Radio New Zealand: Our Changing World

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "Our Changing World". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

22/09/2005: The 1855 Wairarapa Earthquake (Science)
Veronika Meduna joins a geology field party to travel along the Wairarapa fault line 150 years after the 1855 earthquake. [more]

22/09/2005: Energy Drinks and Obesity (Health)
Louise Wallace finds out how energy drinks may be contributing to obesity. [more]

29/09/2005: Bird dialects
Ecologist Dianne Brunton explains a research project investigating dialects in New Zealand native bird song. [more]

29/09/2005: Earthquake Planning (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to geologists about the future risk of big earthquakes in the Wellington region. [more]

29/09/2005: Euthanasia (Health)
Anita Silvers, a Fulbright fellow, talks about the ethics of euthanasia, disability and healthcare justice. [more]

29/09/2005: Cosmologist Beatrice Hill Tinsley (Science)
A new play about Beatrice Tinsley, a little-known New Zealand cosmologist. [more]

06/10/2005: Intelligent Design (Science)
Reaction from teachers and scientists to Intelligent Design textbooks being distributed in New Zealand schools. [more]

06/10/2005: HIV Evolution (Science)
Evolutionary biologist, Allen Rodrigo, talks about his research on HIV. [more]

06/10/2005: Asian Bird Flu (Health)
How an Asian bird flu pandemic would affect doctors and other front line health workers. [more]

06/10/2005: Eco-minds Youth Forum (Environment)
Dean Williams talks three students who have been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Eco-minds Youth Forum [more]

13/10/2005: Black Holes (Science)
Malcolm Longair talks about black holes, the origins of the universe and attempts to define dark matter and dark energy. [more]

13/10/2005: Evolution Research (Science)
Mike Hendy, a mathematician at Massey University, talks about the New Zealand connection with evolution research. [more]

13/10/2005: Land Vertebrates Part 1 (Environment)
Dean Williams begins a two-part series based on a visit of the Auckland Museum’'s collection of land vertebrates. [more]

13/10/2005: Weight Loss (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to two medical researchers who are studying why it is so hard to lose weight once you've put it on. [more]

20/10/2005: Land Vertebrates Part 2 (Environment)
Part two: Curator Brian Gill looks through the cupboards of the land vertebrate collection at the Auckland museum. [more]

20/10/2005: Bose-Einstein Condensate (Science)
Nobel Laureate Professor Carl Wieman, at the University of Colorado, explains the Bose-Einstein condensate. [more]

20/10/2005: Skin Cancer Research (Health)
A New Zealand study has shown that mast cells inhibit the growth of certain types of skin cancer, including melanoma. [more]

20/10/2005: Paget's Disease (Health)
Professor Ian Reid, at the University of Auckland Bone Research group, talks about a new treatment for Paget's Disease. [more]

27/10/2005: ARGO - the Ocean's Role in Global Climate (Science)
NIWA's research vessel Kaharoa takes part in world-wide ARGO programme to study the ocean's role in global climate. [more]

27/10/2005: Lymphoma Research (Health)
Louise Wallace with the latest research about lymphoma, New Zealand’'s sixth most common cancer. [more]

27/10/2005: Stomach Cancer Genetics (Health)
Parry Guilford, a cancer geneticist, talks about his long search for the genetic mutation that causes inherited stomach cancer. [more]

27/10/2005: Responsible Investment (Health)
Dean Williams talks to economist Tessa Tennant, co-founder of Britain'’s first equity investment fund. [more]

03/11/2005: New Zealand's environmental patriot Charles Fleming
Veronika Meduna talks to Mary McEwen, daughter and biographer of Sir Charles Fleming. [more]

03/11/2005: Young Conservationists (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to the organiser of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) Young Conservationist Awards. [more]

03/11/2005: The Link between Selenium and Cancer (Health)
Oncologist Michael Jameson, at Waikato Hospital, says the link between selenium levels and cancer is too obvious to ignore. [more]

03/11/2005: Frigate Wellington (Science)
The frigate Wellington is sunk off the Wellington south coast to create an artificial reef. [more]

10/11/2005: Stroke - a virtual map of blood flow through the brain (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Tim David, who's developing a virtual map of blood flow through the brain. [more]

10/11/2005: Nutrigenomics (Health)
Nutritionist Lynn Ferguson explains nutrigenomics and the idea of matching foods to individual genotypes. [more]

10/11/2005: Auckland Museum Herbarium (Environment)
Dean Williams returns to the Auckland Museum to visit the herbarium with botany curator Ewen Cameron. [more]

10/11/2005: Are Angels Ok (Science)
This project brings together some of NZ's best physicists and top creative writers, who explore their ideas about physics. [more]

17/11/2005: Icebergs (Science)
A team of Massey University scientists reports that giant icebergs have promoted micro-evolution in Adelie penguins. [more]

17/11/2005: Eocene Fossils (Environment)
Manfred Hockstein, at the University of Auckland, talks about some of the best preserved Middle Eocene (50ma) flora and fauna. [more]

17/11/2005: Project Heidi (Health)
Project Heidi is an initiative to introduce a hearing screening programme for newborns. [more]

17/11/2005: Rutherford Medal (Science)
2005 Rutherford Medal winner, Paul Callaghan, director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. [more]

24/11/2005: Cook Strait Ecology (Science)
Veronika Meduna explores Cook Strait and its ecology and finds that it is an extraordinary place. [more]

24/11/2005: Bird Fertility (Environment)
Patrick Casey, uses technology borrowed from human infertility to assist threatened birds. [more]

24/11/2005: Mobile Nursing Service (Health)
Western Bay of Plenty Maori can now access a mobile nursing service. This service is the first of its kind in New Zealand. [more]

24/11/2005: Stonehenge Aotearoa (Science)
A full-scale working adaptation of Stonehenge in England, remodelled for the southern skies. [more]

01/12/2005: Southern Traverse - Athletes and Adventure Races (Science)
How athletes cope during adventure races such as the Southern Traverse. [more]

01/12/2005: Concussion (Health)
The world's first computerised assessment programme to measure the effect of concussion on the brain. [more]

01/12/2005: Greening the Screen (Environment)
Dean Williams explores a new initative to make the screen industry more environmentally responsible. [more]

08/12/2005: Climate Change Part 1 (Science)
The first episode of a series about climate change research. A team of scientists studying carbon balances in terrestrial ecosystems discuss how different plant communities are likely to respond and adapt to increased levels of carbon dioxide and higher temperatures. [more]

08/12/2005: Long Bay Okura Great Park (Environment)
The progress of the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society in getting the Long Bay hills turned into a 1000-acre great park. [more]

08/12/2005: Breast Cancer (Health)
Steve Parker, an intervention breast radiologist from Denver, Colorado, talks about non-surgical options in breast care. [more]

15/12/2005: Climate Change Part 2 (Science)
The second episode in a series about climate change discusses the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide. Researchers working on these gases explain how their emissions could be reduced. [more]

15/12/2005: Oceans Policy (Environment)
Dean Williams looks at policy and legislation that aims to protect the marine environment. [more]

15/12/2005: Psychology of Cancer and Medical Communication (Health)
How doctors cope with having to tell somebody that they can't do anything for them. [more]

22/12/2005: Scientist and Author Tim Flannery (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to the Australian scientist and author about his latest book, The Weather Makers. [more]

22/12/2005: World Ocean Observatory (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Peter Neill, the Director of the World Ocean Observatory in New York. [more]

22/12/2005: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Health)
Neil Johnson explains a trial which aims to test a drug that could improve fertility for women with PCOS. [more]

22/12/2005: Realise the Dream Science Competition (Science)
Some of the best young scientists at the 2005 Genesis Energy Realise the Dream science competition. [more]

26/01/2006: Methane from Plants (Science)
Dave Lowe and Craig Trotter talk about the discovery that ordinary plants emit significant amounts of methane. [more]

26/01/2006: Dolomite Mine on Mt Burnett (Environment)
Dean Williams follows up on an earlier story about the dolomite mine on Mt Burnett. [more]

26/01/2006: Basal Cell Carcinoma (Health)
Join Louise Wallace and dermatologist Fergus Oliver as he surgically removes a Basal cell carcinoma from her back. [more]

26/01/2006: Paua Sedation (Science)
Treatments that will make the handling of paua easier. [more]

02/02/2006: West Coast Black Petrels
How the children of Barry Town School discovered in the 1940s that they had a special species of bird. [more]

02/02/2006: Discovery of a New Planet (Science)
The discovery of a small, Earth-like planet, circulating a star some 25,000 light years away from our solar system. [more]

02/02/2006: Marion Dufresne Research Vessel I(Science)
Studying past climates and the traces of the world's largest underwater avalanches. [more]

02/02/2006: Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Gardasil (Health)
A trial involving 12,000 women has shown that the vaccine Gardasil dramatically reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. [more]

09/02/2006: Oceans and Climate (Science)
How oceans store and transport heat, and how New Zealand fits within the system of currents in the South Pacific. [more]

09/02/2006: Westlands Black Petrel (Environment)
The seabirds' important role for the dispersion of marine nutrients. [more]

09/02/2006: Heart Week (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Norman Sharpe, the medical director of the Heart Foundation. [more]

16/02/2006: Ocean Carbon Cycle (Science)
The world's oceans are an important sink for carbon. Cliff Law, at NIWA, explains the carbon cycle. [more]

16/02/2006: Canterbury Cancer Network (Health)
The chair of the cancer group, Bridget Robinson, discusses the project with Louise Wallace. [more]

23/02/2006: Ian Frazer - Immunologist (Science)
Immunologist Ian Frazer, whose research forms the basis for the development of the Gardasil vaccine. [more]

23/02/2006: Giant Land Snail (Environment)
Dean Willams follows up on a story about the threatened giant land snail on Mt Augustus, on the West Coast of the South Island. [more]

23/02/2006: Influenza (Health)
Virologist Lance Jennings talks about how influenza can be deadly for those over 65 and with underlying medical conditions. [more]

23/02/2006: Buller's Birds (Science)
The huia and infamous ornithologist Walter Buller come back to life in a new play by Wellington writer and director Nick Blake. [more]

02/03/2006: Climate Change and Antarctica (Science)
The last episode in a three-part series about climate change explores the impacts of past climate changes on Antarctica's ice sheets. [more]

02/03/2006: Didymo in the Food Chain (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Katherine Lister, who received a scholarship to study the place of didymo in the food chain. [more]

02/03/2006: Training for Surgery on Computers (Health)
Medical students study complicated surgical procedures from text books, but now a new company is offering an alternative. [more]

09/03/2006: Visual Skills of Insects (Science)
Professor of visual sciences Mandyam V. Srinivasan, talks about the visual skills of insects and machine vision. [more]

09/03/2006: Biofuels (Environment)
Dean Williams looks at biofuel and the potential for crops that can be processed into transport fuel. [more]

09/03/2006: Climate Change and Hurricanes - Kevin Trenberth (Science)
Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth, who's based at the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research, argues that there is a link between the devastating hurricanes the US has been experiencing and global warming. [more]

09/03/2006: Hepatitis B and C (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to specialist physician Toby Rose about the dangers of Hepatitis B and C, both prevalent in NZ. [more]

16/03/2006: Beneficial Microbes (Science)
Microbiologist Susan Turner talks to Dean Williams about industrial fermentation, antibiotic production and waste treatment. [more]

16/03/2006: Thermophile Research and DNA Testing (Science)
A discovery that has made it into a commercial product, could make inroads into the billion-dollar market of DNA testing. [more]

16/03/2006: Roger Payne - Whale Researcher (Environment)
Dean Williams meets Roger Payne, a whale researcher, who uses drama productions to get his environmental message across. [more]

16/03/2006: Canterbury Suicide Project (Health)
Annette Beautrais talks about some of the factors her research has identified that could help avoid suicide attempts. [more]

23/03/2006: Sleep (Science)
How much sleep we need to function, and what happens as more and more of us cut down on shut-eye because we get too busy. [more]

23/03/2006: Machines That Can Smell (Science)
Dean Williams explores machines that can smell with physical chemist Richard Newcomb. [more]

23/03/2006: Paul La Chance - Nutrition (Health)
American nutritionist Paul La Chance says we have produced a miracle food here in New Zealand, the kiwifruit. [more]

23/03/2006: Victor Watkins - Animal Protection Campaigner (Environment)
Victor Watkins, animal protection campaigner, on the practise of bear farming in Asia, and bear dancing in India and Europe. [more]

30/03/2006: Health Effects of Sleep Deprivation (Science)
Veronika Meduna with Philippa Gander and Leigh Signal, who explain the health effects of sleep deprivation. [more]

30/03/2006: Bird Flu (Environment)
Health editor of the British magazine The Ecologist, Patricia Thomas, talks to Dean Williams about Avian Influenza. [more]

30/03/2006: Mathematical Model of the Lung (Science)
Using a combination of medical imaging and computational mathematics, scientists are developing models of the lung. [more]

30/03/2006: Healthy Housing Programme (Health)
Alan Bernacci, of Housing NZ explains the objectives of this extensive environmental and social intervention programme. [more]

06/04/2006: New Zealand's Climate Change Policy (Science)
Sean Weaver, a lecturer in environmental studies at Victoria University, discusses NZ's climate change policy. [more]

06/04/2006: Antarctica Climate Change (Science)
David Vaughan, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey, discusses evidence of climate change impacts across Antarctica. [more]

06/04/2006: Marvin, the Robot Security Guard (Science)
Dale Carnegie, at Victoria University, introduces Marvin, the not-so paranoid robot working as a security guard. [more]

06/04/2006: Research into Premature Births (Health)
Jeff Keelan, at the Liggins Institute in Auckland, talks about the rise in premature births and neo-natal problems. [more]

13/04/2006: Elephant Pheremones and Olfactory System (Science)
Dean Williams joins Dave Greenwood at the Auckland Zoo, to collect elephant mucus, and learns more about the olfactory system. [more]

13/04/2006: Developing Kina as an Export Product (Science)
A team of marine and food scientists at the University of Otago are exploring the export potential of the kina. [more]

13/04/2006: Energy Efficiency Advisory Service Part 1 (Environment)
A new service, provided to residents in Auckland's Waitakere city, includes an audit of a home's energy consumption. [more]

13/04/2006: Breast Reconstruction Surgery (Health)
Janek Januszkiewicz, who explains that the procedure was initially slow to gain acceptance among some medical professionals. [more]

20/04/2006: Neanderthals and their Stone Age Tools (Science)
Harold Dibble, a palaeolithic archaeologist, talks about Neanderthals and their Stone Age tools. [more]

20/04/2006: The Birth of Stars and Planets (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to astrophysicist Matthew Bate about the birth of stars and planets. [more]

20/04/2006: Energy Efficiency Advisory Service Part 2 (Environment)
A new energy advisory service for residents in Waitakere city, where an auditor assesses their energy consumption. [more]

20/04/2006: Health and Lifestyle Expo (Health)
Louise Wallace visits Waitakere to report from the Just for the Health of It! Health and Lifestyle Expo. [more]

27/04/2006: Bose-Einstein Condensate (Science)
Experimental physicist Andrew Wilson, whose team was the first in the Southern Hemisphere to create a Bose-Einstein condensate. [more]

27/04/2006: Hydrogen Fuel (Science)
Paul Kruger, a professor of nuclear civil engineering at Stanford University and a leading commentator on energy resources. [more]

27/04/2006: Lord Ron Oxburgh and Future Energy Resources (Environment)
Lord Ron Oxburgh, former chairman of Shell Oil, and advocate for alternative energy sources. [more]

27/04/2006: Binge Drinking (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to the Public Health Association's medical director Gay Keating about binge drinking. [more]

04/05/2006: Whale Genetics (Science)
Dean Williams talks to geneticist Scott Baker about molecular techniques to study whale and dolphin population structures. [more]

04/05/2006: The Tectonic History of the Himalaya (Science)
Jonathan Aitchison talks about radiolarians and the geological history of the Himalayas. [more]

04/05/2006: Agricultural Nitrogen (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Greg Lambert at AgResearh Grasslands in Palmerston North about agricultural nitrogen. [more]

04/05/2006: Fertility and Cancer (Health)
Louise Wallace explores technical advances available to women who wish to preserve their fertility following cancer treatments. [more]

11/05/2006: Veronica Strang - Social Anthropology (Science)
Dean Williams talks to Veronica Strang who specialises in understanding the relationships groups have with land and resources. [more]

11/05/2006: Geochemist Claudine Stirling - Trace Element Analysis (Science)
Claudine Stirling talks about why she took up the top job at a newly established laboratory at the University of Otago. [more]

11/05/2006: Joan Nassauer - Landscape Ecology (Environment)
Dean Williams discusses the impact of landscapes and citiscapes on people with Joan Nassauer. [more]

11/05/2006: Rheumatology - Gout (Health)
Gout is the most painful form of arthritis, and Louise Wallace finds out about a research project to improve treatment for gout. [more]

18/05/2006: Evolution Rates in Trees (Science)
Len Gillman talks about research into the rates of evolution in trees at the equator compared to temperate rain forests. [more]

18/05/2006: The Vertebrate Nervous System (Science)
Neurobiology professor, Barbara Finlay talks about her research on structure and function of the vertebrate nervous system. [more]

18/05/2006: Selective Nutrition in Kakapo (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to David Raubenheimer, whose research focus is the nutritional composition of kakapo supplementary food. [more]

18/05/2006: Research into Addiction (Health)
Doug Sellman, a professor of psychiatry and addiction medicine at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. [more]

25/05/2006: Interdisciplinary Wine Research (Science)
Dean Williams inspects the University of Auckland's wine science faculty to learn about interdisciplinary wine research. [more]

25/05/2006: Are Angels OK - Science-Art Collaboration (Science)
Are Angels Ok is a science-art collaboration between some of New Zealand's best writers and physicists. [more]

25/05/2006: The International Smart Gear Competition (Environment)
Dean Williams speaks to WWF's Marine Programme Leader Caren Schroder about a fishing competition with a difference. [more]

25/05/2006: Linguistic and Cultural Identity for Deaf Maori (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Kirsten Smiler who is studying the issue of cultural and linguistic identity for Maori deaf. [more]

01/06/2006: Underwater Soundscapes (Science)
Dean Williams explores underwater soundscapes with Craig Radford at the University of Auckland's Leigh Marine Laboratory. [more]

01/06/2006: Steven Shapin - The Scientific Revolution (Science)
Harvard University science historian Steven Shapin, talks about the times of Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton. [more]

01/06/2006: Self-sufficiency and a Sustainable Lifestyle (Environment)
Dean Williams catches up with Linda Cockburn, whose family has opted for a self-sufficient lifestyle. [more]

01/06/2006: Joan Skinner - Midwifery (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Joan Skinner, who was one of the first students at Victoria University to earn a PhD in midwifery. [more]

08/06/2006: 2006 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards (Science)
Veronika Meduna catches up with the finalists of 2006 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year. [more]

08/06/2006: The Evolution of Eukaryotes (Science)
Veronika Meduna discusses evolution with Lesley Collins, at the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution. [more]

08/06/2006: Red List of Threatened Species (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to the World Conservation Union about their annual Red List of Threatened Species. [more]

08/06/2006: Therapist Wayne Froggatt on Stress (Health)
Louise Wallace relaxes with Hastings therapist Wayne Froggatt, who published a book about how to deal with stress. [more]

15/06/2006: Zonta Awards (Science)
Veronika Meduna catches up with the winners of this year's Zonta awards, recognising the best women in science. [more]

15/06/2006: The Maths of Origami (Science)
Dean Williams visits the University of Auckland's Hugh Gribben to learn about the mathematics of Origami. [more]

15/06/2006: Little Barrier Island Part 1 (Environment)
Dean Williams presents the first of three features from his trip to Little Barrier Island. [more]

15/06/2006: Elder Abuse (Health)
Louise Wallace spoke to Graham Davison, a geriatrician at Auckland Hospital, about elder abuse. [more]

22/06/2006: Chatham Islands Taiko (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Hayley Lawrence about the rare Chathams Island taiko. [more]

22/06/2006: Royal Society's Big Science Adventure Part 1 (Science)
Veronika Meduna joins a team of Pakuranga College students on their trip to study tuatara biology on Stephen's Island. [more]

22/06/2006: Little Barrier Island Part 2 (Environment)
Dean Williams visits Little Barrier Island - this is part two of a three-part series. [more]

22/06/2006: Palliative Care (Health)
Louise Wallace discusses palliative care with Barbara Monroe, chief executive of St Christopher's hospice in London. [more]

29/06/2006: Life inside the Cosmic Egg (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Tony Fairall, a professor of astronomy at the University of Capetown about life in the universe. [more]

29/06/2006: Jupiter - the King of Planets (Science)
Dean Williams discusses Jupiter and its majestic cloud patterns and storms with Jennie McCormick. [more]

29/06/2006: Little Barrier Island Part 3 (Environment)
Dean Williams visits Little Barrier Island - this is the last of a three-part series. [more]

06/07/2006: Royal Society's Big Science Adventures Part 2 (Science)
Dean Williams talks to geologist Hamish Campbell, who took a team from Timaru Boys High School to the Chatham Islands. [more]

06/07/2006: European Union Priorities in Funding Science (Science)
Dean Williams talks to Christian Patermann at the Research Directorate-General of the EU, about priorities in funding science. [more]

06/07/2006: Marine Reserves (Environment)
Dean Williams visits Auckland University's Leigh Marine Laboratory, to discuss marine reserves with Mark Costello. [more]

06/07/2006: Settlement of Young Refugees and Migrants (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Love Chile at AUT department of Public Policy. [more]

13/07/2006: Royal Society's Big Science Adventure Part 3 (Science)
Dean Williams talks to Auckland University's Scott Baker, a science leader for the Royal Society's Big Science Adventure. [more]

13/07/2006: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Jill Tarter, the director of the SETI Institute in California. [more]

13/07/2006: New Zealand Green Building Council (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Jane Henley from the newly formed New Zealand Green Building Council. [more]

13/07/2006: Idamarie Laquatra - Nutrition (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Idamarie Laquatra, Dietician and Nutritionalist and director of global nutrition for the Heinz Company. [more]

20/07/2006: Anti-freeze in Antarctic Fish (Science)
Dean Williams discusses survival techniques and antifreeze in Antarctic fish with Auckland University's Clive Evans. [more]

20/07/2006: Lakes Under Antarctica's Ice Cap (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Martin Siegert, an Antarctic researcher and professor of geosciences at the University of Edinburgh. [more]

20/07/2006: Lobster Populations (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Vince Kerr about a long-term study of lobster populations in a partially protected marine park. [more]

20/07/2006: Advice and Treatment for Feet (Health)
Louise Wallace asks Foot Traffic's Rob Dellamore for advice and treatment for her feet after a walk around the block. [more]

27/07/2006: A Robotic Driver for Vehicles
Dean Williams visits the University of Auckland's Robotics and Intelligent Systems research laboratory. [more]

27/07/2006: Emerging Leader Award Winner Gary WIlson (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Geologist Gary Wilson, a geologist, and the first scientist to receive an Emerging Leader award. [more]

27/07/2006: Economic Instruments in Waste Management (Environment)
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Morgan William's, report on economic tools in waste management. [more]

27/07/2006: Step Families (Health)
Louise Wallace speaks to PhD student Rebecca Graham about her research into the experiences of people living in step families. [more]

03/08/2006: Winner of the GenEthics Competition (Science)
Veronika Meduna catches up with the winner of the GenEthics competition, an annual essay competition for high schools. [more]

03/08/2006: Advanced Composite Material (Science)
Dean Williams visits Auckland University's Centre for Advanced Composite Materials to speak to Debes Bhattacharyya. [more]

03/08/2006: Stranded Green Turtle (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Dan Godoy about a stranded Green Turtle, which is recuperating at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. [more]

03/08/2006: Research into Multiple Sclerosis (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Professor John Fraser, and Associate Professor Thomas, about a new research programme for MS. [more]

10/08/2006: Nobel Laureat Sir Paul Nurse (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse about cancer research and stem cells. [more]

10/08/2006: Auckland Zoo on Conservation Week (Environment)
Dean Williams visits Auckland Zoo to highlight Conservation Week. [more]

10/08/2006: The Subantarctic Auckland Islands Part 1 (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to marine biologist Martin Cawthorn about the European discovery of the subantarctic Auckland Islands. [more]

10/08/2006: Health Status of the Asian Community in NZ (Health)
Louise Wallace looks at a new report analysing the current health status of Asian people in New Zealand. [more]

17/08/2006: Bioplastics (Environment)
Researchers at Massey University are investigating ways of making bio-plastics from waste. [more]

17/08/2006: Gene discoveries in fruits and flowers (Science)
Richard Newcomb, a industrial biotechnologist at HortResearch in Auckland, discusses his research. [more]

17/08/2006: Blood parasites in Native Birds (Science)
Dean Williams discusses avian malaria and avian blood parasites with Auckland zoo veterinarian Richard Jakob-Hoff [more]

17/08/2006: Healthcare and organisational structure (Health)
Louise Wallace discusses developments and challenges in the healthcare sector and its workforce. [more]

24/08/2006: Frank Molinia on Cryopreservation (Science)
Dean Williams finds out about efforts to conserve reproductive material through a process called cryopreservation. [more]

24/08/2006: The Subantarctic Auckland Islands Part 2 (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Murray Williams and Kevin Jones, about the settlement of the subantarctic Auckland Islands. [more]

24/08/2006: Wind Generated Electricity (Environment)
Dean Williams speaks to the Earth Watch Institute's Joseph Florence about the global increase in wind generated electricity. [more]

24/08/2006: New Research into Multiple Sclerosis (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to neurologist Bruce Taylor, about new research into possible treatments of Multiple Sclerosis. [more]

31/08/2006: Auckland Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery (Science)
Dean Williams joins in the celebrations as one of New Zealand's seven Centres of Research Excellence. [more]

31/08/2006: Ocean Acidification (Science)
The biological effects of injecting carbon dioxide into the deep ocean. [more]

31/08/2006: The Potato Genome (Science)
An international initiative to sequence the potato genome. [more]

31/08/2006: Kaki Black Stilt Behaviour (Environment)
University of Auckland student Josie Galbraith, working in the studying the behaviour of black stilts in the McKenzie Basin. [more]

31/08/2006: Free Radicals and Vegetables (Health)
Mark Hampton talks about the levels of free radicals in vegetables as part of his work for the Free Radical Research Group. [more]

07/09/2006: Bovine Genome Mapping Project (Science)
Theresa Wilson, manager for animal genomics at AgResearch, talks about the recently completed bovine genome project. [more]

07/09/2006: Dava Sobel on Planets (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to science writer and author Dava Sobel, about Pluto and the remaining planets in our solar system. [more]

07/09/2006: Watershed Management (Environment)
Dean WIlliams talks to Hans Schreier, from the Institute for Resources and Environment at the University of British Columbia. [more]

07/09/2006: Compassion in Healthcare (Health)
Robin Youngson, the clinical leader at Waitakere Hospital, explains a proposed Centre of Compassion in Healthcare. [more]

14/09/2006: Photogrammetry and Virtual Globes (Science)
Mapping the Earth by pasting images obtained from satellites, aerial photography and GPS over a 3D computer-generated globe. [more]

14/09/2006: Microbes in an Arms Race with Plants (Science)
Molecular microbiologist Andrew Pitman discusses a common bacterium evading detection by becoming 'invisible' to its host plant. [more]

14/09/2006: Conservation Reserve Selection Software (Environment)
NIWA is using a computer programme to assess the biological suitability of areas the fishing industry. [more]

14/09/2006: Cellulite (Health)
Louise Wallace visits appearance medicine physician John Barrett to find out about the dread of many women - Cellulite. [more]

21/09/2006: Cosmologist Beatrice Hill Tinsley (Science)
Beatrice Hill Tinsley was a brilliant astronomer, recognised worldwide as a leading thinker in cosmology. [more]

21/09/2006: Nanoscale Antifouling Surfaces (Science)
Veronika Meduna explores ways of protecting surfaces from microbial fouling with a team of University of Otago scientists. [more]

21/09/2006: Dactylanthus - A Native Parasitic Flowering Plant (Environment)
Dean Williams discusses one of NZ's most unusual threatened plants, Dactylanthus taylorii, with Avi Holzapfel from DOC. [more]

21/09/2006: Breast Cancer Genetics (Health)
We understand little of the biology of breast cancer, although genetic changes are likely to be important. [more]

28/09/2006: Translocation of North Island Kokako (Environment)
Dean Williams joins the Department of Conservation's Hazel Speed during a translocation of North Island kokako. [more]

28/09/2006: Nanotechnology Part 1 Responsible Use (Science)
Veronika Meduna discusses the pros and cons of nanotechnology with Mike Treder. [more]

28/09/2006: Virtual Globes - Mapping Earth (Science)
Dean Williams talks to David Penman and Nick Faust about ways of using digital technology to help preserve biodiversity. [more]

28/09/2006: Gall Stones (Health)
Louise Wallace visits laproscopic general surgeon Andrew Bowker to discuss gall stones. [more]

05/10/2006: Nanotechnology Part 2 Cancer Detection (Science)
Richard Tilley talks about a range of nano-particles that could help with the early detection of cancer tumours. [more]

05/10/2006: Snow Petrels of the Antarctic (Science)
David Lambert has managed to extract ancient DNA from frozen snow petrel vomit as part of his evolutionary studies. [more]

05/10/2006: National Fungal Herbarium Part 1 (Environment)
Dean Williams visits the Fungal Herbarium at Landcare Research in Auckland. [more]

05/10/2006: Asthma (Health)
Louise Wallace discusses asthma and the efficacy of asthma medication with Peter Black, a physician at Auckland Hospital. [more]

12/10/2006: Raoul Island's Geothermal Characteristics (Science)
Todd Niall talks to GNS Science volcanologist Brad Scott about the island's unique geothermal activity. [more]

12/10/2006: Nanotechnology Part 3 Raman Spectroscopy (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Pablo Etchegoin, who is using Raman Spectroscopy to image minute quantities. [more]

12/10/2006: National Fungal Herbarium Part 2 (Environment)
Dean Williams visits the Fungal Herbarium at Landcare Research in Auckland to explore the ecological role of fungi. [more]

12/10/2006: Speech Language Therapy (Health)
Speech language therapist Stella Ward, who explains the role of her profession in helping those with communication difficulties. [more]

19/10/2006: Peter Doherty - Infectious Diseases (Science)
Professor Peter Doherty, who shares the 1996 Nobel Prize in Medicine, discusses his concerns about a future influenza pandemic. [more]

19/10/2006: Cambodia Part 1 Tonle Sap River (Environment)
Dean Williams takes a boat ride with Dan Jump, who works for the Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity. [more]

19/10/2006: Mussel Breeding (Science)
Aquaculture scientists Nick King takes Veronika Meduna on a tour to show her some stud shellfish. [more]

19/10/2006: Health Informatics (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Jim Warren, head of the newly established National Institute for Health Innovation. [more]

26/10/2006: Asteroids (Science)
Dean Williams discusses the risk of asteroids smashing into Earth with Philip Sharp. [more]

26/10/2006: Nanotechnology Part 3 - Patterns on Nano-scale (Science)
Richard Blaikie talks about using visible light to produce patterns on a nano-scale. [more]

26/10/2006: Cambodia Part 2 Sustainable Honey Harvesting (Environment)
Dean Williams returns to Cambodia to find out about sustainable harvests of honey from a wild colony of bees. [more]

26/10/2006: Manukau Institute of Technology's Bachelor of Nursing (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Willem Fourie, about a new Bachelor of Nursing degree. [more]

02/11/2006: Silk
Dean Williams's third feature from Cambodia looks at initiatives to revive the silk industry. [more]

02/11/2006: Biofuels
Mike Packer, at the Cawthron Institute, discusses the use of algae to produce biofuels and hydrogen. [more]

02/11/2006: Healthy Bones
Marlena Kruger, at Massey University, explains how diet helps to keep our bones healthy. [more]

02/11/2006: Tuberculosis Vaccines
Joanna Kirman, at the Malaghan Institute, discusses tuberculosis and the need for new vaccines. [more]

09/11/2006: Honey Bee Genome
Peter Dearden and Kyle Beggs, at the University of Otago, discuss the genome of the honey bee. [more]

09/11/2006: Low Copy Number
ESR scientist John Buckleton explains the latest crime-solving tool, Low Copy Number. [more]

09/11/2006: Silk in Cambodia
Dean Williams continues his feature on the revival of traditional silk manufacturing in Cambodia. [more]

09/11/2006: schizophrenia
Louise Wallace discusses treatments of schizophrenia with John Read, at the University of Auckland. [more]

16/11/2006: Rutherford Medal
Ted Baker, at the University of Auckland, recieves New Zealand's highest science honour, the Rutherford Medal. [more]

16/11/2006: Forensic DNA technology
Dean Williams follows up on last weeks feature about the latest advances in forensic DNA technology. [more]

16/11/2006: Extinct Bird Book
Dean Williams talks to Alan Tennyson, the author of a book about New Zealand's extinct birds. [more]

16/11/2006: Never2old
Louise Wallace discusses Never2old, a campaign to encourage older people to exercise. [more]

23/11/2006: Cold Seeps
NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa returns from an exploration of deeop-ocean seeps of methane. [more]

23/11/2006: Biodiesel in Cambodia
Dean Williams investigates the options for producing biodiesel in Cambodia. [more]

23/11/2006: Whio
Author David Young and ecologist Murray Williams discuss a new book about the blue duck. [more]

23/11/2006: Appearance Medicine
Louise Wallace discusses laser treatment for skin. [more]

30/11/2006: Ozone Depletion
Susan Solomon - US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [more]

30/11/2006: Environment: Indonesian and Malaysian Rainforest Destruction
Michele Desilets, from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation. [more]

30/11/2006: Book Feature: Ghosts Of Gondwana
Author George Gibbs talks about his book. [more]

30/11/2006: Health: National Centre for Heart Health
Professor Mark Richards - Otago University's Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. [more]

07/12/2006: Science: The Antarctic Drilling Project
Tim Naish - The Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University. [more]

07/12/2006: Science: Antarctic Fish Research At Scott Base, Antarctica
Victoria Metcalfe - University of Canterbury. [more]

07/12/2006: Environment: Wildlife Sanctury
Phnom Koulen National Park, Cambodia. [more]

07/12/2006: Health: Girdlers Fellowship Recipient
Francesca Crowe - University of Otago. [more]

14/12/2006: Science
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research launches a research voyage to find out how much the oceans around New Zealand are contributing to global warming. [more]

14/12/2006: Enviroment
The Antartica Cruising Guide. [more]

14/12/2006: Health
International men's health survey [more]

21/12/2006: Antarctic Research
Glaciologist Nancy Bertler prepares to study icecores from Mt Erebus. [more]

21/12/2006: Gold
Dean Williams explores how gold deposits form in hydrothermal areas. [more]

21/12/2006: Snapper
Dean Williams joins a NIWA team tagging snapper in the Hauraki Gulf. [more]

21/12/2006: ISAAC
The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. [more]

25/01/2007: The Comet McNaught
Dacia Herbulock joins a group of astrnomers to find out more about the bright comet. [more]

