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New Zealand Tech Company Releases Free AI Framework To Help NZ Businesses Embrace Game-changing Technology

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 5:38 am | Auror

A new survey released by Auror and Talbot Mills, has revealed more than 40% of New Zealanders consider artificial intelligence as a force for good, yet only 18% believe businesses are well placed to harness its potential. To help businesses harness AI ... More >>

The Human Brain Is Exapted For Insight

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 11:51 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

It used to be said of people in the West, “we are all Greeks.” It meant that the creative explosion of the ancient Greek philosophers so stamped the Western mind that all subsequent peoples in Europe, the Americas and Aotearoa were of the same ... More >>

Science-driven Transformation Pivotal To SDGs Acceleration, Say Scientists In New UN Report

Wednesday, 13 September 2023, 6:25 am | UN Department of Global Communications

New York, 12 September— Ahead of the SDG Summit , a new UN report by an independent group of scientists launched today calls for transformational shifts rooted in science that would urgently reverse course and turbocharge the Sustainable Development Goals ... More >>

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Kei Te Pēhea Te Āhua O Te Rangi/How’s The Weather?

Monday, 11 September 2023, 1:16 pm | MetService

‘Kei te ua’/rainy, ‘kei te mahana’/warm, ‘kei te kāpuapua’/cloudy, and of course, ‘kei te paki’/fine are all correct responses to ‘Kei te pēhea te āhua o te rangi?’ this Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, as MetService forecasts a week ... More >>

OSPRI’s Claims In Support Of 1080 Don’t Stack Up, Says Scientist

Monday, 11 September 2023, 6:03 am | Dr Jo Pollard

OSPRI a part State funded agency given the task of eradicating bovine Tb from New Zealand’s farmed cattle and deer, and the Department of Conservation, are the two big spreaders of the controversial 1080 poison. Recently OSPRI said forests do not ... More >>

Pioneering US Tech To Cut Methane From Cows Gets Kiwi Funding Boost

Friday, 8 September 2023, 10:07 am | AgriZeroNZ

AgriZeroNZ, a joint venture of major New Zealand agribusiness companies and the government, is the lead investor in a US start-up developing probiotics and natural enzymes that reduces methane while improving cow health. The JV has invested $4.1 ... More >>

Tonga Eruption Caused Fastest Ever Underwater Flow

Friday, 8 September 2023, 6:58 am | NIWA

The 2022 Tonga volcanic eruption triggered the fastest underwater flow ever recorded. NIWA and the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) say that the flows travelled at speeds of up to 122km/hour - up to 50% faster than any other recorded. This new ... More >>

Global Knowledge Exchange Programme Announced To Support Māori Innovators In Agri-Food Tech

Friday, 8 September 2023, 6:56 am | Te Ara Potiki

Applications are now open for Te Ara Pōtiki, a new global intern programme that will see Māori innovators in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines placed in world leading international food and agriculture tech businesses, initially ... More >>

Weather Clearing Ahead Of Warm Weekend

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 12:21 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure is expected to bring fine weather to most places on Friday and Saturday, with MetService also predicting warm daytime temperatures through the weekend. However, temperatures are forecast to take a dive on Monday following the ... More >>

Lab Grown Fruit - New Zealand Scientists Aim To Break New Ground With Cellular Horticulture Research.

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 9:50 am | Plant and Food Research

Scientists at Plant & Food Research are using their expertise in horticulture to explore the production of fruit without a tree, vine, or bush - instead using lab-grown plant cells. Initial trials have included working with cells from blueberries, ... More >>

On-Farm Solar Energy Production Could Significantly Increase Profits For Sheep Farmers

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 9:41 am | Joint Press Release

Adding solar panels to sheep and beef farms could improve their profitability, and environmental and animal welfare outcomes, finds new research . The research investigated ‘agrivoltaics’ – the use of land for both food and energy production, with ... More >>

The Rise Of Spatial Computing Technology

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 7:54 am | Hugh Grant

Many parts of our daily lives are being transformed by the rapid advancement of technology. With the advent of spatial computing , this trend will only be exacerbated. This tech has the ability to track a user’s movements in real-time and change the ... More >>

