New Zealand Science Today

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

Scientists to drill into Zealandia, the lost continent beneath New Zealand

Silverdale designer Brooke Neary will debut her runway creation at New Zealand Fashion Week.<p>Alison Yang was advising the Chinese community on …

New Zealand

Investigating homicide in mental health services

Originally posted on Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Past and Future series where, as part of 150th anniversary celebrations, early career researchers …

Mental Health

The dramatic decrease in life-saving tobacco control policies

<b>4.7 billion people – 63% of world’s population – are covered by polices such as strong graphic warnings, smoke-free public places or other …

Public Health

New harbourside teaching laboratory

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 8:55am<p>Lab with a view … Dr Doug Mackie in the University’s new teaching laboratory at Portobello, with its views of Otago …

Education

Lucerne crusade inspired by climate change

Award-winning Lincoln University scientist Derrick Moot says he chose to work with lucerne when he studied climate change overseas in the early 1990s …

Researcher using milk protein to help regrow human muscle

Milk could be the key to helping regrow muscle and eventually body parts.A Canterbury University PhD student is using milk protein to create …

New Zealand News

Christchurch trainee teacher takes Nasa knowledge to classroom

A former US Air Force and Nasa engineer is halving his wage to inspire Kiwi secondary school students.

Education

Fish oil findings prove promising for mums

Tantalising findings by Kiwi scientists suggest fresh fish oil may prevent children of overweight pregnant women from later developing …

New Zealand News

Tauranga science buff touches the stars

Tauranga-based House of Science chief executive Chris Duggan will never forget flying 13km above planet Earth watching enthralled as an international …

New Zealand News

Do We Still Need Conferences for Women in Science?

<i>by Professor Cather Simpson (@ptolemytortoise)</i><b>Yes, of course we do! Conferences that bring together women in science to discuss their work and what</b> …

Women's News

Sycamore seeds and wind turbines

At the recent NZ Institute of Physics conference in Dunedin we heard about a wide range of different physics topics -measuring electrical forces; …

Physics

The temperamental past of Auckland’s Volcanoes

<b>Two recent studies have found that Auckland’s volcanoes had a rather stormy and temperamental past. At one stage, several large eruptions happened</b> …

Earth Science

Scientists reveal Auckland's explosive history

Auckland's explosive past has been pieced back together in a twist-filled volcanic history stretching back hundreds of thousands of years.<p>Two new …

Geology

Fur seal recovery remarkable but will lead to conflict

The researchers carried riot shields when collecting biological samples from New Zealand fur seals on Banks Peninsula.

New Zealand News

Zealandia: What You Need to Know about the ‘New Continent’

Scientists have uncovered a submerged landmass two-thirds the size of Australia, which has implications for climate science, biology and how …

How important is New Zealand science in the big picture of things?

Science

4 private spaceflight companies you need to know about

Almost any space nerd will tell you that the future of the space industry hinges upon private spaceflight.<p>Of course, almost anyone with an interest in tech and space knows about Elon Musk's SpaceX or Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, two heavy-hitters in the commercial spaceflight industry.<p>But what about …

Space Travel

Aussie astrophotographers' incredible pics of Queenstown's night skies

We're lucky to live in one of the most picturesque countries in the world - but sometimes, you need look through the eyes of two Aussies to really …

New Zealand

Mental Illness Is Common, but Long-lasting Mental Illness is Rare

Most of us know at least one person who has struggled with a bout of debilitating mental illness. Despite their familiarity, however, these kinds of …

Mental Disorders

Reticent champion for lake ecology

Confirmation the organism that produces lake snow is in Lake Tekapo and probably undetected in most South Island lakes has put water management and …

New Zealand

1896, and the consequences of refusing the smallpox vaccine

<b>Like another, far more significant, blogger, I seem to be spending a bit of time on the subject of vaccines & vaccinations. But – given the mumps</b> …

Public Health

Hopeful futures

A few weeks ago I gave a conference talk about using stories to look at the future. I focused on the need to pay more attention to creating stronger …

Cory Doctorow

Waitemata DHB’s data science partnership wins big

Waitemata DHB is thrilled to have won the Research and Business Partnership Award with partners the University of Auckland and Orion Health at this …

New Zealand News

First kids breath-tested in obesity study

A ground-breaking obesity study that will breath-test thousands of Kiwi schoolchildren is off to a promising start, its leaders say.The ambitious …

New Zealand News

Is Siggi Henry New Zealand's most dangerous city councillor?

<b>She’s an anti-vaccination, anti-flouride campaigner who believes measles is a hoax and polio can be cured with vitamin C. Meet Siggi Henry, one of</b> …

$1.5 million to investigate potential of new materials

How can these new materials help us?Massey University researchers have received $1.5 million to explore the potential of a material that could …

New Zealand

New $8.4m horticultural research institute for Tauranga

A multi-million dollar horticultural research institute has been announced for Tauranga.<p>Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith made the …

New Zealand News

Top Kiwi innovators hailed at research awards

Innovators behind breakthrough new drugs, a high-tech system for hip implants and human-like avatars have taken out New Zealand's top awards for …

New Zealand News

Huge new climate database charts 2000 years of temperatures

A New Zealand scientist has helped build a massive database that will shed light on global temperature changes over the past two millenia.<p>The PAGES2k …

Climate Change