25/01/2007: Kereru Project
Dean Williams explains how to attract Kereru into urban gardens. [more]

25/01/2007: Insects
Dean Williams meets Te Papa's curator of insects, Ricardo Palmer. [more]

25/01/2007: Problem Gambling
Gambling Helpline is a new approach to tackling the problem. [more]

01/02/2007: IPCC
A preveiw of a report about climate change by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. [more]

01/02/2007: Dry Valleys
Veronika Meduna joins a team of geologists studying polygonal patterns on the ground in Antertica's Dry Valleys [more]

01/02/2007: Pest management
Dean Williams talks to Landcare research's John Parkes about his 30-year career in pest management. [more]

01/02/2007: Addiction
Louise Wallace discusses genetic clues associated with addictive tendencies [more]

08/02/2007: Alan MacDiarmid
A tribute to Alan MacDiarmid, who died on February 7. [more]

08/02/2007: Whaling
Dean Williams discusses Japan's scientific whaling programme. [more]

08/02/2007: Stardate
Dacia Herbulock reports from the annual astronomy event. [more]

08/02/2007: Climate Change
The recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and what it means for the New Zealand region. [more]

08/02/2007: Breast cancer
The Liggins Institute's associate director explains the role of a growth hormone in the development of breast cancer. [more]

15/02/2007: Antarctica's historic huts
Veronika Meduna joins conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust to visit Scott's and Shackleton's huts. [more]

15/02/2007: Whale research
Dean Williams continues his series about non-lethal methods of studying whale population dynamics. [more]

15/02/2007: Mark Vickers
The recipient of the 2006 Hamilton Memorial Prize and talks about his research into the foetal origins of adult disease. [more]

22/02/2007: Brain Stem Cells
A team of University of Auckland scientists have discovered how stem cells migrate through the brain. [more]

22/02/2007: Whaling
Dean Williams continues his series about non-lethal methods of studying whale population dynamics. [more]

22/02/2007: Albert Jones
Amateur astronomer Albert Jones tals to Dacia Herbulock about his discovery of a supernova 20 years ago. [more]

01/03/2007: Sustainability
Dean Williams discusses definitions of sustainability. [more]

01/03/2007: Silent Earthquakes
New technology allows scientists to listen to slow, silent land deformations. [more]

01/03/2007: Harry Kroto
Veronika Meduna meets Nobel laureate Harry Kroto who discovered a new form of carbon. [more]

08/03/2007: Antarctica's Dry Valleys
Veronika Meduna meets a group of microbiologists studying microbes living in Antarcica's Dry Valleys. [more]

08/03/2007: Jean Marie Lehn
Nobel laureate Jean Marie Lehn talks about his pioneering work to understand molecular recognition processes. [more]

08/03/2007: Kiwi comeback
Writer Neville Peat talks about his new book and the return of kiwi to the mainlaind. [more]

08/03/2007: Parkinson's Disease
University of Otago physiologist Brian hyland discusses new treatments for Parkinson's disease. [more]

15/03/2007: Climate Models
Raymond Pierrehumbert, a geophysicist at the University Of Chicago, explains the use of models in climate science. [more]

15/03/2007: Black Rhinoceros
Wayne Linklater is leading an international project that could save black rhinos from extinction. [more]

15/03/2007: Biodiversity Strategy
Wellington ecologist Wren Green explains the findings in a review of New Zealand's biodiversity strategy. [more]

15/03/2007: Viral Transmission
University of Otago immunologist Alexander McLellan discusses how a virus spreads from cell to cell. [more]

22/03/2007: Alan MacDiarmid Memorial
Veronika Meduna attends a memorial service in honour of New Zealand's third Nobel Laureate. [more]

22/03/2007: Neuroscientist Steven Rose
Steven Rose discusses advances and issues in brain research. [more]

22/03/2007: Eco-Minds Forum
Dean Williams talks to Ben Hutchinson, one of three young New Zealander selected to attend the Eco-Minds Forum in Bangkok. [more]

22/03/2007: Catwalk Trust
Catrina Williams talks about a trust she set up to raise funds for research into spinal cord injuries. [more]

29/03/2007: Ice Cores
Paul Mayewski, at the University of Maine, explains what ice cores can tell us about past climates and environments. [more]

29/03/2007: Prue Taylor
University of Auckland's Prue Taylor has been selected by the World Conservation Union as one of 20 outstanding women worldwide to work on climate change. [more]

29/03/2007: Clouds
Geoff Austin, a geophysicist at the University of Auckland, talks about the physics of clouds and rain. [more]

29/03/2007: Elderly Care
Paul Owen, at Auckland Hospital, discusses elderly care and the changing age structure of New Zealand society. [more]

05/04/2007: Bioblitz
Veronika Meduna joins a group of scientists as they catalogue species at Wellington's Otari Wilton's Bush. [more]

05/04/2007: Tree rings
Anthony Fowler, at the University of Auckland, talks about deciphering climate information from tree rings in timber. [more]

05/04/2007: Vanuatu's forests
Victoria University lecturer Sean Weaver explains an initiative to protect Vanuatu's forests and to reduce its carbon emissions. [more]

05/04/2007: Pain relief
Louise Wallace talks to Sue Young, a nurse at Auckland Hospital, who's studying methods of pain relief. [more]

12/04/2007: IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases a report on the impacts of climate change. [more]

12/04/2007: Mammal bones
Palaeontologists discover three tiny fossil bones of an ancient land mammal in New Zealand. [more]

12/04/2007: Evolutionary bursts
Dean Williams discusses evolutionary processes with Paul Rainey at the University of Auckland. [more]

12/04/2007: Brain food
Deborah Young explains her work on a protein that is thought to be important for brain health. [more]

19/04/2007: Pacific Pig DNA
Tracing human migration routes using fossil pig genetics. [more]

19/04/2007: Ice Cores
A grand opening for the southern hemisphere's first ice core research facility. [more]

19/04/2007: Argentine Ants
Insect ecologists find that native ants slow the spread of this invasive species. [more]

19/04/2007: Lipo-Protein
Sally McCormick explains her research on a risk factor for vascular disease. [more]

26/04/2007: Australian Synchrotron
Veronika Meduna catches up with New Zealand and Australian scientists at the new synchrotron near Melbourne. [more]

26/04/2007: OECD environmental report
Dean Williams discusses the latest OECD Environmental Performance Review. [more]

26/04/2007: Physiome Project
Louise Wallace finds out about the University of Auckland's Physiome Project. [more]

03/05/2007: Ocean Twilight Zone
Researchers explore the marine carbon cycle in this murky region of the ocean [more]

03/05/2007: GM Trial
We talk to the scientist leading an application to field test genetically modified broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower [more]

03/05/2007: Alcoholic Rats
How alcohol-addicted rats are helping develop therapies for human alcoholics [more]

03/05/2007: Otara Health
The wider relevance of a ten year-old community health promotion effort in south Auckland [more]

10/05/2007: IPCC - Ralph Sims
Ralph Sims, the director of Massey University's Energy Research Centre and a convening author on energy for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, talks about mitigation opportunities at a conference in Bangkok. [more]

10/05/2007: GM Brassicas pt2
Part two of our look at issues raised by the latest proposed field trial of genetically modified vegetables [more]

10/05/2007: Earthquake Research
New directions in geohazard research and engineering [more]

10/05/2007: Miscarriage prevention
Can reducing blood clotting be an effective treatment for recurrent miscarriages? [more]

17/05/2007: Melanoma Modelling
Researchers at the Maurice Wilkins Centre have created a 3D computer model of the way melanoma spreads through the body. [more]

17/05/2007: Foray Among The Fungi
We join mycologists and dedicated mushroom hunters at NZ's annual survey of fungal biodiversity. [more]

17/05/2007: Environmental Refugees
Filmmaker Helene Choquette talks the phenomenon of environmental refugees in her documentary, The Refugees of the Blue Planet. [more]

24/05/2007: Catalogue of Life
A project to list all 1.75 million known species online is underway. How far has taxonomy come 300 years since Linnaeus? [more]

24/05/2007: Antarctic marine census
Funding tied to the International Polar Year will make a major international Antarctic voyage possible, the largest in 50 years. [more]

24/05/2007: Green roof experiment
A new"living roof"design is being trialled atop the University of Auckland's engineering building. [more]

24/05/2007: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
A new book explores the stories of New Zealand mothers who have children with this complex condition. [more]

31/05/2007: Marine reserves
30 years ago NZ's first marine reserve was established. Dean takes a walk on its shores with biologist Bill Ballantine. [more]

31/05/2007: Land deformation
Research using precise GPS measurements is helping geophysicists measure how pressure builds along NZ's fault lines. [more]

31/05/2007: Training midwives
To address the chronic shortage of midwives, a new initiative seeks to give hands-on experience to midwives in training. [more]

31/05/2007: GM brassicas approved
We talk to ERMA following their decision to allow field trials of genetically modified brassicas. [more]

07/06/2007: Polynesian chicken bone found in S America
The first conclusive evidence that Pacific voyagers reached the Americas. [more]

07/06/2007: Hector's dolphins and set nets
Following a call by dolphin advocates for a total set net ban, we look into the facts and figures involved in the debate.. [more]

07/06/2007: Mammalian egg development
Recent discoveries in the study of egg cell development have implications for fertility and reproductive success. [more]

07/06/2007: Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Research shows that this condition, marked by fatigue, palpitations and disproportionate anxiety, is often misdiagnosed. [more]

14/06/2007: CoRE funding
Dean Williams looks at recent government funding allocations for NZ's Centres of Research Excellence. [more]

14/06/2007: Mammalian egg development (part 2)
Biologist Ken McNatty talks about his research into human and animal fertility. [more]

14/06/2007: Honey harvesting
Dan Jump is a beekeeper working with sustainable honey harvesting in Cambodia. [more]

14/06/2007: Pulmonary arterial hypertension
A look at a chronic life-threatening illness which compromises the function of the lungs and heart. [more]

21/06/2007: Chemistry Quiz Night
How to get students excited about chemistry? Offer prizes, lots of sugar, dress them up and make them solve tough problems. [more]

21/06/2007: Endocrine Disruptors
Endocrinologist and frog specialist Tyrone Hayes discusses the effects of pesticides on amphibians and human health. [more]

21/06/2007: Methane Megaburp
More than 50 million years ago, several thousand gigatons of methane escaped from the sea floor. The release had an immediate and violent impact upon the temperature of both the sea and on land and the biology of the planet. Palaeontologists Chris Hollis and James Crampton talk about the methane megaburp and its relevance to modern climate change. [more]

21/06/2007: Laughter Yoga
Louise Wallace attends a laughter yoga class and learns about the importance of having a good laugh. [more]

28/06/2007: Young Scientist of the Year
Jessie Jacobsen is the 2007 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year for her innovative research on Huntington's disease. [more]

28/06/2007: Possums
Janine Duckworth from Landcare Research want to put possums on the pill. [more]

28/06/2007: KAREN - High speed network
KAREN - Kiwi Advanced Research and Educational Network - allows researchers to share genomic data with colleagues overseas. [more]

28/06/2007: Wilding Conifers
Heather North and Nick Ledgard are working to contain wilding conifers in the South Island. [more]

05/07/2007: Antarctica's Frozen Lakes
Veronika Meduna joins a team from NIWA as they dive beneath the surface of Antarctica's frozen lakes [more]

05/07/2007: Biodiversity
Research conducted in New Zealand suggests that the diversity of life on the planet may be decreasing. [more]

05/07/2007: Genetics and Depression
Professor Peter Joyce talks about the link between genetics and depression and alternatives to drug-based treatments. [more]

05/07/2007: Environmental Art
Artist Chris T Wilkie opens a new exhibition inspired by his work as an environmental volunteer. [more]

07/07/2007: Adelie Penguins
Research zoologist Kerry Barton spends her summers at one of the noisiest penguin colonies in Antarctica. [more]

07/07/2007: Whale Survey
Justin Gregory joins DOC's annual whale survey in Cook Strait. [more]

07/07/2007: TB Researcher
Kylie Quinn is an award winning PhD student working on a new vaccine to tackle TB. [more]

19/07/2007: Huntingtons disease
Research in Australia suggests a stimulating environment can significantly delay the onset and progression of the disease. [more]

19/07/2007: Man drought
A new population estimate shows there maybe a genuine shortage of good men in NZ. [more]

19/07/2007: Paua polyculture
A new type of aquaculture is being trialed at Hongoeka Bay in a partnership between Maori and NIWA. [more]

19/07/2007: Free radicals
Researchers at Otago University in Christchurch are investigating how white blood cells use bleach to kill bacteria. [more]

26/07/2007: Landfill
Justin Gregory tours the Wellington city landfill to find out about the future of waste management [more]

26/07/2007: DUMP
Disposing of Unwanted Medicines Properly is a pilot project run by the University of Auckland School of Pharmacy [more]

26/07/2007: Submarine Fibre Optics
Cables criss-crossing the globe along the seabed are vulnerable to underwater mudslides [more]

26/07/2007: Interdisciplinary Energy Research
The Otago Energy Research Centre is drawing together academics from many diverse fields [more]

02/08/2007: Robot Surgery
A computer-controlledl device is now being used to perform highly delicate surgeries. [more]

02/08/2007: Starlight Reserve
We visit Mt John Observatory to learn about a proposal to establish the first World Heritage Park in the Night Sky. [more]

02/08/2007: Pauatahanui Reserve
The largest estuarine wetland remaining in the lower North Island has significant conservation and recreation value. [more]

02/08/2007: Landfill (part 2)
As landfills near capacity, will it be possible for New Zealand to switch to a zero-waste policy? [more]

09/08/2007: Green Office Building
A tour through the Department of Conservation's new sustainably-designed offices. [more]

09/08/2007: China's Tiger Trade
China considers relaxing its ban on domestic trade in tiger parts for traditional medicine. [more]

09/08/2007: Mosasaurs
Canadian palaeontologist Michael Caldwell studies these enormous marine reptiles in NZ. [more]

09/08/2007: Cervial Cancer Screening
A new, more accurate pap smear is now available for New Zealand women. [more]

16/08/2007: Bee pheromones
University of Otago zoologist Alison Mercer explain why honeybees are a good model for studying the human brain. [more]

16/08/2007: Sir Thomas Davis
The Pacific Health Forum pays tribute to the ex-premier of the Cook Islands, Sir Thomas Davis. [more]

23/08/2007: Pacific Health Forum (Part 2)
A two-day conference in Auckland looks at a wide range of issues related to Pacific Island Health. [more]

23/08/2007: Crows Using Tools
New Caledonian crows demonstrate their ability to reason by analogy in a new study. [more]

23/08/2007: Drowning of NZ
Did New Zealand sink below the ocean after breaking off from Gondwana? Two researchers share evidence that suggests it did. [more]

23/08/2007: Gorse - Weed Swap
For Conservation Week, we visit a weed swap and an art exhibit all about gorse. [more]

30/08/2007: Tuatara hatchlings
The first two tuatara babies hatch on Matiu/Somes Island. [more]

30/08/2007: Fractal patterns
Physicist Richard Taylor explores the effects of fractal patterns. [more]

30/08/2007: Vegetable caterpillar
Chemist Stephen Tauwhare discusses the possible health benefits of the vegetable caterpillar, or awheto. [more]

30/08/2007: Healthy lifestyles
Nutrition, lifestyle and how to live healthier. [more]

06/09/2007: Microrobot
Designing a swimming robot small enough to be injected into the human body. [more]

06/09/2007: Winter UV
Why levels of ultra-violet radiation in winter are lower in NZ than in other parts of the world. [more]

06/09/2007: Average = Beautiful
Psychologists explain why we're attracted to what we find most average. [more]

06/09/2007: Glycosylation Disorder
Yeast cellls and a robotic microscope are helping researchers understand the genes involved in a rare childhood disease. [more]

13/09/2007: Community Car-Share
GoGet is a high-tech car-sharing service that aims to change people's fixation on owning cars. [more]

13/09/2007: Test Tube Babies Grow Up Differently
NZ researchers have found that children conceived with in-vitro fertilsation are different from children conceived naturally. [more]

13/09/2007: Cuckoos' Nesting Habits
Laying eggs in another bird's nest is a clever way to avoid parenting responsibilities. [more]

13/09/2007: KODE Biotech
An Auckland biotechnology firm is patenteing molecules for use in a wide range of health applications. [more]

20/09/2007: Mandatory Carbon Trading in New South Wales
Administrators of the world's first mandatory emissions trading scheme share lessons learned as pioneers in carbon trading. [more]

20/09/2007: Sustainable Tourism and Eco Labels
What it means to make tourism sustainable and how eco labeling can measure our progress. [more]

20/09/2007: NZ Students in Greenland
As winners of this year’s Freemasons Big Science Adventures competition, three Otago students won a trip to Greenland. [more]

20/09/2007: X-ray Vision
Canterbury University is part of an international consortium developing new x-ray technology. [more]

27/09/2007: Canadian Pine Beetle Plague
A pine beetle plague threatens forests in western Canada. [more]

27/09/2007: Sustainable Accommodation
A big hotel makes some big changes to become more sustainable. [more]

27/09/2007: Polar Explorer Speaks Out About Climate Change
Veteran explorer Will Steger visits New Zealand to share some of his insights on global climate change. [more]

27/09/2007: Preventative Medicine for all?
A NZ researcher says preventative medicine may not have the intended effects for our elderly population. [more]

04/10/2007: Marine BioBlitz
Volunteers are trying to identify every aquatic species along Wellington's South Coast. [more]

04/10/2007: HIT Lab NZ
Dacia checks out some amazing gadgets on display at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory in Christchurch. [more]

04/10/2007: NZ's Carbon Exchange
What is emissions trading? How does it work? Amelia visits the new exchange to get the low-down on carbon trading. [more]

04/10/2007: Mitochondria
Nobel Laureate Sir John Walker explains his research on the structures that power our cells.. [more]

11/10/2007: Hull's Creek Restoration
An Upper Hutt stream benefits from volunteers' efforts to bring it back to its natural state. [more]

11/10/2007: GNS Science Fossil Exhibition
A major exhibition of NZ fossils kicks off its national tour. [more]

11/10/2007: Bird song unravelled
The complex songs of birds: what do they mean and how do they develop? [more]

11/10/2007: Exercise and Depression
Two Auckland researchers look at why exercise helps depression. [more]

18/10/2007: Hector's Dolphins
Barbara Maas, CEO of Care for the Wild talks about what needs to be done to save these little endemic dolphins from extinction. [more]

18/10/2007: Protein Crystallographers
The scientists who research the structure and function of human proteins. [more]

18/10/2007: Slow Travel
Hop in the dinghy with Ed Gillespie and find out why you should travel slow. [more]

18/10/2007: Domestic Violence
Jane Drumm talks about her visit to the UK and three pilot programmes there aimed at keeping homes safe. [more]

25/10/2007: Orchids
Wild orchids are surprisingly abundant in NZ. Authors of a new field guide tell us about the tiny flowers growing all around us. [more]

25/10/2007: Frog Week
Native frogs are in the spotlight as we celebrate National Frog Week. [more]

25/10/2007: Brain-Imaging and Addiction
Changes in drug addicts' brains reflect their feeling of loss of control. [more]

25/10/2007: Hospice Support
Initiatives to help bereaved families and hospice staff make sense of loss. [more]

01/11/2007: Ibis Mummies
Molecular biologist David Lambert talks about what mummified ibises can reveal about evolution. [more]

01/11/2007: Native Bats
Stuart Parsons, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, on bats, echo location and navigation. [more]

08/11/2007: Lanzatech Tour
Sean Simpson takes us on a tour of his biofuel lab. [more]

08/11/2007: Tuatara
One group of tuatara are released in Karori and another group prepare for relocation from Wellington Zoo. [more]

08/11/2007: Nurses?
Is rethinking the role of nurses the answer to our healthcare problems? [more]

15/11/2007: Sunspot observation
Taking a closer look at the Sun with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ. [more]

15/11/2007: Tree Rings and Archaeology
A visit to the Tree Ring Laboratory, followed by a trip to an urban archaeological dig. [more]

15/11/2007: Public Health Research
A new research centre that will address inqualities in healthcare access, tobacco control and nutrition. [more]

22/11/2007: Genetic Ancestry Testing
What your DNA can tell you about your family history. [more]

22/11/2007: Best Fish Guide
We go to the launch of Forest and Bird's guide to sustainable seafood. [more]

22/11/2007: Moving People
Reducing workplace injuries for nurses handling patients. [more]

29/11/2007: Caspian Terns
A threatened bird that lays its eggs on rocky beaches finds itself in the path of off-road vehicles. [more]

29/11/2007: 2007 Rutherford Medal Winner
Neuroscientist Richard Faull discusses his research on the brain's repair pathway. [more]

29/11/2007: Glass Crusher
A mobile glass crusher will tour the South Island to process the huge backlog of recyclable glass. [more]

29/11/2007: In Vitro Maturation
Taking in vitro fertilisation one step farther. How this new technique compares to IVF. [more]

06/12/2007: Grand and Otago Skinks
NZ's largest lizards are near extinction. Can intensive mammal control restore the fragile landscape they depend on? [more]

06/12/2007: Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Conference
An international meeting in Christchurch showcases research on mitigation. [more]

06/12/2007: Ultra Cold Quantum Physics
Inside a lab where they use extremely cold temperatures to study the hidden nature of matter. [more]

06/12/2007: Putting Medical Research Into Practice
What clinicians can do to respond to the flood of published studies. [more]

13/12/2007: Dolphin Etiquette
We love dolphins. But do they love us? [more]

13/12/2007: Seismic Survey
To see what's underground, geologists just need some microphones and a sledgehammer. [more]

13/12/2007: Rare Moth
An encounter with a sun-loving, wind-hating insect. [more]

13/12/2007: Mobile Phones Help Smokers Quit
Young people can sign up for motivational video messages on their mobiles. [more]

20/12/2007: Report from Bali
Veronika Meduna surveys environmental initiatives in Bali. [more]

20/12/2007: Polaris II
The University of Otago's research vessel is just back from its first expedition south. [more]

20/12/2007: Sustainable Architecture
An Auckland architect is taking sustainability to new levels. [more]

14/02/2008: Eels!
DOC Ranger Joe Potangaroa lets Amelia"help"him feed the eels. [more]

14/02/2008: Balancing Nature
The ABC's Lynne Malcolm explores biodiverity hotspots in Vietnam. [more]

14/02/2008: Tangaroa
The voyage leader of NIWA's research vessel shows Amelia around before heading to the Ross Sea. [more]

21/02/2008: Semiconductors
Semiconductors, solar power and the future of the world's energy supply. [more]

21/02/2008: Balancing Nature
Lynne Malcom visits scientists in the Philippines to see how they are hoping to accelerate the process of natural reef recovery. [more]

21/02/2008: Potatopak
Richard Williams talks about Potatopak, and making containers from starch extracted from waste water from potato processing. [more]

27/02/2008: The Research Vessel Tangaroa
The Tangaroa returns from a survey expedition in the Ross Sea, bringing with them some curious new species. [more]

28/02/2008: Biofuel from Algae
Aquaflow's Barrie Leay discusses the future of sustainable biofuel production sourced from algae. [more]

28/02/2008: Balancing Nature
Can islands be used to preserve the precious biodiversity of New Zealand's ancient native ecosystems? [more]

06/03/2008: The Hihi at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre
The Hihi - or Stitchbird - is a small nectar-drinking native with some unusual characteristics. [more]

06/03/2008: A Methane-eating Bacterium Discovered at Hell's Gate
GNS Scientist Matthew Scott talks about the discovery of a methane-eating bacterium at Hell's Gate in Rotorua. [more]

06/03/2008: Industrial Production of Hemp
The potential of hemp as a commercial crop and the regulations around its industrial production. [more]

06/03/2008: Neuroscientist Geoffrey Burnstock and his Discoveries
One of the most cited scientists in recent years, Professor Geoffrey Burnstock talks about his discoveries. [more]

13/03/2008: The Hurunui River: Part 1 - the South Branch, black fronted terns and river ecology
Chris Todd from Forest and Bird talks to Amelia about the geological history of the Hurunui and what its various flows and tributaries mean for the ecology in the area. On the south branch of the river they meet some feisty local fauna and try to spot some of the river's famous brown trout. [more]

13/03/2008: The Hurunui River: Part 2 - the kayakers, the cataraft and didymo
Amelia meets members of the NZ Recreational Canoeing Association. She takes a ride with Chris in Hugh Canard's cataraft and finds out first-hand what Ian Gill-Fox tells her appeals to kayakers about riding the river. [more]

13/03/2008: The Hurinui River: Part 3 - the farmer, the viticulturist and the artist
Chris and Amelia visit some of the locals. At Lake Taylor Station they meet Rosemary Gunn, whose family have farmed in the area since the 1950s. Then they meet Claudia Weersing at Pyramid Valley Vineyards for a wander up to the vines - which haven't been irrigated for four years. And finally they visit artists Sam Mahon and Alison Erickson who live in a converted mill and are devoted campaigners for river conservation. [more]

20/03/2008: Cancer Research
Anna Ramachandran talks about her research into cancer cells and what scientists are learning about tumour growth. [more]

20/03/2008: Kakapo Recovery Programme
ABC's Lynne Malcolm talks to Ron Moorehouse about a new recovery programme for the endangered Kakapo. [more]

20/03/2008: Offshore Mussel Farms
Kevin Heasman of the Cawthron Institute in Nelson talks about the development of offshore mussel farms. [more]

27/03/2008: The Research Vessel Tangaroa
The Tangaroa returns from a survey expedition in the Ross Sea, bringing with them some curious new species. [more]

27/03/2008: Neuroscientist Andrew Matus
How connections in the brain can change and adapt. [more]

27/03/2008: NIWA's Malcom Francis on Sharks
A shark expert talks about the sharks that swim in NZ waters and Amelia comes face to face with some of those infamous teeth. [more]

03/04/2008: Yellow-Eyed Penguins
Phil Seddon and Ursula Ellenberg discuss their research on the impact of human influence on the yellow-eyed penguins of Otago. [more]

03/04/2008: Shark Conservation
Malcolm Francis on sharp fin soup and the draft National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. [more]

03/04/2008: Shark Conservation - extended version
An extended interview with Malcolm Francis about shark management. [more]

03/04/2008: Shark Tagging and Research
Amelia Nurse meets Malcolm Francis and Michael Manning at a NIWA laboratory and gets a lesson in shark anatomy. [more]

10/04/2008: Maud Island Froglets
Dacia Herbulock goes on a nocturnal visit to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to see a new brood of froglets. [more]

10/04/2008: Bioplastics and Eco-smart Technologies
New technologies and products that are both environmentally sustainable and economically valuable. [more]

10/04/2008: Exercise Ruaumoko
Dacia talks to scientists involved in a simulated eruption of Auckland about natural disaster planning. [more]

10/04/2008: Butterflies
Amelia Nurse meets entomologist George Gibbs at Otari Wilton Bush to talk about butterflies. [more]

17/04/2008: Butterflies (Part Two)
Entomologist George Gibbs on New Zealand butterflies. [more]

17/04/2008: Antarctica Panel
Protecting Antarctica: a discussion on environmental issues facing the continent. [more]

17/04/2008: Tracking Weta
Giant Cook Strait Weta with radio transmitters at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. [more]

17/04/2008: Science Journals: One or Seven?
The pros and cons of combining NZ's science journals into a single online resource. [more]

24/04/2008: Maui's Dolphins
We go to Muriwai Beach with marine biologist Barbara Breen to look for this critically endangered species. [more]

24/04/2008: Chaos Theory
Mathematician Chris King on fractals, strange attractors and the complexity hidden in nature. [more]

24/04/2008: Saddleback Genetics
Snaring saddlebacks at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to measure their genetic diversity. [more]

24/04/2008: Diabetes Psychology
Psychologist Bill Polonsky specialises in the issues faced by diabetics. [more]

01/05/2008: Colossal Squid
Dacia monitors the defrosting and examination of the world's largest squid. [more]

01/05/2008: Crete, the Mustelid Dog
Sniffing out any rogue weasels at the Karori Sanctuary. [more]

08/05/2008: Youth Environment Forum 2008
Amelia Nurse visits the forum's Household Sustainability group as they embark on a waste audit. [more]

08/05/2008: Electric Trout Fishing
Fisheries scientist John Hayes talks about electric fishing and creating computer models of trout behaviour. [more]

08/05/2008: The Future of Energy and the Car
Engineer Andrew Campbell talks about energy trends and what cars might be like in the future. [more]

15/05/2008: BEV
We check out a Battery Electric Vehicle at the University of Waikato. [more]

15/05/2008: Antarctic Ice Sheets
Richard Alley, a geologist at Pennsylvania State University, discusses the future of the Antarctic ice sheets and how they may respond to climate change. [more]

15/05/2008: Clean Tech
Doug Cameron, Chief Scientific Officer of Khosla Ventures talks about future fuel generation. [more]

22/05/2008: Brittlestar City
A team of marine scientists explores an underwater mountain range off New Zealand. [more]

22/05/2008: Scanning Kiwi Brains
A new technique allows scientists to examine the brains of endangered species. [more]

22/05/2008: Nano-particles
Elizabeth Connor canvasses views about toxicity of nano-particles at a conference in Oxford. [more]

22/05/2008: Neuroscience And Poetry
Jan Lauwereyns discusses his dual passions for science and poetry. [more]

29/05/2008: New Materials
Physicist Ben Ruck explains a range of new nano-scale materials based on rare earth metals. [more]

29/05/2008: Plant Invaders
Plant researcher Philip Hulme talks about the factors that make some weeds succeed and others fail. [more]

29/05/2008: Brain Rewards
An exploration of the role of neuro-transmitters in the brain's reward system and decision-making processes. [more]

29/05/2008: Zonta Awards
This year's winners of the Zonta awards in science and building research talk about their work. [more]

03/06/2008: Environment Report on Afternoons 3 June 2008
Veronika Meduna visits Mana Island, off Wellington's west coast, to find out about its restoration. [more]

05/06/2008: Mana Island
Veronika kayaks out to the island to meet volunteers restoring its native ecology. [more]

05/06/2008: Rajendra Pachauri - IPCC
The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shares his vision of a low-carbon world. [more]

05/06/2008: Environmental Art at Te Papa
Global art on the theme of a balanced planet debuts for World Environment Day. [more]

05/06/2008: Green Ribbon Award
Dean Schneider wins the lifetime acheivement award for environmental education. [more]

12/06/2008: Matariki
Astronomer Richard Hall talks about the dawn rising of the Pleiades star cluster. [more]

12/06/2008: Settlement Of New Zealand
New evidence from kiore bones suggests that New Zealand was first settled around 1280AD. [more]

12/06/2008: Greentown
A month of sustainability events kicks off in Greytown. [more]

12/06/2008: Wave Power
A prototype wave energy generator is making electricity from waves in a bay in Wellington Harbour. [more]

19/06/2008: Wellington Fault
Tracking earthquakes, past and future, under New Zealand's capital. [more]

19/06/2008: Small Planet - Tiny Star
A new planet has been discovered outside our solar system, orbiting a brown dwarf star. [more]

19/06/2008: Cancer-Targeting Nanoparticles
Physicists, chemists and medical researchers come together to improve cancer detection. [more]

19/06/2008: Neurosexism
Are men's and women's brains really so different from each other? Psychologist Cordelia Fine weighs in. [more]

25/06/2008: Short-tailed bats in Fiordland
DoC scientists Jane Sedgeley and Colin O'Donnell are using microchips to monitor short-tailed bats in Fiordland. [more]

26/06/2008: Places for Penguins
Dacia Herbulock joins the volunteers at a coastal revegetation project dedicated to the little blue penguin or kororaa. [more]

26/06/2008: Canterbury's Invertebrates
Entomologist Stephen Pawson talks about some of the insects and other invertebrates found only in Canterbury. [more]

26/06/2008: Limits to Ageing
Biochemist Jilly Evans discusses living past 90 and what we can do to grow old well. [more]

26/06/2008: Canada's Environment
Amelia Nurse looks at Canada's environmental record with the founder of the Offsetters' Climate Friendly Society, James Tansey. [more]

03/07/2008: Ocean Creatures
The World Register of Marine Species aims to compile an inventory of all creatures that live in the ocean. [more]

03/07/2008: Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles contain chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body and exposure to minute traces may have long-term effects. [more]

03/07/2008: Carbon-neutral Air Travel
A Canadian airline aims to set the environmental aviation standard by going carbon neutral. [more]

03/07/2008: Natural History Of Canterbury
An interview about changes in Canterbury's vegetation and the region's weather patterns. [more]

10/07/2008: Seamounts
Veronika Meduna explores the underwater world of seamounts with fisheries biologist Malcolm Clark and benthic ecologist Ashley Rowden. [more]

10/07/2008: Carbon Offsetting
Amelia Nurse considers the complexities of carbon offsetting with James Tansey, founder of Offsetters Climate Friendly Society . [more]

10/07/2008: Stoats
Lynn Freeman talks to DOC's Phil Tisch about stoat trapping aimed at protecting the last wild population of takahe. [more]

10/07/2008: The MONIAC
Dacia Herbulock checks out the MONIAC, or Monetary National Income Analogue Computer with Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard. [more]

17/07/2008: Antarctic Nematodes
Melianie Raymond explains how nematode worms survive freezing and thawing in Antarctic soils. [more]

17/07/2008: Off-shore Wind Power
Amelia Nurse visits the proposed site of North America's first off-shore wind farm. [more]

17/07/2008: Gout Research
Malaghan Institute researchers are investigating why gout is more common in Maori and Pacific Islanders. [more]

17/07/2008: New Materials
A new nano-material that combines ferro-magnetic and ferro-electric properties. [more]

17/07/2008: Off-shore Wind Power - Long Version
A more indepth look at Naikun Wind Development and HaidaLink. [more]

24/07/2008: Sugars And Allergies
Two young medical researchers are investigating links between sugars and the body's allergic reactions. [more]

24/07/2008: Hector's Dolphins
Zoologist Liz Slooten discusses the latest measures put in place to protect New Zealand's endemic dolphins. [more]

24/07/2008: Music 4 Mauis
A group of musicians add their voices to the campaign to safe the northern Hector's Dolphin, or Maui. [more]

24/07/2008: Campbell Island
Natural history writer Alison Ballance re-visits the subantarctic Campbell Island two decades after her first trip. [more]

31/07/2008: Stormy Weather
Two scientists talk about developments in forecasting severe weather and floods. From Our Changing World 31 Jul 2008. [more]

31/07/2008: Cancer Research
Researchers target a new area of cancer research - cancer stem cells. [more]

31/07/2008: Squid Gel
How waste material from squid can provide a substance to aid in sinus surgery. [more]

31/07/2008: Isotope Signatures
Chemist Russel Frew explains how isotopes can prevent fraud. [more]

07/08/2008: Water Dimers
Chemist Henrik Kjaergaard explains what water dimers are and why he wants to track them down. [more]

07/08/2008: Unhealthy Housing
Amelia Nurse finds out how New Zealand homes may affect our health and how they could be improved. [more]

