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Better air quality monitoring needed – PCE

Posted in In the News on March 5th, 2015.

New Zealand air quality is good but could be better, says the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, calling on the government to change the way it measures air quality.  Commissioner Dr Jan Wright discussed the state of New Zealand’s air quality in her commentary on the Government’s 2014 Air Domain Report, released today. “The state of […]

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The science behind weather balloons – 3 News

3 News weather presenter Kanoa Lloyd asks Maurice Hodgson how he helps meteorologists measure weather conditions using hydrogen-filled balloons. An excerpt (read in full and watch the video here): Weather balloons are one of the most important tools used in forecasting. Every day, hundreds of them are released, simultaneously around the world. But behind many of […]

March 4th, 2015 Read full Story

Big marine conservation questions – NZ Herald

As part of a series on Seaweek 2015, New Zealand Herald science reporter Jamie Morten looks at the big questions in marine conservation. An excerpt (read in full here): Five key questions to saving sea creatures Nearly 10 per cent of our coastal marine area is now safeguarded by reserves. But are we really doing […]

March 3rd, 2015 Read full Story

What can NZ learn from Japanese earthquakes? – The Press

Paul Gorman, science editor at The Press, visited Japan on an Asia New Zealand Foundation and Foreign Press Center of Japan fellowship. In his follow-up opinion article, he compares earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and looks at how the Japanese use science to minimise their impact. An excerpt (read in full here): The repeating two- notes up, one-note […]

February 27th, 2015 Read full Story

No link found between brain cancer and mobile use

Despite a dramatic increase in the use of mobile phones, there hasn’t been a matching rise in the incidence of brain cancer, reports a new study by scientists at the University of Auckland. The research, which looked at trends in primary brain cancer incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010 from New Zealand’s national cancer […]

February 26th, 2015 Read full Story

New Chief Scientific Advisor appointed – Radio New Zealand

Professor Richie Poulton is the newly-appointed Chief Science Advisor for the Ministry of Social Development, Radio New Zealand reports. An excerpt (read in full here): New chief science advisor appointed The newly-appointed chief science advisor for the Ministry of Social Development hopes to help make vulnerable people’s lives better. Professor Richie Poulton, who appeared in […]

February 23rd, 2015 Read full Story

Fruit fly find prompts Auckland lockdown

The discovery of solitary male Queensland fruit fly in the Grey Lynn area of Auckland has biosecurity authorities on high alert and prompted a lockdown on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the area. The fly was found in a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) surveillance trap on Monday night and 1.5 kilometer control […]

February 19th, 2015 Read full Story

Meteor media coverage explodes across New Zealand

The meteor that exploded over the skies of New Zealand this week has left a trial of media coverage in its wake. The suspected meteor lit up the skies across the country and caused a loud boom around 10pm on Wednesday night Auckland astronomer Dr Grant Christie told the New Zealand Herald that expected the […]

February 13th, 2015 Read full Story

Fat review re-ignites debate on NZ diet advice

A research review published in the journal Open Heart claims that decades-old recommendations on dietary fat intake in the UK and US are completely unfounded, sparking debates on whether New Zealand’s Ministry of Health should review its current eating guidelines. The authors of the study say that the studies that the recommendations were based on did not include any women, and that no trials […]

February 12th, 2015 Read full Story

Kiwi scientists discover how Earth’s plates move

New Zealand researchers have developed the clearest picture yet of what happens at the base of tectonic plates and how they move across Earth’s surface in a study published in Nature today. For the first time, an international team of scientists based out of Wellington, has been able to see 100 kilometres under the earth’s […]

February 5th, 2015 Read full Story


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