Great science makes waves

These days, a discovery for the ages has to compete for attention with shallow celebrity updates.

Blame your Neanderthal DNA

Neanderthal DNA is still affecting humans today, recent evidence shows.

DNA from our Neanderthal ancestors is much more influential on modern humans than previously thought.

The treasures of the herbarium

Ines Schonberger sorts through the 630,000 plant samples at the Lincoln herbarium.

Plants collected in NZ in 1769-70 still exist and tell stories.

Bionic spine holds hope for injured video

Biomedical engineer Nick Opie is part of the team working on the "bionic spine".

Revolutionary device, which begins human trials next year, could enable paralysed patients to walk again.

Two-headed snake is one of a kind

An academic said the double-headed snake would need extra care.

A snake breeder in Australia did a double take after one of his eggs hatched.

Did Einstein really fail maths?

Albert Einstein was believed to have had ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome.

Albert Einstein has been said to be a lazy child who hated school.

Richard Dawkins suffers stroke, cancels tour

Richard Dawkins suffered a minor stroke on Saturday night

The celebrity biologist and atheist suffered a minor stroke, forcing him to cancel his trip to New Zealand.

Listen to the sound of black holes

An illustration of gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes.

It's the icing on the cake for Einstein's theory of gravity - but how do mere mortals go about understanding a scientific smoking gun?

Einstein's 'ripples' theory was right

An illustration of gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes.

Ever wondering what two black holes colliding sounds like? Wonder no more.

Is there a scientific basis for water divining?

Multiple trials of water divining have shown dismal results.

Is there a scientific basis for the practice of water-divining?

Incredible lightning filmed from space video


A spectacular lightning show is captured by an orbiting astronaut.

Earth in 10,000 years

"If you just look at this, it's stunning that we can make such a long-lasting impact that has the same magnitude as the ice ages," says  Anders Levermann.

Seas could be 52 metres higher than they are now if we let climate change rip, scientists say.

Clinic uses exercise to manage health

Clinic client Andrew Malloch said it changed his outlook and joked that master's student Tanja Allen is a hard taskmaster.

'I can get out and mow the damn lawn and not feel stuffed at the end of it,' says a client.

How much ice can we afford to lose?

"The heart of this paper is a method for telling us which ice sheets are most vulnerable in Antarctica so we can raise the alarm bells," says Professor Nathan Bindoff.

Large areas of Antarctic ice sheets could melt away into the ocean if ice shelves continue to disappear.

Cockroaches inspire helpful robot

Cockroaches have inspired a new robot which could help find victims of natural disasters or bombings.

Inspired by the invincible insects, scientists built a machine to navigate through rubble to find survivors after natural disasters or bombings.

Bus driver 'killed by a meteorite'

The suspected meteorite impact killed a bus driver and injured three others.

As he washed his face during his lunch break, he became the first person in modern recorded history to be struck dead.

Fighting mosquitoes with mosquitoes

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are the villain in the Zika crisis.

Technology is bringing new biological weapons to the battle against illnesses like Zika.

How your brain deciphers this code

Can you read this?

If you can read this message, it's because your brain is doing some "incredible" decoding.

Rocket-star teen gains national title

Scott Yearbry and Kent Hawkins of St Peter's School, wait excitedly to launch their rocket.

Where do you find rockets, explosions and grown men? At National Rocket Day.

Kiwi black hole expert wins big

Nasa scientists catch black hole swallowing star - and burping a bit back out.

His work on black holes has earned a scientist from a small Otago town a share of $1 million.

Buzzkill brought about by humans

The virus is a strain that emerged in Europe.

The global spread of a honeybee-killing virus was caused by humans, a study has found.

Q&A: How long can Zika stay in semen?

Diagnosing Zika is difficult because its symptoms can mimic those of other mosquito-borne diseases.

Here is the latest on what you need to know about the Zika virus, sex, and blood donations.

NASA men share love of space video

Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise beside a picture of his younger self (extreme right) and the rest of his crew

An Apollo 13 astronaut and a leader from the Mars mission talk about space travel.

Wildebeest ancestor had duckface

An artist’s interpretation of the rusingoryx atopocranion.

The modern wildebeest had a weird cousin far up the family tree whose bizarre nose gave it powers of communication.

Applying science to future

Churchill Park School science teachers Elise van de Ven and Catherine Shipton are leading the change in science curriculum.

 The world of science is changing and two Churchill Park School teachers are determined to ensure education keeps up.

The science behind the Nines

Waikato doctor Matt Driller will work with the Gold Coast Titans at this weekend's NRL Auckland Nines.

Dr Matt Driller will be at this weekend's NRL Auckland Nines investigating the physiological demands of the tournament.

'Sharkcano' - it's sharks in a volcano

Cameras dropped 45m into the volcano crater showed several species living in the "hostile" waters.

They don't have laser beams attached to their heads, but these sharks are living in an active volcano.

Scientists allowed to 'edit' genes

The scientists want to deactivate genes in leftover embryos in IVF clinics to see if it hinders development.

British scientists get official backing to genetically modify human embryos.

Space-weather team launch Sun-storm project

A NASA image showing Mars, which unlike Earth lacks a global magnetic field to deflect the solar wind.

Physicists at the University of Otago are aiming to model the potential effects of a once-in-a-century solar storm.

What happens to a stoned brain

The more pot people smoked, the worse they performed on the memory tests.

Smoking a lot of weed can potentially do permanent damage to something you really need.

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