Dogs understand both the meaning of words and intonation, study finds.
A new study has revealed half of all homeless adults in New Zealand are working or studying.
An unexplained signal from space has alien hunters buzzing, and some a bit peeved.
Surgeons hope to do the world's first human head transplant - and a head has been offered. But is it "junk science"?
Taranaki grass has helped scientists figure out how to keep an eye on greenhouse gas emissions.
Vast amounts of plastic waste will be fossilised in what some now flippantly call the "Plasticine Era".
It's a green breakthrough: grass can hold polluters to their climate promises, scientist says.
For a year, six scientists lived in near isolation on the island of Hawaii, and proved you can get water from dry ground.
A drone has helped capture pictures and measure whales off the Auckland Islands.
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.
Astronomers spotted a ''blob'' about the size of the Milky Way with few stars. It turned out to be a ''ghost'' galaxy.
Would you gag on meat-flavoured ice-cream? 3D printed food? Instant coffee?
Italy's deadly 6.2 earthquake mirrored the 2011 Christchurch quake in several ways.
Its year is just 11 days, its star the closest to ours - and it could have water, and life.
Rapid advances in quake monitoring and reporting may pave the way to a New Zealand warning system.
If there are pathways or cracks, contaminants travel quickly, says expert.
A Nobel prize winning stem cell pioneer will be one of 1200 scientists visiting Nelson for a major conference next week.
Prize-winning video explains some of the challenges of saving bird species from extinction.
Scientists astonished by speed of crack spreading across one of Antarctica's biggest ice shelves.
Ever wondered which shark has the sharpest gnashers? Here's your answer, thanks to science.
There's been a surge in lightning deaths this year in the US, with Fridays being especially deadly.
The most memorable aspect of Canterbury's winter has been the overwhelming lack of wintry weather.
The solution is a naturally occurring mineral.
Cyanobacteria are probably the most important life form ever on Earth. Yes much more so than us.
The abilities of high-functioning autists make them perfect for IT work, Brockie says.
The innovative ideas of young people have been showcased at the Manawatu Science and Technology Fair.
Lights seen dancing across Friday night's skies remain a mystery but whatever they are, they're a rarity.
People across the country have reported seeing a bright meteor that flew over Wellington.
Scientists are looking at what a 5300-year-old iceman was wearing when he died.
You might expect a disease that can kill 95 per cent of its victims would be on everyone's radar. Not this one.