Students make more time for study

Glendowie College students Robert Rewcastle, Andrew Mittens, Matthew Collinson, Bayley Wynyard and Matthew Day have built their own automated attendance system.

A streamlined attendance system invented by a team of Auckland secondary school students means they can make the most of their study time.

Which is better: Millennium Falcon or USS Enterprise?

The Millennium Falcon, the iconic starship from Star Wars.

Which starship is better, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise? Let Neil deGrasse Tyson explain.

NZ Festival hosts Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins will visit Wellington in March to talk about his recently-released memoir Brief Candle in the Dark.

Evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins will speak at Wellington's NZ Festival.

Star gives Black Hole indigestion

Nasa video shows the Black Holes bite off more than they can chew when they snack on stars.

Nasa has video of a Black Hole swallowing a star - and burping it back out.

Council backs science project rejected by scientists

Hawke's Bay Regional Council scientists say they already have adequate information about the region's main water source, the Heretaunga plains aquifer.

Councillors and scientist at odds over $1m aquifer drilling project in Hawke's Bay.

What's new in science

Fred Roubos from De Brood Bakkers in Marlborough was one who spoke out against folic acid in bread in the 2009 debate.

What we have learned from the world of science in the last week.

Why politicians don't always follow science

Talking science: Sir Peter Gluckman (left) and Professor Robert Winston, the British scientist, IVF pioneer, author and presenter of the TV series Child of our Time on a visit with staff and pupils of Banks Avenue School in Christchurch.

Watered-down science in government policy is enough to make any scientist hang up their lab coat in despair.

Ahchoo - yuk. How sneezes work video

Cough droplets

Slow motion visualisation of a sneeze shows phlegm breaking up in the air.

Space travel breakthrough

Amazon President, Chairman and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the Business Insider's "Ignition Future of Digital" conference in New York City December 2, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS PROFILE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)

Space-mad Amazon boss is another step towards opening up the cosmos to the masses.

DSCOVR-ing the Sun

The DSCOVR satellite captured this image of the far side of the moon as it passed between the satellite and Earth.

Three remarkable features of the DSCOVR satellite mission.

Sticky lizard toes inspire Ford

Ford is studying gecko's sticky toes in the hope they will provide answers to its recycling woes.

Sticky lizard toes could be the answer to recycling car parts.

Targeting ulcer bugs

A new stomach ulcer cure could soon help patients suffering severe pain, bleeding, nausea and bloating.

As ulcer bacteria learn to fight off standard cures, a new treatment emerges.

Monique Oliver: Future astronaut

Monique Oliver, 18, has received an AMP Scholarship to help fulfil her dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Monique Oliver wants to go to Mars, but definitely wants a return ticket. 

How sexist are scientists?

Nicola Gaston, of Victoria University, says there are still plenty of examples of sexism in the country's laboratories.

Why is science sexist? Author and academic Dr NICOLA GASTON explains and asks if it is a problem that can be fixed.

Ground control to St Joseph's video

Pupils at St Joseph's School in Rangiora are glued to the big screen for a Skype call from NASA astronaut John Creighton.

Rangiora's St Joseph's School go where no Kiwi school has gone before and receive a call from an astronaut.

US to remove chimps from medical labs

Fifty chimpanzees held by the United States government for medical research will be sent to sanctuaries.

Chimpanzees to be moved to sanctuaries as US ends policy of using them in medical research.

Hurt so good

Sex can be dangerous - so why does the brain make it feel so good?

Understanding the differences - and similarities - of pleasure and pain.

Medicines needed to rebuild skeleton

Members of the Auckland University Bone and Joint Research Group, which won the 2015 Prime Minister's Science Prize. From left Distinguished Professor Ian Reid, and Associate Professors Mark Bolland and Andrew Grey.

After ruling out extra calcium and vitamin D, researchers are zeroing in on treatments that will combat bone weakening.

Batty upside-down flight secrets revealed

Bats always the same specific manoeuver to land upside, US researchers have found.

Bats can land upside down on a ceiling with ease, and now scientists have learned how they do it.

Natural parasite entangles pests

A rat preying on a fantail chick. A natural parasite could be used to make the rodent pests more easily trapped.

Conservationists could use a naturally occurring disease to trap more pest rats.

Nelson to host major science conference

Queenstown Research Week co-ordinator, professor Peter Shepherd.

New Zealand's biggest scientific conference is heading to Nelson next year. 

Grasping infinity

Infinity is a phenomena that the science of today struggles to come to terms with.

Later in his life, poor Georg Cantor had to be carted off to an asylum. Thinking too hard about infinity apparently, can do that to you.

Way Aucklanders speak changing

Auckland is a "wonderful laboratory for testing questions about language change".

Researchers uncover surprising changes in the way Aucklanders speak.

Is this Earth's twin?

An artist's impressions shows GJ 1132b as a rocky planet similar to the Earth in size and mass, orbiting a red dwarf star.

A planet slightly bigger than Earth has been spotted just 39 light-years away.

Seaworld-funded attack site threatens Kiwi scientist

Ingrid Visser has dedicated twenty years of her professional career to helping killer whales in the wild.

A Kiwi scientist who has devoted her life to saving killer whales said attacks on her by a Sea World-sponsored blog in a Dirty Politics style attack.

Forget the calcium pills video

New Zealand researchers are behind the finding calcium has no positive benefit on osteoporosis, and carries risk.

Research highlighting how calcium tablets do little but increase heart attack risk wins PM's science prize.

Southlander scores science prize video

James Hargest College science department head Tania Lineham has been awarded the Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize for 2015.

Fizzing substances burning through things and loud explosions are not uncommon in Tania Lineham's classes.

Mouthguard that calculates concussion

Design student Spencer Buchanan holds his mouthguard that records data on the wearer's likely head injuries.

A Massey University student's design measures the impact of a tackle on the player's brain.

UC renews Mt John lease

The University of Canterbury has signed a renewed lease of 10 years with Earth and Sky.

Fears the University of Canterbury might pull out of Tekapo's Mt John observatory have been allayed.

Kiwi doing cutting-edge research in UK

Anna Peacock has just become a professor at the University of Southampton's Optoelectronic Research Centre.

Kiwi Anna Peacock is doing groundbreaking research into light that could one day benefit technology users worldwide.

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