New Zealand Science Today

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

Diving Scientists Report 'Big Changes' Beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf

Climate change may be leading to shifts in the communities of sea life beneath an Antarctic ice shelf, researchers say.<p>Scientists diving beneath …

Climate Change

New strategic vision launched for dairying

The dairy industry's new strategy has the goal of trying to be a highly trusted business sector in New Zealand by 2025.<p>The dairy sector has launched …

New Zealand News

Expedition to study NZ’s largest earthquake fault

An ambitious scientific expedition involving 30 scientists from around the world leaves Perth next week bound for the East Coast of the North Island. …

New Zealand News

Nanogirl's science explodes on stage

FEW kids have thought of converting the household vacuum cleaner into a marshmallow cannon, but that will change tomorrow night.<p>Dr Michelle …

New Zealand News

Kiwi scientists question prediction earthquakes could triple next year

Kiwi scientists have questioned the validity of new findings that suggest we are likely to see a significant increase in the number of devastating …

Research

Biological Heritage National Science Challenge statement

The New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge welcomes public discussion on science-based options for tackling New Zealand’s …

New Zealand News

Rate of cancer in Pacific described as a 'hidden epidemic'

The rate of cancer in the region in the Pacific is being described as a "hidden epidemic" by the authors of new research.

New Zealand News

Student headed to Hawaii for mix of science and traditional knowledge

Mosiah Igatia, 16, is headed to Hawaii to learn more about how science and traditional knowledge can complement each other.<p>Exploring how the world …

New Zealand News

New Zealand’s Plan To Weaponize CRISPR To Annihilate Pests Sparks Debate In Scientific Community

It’s always the same story. Governments want to use science as a weapon of mass destruction, certain members of the scientific community speak up …

Genetics

NZ’s world-leading move in assessing chest pain

<b>Monday 20 November</b><p><b>NZ’s world-leading move in assessing chest pain helping patients get home sooner</b><p>A new study has found that protocols implemented …

Medicine

What Rotorua hot springs tell us about the origins of life and Mars

<b>A New Zealand scientist's research into hot springs near Rotorua helped identify the oldest site for terrestrial life so far found on Earth and is</b> …

Planets

Geologist and physicist (1908-1958)

Arguably the world’s first female radio astronomer, Elizabeth Alexander investigated the "Norfolk Island Effect" while in New Zealand during the …

New Zealand

Genetically Engineering the Natural World, it Turns Out, Could Be a Disaster

For the native species of New Zealand, European settlement was particularly cruel. The country has no endemic land predators, so many of its birds …

Genetics

The scientific effort to take out our biggest pests

<b>Nearly 18 months on from the previous government announcing Predator Free 2050, an ambitious goal to eradicate our most destructive invasive pests,</b> …

Scientific Research

Sixteen researchers and scholars who have advanced knowledge in the areas of history, theology, art, computer science, psychology, law, Māori studies, chemistry, soil science, poetry, linguistics, geology, education, engineering and mathematics have been announced as Fellows of Royal Society Te Apārangi, following the annual selection process.

Being made a Fellow is an honour that recognises true international distinction in research and scholarship. Fellows can use the post-nominal ‘FRSNZ’ …

New Zealand

Natural Health Products bill gets quietly dropped

<b>Today Newsroom reported that the Natural Health Products bill has been quietly dropped. Fellow Sciblogger Mark Hanna offered thoughts on this in an</b> …

Creative Commons

Toi Ohomai gets $700k for Maori health research project

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has received $700,000 in National Science Challenge funding to research new designs for sustainable and affordable …

New Zealand

Pioneering New Zealand women honoured for their Antarctic research

They were the first New Zealand women to work in Antarctica and now Antarctica New Zealand have honoured the three women with laboratories named …

New Zealand News

New Zealanders out to uncover icy secrets

A University of Otago-led research team is about to embark on an epic Antarctic research expedition as part of efforts to better understand how the …

Climate Change

Newly-funded research targets mental health needs

A study will explore if an e-screening tool can increase the rate of mental health assessments in youth, and make it easier to disclose sensitive …

New Zealand News

Clinical trials could save the health system millions

Mother and baby clinical trials could save the health system $290 million over five years<p>Not only do findings from clinical trials save lives and …

Research

Cheesecake Files: The ICare-Acute Coronary Syndrome (heart attack) study

<b>Hundreds of nurses, Emergency Department doctors, Cardiologists and other specialists, laboratory staff, administrators and managers from every</b> …

Medicine

Upstream raises money for heart attack clinical trials

Christchurch-based Upstream Medical Technologies has developed technology that could reduce hospital admissions of patients presenting with chest …

Medicine

Media, Dr Google, and the adverse events you were looking for

<b>The perception of risk is greatly influenced by the media and related to the relationship between hazard and outrage, or Risk = Hazard + Outrage</b> …

Public Health

Half a million Kiwis suddenly have high blood pressure

<b>At 10am 14 November 2017 NZST millions of people around the world suddenly had high blood pressure. This will come as a shock to many and may</b> …

Diabetes

November 14 earthquake a big shock with big surprises

Drone footage from different sources reveals the extensive damage caused by the devastating 7.8 magnitude North Canterbury earthquake.<p>When the first …

Earthquakes

Pioneering Antarctic women honoured at Scott Base

Three pioneering female scientists have been honoured at New Zealand's base in Antarctica, including the first Kiwi woman to work on the ice.<p>Three …

Antarctica

Children becoming less active and independent, New Zealand study finds

A group of youngsters typically spent most of their free time at friends’ homes or food outlets, heightening health fears<p>Children in New Zealand are spending more and more time close to home as they become less active and less independent, a study has found.<p>A combined study by Auckland, Otago and …

New Zealand

Kaikōura earthquake, one year on - In the News

<b>A year on from the November 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the upper South Island and Wellington, scientists are gathering in Marlborough to</b> …

Earthquakes