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The Spinoff And Meta Reach Commercial Agreement

Monday, 13 December 2021, 11:46 am | Meta

Meta is pleased to announce it has signed a commercial agreement with The Spinoff to invest in technology and product innovation. Meta’s investmentment will add capability to the New Zealand current affairs and culture site’s data journalism ... More >>

New Study Opens Doors For Immunotherapies For Prostate Cancer

Monday, 13 December 2021, 11:17 am | Malaghan Institute

Recent research from the Malaghan Institute has uncovered a new way prostate cancer could be targeted by immunotherapies. The study, funded by the Prostate Cancer Foundation and published in Frontiers in Immunology , found that immune cells that can reside ... More >>

University Of Waikato Researchers To Lead Seaweed Farming Trials In Hauraki Gulf And Bay Of Plenty

Monday, 13 December 2021, 11:09 am | University of Waikato

University of Waikato researchers’ Dr Marie Magnusson and Dr Rebecca Lawton will receive $1.2 million to lead research into seaweed farming in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty as part of a $5 million commercial regenerative seaweed farming pilot. ... More >>

Positive Move For Government To Help The NZ Tech Sector

Monday, 13 December 2021, 8:39 am | Make Lemonade

NZTech is pleased the government has responded to the critical digital skills shortage that is impacting the entire economy. This is a drop in the ocean for the actual numbers needed to support the continued growth of New Zealand’s tech sector and ... More >>

New Air Quality Guidelines "brilliant Opportunity" For Aotearoa

Friday, 10 December 2021, 1:39 pm | NIWA

More than 60% of New Zealanders live in locations where air quality does not meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, according to modelling conducted by NIWA for the Ministry for the Environment. The Ministry for the Environment have just ... More >>

Two New Species Found In ‘land Of Lizards’

Friday, 10 December 2021, 10:59 am | Department of Conservation

Genetic tests have confirmed two new lizard species from discoveries made during Department of Conservation surveys in South Island alpine areas last summer. A skink and a gecko – found in the Mataura Range in Southland and Nelson Lakes National ... More >>

Updated Environmental Data On New Zealand’s Air Quality Released Today

Friday, 10 December 2021, 10:40 am | Statistics New Zealand

The Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ have published the Our air 2021: final release report today. The Our air 2021: final release report incorporates analysis of the World Health Organization (WHO) 2021 air quality guidelines that were released ... More >>

Hitachi: Two New FE-SEM Models Launched To Support Data-Driven R&D

Friday, 10 December 2021, 6:44 am | JCN Newswire

Improved automatic acquisition of large volumes of data contributes to increased throughput TOKYO, Dec 9, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi High-Tech Corporation ("Hitachi High-Tech") announced today the launch of two cutting-edge FE-SEM(1) models, ... More >>

Thinking Big, Scientist Works To Improve Nutrition For Local People

Friday, 10 December 2021, 6:37 am | APEC

For dietician Jessica Bogard, helping people overcome disease and illness was frustrating work. Although encouraging patients improve their diet was critical to their recovery, she felt change was needed on a much bigger scale. “I couldn’t help but think ... More >>

Smoking To Be Outlawed For Future Generations – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 3:04 pm | Science Media Centre

The just-launched Smokefree 2025 Action Plan says people aged 14 when a new law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco, with the age rising each year. The changes will mean only tobacco products with very low levels of nicotine ... More >>

Annual Insights Show Fewer Aerial 1080 Operations In 2020

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 12:59 pm | Environmental Protection Authority

Fewer aerial 1080 operations took place in 2020 than the previous year, according to the latest annual report on the pest control poison, which also highlights research developments. The report published by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) ... More >>

Humid And Tropical

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 12:38 pm | MetService

A ridge of high pressure holds firm over the North Island for the remainder of the week bringing mostly settled conditions there, while a couple of fronts brings rain to parts of the South Island. MetService meteorologist David Miller says, ‘Currently ... More >>

Nanogirl Labs And Genesis Announce Partnership To Transform STEM Education In Kiwi Primary Schools

