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Latest releases and news from our newsroom

Lower Hutt lab comes out top of the world - 17/12/2007

Our national sporting teams may have had a patchy year, but New Zealand scientists have done their bit to put the country on the international map. A water dating laboratory operated by GNS Science has come out top in an accuracy test in which 70 water dating laboratories around the world participated.

Methane-eating bug holds promise for cutting greenhouse gas - 22/11/2007

A methane-consuming microorganism that lives in geothermal areas in Rotorua has attracted international attention for its ability to live in extremely acidic conditions.

NZ scientists to lead submarine investigation in the Mediterranean - 26/10/2007

New Zealand and American scientists will join Italian colleagues next week for the first-ever systematic investigation of submarine hydrothermal activity in the Mediterranean Sea.

Young river landslide biggest in 16 years - 19/10/2007

Geologists have found that the Young River landslide in Mt Aspiring National Park is the biggest landslide in New Zealand since the top fell off Mount Cook in 1991.

Fossil exhibition to tour New Zealand museums - 09/10/2007

A major exhibition on New Zealand fossils – some dating back 500 million years – starts a three-year tour of New Zealand museums this week. Called NZ Fossils: Dead Precious! it showcases New Zealand fossils as indicators and predictors of climate change, evolution, natural disasters, and resources such as mineral deposits and oil and gas.

Southern ocean quake biggest shallow quake since 1930s - 02/10/2007

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake that occurred in the Southern Ocean on Sunday evening did not produce a significant tsunami, despite initial concerns that it might have.

Ruapehu erupts - 26/09/2007

Mt Ruapehu erupted at approximately 8:23pm 25th September 2007, producing two lahars and a steam cloud that reached as high as 15,000 feet.

GNS Science wins funding for three new science projects - 07/09/2007

GNS Science has won funding of $2.16 million from the Marsden Fund for three new science projects.

Alex Malahoff leads govt science group - 03/09/2007

Dr Alex Malahoff, chief executive of GNS Science, has been elected President of the Association of Crown Research Institutes (ACRI). He succeeds Dr Warren Parker, chief executive of Landcare Research.

GeoNet wins website award - 06/08/2007

The high all-round quality of our GeoNet website has been recognised in the annual Computerworld Excellence Awards.