Earth-like planet breakthrough discovery

new planet Kepler-186f

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected.

Moment of conception discovered

microscope scientist

Way in which egg and sperm recognise and bond with each other discovered, paving way for contraception and fertilisation research.

'Model T Ford' of sharks found

Great white shark

Impeccably preserved fossilised remains of a shark that lived 325 million years ago discovered in the US.

Lisa's one miracle of a kakapo chick

kakapo chick

Kakapo chick from a crushed and mended egg beats the odds to boost endangered population.

'Blood moon' lunar eclipse seen in NZ

Lunar eclipse

Kiwi stargazers treated to stunning phenomenon as Moon turns a coppery hue.

British scientists create artificial blood

True Blood

A team of British scientists claims to have created red blood cells suitable for transfusion into humans.

Voodoo dolls test 'hangry' couples


Married couples able to avoid fights if they eat chocolate, study using voodoo dolls finds.

Lockheed to begin building asteroid sampler


US$800 million mission, known as OSIRIS-Rex, is targeted for launch in September 2016.

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

Climate change

Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air.

How to survive a volcanic eruption


Canterbury University geologists to test theory about best way to avoid flying volcanic rocks.

Blood moons coincide with holy days

Blood Moon

Kiwi have a chance to see a total lunar eclipse, but doomsayers predict the blood moon spells trouble.

Climate change could spell end for Tuatara


Male tuatara can expect lonely love lives as the climate warms - before they eventually become extinct.

Bacterial research grows better understanding

microscope scientist

New findings have implications for improving the understanding of how bacteria evolve, including the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.

Stunning solar flare images

Solar flare

Nasa releases spectacular footage of a mid-level solar flare from a few days ago.

Earthquakes? Blame the Kapiti creep

Earthquake generic

Damaging earthquakes that have shaken central New Zealand strongly in the past year appear linked to a puzzling, creeping phenomenon under the lower North Island.

Skydiver almost hit by meteorite

Meteorite in its dark flight stage

The chances of this happening are "much less likely than winning the lottery three times in a row".

Ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moon


Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn's little moon Enceladus.

Gene study could bring medical advances


A four-year global study has started to unlock the mystery of why human cells act differently.

Waves keep rolling into NZ after quake

Small waves to keep hitting NZ for hours more after 8.2 Chile quake that scientist say wasn't the big one they're still expecting.

Funding loss 'perplexing'

Lincoln University

Top research group says that missing out on $20m in funding will put NZ's agriculture, horticulture and forestry at risk.

Methane-spewing microbe behind mass extinction


A microbe that spewed humongous amounts of methane into Earth's atmosphere triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago.

Scientist faked heralded stem cell research, lab says

Haruko Obokata

Haruko Obokata's groundbreaking research was hailed as a major breakthrough in stem cell research. There was just one problem.

Milky Way lights up Wairarapa

Wairarapa at night

It took 80kg of gear, a helicopter and exact timing to shoot the Milky Way over Wairarapa.

Egypt's animal mummies

Egypt animal mummies

Ancient Egyptians really loved their dogs and cats - not to mention their snakes, crocodiles and birds.

MH370: The murky seabed search zone

Search Map MH370

Three kilometres under the sea where teams are looking for debris from the missing Malaysian jet, the ocean floor is cold, dark, covered in a squishy muck of dead plankton.

8 reasons to worry about global warming

A dried up lake.

If you have already read "12 Pieces of Practical Advice from Housecats," now you can move on to "8 Reasons to Worry about Global Warming."

The learner driver fish - it will bowl you over

Adam Ben-Dror

A new device made by a Wellington design student is allowing fish to drive.

Q&A: Satellites


The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysia Airline plane has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, Nasa's recently retired chief scientist for orbital debris:

Big concern over wasp numbers


NZ is facing a huge wasp problem made even worse by the recent arrival of another invader.

Study find drug repairs cocaine damage


Sydney researchers discover damage done to the body by cocaine use can be treated with an an antioxidant drug.

Russian rocket launches with American on board

Soyuz TMA-12M

The US and Russia haven't allowed their disagreements over Ukraine get in the way of their joint mission in space.

Quake alerts from space foreseen


Scientists in 10 years may be able to use satellites to predict seismic activity.

Dinosaur like a 'chicken from hell'

Anzu wyliei

Newly discovered dinosaur had a toothless beak, crested skull, sharp claws, long legs and probably feathers.

Earth dodged a solar bullet

Solar flare 2012

Solar blasts that could have caused US$2.4 trillion in damage narrowly missed Earth, researchers say.

Alpine Fault not so 'well behaved'

Alpine Fault

Alpine Fault may have generated more large quakes than previously thought.

Earliest human with cancer discovered

Cancer testing, medical testing, laboratory

The oldest complete example of a human with cancer may offer new clues about the disease.

Frozen for 1600 years, Antarctic moss revived


Alive in the days of Attila the Hun, the moss looked lifeless but grew again when watered.

Spectacular lunar rainbow captured in Manawatu

Lunar rainbow

The tail end of ex-Cyclone Lusi and twilight combined to create this "trippy" phenomenon.

Paris takes drastic measures to fight toxic smog


Half of all cars kept off the road to combat worst pollution in years.

New maps show Mercury even smaller

Maps show Mercury has shrunk more due to cooling than scientists thought.

Echoes of the Big Bang discovery

BICEP telescope

Astronomers find their holy grail: echoes of the expansion of the universe after the big bang.

Nasa-backed study says humanity is doomed


Earth's industrial societies poised to collapse in rush for unsustainable resources, according to Nasa.

Bringing science to the masses

Lord Robert Winston

Fertility expert, theatre director, TV presenter and a peer to boot . . . Robert Winston talks to Adam Dudding about the power of science.

Nasa snaps spectacular solar flare

solar flare

Images of a spectacular solar flare have been captured by Nasa.

NZ astronomer to help pick Chinese planetarium

Otago University

Dunedin's Dr Ian Griffin has been invited to sit on the panel to select the winning tender for the Shanghai planetarium.

Animals with the worst sex in the world


We are among the only species to have sex for fun, not just for reproduction. For some other species, though, sex is far from fun.

Scientists unlock secrets of hybrid species


A law that explains how hybrid species such as the broccoflower survive has been discovered by Massey scientists.

Cave clues for continent formation


Network of Chilean caves offers valuable clues as to how the continents were formed.

Underwater caves discovered in Chile


Caves found in Patagonia may unlock secrets of how continents have formed.

Termite damage at Te Aroha house rare, says insect expert


When it comes to identifying New Zealand drywood termites, it pays to know your excrement.
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