Science Archive

The SPCA’s anti-1080 policy isn’t just naive, it’s dangerous

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?

Forget sharks: this is the real injury risk at New Zealand’s beaches

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.

Women have been written out of science history. It’s time to put them back

Women have been doing groundbreaking science for centuries. So why don't students learn more about them?

1080 does not kill kiwis – on the contrary, it helps them live

Misleading remarks in the media erode public confidence in a pest-control tool we urgently need to save species.

Summer reissue: ‘I covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

From climate delusion to Taylor Swift to Rocket Lab: NZ scientists’ 2018 revelations

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

2018 was the year I realised that scientists are optimists

But what I’m grappling with, writes Nicola Gaston, is how optimistic we can afford to be about human behaviour

2018: A year of bad news for the planet (and us)

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.

How new ways of thinking about mental disorders can help treat them

Mental disorders don’t happen randomly, nor are they determined purely by your genes.

A very serious listicle: The top 10 NZ science stories of 2018

Want to feel smart but also read something snackable? Check out the Science Media Centre's top 10 NZ science stories for the year. 

What’s behind the surge of new energy in the climate movement?

Tired of the procrastination and timidity of government-led change, climate rage is now ripe for rebellion.

Five experts answer the question: does everyone need eight hours of sleep?

Eight hours a night, every night, has become received wisdom – but how true is it?

The new (and old) answers to the looming antibiotics crisis

With no new classes of antibiotics for decades and resistance to all antimicrobial drugs on the rise, an urgent search is under way to develop innovative new biological alternatives, explains …

Once thought extinct, takahē have a brand new home

The renewal of the takahē population is one of the most remarkable stories of survival in New Zealand's conservation history.

We need to have a serious conversation about cat tongues

New research has revealed the real reason why cat tongues are so damn rough. 

Feeling the force of fungi to stop it killing our forests

Today the government announced a $13.75 million funding boost for research to combat the spread of kauri dieback and myrtle rust. Could microfluidics be the solutions we are looking for?

‘The core technology of the future’: Time to rethink NZ’s GMO-free status?

Trees with red trunks and apples that are red right the way through and flower all year round. Should we back or block the genetically changed plants New Zealand scientists are growing?

Science or Snake Oil: do hangover cures actually work?

If you’re not feeling so crash hot this morning after a few too many, is there anything you can take to help?

Celebrating the amazing women of Antarctica

Women have made a massive impact on scientific research in Antarctica, but they don't get remotely the recognition they deserve.

‘I literally covered my wall in Post-it notes’: meet NZ’s new chief scientist

Professor Juliet Gerrard on diversity in science, the political hot potatoes, and what constitutes science.

100 years ago, NZ was in the depths of deadly pandemic. Are we ready for the next one?

November was the peak month of the 1918 pandemic that killed 9,000 New Zealanders. A century, will we be able to deal with another outbreak?

Your poo is alive (mostly). Here is what’s in it

Human excrement is not just a bunch of dead cells. Most of it is alive, teeming with billions of microbes.

The subducting slab: Why the large, deep #eqnz sent shakes far from the epicentre

Today's 6.2 earthquake was centred near Taumarunui and transmitted via a rigid subducting slab on the east of the North Island  A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 3.13pm today, centred 25 …

Can our dogs read our thoughts?

Dogs think harder when their owners speak gibberish words, a study has found, and one New Zealand dog behaviourist suggests it could be because they're trying to read humans' thoughts.