Researcher Studying Disease Identified By World Health Organization As An ‘Emerging Threat’ To Children

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 9:47 am | Canterbury District Health Board

Samoan medical student Taliah Su'a understands the harsh reality of a diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Her aunt contracted the highly infectious disease and required intensive, ongoing drug treatment and surgery to replace the damaged valves of her ... More >>

Ecologist Cate Macinnis-Ng Recognised For Mentoring

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 9:35 am | AWIS

Plant ecophysiologist Associate Professor Cate Macinnis-Ng has been recognised for her mentoring of other women in science with this year’s Dell Award from the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS). Awarded biennially by AWIS, the Dame Miriam Dell ... More >>

The Compounding Threat Of Invasive Alien Species – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

  Biological invasions cost the global community an estimated USD$423 billion in 2019, and those costs have quadrupled every decade since 1970. The Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control is a new report released by the ... More >>

NZ Crustacean Celebrities On Display At Waikato Museum

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 11:12 am | Hamilton City Council

Crabs, shrimps, lobsters, barnacles, slaters and other crustaceans are the stars of a new mini exhibition presented by Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, NIWA and Te Papa. <img src="" ... More >>

Early And Long-lasting Ozone Hole, Forecasts NIWA

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 9:15 am | NIWA

NIWA scientists are predicting that this year’s ozone hole will stay around for longer than usual, potentially lasting into early summer. NIWA’s Principal Scientist - Atmosphere and Climate, Dr Olaf Morgenstern, says this is largely due to a combination ... More >>

Kākā Calls Spike As Bird Count Hits 25 Years

Monday, 4 September 2023, 10:27 am | Department of Conservation

A doubling of kākā – drawn to mass flowering of native mistletoe – was a highlight of the annual bird count in the Landsborough valley last summer. The large native parrots joined the growing number of forest birds tallied as the Department of Conservation’s ... More >>

Musk, Zuckerberg, & The Art Of Distraction

Sunday, 3 September 2023, 5:59 am | Ramzy Baroud

‘Panem et circenses’, said the Romans - ‘Bread and circuses’. This maxim served the Romans well. In times of crisis and whenever they needed a distraction from military defeats or political infighting at the highest levels, they simply ... More >>

The Pitfalls And Triumphs Of Generative AI

Friday, 1 September 2023, 8:55 am | Hugh Grant

Generative AI is one of the most revolutionary technologies to ever be released. Within the next few years, it is likely to spark changes in the operations of almost every industry. The marketing industry is no exception, as there is a huge amount ... More >>

A Moon, A Ridge, A Front And A Low

Thursday, 31 August 2023, 12:30 pm | MetService

According to MetService, a ridge maintains its presence holding settled weather over much of Aotearoa New Zealand today and Te Waipounamu/South Island in the weekend. A low affecting the upper north, spreads areas of rain to much of Te Ika-a-Māui/North ... More >>

More Than Half A Million Granted To Christchurch Health Researchers

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 10:36 am | Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

A simple blood test could replace the need for colonoscopies in children with inflammatory bowel disease, while a new psychological therapy for bipolar disorder is being investigated. These are two of the six research projects soon to be underway thanks to $651,597 ... More >>

Modern Home Technology

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 10:32 am | Hugh Grant

Modern home technology is becoming more widespread around the globe as homeowners look to make their living spaces more efficient and enjoyable. From video doorbells to connected lights, modern gadgets make life at home simpler than ever before. With ... More >>

Bee Aware Month Launched By Associate Minister For Agriculture Jo Luxton At Te Aro School

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 10:21 am | Apiculture NZ

Associate Agriculture Minister, Hon Jo Luxton, has officially launched Bee Aware Month 2023, an annual nation-wide celebration of bees and their importance to our ecosystem, food chain and economy. <img src="" ... More >>

