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Otago GE Wasp Project Violates International Gene Drive Agreement

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 9:55 am | GE Free NZ

Professor Dearden, Otago University, has received $11 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) to engineer wasps using gene drive technology. He is only consulting with Māori and regulators, ignoring and side-lining ... More >>

Ground-breaking Blue Carbon Research Underway In Waihi Estuary

Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 9:37 am | Joint Press Release

Tauranga, 30 January 2024 – Te Wahapū o Waihī (TWOW) and Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) have partnered in a progressive blue carbon research project of international significance with The Nature Conservancy Aotearoa New Zealand (TNC ... More >>

‘Forever Chemical’ PFAS Banned From Cosmetics – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 30 January 2024, 5:17 pm | Science Media Centre

The EPA is banning the use of per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances in cosmetic products from the end of 2026. These “forever chemicals” are difficult to break down and can build up in the body and the environment over time. The EPA says New ... More >>

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NZ Invention To Enhance Safety Of CAR T And Other Cell Therapies

Monday, 29 January 2024, 12:08 pm | Malaghan Institute

An innovative 'safety switch' for CAR T-cell therapy, designed at the Malaghan Institute and recently patented, has the potential to significantly enhance the safety and accessibility of this cutting-edge cancer immunotherapy and other cell therapies. ... More >>

New Guidance Encourages Planners Not To Let Landslide Risk Reduction Opportunities Slip By

Monday, 29 January 2024, 11:42 am | GNS Science

Today GNS Science has released new land-use planning guidance to manage and reduce the risks of landslides. The Landslide Planning Guidance: Reducing Landslide Risk through Land-Use Planning strongly encourages landslide risk to be considered early ... More >>

New Global Research Initiative Investigates Carbon Sequestration Potential Of Kelp

Friday, 26 January 2024, 12:38 pm | Cawthron Institute

Could kelp be a secret weapon in the fight against climate change? A new research project aims to answer that question by better understanding how kelp contributes to carbon sequestration in our oceans. The international collaboration, led by Aotearoa ... More >>

Break-through Science Backs That Mānuka Plant Species Is Distinct To Aotearoa New Zealand

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 3:29 pm | Manuka Charitable Trust

A recent study comparing the DNA of Mānuka from Aotearoa New Zealand and Leptospermum scoparium , also known as jelly bush or tea tree, from Australia showed significant genetic differences between the two, enough for the researchers to recommend that ... More >>

Warm Oceans Behind Our Hot, Humid Weather

Thursday, 25 January 2024, 12:54 pm | NIWA

A strong marine heatwave is contributing to New Zealand’s unusually hot weather, says NIWA. Meteorologist Ben Noll says that sea surface temperatures around Auckland are borderline tropical. "A rapidly intensifying marine heatwave has caused ... More >>

Research Tackles History And Mystery Around Auckland Lava Caves

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 3:00 pm | Earthquake Commission

Homeowners and developers are discovering approximately one new lava cave a month in the Auckland Volcanic Field (AVF), and a new research project aims to create a complete database of historical records and new discoveries. <img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2401/7d2c753d6d8a67e9aba6.jpeg" ... More >>

Will AI Catalyze A Revolution In Consciousness?

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 12:53 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

It’s exceedingly ironic that the thought machines computer scientists are creating may be compelling what religious teachers and philosophers throughout history have not been able to do – induce ordinary folks to be self-knowing and thereby, ignite ... More >>

Mapping 140,000 Landslides For Safer Communities

Monday, 22 January 2024, 12:04 pm | University of Canterbury

Canterbury researchers and students have mapped 140,000 landslides triggered by Cyclone Gabrielle in a bid to create models for future weather events. New Zealand now boasts one of the largest single-event inventories of landslides globally. Te ... More >>

There’s No Muddling Through This Terrible Transition

Monday, 22 January 2024, 11:20 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Taking a meditation on the patio at sunset on a gray, wet and chilly day, there came, unexpectedly, the feeling of space and sacredness that is always new. Sunset was barely discernible, just a deepening dusk. The branches of the two tall pines ... More >>