07/08/2008: Stormwater
Dacia Herbulock traces an urban catchment from stream to spillway to find out what happens to stormwater. [more]

07/08/2008: Olympic Challenge
Four University of Otago scientists discuss the physiological challenges our Olympic athletes face at the Beijing Games. [more]

14/08/2008: Best Young Scientist
Marine ecologist Rebecca McLeod, the 2008 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year, talks about her research in Fiordland. [more]

14/08/2008: Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
University of Otago researchers discuss their work on a protein that has neuro-protective effects. [more]

14/08/2008: Molecular Self-assembly
Chemist Kate McGrath explains how molecules in naturally occurring emulsions organise themselves. [more]

14/08/2008: ADHD
Strategies for coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which affects about five percent of children. [more]

21/08/2008: Robotic Fruit Picker
Amelia Nurse meets a robot that can not only talk but also pollinate and harvest kiwifruit. [more]

21/08/2008: Painting Geology
An exhibition of paintings by Wellington artist Bob Kerr, inspired by the life of geologist Harold Wellman. [more]

21/08/2008: Makara Foreshore Reserve
Two plant lovers receive a lifetime award for restoring the coastal environment on Wellington's west coast. [more]

21/08/2008: Albatrosses
Wildlife photographer Tui de Roy talks about her passion for the majestic birds. [more]

28/08/2008: Science in Wine
Evolutionary biologist Matthew Goddard explains that wine is the result of evolution and competition between yeasts. [more]

28/08/2008: Young Scientists
Amelia Nurse has fun discussing projects at the Wellington Regional Science Fair. [more]

28/08/2008: Charles Fleming Lectures
Conservation ecologist Mick Clout talks about how science can help make conservation more successful. [more]

28/08/2008: Possums in Australia
Jenny Martin studies the mating habits of the mounatin brushtail possum at the University of Melbourne. [more]

04/09/2008: Servant Robots
Massey University's Gurvinder Singh Virk discusses new types of robots that could help people in their homes. [more]

04/09/2008: No Tillage
John Baker talks about how no-tillage seeding systems are essential for sustainable agriculture. [more]

04/09/2008: Michael Braungart
Michael Braungart explains the Cradle to Cradle concept of product design. [more]

04/09/2008: Bernard Beckett
Bernard Beckett talks about his latest novel, Acid Song, and other books with a science theme. [more]

11/09/2008: New Marine Reserve
Amelia Nurse attends the opening of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve on Wellington's south coast. [more]

11/09/2008: Native Birds' Comeback
Wellington residents find that native bird numbers are on the rise in the capital. [more]

11/09/2008: Peripatus
Landcare Research scientist Dianne Gleeson describes one of New Zealand's less well-known creatures. [more]

11/09/2008: Marine Invertebrates
Veronika Meduna visits NIWA's collection of marine invertebrates. [more]

18/09/2008: In the News - Large Hadron Collider
University of Auckland nuclear physicist David Krofcheck explains his experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider. [more]

18/09/2008: Healthy Honey
Biochemist Peter Molan on the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of manuka honey. [more]

18/09/2008: Science Anthology
New Zealand's first science anthology, edited by science historian Rebecca Priestley, is launched this week. [more]

18/09/2008: Arctic Climate Change
An investigation of the role of Arctic permafrost soils as a source of methane in lakes. [more]

25/09/2008: Imaging The Small
University of Canterbury's Richard Blaikie explains his research into using visible light to image objects on the nano-scale. [more]

25/09/2008: Bees In Decline
Amelia Nurse talks to two bee scientists about why bee numbers are declining and what can be done. [more]

25/09/2008: Spinn-off Technologies
Physicist Phil Butler's team uses technologies developed for the Large Hadron Collider to improve medical scanning equipment. [more]

25/09/2008: Punting The Cam
Cambridge University virologist Chris Smith takes his colleagues punting to discuss their research. [more]

02/10/2008: EDay
Eday, a nation-wide initiative to recycle electronic waste safely, is on this weekend. [more]

02/10/2008: Flightless Birds
Entomologist George Gibbs explains new research about how certain lineages of big birds lost their power of flight. [more]

02/10/2008: Particle Physics
Oxford University physicist Phil Burrows explains what anti-matter is and why the Higgs Boson is such a wanted particle. [more]

02/10/2008: Punting The Cam
Chris Smith talks to Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees and psychiatry professor Paul Fletcher. [more]

09/10/2008: Plant Me Instead
DOC's John Sawyer visits Amelia Nurse's garden and suggests what plants could replace the invasive pest plants. [more]

09/10/2008: Heart Hormones
Mark Richards and his team receive the University of Otago's Distinguished Research Medal for research on heart hormones. [more]

09/10/2008: Healthy Roots
A Crop and Food Research team aims to develop plants with better root systems that need less water and fertiliser. [more]

09/10/2008: BioGro Celebrations
New Zealand's leading organic certifier BioGro celebrates its first 25 years. [more]

16/10/2008: Apricot Breeding
Alison Ballance meets Hortresearch's Arlene Bradley as she hand-pollinates apricot blossoms. [more]

16/10/2008: Carnivorous Plants
Amelia Nurse finds out what's on the menu for carnivorous plants. [more]

16/10/2008: Climate Histories
Lonnie Thompson and Ellen Mosley Thompson talk about their climate research focusing on the world's glaciers. [more]

23/10/2008: Marine Science
Budding marine biologists head out to sea on board the University of Otago's research vessel Polaris. [more]

23/10/2008: Easter Island Collapse
Troy Baisden explains his hypothesis that Easter Islanders overshot the carrying capacity of their island's soil. [more]

23/10/2008: Quantum Whirlpools
Spontaneous vortices observed in Bose Einstein Condensates help physicists understand the Universe's earliest moments. [more]

23/10/2008: Fixing Carbon
Amelia Nurse finds out about a project that uses woody biomass and pyrolisys to sequester carbon. [more]

26/10/2008: Carnivorous Plants
Amelia Nurse finds out what's on the menu for carnivorous plants. [more]

26/10/2008: Carnivorous Plants
Amelia Nurse finds out what's on the menu for carnivorous plants. [more]

30/10/2008: Rocket Lab
Peter Beck prepares for the first private rocket launch in the Southern Hemisphere. [more]

30/10/2008: Flightless Teal
Murray Williams talks about Campbell and Auckland islands' flightless ducks. [more]

30/10/2008: Rutherford's Legacy
Ernest Rutherford's great-granddaughter recalls family stories and discusses his scientific legacy. [more]

06/11/2008: Weddell Seal Songs
Behavioural ecologist Joe Waas explains why Weddell seals produce such other-worldly songs. [more]

06/11/2008: Studying Starlings
John Flux's 39-year study of breeding habits of starlings is one of the longest ecological studies in the world. [more]

06/11/2008: Auckland's Volcanoes
Volcanologists Jan Lindsay and Graham Leonard explain a research project that aims to determine volcanic risk in Auckland. [more]

06/11/2008: Geological Mapping
Geologists Julie Lee and Mark Rattenbury talk about a series of maps that show rock types and faults across New Zealand. [more]

13/11/2008: Shark Genetics
Alison Ballance joins biologists as they take genetic samples from the rig, one of New Zealand's smallest shark. [more]

13/11/2008: Rutherford Medal
Massey University biophysicist David Parry was awarded the 2008 Rutherford Medal, the country's highest science honour . [more]

13/11/2008: Bees And Anaesthesia
Scientists use honey bees to study whether anaesthesia affects our biological clock. [more]

13/11/2008: Ocean Acidification
University of Otago marine scientist Abby Smith explains the impact of acidification of the ocean on shell-building creatures. [more]

20/11/2008: Lichen Hunt
Lichen expert Barbara Polly takes a Kiwi Conservation Club team on a lichen expedition. [more]

20/11/2008: Albatross By-catch
This project tracks white-capped albatrosses to work out how much they overlap with the subantarctic squid fishery. [more]

20/11/2008: Ocean Acidification
As the world's oceans become more acidic, what will be the impact on phytoplankton and seaweeds? [more]

20/11/2008: Extinction Risk
Palaentologists use New Zealand's unique marine fossil record to work out factors that contribute to extinction risk. [more]

27/11/2008: New Extinct Penguin
Scientists have discovered a new species of penguin whose extinction allowed hoiho to colonise New Zealand. [more]

27/11/2008: Tiritiri Matangi Island: Return Of The Forest
Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open sanctuary, which has been revegetated and is now home to rare species of wildlife. [more]

27/11/2008: The Amazing World Of James Hector
James Hector was one of New Zealand's great men of science and established the country's major scientific institutions. [more]

27/11/2008: Polynesian Iconoclasm
Victoria University anthropologist Jeff Sissons explains the destruction of marae in eastern Polynesia during the 19th century. [more]

04/12/2008: Hihi Nest Search on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Leila Walker and Rose Thorogood take Alison Ballance to check out hihi nests on Tiritiri Matangi Island. [more]

04/12/2008: Deepsea Corals in New Zealand Waters
NIWA marine scientists Di Tracey and Helen Neil work on deepsea corals, a diverse but little known group of organisms. [more]

04/12/2008: Rich Fossil Site in a Volcanic Crater in Otago
A 23-million year old volcanic crater in inland Otago has a rich fossil biota and hoods clues to ancient carbon dioxide levels. [more]

04/12/2008: Going Bush - Book About New Zealanders and Nature
Te Papa history curator Kirstie Ross has written a book called Going Bush: New Zealanders and Nature in the 20th Century. [more]

11/12/2008: Chatham Islands: Heritage and Conservation
Ecologist Colin Miskelly and marine biologist David Schiel discuss a newly revised landmark book about the Chatham Islands. [more]

11/12/2008: Ernest Rutherford's Life and Science
This feature marks the centenary since Ernest Rutherford received New Zealand's first Nobel Prize. [more]

11/12/2008: Robins on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Massey University scientist Barbara Egli tries to work out family connections between the island's robins. [more]

18/12/2008: New Zealand's Rarest Breeding Bird
Alison Ballance heads out to a Northland beach to find New Zealand fairy terns, our rarest birds. [more]

18/12/2008: Kokako on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Tertia Thurley and Morag Fordham search for kokako nests on the island sanctuary. [more]

18/12/2008: Kokako dialects
A team of biologists explain the rich repertoire of regional kokako dialects. [more]

18/12/2008: How Mice Came to New Zealand
Waikato university scientists Carolyn King and Chrissen Gemmill trace the origins and migration of house mice in New Zealand. [more]

26/12/2008: Geology in Action at Titahi Bay
Veronika Meduna visits the fossil forest and other geological sites at Titahi Bay, with Year 13 students from Tawa College. [more]

26/12/2008: Centre for Conservation Medicine
Wildlife vet Richard Jakob-Hoff shows Alison Ballance around the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine at Auckland Zoo. [more]

26/12/2008: Surviving in Extreme Environments
Waikato University biologist Criag Cary phones in during an expedition to explore underwater geysers in the eastern Pacific. [more]

26/12/2008: Night Walk on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Department of Conservation ranger James Lang takes Alison Ballance on a night walk on Tiritiri Matangi Island. [more]

29/01/2009: Kakapo Breeding Season
Kakapo programme manager Deidre Vercoe and surrogate 'mum' Daryl Eason prepare for a promising breeding season for the parrots. [more]

29/01/2009: Catching a Ride with Bull Kelp
University of Otago biologists track the ocean journey of the giant seaweed and its passengers. [more]

29/01/2009: New Zealand's Eocene Climate
Scientists find that ocean surface temperatures exceeded 30 degrees Celsius 55 million years ago. [more]

29/01/2009: New Approach to Melanoma Treatment
A Malaghan Institute team hopes to stimulate the immune system to target cancer stem cells in melanoma tumours. [more]

05/02/2009: Bringing Seabirds Back To Mana Island
Department of Conservation ecologist Colin Miskelly checks the success of efforts to reintroduce seabirds to Mana Island. [more]

05/02/2009: Pittosporum Evolution And Migration
Waikato University researchers use the genetic diversity of Pittosporums to track their migration to New Zealand. [more]

05/02/2009: Nobel laureate Harry Kroto
Nobel laureate Harry Kroto recalls the discovery of a new carbon molecule in interstellar dust. [more]

12/02/2009: Rimu Fruit And Kakapo Breeding
Kakapo scientists explain of role rimu fruit in synchronising kakapo breeding and providing food for chicks. [more]

12/02/2009: Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday Anniversary
Veronika Meduna discusses Darwin's ideas, struggles and impact with evolutionary biologists and science historians . [more]

19/02/2009: Frozen Frogs
Introduced brown tree frogs can survive being frozen solid, and Kalinka Rexer-Huber and Phil Bishop are finding out how. [more]

19/02/2009: Colour of Baby Bird Mouths
Rose Thorogood is investigating the idea that the colour inside a baby bird's mouth tells the parents how healthy the chick is [more]

19/02/2009: Whitebait Recruitment in Rivers
Fish ecologist Andy Hicks studies whitebait life cycles and their recruitment in river systems [more]

19/02/2009: Tagging Pacific Bluefin Tuna
Tim Sippel is attaching satellite tags to striped marlin and Pacific bluefin tuna to find out where they travel to [more]

26/02/2009: Kakapo Sperm Collection and Artificial Insemination
Spanish expert Juan Blanco is helping the National Kakapo Team's attempt to add rare Fiordland genes to the kakapo population [more]

26/02/2009: Evolution of Whales and Penguins
Palaeontologist Ewan Fordyce uses New Zealand's rich fossil record to trace the evolution of modern whales and penguins [more]

26/02/2009: New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity
Dennis Gordon has been compiling an about-to-be published 'book of life' for New Zealand [more]

26/02/2009: Robin Genetics on Ulva Island
Ian Jamieson's genetic research on robins on Ulva Island has revealed some surprising findings about the risk of inbreeding [more]

05/03/2009: Mysteries of Life in the Deep Ocean
Matthew Jones dissects thousands of fish guts to figure out who eats who in the deep sea. [more]

05/03/2009: Coastal Ecology
Victoria University ecologists Jeff Shima and Anna Smith explain population dynamics and the ecology of coastal habitats. [more]

05/03/2009: Snapper Nurseries and Recruitment
NIWA fisheries biologist Mark Morrison discusses research on snapper nursery grounds on the North Island west coast. [more]

05/03/2009: Physics of Antarctic Sea Ice
University of Otago physicists are wintering over in Antarctica to monitor the planet's biggest seasonal change. [more]

12/03/2009: Tracing the Great Pacific Migration
Anthropologist Lisa Matisoo-Smith uses human and animal DNA to trace the migration routes of people around the Pacific [more]

12/03/2009: Kakapo Rediscovery and Frozen Sperm Bank
A kakapo is rediscovered after being missing for 21 years, and the Sperm Team create a frozen sperm bank [more]

12/03/2009: Realise the Dream Awards for Young Scientists
Twenty nine young scientists were finalists in the 2009 Realise the Dream secondary school science competition [more]

12/03/2009: Tuatara Mating Systems
PhD student Jennifer Moore looked at the mating systems of tuatara on Stephens Island [more]

19/03/2009: Core reveals five million years of Antarctic climate history
An Antarctic sediment core that covers five million years of climate history reveals disappearance of world's largest ice shelf. [more]

19/03/2009: Jewelled Geckos
Zoology student Rosi Muller is an expert at finding well camouflaged jewelled geckos on the Otago Peninsula. [more]

19/03/2009: Evolution of Pacific Languages
Evolutionary genetics techniques help understand the evolution of Austronesian languages and the settlement of the Pacific. [more]

19/03/2009: Genetics of Mohua, or Yellowhead, Populations
Zoologists have analysed the genetics of mohua populations to advise on the optimum number of birds for island translocations [more]

26/03/2009: Science and Kakapo
Science plays an integral role in the Kakapo Recovery Programme, and evolutionary theory has proved a reality on the ground [more]

26/03/2009: Threatened Plants List
The latest revision of the New Zealand Threatened Plant List shows more than a third of native plants are threatened [more]

26/03/2009: Physics Fight
The New Zealand secondary school Physics Fights are part of the International Young Physicists Tournament [more]

26/03/2009: Gordon Ell on Gardening for Wildlife
Gordon Ell is the author of Attracting Birds and other Wildlife to your Garden in New Zealand [more]

02/04/2009: St Bathans Fossil Site
Trevor Worthy, Alan Tennyson and Paul Scofield report on the latest fossil findings from St Bathans [more]

02/04/2009: Paul Callaghan's Vision for Young Kiwis
Paul Callaghan has a vision to reverse the Brain Drain and bring young Kiwis home [more]

02/04/2009: Robins in Douglas Fir Plantations
Zoologists Graham Parker and Ian Jamieson are interested in whether Douglas fir plantations make good robin homes [more]

02/04/2009: Genes and Ethics
Human Genome Research Project leader Mark Hanaghan and clinical geneticist Ingrid Winship discuss genes and ethics [more]

09/04/2009: Terry Chapin on Arctic Ecology
Ecologist Terry Chapin's research has led from plant nutrients to the impact of global warming on Alaskan ecosystems. [more]

09/04/2009: The Impacts of Melting Sea Ice in the Arctic
Local Arctic communites are suffering as sea ice melts, but it could prove a boon for mineral and oil exploration. [more]

09/04/2009: Wellington's Carbon Emission Inventory
Landcare Research has prepared a Carbon Emissions Inventory for the greater Wellington region. [more]

09/04/2009: Molecular Genetics and Kakapo
Molecular genetics is revealing paternity and family relationships in the kakapo population. [more]

16/04/2009: Voyage to Campbell Island
The Navy frigate Te Kaha heads south to the Furious Fifties to deliver timber for a new boardwalk on Campbell Island. [more]

16/04/2009: When Biology Meets Geology
A biologist and geologist combine efforts to figure out how rivers changed course in the past. [more]

16/04/2009: Oligocene Drowning Debate
Palaeontologist Dallas Mildenhall explains how plant DNA, fossils and pollen can trace New Zealand's geological history. [more]

16/04/2009: Einstein's Universe
Oxford University physicist Brian Foster and violinist Jack Liebeck team up to explore Albert Einstein's life. [more]

23/04/2009: Daily Chores in Kakapo Management
The final episode of the kakapo series traces the daily routines of managing the flightless parrots. [more]

23/04/2009: Adelie Penguin Genetics
Evolutionary biologists ask why a high evolution rate in Adelie penguins results in few, if any, morphological changes. [more]

23/04/2009: The Fate of the Moa
Moa specialist Richard Holdaway investigates whether moa populations were heathy or declining before the arrival of people. [more]

23/04/2009: Albatrosses on Campbell Island
Alison Ballance visits the main breeding ground of the southern royal albatross with DOC scientist Peter Moore. [more]

30/04/2009: Nanotechnology - Tiny Wires of Carbon
University of Warwick chemist Julie McPherson explains how carbon nanotubes can be used as tiny wires. [more]

30/04/2009: Mammals in the Subantarctic
DOC's Peter McLelland talks about past and planned eradications of introduced mammals from subantarctic islands. [more]

30/04/2009: New Zealand's Most Famous Plant
Te Papa botanists Patrick Brownsey and Leon Perrie explore New Zealand's native ferns. [more]

30/04/2009: Rare Genetic Conditions
University of Otago geneticist Stephen Robertson discovers a link between a rare genetic bone condition and a childhood cancer. [more]

07/05/2009: New Zealand Sea Lions in Subantarctic
DOC's sea lion research leader Louise Chilvers talks about the decline in sea lion numbers in the Auckland islands. [more]

07/05/2009: Nanotechnology - Copying Biology
In part 2 of the series, chemist Annie Powell explains how nanotechnology can mimic nature. [more]

07/05/2009: New Zealand Ferns
Te Papa botanists Patrick Brownsey and Leon Perrie discuss the mystery surrounding New Zealand's hen and chicken fern. [more]

07/05/2009: The History of Earth's Ice Ages
University of Maine earth scientist George Denton is in New Zealand next week for a lecture about the last ice age. [more]

14/05/2009: Wandering Albatrosses
Kath Walker and Graeme Elliott have been studying Gibson's wandering albatrosses on Adam's Island since 1991. [more]

14/05/2009: Using Waste Heat to Produce Electricity
Tim Sands is using nanotechnology to improve an old technology. [more]

14/05/2009: Flowers and the Sex Lives of Plants
Like Darwin before him, Spencer Barrett is interested in the mating system of plants, especially invasive plants. [more]

14/05/2009: The Inequality of Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis has declined, but varies in its effects and still kills millions of people worldwide. [more]

21/05/2009: The Journey of Periwinkle Larvae
Marine ecologist Pelayo Salinas sets up an experiment to test how far periwinkle larvae travel. [more]

21/05/2009: Nanotechnology - Managing Chronic Disease
University of Auckland chemist David Williams tracks the development of tiny home kits to manage chronic diseases. [more]

21/05/2009: Fungal Foray
Mycologists gather for the 23rd Fungal Foray to search the Kapiti Coast for unusual fungi. [more]

21/05/2009: Southern Right Whales Return
Marine mammal scientist Simon Childerhouse has been monitoring the comeback of southern right whales. [more]

28/05/2009: Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine offers the potential to grow replacement skin, cartilage and bones. [more]

28/05/2009: Cosmology Writer Marcus Chown
Marcus Chown takes you on a guided tour of the weird world of quantum theory. [more]

28/05/2009: Dealing With Rising Greenhouse Gas Levels
Oceanographer Wallace Broecker suggests it is time to explore methods of extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. [more]

28/05/2009: Climate Change and Biodiversity
Landcare Research scientist Matt McGlone discusses how climate change will affect New Zealand's natural systems. [more]

04/06/2009: History of Astronomy
Astronomers Alan Gilmore and Grant Christie look back at the early days of optical astronomy in New Zealand. [more]

04/06/2009: Iron Fertilisation
NIWA scientists discuss adding iron to the ocean as a way of triggering algal blooms and the uptake of carbon. [more]

04/06/2009: Threatened Bird List
DOC's Colin Miskelly and Graeme Taylor explain the latest update on New Zealand's threatened birds. [more]

04/06/2009: Climate Effect on Biota
The Smithsonian curator for palaeobiology, Scott Wing, on how plants and animals changed during a warming 50 million years ago. [more]

11/06/2009: White Dwarfs
Victoria University astronomer Denis Sullivan explains what happens when a star dies. [more]

11/06/2009: Deadly Frog Disease
Phil Bishop, at the University of Otago, discusses efforts to find a cure for a deadly frog disease. [more]

11/06/2009: Fossil Hunt
A team of University of Otago scientists unearths exquisite fossils from an ancient volcanic crater lake. [more]

11/06/2009: Deep-sea Corals and Climate
CSIRO's Ron Thresher discusses how deep-ocean corals store information about climate and ocean currents. [more]

18/06/2009: Extra-solar Planets
Astronomers use a special line-up of stars to search for planets outside our own solar system. [more]

18/06/2009: Operation Ark in Fiordland
In the first part of a series about Fiordland, Alison Ballance finds out about Operation Ark. [more]

18/06/2009: Oldest Stars in the Universe
New Zealand's newest telescope near Blenheim tracks the explosions of some of the earliest stars in the Universe. [more]

18/06/2009: History of the Otago Medical School
Historian Dorothy Page traces the history of New Zealand's first medical school. [more]

25/06/2009: Short-tailed Bats in Fiordland
Jane Sedgeley and Colin O'Donnell are using microchips to monitor short-tailed bats in Fiordland's Eglington Valley. [more]

25/06/2009: Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope
Australia and New Zealand are bidding to host the world's largest radio telescope. [more]

25/06/2009: Radio Astronomy in New Zealand
New Zealand radio astronomers are working towards a possible involvement in the Square Kilometre Array. [more]

25/06/2009: Classification of the World's Mammals
Peter Waddell is a phylogeneticist involved in the often controversial area of creating a family tree for mammals. [more]

02/07/2009: Hand Rearing Takahe Chicks
The Department of Conservation's Glen Greaves shows Alison Ballance around the Burwood Bush takahe rearing centre [more]

02/07/2009: Looking Back on International Polar Year
Lou Sanson, Tim Naish and Craig Cary give a New Zealand perspective on International Polar Year. [more]

02/07/2009: Lakes Under Antarctica's Ice and Rates of Ice Melt
Helen Amanda Fricker on lakes and rivers under Antarctic ice, and Marco Tedesco on polar ice melt. [more]

02/07/2009: Super-Massive Black Holes
Fulvio Melia discusses the new idea that super-massive black holes might be building blocks of the universe. [more]

09/07/2009: Living with Asperger Syndrome
In his film 'Oops, Wrong Planet', Australian Stephen Ramsey is on a quest to find out about living with Asperger syndrome. [more]

16/07/2009: High Temperature Superconductors
Bob Buckley from Industrial Research Limited explains what high temperature superconductors are, and some of their uses [more]

16/07/2009: Fiordland Kiwi
The Department of Conservation's Jane Tansell takes Alison Ballance to find a northern Fiordland tokoeka [more]

16/07/2009: Great White Sharks
NIWA's Malcolm Francis and DoC's Clinton Duffy talk about the results of satellite tagging New Zealand's great white sharks [more]

23/07/2009: Trapping Stoats to Save Takahē
The Department of Conservation has put in an extensive network of stoat traps to save takahe in their mountain home [more]

23/07/2009: Green Chemistry
Mary Kirchhoff and Emma Dangerfield explain what green chemistry is using a particular example in the lab [more]

23/07/2009: Land-Based Effects on Coastal Fisheries
NIWA scientist Mark Morrison explains how sediment run-off and other consequences of land use impact coastal fisheries [more]

23/07/2009: Chemical Signatures
John Watling explains how chemical signatures can trace gold, diamonds and other goods to solve crime and fraud [more]

30/07/2009: Cousin Marriage
A zoologist and a political scientist discuss the genetics and history of first cousin marriage [more]

30/07/2009: Forensic Palynology
Dallas Mildenhall explains how pollen grains and spores can be used to uncover the truth in criminal cases. [more]

30/07/2009: Fiordland Islands Restoration
DoC is removing deer and stoats from Resolution and Secretary islands and introducing endangered species such as rock wren [more]

30/07/2009: Sea Ice Cores
Antarctic sea ice provides a unique habitat for micro-organisms, and Ken Ryan studies them by taking ice cores. [more]

06/08/2009: Malaria
Colin Sutherland explains what malaria is, it's evolutionary history and resistance to drugs, and how it can be halted. [more]

06/08/2009: Fake Pharmaceuticals
Dallas Mildenhall from GNS uses pollen grains and spores to detect fake pharmaceuticals. [more]

06/08/2009: Matroids
Dillon Mayhew explains what the abstract mathematical construct called a matroid is and why he thinks they are beautiful. [more]

06/08/2009: Genetics of Honey Bee Caste Development
Peter Dearden and Rosannah McCartney are looking at how two distinct types of female honey bees can stem from one genome. [more]

13/08/2009: Quantum nanodots
Jim Johnston and his team are using the colour-changing properties of quantum nanodots for ink-jet printing [more]

13/08/2009: New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity
Andrew Stewart and Dennis Gordon talk about the first volume of the recently-published New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity [more]

13/08/2009: Venomous Creatures
Leo Schep describes the risks and treatment for bites and stings from New ZealandÂ's venomous creatures [more]

13/08/2009: Biosolids
ESR's Jacqui Horswell, Tom Speir and Andrew Van Schaik explain what biosolids are, and their research into applying them to land [more]

20/08/2009: Distributed Generation
Geoff Smith is part of a distributed generation trial, with a wind turbine on his farm. Eion McPherson explains how it works. [more]

20/08/2009: Southern Alps Ice Cores Drilling
GNS Science's Julian Thomson reports in from an ice core drilling expedition in the Southern Alps. [more]

20/08/2009: Crustacea and Marine Invertebrate Collection
NIWA's Anne-Nina Loetz and Kareen Schnabel talk about their favourite crustacea in the Marine Invertebrate Collection [more]

20/08/2009: Radio and How It Works
Radio New Zealand's Matthew Finn talks about some different ways of listening to radio and how they work [more]

27/08/2009: MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year
Ruth Beran interviews John Watt, the winner of the 2009 MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year awards [more]

27/08/2009: New Vertebrate Collection Facility at Te Papa
Collection manager Andrew Stewart gives Alison Ballance a tour of the new Vertebrate Collection Facility at Te Papa Tongarewa [more]

27/08/2009: Analysing Air Quality with a Particle Accelerator
Perry Davy, Bernard Barry and John Futter explain how a particle accelerator works, and how air pollution can be analysed [more]

27/08/2009: Zebrafish Facility at the University of Otago
Julia Horsfield and Jenny Rhodes explain how zebrafish are helping in genetic research into diseases like human cancers [more]

03/09/2009: Did Moa Influence How Lancewoods Grow?
Kevin Burns believes he has evidence that the extinct moa's eating habits shaped how the native lancewood tree grows. [more]

03/09/2009: Capturing Carbon Dioxide
Scientists at IRL believe they have invented a new way of capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. [more]

03/09/2009: How Spiders Move
University of Otago researchers are working out how spiders move their limbs, with a view to creating realistic computer models. [more]

03/09/2009: Biomechanics of Animal Movement
Mike Paulin is interested in the mechanics of animal movement, and in creating realistic mathematical and computer models. [more]

10/09/2009: Freshwater Fish and River Pollution
Freshwater ecologist Mike Joy talks about pollution in the Manawatu River and research into native galaxiid fish [more]

10/09/2009: Printing Solar Cells with Novel Materials
Ashton Partridge and Richard Tilley are creating printable solar cells using conducting polymers and quantum nanodots [more]

10/09/2009: Printable Solar Cell Physics
Justin Hodgkiss is a member of the team creating printable solar cells and will be testing their physical properties [more]

10/09/2009: John Kendrick and his Radio Bird Calls
John Kendrick, the wildlife sound recordist behind the Morning Report bird calls, talks about them and his life [more]

17/09/2009: Measuring Sleep
Leigh Signal from Massey University's Sleep/Wake Centre attaches electrodes to Ruth Beran's head [more]

17/09/2009: Sleep, Pilots and Pregnant Women
The Sleep/Wake Centre is researching the effects of lack of sleep on airline pilots and pregnant women [more]

17/09/2009: Karori Sanctuary Volunteers
Bird feeding, the Wednesday Work Group and fence monitoring are some of the volunteer jobs at Karori Sanctuary [more]

17/09/2009: Forest and Bird Volunteers
Keen volunteers from the Nelson Branch of Forest and Bird turn out to help plant trees and trap predators [more]

24/09/2009: New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre
Vet Kerri Morgan talks about treating native wildlife at Massey University's New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre [more]

24/09/2009: Booster Broccoli
Plant and Food Research scientists have helped to develop a new type of broccoli with boosted levels of anti-cancer compounds [more]

24/09/2009: Australian Synchrotron
Ian Gentle explains what a synchrotron is, and Marian McKenzie outlines how it was used to test broccoli for selenium [more]

24/09/2009: Galapagos Islands Book
Wildlife photographer Tui de Roy on her new book 'Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy' [more]

01/10/2009: Aftermath of the Big Fiordland Earthquake
Simon Cox was part of the GNS Science 'Rapid Response' team that flew in to assess the effects of the earthquake in July. [more]

01/10/2009: Gut Micro-organisms
Plant and Food scientists are looking at how food alters interactions between gut micro-organisms and our bodies [more]

01/10/2009: Memes and Cultural Change
Matt Gers and Ben Jeffares discuss the concept of memes and memetics as a way of understanding cultural change [more]

01/10/2009: Fossil Pollen and Easter Island
Massey University's John Flenley uses pollen to work out the past vegetation and history of Easter Island [more]

08/10/2009: Giant Skink Reserve
A new dryland reserve at Aldinga, near Alexandra, will soon be home to endangered giant skinks [more]

08/10/2009: Climate Change, Heat Waves and Health
University of Auckland's Glenn McGregor talks about the impacts that climate change may have on heat waves and health [more]

08/10/2009: Tracking Animals with GPS and Mobile Phones
Otago University scientists are developing new generation animal tracking systems that use GPS and mobile phone networks [more]

08/10/2009: Eye Movements of Eye Witnesses
Matthew Gerrie is tracking the eye movements of eye witnesses to improve the criminal identification process [more]

14/10/2009: Robotic Musical Instruments web extra
Extended version of the Musical Robots interview from 15 August on Our Changing World. [more]

15/10/2009: Robotic Musical Instruments
Ajay Kapur has built various robotic instruments which can be programmed to improvise with human musicians [more]

15/10/2009: Cawthron Institute's Oyster Hatchery
Olin Picher explains how the Cawthron Institute's oyster hatchery is expanding its production of Pacific oyster spat [more]

15/10/2009: Antarctic Toothfish
NIWA's Stu Hanchet is studying Antarctic toothfish, a"keystone"species in the Ross Sea ecosystem [more]

15/10/2009: Cancer Vaccine
Robert Weinkove is working on a therapy for leukaemia which stimulates the body's own immune system to fight the cancer cells [more]

22/10/2009: Astronauts and the Elderly
Harvard Medical School's Jorge Serrador is studying the impacts of the body's balance system on brain blood flow [more]

22/10/2009: Honeydew Forest Ecosystems
The University of Auckland's Jacqueline Beggs has been researching the ecology of honeydew and"sugar-based"forest ecosystems [more]

22/10/2009: Antarctic Marine Larvae
Mary Sewell and Shane Lavery have been sampling marine larvae and using DNA-based techniques to measure its diversity [more]

22/10/2009: Molecular Screening of Plants
Sue Gardiner is screening for beneficial traits in plants to help breed new varieties with specific characteristics [more]

29/10/2009: Apple Flavour and Aroma
Daryl Rowan and Martin Hunt are looking at apple flavours and aromas, to help breeders produce new apples with novel traits [more]

29/10/2009: Medieval Manuscripts
Chris Howe is using techniques for studying the evolution of mutations in DNA to analyse the evolution of medieval texts [more]

29/10/2009: X-ray Tomography
Mark Le Gros and Carolyn Larabell describe the biological imaging microscope they built on a Californian synchrotron beamline [more]

29/10/2009: Honeydew Microbial Symbionts
University of Auckland scientists are investigating the microbes that live in the guts of honeydew scale insects. [more]

05/11/2009: Methane and Bio-filters
Landcare Research scientists are using biofilters to convert the potent greenhouse gas methane to carbon dioxide. [more]

05/11/2009: Social Insects - Super Sisters and the Anarchy Gene
Evolutionary geneticist Ross Crozier is interested in genetic factors underlying the evolution of behaviour in social insects. [more]

05/11/2009: Causes of Food Allergies
The Malaghan Institute's Elizabeth Forbes is interested in how food allergies develop. [more]

05/11/2009: Pupu Hydro Scheme
The Pupu hydro scheme, distributed power generation, and the role of feed-in tariffs [more]

12/11/2009: The Use of Bodies at the Otago Medical School
Anatomy professors and a doctor turned film-maker have worked together on a film about the use of human bodies to train doctors [more]

12/11/2009: Nanowhiskers
Silicon treated in an ion implanter produces nanowhiskers which may be useful for computer and TV screens [more]

