New Zealand Science Today

By John Pickering | Science & science commentary from Aotearoa New Zealand & her overseas based scientists

Widespread invasive species control is a risky business

By R. Keller Kopf, <i>Charles Sturt University</i>; Dale Nimmo, <i>Charles Sturt University</i>, and Paul Humphries, <i>Charles Sturt University</i><b>In 1977, on the islands</b> …

Australian Universities

Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people

<b>Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. The issue is particularly worrying among older people recently</b> …

Successful launch puts New Zealand in space race

A private New Zealand-based company joined the exclusive space-race club on Thursday with the successful launch of a Rocket Lab test craft named …

New Zealand

World’s first orbital-class rocket launches from a private launch site

Although the Electron vehicle made it into space, it "didn't quite reach orbit."<p>On Thursday, shortly after midnight on the US East Coast, a New …

Space Travel

Lack of science spending disappoints farmers

Farmers say the Budget missed out on investing in biological and environmental science to back up their work to improve water quality.

New Zealand News

Rocket Lab makes first rocket launch from private pad, and New Zealand

The private space race took a leap forward today with the successful launch of Rocket Lab's Electron rocket, the first from a private pad. The company plans to send small satellites into space on a 72-hour rotation.

SpaceX

Sediments hold a record of ancient winds

Scientists have uncovered a 17,000-year history of shifting winds sitting at the bottom of a New Zealand lake bed<p>The Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties are strong winds that encircle Antarctica. They are almost unimpeded by land except for the tip of South America and the southern end of New …

New Zealand

AI And Imaging: Experts Delve Into Its Promise

Will artificial intelligence (AI) replace radiologists? During a session on AI and imaging yesterday at the Big Data in Biomedicine conference, …

Artificial Intelligence

Cannabidiol shown to be effective for a severe form of Epilepsy

Thursday, 25 May 2017 8:26am<p>Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir<p>The first ever Class 1 clinical trial of the drug cannabidiol has shown it is …

Medicine

South Auckland teens selected for science conference in London

Sustainable buildings, the Large Hadron Collider and nuclear physics are just some of the interests that two south Auckland students are keen to take …

New Zealand News

Rocket Lab: New Zealand space launch is first from a private site

<b>An American company has launched a rocket into space from New Zealand, the first from a private launch facility.</b><p>Rocket Lab's 17m (56ft) Electron rocket took off from the Mahia peninsula, in North Island, the firm said on Twitter.<p>The test flight was the first launch ever from New Zealand and is a …

New Zealand

Clear Kiwi night skies the envy of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has spoken of Kiwis taking the clear night sky for granted ahead of his visit to New Zealand later this …

New Zealand News

Medicinal cannabis reduces seizures in children with Dravet syndrome, clinical study shows

Children with a rare form of epilepsy had half as many seizures when treated with CBD, a clinical study has revealed. (File photo)<p>A medicinal …

Cannabis

$255.6 m boost for science and innovation | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Though Budget 2017, the Government will invest a further $255.6 million in a mixture of new and existing science and innovation initiatives over the …

Innovation

Budget 2017: R & D spend 'disappointing'

The Government's $373 million increase in spending on science and innovation is disappointing in its amount and scope, says one expert.Finance …

New Zealand News

The Rocket Man: Who is Peter Beck? - Business

New Zealand News

How to talk about Manchester (and other terror attacks)

<b>I’ve been asked by a few people about how to talk about the terrible bombing attack in Manchester yesterday, especially with children and young</b> …

Terrorism

NZTech suggest a Ministry of the Future

NZTech have promoted the creation of a Ministry of the Future in their 2017 Manifesto “New Zealand’s Digital Future“.<p>As a country, we need to …

Tech Trends

Mordor, Massive software and Mount Doom

<b>“A last alliance of Men and Elves marched against the armies of Mordor. On the slopes of Mount Doom they fought for the freedom of Middle- …

New Zealand

Science Times

For years, scientists have come to the endless debate about the de-extinction the extinct animals have been a controversial subject between the …

Biological Species

Searching deep within for methane battlers

The role of microbes in producing methane is being studied by an Irish scientist, writes Jarrod Booker.<p>Sinead Leahy is part of an international …

New Zealand

Top scientists team up with NZ industry

Two of the country's leading research institutes are linking up to give New Zealand businesses a helping hand with R&D. The McDiarmid Institute, …

New Zealand News

Avoiding the strange of climate change

<b>Children alive today will find themselves living in a totally different climate in the future, should greenhouse gas emissions continue unchecked,</b> …

Climate Change

New immigration data from Statistics New Zealand

<b>One can, and does, grizzle about the range and quality of New Zealand’s official statistics. But last Friday saw a small but welcome step forward.</b><p>On …

Immigration

Up-and-coming Otago scientists gain Health Research Council funding

Two University of Otago staff have received emerging researcher first grants in the Health Research Council’s 2017 funding round announced today.

Medicine

Surf's up: Monstrous 64-foot wave measured in Southern Ocean

Surf's up in the Southern Ocean.<p>A massive, 64-foot high wave was measured by an automated buoy about 400 miles south of New Zealand in the Southern Ocean on Saturday, May 20. That's taller than a six-story building.<p>"This is one of the largest waves recorded in the Southern Hemisphere," said …

Oceans

Port Hills researchers hope study will help with fire prevention

Researchers looking at the recovery of the fire-ravaged Port Hills in Christchurch hope their work will help reduce the impact of future fires.

New Zealand News

ChildSmile – a complement, not an alternative, to fluoridation

<b>Local antifluoride activists are busy presenting ChildSmile and similar programmes as alternatives to fluoridation. They aren’t – and New Zealand</b> …

Water

Maybe we can, but should we? Deciding whether to bring back extinct species

<b>De-extinction – the science of reviving species that have been lost – has moved from the realm of science-fiction to something that is now nearly</b> …

Extinction