DOCOMO Develops World's First Tech Utilizing Generative AI To Automatically Generate Non-Player Characters In Metaverse

Friday, 19 January 2024, 7:12 pm | JCN Newswire

- Auto-generates behavior tree without the need for advanced programming - TOKYO, Jan 16, 2024 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it has developed a generative AI that automatically generates non-player characters (NPCs), characters ... More >>

Neuroscience And The Mind In Meditation

Friday, 19 January 2024, 10:52 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Neuroscientists are discovering more and more how the human brain works, even as they seem to understand less and less the mind in meditation. For example, they’ve discovered something called “aphantasia,” an apparently inherited neurological ... More >>

AI Governance Alliance Calls For Inclusive Access To Advanced Artificial Intelligence

Friday, 19 January 2024, 9:12 am | World Economic Forum

The AI Governance Alliance (AIGA) released today a series of three new reports on advanced artificial intelligence (AI). The papers focus on generative AI governance, unlocking its value and a framework for responsible AI development and deployment. ... More >>

Red Rain Warning Issued For West Coast

Thursday, 18 January 2024, 11:26 am | MetService

MetService, New Zealand's national weather warning agency, has issued the first Red Warning of 2024 for impactful heavy rain in the Westland District of the South Island. The warning is in effect from Thursday 9 am to Saturday 8 am, with the heaviest ... More >>

Global Collaboration Of Scientists Needed To Solve Polycrisis

Thursday, 18 January 2024, 9:30 am | Cambridge University Press

According to the research authors, a ‘global polycrisis ’ occurs when crises in multiple systems interact in ways that greatly magnify their threat to humanity’s wellbeing. Heightened global interconnectivity and human pressures on planetary boundaries ... More >>

Scion Scientist Champions Sustainable Bioeconomy Future For Youth

Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 11:50 am | Scion

While global leaders discuss how to respond to “climate tipping points” at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Switzerland this week, one young science leader at Scion has emerged as an ambassador for the bioeconomy. Dr Angelique Greene ... More >>

Revolutionary Fat Freezing Treatment Can Remove Up To 30% Of Fat In One Session

Wednesday, 17 January 2024, 9:38 am | Shape Studio

Now that summer is here, many of us regret not getting in shape before heading to the beach. Yet according to Jorgi Lee, Managing Director of Shape Studio in Tauranga, it's not too late. In fact, their revolutionary fat freezing treatment can permanently ... More >>

Kacific's Innovation Elevates Disaster Resilience Communications To New Levels With CommsBox Ultra

Monday, 15 January 2024, 5:59 pm | Kacific

CommsBox Ultra provides instant connectivity to quickly re-establish communications for civil defence and aid agencies in Asia-Pacific Singapore, 15 January 2024 — In response to escalating natural disasters impacting remote communities across the ... More >>

Global Dyson Study Reveals That Indoor Pollution Levels In NZ Exceeded WHO Safe Exposure Guidelines For 90% Of The Year

Saturday, 13 January 2024, 6:41 pm | Dyson

Using more than 500 billion data points, Dyson’s first Global Air Quality Connected Data project examined the indoor air quality data from more than 3.4 million connected Dyson air purifiers. All countries’ monthly average indoor PM2.5 level exceeded ... More >>

UC Technology Plugs The Leak In NZ’s Water Infrastructure

Monday, 8 January 2024, 7:38 pm | University of Canterbury

A UC research team has received $360,000 in Marsden funding to develop technology to assess and inform water use and infrastructure across New Zealand. In Aotearoa New Zealand, 20 percent of drinking water is lost to leakage, 90 percent of the piping ... More >>

Sun, Sand And Stingers

Thursday, 4 January 2024, 11:16 am | NIWA

Long hot days, sand between your toes, and jellyfish - all part of the New Zealand beach summer. NIWA emeritus researcher and jellyfish expert Dr Dennis Gordon says it is common to start seeing more jellyfish at the beach at this time of year. "As ... More >>

2023 Weather Recap

Wednesday, 3 January 2024, 11:08 am | MetService

The year 2023 was one dominated by extreme weather and where impactful events were unfortunately never far from our minds or our skies. During the year, MetService issued over 300 Severe Weather Warnings across 61 events – a typical number for ... More >>

