Science Archive

This creationist claptrap has absolutely no place in a science class

There is simply no way to present this material without misrepresenting the science, writes cosmologist Richard Easther

Set your alarm for 8am Saturday to glimpse a once-in-a-lifetime horizon

In the south especially, New Zealanders will get the chance to witness a rare celestial event: a selenelion

I got a hoax academic paper about how politicians wipe their bums published

Would a journal publish a pseudo-study about arse-wiping? A psychology lecturer decided to find out

In defence of Otago University’s Loch Ness DNA project

The editor of Dunedin's student magazine may not like it, but the University of Otago's hunt for Nessie was science communication at its finest, argues Ellen Rykers.

How to cool down your data

Whether you're mining bitcoin or Googling yourself, you're creating a lot of heat somewhere. A group of New Zealand scientists have found a way to take the heat off data centres.

Super grass is here, and it’s a green breakthrough. Can Greens stomach it?

A new strain of ryegrass developed in NZ promises to reduce water demands and curb emissions. But it's genetically modified, so may not be politically palatable.

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.

Fact check: could smoking weed off a can give you Alzheimer’s?

Teens have smoked weed from the side of a can for decades, and probably always will. But doesn't that give you Alzheimer's?

I’m excited by this big business pledge on climate. Now let’s hold them to it

At last attitudes across the business sector appear to be seriously changing, writes climate scientist James Renwick

What scientists know about the Wellington whale

A NIWA scientist explains what they've discovered about the whale in Wellington harbour so far. We're used to traffic jams in Wellington, but when they come with people lining the harbour …

How genetic modification helps the Impossible Burger take flight

Genetic engineering is central to success of the synthetic meat that has been embraced by Air NZ and caused a flap among MPs

Nicola Gaston on taking the wheel at the MacDiarmid Institute

Recently appointed co-director of the MacDiarmid Institute Dr. Nicola Gaston's new role allows her to guide one of New Zealand's top science institutes to potentially world-leading research.

The one easy trick to rid your home of mould

Mould is one of the biggest health risks associated with New Zealand’s substandard housing stock. But what to do about it? Madeleine Chapman came up with an easy workaround.

A brilliant woman is our new chief scientist, and the timing couldn’t be better

Siouxsie Wiles celebrates the announcement that Juliet Gerrard will be the next prime minister's chief science advisor

A scientific comparison of two ways your house may be trying to kill you

While the meth testing scheme has been proven to be a rort, the dangers of lead contamination in homes is still very real.

We must stop ignoring the experts on police pursuits

People keep dying in police pursuits. Despite this repeated cycle of calls for change, has anything actually changed?

NZ has pledged zero carbon by 2050. How on earth can we get there?

We have a lot of work to do to achieve carbon neutrality in just over three decades. Attention needs to focus on the likes of cars, trees, batteries and farms, writes energy analyst Briony Bennett.

Why Elon Musk was dead wrong to tell me nanotechnology is BS

Michelle Dickinson explains why she leapt to the defence of a fellow nanotechnologist at the centre of a Twitter tirade by Tesla billionaire Elon Musk.

Professor Brian Cox on why flat-earthers are funny (and frightening)

Superstar scientist Brian Cox talks to Alice Webb-Liddall about aliens, wormholes, and whether he'd punch Albert Einstein if he had the chance.

What happens to NZ after global nuclear war breaks out?

What might happen to the ecology, economy and overall quality of life in our distant isles?

Dancing with Atoms: the new documentary honouring the ‘Sir Ed of science’

This weekend marks the release of Dancing With Atoms, veteran filmmaker Shirley Horrock's tribute to physicist Sir Paul Callaghan. Don Rowe talks to Horrocks about his life and legacy.

Put on your shades: the future is photonics

On the first ever International Day of Light, Prof David Hutchinson outlines how the science of light is changing the world of computing, manufacturing, agriculture and medicine in New Zealand and around the world.

I took NZ weight loss pill Calocurb and the side effects were… disturbing

Developed by NZ plant scientists, Calocurb is being marketed as a major step forward in appetite-control treatment. But is it all it's cracked up to be? Weight loss industry expert Andrew Dickson gave it a try.

Eight reasons to slam the door on your car commute, based on the science

The arguments for ditching your four-wheel addiction are overwhelming, writes public health expert Caroline Shaw