Science Archive

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: Covid-19 transmission 101

Our understanding of the way Covid-19 is transmitted from person to person has changed a lot since the pandemic began. A year in, here's what we now know.

100 Year Forecast: What will climate change mean for our animals?

Watch all five episodes of 100 Year Forecast and see the special interactive website now.

Ten common misconceptions about the Covid-19 vaccine, debunked

Got a friend who’s got it wrong about vaccination? Here’s how to set them right.

What is ‘vaccine nationalism’, and why it’s such a threat to the global Covid-19 response

Countries have a history of acting selfishly – and when they do, everyone loses out, writes Roderick Bailey. According to one recent estimate, more than half of all vaccines against Covid-19 have …

100 Year Forecast: Where will New Zealand be most at risk from flooding?

Watch all five episodes of 100 Year Forecast and see the special interactive website now.

What’s that weird jelly-like substance you’ve been swimming in this summer?

If you've been sharing the beach with the odd string of salps this summer, don't be alarmed – not only are they harmless, they play a key role in our marine ecosystem.

100 Year Forecast: Where will New Zealand get wetter and drier?

Watch all five episodes of 100 Year Forecast and see the special interactive website now.

On Covid vaccines, please listen to scientists, not random accountants

Wondering why the Covid-19 vaccines were able to be developed so quickly? Fair enough, too. Let me explain.

What if tourists aren’t in fact a blight to native birds, but a blessing? 

Nature does pretty well without us, right? Not always...

100 Year Forecast: How do we know the climate is changing?

Watch all five episodes of 100 Year Forecast and see the special interactive website now.

The little Kiwi mollusc taking on the world

The snakeskin chiton needs your help to claim its rightful place as Mollusc of the Year.

Frame: Standing up to kauri dieback

VIDEO: Visitors travel from far and wide to Northland’s Waipoua Forest. Are they putting Tāne Mahuta and his brothers and sisters at risk?

Siouxsie Wiles: What do we know about Covid transmission via pipes and ventilation?

Is it plausible that the new cases contracted in the Pullman hotel in Auckland were transmitted via pipes? Here's what the science tells us.

Discrimination by healthcare providers could affect immunisation rates – study

Negative experiences with health workers lead to distrust, which has all kinds of knock-on effects for our kids.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: How worried should we be about the new Covid-19 mutations?

The new Northland case has been linked to the South African strain of Covid-19, one of a number of new, more contagious Covid variants. Here's how they emerge and why.

Trees are our great weapons against climate change. But what if they stop soaking?

A new study suggests that trees' ability to soak up carbon could expire. Eek.

Siouxsie Wiles: What the new, more infectious strains of Covid-19 mean for us

If these new variants of the virus get out, they'll spread like wildfire.

Siouxsie Wiles: Just how worrying is the new Covid-19 strain for Britain – and the rest of us?

Boris Johnson has announced that the Pfizer vaccine will be distributed from next week. How did that happen, and are they cutting corners?

‘There are still many unknowns’: experts on the big NZ vaccine plan

Two new vaccine procurements will provide enough to vaccinate all New Zealanders, and will roll out beginning in the second quarter of next year.

Best of 2020: 100 Year Forecast and the areas of NZ most at risk from flooding

All this week we're looking back on some of the best videos published on The Spinoff in 2020. Today, 100 Year Forecast looks at the future of flooding in New Zealand.

Frame: Standing up to kauri dieback

Visitors travel from far and wide to Northland’s Waipoua Forest. Are they putting Tāne Mahuta and his brothers and sisters at risk?

A new curriculum for a new normal

A superstar line up of scientists was at Auckland Girls' Grammar last week. Here's why.

Aches on a plane – new findings on in-flight Covid transmission revealed

A new New Zealand study offers some important lessons on how the coronavirus can spread aboard an aircraft.