Gene linked to Samoan obesity risk video

A gene variant much more common among Samoans than others, is thought to partly explain high levels of obesity among ...

The 'thrifty' gene is common in Samoa but rare in the rest of the world, and could have a bearing on weight gain.

Could we live on Mars one day?

Portions of the Martian surface shot by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show many channels from 1m to 10m-wide on a ...

As humanity realises what it has done to Earth it will want to colonise Mars and do the same again.

Anything goes is not a scientific ideal

Brockie's view of the founders of postmodernism - French philosophers Michel Foucault and Jacques Derrida.

Bob Brockie believes that bastion of science, the Royal Society, should not be funding the humanities.

Dairy protein can help the sedentary

Cameron Mitchell, research fellow at Auckland University's Liggins Institute, loves mountain climbing. Here he is on Mt ...

A scientist is working to help middle-aged and older people out of their armchairs and into activity.

Solar-powered plane's world-first

Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane piloted by Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, is seen as it prepares to land at ...

For the first time in history, a plane has gone round the world without using a drop of fuel.

NZ's 'predator-free' target

Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million native birds every year, says PM John Key.

The government is planning to eradicate the country of all pests threatening native birds by 2050.

Are you aggressive?

Aggressive behaviour can lead to violence in some people.

Research reveals the 'red triad' of personality traits that make an aggressive person become violent.

15 years of taking earth's pulse video

GeoNet director Dr Ken Gledhill.

From cassette tapes and snail mail to capturing Canterbury at high resolution, GeoNet has come a long way.

Creating a world-class system

A GNS Science technician services a seismograph and GPS station at Thirsty Ridge above Jackson Bay in South Westland. ...

New Zealand's geohazard monitoring system, GeoNet, has much to celebrate as it marks 15 years in existence.

Niwa's data raises questions

Where have the real bone-crunchingly cold Christchurch frosts been this winter? There's been nothing like this minus 4 ...

COMMENT: Niwa's choice of a built-up, urban site to show Christchurch temperatures are rising was strange.

Aboard the world's highest telescope

A vivid display of the aurora australis, seen from the Nasa flying observatory Sofia on a night flight out of ...

Take a trip on the Sofia observatory to see the stars with astronomer Dr Ian Griffin.

Why is Antarctica cooling?

Antarctica, pictured in an undated image from Nasa.

A cooling phase in Antarctica doesn't mean global warming has stopped, says an expert.

Are male birds more colourful?

The study confirmed that in polygamous species, males tended to be more colourful than females, but in monogamous ...

The plumage colour of nearly 6000 bird species has been analysed in a study.

Antarctica gets chilly again

"We're certainly not saying that global warming has stopped. On the contrary... We're highlighting the complexity of ...

Once fast-warming, Antarctica is now getting colder - but chill may not last long.

Groundbreaking brain map

Using MRI images from the brains of 210 people, the researchers were able to pinpoint 180 distinct areas in the cerebral ...

New discoveries could assist in the study of autism, schizophrenia, dementia and epilepsy.

'Fireball' old space junk? video

The meteor over Blenheim on Tuesday night.

First it was a meteor, then it was space station debris. Now astronomers think Tuesday night's "fireball" was a dead satellite or old rocket.

What's space junk and why's it in NZ? video

What was initially thought to be a meteor is believed to be space debris, burning after passing through the Earth's ...

Should we panic when spaceship fragments hurtle over NZ? Here are the answers.

Wait, that's no meteor video

Nicola Evans sent in this shot of the object over Blenheim.

The "meteor" that exploded over the South Island was in fact debris from an International Space Station delivery, astronomer says.

New Plymouth's bright star

Beatrice Tinsley, pictured here at Yale University, once dreamed of being a violinist.

She changed the way the world sees the universe.

Vital payload for space station video

A NASA photo shows a SpaceX Dragon capsule as it's released from the International Space Station earlier this year.

Unmanned SpaceX rocket blasts off with food and an astronaut docking port for the International Space Station.

UK's top young scientist in Wellington video

UK high school student Roxanne El-Hady, 18, was named UK Young Scientist of the Year 2016, she will be in Wellington on ...

Roxanne El Hady wants to inspire other young female scientists.

Southern lights, from high above NZ

The southern lights seen from NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia).

Amazing pictures of southern lights snapped from flying observatory high above NZ.

Do you know any 'dark triads'?

Brockie's view of narcissism.

What out for the "dark triad" of personality traits - narcissism, machiavellianism and psychopathic tendencies.

Galileo even more accurate than GPS

The Soyuz rocket lifts off for the third time from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on its mission to place the ...

The predicted accuracy of Galileo compared to GPS has some of the powers-that-be worried.

Could a big quake hit Dunedin?

An exposure of the active Akatore Fault at Big Creek in the hills south of Taieri Mouth. University of Otago Professor ...

It's 42 years since Dunedin had a damaging local earthquake. What lies beneath the southern city?

Meet the stars of your poo

Our poo is home to millions of bacteria, fungi and methane, according to the experts.

Your gut waste contains millions of bacteria, fungi and methane, according to the experts.

New planet has Taranaki link

This undated NASA handout diagram shows the orbits of several moons around Neptune. A dwarf planet has now been found in ...

A Kiwi astronomer has helped discover a dwarf planet half the size of Britain, which is floating around the outer solar system.

Nasa 'cuts feed' after UFO spotted video


US space agency accused of covering up when odd object appears to enter Earth's atmosphere.

Juno phones home

The images show Jupiter surrounded by three of its four largest moons.

Nasa's Juno spacecraft has sent back its first pictures since arriving at Jupiter.

Students jet into engineering experience

Magnus Jeffery, 16 and Logan Jeffery, 15, watch on as Massey University staff fire up a jet engine capable of 120,000 ...

High school students have been planning how to grow crops on Mars.

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