Science

Iceland's volcanic timebomb

The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 led to the cancellation of 100,000 flights.

Under Iceland a monster is beginning to awaken.

'Climate's always changed' - right? video

The timeline shows how the earth's temperatures have changed since the last ice age.

Well yes... but not like this, says cartoonist behind timeline which shows why we should worry about that "hottest on record" badge.

2016 broke temperature records - again video

NASA's Surface Temperature Anomaly map for December, comparing averages to those from 1951-1980.

Unprecedented heat in India and ice melt at the poles: 2016 was hot. And it's costing us already.

Warming planet sees wasps thrive

A new study has found that the success of common wasps is heavily dependent on spring weather.

Kiwi scientists have discovered a link between climate change and rising wasp numbers in New Zealand.

Is our solar system unique? gallery

Japanese collaborators with Massey University raised extra funds to build a more powerful camera at Mt John Observatory ...

What is the most common type of planet in our galaxy? A warm rocky Earth or a cold gas giant? An Auckland astronomer is helping NASA find out.

How to tell you're having a girl

Girl or boy? A study may have brought us closer to better predictions.

A new study suggests a mum's blood pressure pre-pregnancy could hint at whether she's going to have a boy or girl.

Inside a bone bank video

Only the 'ball' of the hip's ball and socket joint is harvested from hip replacements and donated to the NZ Blood ...

How dead bone is helping to give back life with radical transplant techniques.

Last man to walk on moon dies video

Astronaut Gene Cernan in the Command Module during the outbound trip from the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in ...

Astronaut Gene Cernan didn't want to leave, but before he did he traced the initials of his daughter, 9, into the dust of the lunar surface.

Sixty years of science at Scott Base

Brett Grant scoops platelet ice to gain access to the ocean beneath the sea ice.

Sir Ed established Scott Base six decades ago

What draws us to attractive faces?

George Clooney has aged well.

Surveys confirm that people everywhere rank facial attractiveness on the same or slightly different scales.

Moon 4.51 billion years old

Scientists say the moon formed within 60 million years of the birth of the solar system.

It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected.

Weakness found in killer bacteria

Massey Professor Bernd Rehm is part of a team that has found a weakness in the killer bacteria pseudomonas aeruginosa.

A new chink is found in the armour of a killer bacteria, which scientists think could help us fight it. 

Featherless owls shock internet

This fluffy-looking creature looks surprisingly creepy without its feathers.

The answer to one social media user's burning question has unsettled the internet.

Superbug kills US woman

The woman was given 26 different antibiotics but she failed to recover.

All the antibiotics in the US could not save a woman who contracted an unkillable superbug.

Tiny clues to the origins of life

Image of a hydrothermal vent field along the Arctic Mid-Ocean Ridge, close to where 'Loki,' a member of the Asgard ...

In its early days, life wasn't all that interesting. Then a beautiful friendship began. Meet Thor, Loki and Odin.

The mice who turned Hulk video

The light turned the mice into killers.

US researchers used light to transform ordinary mice into stone-cold killers.

Getting ready for the next one

GNS scientist Kelvin Berryman says the chance of a big earthquake of up to magnitude 8 and above has increased.

Only five earthquakes greater than 7.8 have ever been recorded in New Zealand.

World first: Tarantula eats snake video

Dropping into a tarantula's retreat turned out to be a bad idea for this snake.

Thought to be the first time in the wild, a tarantula in Brazil has been seen enjoying a snake for its dinner.

Moon 'formed from moonlets'

The moon may have been created from about 20 moonlets, scientists say.

Mini-moons, over millions of years, may have clumped together to make one large one, scientists say.

Broadcasting from Antarctica video

Journalist and adventurer Ashlan Cousteau prepares for the cold at the Antarctica New Zealand centre on Monday.

Musician Gin Wigmore joins US astronaut for Antarctic expedition.

Like-minded students converge at science forum

Long Bay College student Kaitlyn Nicol will be attending the Summer Science Forum from January 14, 2017.

Kaitlyn Nicol wants to study prosthetics so she's attending a forum to learn more about science at university.

Space scientist's world tour

American scientist Scott Acton helped develop computer algorithms for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, which will ...

A visiting American scientist talks about a new telescope that will examine the universe's dawn.

Something in water in Ohope

The blue waves caused by a naturally occurring phenomenon captured by Whakatane-based photographer Neil Hutton.

When Neil Hutton heard the waves were glowing blue, he jumped from his bed and grabbed his camera.

Nasa on course to fly to Porirua

Earth.

Mayor reaches for the sky to bring American space agency to inspire young people.

Twenty amazing Nasa photos

The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft is seen as it lands in September 2016.

Nasa has given us some pretty spectacular photos over the past year. Here's a selection.

Chooks not as dumb as you think

The humble chicken is far more intelligent than we think, says US scientist.

Chickens are intelligent, exhibit logical reasoning and are masters of manipulation, says new research.

Comet or asteroid, it's coming

An artist's rendition of 2016 WF9 as it passes Jupiter's orbit inbound toward the sun.

Two massive space objects are heading towards Earth, but Nasa doesn't know what one of them is.

The man behind the lunar photos

William Pickering at the Carter Observatory in Wellington in 2002.

William Pickering was fair and hugely respected, the sort of boss the staff wanted to succeed.

Source of mysterious space signal video

The Very Large Array telescope on the Plains of San Agustin in New Mexico.

Mysterious radio bursts that have been baffling scientists for years came from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.

Seismic surveys and whales - any link?

New Zealand is home to more than half of the world's whale species, and each beaching is a lesson to be learnt, says ...

Could seismic surveying vessels in New Zealand waters be behind recent whale strandings?

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