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Scientists to Study Silent Earthquakes off NZ

Scientists to Study Silent Earthquakes off NZ

Scientists have proposed a 2018 pioneering project beneath the seafloor off New Zealand aimed at understanding the mechanisms of silent earthquakes, also known as slow-slip events. “An important way to understand the true cause of…

Dean Hall Tackles New Game Post DayZ Success

Dean Hall Tackles New Game Post DayZ Success

Dean Hall was on stage at Microsoft’s E3 press conference this year to unveil a name and a teaser for his studio RocketWerkz’s brand new game, Ion. But despite his role in helping Microsoft…

Artist Kristina Webb Prospering in Insta-Economy

Artist Kristina Webb Prospering in Insta-Economy

Kristina Webb, a 19-year old New Zealander, has built a full-time job on Instagram with colourful, Disney-like pictures, which are appealing to a huge teenage base of viewers. “It is sort of my perfect job…

Next-Gen Facial Animation with the Auckland Face Simulator

Next-Gen Facial Animation with the Auckland Face Simulator

A team located at The Laboratory for Animate Technologies at the University of Auckland’s Bioengineering Institute, is developing multidisciplinary technologies to create interactive autonomously animated systems that will define the next generation of human…

Rescue Drones Aid New Zealand Search Operations

Rescue Drones Aid New Zealand Search Operations

A New Zealand Volunteer Coastguard uses new purpose-built unmanned drones in search and rescue operations. Sending out drones fitted with cameras and other technology is much faster than traditional means such as planes…

Scrabble Genius Nigel Richards’ Talent Helping Science

Scrabble Genius Nigel Richards’ Talent Helping Science

The boardgame Scrabble is giving psychologists a better understanding of the underpinnings of complex skill and a clearer picture of the origins of greatness. New Zealander Nigel Richards is widely regarded as the best…

Rocket Lab Deems Space Open for Business

Rocket Lab Deems Space Open for Business

A New Zealand rocket company, founded by inventor Peter Beck in 2007, says it has found a way to drastically cut the cost of satellite launches, by 3D printing rocket components. The Rocket…

Rocket Lab Unveils 3D-Printed, Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

Rocket Lab Unveils 3D-Printed, Battery-Powered Rocket Engine

Auckland-based commercial space company Rocket Lab has unveiled their 3D-printed battery-powered Rutherford engine. The liquid-fueled, battery powered engine is capable of 4,600 pounds of thrust and will power propulsion of Rocket…

Drive NZ’s Off Road in a Virtual Chevy Colorado

Drive NZ’s Off Road in a Virtual Chevy Colorado

“Chevrolet has developed an immersive virtual reality experience for its Chevy Colorado truck that lets showroom customers experience a drive through the mountains of New Zealand via not just an Oculus Rift headset, but…

Professor Harjinder Singh Elected a Fellow of the United States Institute of Food Technologists

Professor Harjinder Singh Elected a Fellow of the United States Institute of Food Technologists

Riddet Institute Co-director Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh has been elected a Fellow of the United States Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) – the largest union of food scientists in the world. The leading New Zealand…

Kura Nutrition Showcases Its Protein’s Origin on Packaging

Kura Nutrition Showcases Its Protein’s Origin on Packaging

Kura Nutrition uses their packaging to tell the story of its protein’s New Zealand origins for their new Smoothie Powder, which is a healthy, wholesome addition to any meal. Each serving provides 14 g of…

NASA super-pressure balloon has been launched in Wanaka

NASA super-pressure balloon has been launched in Wanaka

A NASA super-pressure balloon has successfully been launched at Wanaka Airport around 1.15 am. It will continue to inflate and increase in size while rising 33 kilometers above Earth. The launch of the balloon and…

New Zealand Man 3D Prints the World’s Smallest Working Drill

New Zealand Man 3D Prints the World’s Smallest Working Drill

Kiwi maintenance engineer Lance Abernethy has 3D printed the world’s smallest working drill with his Ultimaker 2 3D printer. The functioning drill measures 17mm tall, 7.5mm wide, and 13mm long and holds a 0.5mm…

Rare Glimpse of Cloudless New Zealand from Space

Rare Glimpse of Cloudless New Zealand from Space

A rare image of New Zealand without a ceiling of cloud has been captured from the International Space Station as it orbits 418km above the South Pacific Ocean. According to NASA, New Zealand is seldom…

