Science

Predicting the unpredictable

Trauma data reveals a huge peak in quad bike injuries among the 55 to 65 age group.

If you're 55 to 65, watch out when you ride your quad bike: How data is stopping the accidents which seem random.

'No good for Earth' if US quits deal video

US President Donald Trump says he'll decide next week whether America remains a party to the 2015 Paris climate change ...

America's caused "a large fraction" of global warming, and it'll get worse if it backs away from carbon dioxide pledge.

World's largest telescope under way video

The world's largest telescope is being built in a desert in Chile.

A telescope that will be five times larger than the top observing instruments in use today will sit on a 3000m-high mountain.

Champion of science

Dave Hansford wrote a book about the pest poison 1080 because "someone had to".

"A great deal of anti-1080 sentiment isn't about 1080," says author.

Earthquake swarm hits Turangi

The earthquake swarm relates to seismic activity that has been occurring on and off since February.

Small quakes are part of a swarm that has been shaking this region on and off since February.

Citizen scientists monitoring Lake Wanaka video

Laura Watkins, 11, is a keen sailor and loves Lake Wanaka.

Swimmers and schools unite in citizen science investigation of Wanaka's water quality.

Auckland science buffs go international

If Cailey Dayu had to pick one stream, she says it would be physics.

Sustainable buildings, the Large Hadron Collider and nuclear physics are just some of the interests that two South Auckland students are keen on.

The fight to save the Ozone

The ozone hole is purple-blue in this October 2, 2015, Nasa image.

A textbook example of the power of international cooperation.

'The hope - it's massive'

Children with a rare form of epilepsy had half as many seizures when treated with CBD, a clinical study has revealed. ...

Children with a rare form of epilepsy had half as many seizures when treated with a cannabis product, clinical study shows.

Weirdest star acting up again

The strange celestial object, located some 1300 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, behaves unlike any ...

The dimming of Tabby's Star probably isn't caused by aliens, but there's a tiny chance it could be.

Flamingo mystery solved

A flamingo hides its head in its feathers  at the zoo in Cologne, Germany

Just how can flamingos sleep while standing on one leg? It's puzzled scientists until now.

Blake's boat coming home

Sir Peter Blake pictured in a file photo from January 1995. He was killed by pirates in the Amaxon, however, his legacy ...

The yacht that was once Sir Peter Blake's, on board which he was killed, is coming to NZ for the first time since he died.

Idea to stop log-burner smog

Alexandra, Central Otago where a group thinks community heating is the answer to smog from wood fires.

A single heat source for a whole community is the answer to air pollution, an environmental group says.

Biggest (recorded) wave in the south

A Kiwi buoy recorded the largest ever wave in the Southern Hemisphere on Saturday. (file photo)

The 19.4-metre wave - higher than a five-storey building - was recorded south of New Zealand at the weekend.

Doomsday vault ends up flooding video

Seeds are stored on shelves at the international gene bank. The vault was designed to last "an eternity" but global ...

The world's seed supply back-up's been flooded by melting permafrost - which scientists didn't expect to happen.

Noah's flood probably happened

A massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula's Larsen C ice shelf seen on November 10, 2016.

A scientist says the Biblical flood isn't a fairy tale - and ice melting like it is now caused it.

23 years waiting to be heard

Retired University of Otago professor John Knight has been seeking Government support for 23 years to develop a gene ...

A professor who has a potential new genetic pest control is finally being listened to.

Antarctica starts to turn green

Rapidly growing banks of mosses are spreading on the ice of the continent's northern peninsula

At the white continent's northern edge, banks of moss spread rapidly across the ice.

Lithium, batteries and Bolivia

A Panasonic Corp's lithium-ion battery, which is part of Tesla Motor Inc's Model S and Model X battery packs.

It is hoped, when the electric car market moves into top gear, the money will start flowing.

Climate 'stable' on Proxima b

An artist's impression of Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system.

First research suggests planet orbiting the closest star to the sun could hold water.

Delving into a pukeko's love life

Cain says it's not yet known what purpose is served by the shield, which is the red ornament on the bird's forehead.

Dr Kristal Cain is working to unlock the secrets of one of New Zealand's most recognised native birds.

3D-printed ovaries success video

The artificial mouse ovary made was made of gelatin.

For the first time ever, US researchers successfully implanted artificial ovaries in a mouse, which went on to give birth to healthy pups.

Dinosaurs were seconds from survival video

An asteroid crashing into Earth in the Caribbean region wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

The size of the asteroid or the scale of its blast didn't doom the dinosaurs. Its timing did, scientists say.

The men who did the most to preserve native trees

Book cover: Keeping New Zealand Green: Our Forests and their Future, by Elizabeth Orr. Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2017, $44.99.

Hint: They worked for the Forest Service

Into the teenage brain

Brainwave Trust educator Ron Fisher said some teenagers might look like adults, but their brain won't be fully developed ...

Experts say we don't fully develop the ability to think of the consequences until we're older.

Flu heart attack risk

"The data showed that the increased risk of a heart attack isn't necessarily just at the beginning of respiratory ...

Risk of heart attack 17 times higher in week after a serious respiratory infection, research finds.

'It won't hurt a bit' - yeah right

250614. 123rf. Stock Photo - doctor making vaccination to the patient

adult, arm, attractive, background, blue, boy, ...

The words doctors use to describe medical procedures can actually heighten or reduce pain.

'Tusked' creature of deep unmasked video

The huge rotting carcass turned the water around the beach red.

Giant sea creature that created a frenzy when it washed up with tusks on an Indonesia beach identified.

'Oh my gosh': Milestone ISS spacewalk

Rookie flier Jack Fischer overcame an equipment glitch to complete a stunner of a spacewalk.

American astronauts overcome equipment glitch to complete a breathtaking 200th ISS spacewalk.

Sight, smell, taste, touch... pain?

Balance, motion, pressure, itch, pain, fatigue, breathing, temperature, appetite and expulsion should be recognised as ...

There are 10 more human senses that need to be recognised, leading psychologist claims.

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