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Canon Media Awards winners announced

Posted in In the News on May 25th, 2015.

The winners of the 2015 Canon Media Awards were announced in Auckland on Friday night, including those for the Science & Technology specialist category sponsored by the Science Media Centre. Vaughan Elder and Donna Chisholm won the Science & Technology specialist awards for Reporter and Magazine Feature Writer categories respectively. Nikki Macdonald also fared particularly well […]

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Budget 2015: R&D funding in the NZ Herald

Hamish Fletcher, the New Zealand Herald‘s business reporter, looks at the possible outcomes for the science sector ahead of today’s budget announcements. An excerpt (read in full here): Budget 2015: Grants boost likely to be R&D’s lot   Any Budget surprises for innovation expected to be geared towards growing business spending, says expert. Any surprise […]

May 21st, 2015 Read full Story

Is a megathrust quake around the corner? – Campbell Live

Campbell Live’s Tristram Clayton and Whena Owen interviewed GNS scientists last night about the latest findings on central New Zealand’s ‘megathrust’ quake zone. We already know that New Zealand is earthquake-prone and that the Hikurangi Margin, where the Australian Plate pushes down on the Pacific Plate, is a hotspot. However scientists have now found evidence, after analysing sediment cores from […]

May 20th, 2015 Read full Story

Megathrust quake research in the news

New evidence of historic earthquakes under central New Zealand has received widespread media coverage this week. The two earthquakes took place within the last 1000 years, and one was accompanied by a tsunami, according to the study published in the Bulletin of the Seimological Society of America (BSSA). The study, led by GNS Science researchers, […]

May 19th, 2015 Read full Story

Tangata Whenua book wins 2015 Science Book Prize

The book Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History has won the 2015 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize, announced at the Auckland Writers Festival this weekend. The book, written by Atholl Anderson, Aroha Harris and the late Dame Judith Binney, tells the stories of the Māori people from their origins and their journey to Aotearoa to the 21st […]

May 18th, 2015 Read full Story

Synthetic cannabis restrictions linked to decreased psychiatric patients

When new laws restricted the availability of synthetic cannabis in 2013 the number of people needing emergency psychiatric services after using synthetic cannabinoids reduced by half, say Dunedin researchers. The Psychoactive Substances Act limited the availability of synthetic drugs to 50 shops nationally, with products having to meet certain safety-requirements. Data from Dunedin’s Emergency Psychiatric Service was reviewed […]

May 15th, 2015 Read full Story

El Niño forecast debated

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has declared the Pacific is in an El Niño climate pattern – but some New Zealand scientists are not ready to back the claim. The Bureau made the declaration yesterday following close analysis of ocean temperature shifts and wind patterns. The El Niño conditions typically bring warmer ocean waters in […]

May 13th, 2015 Read full Story

Government revises earthquake proofing rules

The Government has revised rules on strengthening earthquake-prone buildings, tightening requirements for some regions while relaxing them in others.  The changes to the policy regarding earthquake management risk was outlined at a conference on Sunday by Building and Housing minister Dr Nick Smith. The country will be divided into high, medium and low risk areas for earthquakes, […]

May 11th, 2015 Read full Story

Prostate cancer survival rates in New Zealand grim

New Zealand men with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer need new treatment guidelines to ensure improved, more consistent and more equitable care, according to a new study led by the University of Auckland. The study is the first of its kind to look at the treatment of New Zealand men with metastatic prostate cancer (MPC) and […]

May 8th, 2015 Read full Story

Fiordland a hotspot for carbon burial – Expert reaction

New Zealand’s stunning Fiordland punches above its weight when it comes to storing organic carbon, according to a new analysis from US and New Zealand researchers published in Nature Geoscience this week. The team of scientists, which includes the University of Otago’s Dr Candida Savage, estimate that about 18 million tonnes of organic carbon is […]

May 6th, 2015 Read full Story


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