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Teacher event at GNS Science helps to inspire tomorrow's scientists - 16/03/2016

Forty science teachers from Lower Hutt spent an afternoon at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre this week learning about activities and resources they can use in their classrooms to get students more engaged in science.

Scientists to share earth science knowledge at marae-based learning event - 15/03/2016

Scientists will spend three days at the Kohunui Marae at Pirinoa, south Wairarapa, this week exploring knowledge of earth science and related environmental issues with members of the local iwi.

Antarctica’s ice sheets more sensitive to climate change than previously thought - 23/02/2016

A team of scientists from New Zealand, the United States, Italy, and Germany has determined that Antarctica’s large land-based ice sheets may be more vulnerable to increasing global temperatures than previously thought.

Reflections on the fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 Christchurch earthquake - 19/02/2016

Monday is the fifth anniversary of the 22 February 2011 magnitude 6.2 earthquake that devastated Christchurch. Three scientists from GNS Science who have been involved in this event since day one, reflect on the long earthquake sequence and its wider ramifications.   

Geologists to probe quake history of northern part of Alpine Fault - 21/01/2016

Geologists are planning to dig two trenches across the Alpine Fault at Springs Junction next week to study the rupture behaviour of the northern section of the fault.

Scientists pool expertise and equipment to obtain deep image of Alpine Fault - 15/01/2016

Scientists and equipment from four countries have converged on the Whataroa Valley in South Westland this week to build an image of the Alpine Fault beneath the 900m-deep borehole that was drilled there in late 2014.

Taupo students offerred unique science learning opportunity - 18/12/2015

GNS Science has teamed up with Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College to provide a unique opportunity for a group of high school students to ‘adopt’ a public thermal area in Taupo.

Mountain growth led to freshwater fish biodiversity in New Zealand - 15/12/2015

The growth of mountain ranges in the South Island has directly influenced the evolution of New Zealand freshwater fish species, according to new research from GNS Science and the Universities of Otago and Tasmania.

Major earth science book gets anniversary update - 14/12/2015

Reviewed by Simon Nathan. Since its initial publication in 2008, A continent on the Move has been reprinted twice, to become the most popular book on New Zealand geology currently available.

The seesawing climate system - 10/11/2015

New Zealand scientists are part of an international team that has documented duelling ocean and atmospheric heat transport during periods of abrupt climate change.