Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

Forecast shows Auckland region to stay dry

In Auckland city, just 5mm of rain was recorded at the Motat weather station—the lowest since 1948 and just 7% of normal.The extremely dry conditions have prompted NIWA and Fire Emergency New Zealand to issue a video today highlighting the areas at greatest risk and alerting people to the fire danger.

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

Cut Undersea Cable Plunges Yemen Into Days-Long Internet Outage

In fact, the entire Red Sea region has dealt with slow to nonexistent connectivity since the severing of a single submarine cable on Thursday.The Falcon cable has not yet been fixed, though, and countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, along with Yemen, are still dealing with lingering impacts of the cut.

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State/DSSThis infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer telescope reveals even more texture and activity in this busy region.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of WisconsinIn this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, the center of the Swan Nebula appears shrouded in a cloud of hydrogen gas.

11 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your New Switch Lite

11 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your New Switch Lite

It can't be docked for playing on a TV, and it has a smaller battery than the full-size Switch (about six hours of gameplay depending on the game).

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

‘Tis the season for a Christmas weather forecast…

It was a different much more pleasant occasion in the South Island where Cromwell hit 32.8°C on Christmas Day, the warmest temperature recorded across all of New Zealand in December 2018.Daytime temperatures near average (generally in the upper teens.)

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

Space Photos of the Week: The Jupiter Chronicles

The powerful Hubble Space Telescope in orbit around Earth takes an astoundingly detailed look at the same planet: You can see its telltale bands, the iconic Great Red Spot, and smaller individual storms.

Students seek scientific solutions

Students seek scientific solutions

Everything from traffic safety to chickens and ballet shoes has had a scientific eye cast over it ahead of this year’s NIWA Wellington Science and Technology Fair.

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

Humans, More Than Drought, Are Fueling the Amazon's Flames

The fiery, anti-environment populist has encouraged settlements in the Amazon region, sacked the head of the government agency that monitors deforestation from space, and just this week blamed NGOs for setting the fires to make him look bad.On Tuesday, a satellite took this image of forest fires burning across three Brazilian states.

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

Eyeless worm a window into our diverse ocean

NIC manager Sadie Mills says staff on research vessels and fisheries observers use identification guides to help them to identify common species and over the past few years have become much more proficient at what they do.

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now

Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now. The behavior of magnets can be explained with Maxwell's equations, which also describe the behavior of light and everyday objects like electric motors.

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

Photo © Nikolaj Lasbo / TNC These “passport stamps” are data points that help us understand that kestrel’s movements and migrations throughout its life — and HawkWatch staff and volunteers have now banded about 2,000 kestrels since 2013.

Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

Why a Golf Ball Compresses Like a Spring—Until It Shatters

An experiment with a paperclip reveals both its elastic and plastic properties, a distinction that's key to how any material compresses or deforms. plastic properties of a paperclip with a graph that looks something like this.

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Inclusive resilience: Are we building resilience for all?

Led by the World Bank’s South Asia unit, with support from Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) , the pilot aims to create a set of recommendations summarizing possible entry points – project-specific social inclusion ideas – that are practically replicable to similar projects in other countries and localities based on the DRM activity.

Portland Is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access

Portland Is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access

Portland is taking seriously the idea of a publicly overseen dark-fiber network over which private providers could compete to offer cheap, ubiquitous internet access.

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

The Nintendo Switch Is Finally Coming to China

For years, one of the great mysteries of Nintendo has been the fate of their so-called "quality-of-life" technology, which was said to use their expertise (and their affinity, in the pre-Switch days, for weird peripherals) to create a series of personal health devices that would do things like monitor your sleep and provide useful information on it.

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

The Hunt for Rocket Boosters in Russia's Far North

But the hunter photographer Makar Tereshin followed there in January—his fifth trip to the region while shooting his stunning series Fields of Fall — was after bigger, more exotic prey: a 65-foot-long Soyuz rocket booster.

