New Zealand Science Today

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

Buried undersea volcanoes could yield rich resources

Buried deep off New Zealand's coasts lie hundreds of volcanoes, which geologists believe could offer rich, untapped resources.These underwater giants …

New Zealand

$1m NZ study to boost new cancer-killing treatment

New Kiwi-led research could help realise the powerful promise of a new type of cancer treatment.The million-dollar project centres on what are called …


Doug Edmeades: We live in a democracy that suits most people most of the time

Greenpeace, Exhibit B in Karl Popper's pantheon of anti-science activities.<p><b>OPINION:</b> It is a gloriously fine and warm spring day here in Hamilton. The …

British Philosophy

Past could be key to forecasting future quakes

When it comes to forecasting major quakes in New Zealand's future, the answers might lie hidden in our past.<p>Or more precisely, in our caves.<p>A team of …

New Zealand News

Bowel disease linked to lack of sun

Rates of debilitating inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease among South Island children are up to three times higher than their North …

New Zealand

Kiwi scientists to make Star Trek gadget a reality

A handheld gadget used to scan for diseases in the sci-fi series Star Trek could soon become reality, with a new Kiwi study targeting our high rates …

New Zealand News

Computer decision-making 'a real risk' - experts

Government departments face potential legal pitfalls by using computer-based risk prediction models to profile and target clients, Otago University …

New Zealand News

Chinese-owned Ashburton dairy farm space programme under academic spotlight

A Chinese space research programme may pave the way for rocket launches like New Zealand's Rocket Lab.<p>The choice of an Ashburton farm for a Chinese …

New Zealand News

Tragedy spurs young researcher's air pollution fight

When his parents died, a young Egide Kalisa was told "normal diseases" were to blame.<p>He's since learned the truth: respiratory disease, fuelled by …


New Zealand’s health service performs well, but inequities remain high

<i>This article is part of our global series about health systems, examining different health care systems all over the world.</i><p>New Zealand’s health care …

Health Care

Polling, landlines and the age of everybody is an expert

<b>Polls can be wrong. But the Brexit polls had the race at 50/50 right before the election and that was a pretty good estimate of what happened.</b>The …


The once and future farmer

In our own cultural memory New Zealand used to have the best farming system in the world. No more, according to some.<p>Two recent articles about the …


We need more post-publication peer review

<b>We often tout peer review as the reason for accepting the veracity of published scientific studies? But how good is it really? Does it ever match the</b> …


Limiting warming to 1.5 °C, we can do it – scientists

<b>The global warming limit set at the 2015 Paris Climate Summit is still possible, say scientists, but we need to redouble our efforts if the Earth’s</b> …


Te Awaroa – Voice of the River

<i>Last week, Centre of Research Excellence Te Pūnaha Matatini</i> <i>hosted #WaiNZ, a national conversation providing New Zealanders with an opportunity to</i> …

Rugby Union

Splicing and dicing

<b>Gene editing has the potential to reshape us and our world forever.</b> <b>Bruce Munro talks to Otago-trained bioethicist Josephine Johnston about the role</b> …


Govt puts $12m towards lakes check-up

Scientists will examine the health of 380 New Zealand lakes in a new project granted $12 million in government funding.<p>The study to be carried out by …

New Zealand News

Christchurch surgeons practising surgery on 3D printouts

Surgeons at Christchurch Hospital are calling upon the help of a 3D printer to assist their preparation for surgery.<p>They say by printing models of a …


Seven projects advance Māori climate research

The largest Māori-led research effort into climate change is investigating impacts, responses and opportunities for iwi, hapū and whānau.

Climate Change

Green kiwifruit at risk from climate change

The fruit will not be commercially viable in western Bay of Plenty by the end of the century because of climate change.

Climate Change

Can sound make beer better? And other things Auckland Uni's investigating

Funding to the tune of $18.6 million will help researchers at the University of Auckland look into beer fermentation, detecting and dating …

Skin Cancer

Award-winning device by Dylan measures concussion

With more and more rugby players suffering from concussion, Ormiston Senior College student Dylan Townsend wanted to do something about it.<p>For this …


Landcare Research links Wanaka snot and Seattle slime; wins $1 million study grant

Lake snot, lake snow, lake slime: anyway you say it, it's the same stuff and Landcare Research scientists have just won $1 million to do more …

New Zealand News

Q&A: What we don't know about sea-level rise

<i>The damage that climate change could bring to New Zealand's coastal communities has become a pre-election talking point, with a 284-page draft</i> …

Climate Change

Formidable Phormidium lurking beneath | Te Pūnaha Matatini

One of my favourite rivers in the Canterbury region is the Ōpihi River. Its mauri, however, has been eroded and like many of our rivers, it is now a …

New Zealand

Set The Controls For The Heart of Saturn

Ecotain plant offers solution for dairy nitrate leaching

Scientists may have found a way to reduce the chemical that's been blamed for the worst pollution of our waterways.<p>Dairy cows are a large source of …


Successful proposals | Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

MBIE received 408 applications for research funding. The successful proposals were selected by the Science Board, an independent statutory Board, …

New Zealand

‘Slow slip' earthquakes explained

New research shows November's 7.8 magnitude Kaikōura earthquake sparked a series of unprecedented 'slow slip events' off the east coast of the North …

Earth Science