Scientists hate to say, ‘I told you so.’ But Australia, we warned you

We said the country could face a climate change-driven bushfire crisis by 2020. It arrived on schedule.

Cheat sheet: Should we be freaking out about the mysterious virus in China?

A strange pneumonia-causing virus has broken out in China, and the number of cases is rising rapidly. How worried should we be? 

Baby sharks turn into bigger sharks: How not to get eaten this summer

Fishermen and swimmers around the Hauraki Gulf are reporting droves of baby sharks in the waters. What does it mean, and where are their parents?

If Australia was a planet all on its own

Australia cannot blame the destruction on others; in any moral calculation, it has done this to itself.

Science Archive

New Zealand broke temperature records in 2019. Let’s not do it again

Last year was the fourth hottest year on record for New Zealand, and scientists say it's only getting hotter.

It’s not a cherry and it can’t be popped: Exploding the hymen myth

Females have been told for years that the hymen is an integral part of sex, especially when it comes to 'losing your virginity'. That's all a lie.

In Australia we are witnessing a country aflame, fanned by fossil-fuelled politicians

Australia, your country is burning – the climate change emergency is here with you now, writes a climate scientist visiting the country.

Australia on fire: the numbers tell the terrible story

Hundreds of vicious bushfires have been scorching the country in an unprecedented wave of destruction

Red sky at night: when the Australian bushfires crossed the Tasman Sea

Leading physicist Richard Easther explains what's been going on with the smoky orange skies above New Zealand.

How to reduce the carbon cost of building our world with steel

Lauire Winkless speaks to the New Zealand scientists working to clean up the final frontier and how to make steel in a zero-carbon future.

Meet Ada the wonder dog

Ada is a dog with a very unusual, life-saving skill: warning her diabetic owner that her blood glucose levels are getting dangerously low or high.

We need to talk about breast density and cancer

Despite it being proven that women with dense breasts have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, there is currently no requirement for Breastscreen Aotearoa to inform women of their own density after a mammogram. Shoshana Maasland talks to the women advocating for that to change.

One big idea to transform travel in New Zealand

Our universities have a shocking record on emissions. If they band together, however, they could make a massive difference.

Whakaari/White Island, 24 hours on

Twenty-four hours after the eruption on Whakaari/White Island, here's what we know about the ongoing situation.

New Zealand’s own ‘terror bird’ ruled Rēkohu with an iron beak 

Another giant bird has been torn from its grave: the ancient Rēkohu/Chatham Island penguin. Just how big was it?

Whakaari/White Island: The science of the eruption, and why there was no warning

We don’t normally see these eruptions coming, no matter how much we would like to.