Science

The wisdom of orca grandmothers

An orca pod in tight configuration. Did grandma teach the little ones not to stray?

Why do female orca live long beyond menopause? They still have a lot to offer their families.

Man gets drunk on chips

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Chowing down on a box of chips sends one British man into a drunken, vulgar state.

Cutting the ice video

Tangaroa through ice

How do you steer a 2500 tonne ship safely through thick Antarctic ice?

Fascination inspiration

Starry eyed: Dave John Owen has opened a new space centre in Kihikihi to teach Kiwis about astronomy and space exploration.

A man with a keen interest in the final frontier has launched his own space centre which aims to educate others on life outside of Earth.

Phone ET, why don't we?

ET phones home in the beloved 1980s children's movie.

We've been listening to the stars since 1960, and they haven't spoken. Is it time to shout into space?

Follow the gamma-rays

SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE: Some types of supermassive black holes shoot out jets of electromagnetic radiation including radio waves which can be detected by radio telescopes.

Warkworth's observatory has pinpointed a supermassive black hole in a distant galaxy.

Strange creatures of the Antarctic waters video

Antarctic toothfish

Researchers on board the Niwa research ship Tangaroa are pulling an array of strange creatures out of icy Antarctic waters as they investigate the health of the foodweb supporting the prized commercial species toothfish.

When will the sun go dark? video

Experts estimate the sun will continue to shine for another five billion years.

Will the sun last forever? Experts estimate how long our big star has left.

What's lurking in your wood pile?

Black-headed jumping spider (Trite planiceps)

Check out some of our commonest spider species in this new guide.

Sweet as: Talking Kiwi

MARIJUANA? No, "electric puha".

Has it been yonks since you had a stubby in the wop wops?

Great depths for silverfish study gallery

Terra Nova Bay. Photograph by Dave Allen on 21 February 2015.

An echosounder will sit deep under the water off the coast of Antarctica for 200 days in a bid to learn more about a key species in the area's food chain.

DNA + tech = your face

Composite image of Ellen McRae Greytak, bioinformatics manager at Parabon Nanolabs, alongside computer-generated profile of her created from a sample of her DNA.

New technology uses tiny amounts of DNA to computer-generate illustration of a criminal suspect's face.

Anger heightens heart risk

DANGEROUS RAGE: Extreme anger can trigger a heart attack as long as two hours after an outburst.

Calm down or you might have a heart attack, research has found.

Why do we blush? video

Gina Grimshaw, from Victoria University's School of Psychology.

Victoria University researchers explain why the most honest and uncontrollable expression of emotion occurs.

Space photo of 'sunglint' over NZ

PHENOMENAL: An astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this image with a Nikon D4 digital camera last month.

Nasa releases spectacular photo of NZ - while dissing our weather and mangling our geography.

The tip of the iceberg stuff nation

Blake Hornblow (left) and Zac Penman (right) on the 'Monkey Island' in Terra Nova Bay.

First-year science students Zach and Blake are on the adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica.

Why cannabis gives you the munchies

Synthetic cannabis... "It's a chemical compound that they are smoking - it's not meant for human consumption."

It's well-known that smoking marijuana causes an appetite for junk food. But why?

Pictures: Through the ice gallery video

Ice

These stunning photos and time-lapse video were sent from the Niwa research vessel Tangaroa, which is cruising through Antarctica's Ross Sea.

Student gets under fake skin

SKIN DEEP: Hamish McIntosh.

A Wellington student hopes his 3D printed skin will help trainee doctors perfect their stitches.

Life on Earth 3 billion years ago?

IT WAS LIFE, BUT NOT AS WE KNOW IT: New findings have pushed back scientists' understanding of when life on our planet was widespread.

New findings push back scientists' understanding of when life on our planet was widespread.

Kiwi in Mars mission countdown video

Mission to Mars

An Iranian migrant living in Auckland reaches the final selection stage for a planned mission to Mars.

Bees on the radio video

BUZZING OUT: Ashleigh Weatherall.

Waikato student Ashleigh Weatherall has been attaching radio transmitters to bees.

A big, blue friend video

SURFACED: Scientists have spotted several Antarctic blue whales in the Southern Ocean

A rare Antarctic blue whale has taken a shine to a Niwa research vessel, tracking it across the Southern Ocean.

Geoengineering to cool the planet?

COOL IT: Scientists say "geoengineering" may be necessary to combat climate change caused by human activity, such as this coal-fired power station near Liverpool, England.

A panel of experts is calling for tests to find ways to combat global warming.

First of three Friday 13s

SUPERSTITIOUS?: The black cat, another icon of ill fortune.

For the superstitious, 2015 is shaping up to be a stressful year - there are three Friday 13ths on the calendar.

World dumping 8.8 million tons of plastics into oceans each year

Rubbish: Jenna Jambeck, an environment engineering professor at the University of Georgia, holds a plastic bag with trash collected from a clean up at Panama Beach, Florida, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Jose, California.

New study reveals each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates.

Scientists unravel what makes popcorn pop

Exploded pieces of popcorn from the French researchers' study.

French researchers didn't take for granted how a simple kernel of corn can metamorphose into a fluffy treat.

SpaceX launches weather observatory video

BLAST OFF: The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from its launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The deep-space observatory, which had been in storage for years, will alert people on Earth of potentially dangerous solar activity.

Dunedin to get $3.25m science centre

Otago Museum director Ian Griffin.

Dunedin is set to get a new $3.25 million science centre. 

Progress on kauri disease

GETTING THERE: Kauri dieback is caused by a microbe called Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA).

Scientists are making headway in the fight against a disease which is killing off kauri.

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