12/11/2009: Biomineralisation in the Lab
Biomineralisation in nature produces hard things like bones - and scientists are trying to copy it in the lab [more]

12/11/2009: Leigh Marine Laboratory
The University of Auckland's Leigh Marine Lab has been carrying out a wide range of research for more than 35 years [more]

19/11/2009: Experimental Drug Facility
GlycoSyn's Paul Benjes gives Ruth Beran a tour of their experimental drug making facility [more]

19/11/2009: Neville Peat
Nature writer Neville Peat talks about his books on subjects as varied as sealions, South Island kokako and the Tasman Sea [more]

19/11/2009: Fluids, Tectonic Plates and Earthquakes
GNS Science's Martin Reyners is using tomography to look at the impact of fluid between tectonic plates [more]

19/11/2009: Rocky Reef Noise
The Leigh Marine Lab's Craig Radford has been recording the sounds made by urchins and snapping shrimps living on rocky reefs [more]

26/11/2009: Auckland Museum's Insect Collection
Auckland Museum insect collection curator John Early is passionate about parasitic wasps. [more]

26/11/2009: Lahars and Historic Volcanic Eruptions
Shane Cronin has been studying lahars and with Mark Bebbington has been analysing historic volcanic eruptions [more]

26/11/2009: Explosive Volcanic Eruptions
Massey University scientists are looking at lahars and the physical characteristics of explosive volcanic eruptions [more]

26/11/2009: Lobster Larvae
Andrew Jeffs from the Leigh Marine Lab is trying to work out what little lobster larvae feed on far out at sea. [more]

03/12/2009: Biofilms
Gavin Lear and Gillian Lewis describe the role of biofilms in the food web and how it's being used to test natural selection. [more]

03/12/2009: Greenland Ice Core Drilling
Ice cores from the Greenland ice cap are providing insights into past climates that will help plan for future climate change. [more]

03/12/2009: Implications of a Mother's Diet
Deborah Sloboda has found that a mothers diet has long-term implications for the weight and age of puberty of her children. [more]

03/12/2009: Fish Sounds
Shariman Ghazali is investigating the bioacoustics of fish such as john dory and gurnard. [more]

10/12/2009: Climate Change Science
Andy Reisinger talks about the latest climate change science, which shows sea levels are rising faster than predicted. [more]

10/12/2009: Sheep Foetal Programming
Hugh Blair is trying to determine if nutrition of pregnant ewes has a significant impact on lambs later in life [more]

10/12/2009: Diseases in Yellow-eyed Penguins and Godwits
Wildlife Health Centre vets are looking at diseases in yellow-eyed penguins and in shorebirds such as godwits. [more]

10/12/2009: How Crab Larvae Use The Sounds of the Sea
Research from the Leigh Marine Lab shows that crab larvae like noisy neighbourhoods. [more]

17/12/2009: Bar-tailed Godwits
Jesse Concklin and a group of shorebird experts explain what cannons and"twinkling"have to do with catching godwits. [more]

17/12/2009: X-ray Crystallography
Graeme Gainsford and Geoff Jameson demonstrate how x-ray crystallography is used to solve the structure of chemical compounds. [more]

17/12/2009: Corneal Stem Cells
University of Auckland researchers are looking at the potential of adult stem cells to treat corneal disease. [more]

17/12/2009: Sea Cucumbers
Matt Slater is investigating whether sea cucumbers could clean up the waste under mussel farms and also be exported. [more]

24/12/2009: Bar-tailed Godwits - part 2
The cannon nets have been fired and Jesse Concklin and Phil Battley retrieve data loggers from the godwits they have caught. [more]

24/12/2009: Remembering the Future
Recent research suggests the same parts of the brain are used for remembering and for thinking about the future. [more]

24/12/2009: Calcium, lung function and asthma
Mathematician James Sneyd is modelling the role of calcium in lung function and saliva secretion. [more]

24/12/2009: Asian Paddle Crabs
The newly arrived Asian paddle crab is proving to be aggressive, voracious and a fast breeder. [more]

28/01/2010: Deep-Sea Drilling Ship
The ship JOIDES Resolution is part of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Programme,. [more]

28/01/2010: Short-haired Bumblebees
They are extinct in the UK, but thriving in New Zealand, and efforts are being made to breed them and take them back home. [more]

28/01/2010: Toxins and Cell Membranes
Using neutron beams and reflection to study how toxins such as bee venom and anthrax affect cell membranes. [more]

28/01/2010: Forensic Science - Aging Bodily Stains
Young ESR forensic scientist Rachel Fleming is finding ways to age bodily stains such as blood or saliva. [more]

04/02/2010: Mechanics of the Heart
University of Auckland's Alistair Young images the heart of a healthy volunteer to test new software developed for MRI machines [more]

04/02/2010: Project River Recovery
Chris Woolmore manages Project River Recovery and talks about a new project to trap predators at a black-fronted tern colony [more]

04/02/2010: Geology Summer School
A group of GNS Science geology summer school students take a tour of the JOIDES Resolution and collect a sediment core [more]

04/02/2010: Forensic Science and Traditional Medicines
Jacqui MacCallum is developing techniques to detect internationally protected wildlife in imported traditional medicines [more]

10/02/2010: Emperor Penguins
Alison Ballance talks with Antarctic veteran Gerald Kooyman about 30 years of research on Emperor penguins [more]

11/02/2010: Black Stilt Captive Rearing Facility
Dean Nelson takes Alison Ballance on a tour of the black stilt captive rearing facility near Twizel [more]

11/02/2010: New Zealand Trees
Matt McGlone is looking at the number of native tree species in New Zealand compared with the rest of the world [more]

11/02/2010: Viruses Inside Crystals
The University of Auckland's Peter Metcalf is studying something quite mysterious, tiny infectious crystals [more]

11/02/2010: Forensic Science and Plants
David Rotherham is working on DNA techniques to trace plants like cannabis back to their source [more]

18/02/2010: Bose-Einstein Condensates
Maarten Hoogerland and Howard Carmichael demonstrate how the coldest thing in the universe is created in the lab [more]

18/02/2010: New Zealand Biotron
Leo Condron and Stuart Larsen use the New Zealand Biotron, a new tool to study plants in a controlled environment [more]

18/02/2010: Stomach Electrical Activity
University of Auckland scientists are using custom-made flexible electrodes to measure the electrical activity of stomachs [more]

18/02/2010: Tracking Taro
Peter Matthews cooks a meal of taro, and explains how he's been tracking the crop's history around the globe [more]

25/02/2010: Beneficial Soil Fungi
Bioprotection Research Centre scientists are looking at a group of soil fungi with the ability to protect crops from disease [more]

25/02/2010: Millipedes
Anne Tomlinson is using her garage to study the ecology of millipedes and their role in recycling nutrients on the forest floor [more]

25/02/2010: Earthquakes and Geothermal Energy
Peter Malin plays the sound of an earthquake to a group of visiting scientists and outlines research into geothermal energy [more]

25/02/2010: Stroke and Anti-platelet Antibodies
Maggie Kalev-Zylinska is analysing blood to determine if the immune system could lead to a novel therapy for stroke [more]

04/03/2010: Greening Waipara
Viticulturalists and ecologists are collaborating to increase the use of beneficial plants and insects in vineyards. [more]

04/03/2010: Mast Seeding in Snow Tussocks
Dave Kelly explains how snow tussocks try to outwit their seed predators with irregular mass flowering [more]

04/03/2010: Chemistry and Supercomputers
Matthias Lein is using a supercomputer to solve chemical reactions, particularly reactions where gold is the catalyst [more]

04/03/2010: Enzyme Inhibitors
Richard Furneaux and Peter Tyler are developing enzyme inhibitors to target medical conditions, with some in clinical trials [more]

11/03/2010: High Temperature Superconductors
IRL's Jeff Tallon, with colleague Bob Buckley, received the Prime Minister's Science Prize for their work on superconductors [more]

11/03/2010: Heathcote Estuary
'After the outfall' is an inter-disciplinary study looking at the effect of diverting wastewater out of the Heathcote Estuary [more]

11/03/2010: Antarctic Whale Research Expedition
The joint Australia-NZ Whale Research Expedition is using non-lethal methods to study humpback and minke whales [more]

11/03/2010: Neurogenesis and the Human Brain Bank
Maurice Curtis uses samples from the Human Brain Bank to study the growing of new brain cells, or neurogenesis [more]

18/03/2010: Rangatira Island
Department of Conservation ranger Abi Liddy introduces Alison Ballance to shore plovers, black robins and other unique species. [more]

18/03/2010: Density and Sound
Massey University PhD student Emile Webster is using sound to measure the density of things like kiwi fruit [more]

18/03/2010: Cicadas - Part One
Cicada expert Chris Simon has five species of cicada in her Wellington garden, where she studies cicada biology and song. [more]

18/03/2010: Synaptic Connections and the Brain
University of Auckland's Johanna Montgomery is recording the signals neurons sent to each other through the synapses [more]

25/03/2010: Chatham Petrels
Chatham petrels are one of the world's rarest seabirds, but simple innovative techniques have seen their numbers slowly recover [more]

25/03/2010: High Performance Ceramics
Using a nitrogen furnance, IRL's Ian Brown and Bill Owers are making high performance ceramics [more]

25/03/2010: Cicadas - Part 2
In part two of the cicada story with Chris Simon, we find out about the evolutionary history of New Zealand's cicadas. [more]

25/03/2010: Prime Minister's Future Scientist
Stan Roache has won the inaugral Prime Minister's Future Scientist Prize for his original work on the physics of light [more]

01/04/2010: Rangatira Night Shift
At night Rangatira Island is alive with seabirds, wetas, spiders, and war whooping scientists catching Chatham petrels [more]

01/04/2010: Artificial Mouth
University of Otago's Chris Sissons and Lisa Wong are using an artificial mouth to study dental plaque [more]

01/04/2010: Poisonous Plants
The book Plants that Poison is a guide to New Zealand's poisonous plants, from green potatoes to castor beans [more]

01/04/2010: Hookworms
Graham Le Gros and Mali Camberis are studying hookworms in the hope of developing a vaccine as well as treatments for diseases [more]

08/04/2010: Mangere Island Revegetation
Mangere Island in the Chathams has been the focus of New Zealand's most remote replanting project as Bridget Gibb explains [more]

08/04/2010: Black Holes
Roy Kerr talks about black holes and how he solved one of Einsteins's most difficult equations [more]

08/04/2010: Ice Crystals
Andreas Hermann has developed a new way to calculate the crystalline properties of ice [more]

08/04/2010: Blackcurrants and asthma
Plant and Food Research scientists have found that a compound in blackcurrants reduces inflammation in lung cells [more]

15/04/2010: Chatham Island Oystercatchers
Chatham Island oystercatchers have responded well to management that includes moving nests up the beach away from waves [more]

15/04/2010: Testing Sporting Equipment
Palmerston North-based company OBO is using an air cannon to test sports gear like face masks [more]

15/04/2010: Emulsified Diesel
Veranis Corporation researchers are adding water to diesel to create a cleaner fuel for New Zealand vehicles [more]

15/04/2010: Tasting Fat
Matt Golding explains that a new study has found that fat is a taste, not just a texture [more]

22/04/2010: Chatham Island Tui Translocation (Part 1)
The Taiko Trust's 'Tui Team' are on Rangatira Island, attempting to catch 40 tui to move to the main Chatham Island [more]

22/04/2010: Gastric Bypass Surgery and Diabetes
Surgeon Richard Stubbs performs a gastric bypass operation and talks about a potential cure for type 2 diabetes [more]

22/04/2010: Erosion on a Rocky Coast
Geographer David Kennedy is interested in erosion process on the coast, that effect even rocky shores around Wellington [more]

29/04/2010: Chatham Tui Release (Part 2)
The release of forty young tui into the Awatotara Valley is an historic occasion shared by many Chatham Islanders [more]

29/04/2010: Tuberculosis Vaccine
Jo Kirman explains how she is looking at particular immune system cells to create a better TB vaccine [more]

29/04/2010: NZ Threatened Plants
Threatened Plants of New Zealand is a new book about 189 of the country's most 'at risk' plants [more]

29/04/2010: Virtual Water
Brent Clothier and Anne Cecile-Larricq are researching water footprints, the total amount of water it takes to deliver a product [more]

06/05/2010: Chatham Island Dune Restoration
Sand dune restoration projects are returning native sand-binding plants to Chatham Island dunes [more]

06/05/2010: Gas Hydrates or 'Burning Ice'
Only discovered in the 1970s, methane hydrate deposits on the sea floor could be an important source of potential energy [more]

06/05/2010: Origins of Life
Massey University scientists are looking at RNA to try and determine under what physical condtions life originated on Earth [more]

06/05/2010: Sorting Cells
At the Malaghan Institute, lasers are being used to sort cells for scientists developing treatments for various diseases [more]

13/05/2010: Laser Scans of Moriori Dendroglyphs
Detailed 3D digital laser scans are preserving information about Moriori tree carvings on the Chatham Islands [more]

13/05/2010: Fossil Hunting
GNS Science's Marianna Terezow, James Crampton and his two children go on a fossil hunt to a location featured in their new book [more]

13/05/2010: Glass for Radiation Imaging
Andy Edgar and Chris Varoy are developing new materials which can store radiation and the images retrieved later [more]

13/05/2010: Tidal Energy Potential in Cook Strait
Ocean physicist Craig Stevens is interested in energy flows in turbulent environments such as Cook Strait [more]

20/05/2010: Cooks Scurvy Grass in the Chathams
Each summer DoC botanist Amanda Baird monitors populations of the threatened coastal plant Cooks scurvy grass [more]

20/05/2010: Radiocarbon Dating Bones from Cambodia
Nancy Beavan Athfield has been finding the age of human bones buried in jars in the Cambodian jungle [more]

20/05/2010: Health Impacts of Volcanic Ash
The 1996 eruption of Mt Ruapehu had effects in Auckland and Hamilton, cities previously thought too far away to be impacted [more]

20/05/2010: Pathology Lab Tour - Part 1
Take a tour of the Aotea Pathology laboratories to find out what happens to a medical sample once it's taken [more]

27/05/2010: Sweetwater Covenant, Chatham Island
The Chatham Islands boast many private conservation covenants - and one even has a predator proof fence [more]

27/05/2010: Pathology Lab Tour - Part 2
Mackenzie Nicol shows Ruth Beran the microbiology department of Aotea Pathology [more]

27/05/2010: Supercritical Fluid Extraction
IRL's Owen Catchpole demonstrates the process of supercritical fluid extraction and how it's used to extract products [more]

27/05/2010: NZ Coastal Marine Invertebrates Book
A new book on NZ's coastal marine invertebrates is field-tested with some rock-pool fossicking at Cable Bay [more]

03/06/2010: Chatham Island Taiko
DoC ranger Pat Liddy is part of a team working to protect rare Chatham Island taiko during the breeding season [more]

03/06/2010: Computers and Hand-drawn Diagrams
University of Auckland's Beryl Plimmer is developing programmes to help computers recognise hand-drawn diagrams [more]

03/06/2010: Test for Kidney Transplant Rejection
A new non-invasive urine test will enable the rapid detection of a transplanted kidney being rejected [more]

03/06/2010: Pathology Lab Tour - Part 3
Ruth Beran continues her tour of the molecular biology and histology departments at Aotea Pathology [more]

10/06/2010: Recording Kiwi Calls
Andrew Digby is recording the calls of little spotted kiwi in the Zealandia Sanctuary [more]

10/06/2010: Taiko Rediscovery
David Crockett recounts the momentous rediscovery of the Chatham Island taiko [more]

10/06/2010: Microsleeps
Richard Jones and his team are discovering what happens in the brain during a microsleep [more]

10/06/2010: Wave Energy Device
IRL's Alister Gardiner and Robert Stuart describe the latest prototype for harnessing the energy of ocean waves [more]

17/06/2010: Thin Film Optics
Roger Reeves and his team are using a UV laser to make thin films to imrpove optoelectronic devices like LEDs and solar panels [more]

17/06/2010: Cyanobacteria
Tina Summerfield believes that cyanobacteria can be used to produce hydrogen as a renewable energy source [more]

17/06/2010: Gene Therapy and Cancer
Gabi Dachs and Michelle Hunt are developing a gene therapy treatment to restrict blood supply to cancerous tumours [more]

17/06/2010: Carbohydrates and Exercise
University of Auckland researchers have identified a pathway in the mouth to parts of the brain that control muscle activity [more]

24/06/2010: NZ Sea Lions on the Otago Peninsula
The critically endangered NZ sea lion is faring poorly in the subantarctic, but a small mainland population is doing much better [more]

24/06/2010: Preventing Nuclear Cataracts
Julie Lim, winner of the 2010 Zonta Science Award, is working on a preventative treatment for cataracts [more]

24/06/2010: Gough Island and its Killer Mice
Two Kiwi biologists are working on Gough Island in the South Atlantic studying seabirds and super-sized mice [more]

24/06/2010: Genes, Smell and Taste
Richard Newcomb and Jeremy McRae are seeing if variation in odour receptor genes changes our sense of smell, taste and flavour [more]

01/07/2010: Stick Insects
Stick insects that favour 'virgin births' are shedding new light on whether sexual reproduction has an evolutionary advantage [more]

01/07/2010: Clinical Trials Facility - Part 1
Primorus Clinical Trials' Alison Luckey takes Ruth Beran on a tour of the Christchurch-based clinical trials facility [more]

01/07/2010: Bio-Archaeology in Thailand
Sian Halcrow is looking at the impact of a rice-based culture on infant and child health in long-lost cultures [more]

01/07/2010: Titration Competition
Victoria University's Suzanne Boniface judges secondary school students as they take part in the annual Titration Competition [more]

08/07/2010: Lake Rotorua Scum
A mysterious cow-pat shaped lump of blue scum from the shores of Lake Rotorua is brought to David Hamilton for identification [more]

08/07/2010: Clinical Trials Facility Tour - Part 2
The tour of a research unit which conducts clinical trials continues with Primorus Clinical Trials' Alison Luckey [more]

08/07/2010: Tree Weta
Steve Trewick is intrigued by tree weta distribution and diet, in particular the fact that they may eat more than just leaves [more]

08/07/2010: Amateur Astronomy
John Field is an amateur astronomer who spends as much time as he can in his backyard observatory [more]

15/07/2010: The Singing Scientist and Epigenetics
AgResearch's Matt Barnett has written a song about his research into epigenetics, and whether food can turn genes on or off [more]

15/07/2010: Bio-Engineering and Bone Cell Boot Camp
The Auckland Bioengineering Institute is working on engineering solutions to biomedical questions [more]

15/07/2010: Creating Bio-Plastic From Blood
University of Waikato engineers have developed a process to turn waste blood into a plastic polymer with commercial potential [more]

15/07/2010: Beeswax as a Drug Delivery System
Chemist Michael Mucalo is interested in developing drug delivery systems, and creating biomedicals from waste products [more]

15/07/2010: Waikatolink
Waikatolink is the commercialisation and technology transfer arm of the University of Waikato. [more]

17/07/2010: Carbohydrates and Exercise
University of Auckland researchers have identified a pathway in the mouth to parts of the brain that control muscle activity [more]

22/07/2010: Amblyopia or Lazy Eye
Ben Thompson and Joanna Black are making findings about brain plasticity while trying to help adults with ambylopia, or lazy eye [more]

22/07/2010: NIWA's New Supercomputer
NIWA's new supercomputer, FitzRoy, will enable much faster climate and weather predictions [more]

22/07/2010: Quantum Storage
Jevon Longdell explains how crystals doped with rare earth ions are being used to store quantum states of light [more]

22/07/2010: Seed Bank for Grass and Clover
The Margot Forde Forage Germplasm Centre is a treasure trove of grass and clover seeds [more]

29/07/2010: Marine Decomposition and Bacteria
Gemma Dickson is submerging pig heads in cages in Otago Harbour to see which bacteria colonise them over time [more]

29/07/2010: Bacteria and Bite Marks
Darnell Kennedy is analysing bacteria on people's teeth to see if they match the bacteria taken from bite marks on the skin [more]

29/07/2010: Science Learning Hub
The Science Learning Hub is an online resource for schools, and is linked to Our Changing World's audio archive [more]

29/07/2010: Otago Museum Basement Tour
Natural sciences curator Cody Fraser leads a tour of the Otago Museum collections housed in the basement [more]

05/08/2010: Otago Museum Butterfly House
The Tropical Forest at Otago Museum is home to hundreds of butterflies - and a few other creatures as well. [more]

05/08/2010: Model of the Knee
Vickie Shim and Kumar Mithraratne have developed a person-specific knee model which requires data from a gait analysis and MRI [more]

05/08/2010: Paua Research at Karitane
University research into paua is helping the East Otago Taiapure Local Fishery decide how to manage local shellfish stocks [more]

05/08/2010: Vitamin C and Cancer
Margreet Vissers and Caroline Kuiper have found a mechanism which suggests that Vitamin C can prevent cancer. [more]

12/08/2010: Rutherford's Den
Year 12 Christ's College students and their teacher Andrew Taylor explore Rutherford's Den with educator Claire Norton [more]

12/08/2010: Waikato River
A Waikato University 'large river' research project is focusing on life in New Zealand's longest river [more]

12/08/2010: Swallowing
Maggie-Lee Huckabee is helping people with swallowing difficulties, such as stroke patient Derek Chapman who's making progress [more]

19/08/2010: Rapidly Rising Young Rocks
Some young rocks in New Guinea are rising from deep in the mantle to the surface at rates of centimetres a year [more]

19/08/2010: Mosquitoes and Disease
Ecologist Mary McIntyre investigates mosquitoes, and the risk of mosquito-borne human diseases establishing in New Zealand [more]

19/08/2010: Canoe Plants of the Pacific
Hawaii-based ethnobotanist Art Whistler specialises in plants of the Pacific, especially useful plants moved by Polynesians [more]

19/08/2010: Thin Ceramic Films
University of Canterbury scientists are growing thin films in vacuum chambers to coat things like metal implants and space craft [more]

26/08/2010: Glow Worms
Miriam Sharpe and Kurt Krause want to identify glow worms' light-emitting protiens for use in medical and other purposes [more]

26/08/2010: Sir Graham Liggins
A tribute to Sir Graham Liggins, better known as Mont Liggins, who died this week on Tuesday 24 August [more]

26/08/2010: Lifestyle Foods for Energy Balance
An ongoing research programme is developing new foods to release energy more slowly and improve health [more]

02/09/2010: Ultraviolet Dosimeters
University of Otago and NIWA scientists are measuring people's UV exposure with dosimeters to compare with vitamin D levels [more]

02/09/2010: The Acid Test - a Feature on Ocean Acidification
Increasing carbon dioxide is making the world's oceans more acidic; what does this mean for marine life? [more]

09/09/2010: Developing a Cryocooler
IRL is developing an extremely cold 'fridge', a cryocooler, to chill high temperature superconductors [more]

09/09/2010: Soil Carbon
Measurements of carbon moving in and out of soils is helping build a 'carbon balance' for different kinds of pastoral farming [more]

09/09/2010: Using Kina for Joint Implants
Calcium carbonate from marine creatures could help make better joint implants. [more]

09/09/2010: New Findings on Meningococci Bacteria
New findings suggest the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are resilient and can even survive outside a host [more]

16/09/2010: Music of the Stars
Astronomer Karen Pollard and her team explain how the unique"music"of each star helps them deduce its internal structure [more]

16/09/2010: Conservation Week Beach Clean-up
The Wellington Lions Rugby team and Ricoh staff join forces to clean up the coastline of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve [more]

16/09/2010: Care Groups Tree Planting Celebration
Volunteer groups celebrated 10 years of Greater Wellington's Care Group programme by planting 10,000 trees [more]

16/09/2010: Psychology of Gang Initiations
Michael Richardson is researching the psychology behind gang initiations using a modified coffee grinder and slaters [more]

23/09/2010: Vision Perception
How our eyes and brain perceive and interpret our own motion in a moving world intrigues researchers at Waikato University [more]

23/09/2010: Parkinson's Disease and Virtual Reality
A team of researchers in Christchurch have developed a 3D virtual reality system to retrain the Parkinsonian brain [more]

23/09/2010: Animals and Pain
Massey University's Craig Johnson is recording electrical activity of the brain to determine if animals feel pain [more]

23/09/2010: Dunedin Science Expo
The University of Otago 'Feeding the Mind' science expo was part of the food-themed International Science Festival [more]

30/09/2010: Capturing and Seeing a Single Atom
University of Otago scientists have developed a technique to reliably and consistently produce individually trapped atoms [more]

30/09/2010: Seamounts and the Census of Marine Life
The Censeam seamount research team is reporting back to the Census of Marine Life 'Decade of Discovery' conference next week [more]

30/09/2010: Mathematical Approaches to Evolution
Mathematicians are using new tools to reconstruct evolutionary relationships of organisms with DNA from several ancestors [more]

30/09/2010: Sea Slugs and Tetrodotoxin
The Cawthron Institute is breeding grey side-gilled sea slugs to find out how they produce highly poisonous tetrodotoxin [more]

07/10/2010: Study on preventing winter falls wins an Ig Nobel Award
Study on preventing winter falls wins an Ig Nobel Award. [more]

07/10/2010: Cats, Skin Cancer, and Feline Papillomavirus
Nick Cave treats cats with skin cancer and John Munday wants to know if there is a link between the cancer and papillomaviruses [more]

07/10/2010: Wellington Harbour Bird Survey
The Ornithological Society is completing the latest 2-year survey, building a 35 year picture of trends in species and numbers [more]

07/10/2010: Scientific Glassblowing
Mike Wadsworth demonstrates some scientific glassblowing and explains what a necrodegradometer is. [more]

14/10/2010: Autonomous Rescue Robots
'Grandmother' heads a hierarchy of robots designed by Victoria University to search for survivors in collapsed buildings [more]

14/10/2010: A Virtual Hearing Patient
At the University of Canterbury, a virtual patient allows students to learn how to test hearing in a simulated audiology booth [more]

14/10/2010: Philosophy, Science and Belief
We think we are free to choose what to believe but University of Otago philosopher Alan Musgrave challenges this notion [more]

14/10/2010: New Uses for Marine By-Products
Plant and Food Research's Natural Extracts team find novel high-value uses for molecules found in fish waste, such as Omega 3 [more]

21/10/2010: Spontaneous Combustion
Industrial mathematician Graeme Wake is an expert in the maths of spontaneous combustion, and the 'theory of ignition' [more]

21/10/2010: Optical Tweezers
Massey University's Bill Williams and Stephen Keen demonstrate how laser beams can be used to pick up tiny objects and move them [more]

21/10/2010: Testing Cardboard Boxes
PhD student Celia Kueh is developing computer models to test packaging failure in corrugated cardboard boxes [more]

21/10/2010: Gold as a Nano-Scale Catalyst
Vladimir Golovko explains how nano-scale particles of gold show promising new properties as catalysts [more]

28/10/2010: Little Penguins on Matiu-Somes Island
Little penguins are thriving in Wellington Harbour, thanks to nest boxes and regenerating forest on Matiu-Somes Island. [more]

28/10/2010: Momentum at the Racetrack
Philip O'Connor is studying the momentum effect by looking at horses as if they were financial stocks over time [more]

28/10/2010: Mapping Genomes
At the Massey Genome Service, genomes are sequenced and fed into research as varied as ancestral junk RNA and food poisoning [more]

04/11/2010: Urban Restoration in Hamilton
With less than 1% of its natural vegetation remaining, Hamilton city is working hard to restore urban biodiversity [more]

04/11/2010: Porphyrins
University of Auckland scientists are tweaking the chemistry of small, highly-coloured, ring-shaped molecules called porphyrins [more]

04/11/2010: Stroke Drug
Andrew Clarkson explains how he is testing a new compound as a potential treatment for recovery after stroke [more]

11/11/2010: Polymer Gel Actuators
Daniel Hutchinson is creating polymer gel actuators which in the future might be used as artificial muscle in life-like robots [more]

11/11/2010: Composite Polymers
Bio-derived polymers made from corn starch could be reinforced with fibres such as hemp for strength and sustainability [more]

11/11/2010: Science Philosophy and Discovery
What does it take to discover something? Does it take more than setting eyes on something for the first time? [more]

11/11/2010: Soil, Carbon Dioxide and Photodegradation
It took PhDstudent Susanna Rutledge to recognise the role of sunlight in some unexplained results from her soil research [more]

18/11/2010: Black Mudfish and Lake Restoration
Alison Ballance hunts for mudfish with Nick Ling and finds out about the restoration of Lake Kaituna [more]

18/11/2010: Synthesising Carbohydrates
Antony Fairbanks and his team are interested in the sugars attached to the outside of cells as potential therapeutics [more]

18/11/2010: Modelling the Human Breast
Martyn Nash and Angela Lee are modelling the human breast to track tissue motion to help clinicians to better detect tumours [more]

25/11/2010: How Microbes Survive Change
A Waikato university team discovers a new mechanism of metabolic regulation in microbes. [more]

25/11/2010: Genes for Plant Flowering
Joanna Putterill is investigating the genes that control flowering in plants, looking at things like day length and temperature [more]

25/11/2010: Optical Lenses and HERMES
KiwiStar Optics are making the largest optical lenses ever built in this country for an Australian astronomical project [more]

25/11/2010: Drugs From Nature
Margaret Brimble and her research team are trying to make new medicines by synthesising chemicals from nature [more]

02/12/2010: Wellington Zoo's Animal Hospital
Amelia Nurse takes a tour of The Nest - Te Kohanga - Wellington Zoo's animal hospital and centre for native wildlife [more]

02/12/2010: Raman Spectroscopy
Keith Gordon demonstrates how Raman spectroscopy can be used to anaylse subtances and measure electronic properties of materials [more]

02/12/2010: Fossil Life in Rocks
Palaeo ecologist Kathy Campbell shows Veronika Meduna how she searches for traces of ancient life in rocks [more]

09/12/2010: 50th Anniversary of the Laser
To mark half a century of lasers, find out how a laser works, get a potted history of its development, and discover some uses [more]

09/12/2010: Philosophy of Science and Surrealism
Philosopher Alan Musgrave on realism and surrealism about science, or whether or not Adam and Eve had bellybuttons [more]

09/12/2010: The Scientific History of Meccano
The science - and fun - of meccano is on display at Te Papa. [more]

16/12/2010: NZ Film Archives 'Saving Frames'
The NZ Film Archive's 'Saving Frames' is a four-year project to preserve thousands of old films. [more]

16/12/2010: Measuring Air Quality
Last winter a large study in Auckland looked at the impact of motorway traffic and wood smoke on inside and outside air quality [more]

16/12/2010: Redigitising Old Films
Park Road Post Production explains the process of restoring and redigitising a 1940 film [more]

16/12/2010: Water Repellent Soils
A soil survey around the North Island has found that when dry, rather than soaking up water, most soils become water repellent [more]

16/12/2010: Tour of Park Road Post Production
In this web-only special, Brian Scadden takes Amelia Nurse on a tour to see some of the old film unit equipment still in use [more]

23/12/2010: Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
Sir Peter Gluckman speaks about his early research career and his connection to Sir Edmund Hilary [more]

23/12/2010: Magnetism and North Pole South Pole
Gillian Turner introduces some characters from her book North Pole South Pole, which traces the quest to understand magnetism [more]

23/12/2010: Gastric Bypass Operation Follow-up
Gastric bypass patient Arthur Andrews goes to Wakefield Hospital for a follow-up consultation eight months after the operation [more]

23/12/2010: Our Changing World Updates for 2010
An update on some stories, including the JOIDES Resolution, bumblebees, Chatham Island birds, star music, and a science song [more]

27/01/2011: Surveying Small Sharks in Estuaries
A nationwide survey of the nursery grounds of rig in estuaries around the country kicks off next month [more]

27/01/2011: Alcohol and Exercise
Matthew Barnes explains why alcohol after strenuous exercise doesn't mix well [more]

27/01/2011: Hormones and Variation in Boys
Researchers are looking at hormones other than testosterone to see if they account for variation in boys [more]

27/01/2011: Physics of Antarctic Sea Ice
After 1000 days 'on ice' , physicist Tim Haskell knows a thing or two about sea ice in Antarctica [more]

03/02/2011: Platelet Sea Ice
In areas of Antarctica close to large ice shelves super-cooled water forms crystals known as platelet sea ice [more]

03/02/2011: Drug Resistance and Efflux Pumps
Brain Monk is looking at efflux pumps to develop antimicrobials for treating drug resistant fungal pathogens [more]

03/02/2011: Motueka River Integrated Catchment Management
A 10-year research programme took a 'ridgetops to the sea' approach to studying a river catchment [more]

10/02/2011: Bet Hedging in Microbes
Paul Rainey explains why microbes hedge their bets and why the strategy may be an ancient evolutionary trait [more]

10/02/2011: Geological History of New Zealand
Peter Kamp and Kevin Furlong demonstrate their new reconstruction of New Zealand's geological history over 40 million years [more]

10/02/2011: Primary Cilia
Tony Poole explains what primary cilia are and why they play an important role in the body [more]

10/02/2011: Emperor Penguins
Alison Ballance talks with Antarctic veteran Gerald Kooyman about 30 years of research on Emperor penguins [more]

17/02/2011: Sleep Apnoea - Part One
Discovering sleep apnoea during an overnight sleep study was a life-changing discovery for Maui Stuart [more]

17/02/2011: Sleep Apnoea - Part Two
Overnight sleep studies to detect sleep apnoea, and the use of CPAP machines to solve the problem [more]

17/02/2011: The Development of Multi-Cellularity
How and why multi-cellular organisms evolved from single cells is an evolutionary puzzle [more]

17/02/2011: Space Physics in Antarctica
Using very low frequency radio waves to measure solar energy, and also detect global lightning [more]

17/02/2011: Surveying Adelie Penguins in Antarctica
Each summer Adelie penguins in the Ross Sea are counted using aerial photography as part of a long-term study [more]

03/03/2011: Mana Bioblitz
Te Papa botanists join a big effort to record how many species occur in Titahi Bay, the nearby sea area, and on Mana Island [more]

03/03/2011: Full Body Vibration Plate
Darryl Cochrane is researching whether exercise on full body vibration plates is beneficial [more]

03/03/2011: Sir Anthony Leggett
Nobel laureate Sir Anthony Leggett speaks to 1400 school students about his career and tips for winning a Nobel Prize [more]

03/03/2011: Web Only Special - Chemistry Variety Show
Richard Blaikie, John Watt and Kerstin Lucas speak at a Chemistry Variety Show and students share their opinions afterwards [more]

03/03/2011: Mount Erebus Extremophile Microbes
Waikato University's Craig Cary studies soil microbes living in warm thermal soils near the summit of Antarctica's Mount Erebus [more]

03/03/2011: Web Only Special - Culturing Extremophile Microbes
Waikato University student Chelsea Vickers is trying to culture soil microbes as part of Craig Cary's Erebus research [more]

10/03/2011: Zoonoses
Nigel French and his team are identifying and tracing zoonoses - human diseases that come from animals [more]

10/03/2011: A New Species of Cumacean
Cumaceans, or comma shrimps, are tiny sediment dwellers that feature in volume 2 of the NZ Inventory of Biodiversity [more]