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 11:30 am | Nanogirl

STEMSTARS, the first programme to be launched as part of a planned three-year partnership, set to improve teacher confidence in STEM Advancing an engaged, diverse STEM workforce is essential for New Zealand to prosper. Jobs of the future – including ... More >>

Entries Open For 2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 11:13 am | Hi-Tech Trust

Entries are now open for the 2022 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, New Zealand’s premier technology awards programme. The NZ Hi-Tech Awards recognise the achievers of the NZ Hi-Tech industry from the start-up and emerging categories through to the coveted PwC Hi-Tech ... More >>

Police Release Findings From Independent Expert Review Of Facial Recognition Technology

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 10:41 am | New Zealand Police

An independent review has provided Police with detailed advice on the opportunities and risks associated with the use of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT).  In responding to the review Police has decided it will not use live Facial Recognition ... More >>

Geographic Boundaries Annual Release: As At 1 January 2022

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 10:39 am | Statistics New Zealand

Geographic boundary data provides geographic boundaries in spatial formats and classifications in non-spatial formats. Access spatial datasets from Stats NZ geographic data service Use Stats NZ geographic data service to view, access, or download geographic boundary ... More >>

Climate Change Made The Rainfall That Led To May 2021 Flooding In Canterbury More Severe

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 10:33 am | MetService

Researchers studying the effects of climate change on severe weather events in New Zealand have found that the extreme rainfall that brought flooding to Canterbury in May 2021 was 10% to 15% more intense as a result of human influence on the climate ... More >>

Preliminary Results From Pfizer/BioNTech Suggest A Third Booster Dose May Be Able To Stop The Omicron Variant.

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 9:43 am | Science Media Centre

According to their press release, people who had received a booster jab neutralised the Omicron variant to levels comparable to those observed for earlier variants after two doses. The SMC asked experts to comment on the press release announcement. Lesley ... More >>

Booster Jab Shows Promise Against Omicron – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 December 2021, 9:08 am | Science Media Centre

Preliminary lab results from Pfizer/BioNTech suggest a third booster dose of their mRNA vaccine may be able to stop the Omicron variant in its tracks. According to their press release, people who had received a booster jab neutralised the Omicron ... More >>

Seaweed Could Be The Answer For Skin And Environment Safesuncare Products

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 1:59 pm | National Science Challenges

Scientists are investigating if Aotearoa New Zealand’s seaweed and algae can be used in sun care products that are healthy for our skin and the environment. The scientists are looking at how some seaweed and algae have compounds that can protect ... More >>

Climate Concerns Soar – But 78% Think Damage Won’t Be Avoided

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 9:31 am | Horizon Research Limited

Concern about climate change is at its highest for nearly a decade, yet 78% of Kiwis don’t believe enough will be done in the next 10 years to avoid damaging temperature rises. Horizon Research has been tracking levels of public concern on climate change ... More >>

Seaweed Could Be The Answer For Skin And Environment SafeSuncare Products

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 7:37 am | National Science Challenges

Scientists are investigating if Aotearoa New Zealand’s seaweed and algae can be used in sun care products that are healthy for our skin and the environment. The scientists are looking at how some seaweed and algae have compounds that can protect ... More >>

Earthworms Improve Soil Health

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 1:05 pm | Bala Tikkisetty

Earthworms improve the general condition of farming soils, reduce surface runoff of contaminants from pasture and prevent soil erosion. Soils without enough of the right type of earthworms are usually poorly structured and tend to develop a turf ... More >>

6 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2022 – From Norton Labs

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 8:25 am | Noton Labs

Get ready for more hacking, more scammers, and a bigger need for online security  If you’re ready for a sedate year in cybersecurity news, you won’t find it in 2022. Here’s a snapshot of some of the cybersecurity trends we expect to see in ... More >>

A Week Of Weaker Westerlies

Monday, 6 December 2021, 11:53 am | MetService

The working week has started off rather wet with a few MetService Heavy Rain Warnings in force. Most of Aotearoa/New Zealand will have seen at least a few drops from cloudy skies today (Monday), however, Wellington bore the brunt with over 50% of their average ... More >>

