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Top scientists in town for talks

Nobel Laureate John Gurdon will be the keynote speaker at August's Queenstown Research Week held in Nelson.

A Nobel prize winning stem cell pioneer will be one of 1200 scientists visiting Nelson for a major conference next week.

Video highlights bird rescue hurdles video

Dr Helen Taylor's prize-winning short-video explains some of the genetic challenges in saving bird species.

Prize-winning video explains some of the challenges of saving bird species from extinction.

Antarctica about to lose large chunk

Larsen C ice shelf and the Weddell Sea, covered with sea ice.

Scientists astonished by speed of crack spreading across one of Antarctica's biggest ice shelves.

Scientists build sharks' teeth power saw video

A tiger shark has some of the sharpest teeth in the world.

Ever wondered which shark has the sharpest gnashers? Here's your answer, thanks to science.

Lightning strike deaths spike

Fridays have been the deadliest day of the week this year, which Jensenius said was unusual.

There's been a surge in lightning deaths this year in the US, with Fridays being especially deadly.

Goodbye to our wimpy winter

There's been some frosts but otherwise Canterbury's winter has largely been a wimpy affair.

The most memorable aspect of Canterbury's winter has been the overwhelming lack of wintry weather.

Teenage scientist plans to clean up the ocean

Liam Henderson presented his project at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair in Hamilton.

The solution is a naturally occurring mineral.

Roger Hanson column

The layers on this 2.7 billion-year-old rock, a stromatolite from Western Australia, show evidence of single-celled, ...

Cyanobacteria are probably the most important life form ever on Earth. Yes much more so than us.

Brockie's World of Science

Brockie's view of autism.

The abilities of high-functioning autists make them perfect for IT work, Brockie says.

Bright ideas shine at science fair

Palmerston North Girls' High students Stephanie Kelly, 17, Lueni Jasmine Havea, 16, Georgia Tiaono Whitta, 16 with their ...

The innovative ideas of young people have been showcased at the Manawatu Science and Technology Fair.

'Meteor' keeps Kiwis guessing

Comets and meteoroids have long fascinated people.

Lights seen dancing across Friday night's skies remain a mystery but whatever they are, they're a rarity.

Possible meteor flies over NZ

There were reports of a meteor seen in the skies over Wellington on Friday night.

People across the country have reported seeing a bright meteor that flew over Wellington.

Iceman's fashion, 5300 years ago

Otzi was found to have been wearing at least five different animals at the time of his death.

Scientists are looking at what a 5300-year-old iceman was wearing when he died.

Never heard of black fever?

A worker sprays DDT as part of an initiative to eradicate Black Fever in Raghopur, Bihar, India.

​You might expect a disease that can kill 95 per cent of its victims would be on everyone's radar. Not this one.

Tectonics to scupper driverless cars? video

Tectonic plates are in constant motion, which will have to be taken into account to make sure driverless cars are where ...

The earth's plates move so much that keeping satellite-guided cars in the right lane will be tricky.

These foods will be luxuries soon

Most of the world's chocolate comes from west Africa.

Be prepared to pay a lot more for life's little pleasures - even NZ wine.

Superfood or super fad?

Kale - enough already.

Kale and quinoa are hailed as heroes, but the science on "superfoods" doesn't quite stack up.

Scientists crack deja vu mystery

Scientists say activity in specific regions of the brain can explain that deja vu feeling.

Ever had that funny "haven't I seen this before" feeling? Apparently, that's a good thing.

Could Zika spread to NZ?

An aedes aegypti mosquito, found in New Zealand's trading partners; the Pacfiic Islands, Southeast Asia and Australia, ...

New Zealand is out of the woods for a Zika epidemic, provided we keep the mozzies off our borders, says an expert.

Smallpox fear from melting corpses

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Bodies buried for over 100 years in Siberian permafrost could release deadly virus again as ground warms.

World's cutest squid spotted

Awh, just look at him.

Is it a new Pokemon? Mr Snuffleupagus from Sesame Street?

Bananas heading for extinction?

Is this the end for the humble banana?

A favourite supermarket product, the banana, could be extinct within a decade.

Synthetic spider silk full of potential

St Patrick's College student Jacob Farr has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Eureka Awards.

 Presentation on secret power of spider silk wins student place at Eureka finals.

Robot joins innovators at science fair

Powered by Intera software, Baxter a robotic pioneer, has no complex programming or costly integration require to make ...

Science and a humanoid help celebrate 37 years of technology.

Seaweed science creates jobs

Tim Clarke, left, and Neil Anthony have gone from long term unemployed to developing new skills.

A seaweed harvesting operation is giving people a new lease on life.

Quest to unlock NZ bush medicine

NMIT scientist Eric Buenz is exploring how to get pain medication from the native stinging nettle, ongaonga.

The scientist brushed the NZ nettle and felt intense pain, then numbness. It could lead to a medical breakthrough.

Giant shark's giant lifespan

Science suggests the Greenland sharks may be the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, with one female estimated to ...

Mysterious, slow-moving beast known as the Greenland shark has an extraordinary lifespan.

Mystery object near Neptune

Scientists are puzzling over a small world beyond Neptune, pictured, which is going backwards on a strange angle.

Something has been found beyond Neptune orbiting the wrong way.

Brockie's World of Science

Brockie's view of  night-flying swifts.

How do some birds manage to fly and sleep at the same time?

Roger Hanson column

In September 2013, NASA scientists declared Voyager 1 the first human-made object to leave the Solar System and enter ...

What are the most stunning engineering achievements to date? Roger Hanson picks his top three.

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