10/03/2011: Anaesthesia and the Brain
Two Waikato University physicists have developed a theoretical model of the brain as it undergoes anaesthesia [more]

10/03/2011: Restoring Shackleton's Hut in Antarctica
A team of conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust are nearing the end of a multi-year effort to restore a 1908 hut [more]

17/03/2011: Byfusion
Peter Lewis demonstrates the Byfusion system which turns waste plastic into bricks [more]

17/03/2011: Adding Value to Hoki Skin
Marine collagen in hoki skin has particular properties that Plant and Food Research scientists can exploit for electrospinning [more]

17/03/2011: Shock Testing
An IRL facility tests shipboard systems and equipment to ensure they can withstand shocks [more]

24/03/2011: Sleep and Memory
How a sleep model developed by Waikato University physicists can help understand what happens in brains as we sleep [more]

24/03/2011: Electric Fishing for Pest Fish
Waikato University researchers are using their electric fishing boat to see if they can control perch in a dam at Zealandia [more]

24/03/2011: Glycolipid Adjuvants
Bridget Stocker and Janice Cheng are developing glycolipids adjuvants to make better personalised cancer vaccines [more]

24/03/2011: Terrestrial Turtle Fossils
The latest fossils of land animals from St Bathans continue to revolutionise our understanding of NZ's biological history [more]

31/03/2011: Melanoma Trends
How melanoma rates in New Zealand compare to Australia, are sun protection messages working, and new metabolic drugs [more]

31/03/2011: Surgical Robots
Catherine Mohr describes how the Da Vinci surgical robot has changed keyhole surgery [more]

31/03/2011: Measuring Gravity in Antarctica
Gary Wilson takes a sensitive gravity meter into the field in Antarctica to measure very tiny differences in gravity [more]

31/03/2011: 3D Food Printer
Matt Golding and his team demonstrate a prototype 3D printer which uses batter instead of ink [more]

31/03/2011: Surgical Robots - Extended Interview
In this web only extended interview, Catherine Mohr continues to discuss the Da Vinci surgical robot. [more]

07/04/2011: Weeds on Matiu-Somes Island - part 1
Matiu/Somes Island in Wellington harbour is being restored to natural forest, which involves some weeding of NZ native species [more]

07/04/2011: 3D Scene Scanner
IRL's Robert Valkenburg is developing a mobile scanner to create images of 3D scenes and objects [more]

07/04/2011: Antarctica's Dry Valleys
A multi-disciplinary team from Waikato and Canterbury universities is mapping the Dry Valley ecosystem to create a GIS model [more]

07/04/2011: Antarctic copepods
Scientists have discovered discovered an active population of freshwater copepods in an Antarctic lake. [more]

14/04/2011: Lab-on-a-Chip Device
Researchers at the University of Auckland are creating lab-on-a-chip devices to study things like single cells [more]

14/04/2011: Laser Microfabrication
At the University of Auckland, a laser is used to fabricate the lab-on-a-chip devices, including paper microfluidic devices [more]

14/04/2011: Weeds on Matiu-Somes Island - part 2
Peter Russell continues the tour of Matiu-Somes Island including the site of the island's newest weed [more]

14/04/2011: Tribute to Don Merton
Our Changing World pays tribute to conservationist Don Merton who passed away this week [more]

21/04/2011: The ARGO Project
More than 3000 robotic floats drift around the world's oceans collecting their vital signs and sending the data via satellite [more]

21/04/2011: Squid gel update
A wound-healing gel, based on polymers found in crab shell and squid, has been successfully commercialised. [more]

21/04/2011: Methanogens
AgResearch scientists hope to reduce methane emissions by changing methanogens in the rumen of cattle and sheep [more]

21/04/2011: Molecular Dragons
Cather Simpson is using lasers to try and create molecules that focus energy like a dragon focuses heat [more]

21/04/2011: Making a Stream More Fish Friendly
Mike Joy and students survey fish in a small stream before floodgates are modified to be more fish-friendly [more]

28/04/2011: Martin Jetpack
Richard Lauder explains how the Martin Jetpack works as the latest prototype is taken outside and briefly lifts-off [more]

28/04/2011: Heather Bio-control in Tongariro National Park
Fifteen years after heather beetles were introduced, they finally seem to be having an impact, [more]

28/04/2011: Antarctic Fish Leeches and Antifreeze
Very little is known about Antarctica's fish leeches, including whether they use antifreeze to survive subzero temperatures [more]

05/05/2011: 50 Years at the Lauder Research Station
The NIWA Research Station at Lauder is a world leader in atmospheric research areas such as ozone measurement [more]

05/05/2011: Clotting Conundrum
Stephen Brennan explains how his work on fibrinogen helped solve the genetic mystery of a man's blood clots [more]

05/05/2011: Sustainable Town Planning
Waikato University's new Professor of Environmental Planning already has some strong opinions on Hamilton's city sprawl [more]

05/05/2011: Solar Bach
The Meridian First Light solar bach has been built by Victoria University students for the 2011 Solar Decathlon [more]

12/05/2011: 2011 Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize
2011 Royal Society of NZ Science Book Prize won by Alison Ballance's 'Kakapo - rescued from the brink of extinction'. [more]

12/05/2011: Virus Hunters
Richard Hall and Matthew Peacey are using new methods to try and discover emerging diseases in humans and animals [more]

12/05/2011: Climate Futures - Pathways for Society
A feature from a conference event encouraging us all to consider our responses to living in a world with a changing climate [more]

19/05/2011: Antarctic Dust
Victoria University geologists drove across the sea ice in McMurdo Sound this summer on the hunt for dust [more]

19/05/2011: Genetically Engineered Clover
AgResearch scientists have genetically engineered white clover to increase its levels of condensed tannins [more]

19/05/2011: Colour in Mendel's Peas
Roger Hellens and a team of researchers have discovered the genes that control for flower colour in Mendel's pea plants [more]

19/05/2011: Biolistics
At Plant and Food Research, Simon Deroles is using a gene gun to test for gene expression [more]

23/05/2011: Our Changing World - Dust In Antarctica
In the photos, Antarctica always looks so white and pristine. But take a closer look and it turns out it has a dirty little secret - dust. Victoria University geologists Cliff Atkins and Jane Chewings have been on its trail, and Alison Ballance caught up with them last summer on the sea ice near Scott Base to find out why they're so fascinated with tiny specks of dust. [more]

26/05/2011: Human Thermoregulation
Zac Schlader and Toby Mundel are trying to find out if skin temperature has an effect on athletic performance [more]

26/05/2011: Angiotensinogen
A collaboration is developing a potential biomarker for high blood pressure, which may be used for pre-eclampsia in the future [more]

26/05/2011: Biochar
The New Zealand Biochar Research Institute is looking at how to produce and apply biochar, and its effects on soil and plants [more]

02/06/2011: Scanning a Plate Boundary
Seismic blasts across a tectonic plate boundary in the Wairarapa will help understand locked plates [more]

02/06/2011: Bryophytes
A bryophyte hunt on Mana Island is a chance to learn more about mosses, liverworts and hornworts [more]

02/06/2011: Why Cows Prefer to Graze at Dusk
Understanding how grass quality changes over time and when is the best time for cows to eat can help improve grazing management [more]

02/06/2011: Bioimprints
Scientists in Christchurch are taking imprints of cells in a UV curable polymer with implications for imaging and biocompability [more]

09/06/2011: Women, exercise and protein
After studying men, Massey University scientists are seeing if protein also assists women athletes after strenourous exercise [more]

09/06/2011: Lake Sediments
Chris Hendy is interested in the chemistry of silica-rich sediments in lakes in the Taupo Volcanic Zone [more]

09/06/2011: Biocomposites
Mark Staiger and Tim Huber are working on biocomposites made completely from cellulose, a renewable resource [more]

09/06/2011: Rip Currents
A remote camera at Tairua Beach is providing insights into how, where and why dangerous rip currents form [more]

09/06/2011: White terraces discovered on lake floor
White terraces discovered on floor of Lake Rotomahana. [more]

16/06/2011: Life in Antarctica's Sea Ice
Antarctic sea ice is home to a great diversity of microbes and algae living in and under the ice [more]

16/06/2011: Limits to Freshwater
Although New Zealand has abundant freshwater resources, there are still limits to its quality and quantity [more]

16/06/2011: Oxygen and Free Radicals
Christine Winterbourn's work on free radicals and their effect on the human body may help understand cystic fibrosis [more]

23/06/2011: Okarito Kiwi Get a New Home
Rowi are New Zealand's rarest kiwi species, and some have been transferred to Blumine Island to encourage them to breed [more]

23/06/2011: Macquarie Island Pest Eradication
The Macquarie Island eradication project to rid the subantarctic island of rats, mice and rabbits is making good progress [more]

23/06/2011: Binaural Sound and an Anechoic Chamber
In an anechoic chamber at IRL Ruth Beran discovers how to create 3D binaural sound [more]

23/06/2011: Demonstration of Binaural Sound
Ruth demonstrates binaural sound. To hear the effect listen to this recording with headphones. [more]

30/06/2011: Maungatautari Ecological Island
A 47-kilometre long predator-proof fence is the key to making Maunagtautari mainland island a safe home for rare forest birds [more]

30/06/2011: Parkinson's Disease and Light
Stephanie Hughes and Louise Parr-Brownlie are using light pulses to study Parkinson's disease [more]

30/06/2011: Molecular Machines
Chemists are being inspired by natural molecular machines to create synthetic nano-scale machines [more]

07/07/2011: Kermadecs Series - Fish Collecting
A team of biologists explain what's so unique about the Kermadec Islands fish life while they collect fish from rock pools [more]

07/07/2011: Magnetic South
At the end of June, people played Magnetic South, an online game designed to generate ideas about the future of Christchurch [more]

07/07/2011: Soil nematodes and earthworms
Gregor Yeates enthuses about the importance of soil nematodes and earthworms while talking about his research career [more]

07/07/2011: Alzheimer's disease and proteins
Warren Tate and members of his lab are looking at a small protein fragment as a possible therapeutic for Alzheimer's disease [more]

14/07/2011: Raoul Island Vegetation
Botanist Peter de Lange explains the origins and make-up of Raoul Island's subtropical vegetation [more]

14/07/2011: Ancient DNA and Early Polynesian Exploration
Ancient DNA from human bones collected on a Chilean island might shed light on when early Polynesians got to South Amercia [more]

14/07/2011: Southern Right Whales - Acoustics and Photo ID
Acoustics and photo identification of southern right whales is helping understand their communication and biology [more]

14/07/2011: HIV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Warren Tate talks about his work on HIV and introduces Eiren Sweetman who is looking for biomarkers for chronic fatigue syndrome [more]

21/07/2011: Insect Collecting on Raoul Island
Entomologist Warren Chinn used a number of methods to collect terrestrial invertebrates from the Kermadec Islands [more]

21/07/2011: Flame Organ
Harnessing the power of thermoacoustics, Alastair Galbraith has created a fire organ using 44 glass Rijke tubes [more]

21/07/2011: Replanting a Wairarapa Wetland
Ducks Unlimited have enlisted Victoria University's help to bring scientific rigour to the replanting of Wairio wetland [more]

21/07/2011: Heart Attacks and Fight or Flight
Zoe Ashley is trying to better understand the body's fight or flight response after a heart attack to help prevent sudden death [more]

28/07/2011: Lapita - Early Polynesians
What old bones from Vanuatu can tell us about the lives and deaths of the early Lapita people [more]

28/07/2011: Glass Harmonium and Aluminium Rods
Alastair Galbraith plays a glass harmonium and makes some aluminium rods sing [more]

28/07/2011: Self-setting Possum Traps
Goodnature's self-setting possum traps use the same technology they developed for their very effective rat and stoat traps [more]

28/07/2011: Art and Science of Icebergs
An ocean physicist joins a sculptor to talk about icebergs, and parallel processes in art and science [more]

04/08/2011: Kermadec Volcanic Arc
The Kermadec Arc sits along the boundary of the Australian and Pacific Plates, and runs from Ruapehu to Tonga [more]

04/08/2011: Liggins Institute Anniversary
The Liggins Institute celebrates its first decade of research into links between fetal diet and adult health. [more]

04/08/2011: Persistent Organic Pollutants
University of Otago scientists measure pollutants like pesticides in alpine areas and the effects of flame retardants on fish [more]

04/08/2011: Biomechanics of Medieval Armour
To measure how much energy it takes to walk in a suit of armour, researchers made men wearing armour walk and run on a treadmill [more]

11/08/2011: Weeds and Vegetation Plots on Raoul Island
Plots that are resurveyed every three years show how the vegetation of Raoul Island is changing, and the island's worst weeds [more]

11/08/2011: Exercise and Dehydration
Jim Cotter and Rachel Kingsford are investigating dehydration to see if it could help athletic performance [more]

11/08/2011: Peter Raven on the Global Biodiversity Crisis
Pre-eminent botanist Peter Raven spoke in Dunedin recently on 'How many species will survive the 21st century?' [more]

11/08/2011: Ageing Wine with Electric Fields
Waikato University scientists have developed a machine that can age wine within minutes by exposing it to an electric field. [more]

18/08/2011: Macauley, Cheeseman and L'Esperance Islands
An entomologist and a botanist get ashore on some rugged, seldom visited Kermadec islands [more]

18/08/2011: Kermadec Marine Invertebrates
Two Australian Museum marine invertebrate specialists used many different methods to collect specimens in the Kermadecs [more]

18/08/2011: Antarctic Whale Expedition Results
The joint Australia-NZ whale research expedition found that humpback whales in the Ross Sea also spend time in east Australia [more]

18/08/2011: Genetics and Cancer
University of Otago scientists are studying the genetics behind hereditary diffuse cancer, to try and find new treatments [more]

25/08/2011: Fish in the Kermadec Islands
Kermadec Islands fishes are an intriguing mix of tropical, sub-tropical and temperate species [more]

25/08/2011: Kitchen Chemistry
Kent Kirshenbaum is tapping into the public's love of food to present chemistry in a way that is fun and accessible [more]

25/08/2011: Silent Earthquakes
GNS Science and NIWA scientists explain their plans to drill offshore Gisborne to study silent earthquakes. [more]

01/09/2011: Exploring a Plate Boundary
Geologists explain an ambitious drilling project to explore a tectonic plate boundary off Japan. [more]

01/09/2011: NZ's Smallest Bird
University of Auckland PhD student Sarah Withers introduces the rifleman, NZ's smallest native land bird. [more]

01/09/2011: Limits of the Periodic Table
Theoretical chemist Nicola Gaston explores the complexity and beauty of the periodic table of chemical elements. [more]

01/09/2011: Invisibility Cloaks
Robert Thompson is working on the theoretical aspects of cloaking, otherwise known as transformation optics [more]

08/09/2011: Tree Weta Ears
PhD student Kate Lomas is investigating the structure of weta ears and what sounds they can hear [more]

08/09/2011: Wound-Healing Products
Mesynthes is turning sheep fore-stomachs into medical devices which work as scaffolds for cells [more]

08/09/2011: Coral Reefs
Simon Davy discusses the importance of coral reefs, why they may vanish, and whether this extinction can be averted [more]

08/09/2011: Promiscuous Proteins and Antibiotic Resistance
Proteins enable bacteria to evolve and adapt to new environments, and are proving to be more effective than previously realised [more]

15/09/2011: Waikanae Estuary
To mark Conservation Week, Veronika Meduna visits the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve, a favourite feeding spot for birds. [more]

15/09/2011: Modelling Infectious Diseases
Evolutionary biologist Alexei Drummond explains computer models that track the spread of infectious diseases. [more]

15/09/2011: From Waste to Product
Mike Henare, of Spectionz, discusses how his company turns waste into valuable products. [more]

15/09/2011: Mild Hypoxia and Complex Decision Making
Scientists are seeing if reduced oxygen levels can impact on the ability to make complex decisions, with implications for pilots [more]

22/09/2011: Integrated Solar Roofs
Mike Duke, at Waikato University, discusses options for combining photovoltaic electricity generation with solar heating [more]

22/09/2011: Vocal Appropriation
Victoria University biologists demonstrate how birds incorporate sounds from their environment into their song [more]

22/09/2011: Tracking Fluids in Rocks
Mark Hunter explains how nuclear magnetic resonance helps to track dispersion of fluids through opague materials [more]

22/09/2011: Skulls Downunder
In a Wellington suburb, George Holley runs an eclectic business sourcing and preparing animal skeletons for sale [more]

29/09/2011: Relocating Kokako
Conservationists catch kokako to reintroduce the birds into the Waitakere Ranges [more]

29/09/2011: Mating in Candida
Scientists explain why sex has no benefits for this fungal pathogen [more]

29/09/2011: Evolution of Complex Life
University of Canterbury geneticist Anthony Poole argues that natural selection may not be the only driver of evolution [more]

29/09/2011: Biofuel Potential of Waste Pine
Scion is developing biochemical ways to extract sugars from waste softwood to produce biofuels [more]

06/10/2011: Termite Gut Microbes
Enzymes produced by microbes living in the guts of native termites could help break down wood to make biofuels [more]

06/10/2011: Micro Brewery and Gluten-free Beer
Samuel Richardson explains how beer is made and how he's trying to develop a gluten-free beer using chestnuts [more]

06/10/2011: Measuring Helium Atoms
Laser measurements of ultra cold helium atoms enabled very precise measurements of their size and colour absorption [more]

06/10/2011: Self-Correcting Rockets
Designing a self-correcting system to stabilise hyper-sonic rockets [more]

13/10/2011: Robotic Assistant
University of Canterbury mechatronics students have built a robotic petrol station assistant. [more]

13/10/2011: Torrefaction
Scion has been investiaging how torrefaction might work with waste pine to make it more energy dense [more]

13/10/2011: Sex Lives of Praying Mantises
It's a battle of the sexes for praying mantises in New Zealand, and the introduced females are proving fatal to native males [more]

13/10/2011: Spartina Grass - Web Feature
Spartina grass is an invasive coastal weed in many places around the world, and Donald Strong explains why it is such a problem [more]

13/10/2011: Able-X
A computer game device called Able-X is helping people with arm disabilities do exercises in their own home [more]

20/10/2011: Buddleia Biocontrol
The butterfly bush has been a weedy problem in young pine plantations but the buddleia leaf weevil is having a good impact [more]

20/10/2011: Secretins
Scientists are targeting the giant channels in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria to try and develop better treatments [more]

20/10/2011: Electrochemistry
Electrodes and microbes that could be tiny power plants, and other uses of electrochemistry [more]

20/10/2011: Rod Morris on the Denniston Plateau
Wildlife photographer Rod Morris talks about the plateau's remarkable wildlife, and why he believes it should be protected [more]

27/10/2011: Whakatane Kiwi Project
The community of Whakatane and Ohope have taken their local brown kiwi to their heart, both physically and emotionally [more]

27/10/2011: Modelling Carbon Nanotubes
Dmitri Schebarchov has created a model to explain how the diameters of carbon nanotubes relate to the catalysts they're grown on [more]

27/10/2011: Modified Zeolite
Excess nutrients such as phosphorus cause algal blooms in lakes, but sediment capping may be a solution [more]

27/10/2011: Monitoring Volcanic Hazards
The Waimangu Valley near Rotorua is one of a number of volcanic monitoring sites in the Taupo Volcanic Zone [more]

03/11/2011: Scott’s Last Journey - marking the centenary
Scott’s Last Journey - the centenary [more]

03/11/2011: Bioplastics
Scion scientist Jeremy Warnes introduces plastics made from biological materials, including wood [more]

03/11/2011: Nature's Catalysts
University of Canterbury chemist Emily Parker explores the role of enzymes in biological reactions [more]

03/11/2011: Predicting Volcanoes
Volcanologist Gill Jolly explains how data from a volcano monitoring network help forecast volcanic activity [more]

03/11/2011: Magnetic Nanoparticles
Scientists are working on iron magnetic nanoparticles which could improve contrast in MRI images and be used in cancer therapy [more]

10/11/2011: Auckland's New Volcanoes
Four previously unrecognised volcanic craters and a forgotten crater in South Auckland have added to Auckland's volcanic tally [more]

10/11/2011: Baring Head Station
A fieldtrip to Baring Head, the first station in the Southern Hemisphere to monitor carbon dioxide and other gases [more]

10/11/2011: Geothermal Microbes
Microbiologist Matthew Stott is excited by the diversity of thermophile microbes that thrive in hot geothermal waters [more]

10/11/2011: Tell Us A Story
Ruth Beran goes to watch as science and engineering students from Victoria University compete in the Tell Us A Story challenge [more]

17/11/2011: Waste to Gold
The Rotorua District Council and Scion are testing new technologies to turn waste into products [more]

17/11/2011: New Zealand's Native Trees
Botanist John Dawson introduces his new book, co-authored with Rob Lucas, about our native trees [more]

17/11/2011: Poetry and Science
Wellington poet Janis Freegard talks about and reads from her collection Kingdom Animalia [more]

17/11/2011: Creating Tsunamis
University of Auckland scientists are creating waves in the lab to study the impact of tsunami bores on physical structures [more]

24/11/2011: Brain Cells on Silicon Chips
University of Auckland scientists are growing cell networks on silicon chips to study processes at the single neuron level [more]

24/11/2011: Te Urewera Mainland Island
Intensive trapping for introduced mammals in the northern part of Te Urewera National Park is reaping benefits for wildlife [more]

24/11/2011: Deadly Creatures
Liana Joy Christensen is the author of Deadly Beautiful, a book which features creatures like spiders, snakes and sharks [more]

24/11/2011: Baby Tuatara at Zealandia
After being reared at Victoria University, 15 baby tuatara are returned home to Zealandia [more]

01/12/2011: Billion-year-old Enzyme
Molecular biologists at Waikato University reconstruct an ancient enzyme that once belonged to the earliest Bacillus ancestor [more]

01/12/2011: Forest Health
A tour of Scion's collections of fungi and insects that could threaten forest health [more]

01/12/2011: Urban Trees
University of Auckland scientists discuss how urban trees can be used to sequester more carbon [more]

01/12/2011: Artificial Muscle Motors and Generators
Scientists are using artificial muscles to create rotary motion, store electricity, and provide an alternative to diodes [more]

08/12/2011: Acoustic Insulators and Metamaterials
IRL is developing thin sound insulation from artificial materials known as metamaterials [more]

08/12/2011: Deceptive Orchids
A Masters research project has been finding out if the spurred helmet orchid uses sight and smell to deceive insects [more]

08/12/2011: Evolution of Social Behaviour
Evolutionary psychologist Quentin Atkinson argues that group living allowed our primate ancestors to be active during the day [more]

08/12/2011: Bioluminescence and Superbugs
'Glow in the dark' bacteria are a novel rapid screening technique for finding new drugs to combat superbugs [more]

15/12/2011: Lance Richdale Biography
The 'father of albatross science' carried out 18 years research on albatrosses and penguins in the 1930s and 1940s [more]

15/12/2011: Peripatus and Urban Conservation
The values and challenges of urban conservation are highlighted in Dunedin when road widening impacts an unusual invertebrate [more]

15/12/2011: Simulation Centre for Patient Safety - Part 1
In this web only special, Jane Torrie takes Ruth Beran on a tour of a new centre where mannequins are used as training tools [more]

15/12/2011: Simulation Centre for Patient Safety - Part 2
Jane Torrie takes Ruth Beran on the second half of a tour of the new training facility for healthcare students and staff [more]

15/12/2011: 2011 science and natural history books
2011 science and natural history books [more]

22/12/2011: Prime Minister's Science Prize 2011
The winning team this year is NIWA and the University of Otago's Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography [more]

22/12/2011: Future Scientist
Nina Huang from Auckland's Diocesan School for Girls wins the PM's Future Scientist Prize [more]

22/12/2011: Recreating Mammoth Haemoglobin
An international team re-created woolly mammoth haemoglobin from ancient DNA, and discovered it had some remarkable properties [more]

22/12/2011: The Origins of Human Language, Thought and Civilization
Michael Corballis explores the intricacies of the human brain and asks what makes us human [more]

22/12/2011: Fibre Periodic Table
A nation-wide knit-along of the periodic table marks the end of the Year of Chemistry [more]

29/12/2011: Mount Erebus Extremophile Microbes
Waikato University's Craig Cary studies soil microbes living in warm thermal soils near the summit of Antarctica's Mount Erebus [more]

12/01/2012: Kermadecs - Collecting Fish
Biologists explain what's so unique about the Kermadec Islands fish life while they collect fish from rock pools [more]

12/01/2012: Rumen Methanogens
AgResearch scientists hope to reduce methane emissions by changing methanogens in the rumen of cattle and sheep [more]

12/01/2012: Sleep Apnoea
Overnight sleep studies to detect sleep apnoea, and the use of CPAP machines to solve the problem [more]

19/01/2012: 50 Years at the Lauder Research Station
The NIWA Research Station at Lauder is a world leader in atmospheric research areas such as ozone measurement [more]

19/01/2012: Insect Collecting on Raoul Island
Entomologist Warren Chinn used a number of methods to collect terrestrial invertebrates from the Kermadec Islands [more]

19/01/2012: Copy of Sleep Apnoea
Overnight sleep studies to detect sleep apnoea, and the use of CPAP machines to solve the problem [more]

19/01/2012: Tell Us a Story
Science and engineering students from Victoria University compete in the Tell Us A Story challenge [more]

19/01/2012: Self-Setting Possum Traps
Goodnature's self-setting possum traps use the same technology they developed for their very effective rat and stoat traps [more]

25/01/2012: Scott's last journey - part 1
A hundred years after Captain Robert Scott and his team died in Antarctica, Veronika Meduna retraces their journey in words. [more]

26/01/2012: Nelson's Boulder Bank
Geologists explore the origins of Nelson's iconic boulder bank [more]

26/01/2012: West Coast Little Blues
On the West Coast, people and their cars are a bigger threat than predators to little blue penguins [more]

26/01/2012: New Residents on Matiu-Somes Island
A new population of fluttering shearwater chicks is settling into their new home in the middle of Wellington Harbour [more]

31/01/2012: Web Only Special - Control Engineering
Nick Corlett and Francis Collier have been working on a model of the Martin jetpack as their control engineering project [more]

02/02/2012: Iconic Glaciers
Victoria University scientists discuss the future of New Zealand's glaciers in a changing climate [more]

02/02/2012: CSI South
Russell Frew at the University of Otago's Iso-Trace Lab explains some recent research projects [more]

02/02/2012: Rats in Trees
Auckland's Ark in the Park is using new ways of monitoring rats in the canopy [more]

02/02/2012: Stinky Mosses
University of Auckland's Anne Gaskett is fascinated by mosses that grow on carcasses and dung [more]

09/02/2012: Training for a whale rescue
Project Jonah volunteers train to prepare themselves for whale strandings [more]

09/02/2012: Giraffe Weevils
University of Auckland biologists hope their research will raise the profile of these unusual beetles [more]

09/02/2012: Healing the Brain
AUT researchers are exploring the use of pine-bark extracts to aid recovery after mild brain trauma [more]

16/02/2012: Supergiant Amphipods
Marine biologists discover supersized amphipods thriving at seven kilometres deep in the Kermadec Trench [more]

16/02/2012: Horopito - Red Leaves, Hot Taste
A chemist and a botanist investigate whether the redness of horopito leaves is related to their hotness [more]

16/02/2012: Training for a whale rescue - part 2
In part 2 of Whale Rescue, the trainee marine mammal medics take to the water with an inflatable whale [more]

16/02/2012: Auckland's Buried Volcanic Forest
A forest buried in volcanic ash tells a story about Auckland's volcanic history [more]

23/02/2012: Deep-sea Snailfish
Te Papa's fish collection manager Andrew Stewart introduces snailfish caught deep in the Kermadec Trench [more]

23/02/2012: Medicinal Manuka Honey
Manuka honey has proven anti-microbial benefit, and growing medicinal applications [more]

23/02/2012: Smart Pigeons
Pigeons trained to use touch-screens have abstract mathematical abilities as good as monkeys [more]

01/03/2012: Giant Fossil Penguins
Two new species of giant fossil penguin species named Kairuku from 28 million years ago [more]

01/03/2012: Radio Telescope and KAREN
A new 30-metre radio telescope is linked to the KAREN fast-fibre digital connection [more]

01/03/2012: Royal Albatrosses Text Home
Innovative GPS tracking devices attached to young royal albatrosses text their locations back to base [more]

01/03/2012: Urban Ecology in Dunedin
Nature in cities has value for both plants and animals, and people, and is an increasing focus for ecological research [more]

08/03/2012: Parasites in Coastal Marine Ecosystems
Flatworm parasites that use many common birds and crustaceans as hosts play an important role in how coastal ecosystems function [more]

08/03/2012: Greening the Rubble
Landcare Research ecologist Colin Meurk discusses ideas for the rebuilding and replanting of Christchurch [more]

08/03/2012: Clouds and Climate Change
Ten years of data from NASA's Terra satellite has revealed a trend in lowering cloud height [more]

08/03/2012: Roof Garden with Otago Native Plants
A roof garden planted with Otago natives is the crowning glory of an energy efficient sustainable building [more]

15/03/2012: Waituna Lagoon
In the first of a 3-part series on shallow lakes, DoC's Emily Funnell introduces Waituna Lagoon in Southland [more]

15/03/2012: Treating MS
Victoria University immunologist Anne La Flamme discusses her research into new approaches to treating multiple sclerosis [more]

15/03/2012: Fossil Dig
Join palaeontologists at a Central Otago fossil site that reaches back 16 to 19 million years to prehistoric Zealandia [more]

22/03/2012: Flipping Lakes
A visit to Tomahawk Lagoon explains what could happen if Waituna Lagoon 'flips', as is feared [more]

22/03/2012: Tracking Happiness
University of Otago psychologist Tamlin Conner uses mobile phones to track people's emotional response in real time [more]

29/03/2012: Scott's last journey
A tribute to Scott's last journey in Antarctica [more]

29/03/2012: Tribute Sir Paul Callaghan
The late Sir Paul Callaghan recalls his childhood and early influences that drew him into science [more]

29/03/2012: Apple Bioactives
Natural products chemists are looking for bioactive components in food that might contribute to health and wellbeing [more]

29/03/2012: Monitoring Stream Water in the Waituna Catchment
Environment Southland is expanding its water quality monitoring network in various streams throughout the Waituna catchment [more]

29/03/2012: Our Far South
Scientists on the Our Far South voyage stress the importance of the Southern Ocean in global climate [more]

30/03/2012: Our Far South Science
University of Otago geologist Gary Wilson discusses some of the research conducted during the Our Far South voyage [more]

05/04/2012: Southland Community Nursery
The award-winning Southland community nursery and its keen volunteers grow thousands of native plants each year [more]

05/04/2012: Mind Reading
Functional MRI scanners give insights into how the human brain remembers memories [more]

12/04/2012: Eradicating stoats from Resolution Island
Getting rid of stoats on a 21,000 hectare island involves 2315 traps, 230 kilometres of tracks and a lot of effort [more]

12/04/2012: Stick Insects in Cold Climates
Landcare Research biologists head out at night to collect stick insects to study how they adapt to life in cold places [more]

12/04/2012: Web-only Interview - Stoat Genetics
PhD student Andrew Veale talks about the insights his genetic work is giving into island stoat populations [more]

19/04/2012: Whio Forever - Blue Duck Conservation
The whio population on the Mangatepopo River is thriving due to stoat trapping and perfect water flow [more]

19/04/2012: Full-Colour X-Rays
A full-colour X-ray scanner, initially developed for high-energy physics, could change medical imaging [more]

26/04/2012: Computer Game for Depression
University of Auckland researchers have developed SPARX, a computer game to help young people beat depression [more]

26/04/2012: Brain and Fertility
Allan Herbison explains how the brain controls fertility and how particular neurons and kisspeptin initiate puberty [more]

26/04/2012: Emerging Scientists
A NZAS conference discusses growing concerns about the role of emerging scientists in New Zealand [more]

26/04/2012: Auckland Bioblitz
A highlight of the recent 24-hour Bioblitz survey held at Auckland's Botanic Garden was a large collection of slime moulds [more]

03/05/2012: Sea Lettuce and Harbour Ecology
Candida Savage is investigating the ecology of harbours and estuaries, and how their ecology is affected by extra nutrients [more]

03/05/2012: The Virus Hunter
Arvind Varsani, a virologist at Canterbury university, discusses his research on some of the smallest known viruses [more]

10/05/2012: Tagging Great White Sharks
A joint NIWA-DoC research project is in its 6th year, identifying individual sharks and using acoustic tags to track local movements [more]

10/05/2012: Sea-level Rise and a Climate Change Toolbox
Climate change is causing sea-levels to rise, and an online toolbox can help urban centres plan for such change [more]

10/05/2012: Dark Sky
With less than a month to the Transit of Venus, find out about the hot planet at the Adam Art Gallery's Dark Sky show [more]

17/05/2012: Primary Science Teaching
National Primary Science Week and the Royal Society's Advancing Primary Science are helping the confidence of teachers [more]

17/05/2012: Composites
University of Auckland's Mark Battley explains what a composite is, and how these materials are made and tested [more]

17/05/2012: Graft - poems by Helen Heath
Wellington poet Helen Heath reads science-inspired poems from her collection Graft [more]

17/05/2012: Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel
David Le Pelley shows how air from a large tunnel is passed through twisting vanes to simulate the flow of wind over yacht sails [more]

24/05/2012: Simulating Volcanic Explosions
Volcanologists at the University of Canterbury recreate processes that happen inside an active volcano [more]

24/05/2012: Kereru in Wellington
Monica Awasthy did her PhD on kereru in Wellington, to find out where they feed and breed. [more]

24/05/2012: Slam Testing Composites
Mark Battley and Tom Allen use a machine in a water tank to slam test materials for boats and helicopters [more]

24/05/2012: NZ Inventory of Biodiversity Volume 3
The three volume Inventory covers more than 56,000 living species, and was the work of 238 authors from 19 countries [more]

31/05/2012: Science Rapping
Rapper Tom McFadden is a science communication student who enjoys rapping about science as a way of sharing his passion [more]

31/05/2012: Weathertightness
At BRANZ a test building is being used to study the movement of moisture, air and temperature in walls [more]

31/05/2012: Transit of Venus
Science historian William Tobin discusses the historic and ongoing scientific interest in Venusian transits [more]

31/05/2012: Ulva Island's Second Rat Eradication
Norway rats have just been eradicated from Stewart Island's Ulva Island for the second time, to keep its rich birdlife safe [more]

07/06/2012: 2012 Transit of Venus Feature
A special feature from the 2012 Transit of Venus celebrations at Tolaga Bay, covering astronomy, history and sustainable land use issues. [more]

07/06/2012: 2012 Transit of Venus
A special from the 2012 Transit of Venus celebrations at Tolaga Bay, covering astronomy, history and sustainable land use [more]

14/06/2012: Aoraki-Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve
New Zealand is now home to the world's largest dark sky reserve above the Mackenzie Basin [more]

14/06/2012: Island Bay Marine Education Centre
A visit to the Island Bay Marine Education Centre to see thousands of baby octopuses [more]

