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.

'No decline' in science funding

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce said AgResearch's redundancies were caused by revenue challenges.

Steven Joyce hits back at claims lack of Government funds behind redundancies at AgResearch.

Antartica NZ launches research season

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US Air Force arrive in Christchurch for the start of the Antarctica season.

Antarctica received new visitors this week as an ambitious summer of research gets under way.

Mars discovery sparks possibilities video

Astrobiologist Kathleen Campbell said the new information about the red planet was key to figuring out where else life might be lurking.

Kiwis weigh in on one of the most exciting discoveries "in a lifetime".

Nasa's Mars reveal: Water found video

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

Scientists discover evidence of water flowing on the Red Planet - and there's a possibility of one day finding life.

Concerns over cold 'blob' in North Atlantic

Land and ocean temperature percentiles from January to August 2015.

Scientists have a theory about why the planet is going through a record warm stretch except for one area.

Once in a generation event begins

The supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor on September 28, 2015 in Somerset, England.

A rare supermoon lunar eclipse is currently taking place in the Northern Hemisphere.

Light may deter mice

'If [mice] move into an illuminated area it's easier for predators to find them," says University of Waikato student Bridgette Farnworth.

Can light be used to deter night-time pests? A Waikato doctoral student investigates.

Is it aliens?

Space geeks have been sent into a frenzy by Nasa's announcement that it had solved a mystery about Mars.

Is it aliens? Flowing water? Or perhaps the long-awaited discovery of Martian crabs?

Spaceman's view of Auckland

Auckland, as photographed from the International Space Station.

You can't quite make out Eden Park or the traffic banking up, but an astronaut's photo paints a stunning picture.

Wish upon an exploded star video

Beautiful leftovers from a supernova: a stellar explosion that outshines an entire galaxy, before fading.

New mesmerising images from a sun that exploded 8000 years ago.

Corpse sliced and scanned

Body of an obese American housewife has helped scientists recreate her body to conduct experiments that would be dangerous on a living human.

It's the closest you'll ever get to the human body, if not a little gruesome.

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