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.

Cunning plan to catch elusive octopus

A yelloc octopus seen from another angle.

Scientists have been lousy at catching elusive yellow octopus. Now they hope to outsmart it.

Stinky truth about deodorant

Research shows there may be significant differences between the armpits of people who use deodorants and antiperspirants those who don't.

Could the simple act of swiping some on change the delicate ecosystem beneath our pits?

'They're Australian?!' video

'I got to be honest mate, I much prefer the All Blacks to the Wallabies.'

You thought they were quintessentially Kiwi, but our little blue penguins are actually from 'Straya, mate.

How do you get a ghost quake?

The location of the quake. Deep quakes off the coast can be initially recorded as multiple quakes.

NZ seismographs reported quakes that never happened today. There's a reason for that.

Just how did the moon form?

A supermoon is seen as its photographed from Old Greenwich.

Scientists still struggling to understand how the moon got to where it is.

Next step to designer babies?

Critics say the research is "the first step on a path ... towards the legalisation of GM babies".

Britain gives scientist the go-ahead for controversial technique to genetically modify human embryos, worrying critics.

Could autism be reversible?

Scientists make breakthrough discovery that could restore normal brain activity in autistic babies.

Scientists make breakthrough discovery that could restore normal brain activity in autistic babies.

Huge gas cloud heading our way

"Its shape, somewhat similar to that of a comet, indicates that it's already hitting gas in our galaxy's outskirts," says astronomer Felix Lockman.

Giant cloud is on a collision course with our galaxy, travelling at 1.1m kmh.

From Wellington to space gallery video

Gerst takes a space selfie.

"My first thought was - good, the Earth is actually round," says returning astronaut.

Cool science thanks to containers

The shipping-container camp on ice, 25km from Scott Base.

It's tough doing science experiments in a shipping container in Antarctica, but fun too, one scientist says.

'Black box' of schizophrenia opened

Scientists have found that a person's risk of schizophrenia increases if they inherit variants of a gene important to "synaptic pruning" - the healthy reduction during adolescence of brain cell .connections that are no longer needed.

Discovering what triggers schizophrenia has scientists "almost giddy about findings".

Exciting under water discovery made

RV Investigator encounters some rough weather in the Southern Ocean.

Search for underwater volcanoes finds island split in half.

A captivating game of water ping pong video

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly plays water ping pong in outer space in a demonstration of what lack of gravity can do.

Astronauts on the International Space Station may have invented a new sport: water ping pong. 

Could new drug wipe out gonorrhoea, TB

Petrie dishes with superbugs on the left and a clean plate to the right - after a drug developed in Perth has killed them.

Breakthrough drug has potential to wipe out tuberculosis and gonorrhoea.

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