New Zealand’s NIWA Discovered 141 New Marine Species in 3 Years

New Zealand’s NIWA Discovered 141 New Marine Species in 3 Years

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has discovered a range of 141 new marine creatures in the past three years. “Marine research in recent years have discovered new species on Wellington’s…

NZ Design Firm Helps Museumgoers “Touch” Cities Around the World

NZ Design Firm Helps Museumgoers “Touch” Cities Around the World

For nearly 20 years, New Zealand-based experiential design company the Gibson Group has designed and built one-of-a-kind, interactive, multimedia visitor experiences for museums, galleries, archives, libraries, tourist centers, and businesses around the…

Geologists Solve Tectonic Mystery with Explosives

Geologists Solve Tectonic Mystery with Explosives

Local geologists may have finally explained how tectonic plates shift by blowing up hundreds of kilograms of dynamite in a 100km line from Glendhu Rocks in the Wairarapa to Queen Elizabeth Park on the…

New Zealand Hails Expert For Crowned Chinese Scientist Award

New Zealand Hails Expert For Crowned Chinese Scientist Award

Dr. Phil Rolston, senior scientist at New Zealand’s AgResearch Lincoln institute, has been awarded China’s top science prize for his work in farming. Dr. Rolston, received the award at a ceremony hosted in Beijing earlier…

Near-Death Experience Inspiration for Mark Major’s Game

Near-Death Experience Inspiration for Mark Major’s Game

Seven years after New Zealander Mark Major, 28, fell down a 9m-deep hole in Beijing and broke his back, he has turned his near-death experience into a tongue-in-cheek mobile game called, Plummet Free Fall,…

Spiderways Plots with Helium Balloon Record-Breakers

Spiderways Plots with Helium Balloon Record-Breakers

New Zealand company Spidertracks, which specialises in airline tracking equipment, recently partnered with the pilots of helium-filled balloon expedition Two Eagles, enabling the American and Russian pair to set a world record. Spidertracks,…

Animation Tutor Oana Croitoru Wins International 3D Print Comp

Animation Tutor Oana Croitoru Wins International 3D Print Comp

Aucklander Oana Croitoru, aka “Oana Jones”, has won first prize in the MakerBot Ghostly Vinyl Challenge for her hand-cranked record player featuring a 3D printed 15 cm-cube turntable. Croitoru is a tutor at Auckland’s Animation…

New Zealand Scientist Attains International Pinnacle In His Field

New Zealand Scientist Attains International Pinnacle In His Field

The Riddet Institute’s Principal Investigator, Professor of Food Chemistry Laurie Melton, has been appointed as an editor of the prestigious Food Chemistry publication. Professor Melton’s appointment confirms New Zealand’s leading role in the Food Sciences…

New Zealand Scientists Discover Ancient Toothless Whale

New Zealand Scientists Discover Ancient Toothless Whale

Scientists from the University of Otago have discovered two previously unknown ancient whale species, rewriting the history of marine mammals in the Southern Hemisphere. The 25 million year old whales, dubbed Tohoraata raekohao and Tohoraata waitakiensis, translating…

New Zealand, Germany to Cooperate in Bionic Arm Project

New Zealand, Germany to Cooperate in Bionic Arm Project

Scientists from New Zealand and Germany are to collaborate in developing a bionic joint they say will reduce workplace injuries and help people disabled by strokes. The exoskeleton a machine fitting over the outside of…

Alpine Fault Hole Revealing Secrets of Earth’s Crust

Alpine Fault Hole Revealing Secrets of Earth’s Crust

An international team of scientists drilling a 1.3-km deep hole into the Alpine Fault in the South Island say they are already gaining valuable insights into the earth’s crust less than a quarter of…

New Zealand Fault Hole Revealing Secrets of Earth’s Crust

New Zealand Fault Hole Revealing Secrets of Earth’s Crust

Scientists drilling a 1.3-km deep hole into the Alpine Fault in New Zealand’s South Island say they are already gaining valuable insights into the Earth’s crust less than a quarter of the way down. The…

Ben Knight’s Loomio Software Rallies Spanish Political Party

Ben Knight’s Loomio Software Rallies Spanish Political Party

Spanish political party Podemos (We Can), the first party to ever use a website – Reddit – to organise its members, is also using Loomio, a company co-founded by New Zealander Ben Knight…