Higher And Drier - The Cost Of Raising Homes

Wednesday, 30 August 2023, 9:32 am | NIWA

New research shows that in some cases, lifting houses may be a cost-effective way to reduce intermittent flooding risk. Construction cost experts WT Partnership were commissioned by NIWA to provide cost estimates for different types of building. They ... More >>

Toka Tū Ake EQC Launches Natural Hazards Portal

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 1:42 pm | Earthquake Commission

Toka Tū Ake EQC has launched a website that makes it easier for New Zealanders to find information on natural hazard risks in their communities. This includes being able to see settled EQCover claims on residential properties and land throughout ... More >>

Comvita’s Latest Mānuka Scientific Discoveries Shared At Queenstown Research Week

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 11:33 am | Comvita New Zealand

This week, Queenstown plays host to over one thousand researchers and scientists at Queenstown Research Week, New Zealand’s biggest annual scientific gathering and Comvita Limited was proud to co-sponsor the first Honey Research symposium at ... More >>

Once In A Blue Supermoon

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 11:30 am | Stardome Observatory

The end of August will bring a blue supermoon to our skies, meaning it is the second super full moon to appear in a single calendar month. The supermoon, which will appear in our skies this Thursday (31 August), will also be the biggest and brightest of ... More >>

Swiss WEB3FEST 2023: The Convergence Of Web3 Innovation And Collaboration

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 6:54 am | ACN Newswire

The Global Web3 Ecosystem is set to unite under the banner of "Switzerland United", an 11-day extravaganza, from September 7th-17th 2023, that combines the forces of the NFT Fest Lugano, NFT Lakeside Unconference and the Swiss WEB3FEST. ... More >>

Designer Tiles: A New Wave In Interior Design

Monday, 28 August 2023, 3:16 pm | Fabric Digital

In the ever-evolving world of interior design, the quest for the next big thing is unending. The building materials industry, often considered the backbone of any design project, is no exception to this relentless pursuit of innovation. One of ... More >>

Wellington Study Could Improve Worldwide Access To Coastal Freshwater

Monday, 28 August 2023, 3:03 pm | NIWA

A new NIWA study in Wellington Harbour will help scientists find untapped drinking water around the world. For the first time, NIWA used several techniques to map and understand the Waiwhetu Aquifer. This is a reservoir of drinking water that lies ... More >>

‘Natural’ Way To Induce Labour Proves Safe

Monday, 28 August 2023, 2:37 pm | University of Auckland

Researchers who studied over 1000 women at ten maternity hospitals in New Zealand found bringing on labour using a specialised balloon offers a safe alternative to current practice. Women who need help starting labour could now be routinely offered ... More >>

Waste Not… New Life For Police Body Armour

Monday, 28 August 2023, 11:18 am | New Zealand Police

Police and Massey University design students have teamed-up to put old Kevlar to good use. Redundant armour plates from old out-of-warranty stab-resistant body armour (SRBA) have been recycled into a variety of items in a project designed to cut down ... More >>

Smoke Loader Drops Whiffy Recon Wi-fi Scanning And Geolocation Malware

Friday, 25 August 2023, 5:50 pm | Secureworks

Threat actors could use the geolocation data to track compromised systems. On August 8, 2023, Secureworks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) researchers observed the Smoke Loader botnet dropping a custom Wi-Fi scanning executable to infected systems. CTU™ ... More >>

Cold End To An Already Chilly August

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 12:41 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure remains over the country, bringing settled conditions for the rest of the working week. However, a few showers will affect the upper North Island and the Far South, but for much of Aotearoa New Zealand it’s light winds, ... More >>

Confidence In Resilience Of New Zealand’s Infrastructure Under Water — Construction Industry

Thursday, 24 August 2023, 9:28 am | Joint Press Release

Teletrac Navman and Civil Contractors New Zealand 2023 Construction Industry Survey reveals the state of civil construction in New Zealand More >>

Next Generation Of Scientists Excel In The CRISiSLab Challenge

Wednesday, 23 August 2023, 1:13 pm | Toka Tu Ake

Wellington College students have claimed the top prize in the CRISiSLab Challenge , with their wave detection system, demonstrating how technology can support disaster management. The annual competition is organised by CRISiSLab at the Joint Centre ... More >>