Innovative Nutrient Analysis Of New Zealand Grown Peanuts To Provide Marketing Opportunities For Pic’s Products

Monday, 6 December 2021, 11:13 am | High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge

The High-Value Nutrition National Science Challenge has invested $45,460 into an innovative project to determine what nutrient composition and health claims for peanut butter made from New Zealand grown peanuts can be made. Pic’s Peanut Butter (Pic’s), ... More >>

Accurately Dating The Māori Past Using Marine Shells Through Cross-collaborative Funding Success

Monday, 6 December 2021, 8:54 am | Auckland War Memorial Museum

Archaeological collections from Auckland War Memorial Museum will be used in the research project A ccurately Dating the Māori Past using Marine Shells after receiving a highly contested, prestigious Marsden Fund grant from the Royal Society Te Apārangi. ... More >>

Horangi Among First Cybersecurity Companies In Asia To Attain SOC 2 Type II Certification

Saturday, 4 December 2021, 6:41 am | ACN Newswire

SINGAPORE, Dec 2, 2021 - (ACN Newswire) - Horangi, a Singapore HQ cybersecurity company which provides solutions optimised for Southeast Asia companies, announced it has successfully achieved SOC 2 Type II Compliance and Certification, making it ... More >>

Acumen Diagnostics' PCR Capabilities To Tackle Omicron COVID-19 Variant

Saturday, 4 December 2021, 6:40 am | ACN Newswire

Highly accurate, cost-effective, affordable PCR tests with 2 laboratories able to undertake 7000 tests daily PCR test kits able to detect COVID-19 positive cases including those infected with Omicron variant Homegrown medical technology company that is ... More >>

New Research On Crushed Glass As A Wastewater Filter

Friday, 3 December 2021, 2:02 pm | Te Pukenga

2A concrete sand is the most commonly used sand filter in New Zealand’s wastewater treatment systems, but it’s expensive, and not always available - so what about crushed glass? Through his research with TM Consultants, final year Civil Engineering ... More >>

Pathway To Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Water

Friday, 3 December 2021, 11:01 am | Water New Zealand

Water New Zealand is launching a new guide that it hopes will provide a clear pathway for the water sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.    Insights and sustainability advisor, Lesley Smith says the water sector is currently a net ... More >>

DOCOMO And NEC Successfully Test 5G Standalone

Friday, 3 December 2021, 6:56 am | JCN Newswire

DOCOMO and NEC Successfully Test 5G Standalone with Base Station Conforming to O-RAN Specifications in a Multi-vendor Configuration TOKYO, Dec 2, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. (DOCOMO) and NEC Corporation (NEC) have succeeded in interoperability ... More >>

Seafloor Geoscientist Wins Prestigious Award

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 5:39 pm | NIWA

NIWA scientist Joshu Mountjoy has walked away with the esteemed McKay Hammer Award from the Geoscience Society of New Zealand. This accolade is given to a researcher who has made momentous contribution to geoscience in Aotearoa over the past three ... More >>

Deepsea Scientist Honoured For Mentoring Of Women In Science

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 10:23 am | NIWA

Di Tracey, a deep-sea fisheries and ecology scientist at NIWA, has been awarded the 2021 Miriam Dell Award by the Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) for her advocacy for and mentoring of women working in science. <img src="" ... More >>

NEC Develops High-speed And High-precision Object Detection Acceleration Technology For Edge Equipment

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 6:50 am | JCN Newswire

Approximately 8 times faster processing speed for car license plate detection TOKYO, Dec 1, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) today announced the development of a "gradual deep learning-based object detection technology" that enables ... More >>

GCSB Partners With Private Security Providers To Increase NZ’s Cyber Defences

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 6:34 am | National Cyber Security Centre - NCSC

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is partnering with private-sector cyber security providers in an initiative that has the potential to prevent millions of dollars of cyber harm. A new cyber defence capability launched today by the GCSB’s ... More >>

