maths (STEM) is “long overdue”. Cornelius ... More >>

Fujitsu And Atmonia Discover A Novel Catalyst Candidate For Clean Ammonia Synthesis

Wednesday, 4 October 2023, 6:56 am | JCN Newswire

Fujitsu And Atmonia Discover A Novel Catalyst Candidate For Clean Ammonia Synthesis Leveraging High-speed Quantum Chemical Calculations TOKYO, Oct 3, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu and Atmonia ehf. (hereinafter referred to as Atmonia), an Icelandic start-up ... More >>

El Niño Amplifies Pollen Triggers For Asthma Sufferers

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 12:13 pm | Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand

Allergy sufferers are being warned to brace themselves for the upcoming hay fever season, as El Niño weather conditions favour a windier, warmer, and drier than usual summer. And while that forecast sounds ideal for most Kiwis wanting to enjoy a beach ... More >>

UC Scientists Track Satellite’s Impact On Astronomy

Tuesday, 3 October 2023, 6:13 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury astronomers at UC Mt John Observatory have co-authored a new Nature paper sharing the results of an international observing campaign conducted over 130 days. International scientists, including astronomers using data from Te ... More >>

Research To Reveal Effect Of Climate Change On The Waikato River

Monday, 2 October 2023, 1:42 pm | Lincoln Agritech

The Waikato River is at the centre of a new multi-million-dollar programme aiming to reveal how increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are affecting rivers and lakes – and what that means environmentally, economically, and socially. Lincoln Agritech ... More >>

Two Kinds Of Metaphysical Movement?

Monday, 2 October 2023, 11:33 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

There was only 20% of rain predicted, but after the mind quieted in passive watchfulness in the backyard, you could feel the imminence of a storm. An hour later it hit, one of the most intense thunderstorms I’ve ever experienced. The lightning didn’t ... More >>

New Tool Revolutionising Drought Forecasts

Monday, 2 October 2023, 10:37 am | NIWA

A newly launched tool developed by NIWA and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to predict dryness and drought will help farmers and growers be better prepared for challenging weather conditions. Using the latest in artificial intelligence and ... More >>

FDA Signals Intent To Regulate Lab Developed Tests

Monday, 2 October 2023, 9:52 am | Pacific Edge

Pacific Edge notes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released for public comment proposed rule changes that seek to have Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) such as Cxbladder regulated as medical devices under the US Federal Food, ... More >>

NEC Sets Record For 800 Gbps Long-distance Transmission Over An Optical Submarine Cable System

Thursday, 28 September 2023, 9:21 pm | JCN Newswire

- Record transmission distance of 2,100 km achieved - TOKYO, Sept 28, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation has successfully completed a long-distance field trial of an optical submarine cable system using a new transponder that, according to NEC ... More >>

The Penguin Has Landed

Thursday, 28 September 2023, 4:12 pm | Antarctica New Zealand

It was once, twice, three-times lucky for the crew heading to New Zealand’s Antarctic research station, Scott Base. The team of 43 landed safe and sound on the ice late yesterday afternoon, on their third attempt to reach Antarctica. The crew originally ... More >>

Eight Of 10 Warmest Years In New Zealand Recorded In Last Decade

Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 11:09 am | Statistics New Zealand

Eight out of the 10 warmest years ever recorded in Aotearoa New Zealand up to 2022 have been within the last decade, according to data released by Stats NZ today. “Average annual temperatures have increased nationwide in the last century and 2022 was the ... More >>

Climate Change Impact On Natural Hazards Explored In New Research

Wednesday, 27 September 2023, 10:59 am | University of Canterbury

Canterbury researchers have received EQC funding to investigate how climate change could increase the risk of damage triggered by earthquakes and landslides. The team is led by Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) School of Earth ... More >>

MOTAT and Dodd-Walls in colourful collaboration

Monday, 25 September 2023, 8:03 pm | MOTAT

MOTAT and the Te Whai Ao Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies are proud to announce a significant enhancement to their long-running partnership, with Dodd-Walls investing in the Museum’s new science and technology centre opening ... More >>

Year 11 Wins Big At Wellington NIWA Science Fair

Monday, 25 September 2023, 1:06 pm | NIWA

A Wellington College pupil claimed two top prizes at this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair. Winning the NIWA award for best overall exhibit, year 11 Jesse Rumball-Smith received $1,000 for his project "Driving Nudging Towards ... More >>

World-leading Research Launched Into The Impact Of Biodynamic And Organic Farming On Food Nutrient Density

Sunday, 24 September 2023, 7:46 pm | Kete Ora Trust

What is best food? How is it grown and produced? Do consumers care? The Kete Ora Trust has commissioned Rangahau Ahumāra Kai Plant & Food Research to compare the nutrient density of food produced from biodynamic, organic, and non-organic systems, ... More >>