5000 Auckland Students Are Using AI To Beat The High Cost Of Feeding Themselves

Tuesday, 22 August 2023, 3:53 pm | Grapevine

Launched (private Beta launch) just three months ago, a new AI-powered ‘food savings and rewards’ app called ‘Grapevine’ is being used by 5000 students at two of Auckland’s largest universities. By using historic shopping data to provide personalised ... More >>

Extreme Weather Research Gets A Boost

Monday, 21 August 2023, 2:10 pm | NIWA

NIWA has launched a $5 million per year package of new projects aiming to tackle some of New Zealand’s most pressing challenges, including responding to and preparing for extreme weather events. NIWA already undertakes extensive research in forecasting, ... More >>

From Waste To Electricity - How Everyday Rubbish Is Helping Power NZ’s Grid AND A Fleet Of Electric Rubbish Trucks

Friday, 18 August 2023, 2:59 pm | Evnex

New Zealand’s largest generator of energy from waste last year produced enough electricity to power 25,000 households plus a fleet of electric rubbish collection trucks – all from everyday garbage thrown out by Kiwis. Now, using technology from ... More >>

Researchers Call For The Urgent Expansion Of Southern Ocean Science

Friday, 18 August 2023, 2:38 pm | NIWA

Today hundreds of international scientists are sounding a clarion call for urgent expansion of Southern Ocean science in the emerging climate crisis. This week 300 scientists from 25 nations have been meeting in the Antarctic gateway city of Hobart ... More >>

Nutanix Carbon And Power Estimator Helps Organisations Unmask Environmental Blind Spots

Friday, 18 August 2023, 11:16 am | Nutanix

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX ), a leader in hybrid multicloud computing, today announced the Nutanix Carbon and Power Estimator , a new tool to help organisations understand how different factors can influence their environmental footprint by estimating annual ... More >>

Matching The World Of Mobile Apps To The Need For Speed

Friday, 18 August 2023, 8:50 am | Hugh Grant

A mobile continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform is becoming increasingly important in today’s technological world. It essentially automates the tedious manual work traditionally needed to build, test, and deploy a mobile ... More >>

Widespread Wet And Windy Weekend

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 11:10 am | MetService

The fine weather of today and Friday is set to change this weekend. MetService is forecasting a Tasman Sea low to bring widespread wet and windy weather this weekend. MetService meteorologist Andrew James say, “With high pressure taking hold of the ... More >>

New Creature Catalogue Compiled To Aid Conservation

Thursday, 17 August 2023, 10:06 am | NIWA

A new database describing marine species has been released to assist conservation. The New Zealand Trait Database - the first of its kind in NZ - provides information for more than 700 shallow-water seafloor invertebrates, such as snails, crabs, and ... More >>

New ‘Robo-Kiwi’ Protecting Kiwi From Uncontrolled Dogs

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 6:07 pm | Scion research

A project involving Scion, the National Kiwi Hatchery in Rotorua and students from the University of Canterbury is helping to protect the treasured kiwi from one of their greatest predators in the wild – man’s best friend. A group of four engineering ... More >>

New Initiative To Boost NZ-India Digital Links

Tuesday, 15 August 2023, 6:20 am | NZ Centre for Digital Connections with India

Wellington, New Zealand, 15 August 2023 Announcing the New Zealand Centre for Digital Connections with India to coincide with India’s Independence Day. The establishment of the Centre marks a significant milestone in fostering collaboration and leveraging ... More >>

Researchers Install Pollen Trap On Auckland Museum Roof

Monday, 14 August 2023, 3:03 pm | Auckland War Memorial Museum

A green metallic pollen trap, looking like a small spacecraft with a large sail, has been installed on the roof of Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira so health researchers can gather near-real-time data on the pollen and spores that ... More >>

New Zealand Air Ambulance Partners With Celo To Enhance Its Mission Coordination Capabilities