600-year-old Waka Found in New Zealand

600-year-old Waka Found in New Zealand

An ancient canoe with a sea turtle carving has survived 600 years in the South Island, creating a scientific stir around the world. A study of the waka by University of Auckland researchers appeared yesterday…

Expert Hacker Debugging the World’s Software

Expert Hacker Debugging the World’s Software

One of Google’s “secret team of bug-hunting hackers” is New Zealander Ben Hawkes. Part of the group known as Project Zero, a group of top Google security researchers with the sole mission of tracking…

Zombie Survival Game DayZ Tops 2.5 Million Players

Zombie Survival Game DayZ Tops 2.5 Million Players

Game designer Dean Hall, 33, has announced that his zombie survival game “DayZ” has reached more than 2.5 million players since its launch in December last year. Prague-based developer Bohemia Interactive recently delayed update 0.49,…

Newly Discovered Asteroid to Fly Over New Zealand

Newly Discovered Asteroid to Fly Over New Zealand

An asteroid is set to pass Earth closest to New Zealand, at a distance of just 25,000 miles, this weekend. Asteroid 2014 RC was discovered by astronomers on 31 August and will pass New Zealand…

Jonathan Conway Takes Snow Study High into Canadian Rockies

Jonathan Conway Takes Snow Study High into Canadian Rockies

New Zealand scientist Jonathan Conway, who holds a PhD in glaciology and climatology from the University of Otago, is in the Canadian Rockies on a two-year posting at the University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for…

Second Colossal Squid for NZ Museum

Second Colossal Squid for NZ Museum

Seven years after a New Zealand museum captured the world’s attention with the first colossal squid, a second of the mammoth sea creatures has been added to Te Papa’s collection. Wellington scientists are excited by…

Rocket Lab launches Commercial Space and Satellite Service

Rocket Lab launches Commercial Space and Satellite Service

New Zealand is bracing to get a big slice of the global satellite launch market with its unique space programme getting ready to blast off by 2015. Peter Beck, founder and CEO of private initiative…

Sainsbury’s Invests in Techion Cloud Technology

Sainsbury’s Invests in Techion Cloud Technology

A small New Zealand-based agri-tech company Techion Group have received a research and development fund from UK supermarket giant Sainsbury’s. The grant of 400,000 Euro will go towards further developing Techion’s cloud-based system for diagnosing…

Kenyan Startup Backup the Internet with a BRCK

Kenyan Startup Backup the Internet with a BRCK

New Zealander Reg Orton, one of Nairobi-based BRCK Inc.’s co-founders, is helping to come up with new commercial products specifically designed to address African problems, namely a “backup generator for the Internet.” About a year…

Hot Pools Home to Useful Bacteria

Hot Pools Home to Useful Bacteria

Researchers from the University of Waikato and GNS Science will search the country’s picturesque hot springs for the next big breakthroughs in science over two-years in what is called the 1000 Springs…

Meet the New Zealander Who Wants to Colonise Mars

Meet the New Zealander Who Wants to Colonise Mars

Wellington-based scientist Hari Mogosanu is unperturbed by crude pop-culture imaginings of Mars, like the 1990 sci-fi classic Total Recall, writes Danielle Street for Vice. Three years ago, the she formed the New Zealand chapter of…

App Turns Colouring Books into 3D Art

App Turns Colouring Books into 3D Art

A kiwi invention is taking the beloved pastime of colouring-in to a whole new, high-tech level, allowing kids’ colouring creations to come to life. New Zealand company Puteko’s colAR Mix app allows users to print,…

Richard Branson Hosts New Zealand Scientist on Private Island

Richard Branson Hosts New Zealand Scientist on Private Island

A New Zealand scientist has spent a week with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island playing chess, eating sushi and discussing technology and sustainability. Auckland University lecturer Dr Michelle Dickinson was one of eight…

Zombie Survival Game DayZ Set to Hit Consoles

Zombie Survival Game DayZ Set to Hit Consoles

Popular zombie survival horror game DayZ, designed by New Zealander Dean Hall, may be coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 by the end of 2014. DayZ, which sells between 3000 to 4000…

