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.

Science Archive

Whakaari/White Island eruption: What you need to know

Five people are dead, a number unaccounted for and up to 20 injured, some critically, after a volcano erupted in the Bay of Plenty this afternoon.

Not-so-modest proposals for Tiwai

A truly ambitious solution would keep jobs in Southland as well as delivering on the promise of the Zero Carbon Act.

Cheat Sheet: A chance for NZ to lead the world in cutting back on plastic

The government will start phasing out polystyrene packaging and beverage containers in response to a major new report calling for a nationwide rethink on plastics in New Zealand.

A real chance for New Zealand to end prohibition and its pernicious impacts

The bill unveiled this week represents an excellent opportunity to take control of the supply of cannabis.

My son’s diabetes monitor isn’t a biohacking gimmick – it’s a lifesaver

Why did a US writer's story about wearing a diabetes monitor despite not being diabetic raise Emily Writes' hackles? The same device could mean life or death for her son, and it costs her thousands of dollars a year.

Weather forecast: everyone gets everything

Summer has begun and the forecast is: it’s hot and breezy and wet and dry. We explain what’s going on, and what you can expect over the coming months.

The dead rats of Westport and the mystery lab: a new twist in the tail

The release of an anonymous lab report that found massive 1080 concentrations prompts Dave Hansford to ask: is history repeating itself?

What’s the deal with influencers and their teeth whitening gizmos? 

Alex Casey goes in search of the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth. 

Dead rats, a mystery lab, and the very curious antics of the anti-1080 lobby

The anti-1080 lobby last week released ‘lab tests’ purporting to find the poison in the vermin that washed up in Westport. But do their claims stand up to scrutiny?

Why I had to quit teaching to get science into primary schools

Every week over 8,000 primary school students around the country are doing science experiments in their classrooms, many in te reo Māori, thanks to the House of Science.   

It’s time to get rid of the BMI test once and for all

Body Mass Index is particularly flawed as an indicator of health in children and ethnic minorities. So why do we still use it?

Highly contagious mumps outbreak hitting Auckland gyms

Last year saw the largest mumps outbreak in two decades across Auckland. Now a new outbreak suggests the disease may be back on the rise.