Science

Filthiest swimming spots revealed

Island Bay and Owhiro Bay get D grades in Wellington City's swimming spot bacteria counts over the summer of 2015 and 2016.

It might not surface as solids, but human waste is present in two Wellington bays, says report.

How Jupiter could help explain us video

The planet Jupiter is shown with one of its moons, Ganymede (bottom), in this NASA handout.

Jupiter is a strange world, but Nasa's Juno mission will make it a little more familiar - and could give scientists valuable insight into our own origin story.

The sun has lost its spots video

The blank sun through four different filters. (NASA)

The sun has gone blank. Could it affect us here on Earth?

Nasa rocket a step closer to Mars video

The SLS Five-Segment Solid Rocket Motor, that will launch Nasa's Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft to deep space, ...

Nasa lit up the desert as it tested a rocket booster that it hopes will one day help carry astronauts to Mars.

It's the warmest year ever, so far

How January-June 2016 got so warm.

Climate change, water and wind have put the heat on NZ, and no cold snap will be big enough to change it.

Applying artistic flair to science

Engineer Leith Robertson with the equatorial mount he made so he could take photos of the night sky.

In his lifetime Leith Robertson wants to create something that will change the life of everyday people.

Flood of objections stops sale of Big Omaha Trail route

Ground breaking research on the Pakiri cliffs in the background was recognised at a plaque unveiling overlooking the ...

A flood of objections has seen the end of the sale of an historic road intended as a part of a major new walking and cycling trail between Matakana and Pakiri.

Scientists' coral reef plea

A tourist swims on the Great Barrier Reef.

Scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs.

Quake's a real slow roller

Scientists hope to better pinpoint the latest slow-slip event in the Gisborne 'silent earthquake' zone by using GPS stations.

The East Coast is in the grip of an earthquake that's been rumbling silently for a week. Did you feel it? Us neither.

Cancer in a cuppa?

High-temperature beverages such as tea or coffee may damage the oesophagus, making it more susceptible to other ...

Scorching hot beverages may heighten the effect of other cancer-causing irritants, such as alcohol.

The kilogram's being redefined

A copy of the International Prototype of the kilogram inside three glass bells in Sevre, France. A full-size image can ...

Beneath three glass bell jars, in a locked vault in the basement of a highly secure facility outside Paris, sits the world's most important kilogram.

Know the worms in your garden

Tiger worms live in compost and leaf litter

All those red, brown and grey wrigglers are a sure sign of a healthy patch.

Tribute to dedicated geologist

Pat Suggate, geoscientist.

Pat Suggate was an old school geoscientist who never went anywhere without his geologist's hammer and lens.

When dying is the first symptom video

Emily Wheatley with daughters Ruth (left) and Olwen. Emily's husband Michael died suddenly while playing a game of beach ...

The twins ask how dad died, and why. "We were unlucky," mum says, fearful for her girls.

Studying Jupiter is a huge challenge

Jupiter with one of its moons, Ganymede, and its Great Red Spot, in this NASA image from April 2007.

Jupiter is huge and an extremely hostile planet, spinning rapidly and pulsing with radiation.

'Electric winds' can suck oxygen into space

This NASA image shows Venus at the start of its transit of the Sun on June 5, 2012. Scientists believe they have found ...

Scientists never dreamed Venus' "electric wind" was strong enough to suck part of its atmosphere into space.

'Baby' planets discovered

K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date. It makes a complete orbit around ...

Two worlds, born around separate stars, and each just a few million years old - could help us unlock the secrets of planets.

'Time is right' for NZ space centre

Dr Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific in Alexandra, Central Otago.

Access to space is becoming ever easier. It's time for New Zealand to get into the game.

Too many GE obstacles in NZ

Brockie's view of the anti-GE brigade.

Bob Brockie rails against New Zealand's "Byzantine" anti-GE research rules.

Panama Canal faces challenges

The first trial run with a Post-Panamax cargo ship in the new sets of locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal on ...

How will environmental and international-trade challenges affect the massively revamped Panama Canal?

Five cats on Kiwi island

An infrared camera shows a feral cat stalking a nest.

On a secret island, five cats are set among the kiwi. And the kiwi - at least grown ones - hold their own.

Hot on the trail of Martians gallery video

Nasa's two Viking landers were designed and built by Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) at its facility near Denver. ...

Nasa's 1976 Viking mission to Mars did everything right - except find life.

Soyuz 'best ride I've been on, ever' gallery video

The Soyuz touches down.

Tim Peakes spent 6 months in space, where he ran a marathon. The return to earth was intense.

Gritty is good

A new study shows that food with higher textures makes your brain think it's fuller faster

It's not how much we're eating - but what texture our food is. 

Meet Earth's little buddy

Asteroid 2016 HO3 has an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth.

We thought the moon was our only satellite, but it turns out another rock been earth's companion for more than 100 years.

Dead trees mark a rare eruption

Ejected blocks and sands from the Mud Rift eruption.

A vent in a crater formed during the deadly 1886 Tarawera eruption has reactivated.

Sea snake causes a stir video

A live sea snake, believed to be a yellow bellied sea snake, was found on a Northland beach on Monday.

"With so many coming in now, there needs to be a process to deal with them," beachgoers say.

Lake snot has economic implications

Lake snot recently observed on the surface of Stevenson's Arm in Lake Wanaka.

Lake snot now in our southern lakes could spread elsewhere and affect our economic future.

Einstein's gravitational waves detected

Albert Einstein foresaw the strange ripples in space-time a century ago.

The phenomenon occurs when two black holes collide and then merge with each other, and is the second time ever to be detected.

Reviving organ-donor levels

Michael Boyes, who died in February 2016, saved seven lives through organ donation.

No mention of infrastructure support in Government's organ-donation plan, says industry expert.

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