The Arctic's ‘Carbon Bomb’ Could Screw the Climate Even More

The Arctic's ‘Carbon Bomb’ Could Screw the Climate Even More

So here’s even worse news: The Arctic contains much of the world’s permafrost, which holds what the report calls a “sleeping giant” made of greenhouse gases.

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

Space Photos of the Week: The Moon Needs Sunscreen

This region on Mars, called Mawrth Vallis, is of extreme interest to scientists who want to study the rich clays and minerals that exist on the Martian surface.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 March 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 6 March 2019

The wettest soils for this time of the year are located in parts of Gisborne, eastern Bay of Plenty and southern coastal Hawke’s Bay. Areas deemed hotspots have expanded over the past week.

Disasters due to natural hazards are just the tip of the iceberg in MENA cities

Disasters due to natural hazards are just the tip of the iceberg in MENA cities

Disasters due to natural hazards are just the tip of the iceberg in MENA cities Resilience is increasingly recognized as a key attribute of an effective urban system. Without efforts to boost resilience in MENA, this rapid growth is exposing cities to significant risks to natural hazards and other shock and stress factors.

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 28 February 2019

NIWA's Hotspot Watch for 28 February 2019

The driest soils across the North Island compared to normal for this time of the year are found in central Taranaki District and parts of western Waikato where the soil moisture levels continue to be well below average for this time of year.

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

They could design disaster-resilience strategies with support from international financial institutions (IFIs), multilateral development banks, donors, and climate funds, increase efforts to restore fiscal sustainability to create room for resilience-building, while incorporating upfront costs and long-term benefits of resilience investments in macro-fiscal frameworks.

The heatwave in numbers

The heatwave in numbers

NIWA has crunched the data on this week’s heatwave and come up with the following record breakers: Highest temperature: Hanmer Forest 38.4˚C Warmest temperature in Aotearoa so far this summer was recorded at Hanmer Forest on 31st January.

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

A Really, Really Bright Mystery in Space

Pinball in space: NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory found jets of particles and energy streaming from a black hole, only to run into a wall of gas and then bounce back toward the region they came from.

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

A city-by-city diagnostic that compared life cycle costs and GHG emissions of technologies ranging from clean diesel (Euro VI equivalent) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to battery-electric (BEB) and hydrogen buses was completed.

NIWA joint winner of 2018 Terry Healy Coastal Project Award

NIWA joint winner of 2018 Terry Healy Coastal Project Award

Rob Bell, Paula Blackett and Scott Stephens were among five lead authors who worked on the Ministry for the Environment’s updated coastal hazards and climate change guidance for local government.

A Look at 20 Years of Drought Ravaging Southeast Iran

A Look at 20 Years of Drought Ravaging Southeast Iran

The region is buried in sand and dust each summer, making life almost unbearable.Reeds catch fire in the intense sunlight of the Hamoun wetlands.Hossein, 13, lives in Beris, Chaabahar, which lacks clean drinking water.Women draw water from a Houtag—a rainwater collection pit that animals also drink from—in Choutani village, Dashtyari.Nabi Sarani, 63, farms and owns livestock.

Exxon Will Use Wind, Solar to Produce Crude Oil in Texas

Exxon Will Use Wind, Solar to Produce Crude Oil in Texas

Under 12-year agreements with Denmark’s Orsted A/S, Exxon will buy 500 megawatts of wind and solar power in the Permian Basin, the fastest growing U.S. oil field.

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

Photographer Leah Kennedy documented the region's resulting salt lakes in her series Salis.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeGet Lost in Australia's Vast Salt Lake With These Dreamy PhotosDoug BierendPhotos of Lakes Turn Psychedelic After Soaking in Their WatersAarian MarshallHow to Derail a Runaway Train (and Save Australia)The salt lakes predate human settlement, but over the past hundred years so-called "secondary salinization" has made the lakes’ natural chemistry even more extreme.