Thursday, 22 December 2011
Pandemic research spurs bioterrorism fears
Scientists seeking to publish highly controversial studies on the avian influenza virus H5N1 have agreed to remove key details from manuscripts describing their work following requests from the U.S.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Experts on clean-up, use of dispersants
Maritime New Zealand continues to lead an effort to stabilise the stranded cargo ship Rena, but has been hampered by bad weather, which has prevented the removal of fuel oil from the stricken ship.
Friday, 16 September 2011
New Zealand Diet and Nutrition Survey - new expert quotes and fact box
A comprehensive nutrition survey has revealed more about what New Zealanders are eating - and how it is affecting our health.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Experts Respond: Moderate salt reduction benefits questioned
A review of scientific literature by The Cochrane Library suggests moderate reductions in salt intake don't lead to reduced risk of a person suffering cardiovascular events or dying.
Thursday, 30 June 2011
Prescription drug found in synthetic cannabis product - experts respond
The Ministry of Health announced today that a particular variety of the 'synthetic cannabis' smoking blends, Kronic - Pineapple Express, is being recalled due to the presence of a prescription drug.
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Budget 2011: The science sector responds
Bill English unveiled the Budget for 2011-12 this afternoon and signalled a small reduction in science funding overall, with decreases in funding of genomics research and science infrastructure largely offset by funding being shifted into other areas.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Experts on lignite proposals, future of coal
The future of coal in feeding growing energy needs here and abroad was the focus of a symposium in Wellington today.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
Rebuilding Christchurch - earthquake engineers call for rethink
Engineers are calling for a rethink in building design and standards in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes.
Saturday, 12 March 2011
Japan quake - no relation to Christchurch
Japan is dealing with a damaged nuclear reactor, widespread fires and the impact of a devastating tsunami in the wake of the 8.8M earthquake that struck the country last night.
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
'I predicted the earthquake' - scientists respond
Recent media coverage has focused attention on unfounded claims that earthquakes can be predicted by various methods, some involving the moon's influence on tidal forces which may "trigger" large quakes on already stressed fault lines.
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Experts on effectiveness of robots in mine rescue operations
A military robot sent into the Pike River mine to survey conditions has broken down, mine officials confirmed at a press conference this morning.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
NZ's largest science blog network goes live
The Science Media Centre today launches a major new science communication effort with the arrival of Sciblogs, a network of science blogs covering everything from clinical health to climate change.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
10%-20% : 2020 emissions reduction target revealed
The Government this afternoon announced it will seek a 2020 carbon equivalents emissions reduction target range of 10 - 20 per cent on 1990 levels.
Monday, 30 June 2008
Fresh Focus On Science Reporting
New media centre provides access to experts and information.