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Next Steps As COVID-19 Returns - Expert Reaction

Published: Wed 12 Aug 2020 02:58 PM
New Zealanders have been briefed with new information about how the Government is handling new cases of community transmission. The SMC asked experts to comment on the following: 1. Mask wearing 2. Contact tracing tech 3. Legal powers 4. Mental ... Read more...

New Board Members For Antarctica New Zealand

Published: Wed 12 Aug 2020 12:55 PM
Antarctica New Zealand is pleased to welcome two new Board members. Independent Director, Jenn Bestwick and Environmental Manager, Neil Gilbert have joined the organisation. The appointments were announced in today’s New Zealand Gazette. Mrs Bestwick is ... Read more...

Manawatū Sci-tech Startups Get Momentum Boost

Published: Wed 12 Aug 2020 11:26 AM
Manawatū-based university science and technology staff and student entrepreneurs will be able to bring their startup projects to market faster, and with more likelihood of success, when the fifth branch of the Momentum Investment Committee (MIC) launches ... Read more...

“Game Changing” Cloud-based Climate Physical Asset Risk And Ranking Product Released

Published: Wed 12 Aug 2020 11:02 AM
It has been twenty years in the making but the scientific team at CLIMsystems has cracked several major technological hurdles with the release of Climate Insights. Manging Director at CLIMsystems Dr Peter Urich and his team recognised a growing ... Read more...

A Proposed Origin For SARS-CoV-2 And The COVID-19 Pandemic

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020 04:44 PM
by Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD In all the discussions of the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, enormous scientific attention has been paid to the molecular character of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including its novel genome sequence in comparison ... Read more...

Early NZ Scientist Careers Made Vulnerable By COVID-19 – Expert Reaction

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020 04:39 PM
  The COVID-19 pandemic is making the careers of NZ researchers even more vulnerable, according to a new discussion paper. The report says this risk is “particularly acute” for Māori, Pasifika, and female scholars, who are more likely to have insecure ... Read more...

Chatbot As Therapy For Tinnitus – Study Launch

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020 02:52 PM
Chatbot technology that offers therapy for tinnitus sufferers via a mobile device such as a smartphone will be trialled at the University of Auckland. Researchers are recruiting participants for the ‘Tinnibot’ study which is aimed at helping ... Read more...

Election 2020 & Science

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020 02:00 PM
Ahead of the 2020 general election, scheduled to be held on September 19, the Science Media Centre posed nine science-related policy questions to political parties. Full responses are available <strong><a href="https://sciencemediacentre.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=fdc5316d8cbd7a248ee94eaeb&id=b0ac89646f&e=67d2de6c0f" ... Read more...

Kiwi Kids Embark On Virtual Field Trip To Learn About Alpine Fault

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020 12:28 PM
Students from around New Zealand will soon embark on a unique field trip to discover the incredible powers which created the South Island landscape and still pose a threat to our communities. And they will be all be able to do this from the safety of their ... Read more...

Creative Block Of Molecular Evolution: Adaptive Mutations Repeat Themselves In Tiny Crustaceans

Published: Tue 11 Aug 2020 08:21 AM
A group of scientists from Skoltech and the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of RAS (IITP RAS) showed, using Lake Baikal amphipods as an example, that parallel evolution driven by adaptations can be detected at the whole-genome level. ... Read more...
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