Science

Quake's a real slow roller

Scientists hope to better pinpoint the latest slow-slip event in the Gisborne 'silent earthquake' zone by using GPS stations.

The East Coast is in the grip of an earthquake that's been rumbling silently for a week. Did you feel it? Us neither.

The kilogram's being redefined

A copy of the International Prototype of the kilogram inside three glass bells in Sevre, France. A full-size image can ...

Beneath three glass bell jars, in a locked vault in the basement of a highly secure facility outside Paris, sits the world's most important kilogram.

A life story: Pat Suggate

Pat Suggate, geoscientist.

Pat Suggate was an old school geoscientist who never went anywhere without his geologist's hammer and lens.

Know the worms in your garden

Blue-grey worms are the ones Kiwi gardeners are most likely to come across when digging

All those red, brown and grey wrigglers are a sure sign of a healthy patch.

When dying is the first symptom video

Emily Wheatley with daughters Ruth (left) and Olwen. Emily's husband Michael died suddenly while playing a game of beach ...

The twins ask how dad died, and why. "We were unlucky," mum says, fearful for her girls.

'Baby' planets discovered

K2-33b, shown in this illustration, is one of the youngest exoplanets detected to date. It makes a complete orbit around ...

Two worlds, born around separate stars, and each just a few million years old - could help us unlock the secrets of planets.

'Time is right' for NZ space centre

Dr Greg Bodeker, of Bodeker Scientific in Alexandra, Central Otago.

Access to space is becoming ever easier. It's time for New Zealand to get into the game.

Too many GE obstacles in NZ

Brockie's view of the anti-GE brigade.

Bob Brockie rails against New Zealand's "Byzantine" anti-GE research rules.

Panama Canal faces challenges

The first trial run with a Post-Panamax cargo ship in the new sets of locks on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal on ...

How will environmental and international-trade challenges affect the massively revamped Panama Canal?

Five cats on Kiwi island

An infrared camera shows a feral cat stalking a nest.

On a secret island, five cats are set among the kiwi. And the kiwi - at least grown ones - hold their own.

Hot on the trail of Martians gallery video

Nasa's two Viking landers were designed and built by Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) at its facility near Denver. ...

Nasa's 1976 Viking mission to Mars did everything right - except find life.

Soyuz 'best ride I've been on, ever' gallery video

The Soyuz touches down.

Tim Peakes spent 6 months in space, where he ran a marathon. The return to earth was intense.

Gritty is good

A new study shows that food with higher textures makes your brain think it's fuller faster

It's not how much we're eating - but what texture our food is. 

Meet Earth's little buddy

Asteroid 2016 HO3 has an orbit around the sun that keeps it as a constant companion of Earth.

We thought the moon was our only satellite, but it turns out another rock been earth's companion for more than 100 years.

Dead trees mark a rare eruption

Ejected blocks and sands from the Mud Rift eruption.

A vent in a crater formed during the deadly 1886 Tarawera eruption has reactivated.

Sea snake causes a stir video

A live sea snake, believed to be a yellow bellied sea snake, was found on a Northland beach on Monday.

"With so many coming in now, there needs to be a process to deal with them," beachgoers say.

Lake snot has economic implications

Lake snot recently observed on the surface of Stevenson's Arm in Lake Wanaka.

Lake snot now in our southern lakes could spread elsewhere and affect our economic future.

Einstein's gravitational waves detected

Albert Einstein foresaw the strange ripples in space-time a century ago.

The phenomenon occurs when two black holes collide and then merge with each other, and is the second time ever to be detected.

Reviving organ-donor levels

Michael Boyes, who died in February 2016, saved seven lives through organ donation.

No mention of infrastructure support in Government's organ-donation plan, says industry expert.

How HIV follows us around the world

The infection mostly spread outward from North America to the rest of the world. Yellow arrows indicate strong links.

The first maps to track the global expansion of HIV over the past 50 years paint a fascinating picture.

Research and development

Plant and Food Research chemists Taylan Topal and Abby Albright in their lab at the Marlborough Research Centre.

New centre could put Marlborough at the forefront of wine research, creating highly paid and skilled jobs.

Nasa starts fire in space video

The Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft (L) departs the International Space Station after its release from the Canadarm2 in ...

What happens when you spark a fire in space? Scientists are about to find out.

The bright future of science

Dr Souxsie Wiles, microbiologist - and a natural science communicator.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles is on the hunt for the answer to the superbug problem.

When you're too scared to move

In any scary event, it's normal to have a fight or flight response. But there are some people who also "freeze" in ...

A snake falls from the ceiling. Do you fight it off, flee – or freeze?

The good doctor

Ben Goldacre, epidemiologist and campaigning bullshit-buster, is coming to Auckland.

Meet Ben Goldacre, the English medic who's been skewering quacks, cranks and pill-pushers for more than a decade.

NASA's Wanaka balloon turns south

NASA's Wanaka balloon is heading south again, after a trip towards the Equator.

Scientists' nervous wait for infrasound instruments to make land fall.

The mouldy bread test

Ward School pupils with their mouldy bread science projects, front from left, Honey Dewhirst, Serafina Varley-Gibson, ...

The children tested the ground outside, a toilet seat, school stationery, a tree, and some of the teachers' hands.

Science leader facing redundancies

AsureQuality declined to confirm potential redundancies at its Wellington Laboratory while consulting with staff.

Some scientists could be facing redundancy at AsureQuality in Lower Hutt.

Fruit flies are the scientists' friend

Brockie's view of a fruit fly.

Pesky fruit flies are irreplaceable helpers in the lab for cutting-edge scientists.

Biology's 2-billion-year 'black hole'

A group of microorganisms called Lokiarchaeota, or "Loki" for short, were retrieved from the seabed under the ocean ...

The mysteries of what happened during a 2-billion-year biological "black hole" remain unsolved.

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