Being the class clown isn't as simple as it used to be, new studies show.
One of Jupiter's moons is shooting water plumes into space. And Nasa is excited about possible life-forms.
Our planet could warm by as much as 7 degrees over the next 1000 years - and change the world as we know it.
The world's largest radio telescope in China has begun searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life.
The ocean might seem like a quiet place, but listen carefully and you might just hear a choir of fish.
When is a rock "emotionally distinct"? Welcome to the most absurd, strange and curious research of the year.
The mystery of the murdered 12-year-old boy and the groundbreaking Kiwi forensic tool that can't be used.
We've become blase about the little blue planet on which we live.
Puketapu School consistently performs well at Hawke's Bay's science fair
Emotional drama triggers the release of "happy" chemicals in the brain the same way comedies do, study finds.
China's Tiangong 1 is out of control. No one knows when, or where it will crash land.
Scientists have somehow extracted legible Hebrew text from a crumbling 1,500-year-old scroll without unrolling it.
DNA from the Pacific seems to have settled it - humans left Africa 120,000 years ago.
Humans have achieved what until now it took asteroids and ice ages to do - introducing a new geological age.
All cats should be microchipped and subject to curfews in sensitive areas, under new national proposals.
Why is the age for cervical smear tests being lifted from 20 to 25?
Female redback spiders like to indulge in "copulatory cannibalism" - a fancy phrase for eating your partner after sex.
Astronomers confirm three rocky worlds orbit a red dwarf star in the constellation of Aquarius.
It uses a Van De Graaff generator in the chimney flue to stop harmful particles escaping.
Some amazing scientific predictions have come true many decades after they were made.
A university food study is mixing live bacteria and chocolate for an entirely new gastronomic experience.
Scientists have caught black holes swallowing stars - and burping energy back up
"Well-preserved fossil" dating 13,000 years old suggests mammoths were roaming the earth about the same time as humans.
The country's conditions just so happen to be exactly what you want to launch rockets.
Encouraging girls into science behind inspirational forum.
Arctic sea ice is at its second-lowest level ever, and the ice could disappear altogether by 2030, scientist warns.
A new study has discovered Pluto is "spray-painting" the red poles of its big moon, Charon.
Earthquake rockfalls are becoming a bigger hazard on Banks Peninsula because of tree and scrub removal.
A roadside test to determine if a driver has used methamphetamine is being developed by Victoria University researchers.
These crows almost went extinct before scientists discovered they craft their own tools.