Monday, 14 August 2023, 2:29 pm | Joint Press Release

New Zealand Air Ambulance announces its deployment of Celo’s healthcare messaging solution, which was also recently deployed across Doctors Without Borders’ global operation. It enables NZ Air Ambulance’s aeromedical teams and the third parties ... More >>

Renowned Scientist Honoured For Dedication To Marine Conservation

Monday, 14 August 2023, 11:05 am | University of Waikato

Professor Chris Battershill has discovered new sea sponge species, led environmental recovery research around major ocean oil spills, spearheaded international initiatives for marine drug discovery, and taught hundreds of students amongst many other achievements. ... More >>

`Forever Chemicals’? Maybe Not, According To University Of Auckland Research

Monday, 14 August 2023, 10:41 am | University of Auckland

Dangerous “forever chemicals” left in the soil from firefighting foam could be destroyed by grinding, according to a proof-of-concept study by University of Auckland scientists collaborating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ... More >>

Most Bread And Flour Now Fortified With Folic Acid - Expert Reaction

Monday, 14 August 2023, 10:33 am | Science Media Centre

As of tomorrow, all non-organic bread-making wheat flour in New Zealand will be fortified with folic acid. The supplement has been proven to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, which affect on average 64 pregnancies a year in New ... More >>

Ergozyme NZ Microbial Spray Trial Shows Massive Boost In Pasture Production

Monday, 14 August 2023, 10:24 am | Ergozyme NZ

Product Increases Pasture Growth With No Loss In Quality A recent trial of a revolutionary microbial plant spray on New Zealand farms has shown a significant increase in pasture production while maintaining quality. Micromix Aqua Ergo Plus - a powerful and effective ... More >>

New Website Will Grow Understanding Of Farmer And Catchment Group Efforts

Monday, 14 August 2023, 7:00 am | Our Land and Water National Science Challenge

A new national database for recording and reporting the work being done on land for our waterways launches today. Farmers and community groups have been working to improve the health of our rivers and lakes – planting trees, fencing rivers, ... More >>

Urgent call to equip workforce with skills for digital age

Monday, 14 August 2023, 6:56 am | Tech Alliance

The newly published Digital Skills Aotearoa (3rd edition) provides valuable insights into our digital skills challenges and explores the landscape in New Zealand and globally.    “In our ever-evolving digital world, the importance ... More >>

Barenbrug Team Earns Plant Breeder Arable Award

Friday, 11 August 2023, 7:05 pm | NZ Plant Breeding and Research Association

Barenbrug New Zealand Plant Breeding Team was presented the Plant Breeder/Researcher Award by the NZ Plant Breeding & Research Association (PBRA) during last night’s 2023 Arable Awards ceremony held in Christchurch. The breeding team was ... More >>

Barenbrug Team Earns Plant Breeder Arable Award

Friday, 11 August 2023, 7:05 pm | NZ Plant Breeding and Research Association

Barenbrug New Zealand Plant Breeding Team was presented the Plant Breeder/Researcher Award by the NZ Plant Breeding & Research Association (PBRA) during last night’s 2023 Arable Awards ceremony held in Christchurch. The breeding team was ... More >>

Awakening Intelligence Within

Friday, 11 August 2023, 11:05 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The day was mild, relative to the scorching temperatures of late, and the park was nearly empty. And for the entire hour and half I sat beside the stream, a single swallowtail butterfly fed on the nectar of the fading white balls overhanging the ... More >>

Bitdefender Releases MacOS Threat Landscape Report

Thursday, 10 August 2023, 2:06 pm | Bitdefender

Bitdefender has revealed at Black Hat USA 2023 the macOS Threat Landscape Report , which looks at the top threats and trends targeting Apple’s macOS operating system over the duration of 12 months. The report aims to dispel the myth that Apple products ... More >>

EPA Approves First Methane Inhibitor In New Zealand

Thursday, 10 August 2023, 12:09 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved a feed additive to reduce methane emissions in livestock. DSM Nutritional Products Ltd (DSM) applied to import or manufacture a substance containing 10-25% of 3-nitrooxypropanol (3-NOP) - a chemical ... More >>


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