Science

China, Europe eye moon base

Home, sweet home?

China and Europe want to build humanity's first "moon village", for mining, tourism and even trips to Mars.

Explainer: Sharks in Southland

A sevengill shark.  Large great whites and sevengill sharks can be found near the coasts of the whole country, says DOC.

"Just get out of the water... but if the shark is taking an active interest in you, then you have to fight back."

NZ's fault with a 'maverick streak'

The Akatore fault and parallel faults near Dunedin.

The Akatore fault should be treated as a ''serious hazard'', geologists say.

The energy burst mystery

An artist's rendering of an outburst on an ultra-magnetic neutron star, also called a magnetar is shown in this handout ...

It's finding earth after billions of years in space. But where is this energy coming from?

Off the top of my dome

The aurora at Lake Rotoiti on April 23, captured by Nelson photographer Terry Urban.

Celestial bodies will soon be visible from Palmerston North once more.

Nasa's spacewalk-suit dilemma

Backdropped against the blue and white Earth 240km below, astronaut Mark Lee hangs in space, pictured in 1994.

In spite of spending $290m on new tech, Nasa astronauts still have to use 40-year-old suits to walk in space.

Sea predator's remarkable mouth

A fossil of Tokummia katalepsis. Until the discovery of Tokummia, mystery clouded the origin of animals called mandibulates.

Half a billion years ago, a large creature - 10cm long - hunted prey along the ocean floor with its extraordinary mouth.

Baby whales 'whisper' to mums

A humpback whale mother and her calf. Scientists have found calves "whisper" to their mothers to avoid being heard by ...

The quiet communication helps them avoid attracting the attention of predators and male humpbacks looking for mates.

Nasa balloon seen from Chch

Ashley Marles managed to photography the balloon with his own observatory.

That "bright stationary object" is headed for outer space - with an Anzac poppy in tow.

Poppy launched from Wanaka

Anzac poppies.

A humble paper poppy will share views of deep space cosmic rays with a state-of-the-art fluorescence detector.

Capturing the elusive Aurora

Lans Hansen said he waited his whole life to capture this photo of the Aurora Australis, near Breaker Bay in Wellington ...

"They really look like lights dancing back and forth."

Greens keen on transition period

Taranaki could be a renewable energy powerhouse, Green Party energy spokesman Gareth Hughes says.

Gareth Hughes thinks it's better to plan on a transition than leaving it to fate, and people losing jobs.

Night sky alight a rarity

Tim Bond has wanted to capture the Aurora Australis for years, finally succeeding Sunday night at Dawson Falls.

A night time photo shoot of the Taranaki sky offered a sight rarely seen so far north.

Three great whites caught

This great white was caught at the North Cape in the Far North earlier this month.

Fishermen aiming to catch, tag for research and release bronze whaler sharks "blown away" when three great whites took bait.

The good and bad of cannabis

Medicinal cannabis protesters march in Auckland.

OPINION: You can't have one cannabis joint and drive safely, says NZ Farmer editor Jon Morgan.

Best of your Aurora pics

The aurora, as viewed from Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury.

The Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis, have sparked a torrent of excellent photos.

Aurora lights up NZ again video

The Aurora put on a dazzling display in Breaker Bay, Wellington on Sunday night.

From Auckland to Otago the Southern Lights shone bright two nights in a row.

Kiwi-dug WWI tunnels virtual tour

A map of WWI tunnels, quarries and trenches overlays an image of modern day Arras, France. The blue lines represent ...

Important World War I tunnels dug by Kiwis under France have been surveyed with exacting detail and will be converted into 3D virtual reality tour.

Jane Goodall holds on to hope

Dr Jane Goodall at Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. She first travelled to Tanzania in 1960 at the age of 26.

Ahead of her NZ visit Goodall says why there is hope for our planet and its inhabitants.

The fight for science

The lead marchers walking up Queen St in Auckland.

Kiwis lead the world in an international fight back for science vs Trump.

Eating with all the senses

Professor Charles Spence.

Everything from the size of your plate to ambient lighting can affect how you experience food.

Stopping exotic invaders may be impossible

New Zealand's biosecurity laws are the most stringent in the world. Yet there is probably little chance of slowing down ...

Invasive species "homogenise" indigenous environments.

Fernbirds relocation 'scientific trial'

Fernbirds are small with a distinctive long, trailing, ragged tail

"At risk" birds relocated from Taranaki with hopes to help repopulate other areas.

Saturday could be seventh heaven for NASA

The "NASA bacon and egg pie'' from the Warbirds and Wheels Cafe at Wanaka Airport lets off steam on the media bench ...

Friday was a pie day for NASA balloon watchers at Wanaka Airport.

Rise and fall of the Southern Alps

The Southern Alps are eroding away almost as quickly as the tectonic plates are pushing them up.

Without erosion the Alps would be about six times their present height.

Why alternative facts are 'unsustainable'

Bill Nye Saves The World is a platform to tackle big existential questions of our time.

The Science Guy hopes his new series teaches people critical thinking.

Kiwi scientist's NASA shot

'Super-Earth' MOA-2012-BLG-505Lb is about 24,000 light years away from earth.

A "million to one" punt worked. Now, Nasa wants to use Kiwi-proven planet-finding technique.

March for science

More than 500 events are planned to take place worldwide this Saturday under the March for Science banner, including one ...

Good science helps us understand our world and is worth fighting for, campaigners say.

'Biggest spider I've ever seen'

A large spider living in the dunes near New Brighton, Christchurch.

It's black, red and has a body the size of a roll-on deodorant stick - and it's a native.

Penguins 'moved north to NZ'

Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho are of the world's rarest penguin species, these birds do not form colonies and can travel ...

The endangered yellow-eyed penguin beat a retreat to the mainland 500 years ago to avoid the Little Ice Age.

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