Canterbury Museum: New Research - Bald Haast's Eagle Feasted On Moa Guts

Thursday, 2 December 2021, 6:23 am | Canterbury Museum

New Zealand’s extinct Haast’s Eagle ( Hieraaetus moorei ), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests. An international team of researchers including Canterbury Museum Senior ... More >>

Another La Niña Impacts Temperatures And Precipitation – But Not Climate Change

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 8:46 am | World Meteorological Organization

Geneva, 30 November 2021 (WMO) - La Niña has developed for the second consecutive year and is expected to last into early 2022, influencing temperatures and precipitation. Despite the cooling influence of this naturally occurring climate phenomenon, temperatures ... More >>

PR: Our Seas Are Sizzling Again

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 11:28 am | NIWA

Coastal sea temperatures around Aotearoa New Zealand have risen well above average, NIWA forecasters say. Meteorologist Ben Noll says that water temperatures have ranged from 1.1C - 1.4C above average for November, with daily sea surface temperatures ... More >>

Successful Funding Bids Set To Identify Kiwifruit Plant Stress And Optimise Forestry Yield

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 9:37 am | PlantTech

It was a double funding win for PlantTech in the Endeavour Fund. Scientists from Tauranga’s PlantTech Research Institute are celebrating their involvement in two successful funding bids to the Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment’s ... More >>

The Team Of 4000. The Backroom Of The Weary COVID Testing Response

Monday, 29 November 2021, 9:57 am | NZIMLS

There have been concerns raised over the past few weeks about the turnaround times for COVID PCR tests in our northern diagnostic laboratories. The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science (NZIMLS) stands firmly behind our beleaguered and weary ... More >>

Home-based Care For COVID-19 Patients – Expert Reaction

Friday, 26 November 2021, 11:08 am | Science Media Centre

At present, more than 1500 people with COVID-19 are isolating at home in New Zealand. Almost half of them have not been given pulse oximeters , used to monitor oxygen levels and signal when hospital treatment may be needed. The US and UK are looking ... More >>

Which COVID Rapid Tests Are Best? – Expert Reaction

Friday, 26 November 2021, 9:21 am | Science Media Centre

A Kiwi research team has weighed up rapid testing choices. Rapid antigen tests may miss up to 44% of cases – but this can be partly offset with more frequent testing, and appropriate use. Standard PCR tests take hours in the lab to confirm a result. ... More >>

NZ Doctors’ Interest In Medicinal Cannabis Grows

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 12:38 pm | MCinfo

A leading medicinal cannabis online education platform is encouraged by the strong interest it’s now seeing from New Zealand’s key healthcare professionals. It follows genuine concern that doctors lack sufficient knowledge about medicinal cannabis ... More >>

Celebrating Our Freshwater Champions - Winners Of Cawthron New Zealand River Awards Announced

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 12:08 pm | Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute is pleased to announce the winners and finalists in the 2021 Cawthron New Zealand River Awards, which celebrate the efforts and achievements of people who are committed to improving freshwater health in Aotearoa. There are three ... More >>

Significant Heavy Rain Expected For The West Of The South Island

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 12:05 pm | MetService

MetService is focusing on a significant rain event which is expected to impact western parts of the South Island during the next few days. Severe weather forecasters have already issued Orange Heavy Rain Warnings for parts of Westland and Fiordland with ... More >>

Samsung Electronics Announces New Advanced Semiconductor Fab Site In Taylor, Texas

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 6:47 am | Samsung

Samsung’s $17 billion investment in a new facility will boost production of advanced semiconductors.  The largest-ever investment by Samsung in the US will improve supply chain resilience of crucial logic chips Samsung Electronics, a world leader ... More >>

Samsung Announces 2021 Solve For Tomorrow Competition Winners

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 6:28 am | Samsung

NEW ZEALAND – 24 November 2021 – Drew Kenny and Harrison Maxwell have today been crowned co-winners of Samsung’s first ever New Zealand Solve for Tomorrow competition. Delivered in partnership with MOTAT, Solve for Tomorrow is a celebration ... More >>

New Zealand Game Developers Association Prepares For Industry Growth With Executive Director Appointment

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 6:25 am | New Zealand Game Developers Association