14/06/2012: Roof Moisture and Ventilation
Luca Quaglia is using a modified shipping container to understand the role of ventilation in moisture management of roof spaces [more]

14/06/2012: Earthquakes and Soft Soils
Seismologist Bill Stephenson explains why soft soils are often severly affected by earthquake shaking [more]

21/06/2012: Bumblebees and Pollination
Scientists are starting a project to see if bumblebees can be recruited to pollinate flowers in commercial orchards [more]

21/06/2012: Fire Research at Scion
Grant Pearce talks about 20 years of fire research at Scion and the tools developed to help fights fires more effectively [more]

21/06/2012: Sleep Apnoea Follow-up
Last year, Maui Stuart explained how being diagnosed with sleep apnoea was life-changing. Ruth Beran finds out how he is faring. [more]

28/06/2012: After the Oil
A special feature on environmental monitoring in the Rena Recovery programme, and the role of volunteers in the clean-up [more]

28/06/2012: Science, Technology and Art
START is a new initiative in Palmerston North to foster collaboration between artists and scientists [more]

05/07/2012: Higgs Boson
After nearly half a century, the hunt for the Higgs Boson may be over as CERN announces new particle [more]

05/07/2012: New Cancer Treatment
At Victoria University, cancer researchers are engineering microbes to produce prodrugs that could help kill cancer cells [more]

05/07/2012: Diagnosing Cancer
Pathologist Christopher Pease explains what he looks for when he checks cells to determine if a patient has cancer [more]

05/07/2012: Psa-Resistant Kiwifruit
Plant and Food Research scientists are hoping to breed kiwifruit cultivars that show resistance to the pathogen Psa [more]

12/07/2012: The Antarctic RICE Project
Ice cores collected from Roosevelt Island hold secrets to how ice sheets could melt in a warming world [more]

12/07/2012: Testing Kiwifruit Susceptibility to PSA
Plant and Food Research is developing a range of assays to test how kiwifruit seedlings respond to Psa [more]

12/07/2012: Leap Second
Leap seconds were created in 1972 and are added at irregular intervals to the atomic time scale [more]

12/07/2012: The PEFT Water Filter
The perforated electric flow through water filter can do much more than treat bore water contaminated with iron [more]

19/07/2012: Sir Paul Callaghan Young Science Orators Award
Four secondary school and eight undergraduate students compete for the inaugural young science orators award. [more]

19/07/2012: Kiwifruit Psa Disease Genetics
Scientists are looking for resistance genes so kiwifruit plants can withstand the Psa bacterium's effector genes [more]

19/07/2012: Nanofluidics and Water Repellent Surfaces
IRL scientists are working with nanopore technology and developing extremely water repellent surfaces [more]

19/07/2012: Testing Umbrellas in a Wind Tunnel
The OPUS Central Laboratory wind tunnel is the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, and can blow up to 120 km/hour [more]

19/07/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 1
First mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

26/07/2012: Heating Options
Public health champion Philippa Howden-Chapman discusses the health benefits of home insulation and different heating options [more]

26/07/2012: Nanosensors
Natalie Plank is creating electronic biosensors out of nanomaterials, with the aim of making them both very sensitive and cheap [more]

26/07/2012: Food for Appetite Control
New foods that produce a feeling of satiety or fullness are being developed in a 6-year collaborative research project. [more]

26/07/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 2
Second mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

02/08/2012: Bats and Geckos as Pollinators
Short-tailed bats and geckos are very effective pollinators for flowers in New Zealand native forests [more]

02/08/2012: Dune Restoration Trust
Loder Cup winner Mark Dean talks with Harley Spence about restoring coastal sand dunes [more]

02/08/2012: Ventilation Systems for Classrooms
Classrooms typically have poor ventilation, but a new system is set to change that [more]

02/08/2012: Measuring Thiols
Robert Keyzers is developing a better method to measure thiols, the sulphur-containing molecules in sauvignon blanc [more]

02/08/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 3
Third mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

06/08/2012: Our Changing World - Dune Restoration Trust
Alison Ballance met with Mark and fellow trustee Harley Spence on a cold windy day on Wellington's south coast. [more]

09/08/2012: Maketu Spit Dune Restoration
The Maketu-Ongatoro Wetland Society has an award-winning restoration project underway on Maketu Spit [more]

09/08/2012: Measuring the Cochlear Microphonic
Paul Teal and his team are trying to measure the small electrical signals produced by the cochlea in the ear [more]

09/08/2012: Seafood Safety
Plant and Food Research's Food Pathogen Lab surveys fresh mussels and oysters for bacterial pathogens [more]

09/08/2012: Wetapunga Breeding Programme
Auckland Zoo heads to Little Barrier Island to collect giant weta to establish a new captive breeding programme [more]

09/08/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 4
Fourth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

16/08/2012: Underwater Ship Noise and Marine Larvae
The underwater sound of ship generators in ports attract larvae of marine organisms to settle and rapidly develop [more]

16/08/2012: Zonta Science Award Winner and Endometriosis
The 2012 Zonta Science Award winner researches endometriosis and also communicates science to her Tamil community [more]

16/08/2012: Researching an Asthma Vaccine
The Malaghan Institute is trying to isolate the asthma immune response in the hope of developing a vaccine [more]

16/08/2012: Fire Resistance Testing
Building materials are tested for fire resistance in the large-scale furnace at BRANZ [more]

16/08/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 5
Fifth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

23/08/2012: Alcohol and Cardiovascular Function
Researchers are investigating how alcohol alters cardiovascular function and brain blood flow after a binge drinking session [more]

23/08/2012: Fab Lab
Researchers from MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms talk about fab labs and thier research into digital materials [more]

23/08/2012: Leaf Roller Moths and Evolution
While drab to look at, leaf roller moths are offering some exciting insights into the evolution of new species [more]

23/08/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 6
Sixth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

30/08/2012: The Owl that Fell from the Sky
Brian Gill is curator of land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, and he has written a book about the collection [more]

30/08/2012: Bio-based Timber Preservatives
Scion has been looking for environmentally-friendly bio-based timber treatments against fungi and insect attacks [more]

30/08/2012: Improving Stroke Recovery
A new clinical algorithm will help predict likely recovery for stroke patients [more]

30/08/2012: NZ seaweeds - more than meets the eye
There are 1000 or so species of seaweed in New Zealand, including many more species of karengo than previously recognised [more]

30/08/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 7
Seventh mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

06/09/2012: 1912 in Antarctica
Chris Turney talks about his latest book, 1912 - The Year the World Discovered Antarctica [more]

06/09/2012: Building Energy End-use Study
A BRANZ study is examining energy and water consumption in commercial buildings [more]

06/09/2012: Sunshine Vitamin
Massey University's Vitamin D Research Centre investigates the role Vitamin D plays in health and disease [more]

06/09/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 8
The eighth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

13/09/2012: Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve
Love Your Parks is the theme of this year's Conservation Week, and the Friends love and promote their local marine reserve [more]

13/09/2012: Epilepsy and Genetics
Peadiatric neurologist Lynette Sadleir is helping to find the genetic influences on childhood and adult epilepsy [more]

13/09/2012: NIWA Wellington Science Fair 2012
Each year thousands of students take part in science and technology fairs around New Zealand [more]

13/09/2012: Drug Resistance in Flu
University of Canterbury researchers are developing a quick test to monitor drug resistance in the flu virus [more]

13/09/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 9
The ninth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

15/09/2012: Antarctic Yarn: Polar Night
Antarctic Yarn - stories from the polar night [more]

15/09/2012: UC Celebrate: Heritage
UC Celebrate - Antarctic historians and veterans discuss how best to preserve heritage from the Heroic Era [more]

16/09/2012: Antarctic Yarn: Scott Base Antics
Antarctic Yarn - lifting the lid on Scott Base culture, gender imbalance, the food and the parties [more]

16/09/2012: UC Celebrate: Subantarctic Islands
UC Celebrate - an exploration of the wildlife and plants that thrive on subantarctic islands [more]

19/09/2012: Stories from the Polar Night
Antarctic Yarns: Veterans of many Antarctic summers and even some winters share their experiences on ice. [more]

20/09/2012: Antarctic Heritage
UC Celebrate: A discussion about the past and future of Antarctica's historic huts and the artefacts they contain. [more]

20/09/2012: Autism and iPads
Jeff Sigafoos and his team are using electronic speech-generating devices to help autistic children communicate [more]

20/09/2012: Computational Genomics
Computational biology can answer questions as varied as peopling the globe through to the genetics of fungal pathogens [more]

20/09/2012: Smarter Grid
University of Canterbury researchers are preparing the national grid for increased renewable electricity generation [more]

20/09/2012: CeleBRation Choir
Singing in a choir is showing many benefits for people with neurological disorders such as stroke and Parkinsons [more]

20/09/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 10
The tenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

20/09/2012: Antarctic Heritage
A discussion about the past and future of Antarctica's historic huts and the artefacts they contain. [more]

22/09/2012: Antarctic Yarn: Wild Adventures
Antarctic Yarn - stories from adventures on ice far away from the comfort of scientific bases [more]

22/09/2012: UC Celebrate: Energy
UC Celebrate - new ideas and technologies for energy generation in Antarctica [more]

23/09/2012: Antarctic Yarn: Fresh-faced Antarcticans
Antarctic Yarn - young Antarcticans talk about their experience on ice [more]

26/09/2012: Field Work on the Beardmore Glacier
Glaciologist Nick Golledge & field safety officer Dean Arthur talk about field work on Antarctica's remote Beardmore Glacier [more]

27/09/2012: New Zealand in the Atomic Age
Science historian Rebecca Priestley talks about her new book, Mad on Radium, which charts New Zealand's nuclear history [more]

27/09/2012: Biomechanics of the Gut - Part 1
High-definition film has revealed how the gut wall constricts in different ways to mix & squeeze food as it is digested [more]

27/09/2012: Weaning Food for African Children
Francis Amagloh has developed a new complemetary food for babies in Ghana to try and prevent malnutrition when they're weaned [more]

27/09/2012: Tinnitus Treatment
Direct transcranial stimulation & digital hearing aids are being trialled as a treatment for tinnitus [more]

27/09/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 11
The eleventh mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

30/09/2012: Antarctic Yarn: High Oceans
Antarctic Yarn - sailors and scientists share their stories from voyaging across the Southern Ocean [more]

30/09/2012: UC Celebrate: International Collaboration
UC Celebrate - a discussion about the Antarctic Treaty, collaborative science and international diplomacy [more]

04/10/2012: Kermadec Pumice Mystery
En route to the Kermadec Islands, the HMNZS Canterbury encountered a large raft of pumice, but which volcano did it come from? [more]

04/10/2012: Recycled Building Materials
A team led by Shusheng Pang is producing new building materials from recycled plastics and sawdust [more]

04/10/2012: DNA Probe
Vyacheslav Filichev has created a new way to look at DNA in living cells and Tracy Hale hopes to use it to study cancer [more]

04/10/2012: Biomechanics of the Gut - Part 2
New revelations about the finger-like villi and layer of mucin that cover the gut wall [more]

04/10/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 12
The twelvth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

06/10/2012: Antarctic Yarn: Women in Antarctica
Antarctic Yarn - women have been travelling to Antarctica for decades but remain a minority [more]

06/10/2012: UC Celebrate: Antarctic Science
UC Celebrate - Antarctic researchers demonstrate why science on ice matters [more]

07/10/2012: UC Celebrate: Life
UC Celebrate at IceFest 2012 - the freshwater world of Antarctica, and discoveries of unusual life forms in unexpected places. [more]

07/10/2012: Antarctic Yarn: Old School
Antarctic Yarn - the good old days of huskies, man-hauling, deep-field expeditions and true isolation [more]

09/10/2012: Protecting the Ross Sea, part 1
Big Issue - The Last Ocean: Filmmaker Peter Young discusses his film and his passion for the Ross Sea. [more]

09/10/2012: Protecting the Ross Sea, part 2
Big Issue - The Last Ocean: NZ's scientific representative at CCAMLR, Ben Sharp, explains research in the Ross Sea. [more]

09/10/2012: Protecting the Ross Sea, part 3
Big Issue - The Last Ocean: A panel discussion about NZ's proposal for a protected marine area in the Ross sea. [more]

10/10/2012: Polar Psychology
Gary Steel from Gateway Antarctica and Lincoln University talks about his research into polar psychology [more]

11/10/2012: Climate Change
Big Issue - Climate Change: Join scientists and policy makers in a discussion about climate change research in Antarctica. [more]

11/10/2012: Toxoplasmosis in Dolphins
Wendi Roe and Laryssa Howe have identified toxoplasmosis as the cause of death for dolphins recently found on New Zealand shores [more]

11/10/2012: Novel Ceramics and Geopolymers
Magic-angle spinning NMR allows chemists to peer into the very nucleus of atoms in new inorganic polymers [more]

11/10/2012: Novel Inorganic Polymers
Magic-angle spinning NMR allows chemists to study the nucleus within atoms of novel ceramics and geopolymers [more]

11/10/2012: Last Ocean
A discussion of New Zealand's proposal to establish a marine protected area in the Ross Sea region [more]

11/10/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 13
The thirteenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

18/10/2012: Kermadec Whales and Dolphins
Humpback whales & bottlenose dolphins are common at Raoul Island but there is some doubt as to which populations they belong to [more]

18/10/2012: Predicting Depression
A Victoria University team is exploring asymmetries in brain function to predict vulnerability to depression [more]

18/10/2012: Food for the Aged
Allan Hardacre and his students have created a protein-rich meat analogue for the elderly, which is soft and easy to chew [more]

18/10/2012: Anaesthesia and Jet Lag
People experience jet lag after anaesthesia, and work with honeybees is showing what is happening to their body clocks [more]

18/10/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 14
The fourteenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

25/10/2012: Probing Galaxy Clusters
Victoria University astronomer Melanie Johnston-Hollitt explores radio emissions from galaxy clusters [more]

25/10/2012: Autonomous Robots and Navigation
Victoria University researchers are programming robots to intelligently navigate in unknown environments [more]

25/10/2012: Molecular Genetics of Ryegrass
Probing the genetic secrets of ryegrass and the beneficial fungi that live within it [more]

25/10/2012: Spring to the Street
We join hundreds of Wellington commuters for the Spring to the Street challenge [more]

25/10/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 15
The fifteenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

01/11/2012: Bridge Building Challenge
Each year Canterbury University engineering students build a bridge from MDF and glue - and then test it to destruction [more]

01/11/2012: Our Changing World - Autonomous robots
Navigation for autonomous robots is a Catch 22. You need to know where you are to build a map, and you need a map to know where you are. [more]

01/11/2012: Marine Biosurveillance
Twice a year, as part of MPI's border surveillance, NIWA checks New Zealand harbours for marine pests [more]

01/11/2012: Cartography - On-Air Version
Roger Smith from Geographx talks about the art and science of computerised map-making [more]

01/11/2012: Cartography - Long Web Version
Roger Smith from Geographx talks about the art and science of computerised map-making - extended web version [more]

01/11/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 16
The sixteenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

08/11/2012: Wading Birds at Lake Ellesmere
Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury is the most diverse site for birds in New Zealand, especially migratory waders such as godwits [more]

08/11/2012: Staphylococcus Aureus
Staph bacteria cause mild skin infections as well as fatal systemic infections, & are an overlooked infectious disease problem [more]

08/11/2012: Better Wool
Agresearch scientists are looking at ways to increase the resistance of woollen textiles to insects, staining and fading [more]

08/11/2012: Truthiness and Decorative Photos
Eryn Newman and Maryanne Garry are looking at whether decorative photos lead to a truthiness bias [more]

08/11/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 17
The seventeenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

15/11/2012: Whale Evolution
University of Otago palaeontologists Ewan Fordyce and Felix Marx explain how whales evolved into the largest animals on earth [more]

15/11/2012: Night Milk
A new milk product is being trialled to see if it helps insomniacs sleep better [more]

15/11/2012: Buller's Birds
A new edition brings together JG Keulemans' bird paintings which appeared in the original Buller's Birds [more]

15/11/2012: Wool in Wound Dressings
AgResearch scientists explain how wool products are traced and how wool proteins are used in wound dressings [more]

15/11/2012: OCW Mystery Sound 18
The eighteenth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

22/11/2012: Brain and Self-Control
University of Otago scientists study what happens in the brain when we exercise self-control [more]

22/11/2012: Stroke Hand Rehabilitation Device
Abby Rajendran is working on a new device for stroke rehabilitation that uses magnetorheological fluid [more]

22/11/2012: Early- and Mid-Career Researchers
Nearly 70 scientists were at the launch of a group which aims to support early- and mid- career researchers in Wellington [more]

22/11/2012: New Zealand Rocketry Challenge
Year 7 and 8 students are building rockets that can take a raw egg up to 150 metres and then return it safely to Earth [more]

29/11/2012: PM's Science Prize
Food protein scientists and co-directors of the Riddet Institute win top PM's Science Prize [more]

29/11/2012: Needle-Free Jet Injections
A joint University of Auckland and MIT team are working on a quiet painless needle-free injection [more]

29/11/2012: Immature Brain Cells
Bronwen Connor has converted human skin cells directly into immature brain cells enabling the study of neurological diseases [more]

29/11/2012: National New Zealand Flax Collection
Different varieties of harakeke that are important for Maori weaving are being grown at Lincoln [more]

06/12/2012: Conservation Chemistry and Old Maori Woven Cloaks
Acetic acid is the enemy of old textiles, but a chemist and museum conservator have found a way of rescuing fragile old cloaks [more]

06/12/2012: The Fossil Hobbit
The team behind the discovery of a new human species in Indonesia discusses the latest excavations and findings [more]

06/12/2012: Measuring Innovation
Dion O'Neale and Shaun Hendy have found that the distribution of different countries' patents are well-described by power laws [more]

06/12/2012: Championing Invertebrate Life
David Winter, evolutionary geneticist and science blogger, goes in search of spineless life in his garden [more]

13/12/2012: Genetic Map of First Settlers
University of Otago researchers decode the mitochondrial genome of the first people to arrive in New Zealand [more]

13/12/2012: Sympathetic Nervous System
Simon Malpas is monitoring chronic cardiovascular disease remotely in animal models [more]

13/12/2012: Breath Test for Infectious Diseases
Volatile compounds in breath may allow researchers - and bees - to make diagonoses of diseases such as TB [more]

13/12/2012: Breath Test for Infectious Diseases
Volatile compounds in breath may allow researchers - and bees - to make diagonoses of diseases such as TB [more]

17/12/2012: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Science communication student Brandon Gantt talks with Warren Tate about ME [more]

20/12/2012: Chris Price - Parallax
Chris Price reads one of the poems she wrote as part of the Transit of Venus exchange with German poets [more]

20/12/2012: Shark, Pumice & Shearwater Updates
An update on some of 2012's stories: tagged great white sharks, Kermadec pumice & fluttering shearwater translocation [more]

20/12/2012: Horrocks Family Tree
Film academic Roger Horrocks explains his family's quest to find out if 17th-century astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks is a relative [more]

20/12/2012: Hinemoana Baker - Taranga's Song
Hinemoana Baker reads her transit-inspired poem Taranga's Song [more]

20/12/2012: A Portrait of Aotearoa
A metagenomics study looking at microbes in soils around New Zealand collected by secondary school students [more]

20/12/2012: Snap of Chocolate
Bryony James and Sharon Ngu have been trying to see whether fracture toughness can be used to quantify the "snap" of chocolate [more]

20/12/2012: Glenn Colquhoun - Dieffenbach
Glenn Colquhoun performs one of his poems about German naturalist Ernst Dieffenbach [more]

27/12/2012: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Science communication student Brandon Gantt talks with Warren Tate about ME [more]

03/01/2013: Exercise Snacking
University of Otago science communication student Monique Francois explains why taking a number of short intense exercise sessions may be better than one long moderate one [more]

03/01/2013: Resolution Island Stoat Eradication
Getting rid of stoats on a 21,000 hectare island involves 2315 traps, 230 kilometres of tracks and a lot of effort [more]

03/01/2013: Exercise Snacking
Monique Francois explains why taking a number of short intense exercise sessions may be better than one long moderate one [more]

03/01/2013: Tagging Great White Sharks
A 6-year satellite and acoustic tagging programme is revealing where great white sharks go each year [more]

10/01/2013: Epigenetics
Cancer geneticist Parry Guilford and student Tyler McInnes discuss epigenetics, or how the environment affects genes. [more]

17/01/2013: Root Canals
Science communication student Katherine Lyttle heads to the University of Otago dentistry school to find out about root canals [more]

24/01/2013: Nanoindentation
Michelle Dickinson uses diamonds to indent materials at the nano-scale, to test the mechanical properties of samples [more]

24/01/2013: Managing Our Oceans Debate
A debate held at Te Papa about New Zealanders' role as kaitiaki of our oceans [more]

24/01/2013: Little Spotted Kiwi and Genetic Research
Investigating the effects of genetic bottlenecks on the breeding success of kiwi at Zealandia and Long Island [more]

24/01/2013: How Maths is Helping a Hospital
A mathematical model helped identfiy a bottleneck and decrease the number of cardiac surgery cancellations [more]

24/01/2013: Managing Our Oceans
Excerpts from a discussion about how we should balance use and protection of our oceans [more]

31/01/2013: Long-term Gull Study
A 49-year study of a red-billed gull colony at Kaikoura reveals surprising information about the familiar bird [more]

31/01/2013: Control Engineering
University of Auckland students have been working on a control engineering project to programme a model plane to follow a line [more]

31/01/2013: Web only special - Control Engineering
Nick Corlett and Francis Collier have been working on a control engineering project with a model of the Martin Jetpack [more]

31/01/2013: Epic Animal Migrations
A University of Auckland biologist and mathematician team up to study how migrating animals navigate [more]

31/01/2013: Animal Migrations and Magnetism
A University of Auckland biologist and mathematician team up to study how migrating animals navigate [more]

31/01/2013: Drilling into the Alpine Fault
Two geologists explain what drilling into the Alpine Fault and studying uplifted rocks tells us about earthquake processes [more]

31/01/2013: Studying Fault Rocks
University of Otago geologist David Prior studies rocks that have been exhumed from deep in the Alpine Fault [more]

07/02/2013: Yellow-eyed Penguins at the Auckland Islands
A team of paying volunteers join Department of Conservation staff to count yellow-eyed penguins [more]

07/02/2013: Life in the Deep Ocean
An expedition to the Kermadec Trench returns with new fish species and thousands of images of deep-sea habitats [more]

07/02/2013: Zebrafish and Repurposing Drugs
At the University of Auckland, zebrafish are being used to study human diseases and to test drugs for new purposes [more]

14/02/2013: Forensics Laboratory - Part One
Ruth Beran goes to ESR's Wellington Forensic Service Centre for the first half a tour of a real-life CSI laboratory [more]

14/02/2013: Palaeo-liquefaction in Christchurch
When Sarah Bastin began looking at recent liquefaction in Christchurch she came across 500-year old historic liquefaction [more]

14/02/2013: Noisy Possum Trap
Matt Kavermann has tested how effective different sounds are at luring possums to traps [more]

14/02/2013: Breast Milk and Gut Microbes
Researchers aim to develop infant formula that mimics the microbe-enriching qualities of breast milk [more]

14/02/2013: Global Energy Future
John Loughhead of the UK Energy Research Centre discusses low-carbon and secure energy options for the future [more]

21/02/2013: Celebrating Wetlands
Join a public day out at Auckland's Tahuna Torea wetland reserve to find out about its ecological restoration [more]

21/02/2013: Simulating Debris Flows
University of Canterbury scientists study the internal mechanics of debris flows by simulating them in the lab [more]

21/02/2013: Chemical Fingerprinting of Old Images
Dusan Stulik, of the Getty Conservation Institute, discusses his project to catalogue chemical processes in photography [more]

21/02/2013: Forensics Laboratory - Part Two
Ruth Beran continues the tour of a forensics lab, finding out about shoeprints, and how samples of sexual assault are tested [more]

28/02/2013: Trout Eradication at Zealandia
Native banded kokopu return after the eradication of brown trout from Wellington's Zealandia sanctuary [more]

28/02/2013: Fisheries Acoustics
NIWA's Richard O'Driscoll explain how sound helps him to spy on fish and monitor fish stocks [more]

28/02/2013: Mini Strokes
Massey University researchers explore if physical exercise reduces risk of heart diseases associated with mini strokes [more]

07/03/2013: Sediment Impacts on Kaimoana
A team of Maori and Pacific marine scientists at Victoria University explore the impact of sediments on kaimoana [more]

07/03/2013: Hutton's Shearwater Translocation
The Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust is translocating chicks to establish a new colony on Kaikoura Peninsula. [more]

07/03/2013: Microbes in Polar Regions
NIWA microbiologist Els Maas discusses an international project to count marine bacteria in polar regions [more]

07/03/2013: Marine Metre Squared
A citizen science initiative to encourage people to take a closer look at their local rocky shore and collect baseline data [more]

14/03/2013: Ladybird Release
Lincoln University ecologists release a batch of ladybirds to help control a sap-sucking insect pest of potatoes [more]

14/03/2013: Science of Eating
Using an articulograph to study how we process food in our mouths while we eat will help in smarter food innovation [more]

14/03/2013: Cooling and Preterm Babies
Alistair Gunn and Laura Bennet are seeing whether cooling prem babies suffering brain injury could be beneficial [more]

14/03/2013: Butterflies of the South Pacific
A new book on butterflies of the South Pacific by father and son lepidopterists is a great guide to NZ butterflies [more]

21/03/2013: Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust
Banks Peninsula is a thriving conservation community that is protecting native forest on private land and trapping predators [more]

28/03/2013: Medical Robots
A mechatronics team are developing medical devices to help stroke patients with the rehabilitation of movement [more]

28/03/2013: Speech in Noise
Don Sinex is working on systems to separate speech from background noise which may one day be used to improve hearing aids [more]

28/03/2013: Antarctic Expedition
NIWA oceanographers discuss the possilble impact of changes in Antarctica's Mertz glacier and polynya [more]

28/03/2013: NatureWatch NZ
NatureWatch NZ is an online citizen science project that aims to collate a biodiversity record [more]

28/03/2013: Speech with added noise at 0 dB SNR
Sentence "Ready Beran go to Blue seven now" with added noise at 0 dB signal to noise ratio (SNR) [more]

28/03/2013: Speech with added noise at -10 dB SNR
Sentence "Ready Beran go to Blue seven now" with added noise at -10 dB signal to noise ratio (SNR) [more]

28/03/2013: Speech with added noise and 'ideal binary mask'
Sentence "Ready Beran go to Blue seven now" with added noise at -10 dB SNR and processed with an 'ideal binary mask' [more]

28/03/2013: Sentence in quiet, no added noise
The sentence "Try to stay focused at the task at hand" in quiet, with no added noise [more]

28/03/2013: Sentence with added noise at -10 dB SNR
Sentence "Try to stay focused on the task at hand" with added noise at -10 dB signal to noise ratio (SNR) [more]

28/03/2013: Sentence with added noise at 0 db SNR
Sentence "Try to stay focused on the task at hand" with added noise at 0 dB signal to noise ratio (SNR) [more]

04/04/2013: Archaeology in post-quake Christchurch
As Christchurch rebuilds, archaeologists are uncovering a wealth of clues about life during the city's earliest decades [more]

04/04/2013: Shorebirds at Miranda
Miranda Shorebird Centre manager Keith Woodley is an expert on migratory Arctic waders and New Zealand's resident shorebirds [more]

04/04/2013: Test for Foodborne Disease
ESR scientists have developed a new test to track the causes of Campylobater outbreaks within hours [more]

04/04/2013: Pathogen Mimics
ESR scientists have created pathogen mimics to understand how germs pass though water filters and contaminate groundwater [more]

04/04/2013: Shorebirds at Miranda
Miranda Shorebird Centre manager Keith Woodley is an expert on migratory waders and New Zealand shorebirds [more]

11/04/2013: Long-finned Eels
Long-finned eels are endemic to New Zealand and a new report indicates that they are at risk of becoming extinct [more]

11/04/2013: Endogenous Antioxidants
Mark Hampton is trying to determine how the body's own antioxidants work and how they could be used to treat cancer [more]

11/04/2013: Giant Kauri Trees and Climate Change
Cate Macinnis-Ng is investigating how giant kauri trees might respond to climate change [more]

18/04/2013: Canterbury's Tectonic History
A team of University of Canterbury geologists, led by Mark Quigley, explores the region's tectonic history [more]

18/04/2013: Maths and Ecology
University of Canterbury mathematician Alex James explains how maths helps ecologists to better understand complexity [more]

18/04/2013: Radiation Testing
Nikolaus Hermanspahn explains how the National Radiation Laboratory tests samples for radioactivity [more]

25/04/2013: Heathcote River Recovery Post-Earthquake
Life in the Heathcote River recovered very quickly after millions of litres of raw sewage flowed in [more]

25/04/2013: Coprolites and Extinct Moa
Fossil dung is offering surprising insights into the life, diet and parasites of the extinct flightless giant bird the moa [more]

25/04/2013: Walking Exoskeleton
University of Canterbury mechanical engineers are working on a exoskeleton which uses biological signals to move the leg [more]

25/04/2013: Mind-reading Machines
Neil Dodsgon is trying to create machines that use observed epxressions and gestures to work out what a person is thinking [more]

02/05/2013: National Science Challenges
A response to the government's announcement of 10 national science challenges [more]

02/05/2013: Fertility Biomarkers for IVF
Gloria Evans is developing a test which may significantly improve the success rate of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) [more]

02/05/2013: Hebe or Veronica
An evolutionary history of one of our best-loved native plants, hebe, now known as Veronica [more]

02/05/2013: Honeybees
Bee expert Mark Goodwin explains how a beehive works and the state of bees in NZ [more]

09/05/2013: Sooty Shearwaters on Mana Island
Sooty shearwaters are great ocean travellers, and seabird scientists are using geolocators to record their journeys [more]

09/05/2013: Anti-cancer Drugs from Marine Sponges
Marine sponges may yield drugs that could stop cancer cells dividing [more]

09/05/2013: Microbial Biotechnology
Microbes can be sources of natural colours and flavours, and their growth can be manipulated when they are exposed to sound [more]

09/05/2013: Industrial Mathematics
Bouncing fruit and volcanic eruptions are all in a day's work for Victoria University mathematician Mark McGuinness [more]

16/05/2013: Kauri Dieback Disease
An investigation into PTA, the 'plant destroyer' that is killing giant kauri trees [more]

16/05/2013: Kauri Dieback Disease
PTA or kauri dieback disease is killing giant kauri trees in gardens and forest in northern New Zealand [more]

23/05/2013: Electronic Crime Laboratory
Maarten Kleintjes explains what happens to electronic evidence and how it is processed at the Electronic Crime Laboratory [more]

23/05/2013: NZ Virtual Herbarium
The NZ Virtual Herbarium is an online version of the data from 11 different herbaria [more]

23/05/2013: Sniffer Bees
Honeybees can be trained to react to particular odours such as those emitted by caterpillar-infested apple trees [more]

30/05/2013: Climate Change and Generation Zero
Record global carbon dioxide levels, Generation Zero's hopes for a low carbon future and upcoming conference [more]

30/05/2013: Improved Possum Lures
Landcare Research is trialling urine from female possums as a possible new lure to improve trapping success [more]

30/05/2013: Pharmacogenomics
Complexes of genes determine individual susceptibility to diseases and drugs [more]

06/06/2013: Smoking and Public Health
Public health researchers are concerned that smoking and secondhand smoke continue to be significant global health burdens [more]

06/06/2013: Attitudes to Public Smoking
Medical students have been surveying smoking on leased pavements outside city bars [more]

06/06/2013: Value of Science
A panel discussion about the tricky task of measuring and predicting the contribution science makes to our lives [more]

06/06/2013: NZ Birds Online
The NZ Birds Online website has information, photos and calls for 457 bird species [more]

13/06/2013: Three Kings Islands Marine Expedition
The Three Kings Islands are just 53 km from North Cape but they are a world apart from the nearby mainland [more]

13/06/2013: Brain and Stuttering
University of Canterbury researchers are using brain imaging techniques to investigate the cause of stuttering [more]

20/06/2013: Urban Kaka
Kaka are large native forest parrots that are having an impact on trees in parks and gardens in central Wellington city [more]

20/06/2013: Tetris and Lazy Eye
The popular tile-matching game Tetris is helping people with amblyopia or lazy eye with their 3D perception [more]

20/06/2013: Ion Beam Implantation
John Futter explains how ion beams are being used at GNS Science to force atoms into solid materials and change their properties [more]

20/06/2013: Codes and Ciphers
Dillon Mayhew explains how the maths of codes and ciphers allows us to transmit data accurately and securely electronically [more]

27/06/2013: Hydrogen Barbeque
Robert Holt explains how the Hylink distributed energy system on Matiu Somes Island works and cooks on a hydrogen barbeque [more]

27/06/2013: The Maths of Climate Change
Climate change activists say there is 5 times as much carbon in the world's fossil fuel reserves as we can afford to safely burn [more]

27/06/2013: New Eruption History for Rangitoto
Rangitoto's volcanic history now shows it erupted intermittently over 1000 years [more]

27/06/2013: Evolution of Saddleback Songs
As tieke have been translocated between islands interesting things have been happening to their calls [more]

04/07/2013: Great White Butterfly Eradication
An ambitious attempt to eradicate a recently introduced butterfly is underway in Nelson [more]

04/07/2013: Duncan the Kokako's Adventure
After a 2-year disappearance Duncan the kokako was tracked down in Glendowie then returned to west Auckland [more]

04/07/2013: Cardiac Myometer
Developing an innovative instrument to measure five aspects of heart muscle contractions [more]

04/07/2013: Lasers and Printable Solar Cells
Alex Barker explains how lasers are being used to better understand solar cells in the hope of printing them cheaply on plastic [more]

11/07/2013: Stealth Tool for Neurosurgery
Brain imaging equipment using technolgy from Stealth bombers and 3D modelling from the film industry [more]

11/07/2013: Breeding Virus-Resistant Oysters
The Cawthron Institute is trying to breed oysters that are resistant to the ostreid herpes virus [more]

11/07/2013: Maths and Modelling Infectious Diseases
By modelling the dynamics of an epidemic mathematicians can work out if infections can be controlled or eliminated [more]

11/07/2013: Spotted Shags at Tata Beach
Spotted shags gather at a Golden Bay beach to bathe, and swallow and regurgitate stones [more]

11/07/2013: Spotted Shags at Tata Beach
Spotted shags gather at a Golden Bay beach in large numbers at dawn to bathe, and to swallow and regurgitate stones [more]

13/07/2013: Valuing Nature: Pavan Sukhdev on TEEB Project
Pavan Sukhdev on The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity, at the Valuing Nature conference [more]

18/07/2013: Māori Rock Art
French and New Zealand archaeologists are collaborating to study Maori rock art in the central South Island [more]

18/07/2013: Valuing Nature: Pavan Sukhdev on TEEB
Pavan Sukhdev's keynote presentation at the Valuing Nature conference on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity [more]

