A barren underworld: Why Pacific locals are raging against the death of coral reefs

Climate change and a warming ocean are putting immense stress on coral reefs in the Pacific. But some locals are refusing to passively accept the death of such vital ecosystems.

Testing New Plymouth’s new yoghurt pottle road

An innovative new roading system is being trialled in New Plymouth that could reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill.

A few upsides to us all dying in 2050

Cheer up, at least it'll all soon be over.

What does it feel like to be struck by lightning?

Lightning strikes about 190,000 times a year in New Zealand – one strike every 167 seconds, on average. So what does it feel like to get hit?

Science Archive

The cure for climate change could be in our own backyard

Climate treaties, sustainability goals and energy commitments are proliferating around the world. The answers to these targets must involve new materials and research in this area is happening in New Zealand, writes Dr Geoff Willmott.

How to use your phone before bed and still get a good night’s sleep

It's not the screen use that's the problem, but the type of content we're consuming right before sleep.

After the human apocalypse, which species will become dominant on Earth?

If humans become extinct, which species will take our place at the top of the pile?

Diseases not to die of, ranked

Whether you’re heading into rabies territory overseas or visiting the measles ward at your local hospital, there’s a shot for that.

Vaccination: A brief and sadly necessary history of its life-saving powers

The privilege many 21st-century parents think they have – to choose what illness will befall their children and how they will recover from it – is a relatively new phenomenon

Digging for the truth on fossils, profit, and the Foulden Maar mine

Is someone, somewhere, is sitting in an office making a clean choice between fossils and profit?

The father and daughter facing a future without sight

May 20 - 26 is macular degeneration awareness week. The subject is a personal one for Grant Thompson and his daughter Donna, who have both been diagnosed the condition which can lead to blindness.

Why we’re searching through your sewage for drugs

Wastewater testing provides an objective, standardised way of assessing levels of drug usage, and that has manifold benefits.

Does the Canterbury Panther exist? Six experts weigh in

Recent sightings of a large and potentially dangerous cat demand a social and political response, so we gathered a panel of experts to do just that. 

You live on a planet facing a million-species extinction

An 1,800-page report, years in the making, has painted a profoundly stark picture for diversity. With up to a million species facing extinction, humanity itself is in peril

I used to be an anti-vaxxer

Hannah McGowan once believed that vaccination was to blame for her chronic health issues, and refused to vaccinate her two young sons. Then she started to listen to the health professionals who know best.

New Zealand is failing on climate change

Despite all the evidence of climate change and environmental degradation, and the clear need to take action, we just aren’t taking action, writes James Renwick