Science Archive

Spread the word: The rules of contagion are more important than you think

From global pandemics to online misinformation, if it can "go viral", the R number can be used to explain how.

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: The race for a Covid-19 vaccine, explained

Well over 150 vaccine candidates for Covid-19 are in development, and they take a myriad of forms.

From tiny larvae to giant beasts: An Auckland scientist’s sunfish breakthrough

Little is known about sunfish in their early stages, but one Auckland-based scientist has helped make a world-first genetic breakthrough.

Siouxsie Wiles: A ray of light amid Covid clouds – what the vaccine news means

Results of two vaccine trials are in and the news is encouraging. Here's what it all means, and what happens next.

The nation must honour Nigel the gannet, lovesick New Zealand hero

It's time we show Nigel the affection and respect he surely craved, writes Hayden Donnell.

Alert level more: Which parts of the world are going back into Covid lockdown?

Do lockdown repeats work, and how long will they last?

Could nature really be the best medicine?

Address the fundamental disconnect between humans and nature could help solve New Zealand's worsening public health issues.

Siouxsie Wiles: Why are we seeing these new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand?

Anxiety is totally understandable, and there have been a few own goals. But what we’re seeing is no great surprise, and it’s no time to panic.

Poking holes: ACC, acupuncture and the problem of proof

WHO pulled its support for acupuncture in 2014. The Ministry of Health has found barely any evidence of its efficacy. So why is ACC still paying out millions for acupuncture treatment?

Amid all NZ’s Covid back-patting, let’s not forget the country that did it first

New Zealand has been lauded for its response to Covid-19, but the fastest country to act was Taiwan, which has gone 57 days without a new locally-transmitted case. So why has it been overlooked?

Siouxsie Wiles to Paleo Pete: I’ll take medical qualifications over your ‘common sense’ any day

Every time Pete Evans talks about his 'wellness' beliefs, scientists and doctors line up to rebut them. That's because Evans' 'common sense' sounds a lot like utter nonsense.

In for the long haul: Covid-19 cases that won’t quit

Covid-19 cases considered "recovered" might see long term effects months after being diagnosed.

Covid-free New Zealand: The experts on a big milestone and alert level one

Michael Baker and other experts on the meaning of the zero active cases mark, and the impending move to alert level one.

NZ ‘psychic healer’ promotes dietary supplement as Covid-19 ‘preventative’

When approached by The Spinoff Jeanette Wilson denied telling participants in an online session that the product ‘lined the lungs’, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

Deep tech and the Māori economy can be the backbone of NZ’s recovery

Deep tech provides a chance for that recovery to be sustainable and values-led – an approach already bringing success to the Māori economy. 

Even China’s waterways are better protected than New Zealand’s

Te Mana o te Wai is being heralded as a game-changer for waterways. But for one freshwater scientist, it's a bitter disappointment.

New Zealand ‘bishop’ pushing bleach as a Covid miracle cure

A New Zealand website is advising people with Covid-19 symptoms to ingest a bleach product made by a cult-like American organisation that calls itself a church.

The best way to respond to emergencies is to prepare for them before they happen

What we can learn about building resilience, from our recent spate of natural disasters to the challenges posed by Covid-19.

New poll shows 16% of New Zealanders don’t want to be Covid-19 vaccinated

Almost 16% of us would say no to a Covid-19 vaccine. Could that affect our recovery strategy?

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: A note on noisy places and Covid-19

Covid-19 loves environments full of shouting and singing, so it's a good idea to avoid them.

Watching the pandemic from a Covid-19-free continent

It's one of the most isolated places on the planet, but for those hunkering down in Antarctica for the winter, it feels like the tables have turned.

Covid-19 isn’t quite the boon for science researchers it might seem

Covid-19 could erase the next generation of New Zealand research leaders, write a group of academics who've been looking into the issue.

Siouxsie Wiles: Toxic lies of the ‘church’ pushing bleach as a Covid miracle cure

If you think we are immune in NZ, according to its website, we have two 'chapters' of Genesis II. Both say they're selling MMS.

The prevalence puzzle: Siouxsie Wiles on understanding the Covid-19 numbers

50 to 85 times the confirmed number in one US county had the coronavirus? Here's why we should be sceptical.