18/07/2013: Valuing Nature: Panel 1 on TEEB
The first panel discussion at the Valuing Nature conference was on the Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity [more]

18/07/2013: Hamilton Urban Stream
NIWA's Richard Storey is investigating how insect life recolonises intermittent streams [more]

18/07/2013: Hamilton Urban Stream
NIWA's Richard Storey is looking at how aquatic insects recolonise intermittent streams [more]

18/07/2013: Valuing Nature Conference
A brief synopsis of the Valuing Nature conference, discussing economy and the environment [more]

18/07/2013: Valuing Nature: Pavan Sukhdev on TEEB Project
Pavan Sukhdev on The Economics of Ecosystems & Biodiversity, at the Valuing Nature conference [more]

25/07/2013: SOFIA telescope explores southern skies
The SOFIA airborne telescope takes off from Christchurch to study space objects in the southern sky [more]

25/07/2013: Cook Strait Faults
NIWA's research Tangaroa was diverted to survey the earthquake area in Cook Strait [more]

25/07/2013: Census at School
Our Changing World joins a year 9 maths class at Kapiti College as they collect data for this year's Census at School [more]

25/07/2013: Expressive Writing
Writing can have positive impacts on both physical and mental health [more]

01/08/2013: Einstein Medal Celebrations for Roy Kerr
Roy Kerr revolutionised our understanding of black holes when he solved Einstein's equations half a century ago [more]

01/08/2013: QuakeSurfer: Tour
QuakeSurfer uses a torsion bar suspension system and seismic gliders to protect Victoria University's modular data centre [more]

01/08/2013: QuakeSurfer: Launch
Highlights from the launch of Quakesurfer at the Karori campus of Victoria University on 13 June [more]

01/08/2013: Analysing Seabird By-Catch in Fisheries
Dragonfly Science analyse seabird and marine mammal by-catch data collected by observers on fishing vessels [more]

01/08/2013: Wandering Albatrosses
Gibson's and Antipodes wandering albatross populations have declined by 50% in the last 10 years [more]

08/08/2013: Shellfish Physiology
Understanding the physiology of green-lipped mussels is helping in selective breeding programmes [more]

08/08/2013: Bumblebees in Orchards
An attempt to establish bumblebee colonies in orchards is showing promising signs [more]

08/08/2013: Melting Ice Cores from the RICE Project
A 760 metre long ice core is being melted to provide climate information going back more than 40,000 years [more]

08/08/2013: Power of Suggestion - short
In experimental studies, the power of suggestion is influencing people's reactions to sound associated with wind turbines [more]

08/08/2013: Power of Suggestion - long
Keith Petrie and his team are studying placebo and nocebo effects and their influence on the outcomes of medicine and infrasound [more]

15/08/2013: Pest-free Otago Peninsula
The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Trust is halfway through an ambitious project to eradicate possums from Otago Peninsula [more]

15/08/2013: Regenerating Kidneys
Alan Davidson and Teresa Holm are working on induced pluripotent stem cells with the aim of one day being able to regrow kidneys [more]

15/08/2013: Bioinformatics and Epigenetics
Eminent Australian statistician Terry Speed explains bioinformatics and how epigenetics modifies gene expression [more]

15/08/2013: Get off the Grass
Shaun Hendy, of Victoria University and Callaghan Innovation, discusses how science could transform NZ's economy [more]

15/08/2013: Get off the Grass
Shaun Hendy, of Victoria University and Callaghan Innovation, discusses how science could transform NZ's economy [more]

22/08/2013: Extinct Sealion Species
Like yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand sealions only recently colonised the mainland, after another sealion species went extinct [more]

22/08/2013: Up the Pipe Solutions
A Cawthron Institute project is testing for chemicals in common household products and determining their environmental impact [more]

22/08/2013: StretchSense
An Auckland company has developed soft stretchy Bluetooth sensors using artificial muscles to measure human body motion [more]

22/08/2013: Sunfish Science
Scientists from Te Papa and Auckland Museum prepare a rarely-seen 2.1m sharp-tailed sunfish for display [more]

29/08/2013: Early Maori Marine Diet
An archaeologist has been quantifying how many fish, shellfish, seabirds and marine mammals were eaten by early Maori [more]

29/08/2013: The Iron-Grabbing Fungus of Ryegrass
The endophytic fungus in perennial ryegrass uses siderophores to grab iron from their host [more]

29/08/2013: Textile Science
Socks are the focus of a textile research project into the best fibre, yarn and fabric structure [more]

29/08/2013: Biophotonics
Frederique Vanholsbeeck is developing medical imaging techniques that use light to create 3D images of biological tissue [more]

05/09/2013: Iodine Status of New Zealanders
University of Otago nutrition scientist Sheila Skeaff discusses MPI's latest report on our iodine status [more]

05/09/2013: Climate and Ozone
NIWA scientist Olaf Morgenstern is building a next-generation climate model which incorporates ozone depletion [more]

05/09/2013: Post-harvest Kiwifruit Science
A Plant and Food Research team explains how kiwifruit are stored to keep them in best condition and taste [more]

05/09/2013: Order Structure Pattern
Gabby O'Connor's latest installation is inspired by Shaun Hendy's research on innovation [more]

05/09/2013: Food Provenance
Dunedin-based company Oritain uses chemical fingerprinting of produce to verify the origin of foods [more]

12/09/2013: Seabirds, Rodents and Islands
The winner of the Prime Minister's Emerging Scientist Prize visits Goat Island to study grey-faced petrels [more]

12/09/2013: Fiordland Marine Foodwebs
Forensic chemistry is helping unravel food web connections in Fiordland's unique fiord ecosystems [more]

12/09/2013: Forensic Statistics
Forensic statistics help people in court assess uncertainty in the scientific evidence [more]

12/09/2013: A Family Birding Trip for Conservation Week
The Hobden-Smith family are keen on conservation, and have a large collection of New Zealand native bird toys [more]

19/09/2013: Our Changing World - Cuckoos
What do cuckoos have in common with daffodils, lambs, albatrosses and godwits? They're all harbingers of spring, of course - and this year a Massey University biologist is keen to hear from people when they hear their first cuckoos of the year. [more]

19/09/2013: Protein Replacement Therapy for Single-Gene Diseases
An inaugural Health Research Council Explorer grant will help cystic fibrosis sufferers [more]

19/09/2013: Cuckoos and the Endemic Mohouidae Bird Family
Three small forest birds, which are host to shining cuckoo chicks, have been placed in a new endemic bird family [more]

19/09/2013: Bacteriophages
Peter Fineran and his colleagues are testing bacteriophages as possible biocontrol agents against kiwifruit Psa [more]

19/09/2013: Air and Noise Pollution Study in Central Auckland
A collaborative study has been measuring the soundscape and air pollution levels in Queen Street [more]

26/09/2013: Secondary Schools Robotics Competition
The Kiwi Challenge is a series of robotics competitions for beginners run throughout the country [more]

26/09/2013: Secondary School Robotics Competition
The Kiwi Challenge is a series of robotics competitions for beginners run throughout the country [more]

26/09/2013: Single-Blade Wind Turbine
Powerhouse Wind is developing a turbine with a single-blade teetering hub design, making it quieter and more efficient [more]

26/09/2013: Alpine Plants Book - 'Above the Treeline'
Botanist Alan Mark talks about some of the features of the New Zealand alpine zone [more]

26/09/2013: Alpine Plants Book - 'Above the Treeline'
Botanist Sir Alan Mark talks about some of the features of the New Zealand alpine zone [more]

26/09/2013: IPCC Working Group 1 Report
Ahead of the release of the first part of the 2013 IPCC report, NIWA's David Wratt discusses the latest climate change science [more]

03/10/2013: Machine Harvesting Wine Grapes
Research and wine production is showing machine harvesting produces more aromatic Sauvignon blanc [more]

03/10/2013: Copper and Diabetic Heart Damage
Copper causes diabetic complications in organs, and a copper treatment can restore the organs [more]

03/10/2013: Fossil Plants and Polar Climates
Palaeoclimate scientist Jane Francis explains how Antarctic plant fossils help her to chart the continent's journey to the South Pole [more]

03/10/2013: Marine Buoy in Tasman Bay
The hi-tech TASCAM buoy collects information on local marine conditions and radios them back to base every hour [more]

02/01/2014: Great White Butterflies
The Department of Conservation has declared the great white butterfly as a major biosecurity threat in Nelson. [more]

02/01/2014: Wild Birds in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens
Wild birds such as kaka, shags and ducks bring their own challenges for the managers of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. [more]

02/01/2014: Rock Art in Canterbury
South Canterbury and North Otago are home to limestone outcrops covered in Maori rock art. [more]

02/01/2014: Science Magic Show
University of Otago's Dave Warren and his team perform a chemistry show at Dunedin North Intermediate School [more]

09/01/2014: Writing and Health
Two health psychologists talk about the benefits of expressive writing for both mental and physical health. [more]

09/01/2014: Trout Eradication at Zealandia
The eradication of brown trout from the upper reaches of the Zealandia sanctuary has been a boon for native banded kokopu. [more]

09/01/2014: The CSI-Effect and Forensic Science
In this science communication student podcast a forensic chemist and a barrister discuss the CSI-effect compared to the reality of forensic science. [more]

09/01/2014: Red-billed Gulls at Kaikoura
Jim Mills' study of red-billed gulls at Kaikoura has been going for 50 years and has revealed many interesting results. [more]

16/01/2014: Kauri Dieback Disease
While scientists try to understand kauri dieback disease and its effects, people have to take precautions to prevent it spreading. [more]

16/01/2014: Legal Highs - Student Podcast
It is still possible to buy synthetic cannabinoids or legal highs, but they can be addictive and have side effects. [more]

16/01/2014: Three Kings Islands Expedition
Auckland Museum's Three KIngs Islands Marine Expedition saw scientists collecting a range of fish, invertebrates and seaweed. [more]

16/01/2014: Urban Bats
Endangered long-tailed bats are making a come-back in suburban areas of west Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges. [more]

23/01/2014: Whio and Predator Trapping in Arthur's Pass
The Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust's predator trapping is really helping the local whio, or blue duck, population. [more]

23/01/2014: From Africa to Aotearoa
University of Otago anthropologist Lisa Matisoo-Smith discusses the first-ever survey of New Zealand's genetic diversity. [more]

23/01/2014: The Science of Predator-Free New Zealand
Experts in pest eradication talk about the science behind the idea of a predator-free New Zealand. [more]

23/01/2014: Dark Matter of the Genome
Donated heart tissue is being used to delve into what used to be known as junk DNA to indicate genetic risk of cardiac disease. [more]

30/01/2014: Vibrations on Mountain Bikes
Paul Macdermid is measuring the impacts of vibrations experienced by mountain bikers [more]

30/01/2014: Earthquake Engineering
Earthquake engineers at the University of Canterbury are world-leaders in designing buildings that will be better able to withstand earthquake shaking. [more]

30/01/2014: Great Spotted Kiwi at Arthur's Pass
Stoat trapping by the Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust is good news for a thriving population of great spotted kiwi. [more]

30/01/2014: Stoat Toxin and the Spitfire Trap
The Spitfire trap is being developed to accurately deliver a single dose of a fast-acting toxin that is specific to stoats. [more]

06/02/2014: Exploring New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands
An expedition to explore the ecology, glacial history and underwater world of New Zealand's subantarctic islands. [more]

13/02/2014: Lord Howe Island Rodent Eradication
The Australian community of Lord Howe Island is considering an ambitious plan to eradicate rats and mice. [more]

13/02/2014: Seaweed Glue
Anton Mather is testing New Zealand coastal seaweed to see if a naturally inspired water-resistant glue can be developed [more]

13/02/2014: Jumping Spider Vision
Eyesight tests for 'mosquito terminator' jumping spiders show they have a clear mental picture of what a mosquito looks like. [more]

20/02/2014: Conservation on Braided Rivers
The Ashley-Rakahuri Rivercare group is a community effort to look after breeding birds on a North Canterbury braided river. [more]

20/02/2014: Freshwater Biodiversity Issues in Canterbury
Management of freshwater, including biodiversity on the region's many rivers, are among the issues facing Environment Canterbury's Commissioners. [more]

20/02/2014: Fireworks Science
Anthony Lealand from Firework Professionals explains the chemistry and physics of fireworks, how they are manufactured, and demonstrates some sounds [more]

27/02/2014: Maternal Health, Foetal Brain
University of Otago neuroscientists are investigating the effect of maternal obesity on a baby's brain development. [more]

27/02/2014: Fruit Flies and Memory
The courtship behaviour of fruit flies may help develop better drugs for treating dementia [more]

27/02/2014: Urban Cats and Native Wildlife
Remote cameras in city gardens and 'kitty cams' worn by domestic cats are revealing what they catch and where they wander [more]

06/03/2014: Testing for Legionnaires' Disease
A new approach to testing for Legionnaires' disease in Canterbury has resulted in a fourfold increase in confirmed cases [more]

06/03/2014: Marine Reserves in New Zealand
Marine reserves, how marine life responds to protection and how much progress New Zealand is making in protecting 10% of its marine environment [more]

06/03/2014: Conservation and Technology
Project Janszoon uses wi-fi hotspots and an app to provide a virtual visitor's centre in Abel Tasman National Park. [more]

11/03/2014: Recreational Water Quality Testing
Greater Wellington tests water quality at selected river and coastal sites during the summer months [more]

13/03/2014: Clean Technology
Blenheim-based company CarbonScape is preparing to make green coke for New Zealand's steel industry. [more]

13/03/2014: Recreational Water Quality Testing
Greater Wellington tests water quality at selected river and coastal sites during the summer months [more]

13/03/2014: Antarctica's Forgotten Hero
Irish actor Aidan Dooley brings to life the stories of Tom Crean, an unsung Antarctic explorer. [more]

20/03/2014: Drilling on Rangitoto Island
Volcanologists have been drilling deep into Rangitoto Island's lava to piece together its eruption history [more]

20/03/2014: Biobead Vaccines
Bacteria are being used as factories to produce tiny biobeads to mimic diseases in the body for vaccines [more]

20/03/2014: Gerry McSweeney on Forest Conservation
Conservationist Gerry McSweeney talks about old growth forest and using 1080 for biodiversity restoration at a landscape scale [more]

20/03/2014: Ketamine and Depression
Ketamine, an anaesthetic and party drug, is being trialled in Sydney as a treatment for major depression [more]

27/03/2014: Climate Change Impacts
Two of the authors of the IPCC's chapter on Australasia discuss climate change impacts in NZ and Australia. [more]

27/03/2014: Automated Pollen Counting
The Classifynder, developed at Massey University, is automating pollen identification and counting [more]

27/03/2014: Brain Stimulation for Depression
Two forms of electrical stimulation to the brain are being trialled for depression at the University of New South Wales [more]

27/03/2014: Cow Urine Measurement
The development of a cow urine sensor is leading to a better understanding of where nitrogen is deposited in paddocks [more]

27/03/2014: Climate Change Impacts
A preview of the IPCC's report on climate change impacts and adaptation, due out on Monday. [more]

03/04/2014: Ultraviolet Light and Plant Growth
Start-up company BioLumic is built on basic research into the effect of UV light on plant growth. [more]

03/04/2014: Variation in Accents
Measuring non-native English speakers' accents show changes depending on the situation and what they are talking about [more]

03/04/2014: Wellington Lizard Hunt
Moa Point on Wellington's south coast is a hotspot for common skinks and common geckos. [more]

03/04/2014: Dinosaur Fossil Hunt
GNS Science palaeontologists head on a fieldtrip in the area when fossil hunter Joan Wiffen found her first dinosaur fossils 40 years ago. [more]

10/04/2014: Mapping Human Migration
National Geographic's Genographic project visits Gisborne to sample DNA from members of Ngai Tamanuhiri. [more]

10/04/2014: Mast Seeding and Predators
Conservation groups such as the Matukituki Trust prepare for a predator explosion following a mast year. [more]

10/04/2014: Space Unconference
New Zealand's first multi-disciplinary space unconference brings together enthusiasts. [more]

10/04/2014: Online Drinking Culture
Massey University researchers are looking at how young adults use Facebook in relation to their drinking activities [more]

17/04/2014: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Ecology
UAVs are being used to collect spatial data for ecological research after frustrations with satellite photos being obscured by cloud cover [more]

17/04/2014: Marcus Chown Explains the Big Stuff
Astrophysicist and writer Marcus Chown talks about his latest book, What a Wonderful World. [more]

17/04/2014: Estrogen Mimics
The plasticiser and pestidicide, dibutylphthalate, is being studied to determine why it may cause developmental defects in men [more]

17/04/2014: Bee-friendly Insecticides
University of Otago geneticist Peter Dearden is using the bee genome to develop a bee-friendly insecticide. [more]

24/04/2014: Rowi - the Rarest Kiwi
Rowi are New Zealand's rarest kiwi, and 'egg rescues' that see chicks hatched and raised in captivity have resulted in a big increase in the bird's numbers [more]

24/04/2014: Childhood Amnesia
Harlene Hayne explains some of the novel experiments used in her Marsden funded studies of memory in infants [more]

24/04/2014: Saving Kakabeak in the Wild
Only about 120 kakabeak plants survive in the wild, but the Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust hopes to increase numbers in the Hawke's Bay. [more]

01/05/2014: Reducing Household Waste
Four Palmerston North households have had their rubbish and recycling under a spotlight as part of a waste minimisation study [more]

01/05/2014: 3D Printed Robot
Eduardo Sandoval and Tim Pomroy are making a life-sized robot from 3D printed parts to study human-robot interactions [more]

01/05/2014: Genetics of Leukaemia
University of Otago haematologists explain how advances in DNA technology are helping them to understand different types of leukaemia. [more]

08/05/2014: New Centres of Research Excellence announced
Six new Centres of Research Excellence have just been announced [more]

08/05/2014: A Community Cockle Count
The eighth Pauatahanui Cockle Count involved more than a hundred locals digging and sieving for cockles in the intertidal. [more]

08/05/2014: Testing Elite Athlete Performance
Sports physiologists are measuring the performance of elite athletes to help improve their training. [more]

08/05/2014: Silicon Centipede
University of Canterbury scientists are developing a device to microinject individual biological cells automatically [more]

08/05/2014: Disappearing Monarch Butterflies
An increase in wasp numbers is making life difficult for Monarch butterflies but a tiny mite could help cull wasps. [more]

15/05/2014: Unearthing an Urban Stream
A once buried stream returns to the surface as part of Auckland's first daylighting project in the La Rosa reserve in Green Bay. [more]

15/05/2014: Antipsychotics as Treatment for MS
Victoria University immunologist Laura Green won the 2014 Zonta Science Award for research on using antipsychotic drugs to treat MS. [more]

15/05/2014: Wine Awards and Taste
Rosemarie Neuninger is investigating whether wine awards influence consumers' perception of the wine's quality [more]

15/05/2014: Measuring Weather with a Helikite
A helikite is a small helium-powered balloon that can be used to hoist meteorological instruments above ground to measure local weather conditions. [more]

22/05/2014: Boosting Wetapunga Numbers
Auckland Zoo's captive breeding programme for wetapunga is so successful that offspring are now retunring to the wild. [more]

22/05/2014: Kopuatai Peat Bog and Carbon Research
The Kopuatai peat bog on the Hauraki Plains is a natural laboratory to study how the planet breathes and uses carbon. [more]

22/05/2014: Kiwi Evolutionary History
A study using ancient DNA shatters the idea that the kiwi is most closely related to the emu. Instead, its closest cousin is the elephant bird. [more]

22/05/2014: Melting Glaciers in West Antarctica
New Zealand climate scientists discuss the consequences of the irreversible melting of glaciers in West Antarctica. [more]

29/05/2014: Controlling Wilding Conifers
The Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Group is tackling the growing problem of wilding pine trees in the Queenstown basin [more]

29/05/2014: Hip Revision Surgery
Peter Devane performs revision surgery on Fiona James to replace her existing hip implants with a newer, more robust material [more]

29/05/2014: Toxic Lake Research
Research into extremely toxic cyanobacteria levels in a New Zealand lake could help clean up water supplies around the world [more]

05/06/2014: Mobile Phone App for Recognising Places
A mobile phone app has been developed which can tell visually impaired users where they are in a particular building [more]

05/06/2014: Kiwi Evolutionary History
Meet the kiwi's close cousin, the flightless elephant bird from Madagascar, and find out what ancient DNA tells us about prehistoric New Zealand. [more]

05/06/2014: Kiwi Evolutionary History - Alan Cooper
University of Adelaide evolutionary biologist Alan Cooper discusses his latest findings that have redrawn the family tree of the kiwi. [more]

05/06/2014: Pacific Geckos in Shakespear Regional Park
Pacific geckos are nocturnal and searching for them involves using spotlights at night in the hope of catching a glimpse of their eyes or belly [more]

12/06/2014: 3D Printing Bone
Researchers at the MacDiarmid Institute are using 3D printing and self-assembling materials inspired by biominerals to recreate bone. [more]

12/06/2014: Tsunami Hazard Report
Tsunami hazards for New Zealand were recently revised based on new knowledge about very large earthquakes on plate boundaries [more]

12/06/2014: Laser Spectroscopy Gas Detector
Photonic Innovations is developing a toxic gas detector which uses laser spectroscopy [more]

12/06/2014: Measuring Wind Speed Across Complex Terrain
NIWA has been measuring how wind speeds up across rough ground in the Belmont Hills with the aim of improving the building code [more]

19/06/2014: Joan Wiffen and her Dinosaurs
A tribute to Joan Wiffen, a self-taught palaeontologist who discovered New Zealand's first dinosaur bone in a Hawke's Bay streambed in the 1970s. [more]

19/06/2014: Monitoring Water Quality in the Kaipara Harbour
Three estuarine monitoring buoys have been installed in the Kaipara Harbour to identify sources of fine sediment pollution [more]

19/06/2014: Global Ranking for Invasive Alien Species
An international group of experts have suggested a new way of ranking invasive aliens by environmental impact to produce 'Black Lists' [more]

19/06/2014: Sight Singing App
A team of University of Otago researchers has developed an iPad app to help people practise sight-singing music at home. [more]

19/06/2014: Spectrum - Joan Wiffen
In this Spectrum programme, recorded in 1996, Alistair McAlpine joins Joan Wiffen on a fossil hunting trip in her favourite Hawke's Bay stream. [more]

26/06/2014: Deep-diving Ocean Floats
Oceanographers aboard NIWA's research vessel Tangaroa are testing a deep-diving Argo float to monitor changes in the oceans at depths to 6000 metres. [more]

26/06/2014: Hauraki Gulf
Hauraki Gulf is a playground, wildlife hotspot, foodbasket and highway - and local councils hope the Sea Change project will help turn around the Gulf's poor health and struggling ecology [more]

03/07/2014: Improving Inanga Breeding Habitat
The Department of Conservation's David Moss explains how people can help to create better breeding habitat for inanga. [more]

03/07/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 1
The first mystery sound from the 2014-5 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

03/07/2014: Smart Seeds and Finding a Treatment for Black Rot
The Smart Seeds programme at Lincoln University has been screening brassica seeds for potential microbial biocontrol agents against black rot and diamondback moths [more]

03/07/2014: Recovering from Brain Trauma
British science communicator James Piercy will share his story of recovery from brain trauma at the NZ International Science Festival. [more]

03/07/2014: House Spiders
There are about 2000 spider species in New Zealand, but the spiders that are found around houses are likely to be an introduced species [more]

03/07/2014: House Spiders
There are about 2000 spider species in New Zealand, but the spiders that are found around houses are likely to be an introduced species [more]

03/07/2014: Our Changing World Theme
This is the opening theme for Our Changing World for 2014-5. It is made up of 17 sounds from previous programmes [more]

03/07/2014: Our Changing World Theme
This is the opening theme for Our Changing World for 2014-5. It is made up of 17 sounds from previous programmes [more]

10/07/2014: Interactive Toy for Autistic Children
Auti is a robotic toy developed specifically for children with autism to encourage positive play behaviours [more]

10/07/2014: Measuring Gravity Waves
An international team of scientists is using an aircraft equipped with remote-sensing instruments to capture gravity waves above New Zealand. [more]

10/07/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 2
The second sound from the 2014-5 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

10/07/2014: International Science Festival
Highlights from the first few days of the festival with the theme Leave Boring Behind, including Dr Graham's Big Science Showoff [more]

10/07/2014: Sedentary Behaviour and Evolution
The lifestyles of modern humans may be more similar to early hunter-gatherers than we realised, with implications for obesity [more]

17/07/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 3
The third sound from Our Changing World's 2014-5 opening theme [more]

17/07/2014: High Altitude Training
Exercise scientists simulate high altitude by removing oxygen from air, and then study the physiological effects of low oxygen levels on athletes as well as sedentary people [more]

17/07/2014: Sensing Gravity in Bones
A genetic condition which causes very dense bones is being studied to try and work out the mechanism that sense gravity in bones [more]

17/07/2014: Green Chemistry
Ex-pat Kiwi chemist Terry Collins has been designing small enzyme mimics that are able to remove chemicals and hormones from water [more]

17/07/2014: Fish and Warming Oceans
University of Auckland research finds that heart function in fish is an indicator of which species may cope better with rising ocean temperatures. [more]

24/07/2014: Flora Finder App for Plant Identification
The Botany Department at the University of Otago has collaborated with MEA Mobile to make a smart phone app that uses the camera function to help identify native plants [more]

24/07/2014: Web Only Special - Metaplasticity and New Neurons
Owen Jones is researching metaplasticity in the brain and Shane Ohline is studying the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus [more]

24/07/2014: Science Debate
NZAS president Nicola Gaston, CoRE director Shaun Hendy and University of Auckland bioinformatics professor Alexei Drummond discuss recent and proposed changes. [more]

24/07/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 4
The fourth mystery sound from the 2014-15 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

31/07/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 5
The fifth mystery sound from the 2012-13 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

31/07/2014: Childhood Obesity
Liggins Institute paediatrician Paul Hofman discusses childhood obesity and how exercise during pregnancy could help break the obesity cycle [more]

31/07/2014: Fermented Food and Drinks
Great Fermentations was an International Science festival event that combined fermented foods and matched beers with discussions about the science of food [more]

31/07/2014: Littlest Hadron Collider
Using optical tweezers, University of Otago physicists are splitting tiny clouds of rubidium atoms and smashing them together [more]

31/07/2014: Great White Shark Research and Shark Dissection
The marine science day at the International Science Festival saw loads of young fans flocking to see a shark dissection and hear about great white shark research [more]

07/08/2014: Bug Hotels
Landscape architecture students at Lincoln University have designed 'bug hotels' to try and encourage invertebrate biodiversity in urban areas [more]

07/08/2014: Drilling Into A Warmer Past
Victoria University geologists are drilling deep into the ground on a remote sheep station in the Wanganui Basin to study past changes in sea levels. [more]

07/08/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 6
The sixth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

07/08/2014: Genetics of Gout
The University of Otago is part of an international collaboration carrying out a genome-wide analysis looking for the genes involved in gout, a form of arthritis [more]

07/08/2014: Story Telling and Psychological Well-being
How young people tell their life story, particularly if they see the silver lining in turning points, can indicate well-being [more]

14/08/2014: Volcanic Eruption Simulator
The Volcanic Risk Solutions group at Massey University have built an eruption simulator so they can study destructive pyroclastic flows in detail [more]

14/08/2014: Volcanic Hazard Alert System
After nearly 20 years of use the volcanic hazard alert system for New Zealand has been revised to make it simpler and more informative [more]

14/08/2014: How Red Pigments Fade
Sarah Thomson is using a laser to probe the molecules in red pigments used in art to see how they fade due to light [more]

14/08/2014: DNA Test For Wine
Wine maker Kirsten Creasy explains how new, rapid DNA tests are helping New Zealand vineyards to improve their products [more]

14/08/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 7
The seventh mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

21/08/2014: Antarctic Time Travel and Past Climates
Students from Aranui High Scool discuss Antarctica's role in the world's climate with scientists whose research is part of the Antarctic Time Travel exhibition [more]

21/08/2014: Using the Mind to Control Robots
Researchers are using brain activity to control robots and the technology may one day help patients with stroke or spinal injury [more]

21/08/2014: Aging Dads: Good or Bad News?
As male zebrafish age their sperm quality declines and they become less attractive - but it's not all bad news for older dads [more]

21/08/2014: Sugar: Desirable But Deadly
Sugar is linked to a number of health issues, from diabetes to heart disease, and is found in large quantities in many kinds of foods [more]

21/08/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 8
The eighth mystery sound from the 2012-13 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

28/08/2014: Climate Lessons From Antarctica
Rob DeConto is an ice-sheet and climate modeller, and he warns that if polar ice sheets melt global sea level could rise by 60 metres [more]

28/08/2014: Ultrasound Device to Help Visually-Impaired Navigate
An electronic device has been developed which uses echolocation to alert blind people to obstacles in the environment [more]

28/08/2014: Melting Ice, Rising Sea
A discussion about the role of Antarctica's ice sheets in future sea-level rise, recorded during World Science Week New Zealand [more]

28/08/2014: Sea Lions As Food Web Ambassadors
Stable isotope analysis of sea lion and fur seal hair and bones is showing how marine food webs have changed over time [more]

28/08/2014: From Party Drug to Anti-Addiction Treatment
Compounds made from a hallucinogenic party drug called Salvia divinorum could be the basis of new anti-addiction treatments [more]

28/08/2014: OCW Mystery Sound 9
The ninth mystery sound in the 2014-15 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

04/09/2014: 'Possum Stomp', 'Ora' and Ecology-Based Gaming
An ecological modeller and a gaming expert have created a forest ecology-based online game as well as a smaller game featuring zombie possums and Stompy the Kiwi [more]

04/09/2014: Shedding Light on Rogue Waves
Rogue waves cause damage both at sea and when light is pulsed, so optical fibre research may lead to better lasers and ship design [more]

04/09/2014: From Wine Waste to Wound Dressing
A microbiologist, a food scientist and a pharmacist are collaborating to create anti-microbial nano-fibre wound dressings using polyphenols from wine waste [more]

04/09/2014: New Zealanders’ Ancient Genetic Ancestry
The results are in from DNA tests of 100 New Zealanders who took part in the National Geographic’s Genographic Project earlier this year. [more]

04/09/2014: Science for Policy, Policy for Science
Sir Mark Walport, the chief scientific advisor to the British government, discusses the importance of science in society and policy. [more]

04/09/2014: Mystery Sound 10
The 10th mystery sound from the 2014-15 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

11/09/2014: Exploring Hidden Lakes under Antarctica's Ice
Martin Siegert, a gloaciologist at Imperial College London, discusses the exploration of Antarctica's hidden lakes and rivers below the ice cap. [more]

11/09/2014: Looking Into the Eyes for Alzheimer's Disease
PhD student Lily Chang is trying to determine if an eye test could be developed for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease [more]

11/09/2014: Volcanic Eruption Detection System on Mount Ruapehu
The eruption detection system on Mount Ruapehu is designed to quickly warn people on the Whakapapa ski field to move to high ground out of the path of dangerous lahars [more]

17/09/2014: 'NZ Wild Life'
A new science-based natural history book looks at the evolution, behaviour and ecology of an eclectic selection of New Zealand plants and animals, from stick insects to kahikatea   [more]

18/09/2014: Colossal Squid Revealed
Squid experts had a rare opportunity to examine an intact specimen of the enigmatic colossal squid, collected from Antarctic waters [more]

25/09/2014: Meet the Tyrannosaur Family
A preview of the exhibition at Te Papa, which explores 100 million years of evolution of the tyrannosaur family. [more]

25/09/2014: Great Kereru Count
A citizen science project to count kereru, or New Zealand pigeons, will help identify how common they are around the country [more]

25/09/2014: The Science of Knowing Where You Are
Geodesy is the study of the shape and size of the earth, and it underpins systems such as the Global Navigation Satellite System and allows very accurate surveying of major infrastructure projects [more]

02/10/2014: Celebrating Antarctica
This weeks marks the start of the Antarctic science season and of the 2014 New Zealand IceFest in Christchurch. [more]

09/10/2014: Rutherford's Den Restoration
A rare glimpse of how Rutherford's Den and Christchurch's iconic Arts Centre are being restored after the earthquakes [more]

23/10/2014: Science Behind 1080 Use in Conservation
The aerial use of 1080 poison to kill rats, mice, stoats and possums across large areas of conservation land is having positive results for native birds. [more]

06/11/2014: Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Over the last 25 years the yellow-eyed penguin population on mainland New Zealand has seen some dramatic declines [more]

06/11/2014: Virtual Reality to Improve Memory of Stroke Survivors
A virtual reality environment is being trialled to help stroke survivors improve their prospective memory to do things in the future [more]

12/11/2014: The Role of Minerals in Fault Zones
Austin Boles is part of the research team drilling deep into the Alpine Fault. His focus is on the rle of minerals in earthquake ruptures. [more]

13/11/2014: Drilling into the Heart of the Alpine Fault
An international team of geologists, led by New Zealand, is drilling deep into the Alpine Fault to study the inner workings of a plate boundary fault. [more]

13/11/2014: Drilling into the heart of the Alpine Fault
An international team of geologists, led by New Zealand, is drilling into the Alpine Fault to study the inner workings of a plate boundary fault. [more]

13/11/2014: Dunedin Garden Study
A botanist, planner, zoologist and entomologist collaborated in a survey of Dunedin gardens to find out how well native biodiversity fares in cities [more]

13/11/2014: 3D Molecular Sponges
Using metal ions and organic ligands, Shane Telfer is creating porous materials called metal-organic frameworks which can store or separate gases [more]

13/11/2014: Treating ADHD With Games
An early intervention called ENGAGE is using games to teach self regulation skills to preschoolers at risk of developing ADHD [more]

17/11/2014: 2014 Rutherford Medal Winner
The 2014 winner of New Zealand's top science honour, the Rutherford Medal, is theoretical chemist Peter Schwerdtfeger [more]

20/11/2014: Dunedin's Secret Seabird Cliffs
Since he discovered a colony of fairy prions breeding on the sea cliffs of St Clair, Graeme Loh has provided artificial burrows and monitored the small seabird population [more]

20/11/2014: Mutant Petunias and Understanding Colour in Plants
The popular petunia flower is helping plant biologists unlock the genetic secrets behind plant colour and pattern [more]

20/11/2014: Google Glass in Emergency Situations
The impact of visual cues from heads-up displays like Google Glass are being examined to determine their impact on climbing [more]

20/11/2014: Rain Water Harvesting
The Roof Water Research Centre looks at ways of collecting microbiologically safe rain water [more]

20/11/2014: Music for Tesla Coils and Robotic Bass and Drums
Chime Red is a Victoria University collaboration music and engineering students using three Tesla coils, the MechBass robotic bass guitar and robotic drums [more]

27/11/2014: Water Treadmill
Sports scientist Paul Macdermid is studying how people run on a water treadmill compared with an ordinary treadmill [more]

27/11/2014: Mutant Petunias and Understanding Colour in Plants
The popular petunia flower is helping plant biologists unlock the genetic secrets behind plant colour and pattern [more]

