From the 'sunk cost bias' to decision paralysis, being overly fearful of regret can lock us into bad relationships, jobs and habits. But it doesn't have to be this way.
With global angst mounting about the buildup of plastic ending up in landfills and the environment, chemists and materials scientists are considering pyrolysis as an option.
The revelation that our national museum is on the brink of turfing out two world-class scientists casts grave doubt over its commitment to being a natural history museum
Harvard professor Dan Nocera's research in the creation of a new type of fertiliser, shared at the MacDiarmid Institute’s AMN9 conference, could have dramatic implications for New Zealand.
Does the way science gets passed down through generations make it harder for girls to get into? And what can help change that? Alex Braae reports from the first day of the 9th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.
As two trusted groups go into battle on SPF ratings, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles explains what the numbers mean, and how they’re measured
Increasingly sophisticated analysis of samples means perpetrators from historic cases can be identified – and the technology is just as important in proving accused people's innocence
As the Australian heatwave spills across the Tasman pushing up temperatures in New Zealand, we take a look at the conditions that caused a similar event last year and the impacts it had.
A study showing a link between nitrate levels in drinking water and rates of bowel cancer should concern people living in areas where nitrates are high, write Mike Joy and Michael Baker.
Scientists predict in almost thirty to forty year that there will be a shortage of one vital element: Phosphorous. Petr Kilian, a senior lecturer in chemistry, explains why.
Banning 1080 would lead to the annihilation of nearly all New Zealand's native land animals and birds, writes Forest & Bird's Kevin Hague. Is this really what our leading animal welfare organisation wants?
While your chances of being attacked by a shark are tiny, the risks of an injury from beach litter and marine debris are surprisingly high – and growing every year.
We asked a bunch of smart people in NZ science and technology to tell us their revelation of 2018, whether in the field of science or otherwise
If you’ve felt like this year has been one bad news story after another then you’re not alone. Let’s face it, things have not been great for the environment and the many species that live on this planet for a while now.