Science

Pop goes a weasel, down goes collider

FILE PHOTO - CERN Restarts Large Hadron Collider In The Search For Dark Matter LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  A visitor ...

One of the physics world's most complex machines has been immobilised - temporarily - by a weasel.

The Pacific Rim: Five myths

Seismic graphs show the earthquake waves at 8am on Tuesday detected by the northernmost seismographs.

A tragic month of earthquakes along the "Ring of Fire" has kept seismologists busy.

Early ice melting alarms

Greenland is home to the world's second largest ice mass, containing enough water to lift average sea levels about seven ...

A thin blue line in one chart was initially dismissed as just too outlandish to be accurate.

Why ginger people will age badly

Prince Harry's genes mean he may look older than his years.

People with red hair could look, on average, two years older than they actually are, genetic research finds.

Teams compete for Space Challenge

2016 NASA Space App Challenge. Judges from left Dr Rolf Gehre - engineering analyst and propulsion analyst with ...

Coders, designers and space enthusiasts hunkered down for two days of brainstorming on Anzac weekend.

White Island settles down

The White Island webcam shows ash from the explosion, which has settled on about 80 per cent the crater floor.

Green ash has settled on 80 per cent of the crater floor after Wednesday's eruption.

'Cactus' skin may boost electric cars

A new membrane developed from a cactus is projected to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells.

A cactus-inspired skin could hold the secret to creating a more efficient electric car.

Don't blame it on the sunshine

A new study has found West Coast rain plays a role in causing ruptures in New Zealand's major Alpine Fault.

Rainwater could help cause New Zealand's next major earthquake.

White Island explosion

The White Island webcam shows ash from the explosion, which has settled on the crater floor.

The volcanic island is being closely watched after its first eruption in three years.

SpaceX: Mars by 2018

An artist rendering of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft approaching Mars.

Private spaceflight firm plans to land a spacecraft on Mars in as little as two years.

A rebel with a very real cause

Dr Swee Tan believes his research will lead to less invasive and expensive cancer treatment.

You have to dream big if you want to make a change, says plastic surgeon and scientist Dr Swee Tan.

'X' Day: A quake to shake the world

A wave approaches Miyako City after the magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Windows shatter, trains derail and cars plunge from buckling bridges. It all happens at 4.35pm on a day dubbed "Tokyo's X Day".

NASA bacon and egg pie has lift off

Wanaka locals Eddie Spearing, Tony Culshaw and Naomi Lindsay enjoy bacon and egg pie after the aborted NASA balloon ...

Traditional Kiwi pie transcends NASA's Wanaka balloon, for now.

Should you hug your dog?

A photo analysed by Stanley Coren in his research.

One expert says the dogs don't like it, but Kiwi animal behavior specialists disagree.

Lean-burn engine idea flared briefly

A worker walks between oil barrels at Pertamina's storage depot in Jakarta.

The 1973 oil crisis sparked a race to design more efficient gasoline engines.

Aspiring Conversations Festival provides food for thought

Tim Flannery of the Australian Climate Council, with science journalist Veronika Meduna at the Aspiring Conversations ...

How to slow global warming, survive a shipwreck.

Brockie: Man the super-predator

Fred Flintstone is partly responsible for the extinction of the world's big animals.

Humans aren't interested in achieving population balance with our prey - we simply meet then eat.

'Scratches will kill' video

Ten-year-old Ava Meehan contracted croup and then a staph infection as a toddler and had to have both legs and most of ...

Antibiotic resistance is real, and 10-year-old Ava Meehan lives with the result.

Polar bears swim for days

A polar bear, which arrived from Russia last December, is pictured at Sao Paulo Aquarium, Brazil April 14, 2015. ...

Melting Arctic ice means polar bears are swimming hundreds of kilometres to find food.

New Zealand's involvement in discovery of far-off galaxy as neutrino source.

The IceCube detector is a cubic kilometre of Antarctic ice threaded with sensitive light detectors.

Pinpointing the source of tiny speeding neutrinos as a super massive black hole in a distant galaxy brings kudos to the Warkworth Observatory team

Future of bluefin tuna bleak

NACHIKATSUURA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 07:  Tunas  lie on the ground during the auction at Kiikatuura fresh tuna market on ...

The population has dropped by more than 97 per cent from its historic levels.

A giant leap for Planet Nine video

There is mounting evidence to suggest the evidence of a ninth planet in our solar system.

Search area for the elusive Planet Nine narrows thanks to data from the Nasa Cassini spacecraft as it orbits Saturn.

Can 'shrooms ease 'social pain'?

Feeling down and out? Research suggests hallucinogenic drugs might actually do some good for people suffering from ...

Feeling rejected? The chemical that gives magic mushrooms their kick could be used to help, researchers find.

Aurora, as seen by astronauts video

The view from the ISS is amazing.

New technology brings extra clarity to brilliant aurora views seen from the International Space Station.

Am I sick because it's cold?

Science tells us a person's immune response does seem to be weakened after exposure to cooler temperatures.

Do more people catch a cold in winter? Well, it's complicated.

Mr Science blows children's minds video

Aldo Horring, left, Miguel Horring, Luca Syme and Baxter Mosey-Reid experiment with dry ice at the Crazy Atoms class ...

Mr Science, Sterling Cathman, showed school children how to make bombs for Heritage Week.

Historic weather diaries uncovered

Rev Richard Davis's weather diaries from Northland in the mid-19th century are helping researchers understand climate ...

Diaries belonging to New Zealand's "first meteorologist" are an important find for climate-change research.

A global quake trigger

The most recent devastating earthquakes in Equador, pictured, and Japan took place in regions where such seismic events ...

COMMENT: Can an earthquake on one side of the globe trigger one on the other?

Wanaka's Nasa balloon chief will miss show day

Ralph Fegan, Wanaka Airport operations manager with Debora Fairbrother, NASA balloon programme chief, on Tuesday.

Balloon boss plans to return to Wanaka to launch space station cosmic ray project.

Hot air no good for climate efforts

New Zealand needs its government to incentivise carbon reductions at home, say scientists, rather than buying carbon credits.

Scientists are calling for meaningful, drastic action to replace carbon credits.

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