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Improving Large Earthquake Forecasting – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 9:48 am | Science Media Centre

New overseas research reports how unique seismic signals were picked up eight months before this year’s massively destructive earthquake in Türkiye, and that these findings may improve our ability to forecast some future large earthquakes. On 6 ... More >>

Fonterra Sets On-farm Emissions Targets – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 9 November 2023, 5:43 pm | Science Media Centre

Dairy co-operative Fonterra has released its plan to reduce on-farm emissions, aiming to reduce its emissions intensity by 30% by 2030. The dairy giant is New Zealand’s largest greenhouse gas emitter , and around 86 percent of these emissions come from ... More >>

The Hunga-Tonga Eruption Rapidly Depleted The Ozone Layer – Expert Reaction

Friday, 20 October 2023, 10:57 am | Science Media Centre

  The 2022 Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcanic eruption shot out an unprecedented amount of water vapour into the sky, reaching heights of up to 55km and depleting 5% of the ozone layer in some regions in just one week. New research published in ... More >>

Deadly Bird Flu Outbreaks Are Starting In New Places – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 19 October 2023, 2:16 pm | Science Media Centre

  Deadly bird flu virus outbreaks are now starting in places outside Asia, including in Europe and Africa, suggesting a shift in the global distribution of the viruses, according to new international research. The deadly H5N1 virus first ... More >>

Covid-19 Subvariant ‘Pirola’ Detected In NZ – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 12:06 pm | Science Media Centre

ESR has detected the highly mutated COVID-19 variant BA.2.86 – known as ‘Pirola’ – in New Zealand wastewater samples taken earlier this month. The Omicron subvariant has been declared a ‘variant under monitoring’ by the World Health Organization, ... More >>

New Space Companies Face Their First Solar Maximum – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 12:05 pm | Science Media Centre

With the next solar maximum on the horizon – where solar activity peaks – new space players are operating in an environment unlike what they have seen before, according to authors of a recently published editorial in the journal Space Weather. ... More >>

New Zealand Police Will Be Trialing Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG) On Two High Profile Cold Cases.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 11:57 am | Science Media Centre

FIGG combines DNA testing with genealogical research to analyse genetic relationships between individuals who share very small amounts of inherited DNA with the crime scene DNA sample, using genealogy databases and publicly available records. In 2020, ... More >>

Windy, Hot And Dry Weather Will Be More Likely For Regions In Aotearoa This Summer.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 11:54 am | Science Media Centre

  The climate pattern known as the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, or ENSO for short, was officially declared locally by NIWA this month. With ENSO the country will see dramatic temperture swings and stronger than usual winds. Prevailing ... More >>

Cryptosporidium Outbreak In Queenstown – Expert Reaction

Wednesday, 20 September 2023, 12:24 pm | Science Media Centre

A boil water notice is in place for Queenstown and Frankton, as officials work to find the source of a cryptosporidium outbreak. The parasite can infect people through faeces, and can also be transmitted through water supplies. However no clear link ... More >>

Officials To Trial Removing Invasive Seaweed Caulerpa – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 14 September 2023, 11:01 am | Science Media Centre

MPI is trialing suction dredging methods to remove the invasive seaweed Caulerpa from the seafloor at Aotea Great Barrier Island. The operations are due to begin on 18 September and run for two weeks. After the removal some areas will also have ... More >>

The Compounding Threat Of Invasive Alien Species – Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 5 September 2023, 12:51 pm | Science Media Centre

  Biological invasions cost the global community an estimated USD$423 billion in 2019, and those costs have quadrupled every decade since 1970. The Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control is a new report released by the ... More >>

Most Bread And Flour Now Fortified With Folic Acid - Expert Reaction

Monday, 14 August 2023, 10:33 am | Science Media Centre

As of tomorrow, all non-organic bread-making wheat flour in New Zealand will be fortified with folic acid. The supplement has been proven to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, which affect on average 64 pregnancies a year in New ... More >>

Measures To Protect Native Biodiversity – Expert Reaction & SMC Briefing

Thursday, 3 August 2023, 1:47 pm | Science Media Centre

From tomorrow, populations of indigenous species and the size of their habitats in Aotearoa must not drop below current levels. The National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity aims to help councils, communities, landowners, and mana ... More >>

Scientists Race To Validate Controversial Superconductor Claim – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 3 August 2023, 12:50 pm | Science Media Centre

South Korean scientists claim to have created a room-temperature superconductor, which could could revolutionise nearly anything that uses electricity or magnets. But many experts are still skeptical. Superconductors currently require extremely ... More >>

WHO Says NZ's Tobacco Control Nearly Among The Best In The World - Expert Reaction

Tuesday, 1 August 2023, 10:42 am | Science Media Centre

New Zealand is one step away from joining a small club of countries that have implemented all of the World Health Organization's best-practice guidelines around tobacco control. The latest report from the WHO says New Zealand is carrying out most of the "MPOWER" ... More >>

The Impact Of Meta’s Algorithms During The 2020 US Election – Expert Reaction

Friday, 28 July 2023, 10:19 am | Science Media Centre

US researchers worked with Meta to analyse how the social media company’s algorithms influenced what people saw and believed during the 2020 US election period. The series of four papers, published in Science and Nature , found algorithms are “extremely ... More >>

Your Local Park Could Hold The Fountain Of Youth - Expert Reaction

Thursday, 29 June 2023, 12:12 pm | Science Media Centre

Having green spaces like parks and community gardens in your neighbourhood could be associated with slower biological aging, new international research suggests. The long-term study involved more than 900 people in the US. Researchers found people ... More >>

Kids Could Be Worst Off In Winter Illness Surge - Expert Q&A

Friday, 16 June 2023, 11:34 am | Science Media Centre

Cases of RSV and Influenza B are on the rise this winter - both illnesses which predominately affect our youngest and most vulnerable. Meanwhile, the FDA in the US is recommending infants get a monoclonal antibody vaccine to ward off RSV infection. ... More >>

Does NZ Need An Update To Genetic Modification Rules? – Expert Reaction

Thursday, 15 June 2023, 10:58 am | Science Media Centre

The National Party is proposing to update New Zealand’s biotechnology rules and open up access to gene editing and genetic modification. The proposed benefits include climate and pest resistant crops, technologies to treat cancer and cardiovascular ... More >>

Seabed Mining Around Aotearoa - Expert Q&A

Tuesday, 16 May 2023, 11:38 am | Science Media Centre

A select committee will consider the risks and benefits of seabed mining in New Zealand waters. The effects of mining on ocean life and the environment will be weighed against the need for metals crucial to the production of “green technologies”. ... More >>





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