DOCOMO Announces World's 1st Tech That Utilizes Human-Augmentation Platform For Sharing Taste Perceptions Between People

Saturday, 23 December 2023, 5:13 pm | JCN Newswire

TOKYO, Dec 22, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC., Miyashita Laboratory of the School of Interdisciplinary Mathematical Sciences, Meiji University, and H2L Inc. announced today that they have developed a technology that enables taste information ... More >>

Fujitsu Leverages AI Technology To Realize Energy Saving In Network Operations

Friday, 22 December 2023, 6:21 pm | JCN Newswire

O-RAN- based multi-vendor connectivity test results show energy reduction of over 20% TOKYO, Dec 19, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu today announced that it successfully equipped its Virtuora Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) ( 1 )offering for ... More >>

A Psychiatrist’s Mishmash Posing As Psychological Insight

Friday, 22 December 2023, 12:19 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The underlying, unexamined premises of Western psychology are contributing to confusion and alienation in postmodern people everywhere. An essay in Psychology Today, entitled “Making Effective Choices in the Timeless Present Moment,” epitomizes the parlous ... More >>

Sir Collin Tukuitonga Becomes ISC Fellow And Will Also Head WHO Transition Team

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 8:13 pm | University of Auckland

Sir Collin Tukuitonga (Niue: Alofi) from Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland has been made a Fellow by the International Science Council (ISC). The Associate Professor of population health was recognised for his outstanding contribution to ... More >>

Seaweed As Sustenance In Post-nuclear World

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 2:35 pm | University of Canterbury

Researchers have discovered seaweed could play a crucial role in enhancing global food security after global catastrophe such as nuclear war. The team, including Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC) Mechanical Engineering Associate ... More >>

Hot Stuff For 2023 And Christmas Forecast

Thursday, 21 December 2023, 11:08 am | NIWA

2023 is tracking to be one of the top three hottest years on record for Aotearoa New Zealand. NIWA meteorologist Tristan Meyers says 2022 was our warmest year on record, surpassing the record set the year before in 2021. "Last month didn’t ... More >>

Planting Trees On Pasture Can Have A Positive Impact On Soil Health

Tuesday, 19 December 2023, 10:31 am | Scion

Rather than damaging soil in New Zealand, planting trees on pasture restores soil to be similar to its original condition. A recent news story highlighting changes in soils from converting pasture to plantation forests are giving a misleading impression ... More >>

Biosecurity Teams All Set For Busy Summer Season

Monday, 18 December 2023, 9:46 am | MAF Biosecuirty New Zealand

Biosecurity New Zealand’s frontline teams are ready for the influx of summer travellers thanks to successful changes to arrivals processing at airports and the introduction of new hosts to help people. Biosecurity New Zealand’s northern regional commissioner ... More >>

Ethics On Autopilot: The Safety Dilemma Of Self-driving Cars

Friday, 15 December 2023, 12:32 pm | University of Auckland Business School

A recent study exposes the safety concerns surrounding self-driving cars and underscores the urgent need to understand the consequences of automation. Self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, are revolutionising how we move from one place to another. ... More >>

Precision In Pixels: How To Cut Your Videos Online Like A Pro

Friday, 15 December 2023, 9:10 am | Hugh Grant

Has it happened that you have some excellent footage, but they contain unnecessary details? In search of a solution to shorten a video, select parts and take away the unnecessary bit? Use the online video cutter at Flixier—the best companion for ... More >>

FoodHQ 10 Years On, And Launch Of Manawatū Regional Food Strategy

Thursday, 14 December 2023, 9:02 am | FoodHQ

FoodHQ are celebrating 10 years in operation by launching a new physical office in Palmerston North. Located in the building previously home to The Factory, FoodHQ has taken the lease on from AgResearch, right in the heart of the science precinct ... More >>

Philanthropic Partnership Sees Record $15 Million Boost To Biomedical Research

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 5:52 pm | Malaghan Institute

Research into cancer, infectious disease and allergic and inflammatory conditions is set to enter new frontiers thanks to one of the biggest ever private gifts to biomedical research in New Zealand. On the back of more than 12 years of investment, ... More >>