Industry positions to achieve billion-dollar earnings by 2024. The not-for-profit New Zealand Game Developers Association (NZGDA) has been primarily volunteer driven, and delivered, since its inception in 2001. In the decade since the industry has ... More >>

For New Zealand, COP26 Is Right On Trend. A Lot Of Talk, Not So Much Action

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 4:37 pm | Nigel Little

Of all the commitments to come out of COP26, The Global Methane Pledge is arguably the most significant. While carbon dioxide emissions usually grab the headlines, methane quietly continues to contribute a third of current global warming from human ... More >>

What Does The Traffic-light Model Mean? – Expert Q&A

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 9:00 am | Science Media Centre

All of Aotearoa will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework from Friday 3 December. The alert levels will be swapped for three traffic-light settings, intended to manage COVID-19 in the community. Yet in a recent poll, 2 in 3 Kiwis said they didn’t ... More >>

Midweek Spells Settled Weather

Monday, 22 November 2021, 12:33 pm | MetService

MetService is forecasting a mid-week period of stable weather, but things become unsettled in the South by the end of the week. MetService meteorologist Andy Best comments “A couple of fronts move up the east of the North Island this afternoon ... More >>

Community Grant Reopens

Monday, 22 November 2021, 10:28 am | Otago Museum

Does your school have a science question they would like answered? Does your community group need help to crack a problem or chase a new opportunity? The Otago Participatory Science Platform can fund up to $20,000 to help you! What can archaeological evidence ... More >>

Perceptions Of Anxiety The Focus For New Zealand Fellowship Recipent

Monday, 22 November 2021, 9:01 am | L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science

Kiwi neuroscientist continues award sweep with L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship Otago-based neuroscientist Dr Olivia Harrison has been awarded a global fellowship to further her research into understanding anxiety, and how the way we ... More >>

Uncontrollable Species Collapse Too High A Price For GE Predator Control

Saturday, 20 November 2021, 3:07 pm | GE Free NZ

Using Genetic Engineering (GE) technologies such as gene editing for predator control to drive population collapse or extinction, pose unknown dangers and much suffering. [1] Scientists have openly expressed concerns about the ability to control gene trait ... More >>

Discovery Points To The Skin As ‘ground Zero’ For Allergic Disease

Friday, 19 November 2021, 9:07 am | Malaghan Institute

A ground-breaking discovery from the Malaghan Institute has shone a light on immune cells in the skin, suggesting they play a much larger role in the onset of allergies than first thought. The Immune Cell Biology team The discovery throws into question ... More >>

Predator Free 2050 Ltd Announces Funding For Genetics Research Into Possums

Friday, 19 November 2021, 8:30 am | Predator Free 2050

Predator Free 2050 Limited (PF2050 Ltd) has partnered with the University of Otago to support a research team investigating new genetic technologies that could help eradicate possums from Aotearoa New Zealand by 2050. PF2050 Ltd Science Director ... More >>

2021 Research Honours Aotearoa Celebrates Achievements By Researchers, Scholars And Innovators

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 11:09 am | Royal Society Te Aparangi

Contributions of innovators, kairangahau Māori, researchers and scholars throughout Aotearoa New Zealand are having their achievements and national and international impact recognised. For the 2021 Research Honours Aotearoa, Royal Society Te Apārangi ... More >>

Auckland Border To Open For Summer – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 9:58 am | Science Media Centre

People may leave or enter Auckland from 15 December – if fully-vaccinated or cleared by a pre-departure test. Jacinda Ardern also confirmed the rest of the country will join Auckland in moving to the traffic-light system at the same time – soon after ... More >>

SoftBank Corp. & Honda Start Use Case Verification Of Technologies To Reduce Collisions Involving Pedestrians & Vehicles

Thursday, 18 November 2021, 6:45 am | JCN Newswire

SoftBank Corp. and Honda Start Use Case Verification of Technologies to Reduce Collisions Involving Pedestrians and Vehicles Using 5G SA and Cellular V2X TOKYO, Nov 17, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - SoftBank Corp. and Honda R&D Co., Ltd. announced they ... More >>