Demand grows for NIWA’s Riparian Management Training

Demand grows for NIWA’s Riparian Management Training

The first Targeted Riparian Management Course since 2015 was held for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council staff in Napier over two days in late February 2022.There were 12 Hawke’s Bay Regional Council staff on the course with a background in physical geography, looking to increase their knowledge around stream ecosystems.

Risks to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Small—but Not Zero

Risks to Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants Are Small—but Not Zero

“That’s certainly something I think the Russians would make an effort to avoid doing, not only because they don’t want to contaminate the country they’re trying to occupy—but, also, Ukraine needs electricity from those plants,” says Ed Lyman, senior global security scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists and coauthor of the book Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster.

Notification of COVID-19 vaccination status of NIWA workplaces

Notification of COVID-19 vaccination status of NIWA workplaces

As we all move to the NZ COVID-19 protection framework, and in accordance with our health and safety risk assessment and in consultation with our staff, NIWA is proposing to introduce a Vaccinated Workplace Policy from 15 December 2021.

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

When Wildfire Comes to Nature Conservancy Preserves

© Blane Heumann/TNC Prescribed burning and other methods of fuel reduction are part of the management plans for many preserves, and these can in some cases help lessen the severity of ecological impacts.

Researchers produce stunning images

Researchers produce stunning images

Science takes NIWA employees to some stunning locations and leads to some special encounters, and every year the research organisation holds a photographic competition for staff working across its climate, oceans and freshwater platforms.

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues?

Help! Am I Oversharing With My Colleagues?

After reading your question multiple times, then discussing it with a fair number of pals who are also bosses, I feel most confident about one takeaway: You’re a very good people manager.

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Help! I’m Drowning in Admin and Can’t Get My Actual Job Done

Finally, remember that losing senior staff and having to hire new ones is a gigantic headache your boss would very much like to avoid, and that this gives you leverage when you explain what you need to do your job effectively and feel fulfilled in your work.

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

Scott DiMauro, the president of Ohio’s largest teachers’ union, said even a widely distributed vaccine is “not a panacea,” noting that CDC distancing guidelines, which compel low-density classes and hybrid schedules, should continue through the end of the school year regardless of teacher vaccinations.

Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines

Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines

However, unlike pharmacies, fire/EMS are already coordinated with one another and already have lines of communication with public health authorities, and could be stood up more swiftly.Education of the public about the process and their interaction with it should be managed collaboratively by federal, state, and local authorities.

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

NASA Is Training an AI to Detect Fresh Craters on Mars

The AI discovered dozens of them hiding in image data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and revealed a promising new way to study planets throughout our solar system.

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

Some UK Stores Are Using Facial Recognition to Track Shoppers

A spokesperson for the firm says its “limited and targeted” use of facial recognition is to “identify when a known repeat offender enters one of our stores.”.

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

Rare underwater find for NIWA photographer

NIWA’s Crispin Middleton, an accomplished underwater photographer, was swimming last November in the Poor Knights Marine Reserve when he spotted a football octopus inside a salp.2020 Special Award Winner - Crispin Middleton for 'Football octopus catches a ride inside a salp'.

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Maybe it wasn’t the corrupting nature of tech that made these companies break bad, but the fact that their dizzying growth drew them into the power trip that characterizes the unrestrained, Hobbesian way we do business in America.

A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month

A Dangerous Year in America Enters Its Most Dangerous Month

That was true even before Thursday night, when a virus that should have been easy to keep away from a responsible White House sidelined entire ranks of West Wing staff, senior Republican leaders, and hospitalized the president himself .Now, instead of a country focused on successfully defending and executing a rapidly approaching and logistically complex election, the United States is as splintered and distracted as it has been in modern history.

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

Gen Z Has a Plan to Save the Election—Starting With the Polls

On July 1, Marlbrough, now 22 years old and a recent college graduate, launched the Georgia Youth Poll Worker Project, with the goal of recruiting at least 1,000 young people to staff polling sites in the general election.

