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Top researchers honoured in Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

Posted in In the News on February 13th, 2018.

The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes have been presented in Wellington today, awarding a total of $1 million across five categories. The top prize has been awarded to a multidisciplinary team from Plant & Food Research that helped the New Zealand kiwifruit industry recover after the discovery of the vine-killing disease Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae). Plant […]

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US military investment in gene drives – In the News

News broke last night that the US military’s science research agency has funded research into gene drives, including to a group that includes New Zealanders. Documents released to media from a lobby group suggest the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has become the world’s largest funder of gene drive research, putting $100m into the technology. […]

December 5th, 2017 Read full Story

Kaikōura earthquake, one year on – In the News

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 discuss what they’ve learnt from the quake. Earthquake scientists have gathered in Marlborough for the eighth annual International Workshop on Paleoseismology, Active Tectonics and Archeoseismology, which is being held in the Southern […]

November 14th, 2017 Read full Story

Inaugural CRI science awards

Science New Zealand, the body that represents the country’s seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs), hosted its inaugural national awards at Parliament last night. It’s been a week of celebration for the research institutes, which have been celebrating 25 years since the inception of the CRIs. Its conference on Thursday included addresses by new Minister for […]

November 10th, 2017 Read full Story

NZ’s water systems vulnerable to climate change – In the News

New Zealand’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure have asset values well over $20 billion, but much of it was not designed to withstand the challenges climate change will bring, from sea level rise to the predicted changes in rainfall frequency and intensity. A new report from the Deep South National Science Challenge and Motu Economic and […]

October 27th, 2017 Read full Story

Marine reserve boosts snapper numbers outside its borders – In the News

Whether or not marine reserves help the unprotected sea creatures beyond their borders has been hotly contested, but new research from the University of Auckland suggests that protected marine areas can serve as local fish nurseries. The study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, examined the genetics of adult snapper near Goat […]

October 18th, 2017 Read full Story

‘Killer’ toothaches for captive orca – In the News

Captive orca have terrible teeth, mostly caused by chewing concrete and steel tank surfaces, according to research that photographed the mouths of 29 orca kept in captivity by one company in the USA and Spain. The research team, including New Zealanders, found all 29 whales had some form of damage to their teeth and more […]

October 13th, 2017 Read full Story

Kids bombarded with junk food, booze ads – In the News

How to track the quantity of junk food and alcohol advertising kids are exposed to? Stick a camera on them. That’s what Kiwi researchers have done in a series of new research papers showing the extent of advertising children are exposed to on a daily basis. The Kids’Cam project put cameras on 168 Wellington children, […]

October 11th, 2017 Read full Story

New Zealand’s top researchers honoured – In the News

Outstanding New Zealander researchers have been awarded prestigious medals at the Royal Society Te Apārangi Research Honours Dinner, held in Auckland last night. Twenty-one researchers received awards at the event, which also marked 150 years since the establishment of the society. The society’s new President-elect, Professor Wendy Larner, was also announced last night. Professor Larner […]

October 11th, 2017 Read full Story

Ocean acidification threatens marine species – In the News

Scientists monitoring New Zealand’s waters for ten years have tracked changes in ocean acidification that pose a threat to marine life in a warming climate. A stocktake of ocean acidification – caused by rising CO2 levels – was published in the New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research. Niwa marine biogeochemist Professor Cliff Law […]

October 10th, 2017 Read full Story

Kea check out objects to solve tricky tasks – In the News

Kea are known for their cleverness and curiosity, but a new study has shown that exploring new objects helps the alpine parrots figure out which to use as tools when faced with a problem. Published in the Royal Society Open Science, the study tested kea and New Caledonian crows by presenting them with a number […]

September 28th, 2017 Read full Story

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