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Geothermal energy looks to contribute more - 18/07/2007

Geothermal energy looks set to contribute more electricity to the national grid thanks to research initiatives aimed at increasing production from New Zealand’s geothermal areas.

New coordinator for NZ-German science relationships - 07/06/2007

Helping the blossoming New Zealand-Germany science relationship grow even stronger is the goal of Wellington’s Dr Frank Bruhn, New Zealand’s new science representative in Germany.

Northland's billion dollar mining sector untapped - 31/05/2007

Northland has a billion dollar mineral potential that could significantly boost employment and regional prosperity in the region, according to a new study.The study, conducted by GNS Science and the NZ Institute of Economic Research, has revealed that $28 billion of non-metallic and $5.2 billion of metallic mineral deposits are potentially present in the region. It is the first study of its type in New Zealand.

Head of science company honoured at business awards - 10/05/2007

The Chief Executive of GNS Science, Alex Malahoff, received a special honour at the annual Wellington Region Gold Awards this week.

New Zealand research features in international journal - 27/04/2007

Groundbreaking research by New Zealand scientists into earthquakes in the lower crust of the Earth has been published by the prestigious international scientific journal Nature.

State-of-the-art climate research centre opens - 12/04/2007

A new research centre for studying climate history in the Southern Hemisphere opened this week.The $1.4 million facility at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre in Lower Hutt comprises laboratories, analytical equipment, and refrigerated rooms for the safe long-term storage of hundreds of metres of ice core from Antarctica and New Zealand glaciers.

GNS dam-cam films Crater Lake outburst - 27/03/2007

A camera installed by GNS Science near the summit of Ruapehu has captured the moment when the wall of tephra that had been holding back the Crater Lake failed, triggering the spectacular lahar.

Lahar researchers capture flood of information - 22/03/2007

Researchers from GNS Science and Massey University have spent the last three days gathering a flood of data about Sunday’s spectacular lahar as part of a $1 million research programme to gather maximum scientific value from the event.

Increased hydrothermal activity possible at Crater Lake - 19/03/2007

Volcanologists today said it was possible there could be increased volcanic activity at Mount Ruapehu following Sunday’s partial emptying of the crater lake to the former overflow level.

Steady progress in quake monitoring since Edgecumbe quake - 02/03/2007

New Zealand’s most damaging recent earthquake – a magnitude 6.1 jolt that struck eastern Bay of Plenty on the afternoon of March 2, 1987 – occurred 20 years ago today.