Blue sky, red ice on Pluto gallery

The New Horizons spacecraft discovered Pluto's blue sky during the historic flyby of the icy dwarf planet.

The sky over Pluto may not be sunny but it's undoubtedly blue.

Human kidney grown in lab

The mini kidney that formed in a dish from human induced stem cells.

Researchers use stem cells to create a human "mini-kidney" in a dish.

Report highlights institute's success

Nelson mayor Rachel Reese, left with Cawthron Institute chief executive Charles Eason and Marlborough mayor Alistair Sowman.

Cawthron Institute turnover up from $18m to $23m in last three years, new economic report shows. 

The benefits of being bilingual

The benefits of your children being bi or multi-lingual are becoming increasingly documented.

Becoming bilingual can grow cognitive skills such as problem solving, mental flexibility, attention control, inhibitory control and task switching.

What's happening to the world's frogs?

Scientists don't know what's killing the world's frogs.

A "runaway train of extinction" is threatening the earth's reptiles and amphibians.

BRCA1 patent fails in court

Yvonne D'arcy has won her long-fought legal battle against the patenting of "breast cancer gene" BRCA1.

An Australian grandmother has won her fight - a breast cancer gene will not be patented.

NIWA's top science photos gallery

A shot at the beach at Army Bay, Whangaparaoa was the winner in the public choice category.

Scientists from NIWA have put forward their best photos of the year.

Travel of extinct dog mapped

The extinct Maori kuri dog, such as this specimen originating from the Catlins, has an ancestry stretching from Indonesia, around the Pacific and to New Zealand.

The now extinct Maori kuri dog has been found to have Indonesia cousins, new research has found.

More tsunami hazards for Wellington

With arms stretching toward Wellington and into Palliser Bay, the Cook Strait Canyon provides another tsunami risk in the earthquake-prone area.

Tsunamis 10 metres high or more could hit Wellington's south coast after landslides in undersea canyons.

Alcohol may be put on ice

Several countries have research bases in Antarctica, including Britain, France and Russia.

Antarctic scientists' excessive drinking has led to fights, arriving at work drunk and indecent exposure.

The heat is on from climate change

Mapua's Dr Tord Kjellstrom says heat exposure and stress from climate change will be the greatest threat to human life in the next 100 years.

Mapua professor Todd Kjellstrom says climate change could drive a major global economic decline.

Post-apocalyptic 'beaver' discovered

The teeth of Kimbetopsalis "beaver".

In the aftermath of an asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs, a beaver was thriving.

National science strategy unveiled

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has revealed the Government's 10-year strategy for investment in science and research.

Improved planning and private investment among key points of national science strategy.

Why we all have a 'type' we like

When researchers asked 35,000 participants to rate the beauty of different faces, the results were surprising.

After testing about 35,000 participants, research reveals that genetic has nothing to do with what we find beautiful.

Skies lit up by orange 'meteors'

A 2012 photo of what was believed to be a meteor spotted in Southland.

Southland man says he saw two orange objects in sky before a "boom" and a bright glow from the distance.

Did volcanoes help wipe out dinosaurs?

The findings bind together two long-held theories about what killed off the dinosaurs (and many other species).

It seems the asteroid blamed for wiping out dinosaurs may have had an accomplice.

Science needs funding certainty to excel

AgResearch at Ruakura in Hamilton - about 80 jobs are expected to go in a country-wide restructure.

OPINION: It's easy to get your nose out of joint when the flavour of the day (pandas, flags) gets more funding than essential and important science, as SARAH-JANE O-CONNOR explains.

Stay in bed and make $20,000

Drew Iwanicki was paid US$18,000 to lie in bed for 24 hour a day for 70 days as part of a NASA study.

What if you were offered thousands to stay there 70 days straight? That's what NASA did to study astronauts' health.

'Many ways to mummify a body'

A replica of King Tutankhamun's mummy at the Pharaonic Village in Cairo, Egypt but mummies of Britain are different from Egyptian mummies.

Ancient Britons may have mummified their dead by putting them in peat bogs.

Brain connections mirror positive traits

The research from the University of Oxford, looked at the brain scans of 461 participants, to map processes and connections.

"Maps" of our brains correspond with education, income, IQ and life-satisfaction.

'His honey work was his passion'

'His honey work was his passion in life,' says Alyson Molan of husband Peter.

Biochemist Peter Molan, best known for his work on manuka honey, has died.

Water on Mars and life on Earth

The DNA double helix, one of the building blocks that makes up life.

OPINION: Water on Mars isn't half as mysterious as life on Earth.

Warkworth radio telescope involved in comet project

The Rosetta space probe is currently orbiting the 'rubber duck' Comet 67P/Churyumov-Garasimenko.

AUT's Warkworth Observatory has joined with radio telescopes around the world in efforts to figure out what the Rosetta missions 'rubber duck' comet is made of.

Armageddon comes to life

The Dart spacecraft hitting Didymoon.

Scientists planning practice run of saving the Earth by trying to bump an asteroid off course.

Mars sparks Antarctic interest

Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica, in this December 12, 2009 file photo.

NASA's announcement of signs of water on Mars may spark renewed interest in Antarctica.

Glowing turtle amazes scientists

A turtle filmed in the Solomon Islands is thought to be the first with the ability to glow seen by scientists.

What's bright red and green, looks like a spaceship and can swim?

Ridley Scott knew there was water in Mars

Battle for survival: Matt Damon in The Martian.

The Martian director Ridley Scott says he was shown images of water on Mars two months ago - but it was too late to change the plot.

Water kills rover's curiosity

A Mars selfie of rover Curiosity.

NASA Mars rover can't get its feet wet for fear on the red planet for fear of contamination.

Great moments in space photography

Dark, narrow, 100 metre-long streaks on Mars, believed to have been formed by flowing water, are seen in an image produced by NASA.

Take a look at 13 of the most astounding pictures from beyond the Earth.

Duck, it's a comet!

It's not a duck. It's a comet.

A comet that looks like a rubber ducky is flying through space.

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