Science Archive

The ETS is ready to reduce New Zealand’s emissions

So far our ETS has been deemed largely ineffectual by low-integrity overseas credits and low emission prices. Catherine Leining believes recent global and local changes mean the ETS can do its job - if we are ready to get serious about reducing New Zealand’s own emissions.

Covering climate change: journalism’s biggest and most difficult story, ever

Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Today, five journalists discuss the complexities and importance of covering climate change.

‘We only have one planet’: Dr Jan Wright on saving the one thing we all have in common

Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and solutions. Climate Change Week at The Spinoff is brought to you by Al Gore's An Inconvenient Sequel. Today Don Rowe talks to departing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright.

The inconvenient reality of being Al Gore

Al Gore has a new movie and, says Simon Wilson, it's not entirely what you might expect.

Allowing seabed mining in New Zealand is a decision you need to be a part of

This week massive seabed mining was approved in off the Taranaki coast. Former environmental lawyer Dale Scott believes the potentially flawed application of the law will have significant consequences for all of New Zealand.

Paying the price to see the science superstars

Tickets for 'rockstar' particle physicist Professor Brian Cox’s Auckland show went on sale this week. With seats priced from $90 to $215, are big popular science shows fostering elitism?

Discover yourself on DiscoveryCamp

'My mind exploded. No joke, the feeling was like I had a crush!' Three rangatahi talk about discovering their passion for science at DiscoveryCamp.

Fighting kauri dieback with the ‘super science’ of cow dung? Stinks of bullshit

Artist Sarah Smuts-Kennedy told Kim Hill on Saturday she has been using a bizarre ritual to treat diseased kauri. Yes, we need more research, but leave the comment to the scientists, writes Cate Macinnis-Ng

ACES: How one bold project (almost) achieved gender equality in STEM

The achievements and challenges of women in STEM disciplines were the focus of the Celebrating Women in Science conference, which closed in Auckland on Friday. Among the speakers was American chemist and physicist Cather Simpson, now of the University of Auckland, who writes here about her involvement in an intense effort to level the playing field for women at a university in Ohio.

Is Siggi Henry New Zealand’s most dangerous city councillor?

She's an anti-vaccination, anti-fluoride campaigner who believes measles is a hoax and polio can be cured with vitamin C. Meet Siggi Henry, one of the most powerful people in our fourth largest city. Angela Cumming reports.

Kia ora Dr Lance: On surviving the Age of Ignorance

In the first of a new monthly column by Dr Lance O'Sullivan, the former New Zealander of the Year addresses the anti-establishment mood, and the potential of technology in the internet age to both challenge and enhance science and medicine.

Sensational headlines and intimidation over ‘potentially toxic’ nanoparticles in baby formula (UPDATED)

Scientist Dr Michelle Dickinson looks at the truth behind the scaremongering headlines over a questionable study– and the disturbing way its Australian commissioners went after her when she wrote about it.

A message to Whakatāne about Vaxxed, from a microbiologist and parent

Dr Siouxsie Wiles writes an open letter to the people of Whakatāne (and the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand), where vaccination rates are dismal and an anti-vaxxer propaganda film is screening tonight.

Flying to the lights: Aboard the maiden charter flight to the Aurora Australis

Three months ago, Ian Griffin led passengers on the world's first commercial flight to view the Southern Lights. Here he tells the story of the journey, and why he wants to do it again.

Love lifts us up: Nicola Toki fangirls out meeting Jane Goodall in NZ

Jane Goodall is mostly famous her work with chimpanzees. Her greater feat, writes lifelong admirer Nicola Toki, is showing that we are deeply connected to the living world around us – that through kindness, we can turn things around for our planet.

Ziggy Stardust and the scientists from New Zealand

With a little help from David Bowie, Craig Stevens, president of the NZ Association of Scientists, surveys the challenges and possibilities of the moment, and the need for science to reach beyond the usual suspects.

I donated my son’s placenta to science (and then I tracked down the scientist who took it)

Gemma Gracewood grew a baby and a placenta and then she gave it away. Here she interviews the scientist she gave it to.

Remember Arbor Day? It’s this weekend – and deserves to be a bigger deal

From optimistic beginnings in 1890, Arbor Day has fallen into semi-obscurity around the country. But there’s a very good reason why New Zealand needs this day, and more native trees, says Trees That Count ambassador Joris De Bres.

Is this pale, male, stale Royal Society line-up some kind of historical re-enactment?

The speakers assembled to mark The Royal Society Te Apārangi's 150th anniversary sends a dismal message about the reality of the organisation's stated commitment to diversity, writes Kate Hannah

Dr Lance O’Sullivan on why he stormed the stage at an anti-vaxx screening

Last night Dr Lance O'Sullivan, 2014 New Zealander of the Year for his work bringing health programmes to disadvantaged rural areas, leapt onto the stage to protest a screening of the controversial anti-vaccination movie Vaxxed. He spoke to Don Rowe about why he did it.

Why is an antibiotic-chasing scientist going cap in hand to the crowd?

Siouxsie Wiles explains why she’s using crowdfunding to bankroll her lab’s effort in response to the global crisis of antimicrobial resistance

Why Winston Peters is wrong about the anti-quackery bill

We need a new law to plug the big gap in our regulation of health products, argues Mark Hanna

Cold discomfort pharma: what does the science say on whether the drugs work?

Consumer NZ says over-the-counter cold-and-flu remedies are mostly useless. The industry strongly disagrees. Siouxsie Wiles takes a look at the studies.

What if the Predator Free 2050 plan is actually a terrible idea?

New Zealanders celebrated the government's ambitious goal to completely eradicate possums, rats and stoats by 2050 – but according to some scientists, the plan is ill-conceived and unlikely to succeed. Ahead of a major conference on the future of New Zealand biodiversity, Dr Jamie Steer argues that Predator Free 2050 needs an urgent rethink.