Some of the Best Technology Talent in the World

Some of the Best Technology Talent in the World

Bringing New Zealand tech whizz kids to Silicon Valley for a summer of work experience at startup company Pertino is part of CEO Craig Elliot’s plan to strengthen the global IT community. Elliott, who was…

Glassholes Switched off with Google Glass Detector

Glassholes Switched off with Google Glass Detector

Julian Oliver, a New Zealand artist living in Berlin, is cutting off people accessing Wi-Fi with Google Glass with his new detector, reports WIRED magazine. Oliver has written a simple program called Glasshole.sh that detects…

Advancing Our Reputation on the World Stage

Advancing Our Reputation on the World Stage

Four internationally successful New Zealanders – digital entrepreneur Claudia Batten (pictured), Shrek director Andrew Adamson, investor Neville Jordan, surgical robotics technologist Dr Catherine Mohr – have been celebrated for advancing our reputation on the…

Picton: The Place Where Jurassic Fossils Still Live

Picton: The Place Where Jurassic Fossils Still Live

A sea animal thought extinct for four million years has been rediscovered in, of all places, Picton, New Zealand. Previously unknown outside of Europe and the Middle East, fossilised remains of the sea animal…

World’s Number One Innovator: Xero

World’s Number One Innovator: Xero

Influential US business media Forbes has declared New Zealand start-up Xero as the world’s most innovative growth company, beating out much bigger and well-established companies, ASOS and NetSuite. The Wellington-based cloud accounting firm, which has…

Lord of the Rings Triggers Kiwi Tech ‘Success Story’

Lord of the Rings Triggers Kiwi Tech ‘Success Story’

Microsoft has bought a Wellington cloud computing business that can trace its origin to the Lord of the Rings movies. The software giant has snapped up GreenButton, which has 18 staff, for an undisclosed amount….

Posse Founder Declares Business Barriers Imaginary

Posse Founder Declares Business Barriers Imaginary

Music industry entrepreneur and founder of social search engine Posse.com Wellingtonian Rebekah Campbell draws from her childhood to discuss how barriers to success are imaginary in a recent blog posting. “As a 13-year-old…

World’s First Jetpack Prepares for Commercial Sales

World’s First Jetpack Prepares for Commercial Sales

A New Zealand-based company is now close to making the jetpack only seen in science fiction movies a reality as the Civil Aviation Authority in the country has approved test…

Wipster Launches Video Software at SXSW Festival

Wipster Launches Video Software at SXSW Festival

Wellington-based start-up Wipster has launched its video sharing software platform globally, just over a year after being founded by New Zealand filmmaker Rollo Wenlock. Wipster allows editors to share their…

Peter Thiel Invests Big in POS Software Provider Vend

Peter Thiel Invests Big in POS Software Provider Vend

New Zealand point of sale, cloud-based software provider Vend has new investors – Peter Thiel, the PayPal cofounder and the first outside investor in Facebook, is among a group that has agreed…

New Zealand’s Dusty Landscapes Explain Ice Age Cooling

New Zealand’s Dusty Landscapes Explain Ice Age Cooling

3 April 2014 – New Zealand’s iron-rich dust is helping scientists explain how the Earth cooled after the last Ice Age. Scientists travelled to the Southern Alps in an expedition to gather dust samples…

Knittable Sensor Could Revolutionise Bandages

Knittable Sensor Could Revolutionise Bandages

Simon McMaster, a New Zealand-born inventor and chemist, has developed a new knittable, wearable sensor, which could lead to the creation of bandages that measure their own tightness. The sensor will be demonstrated for…

Public Response to Climate Engineering Tested

Public Response to Climate Engineering Tested

Averting mass economic and social upheaval from looming climate change will likely require forms of climate engineering to supplement existing energy efficiency and emissions control programs. Climate engineering is the…

Xero Eyes 29 Million US Small Businesses

Xero Eyes 29 Million US Small Businesses

Wellington-based accounting software maker Xero signals a major push in the United States market, with appointment of former and current executives from Microsoft, HP and PayPal in a move analysts say could foreshadow a…

Toxicologist Claims Alexander the Great Died from Poisoned Wine

Toxicologist Claims Alexander the Great Died from Poisoned Wine

National Poisons Centre toxicologist Dr Leo Schep may have unravelled the mystery surrounding the death of Greek king Alexander the Great, who died at 32 in 323BC. Schep thinks the culprit could be poisonous wine…