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Women astronauts make history

In the first all-female spacewalk, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir replaced batteries on the outside of the ...

In the first all-female spacewalk, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir replaced batteries on the outside of the International Space Station.

Beware of DNA health tests by ancestry companies

Get a clinician to interpret DNA screening results.

OPINION: Serious limitations in these genetic tests.

Wild weather helps boosts trust in scientists video

Floodwaters cover the Japanese city of Nagano following Typhoon Hagibis.

Many people sceptical of climate change are that way because they "don't like the consequences".

Watch: The first all-female spacewalk

The first all-female spacewalking team has made history high above Earth, replacing a broken part of the International ...

The first all-female spacewalking team has made history high above Earth, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid.

This mystery organism can repair itself

Is it an animal or a fungus? Scientists are unsure.

Researchers sliced up pieces of the organism and sprinkled them in a maze. It consolidated back into its original form.

Nasa's first all-women spacewalk

US astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch.

Two female astronauts mark the first time in spacewalking that men aren't part of the action.

Is 'The Big One' coming?

The Garlock Fault runs along the foot of the mountain ranges, from the lower right to the top centre of this image.

A US fault capable of a massive magnitude 8.0 earthquake is moving for the first time, study says.

Checking lake health by satellite

A screenshot of Seequent's prize-winning web app that monitors lake health by analysing satellite data.

Most of New Zealand's 3800 lakes are not regularly monitored due to the cost of physically getting to them all. A new system aims to take out the legwork.

Weekend will warm up

Thick frontal clouds associated with a low-pressure system west of the South Island brought 10mm of rain to Christchurch ...

Blame a misplaced part of the jetstream for Friday's rain across much of the northern and central South Island.

Saving the long-tailed bats

Pekapeka, or long-tailed bats, are smaller than the lesser short-tailed species and weigh only 8 to 11 grams. They can ...

They're not much bigger than your thumb and they only come out to forage at night.

Prepare for plant invasions video

Lupins at Lake Tekapo. They look pretty to tourists, but lupins are now a highly invasive weed that spreads easily along ...

Warming temperatures across New Zealand will help invasive plants flourish in what is already one of the world's weediest countries.

The planet's heart is faltering

New Zealand's coastal waters are warming, a new report released on Thursday says, making them less able to swallow ...

OPINION: New Zealand's coastal waters are warming, a new report says, making them less able to swallow carbon dioxide.

Big storms cause 'stormquakes'

The shaking of the sea floor during hurricanes  can rumble like a magnitude 3.5 earthquake.

The mashup might bring to mind "Sharknado", but stormquakes are real and not dangerous.

Tinsley not honoured in home town

Beatrice Tinsley grew up in New Plymouth and was Dux at New Plymouth Girls' High, yet she is not commemorated in the ...

She has a mountain, asteroid and building named after her, but nothing in New Plymouth where she grew up.

How climate change affects NZ wine

New Zealand's wineries could think about about planting grape varieties that enjoy more heat, says Anne-Gaelle Ausseil ...

I love my pinot noir, so have a personal interest in this.

Panel creates electricity in the dark video

Panel creates electricity in the dark

Futuristic panel's excess heat is converted into electricity.

Human gene put in monkeys' brains

Chinese scientists have edited a human gene into the brains of monkeys.

Chinese scientists edited a human gene into the brains of monkeys - they became smarter but there are concerns about the ethics of the experiment.

Dangers of deep space travel

Will we ever venture into another star system, and experience another sun?

Will we ever venture into another star system, and experience another sun? How dangerous is deep space travel?

Flu vaccine study seeks 600 children video

Hundreds of pregnant Wellington women could help develop a universal flu vaccine, which could save lives.

Hundreds of pregnant Wellington women could help develop a universal flu vaccine.

Little known about Kiwi seaweeds

Bull kelp is declining.

Seaweeds in the Kaikōura region were badly affected by the 2016 earthquake, but some appear to be recovering.

Drugs: Better safe than sorry

Moralising doesn't change people's behaviour or keep them safe.

OPINION: The evidence is clear – hard-line drug policies don't reduce the demand or supply of illegal drugs.

Fingerprinting my brain

Reporter Brittany Keogh takes a brain fingerprinting test at the University of Canterbury.

A forensic investigation technique known as brain fingerprinting is being tested in Christchurch.

Palisade posts to reveal history video

Palisades post from Otahau Pa, north of Hamilton.
These have been radiocarbon dated, with unusual precision, to AD1768 ...

We'll know when Waikato pā were built thanks to a project combining science and Māori knowlege.

The promise of stem cells video

All Black Owen Franks believes stem cell treatment helped get him back on the field.

Owen Franks credited stem cells with helping him get back on the field. But don't believe all the hype.

Main event or foreshock?

A mobile homes in Ridgecrest, Califo9rnia that was knocked off its foundation by an earthquake in July 2019.

Aftershock pattern suggested as indicator bigger earthquake still to come.

Battle of the snow bots

A yearly competition in St Paul, Minnesota pits robots against each other to clear as much snow as possible from a ...

A yearly competition in St Paul, Minnesota pits robots against each other to clear as much snow as possible from a designated area.

Little worm devours plastic

It's not be much to look at, but the wax worm's unusual appetite might help scientists find a solution to biodegrading ...

It's not be much to look at, but the wax worm's unusual appetite might help scientists find a solution to biodegrading plastic.

Nobel Prize for work on the cosmos video

Swiss Astronomers Michel Mayor, right, and Didier Queloz, left.

Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physics for work which adds to the nagging question: Does life exist only on Earth?

Hidden perk of being tall

A new study has revealed a hidden perk of being tall.

A new study has revealed a hidden perk of being tall.

Bumpy landings guaranteed

Landing at Wellington Airport is often a hair-raising experience. But which other New Zealand airports also offer a ...

Which New Zealand airports are the bumpiest to land at during rough weather? And which is the worst?

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