Science

Your dog understands you

The new findings mean dogs are more like humans than was previously known.

Dogs understand both the meaning of words and intonation, study finds.

Homeless, but working or studying

Demand for emergency accommodation for the homeless is rising in response to what Kevin calls "disaster levels" of new ...

A new study has revealed half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying.

An intriguing signal from space video

The Allen Telescope Array is trying to find the source of a signal from deep space picked up by Russian astronomers.

An unexplained signal from space has alien hunters buzzing, and some a bit peeved.

World's first head transplant planned video

Valery Spiridonov, a man who has volunteered to be the first person to undergo a head transplant, attends a news ...

Surgeons hope to do the world's first human head transplant - and a head has been offered. But is it "junk science"?

Grass really is greener

Radiocarbon researcher Dr Jocelyn Turnbull, of GNS Science, collecting data at Kapuni in Taranaki.

Taranaki grass has helped scientists figure out how to keep an eye on greenhouse gas emissions.

Brockie's World of Science

Brockie's view of plastic waste

Vast amounts of plastic waste will be fossilised in what some now flippantly call the "Plasticine Era".

Grass tells of our carbon sins

13082015 NEWS Photo: Mike Scott/Fairfax NZ. Huntly East coal mine.
 Solid Energy, which runs mines in the Waikato town ...

It's a green breakthrough: grass can hold polluters to their climate promises, scientist says.

Mission to Mars could succeed video

This computer-generated view depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including ...

For a year, six scientists lived in near isolation on the island of Hawaii, and proved you can get water from dry ground.

Mother whale and calf photo captured

Another pic of a calf keeping close.

A drone has helped capture pictures and measure whales off the Auckland Islands.

Quakes caused by distant storms?

Typhoons, such as Halong in the Pacific in 2014, trigger faint seismic waves that can help our understanding of the ...

It sounds far-fetched - and technically it is. Scientists have detected faint tremors that were triggered by storms on the other side of the planet.

'Ghost' galaxy discovered

On the left, a wide view of the Coma cluster. The dark matter Dragonfly 44 galaxy is at centre left and, on the right, ...

Astronomers spotted a ''blob'' about the size of the Milky Way with few stars. It turned out to be a ''ghost'' galaxy.

Brewing great expectations video

Up close: Coffee beans flecked with gingers are a sign of a naturally sun-dried crop.

Would you gag on meat-flavoured ice-cream? 3D printed food? Instant coffee?

Italy and Chch's similar quakes video

An earthquake in Italy has killed at least 120 people.

Italy's deadly 6.2 earthquake mirrored the 2011 Christchurch quake in several ways.

The Earth-like planet next door video

Scientists at the European Space Observatory say they've detected an Earth-sized planet orbiting our closest star.

Its year is just 11 days, its star the closest to ours - and it could have water, and life.

NZ earthquake science undergoes 'dramatic' changes

Pre-GeoNet days: The volcano monitoring room at the GNS Science Wairakei office in 1993, with volcanologist Brad Scott ...

Rapid advances in quake monitoring and reporting may pave the way to a New Zealand warning system.

Water contamination: How does it happen?

A photo taken by Hawke's Bay regional councillor Tom Belford last summer of cows standing in the Tukituki River near ...

If there are pathways or cracks, contaminants travel quickly, says expert.

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.

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