Tactile Model For The Blind Secures Big Win For Young Students

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 1:35 pm | NIWA

A tactile model for the blind has scooped top prize at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair. Chelsea Smart and Aliyah Alchin made a miniature model of their school for a fellow student who is visually impaired. The project entitled ‘Feel ... More >>

Disruptive Weather Ahead

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 12:50 pm | MetService

MetService forecasts heavy snow, strong winds, heavy rain, and thunderstorms for the end of the working week and into the first weekend of the school holidays. The active front moving northwards up Te Waipounamu/the South Island continues to cause ... More >>

Fixing ‘Aerial Invader Hole In Our Biosecurity Net’

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 11:07 am | Scion

New Zealand’s trade and tourism border security is among the strictest in the world in efforts to protect the environment and primary industries from unwanted pests and diseases. But aerial invaders (insect and pathogen pests arriving by wind) ... More >>

Creativity Key To Successful Innovation Says Newly Appointed Chief Scientist

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 11:01 am | Callaghan Innovation

Callaghan Innovation’s first Chief Scientist says both creativity and science excellence are vitally important if Aotearoa is to realise its environmental, social, and economic potential. Andrea Bubendorfer joins Callaghan Innovation’s executive ... More >>

Nanogirl’s Live Science Theatre Show Is Back In Aotearoa Witha Bang Following A Four-year Hiatus

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 10:25 am | Nanogirl

This November, get ready for a scientific extravaganza as Nanogirl Live! - the world’s only female-led live science show - returns to NZ theatres for the first time in four years. World famous for bringing science to life for all ages, the family-friendly, ... More >>

Nanogirl’s Live Science Theatre Show Is Back In Aotearoa Witha Bang Following A Four-year Hiatus

Thursday, 21 September 2023, 10:24 am | Nanogirl

This November, get ready for a scientific extravaganza as Nanogirl Live! - the world’s only female-led live science show - returns to NZ theatres for the first time in four years. World famous for bringing science to life for all ages, the family-friendly, ... More >>

Heavy Spring Snow Event For The South Island

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 3:34 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a significant snow event for inland areas of both Canterbury and northern Otago Thursday night and throughout Friday. Accumulations of around 10cm above 200 metres, and 20-40cm for areas above 400 metres are expected. This ... More >>

Cryptosporidium Outbreak In Queenstown – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 12:24 pm | Science Media Centre

A boil water notice is in place for Queenstown and Frankton, as officials work to find the source of a cryptosporidium outbreak. The parasite can infect people through faeces, and can also be transmitted through water supplies. However no clear link ... More >>

$10M Project Combines Indigenous Knowledge And Practices And Science To Safeguard Food Supply

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 10:55 am | Riddet Institute

A new research project to future proof and protect Aotearoa New Zealand’s food systems and the environment has attracted more than $10 million in funding this week. The joint venture between the Sustainable Nutrition Initiative® (SNi®) of the Riddet ... More >>

Endangered Black Sea Turtle, 'Waewae Toru' Arrives For Rehabilitation

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 10:09 am | Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium has welcomed an Endangered black sea turtle. This sub species of green turtle, frequents the waters of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, so is a very long way from home. Missing its front right flipper, the turtle ... More >>

UK Antarctic Wildlife Researcher Warms To Canterbury

Tuesday, 19 September 2023, 9:50 am | Canterbury University

A British scientist who monitors Antarctic penguin populations from space has been sharing his real-world expertise with Kiwi students and academics in Ōtautahi Christchurch. An Erskine Fellow at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), ... More >>

NIWA Solves Seafloor Mystery

Monday, 18 September 2023, 11:01 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists have discovered the origins of cryptic markings found in Aotearoa New Zealand’s deep sea. While studying footage from a 2013 Chatham Rise survey, researchers kept seeing horseshoe-shaped imprints in the seabed but had no idea what ... More >>

Digital Notebook – A New Era For Police

Monday, 18 September 2023, 10:36 am | New Zealand Police

  New Zealand Police is introducing Digital Notebook, a new intelligence, evidence and investigative tool. This new technology is an important step forwards for modern policing, supporting greater collaboration and efficiency across the organisation. ... More >>

ANZMES Awards NZ Academics 25K Grants To Boost ME Research

Monday, 18 September 2023, 10:24 am | ANZMES

Two New Zealand researchers have been chosen to receive the Associated New Zealand Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Society (ANZMES) annual grant of $25,000 to undertake vital research into increasing understanding of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME, also known ... More >>

Farming Leaders Slow To Take On Current Science

Monday, 18 September 2023, 8:29 am | FARM

“Why has it taken so long for our farming representatives to take a stance that all policy decisions on ruminant methane emissions need to be based on science? The most up to date science findings should have always been the cornerstone of every ... More >>

A New Era: Challenges In Lunar Exploration

Saturday, 16 September 2023, 5:35 am | JCN Newswire

-- Expanding mankind to live in space by making use of our unparalleled heritage of space technologies  - Environment control and life support system (ECLSS) development for the international habitation module (I-HAB) to be used on the Artemis Program's ... More >>


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