Analysis of king's skeletal remains

King Richard III

He may be a murderer, but whatever else you think of him, King Richard III was no coward.

Pap smears replaced?


Simple, non-invasive urine tests offer an alternative to cervical smears, researchers say.

Nasa's tips for finding ET


So you want to find alien life? Nasa can help, with tips for going about your search in in the right way.

Pregnant mums 'shouldn't rest'

pregnant strap

Laying around for hours at a time, day after day, doesn't prevent early deliveries - and it puts a strain on the rest of the family.

It's a girl: Te Papa's colossal squid

 Colossal squid thrills Te Papa

It's a girl - not the latest royal-baby-to-be, but Te Papa's new colossal squid, and it had a lot to teach us.

Sky light show tonight?

Aurora Australis over Canterbury

The South Island could get a spectacular light show across the skies tonight - but it could also be rained out.

New weapon against flu?

microscope scientist

Otago University researchers have identified a protein that could be targeted by anti-influenza drugs.

Flying reptile named after Avatar


Animal very similar to James Cameron's CGI mountain banshee actually existed here on Earth long ago.

Half-duck, half-croc - something else

Turns out spinosaurus was a very weird, semi-aquatic predator that was bigger than T Rex.

CO2 levels at record levels

"Time is not on our side," the UN weather agency chief says as agency finds big bump in carbon dioxide levels.

New-found asteroid to fly over NZ

Asteroid 2014 RC

New Zealand will be in the box seat when a newly-discovered asteroid passes super close to Earth on Monday morning.

Space sex geckos perish

Five geckos tasked with reproducing in zero gravity failed the mission, but sex did happen in space.

Bardarbunga's amazing display


Iceland's more-pronounceable volcano is continuing to put on quite a show.

Sediment linked to sheep

sediment fingerprinting

Science has uncovered sheep, not dairy cows, as culprits for some sediment problems in Southland estuaries.

Death Valley mystery solved


Two cousins solve the long-standing mystery of the "Racetrack Playa" in Death Valley National Park.

Rewiring for pleasure

Mouse, mice generic

Turning bad memories into good ones could be as simple as manipulating brain circuitry.

Quakes rattle White Island

White Island

A run of small earthquakes has been rattling New Zealand's White Island.

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

sheepdog strap

Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

More whales visiting Otago Harbour

southern right whale

Whale visits to Otago Harbour seem to be increasing, a Dunedin Department of Conservation ranger says.

Why are Kiwis killing reindeer?


Kiwi expertise is key to a project to eradicate rats and reindeer from the island of South Georgia in the remote and wild southern Atlantic Ocean.

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