Australian Government Leading On Cybersecurity Efforts Toward Phishing-Resistance For All Citizens And Businesses

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 4:48 pm | Yubico

Over the last few weeks, the Australian government has made big strides in further bolstering its digital security posture by enacting major cybersecurity measures. Australia has a goal to be a global leader in cybersecurity by 2030, and these recent ... More >>

Seismic Testing Of Ancient Bridge Provides Stunning Results

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 1:02 pm | Earthquake Commission

Extreme laboratory testing on an 84-year-old bridge at the University of Auckland has provided promising insights for key infrastructure across New Zealand. “We beat the snot out of it, well beyond the displacement we would expect in a large ... More >>

Third Generation CAR T Cell Study Supports Use Of BioOra’s Automated Manufacture For Phase 2 Trial

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 12:15 pm | Bio Ora

BioOra together with its founding partner, the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, announced clinical results from the ENABLE phase 1 clinical trial at the 65th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in San Diego. More >>

Seedbank Strategies Needed To Conserve Our Forest Taonga

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 11:19 am | University of Canterbury

New research led by a Canterbury academic identifies that conventional seed banking alone isn’t enough to conserve all of Aotearoa’s endemic plants. Dr Sarah Wyse, who lectures in the School of Forestry at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University ... More >>

Real Life Science In The Defence Force Inspires 100+ Children

Monday, 11 December 2023, 8:07 pm | National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy

Fifty-six science experiments designed and tested by over 100 students from Belmont Intermediate School in Auckland, are on display in the Operation Science exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy in Devonport. The budding scientists ... More >>

Coral Reefs In Peril From Record-breaking Ocean Heat

Friday, 8 December 2023, 6:49 pm | University of Queensland

Record breaking marine heatwaves will cause devastating mass coral bleaching worldwide in the next few years, according to a University of Queensland coral reef scientist. The alarming finding is the result of an international study led by UQ’s Professor ... More >>

Motivated And Delivering Impact For New Zealand

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 8:28 pm | Scion

Scion scientists have been celebrated in the annual Science New Zealand awards for work to help cut industrial CO2 emissions, reduce microplastics in the environment, and to connect Māori communities with research and science. Among them is Dr Bing ... More >>

Supreme Science Award For Pest-fighting Pioneer

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 2:47 pm | AgResearch

A long-serving scientist who took the fight to pasture pests in New Zealand and reaped huge benefits for the country has won the highest honour at the 2023 Science New Zealand Awards. AgResearch emeritus scientist Stephen Goldson was last night ... More >>

Creating A Resource-rich Ecosystem Along The Burgess Stream

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 2:46 pm | Real Communications

Over the last three years, 4500 native plants have been planted along a 2.5 kilometre stretch of the Burgess Stream which winds through Andrew and Peter Gilchrist’s 430-hectare farming operation in Swannanoa. It is the first freshwater site selected ... More >>

Plant & Food Research Staff Recognised At Science New Zealand 2023 Awards

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 9:30 am | Plant and Food Research

Science and support staff from Plant & Food Research who were involved in the response to Cyclone Gabrielle were honoured at the Science New Zealand 2023 National Awards in Wellington last night. The event also celebrated two Plant & Food ... More >>

GMEX ZERO13 Wins COP28 TechSprint And Continues Network Expansion

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 7:42 pm | ACN Newswire

- Technology solution selected as winner for blockchain technology - British innovation in digital sustainable finance showcased and recognised at COP28 - Universal Carbon Registry, Decarb.earth, Koat Intelligence Solutions and Plato Data Intelligence added ... More >>

Stags Return To Pukekura Park

Wednesday, 6 December 2023, 11:53 am | Central Stags

Defending national champions the Central Stags will be hoping for another day in Taradise as they return to New Plymouth for tomorrow’s free admission Ford Trophy one-dayer against the Otago Volts. The Stags defeated Canterbury at the same ground ... More >>

