New Zealand Science Today

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

Kiwis Seeking Chinese Transplants Face Dark Possibility of Stolen Organs

While China says it's stopped harvesting organs from prisoners, researchers say there's not enough transparency to be sure.<p>Health researchers are concerned Kiwis travelling to access organ transplants overseas could receive organs nonconsensually harvested from Chinese prisoners, including …

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We have to stop eating so much meat, scientists say

A new review of studies on meat consumption around the world has found diets high in red meat are having serious consequences on our health.<p>The UK …

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Overlooked No More: Beatrice Tinsley, Astronomer Who Saw the Course of the Universe

<i>Since 1851, obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men. With</i> <i>Overlooked</i><i>, we’re adding the stories of remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in The Times.</i><p>By Dennis Overbye<p>In 1967 a very prominent astronomer visited Dallas to give a talk. Before he could speak, however, …


NZ scientist calls out 'unnecessary' US skeleton study

A New Zealand scientist has joined criticism of a US analysis of human remains that had become famous for their alien-like appearance.<p>A skeleton, …

Atacama Desert

Ground-breaking Kiwi research paves way for long-term flu vaccine

Thousands of lives could be saved with ground-breaking New Zealand research that has paved the way for a long-term flu vaccine.<p>The world-first …

Public Health

Scientists question govt's predator-free by 2050 goal

The campaign to get New Zealand free of predators by 2050 has been called expensive, unworkable and even unethical.<p>The scheme was brought in by the …

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Nine years ago: NZ's forgotten magnitude 7.8 monster quake struck Fiordland

It was the biggest New Zealand quake in nearly a century, beginning with a seismic lurch, then exploding with an energy-packed snap.<p>But the 7.8 …


Meet the Kiwi DNA detective helping kids across the world

Meet the Kiwi DNA detective helping children across the globe.<p>World-renowned paediatric geneticist Professor Stephen Robertson has steadily been …


New Zealand’s zero carbon bill: much ado about methane

<b>Robert McLachlan, Massey University</b><b>New Zealand could become the first country in the world to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions from</b> …

Fossil Fuels

Eradicating cattle disease M. bovis in New Zealand may be costly, even impossible, but we must try

<b>Richard Laven, Massey University</b><b>In May this year, the New Zealand government decided that it would attempt to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, a bacterial</b> …

Public Health

Are New Zealand’s big sharks in big trouble?

<i>Tyler Northern</i><b>Last month, Minister for Conservation, Hon Eugenie Sage, released the news that great white and basking sharks have been reclassified</b> …

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These mind-blowing images of the human body were made by a new kind of scanner

<b>THE FAMILY BUSINESS.</b> Phil and Anthony Butler aren’t just father and son. The physics professor and bioengineering professor (respectively) are also …


Minerals research institute up and running on West Coast

A new Government-funded research institute aimed at finding ways of using New Zealand minerals has opened on the West Coast.

Domestic Violence

New Zealand space startup eyeing launch site in the US

WELLINGTON — Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, planned to open a second launch site in the United States to complement its …

Space Exploration

CERN chip enables first 3D color X-ray images of the human body

Medical X-ray scans have long been stuck in the black-and-white, silent-movie era. Sure, the contrast helps doctors spot breaks and fractures in …


Ancient seafarers may have hunted whales around the world

According to myth, the Maori people arrived in New Zealand riding the back of a whale; today, whales figure prominently in Maori art and stories. Now …


Christchurch father and son make medical breakthrough that could save millions of lives

00:151<p>As it happened: Chiefs' late surge not enough as tactical Hurricanes hold on for one-point win in windy Wellington<p>00:152<p>Watch: Rampaging Julian …

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Otago researchers' discovery unlocks secrets behind cancer drug resistance

Friday, 29 June 2018 2:15pm<p>Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee<p>University of Otago research provides insights into an underlying mechanism that could explain why …


Starry nights: Where to see the Aurora Australis in New Zealand

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many people go their whole lives without seeing a shooting star overhead. In New Zealand , it's a completely different story.<p>Away from the main cities, the county's velvety black skies are a milky swirl of celestial galaxies. As the Earth slowly turns each night, a blanket of stars creeps …

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Bias detectives: the researchers striving to make algorithms fair

NEWS FEATURE<p>As machine learning infiltrates society, scientists are trying to help ward off injustice.<p>Rachel Courtland is a science journalist based …

Artificial Intelligence

'Wake-up call' study shows strokes could increase 40 per cent by 2028

Stroke numbers are on track to increase by 40 per cent over the next decade unless urgent action is taken to reduce the looming healthcare burden, a …

Otago University research team's fertility quest granted $5 million boost

Otago researchers working to help women struggling with one of the country's leading causes of infertility have received a $5 million boost.

Capitalising on NZ’s linked data by increasing IT and researcher capacity: Opportunity is knocking

<b>Tony Blakely, Andrea Teng, Sheree Gibb, Nhung Nghiem, Barry Milne, Andrew Sporle, Gabrielle Davies, Nevil Pierce, Ruth Cunningham, and on behalf of</b> …

World-first Kiwi research links toxic gut bug to bowel cancer

A common gut bug is likely behind bowel cancer, Christchurch researchers say after a world-first finding.

From Christchurch, Nasa's flying telescope to record eclipse-like event

Nasa's flying telescope will capture a rare eclipse-like event from its winter base in Christchurch.

Revolutionary imaging technology wins 2018 Proof of Concept grant, Uni News, Otago Bulletin Board, University of Otago, New Zealand

Thursday, 14 June 2018 12:57pm<p>Associate Professor Niels Kjærgaard (left) and Dr Amita Deb of Physics have won this year's Proof of Concept …

Otago reserachers develop high defintion tissue 3D printing resin

At the University of Otago Christchurch, New Zealand, a team of researchers have developed a 3D printable resin that can accurately copy small …

Vitamin C could 'revolutionise' treatment of sepsis in intensive care patients

A vitamin known for staving off scurvy is being used to treat patients with life-threatening sepsis in a trial that could help revolutionise …

Meet New Zealand's newest fly species - Scorpiurus aramoana

The insect world is buzzing after a new fly species was discovered in New Zealand.