Science

Nasa teases solar system discovery

Science journal Nature will publish the currently-embargoed findings when the press conference starts.

Space agency to reveal 'new findings' regarding planets that orbit other stars.

Space poo problem solved

Hugh McCarroll was thrilled to have his design acknowledged.

Astronauts risk more than nappy rash if they get caught short in a space suit. Nasa had a problem and Hugh McCarroll had an answer.

Cannibalism 'perfectly natural'

Cannibalism: It is more common than we realise and not black and white.

When siblings eat siblings, strangers eat strangers, children eat parents and mates eat mates. It's the science of cannibalism.

SpaceX launch: 'Baby came back' video

SpaceX and Boeing are scheduled to begin flying crews to the International Space Station by the end of 2018.

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk celebrates as rocket launches and successfully returns nine minutes later.

Wave clouds are simply stunning

Wave-like clouds photographed over Palmerston North.

Beautiful clouds roll and break like waves in the sea over Palmerston North.

Hope for PTSD cure

Could erasing memories of distressing events help with PTSD? Scientists think so.

Memories could be erased to cure veterans of post-traumatic stress disorder, scientists say.

What went wrong in Elephant Man drug trial?

David Oakley, originally from Christchurch, had volunteered for the trial to help pay for his wedding and mortgage but ...

New documentary set to revisit drug trial that left six people, including a Kiwi, seriously ill.

Millennia-old discovery

Huge crystals in the Naica caves, Mexico.

In cave system so hot that it is called hell, scientists discover life that could be 50,000 years old.

Ancient murder victim revealed

Forensic anthropologist Dame Sue Black described the man's appearance as "striking".

The "striking young man" met a brutal death 1400 years ago. Now we can look into his eyes.

Mammoths making a comeback?

Scientists say the long-extinct woolly mammoth could roam again, thanks to DNA advances.

Taking a leaf from Jurassic Park, scientists could soon revive the long-extinct woolly mammoth. But should they?

New research helping gut health

Alicia Barnett holds a flask containing culture material ready for for incubation.

A new laboratory method could help scientists learn how to make specifically tailored food and medicine.

NZ is actually a continent video

Zealandia is large and separate enough to be considered an actual continent.

It turns out New Zealand isn't just two islands at the bottom of the world. We are much bigger than that.

Live chat: Our new continent

Zealandia is large and separate enough to be considered an actual continent.

It turns out NZ isn't just two islands at the bottom of the world. We are part of a continent - Zealandia.

Bleak lesson from ebola outbreak

Health workers carry the body of an ebola victim for burial at a cemetery in Sierra Leone during the 2014 West African ...

Deadly ebola outbreaks are a higher risk where deforestation changes jungle habitats, a Kiwi scientist has found.

What mining can offer dairy science

The science of mining can be applied to developing dairy products.

The dairy industry is getting help from some unusual quarters in its drive to make more from value-add products.

Women in science scholarship

An example of a female scientist, Dr Victoria Metcalfe, conducting research which has taken her to Antarctica, pictured ...

Scholarship aims to support women who are "significantly under-represented" in sciences.

114 new planets discovered

An artist's impression of hot super-Earth, Gliese 411b.

Astronomers scanned 1600 stars over a 20-year period. This is what they found.

Pukeko cull an opportunity to learn

Pukeko can have an impact on native ducklings and chicks.

600 Pukeko were culled from Tawharanui, but they did not go to waste.

Problems with the Doomsday Clock

The Doomsday Clock metaphor may have fitted the prospects of a sudden nuclear war but does not fit slow motion problems ...

Range of world threats now includes climate change, flus, transgenic plants, hackers, giant asteroids and so forth.

Hawaiian fish ponds fed a dense population

It''s believed there were 488 fish ponds in Hawaii before Capt Cook arrived in 1778. Just 14 remain, including this one ...

Polynesian ingenuity studied

What to do with 300 dead whales

Most of the 416 whales that stranded in Golden Bay, died after stranding late on Thursday night.

It'll be up to DoC to clean up the carcasses of 300 whales that beached at Farewell Spit. And it's a masive job.

Robot bees to the rescue?

Many bee populations have been in steep decline in recent decades.

Scientists hope robots can one day help with pollination, as natural bee populations decline.

Men's revolutionary new birth control

A new injectible gel, Vasalgel, is touted as an IUD for men.

Vasalgel works like a vasectomy – but is completely reversible.

A new kind of black hole

Black holes are not necessarily as big as astronomers thought, researchers discover

Seabirds' squawks mapped for science video

Auckland Council seabird expert Todd Landers with a Black-winged petrel on Burgess Island.

Recording devices have been scattered across the Hauraki Gulf in an attempt to save New Zealand's seabirds.

Alpine Fault 'movement' overdue

The majestic Southern Alps are the result of the upheaval of the Pacific Plate's rim.

"Thankfully most of the Alpine Fault is located in sparsely populated areas, so it is hoped the number of casualties, if any, will be low."

2000 pollen samples studied

Joe Prebble of GNS Science has used fossilised pollen to look at climate change over the last 34 million years.

Fossilised tree pollen is giving us a better understanding of climate change over the last 34 million years.

Rise in malaria superbugs

More than half the world's people are at risk of malaria infection.

Multidrug-resistant superbugs are threatening to undermine progress against the disease, say scientists.

Dangerous timepieces, cruel companies

Roger Hanson explains how heartless companies exploited their workers to create popular self-luminescent watches between ...

How a successful watchmaking technique resulted in thousands of dead workers.

Locked-in dad rejects future son-in-law

The technology used in the study works by measuring blood oxygenation and electrical activity in the brain. So far it is ...

Groundbreaking technology helped him to speak for the first time in years. But his daughter probably wished he hadn't.

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