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25 years of science working for New Zealand - 03/07/2017

Twenty-five years ago – on 1 July 1992 – the Government re-shaped the nation’s science research organisations into 10 Crown Research Institutes.

Japanese plate boundary findings have relevance to NZ - 20/06/2017

Scientists have found that up to 50% of tectonic energy at a subduction zone east of Japan is released during slow earthquakes which occur under the seabed at this location every 12 to 18 months.

Funding success for four new GNS Science research projects - 13/06/2017

Researchers at GNS Science have been awarded funding of $480,000 for four new projects in the 2017 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko - Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, announced this week by Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell.

New Zealand joins global seabed mapping initiative - 09/06/2017

New Zealand has joined a global initiative to map the ocean floor of the entire world by the year 2030.

The science of hot fluids in cracked rocks - 24/05/2017

Research by a specialist at GNS Science, who graduated with a PhD this week, has improved understanding of how underground hot fluids flow through fractured rocks, which will help in the development of geothermal energy. 

Double celebration for new PhD graduate 24/05/2017

It’s a double celebration for GNS Science emergency management specialist Sara McBride who was conferred with her doctorate at Massey University’s graduation ceremony in Wellington this week. After she packs her gown and mortarboard away, she will head to the United States to take up a prestigious two-year post-doctoral Mendenhall Research Fellowship.

Scientists discover geothermal activity inside the Alpine Fault in the South Island - 18/05/2017

A collaboration by scientists who drilled nearly 900 metres into the South Island’s Alpine Fault has revealed surprisingly high temperatures and the potential for large geothermal resources in the area.

Scientists prepare for school camp in Kaitaia in May - 26/04/2017

Scientists have been in town over the Easter-Anzac period finalising arrangements for a second hands-on science camp for intermediate-age students in Kaitaia in May.

Scientists return from seafloor discovery mission in the Kermadec region - 23/04/2017

New Zealand, German, American, Australian and Japanese scientists have returned from a six-week voyage probing the Kermadec Arc where they discovered several new submarine volcanoes.

Kaikoura quake produced strongest ground shaking in NZ, new research shows - 10/04/2017

Last November's magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake produced the strongest ground shaking ever recorded for an earthquake in New Zealand, according to new research out this week.