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

Russia’s Fancy Bear Hackers Are Hitting US Campaign Targets Again

The targets include many election-adjacent organizations, according to researchers at Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center, including political campaigns, advocacy groups, think tanks, political parties, and political consultants serving both Republicans and Democrats.

A Tesla Employee Thwarted an Alleged Ransomware Plot

A Tesla Employee Thwarted an Alleged Ransomware Plot

The next day, Kriuchkov took his Tesla contact to a Reno bar and made the offer: Half a million dollars in cash or bitcoin to install malware on Tesla's network, using either a USB drive or by opening an email's malicious attachment.

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid?

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid?

But older students are more like adults in their ability to transmit the virus, according to the South Korea study, which makes school opening decisions tougher.It says schools should take steps to reopen for younger students in grades K-5 and those of all ages who have special needs.

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

How to Take Your Work Offline in Case of an Emergency

It can't actually send and receive emails without an internet connection, but it will let you search through old messages and compose new ones (which can then be sent as soon as connectivity returns).In your web browser, click the cog icon (on the right), then Settings and Offline —check the box marked Enable offline mail , and choose how many days of messages you want to sync to your computer (7, 30 or 90).Screenshot: Wired Staff via Google.

Tangaroa heads back to sea – with social distancing

Tangaroa heads back to sea – with social distancing

Planning for this voyage has presented a few challenges for NIWA vessel operations manager Greg Foothead as he waited to hear if lockdown restrictions would be eased in time for the ship to leave.

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

Fantastical Plans Are on Hold, and More Car News This Week

It turns out OK !WIRED contributor Eric Adams checks in on some of the 250 or so companies working to build flying cars and sees dark days ahead .Au revoir to Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to develop a small slice of Toronto in its tech-y image, which were canceled this week .As US cities begin to consider reopening, some restaurants wonder : Would it be safer for people to eat out in the street.

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

A Wearable for Opioid Patients Gets Retooled for Covid-19

Sick patients need their vitals recorded and their symptoms monitored, and staff needs to get updates if someone’s condition starts to worsen (from fever and cough to shortness of breath as blood oxygen levels fall).

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

The Race to Keep Health Care Workers Protected from Covid-19

Access to personal protective equipment (PPE) is severely limited in many parts of the country, testing remains inadequate, and the likelihood of shortages of everything from masks to ventilators to hospital beds has left many workers stressed out, angry, and, in some cases, resigned to endure bedlam.

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

NIWA Essential Services: COVID-19

These are broadly defined as hazard monitoring, resilience, diagnostics for essential services like biosecurity, maintaining animal facilities, and infrastructure that requires constant attention (e.g., security of samples, collections and computing facilities), as follows.

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Videogame Stores Risk Staying Open for Huge Animal Crossing Weekend

Supply chains will be tested in the coming weeks and months, yet game distributors interviewed by WIRED said they’ve already received their shipments of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal and are sending them out to stores.

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Best Buy Bucks the Trend That’s Crushing Other Retailers

Yet when faced with declining sales and overall economic weakness in the years following the Great Recession of 2008–2009, Best Buy and other chains buckled under the pressure and lost sight of what they could do that pointing and clicking could not.

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

Last year, parents in Lockport, New York, protested plans by school officials to install a $1.4 million facial recognition system, saying it was inappropriate to use such potentially intrusive technology on children.

Scientists share stunning images

Scientists share stunning images

Familiar with working in some of New Zealand’s most stunning environments, Crow is particularly attracted to Castle Hill because the limestone boulders add depth and interest to his photographs.Video of 2019 NIWA staff photographic competition - winning entries.

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.

It only gets brighter from tomorrow!

It only gets brighter from tomorrow!

NIWA staff plunge into Evans Bay for their mid-winter's swim on 20 June 2019. NIWA forecaster Ben Noll says in the Far North, the winter solstice has about 4 hours and 45 minutes less daylight than the summer solstice, but in Southland the difference is more than 7 hours.