Accessibility To Mobile PET-CT Scans Now Within Reach

Tuesday, 5 December 2023, 12:12 pm | Mobile Health

Mobile Health Group and Mercy Radiology are positioned to increase patient accessibility to PET-CT scans by delivering Mobile Imaging - Australasia’s first mobile PET-CT. This will see thousands of cancer patients benefit from the arrival of new mobile ... More >>

Fujitsu & KDDI Research successfully implement large-capacity multiband wavelength multiplexing transmission

Monday, 4 December 2023, 4:18 pm | JCN Newswire

Fujitsu and KDDI Research successfully implement large-capacity multiband wavelength multiplexing transmission with installed optical fiber Realizing 5.2 times multiplexed wavelength transmission in comparison with current commercial optical transmission ... More >>

Toka Tū Ake EQC Awards $1.2 Million For Research To Boost New Zealand’s Resilience To Natural Hazards

Monday, 4 December 2023, 10:41 am | Earthquake Commission

Toka Tū Ake EQC (Earthquake Commission) has awarded 14 research teams a total of more than $1.2 million in this year’s Biennial Grants round. These research projects aim to help better understand our natural hazard risks and find ways to reduce the ... More >>

Head On A Pest Hunt This Summer

Monday, 4 December 2023, 10:27 am | University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury researchers and partners are using digital technology to help every New Zealander join the fight against invasive pests. Find-A-Pest is an innovative app that allows the everyday Kiwi to identify and report invasive species ... More >>

Fujitsu & Macquarie University Establish New Research Lab To Accelerate Development Of Human Sensing & Generative AI

Saturday, 2 December 2023, 1:57 am | JCN Newswire

TOKYO, Nov 30, 2023 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Macquarie University today announced the establishment of the Fujitsu Macquarie AI Research Lab at Macquarie University, as part of the Fujitsu Small Research Lab ( 1 ) program. It aims to strengthen ... More >>

Urine Sensors For Cattle To Reduce Nitrogen Loss

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:59 am | AgResearch

It’s a wee issue but with a big environmental impact; and a new award-winning technology developed by AgResearch may help farmers to address it. Scientists at the research institute have developed what they call acoustic urine sensors to tackle ... More >>

Cop28 And Man’s War On The Earth

Friday, 1 December 2023, 10:36 am | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

The Cop climate conferences have become a farce. This year the host nation, the United Arab Emirates, chose an oil company executive, Sultan Al Jaber, to preside over Cop28. And surprise surprise, he’s been lobbying delegates from around the ... More >>

Partnership To Improve Rural And Regional Forecasting In New Zealand

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 11:20 am | Joint Press Release

A partnership between New Zealand’s national weather service MetService and homegrown agri-tech experts HortPlus will improve the quality of rural weather forecasts and allow weather data to be used in new and innovative ways. <img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2311/797b6ccdda0e41bb9adc.jpeg" ... More >>

Ngāti Whātua O Kaipara Gift Name To Gecko

Thursday, 30 November 2023, 10:55 am | Auckland Council

The most recent species of gecko to be ‘described’ in New Zealand has been officially named. Local iwi, Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara has gifted the name Korowai gecko (Woodworthia korowai) to the endemic new species in a paper published in the scientific journal ... More >>

Improving Large Earthquake Forecasting – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 9:48 am | Science Media Centre

New overseas research reports how unique seismic signals were picked up eight months before this year’s massively destructive earthquake in Türkiye, and that these findings may improve our ability to forecast some future large earthquakes. On 6 ... More >>

Nozomi Networks Predicts Major A/NZ Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Uplift In 2024

Tuesday, 28 November 2023, 2:17 pm | Nozomi Networks

Nozomi Networks Inc. , the leader in OT and critical infrastructure security, today, says Australia and New Zealand critical infrastructure owners/operators will see a major uplift in cybersecurity – particularly in their operational technology ... More >>

Two Kinds Of Consciousness

Monday, 27 November 2023, 2:49 pm | Martin LeFevre - Meditations

Autumn comes late and lasts long in northern California, but the leaves are dropping in droves now. Brown leaves are stacked on rocks in the stream, some jutting straight up and looking like little stupas. At the apex of the afternoon, an intense stillness ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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