27/11/2014: 2014 Rutherford Medal Winner
The 2014 winner of New Zealand's top science honour, the Rutherford Medal, is theoretical chemist Peter Schwerdtfeger [more]

27/11/2014: 2014 Research Honours
Eleven researchers have been awarded prestigious medals by the Royal Society of New Zealand. [more]

27/11/2014: Tuatara in a Cold Climate
Orokonui Ecosanctuary near Dunedin is now home to the southern-most tuatara population in New Zealand [more]

03/12/2014: Prime Minister’s Science Prizes 2014
Prime Minister’s Science Prizes 2014 [more]

03/12/2014: Spineless Wonders of the Year - the winners
2014 Spineless Wonders of the Year competition - winners [more]

04/12/2014: Wellington Harbour Spring Clean Up
The 5th underwater clean-up on Wellington's waterfront unearthed everything from office chairs to road cones and laptop computers [more]

04/12/2014: Nanogirl: Science Superhero
Michelle Dickinson is Nanogirl, a superhero teaching kids that science is fun, and she has won the 2014 Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize [more]

04/12/2014: New Zealand's Volcanic Soils
To mark World Soil Day, soil scientists head on a fieldtrip to explore New Zealand's volcanic soils. [more]

04/12/2014: From the Archives: Marcus du Sautoy
In this interview from 2004, Oxford University mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, who will be in New Zealand next week, discusses prime numbers. [more]

11/12/2014: Hospital Bed Mover
A machine which grips and manoeuvres heavy hospital beds at the touch of a joystick has been designed at Massey University [more]

11/12/2014: Mapping Unusual Genomes: Platypus and Tuatara
Mapping the genome of New Zealand's tuatara and Australia's platypus is key to understanding the evolution of all vertebrates [more]

11/12/2014: Introducing Pinocchio Rex
Palaeontologist Stephen Brusatte introduces the newest member of the tyrannosaur family, the small and long-nosed Pinocchio rex. [more]

11/12/2014: Inspiring Science Teaching
The 2014 Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize was won by Terry Burrell, from Onslow College in Wellington [more]

11/12/2014: From the Archives: Origins of Angkor
In this programme, recorded in 2004, Veronika Meduna joins University of Otago archaeologist Charles Higham and his team during excavations in Cambodia. [more]

18/12/2014: Bird Brains - Measuring the IQ of Bush Robins
Wild robins are the perfect subjects for a study looking at how smart birds are, and whether being smart helps them raise more chicks [more]

18/12/2014: Using Sugars to Test Gut Health
Drinking two sugar probes is a common test to measure the leakiness of the gut but research by Ivana Sequeira has improved it [more]

18/12/2014: Aging Males and In-bred Kiwi: Genetic Updates
Two new studies report a decline in sperm quality in older males, and poor breeding success as a result of inbreeding in little spotted kiwi populations [more]

18/12/2014: Spying on Wild Animals with Remote Cameras
A biologist is asking citizen scientists to help identify thousands of photos of introduced predators taken by remote cameras [more]

18/12/2014: Using Google Balloons to Study the Stratosphere
Google's Loon project aims to deliver internet access to remote areas, but the balloons are also helping scientists to study changes in the stratosphere. [more]

18/12/2014: A World with Whales
The National Whale Centre opens in Picton to focus on the natural and cultural history of cetaceans and to mark 50 years since the end of commercial whaling in New Zealand. [more]

25/12/2014: Sound Recordist Les McPherson
Les McPherson began recording bird calls in 1969, and set out to create a sound archive of every New Zealand bird [more]

25/12/2014: Bird Photographer David Hallett
Christchurch photographer David Hallett has a passion for taking photos of New Zealand birds, and says he takes some of his best images in his back garden and local neighbourhood [more]

25/12/2014: A World With Whales
The National Whale Centre opens in Picton to focus on the natural and cultural history of cetaceans and to mark 50 years since the end of commercial whaling in New Zealand. [more]

25/12/2014: The Singing Scientist
The 'Singing Scientist' Matthew Barnett enjoys the challenge of turning complicated scientific concepts into catchy songs [more]

01/01/2015: Rowi - the Rarest Kiwi
Rowi are New Zealand's rarest kiwi, and 'egg rescues' that see chicks hatched and raised in captivity have resulted in a big increase in the bird's numbers [topics} environment [tags} rowi, South Okarito Forest, Operation Nest Egg, Okarito kiwi, egg rescue, conservation, threatened species [more]

01/01/2015: Should Marijuana Be Legalised in New Zealand?
This science communication student podcast looks at the pros and cons of legalising marijuana [more]

01/01/2015: Redefining Genetically Modified Organisms in New Zealand
This science communication student podcast discusses genetically modified organisms, and considers their pros and cons [more]

08/01/2015: Hauraki Gulf
Hauraki Gulf is a playground, wildlife hotspot, foodbasket and highway - and local councils hope the Sea Change project will help turn around the Gulf's poor health and struggling ecology [more]

08/01/2015: Preparing for De-Extinction - Are We There Yet?
A science communication student podcast on de-extinction: could we do it and what would the legal implications be? [more]

08/01/2015: Urban Cats and Native Wildlife
Remote cameras in city gardens and 'kitty cams' worn by domestic cats are revealing what they catch and where they wander [more]

08/01/2015: Rutherford's Den Restoration
A rare glimpse of how Rutherford's Den and Christchurch's iconic Arts Centre are being restored after the earthquakes [more]

15/01/2015: Measuring Gravity Waves
An international team of scientists is using an aircraft equipped with remote-sensing instruments to capture gravity waves above New Zealand. [more]

15/01/2015: Bug Hotels
Landscape architecture students at Lincoln University have designed 'bug hotels' to try and encourage invertebrate biodiversity in urban areas [more]

15/01/2015: Marine Protection In Otago
This science communication student podcast finds out about the South East Coast Marine Protection Forum, tasked with creating marine protected areas in Otago [more]

15/01/2015: Marine Protection in Otago
The South East Marine Protection Forum is coming up with suggestions for marine protected areas in Otago [more]

15/01/2015: Hip Revision Surgery
Peter Devane performs revision surgery on Fiona James to replace her existing hip implants with a newer, more robust material [more]

19/01/2015: Recreating Vintage Airplanes - long version
The Vintage Aviator manufactures and restores World War 1 airplanes, using state-of-the-art ascience and engineering. [more]

21/01/2015: Recreating Vintage Airplanes - long version
The Vintage Aviator manufactures and restores World War 1 airplanes, using state-of-the-art ascience and engineering. [more]

22/01/2015: Hihi - Our Smallest Honeyeater
Hihi, or stitchbirds, are New Zealand's smallest 'honeyeater', and need extra sugar to help them survive on Kapiti Island [more]

22/01/2015: Honey, I Shrunk the PCR
A handheld machine will soon allow people to test for DNA using Q-PCR in the field and not just in the lab [more]

22/01/2015: Recreating Vintage Airplanes
The Vintage Aviator recreates old airplanes, mainly from World War I, using century old techniques as well as modern science and engineering [more]

29/01/2015: Restoring Scott's Hut at Cape Evans
Conservators begin the restoration of Captain Scott's hut at Cape Evans as part of a ten-year project to protect three huts on Antarctica's Ross Island. [more]

29/01/2015: Restoring Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds
Conservators visit Ernest Shackleton's hut at Cape Royds to check on the restoration of the hut itself and several artefacts. [more]

29/01/2015: Kiwi-safe Dogs
Project Kiwi Trust on the Coromandel Peninsula runs kiwi-avoidance courses for dogs and their owners [more]

29/01/2015: A Joint Effort To Look After Arthritic Joints
The Joint Clinic at Dunedin Hospital uses exercise and manual therapy to help osteoarthritis sufferers remain fit and active [more]

29/01/2015: Crossing Planetary Boundaries
An international team of scientists has issued a warning that we have now crossed four out of nine planetary boundaries. [more]

29/01/2015: Wellington's Little Penguins
Predator-free Matiu-Somes Island, in Wellington Harbour, is a hotspot for little penguins - and penguin research [more]

29/01/2015: Saving Antarctic Heritage
The Antarctic Heritage Trust completed an ambitious project to conserve three historic huts used by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Ernest Shackleton during their Antarctic expeditions a century ago. [more]

05/02/2015: Tracking blue whales in the Southern Ocean
New Zealand and Australian scientists head off on a six-week voyage to Antarctica to study top predators in the Southern Ocean. [more]

05/02/2015: Expedition to Subantarctic Antipodes Island
Alison Ballance joins a DoC expedition to remote Antipodes Island, and discovers its strange - and noisy - inhabitants [more]

12/02/2015: River Health 101 - Feet In and Hands On
Whitebait Connections takes school children out to measure the health of local streams and rivers. [more]

12/02/2015: Drug Addiction in the Genes
A single gene seems to predispose people to becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol [more]

12/02/2015: Drug-Resistant TB and a New Class of Drugs
How research into the metabolism of the TB bacterium is helping in the development of a new class of antibiotics [more]

12/02/2015: Farming Ancient Volcanic Soils
When a farmer embarked on an experiment to excavate deep volcanic layers and bring them to the top, he found that the ancient soils produced greener pastures. [more]

19/02/2015: Seabird Central at the Bounty Islands
In winter the Bounty Islands are just bare rock. In summer they are packed with breeding Salvin's albatrosses and erect-crested penguins [more]

19/02/2015: Unexpected Life Under the Antarctic Ice
A team of scientists drilling through thick Antarctic ice were surprised to discover fish surviving more than 500 km from open ocean [more]

19/02/2015: Let There Be Light - The Dodd-Walls Centre
The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonics and Quantum Technologies is a Centre for Research Excellence that is partnering with Otago Museum [more]

19/02/2015: Portable X-ray Detector
Nicola Winch has developed a portable X-ray detector which could allow images to be taken at emergencies and sent to hospital before a patient arrives [more]

25/02/2015: Using a Scanning Electron Microscope - long version
A scanning electron microscope uses a focused beam of electrons to produce images and in this extended version, Ruth Knibbe demonstrates how it works [more]

26/02/2015: Time Travelling through Mead Stream Gorge
A fieldtrip through Mead Stream Gorge, north of Kaikoura, which provides a continuous record of 80 million years of geological history. [more]

26/02/2015: Unlocking the Secrets of Photosynthesis
Learning the complex secrets of photosynthesis could lead to improved solar panels, efficient ways of producing hydrogen from water and more productive plants [more]

26/02/2015: Using a Scanning Electron Microscope
A scanning electron microscope uses a focused beam of electrons to produce images and Ruth Knibbe demonstrates how it works [more]

26/02/2015: New Zealand Dotterels on Great Barrier Island
Botanist and bird watcher John Ogden is passionate about making Great Barrier Island pest-free - and keeping an eye on his local shorebirds [more]

05/03/2015: Tracking Rig Sharks
Shark researcher Warrick Lyon has developed his own GPS tracking system so he can follow rig sharks in the murky waters of Pauatahanui Inlet [more]

05/03/2015: Giving up Smoking - How Good are E-cigarettes
Chris Bullen describes a study comparing e-cigarettes with patches and placebos as tools to quit smoking [more]

05/03/2015: Science of Complex Systems
The Punaha Matatini is a new Centre of Research Excellence focusing on complex systems and networks. [more]

05/03/2015: Eagle Rays - An Inner City Wildlife Spectacle
Every summer, eagle rays and stingrays hang out around Wellington's waterfront, feeding, mating and enthralling passers-by [more]

05/03/2015: From the Archive: Ring of Fire Expedition
Back in 2005, a team of marine biologists and geologists use a submersible to dive deep down to explore submarine volcanoes in the Kermadec Arc. [more]

12/03/2015: Alan Turing and The Imitation Game
Rod Downey highlights some of the factual inaccuracies in the movie The Imitation Game as well as describing some of Alan Turing's great achievements [more]

12/03/2015: An Extraordinary Diversity of Land Snails
One of New Zealand's little known claims to natural history fame is that for its area it has more species of land snails than any other temperate country [more]

12/03/2015: Krill to Blue Whales: Food Webs in the Southern Ocean
After six weeks in the Southern Ocean, scientists return with thousands of blue whale call recordings and hundreds of samples. [more]

12/03/2015: One Man's Vision: Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island
Glenfern Sanctuary is the vision of the late Tony Bouzaid to restore the forest and wetlands of Great Barrier Island, and inspire other people to become involved in conservation [more]

19/03/2015: Measuring Gravity With Atoms
A gravimeter is an instrument that measures local gravity and Mikkel Andersen is developing one that uses atoms instead of springs or light [more]

19/03/2015: Waitaha Penguin Out, Yellow-Eyed Penguin In
A new study shows that yellow-eyed penguins colonised New Zealand within just a few decades of the Waitaha penguin becoming extinct [more]

19/03/2015: Spider Chatter on the Web
Massey University zoologist Anne Wignall explains how web-building spiders use vibrations to communicate and to make sense of their world. [more]

19/03/2015: The Dark Side of Being An Urban Parrot - Kaka and Lead
The kaka from Zealandia Sanctuary are an urban success story, but they are developing lead poisoning, probably from chewing roofing nails and old lead paint. [more]

19/03/2015: Scott Base Beginnings
This programme marks the 50th anniversary of Scott Base, New Zealand's science station in Antarctica. [more]

26/03/2015: Black Petrels - New Zealand's Most At-Risk Seabird
Black petrels are a common sight at sea in the Hauraki Gulf, and are at risk from being accidentally caught by recreational and commercial fishers [more]

26/03/2015: Volunteering for Conservation
Katherine Clements talks about her experience of volunteering for the Department of Conservation and working with seabirds [more]

26/03/2015: World's only glowing freshwater limpet
New Zealand is home to the world's only luminescent freshwater limpet, which lives among the rocks in North Island streams. [more]

26/03/2015: Starting to Gel: A Tough, Stretchy, Mouldable New Material
A new gel has been developed that is 85% water but can be stretched many times and hit with a hammer without disintegrating [more]

26/03/2015: 'Team Rat' Completes World's Largest Island Eradication
The South Georgia Heritage Trust has just completed the third and final stage of the world's largest island rat eradication [more]

02/04/2015: Ancient Super Greenhouse
Geologists samples fossils of microscopic plants and animals to study ancient climate change and extinctions. [more]

02/04/2015: Feed the Birds
If you want to attract native birds to your garden, putting out bread may not be the right thing to do. [more]

02/04/2015: Testing How Blood Flow to the Brain is Regulated
A healthy volunteer is tested with drugs to study the two systems that regulate blood flow to the brain, with implications for treatment of stroke [more]

02/04/2015: Web Only Special - Blood Flow to the Brain
The trial on a healthy volunteer continues with tests to alter blood pressure including an ice challenge, mental arithmetic and a hand grip task [more]

09/04/2015: Vanishing Nature
A new book presents a comprehensive analysis of New Zealand's biodiversity loss and the drivers behind it [more]

09/04/2015: The 'Bird Rescue Lady' of Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island's Karen Walker looks after sick, injured and orphaned birds, such as banded rails, black petrels and pateke [more]

09/04/2015: Making Writing Seem More Honest
Helen Owen is analysing why different writing is perceived to be more honest and has found that connectors and simplicity play a role [more]

09/04/2015: Sports Doping - How Steroids are Bad for Your Heart
Alison Heather is opposed to sports doping because designer steroids, such as androgen mimics, are bad for heart health [more]

11/04/2015: Weather at Home
Climate scientists are using the spare capacity of thousands of home computers to zoom in on links between extreme weather events and climate change [more]

16/04/2015: Auckland's Volcanic Risk
University of Auckland volcanologist Jan Lindsay discusses the DEVORA project and its aim to assess volcanic hazard and risk for Auckland's metropolitan area. [more]

16/04/2015: Restoring the Dawn Chorus at Windy Hill Sanctuary
Sixteen years and 44,000 dead rats later, the Windy Hill Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island finally has a dawn chorus [more]

16/04/2015: Discovering Drugs for Breast Cancer
Parry Guilford and his team are researching the genetics and chemistry of lobular breast cancer with the aim of discovering new drugs to treat it [more]

16/04/2015: New Zealand's Smallest Bees
New Zealand has 28 species of native bee, that are either small, very small or extremely small in size and solitary by nature [more]

23/04/2015: Pateke - New Homes for a Rare Duck
The pateke or brown teal population on Great Barrier Island is increasing due to cat trapping and the creation of new wetland homes [more]

23/04/2015: Treating Tendon Injury with a Laser
Physiotherapist Steve Tumilty has been trialling the use of a laser plus exercise to treat tendon injury with positive results [more]

23/04/2015: Peat, Pumice and Archaeological Mysteries
Peat uncovered during major roadworks on the Kapiti Coast is shedding light on early Maori occupation, while the discovery of pumice might be the sign of an old tsunami [more]

23/04/2015: Pulling Funds out of Fossil Fuels
A discussion with organisations and individuals who decided to move their investments out of the fossil fuel industry. [more]

30/04/2015: 'First Step' in Reducing Methane Emissions
An AgResearch team identifies five compounds that reduce methane emissions from livestock by up to 90 per cent in initial trials. [more]

30/04/2015: How Electrical Stimulation Might Help Stroke Recovery
Researchers hope that electrical brain stimulation, like that used to treat Parkinson's disease, may help people who've had a stroke regain their movements [more]

30/04/2015: How Electrical Stimulation Might Help Stroke Recovery
Researchers hope that electrical brain stimulation, like that used to treat Parkinson's disease, may help people who've had a stroke regain their movements [more]

30/04/2015: Genes for Bulbing in Onions
University of Otago scientists have discovered the genes for bulbing in onions which may result in more reliability and bulbs better tailored to climate [more]

30/04/2015: Web Only Special: Long and Short Day Onions
Jiffin Khosa is continuing with the research on bulbing in onions to look at the difference between the short and long day varieties [more]

30/04/2015: Underwater Soundscape of the Hauraki Gulf
Underwater sounds as varied as sea urchins and boats, fish and whales, as well as dolphins and waves are helping build an underwater sound map of the Hauraki Gulf [more]

30/04/2015: Out-of-control Russian Space Capsule
Space scientist Duncan Steel explains what will happen to the out-of-control Russian space capsule that failed to reach the International Space Station. [more]

07/05/2015: A Devilish Cancer - Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease
In less than 20 years a rare contagious cancer has decimated Tasmanian devil numbers by 85 percent, but a vaccine may be on the way [more]

07/05/2015: Exploring Seabed Methane Seeps
A team of NIWA marine scientists investigates methane seeps that bubble up from the seabed off the North Island's east coast. [more]

07/05/2015: Exercise is the Best Medicine
The exercise physiology clinic at the University of Auckland combines exercise for rehabilitation with teaching and research [more]

07/05/2015: Language and Sensory-Motor Experience
Alistair Knott is teaching a computer "baby" to speak different languages to see if syntax and sensory-motor experiences are linked [more]

13/05/2015: Scientists, Media, Government
A discussion about the interaction between the media, the government and scientists, held at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Siouxsie Wiles
Siouxsie Wiles discusses her experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Jack Heinemann
Jack Heinemann discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Alison Dewes
Alison Dewes discusses her experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: David Skegg
David Skegg discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Sir Peter Gluckman
Sir Peter Gluckman discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Grant Guilford
Grant Guilford discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Helen Anderson
Helen Anderson discusses her experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Doug Edmeades
Doug Edmeades discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Rhys Jones
Rhys Jones discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Sandra Gray
Sandra Gray discusses her experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

13/05/2015: Hamish Campbell
Hamish Campbell discusses his experience, at the 2015 NZAS meeting Going Public. [more]

14/05/2015: Medical Maggots for Wound Healing
Maggots are used by hospitals and veterinary clinics to treat chronic ulcers and wounds, often as a last resort, and are bred in an insectary in Upper Hutt [more]

14/05/2015: Orokonui - Dunedin's Ecosanctuary
The vision of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary is to recreate Otago coastal forest to the way it was before humans arrived in New Zealand [more]

14/05/2015: The Long Journey to Aotearoa
Archaeologist Atholl Anderson explains why he thinks that the first people to make landfall in New Zealand were exiles escaping from conflict in their homelands [more]

14/05/2015: Long web feature: Tangata Whenua - Maori History
Archaeologist Atholl Anderson discusses the climate conditions and socio-political circumstances that led groups of Polynesian navigators to discover and settle in New Zealand [more]

14/05/2015: Scientists Speaking Out
A discussion held at 2015 New Zealand Association of Scientists annual conference, Going Public [more]

21/05/2015: ExStream - How River Life Responds to Environmental Stresses
The ExStream system allows biologists to study how river life responds to stresses such as sediment, nutrients, and changing water temperatures and flows [more]

21/05/2015: Don't Just Sit There - Do Something
Getting off our butts and taking regular short exercise breaks is much better for our health than continuous sitting [more]

21/05/2015: DNA Trafficking Between Cells
Scientists discover a new process, in which mitochondrial DNA is exchanged between cells in the body [more]

21/05/2015: We Are What We Eat - What Hair Can Tell Us
Metabolite biomarkers in hair may allow scientists to advise women on what they should eat to avoid pregnancy complications [more]

21/05/2015: Megathrust Earthquakes Below Central New Zealand
For the first time, geologists find direct evidence for large subduction earthquakes underneath central New Zealand [more]

21/05/2015: Top 10 New Species for 2015
The global 2015 Top 10 New Species List includes an endangered parasitic plant from the Philippines described by University of Canterbury botanists [more]

28/05/2015: The Art and Science of Beer
The Hop Lab in Motueka is a small research brewery, where a Plant and Food Research scientists are breeding, growing and testing new varieties of hops [more]

28/05/2015: A Transportable MRI
An MRI has been developed which can be transported because it uses high temperature superconductors and does not require liquid helium [more]

28/05/2015: Flower of the Underworld - A Parasitic Treasure
New Zealand's most unusual flowering plant has a strong connection with a rare nocturnal mammal - and both are thriving in the forests of Pureora. [more]

28/05/2015: The Road to Paris - New Zealand's Climate Change Target
The government has held a series of consultation meetings asking people how New Zealand should manage its greenhouse gas emissions [more]

04/06/2015: Uga or Coconut Crab Hunting in Niue
Uga or coconut crab are hunted in large numbers in Niue but to conserve them the Niuean Government has placed an indefinite ban on their export [more]

04/06/2015: Short-tailed Bats and a Conservation Dilemma
Short-tailed bats are vulnerable to predation by rats - but what is the risk to the bats from toxins being used to protect them from the rats? http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/201756718/short-tailed-bats-and-a-conservation-dilemma http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ourchangingworld/audio/201755898/flower-of-the-underworld-a-parasitic-treasure [more]

04/06/2015: A Neutrino Map of the Universe
University of Canterbury physicist Jenni Adams explains how high-energy neutrinos could help track the origins of cosmic rays. [more]

04/06/2015: How Do Rock Pool Fish Cheat Death?
Little triplefin fish living in rock pools regularly face not enough or too much oxygen - discovering how they cope could help people suffering from brain hypoxia [more]

11/06/2015: Getting Wet and Experiencing Marine Reserves
Since 2002 the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme has been taking primary school students snorkelling so they can see for themselves how effective marine protection is [more]

11/06/2015: Kelp, Urchins and Marine Reserves
Marine biologist Nick Shears monitors marine reserves to evaluate how effective marine protection is and he is also interested in the effects of climate change on the ocean [more]

11/06/2015: Examining the Benefits of Standing Desks
Masters student Dan Archer looked at metabolic biomarkers to see if there were benefits from working at standing desks [more]

11/06/2015: Extreme Weather and Climate Change
Climate scientists are using the spare capacity of thousands of home computers to zoom in on links between extreme weather events and climate change [more]

11/06/2015: Global Ocean Legacy
The director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Global Ocean Legacy discusses the importance of protected marine areas. [more]

17/06/2015: Working with the Brain
University of Auckland neuroscientist Melanie Cheung explains how she consulted with her iwi before starting work on brain tissue [more]

18/06/2015: Protein, Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes
Massey University researchers are looking at whether why protein after interval training could help type II diabetics with their blood sugar levels [more]

18/06/2015: Kelp and Climate Change
Warming ocean temperatures and increasing sediment as a result of more extreme weather events may have profound effects on the health of our coastal kelp ecosystems [more]

18/06/2015: Brain Training to Slow Progression of Huntington's Disease
University of Auckland neuroscientist Melanie Cheung has developed a Maori-focused brain resilience programme which could slow the progression of Huntington's Disease [more]

18/06/2015: Brain Training to Slow Down Huntington's Disease
University of Auckland neuroscientist Melanie Cheung has developed a Maori-focused brain resilience programme which could slow the progression of Huntington's Disease. [more]

18/06/2015: Rare Mudfish, the Farmer and the School
A population of rare South Canterbury mudfish are benefiting from a community project involving the St Andrews School, the farmer and the Working Waters Trust [more]

24/06/2015: Antarctica's Flourishing Microbes
University of Waikato microbiologist Craig Cary describes his work on microbial communities in Antarctica's Dry Valleys. [more]

25/06/2015: Heat, Exercise and Heart Health
Heat and exercise, on their own or together, benefit the cardiovascular system by increasing blood volume and lwoering blood pressure, but could there be other benefits as well? [more]

25/06/2015: A New Device for Measuring Pressure in the Brain
An implantable device is being developed to measure intracranial pressure in children who have hydrocephalus or "water on the brain" [more]

25/06/2015: Dunedin's Healthy Harbour Watchers
Over the last decade secondary school students have measured the chemical and microbiological health of Otago Harbour [more]

25/06/2015: Mapping Underwater Landscapes
A team of marine geologists deploy multibeam echo-sounding technology to map the seabed around Kapiti Island, north of Wellington. [more]

25/06/2015: Antarctica's Surprising Biodiversity
Scientists discover that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean harbour a surprisingly rich and expansive biological diversity. [more]

25/06/2015: Climate Change Impacts on Health
A new report says that the threat to public health from climate change could undermine advances made over the past 50 years. [more]

02/07/2015: Life in the World's Oceans
Marine scientists in New Zealand make a significant contribution to a global register of marine life. [more]

02/07/2015: From False Teeth to Forensics - the Story of Dental Technology
Understanding physics and material engineering are as important as artistic skill in a technology that spans false teeth, prostheses and forensic investigations [more]

02/07/2015: Liquid Water on Mars
As NASA's Curiosity rover discovers liquid water on Mars, astrophysicist Duncan Steel discusses what that might mean for life on Mars. [more]

02/07/2015: Losing Weight and Getting Healthy - the SWIFT Study
The University of Otago SWIFT study is following 250 people for 2 years as they try popular diet and exercise programmes such as the Paleo diet, the 5:2 fasting diet, and high intensity exercise. [more]

02/07/2015: Commuting Secrets of Antarctic Orca
New Zealand and Italian researchers have confirmed that Type C killer whales from Antarctica travel to and from northern New Zealand [more]

02/07/2015: Old Antarcticans Malcolm Laird and Peter Otway
Geologist Malcolm Laird and surveyor Peter Otway reminisce during the 2014 IceFest about their early visits to Antarctica in the 1960s [more]

09/07/2015: Spinetail Devil Rays
Electronic tags used to measure the survival of spinetail devil rays released after being caught by tuna fishing boats have revealed long journeys to the tropics and deep dives [more]

09/07/2015: Spookfish and Other Deep Sea Sharks
Long-nosed spookfish and other chimaeras are among a suite of weird, little known deep sea sharks that sport spiky sex organs on their head, enormous noses, fierce spines and long tails [more]

09/07/2015: Improving Stent Design with MRI
Susann Beier is using MRI and computational models to analyse flow of blood like fluid in 3D-printed replicas of coronary arteries with the aim of improving stent design [more]

09/07/2015: The Sshhmute - A Practice Mute for Brass Instruments
In his New Plymouth workshop, Trevor Bremner designs and produces the sshhmute, a practice mute for brass instruments [more]

16/07/2015: Cleaning Up Our Coastlines
After more than a decade of cleaning up Auckland's waterways and removing 22 shipping containers full of rubbish, the Sea Cleaners Trust is ready to tackle the rest of our coastline. [more]

16/07/2015: Marine Science Round-Up
A baby colossal squid, studying under-ice algae in Antarctica, New Zealand sea lions, and a better fishing trawl net. [more]

16/07/2015: Salt, Blood Pressure and the Brain
A new study in rats shows that the link between high salt intake and high blood pressure is caused by changes in the brain [more]

16/07/2015: Children mixing screens with food
As young people use screens more and more, public health researcher Sam Marsh is looking into how much food they are eating when using different media like computers and TVs. [more]

23/07/2015: From Egg to Dinner – Breeding Better Salmon
Veronika Meduna visits a salmon hatchery to find out more about how salmon are bred and farmed, and about the family tree of each fish. [more]

23/07/2015: Sea Urchins and Their 'Landscape of Fear'
Do sea urchins live in a 'landscape of fear' and is the mere presence of predatory crayfish and snapper enough to change their behaviour? [more]

23/07/2015: Sleep Apnoea
Ruth Beran's award-winning feature on sleep apnoea follows Maui Stewart to the sleep clinic on a journey to better health [more]

23/07/2015: North Island Brown Kiwi Genome
The genome of the North Island brown kiwi has just been published by an international team of researchers [more]

28/07/2015: A Treasure Trove of Natural Sciences at Puke Ariki
New Plymouth's museum Puke Ariki is catalogueing its vast natural sceinces collections to make them more accessible to the public. [more]

30/07/2015: The Road to Paris - UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres says a global, legally-binding agreement will be reached at Paris climate summit, but concedes it falls short of two degree target. [more]

30/07/2015: A Community Wind Farm for Blueskin Bay
The Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust is working towards building three community-owned wind turbines that will help build the community's resilience and energy independence [more]

06/08/2015: Testing Volcanic Ballistics with a Cannon and Catapult
Geologists are using a cannon, a trebuchet and silly putty wrapped in condoms to investigate volcanic ballistics and better understand volcanic eruptions [more]

06/08/2015: Making Urban Bushland Better
New Plymouth has more pockets of urban bush than any other NZ city, and ecologists study them to improve the success of ecological restorations [more]

06/08/2015: How Nature is Good for our Well-being
Environmental scientist Lin Roberts argues that nature's ecosystem services are good for our well-being as well as the planet [more]

13/08/2015: Tracking the Lapita Expansion Across the Pacific
Veronika Meduna joins Pacific archaeologists at the oldest cemetery in the pacific to find out about the Lapita and their epic voyage of discovery. [more]

13/08/2015: 'Air Puffs', Speech and Mobile Phones
Adding air puffs that we produce during speech to mobile phones and hearing aids might make understanding conversations in noisy environments easier [more]

20/08/2015: To Catch a Trapdoor Spider
Trapdoor spiders live on mud banks in long silk-lined tunnels with a camouflaged trapdoor, and Vikki Smith has developed a cunning way of luring them out [more]

20/08/2015: Trapdoor spider dinnertime
Vikki Smith introduces Alison Ballance to a trapdoor spider called Sweetheart - and you can hear the amazing sound of a spider chewing a beetle. [more]

20/08/2015: Designing Landscapes with People in Mind
Landscape architect Mick Abbott wants to involve as many people as possible in meaningful ecological restoration projects [more]

20/08/2015: Giving People A Voice
Computer scientist Hamidf Sharifzadeh is regenerating a natural-sounding voice for people who lost the ability to speak [more]

20/08/2015: Building Better Flexi Bridges
Low-damage precast concrete bridges featuring flexible steel tendons and energy dissipators that act as fuses are being tested at Canterbury University [more]

27/08/2015: Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam
On 13 March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu. It was the worst natural disaster in the nation's history, and four months on, we ask how people are doing. [more]

27/08/2015: Volcanic Hazard at Mt Taranaki
Mt Taranaki is one of New Zealand's most distinctive volcanoes, with a history of euptions and the potential to erupt again in the future. [more]

27/08/2015: The Bugs are in the House
After a year it's time to find out what's taken up residence in Lincoln University's Bug Hotels [more]

27/08/2015: Berry Good News for the Brain
Plant and Food Research have shown that blackcurrants can help in tasks involving memory and concentration [more]

27/08/2015: Neutrinos - a Poem
Neutrinos is a poem by Janis Freegard from her collection The Glass Rooster, published by Auckland University Press [more]

03/09/2015: Firing up the Plant Barbecue
To find the best plants to use in green firebreaks, biologists are testing the flammability of plants on the 'plant barbecue' [more]

03/09/2015: Mission Complete: New Zealand's first ocean glider takes to the seas
NIWA oceanographers retrieve an autonomous ocean glider after a successful two-week deployment to explore physical and biological properties of the ocean. [more]

03/09/2015: Junk Food: plastic pollution is a growing threat to seabirds
A new study says that 90% of the world's seabirds ingest plastic, and those seabirds that feed in the Tasman Sea are most at risk from plastic [more]

03/09/2015: Human hunting and Stewart Island Shags
Hunting by Maori had very different effects on the Stewart Island and Otago populations of Stewart Island shags. [more]

03/09/2015: 'Albatross' - a poem
Janis Freegard reads her poem 'Albatross' from The Glass Rooster, published by Auckland University Press [more]

03/09/2015: Theta-R - a sound and light installation
Among the works at the recent Lux festival in Wellington was an audiovisual kinetic sculpture called Theta-R [more]

03/09/2015: Psychology of Climate Change
Victoria University psychology lecturer Marc Wilson discusses why some people remain unsure about climate change, despite the overwhelming evidence. [more]

10/09/2015: How kiwifruit helps control blood sugar
Food scientists are investigating breakfast cereals and combinations with kiwifruit in search of a breakfast that helps control blood sugar levels [more]

10/09/2015: Complexity, resilience and bees
Jason Tylianakis is an ecologist trying to understand how our complex natural world responds to change [more]

10/09/2015: New Zealand's rich diversity of soils
To mark the International Year of Soils, we look at New Zealand's rich diversity of soils [more]

10/09/2015: Does your first language influence your trombone playing?
Matthias Heyne is investigating whether the tongue positions we learn as part of our native language influences the way trombonists play their instruments [more]

17/09/2015: 'Orchard in a box' - using GM to breed better apples
A greenhouse that is also a strict containment facility allows scientists to experimentally add apple genes to apple trees to speed up the breeding of new varieties [more]

17/09/2015: Shining a light on our biological clock
Guy Warman, at the University of Auckland, explores how anaesthesia affects the body's biological clock and whether light therapy could help reduce sleep disruption post surgery. [more]

17/09/2015: New Zealand's first national bee health survey
Bees are in trouble and to get a better idea of might be contributing to colony loses, Landcare Research is calling on beekeepers to help with a national survey. [more]

17/09/2015: Viruses in invasive Argentine ants
Ecologists at Victoria University have discovered that the invasive Argentine ants host a virus associated with bee deaths. [more]

17/09/2015: East Antarctica not a 'sleeping giant'
An expedition to east Antarctica's Totten glacier returns with evidence suggesting that east Antarctica may not be as resistant to melting as once thought. [more]

24/09/2015: The worm returns
Many farms in New Zealand are missing deep burrowing earthworms, that can help better grass growth, so Nicole Schon is relocating worms to farms in need [more]

24/09/2015: Rethinking enzyme evolution
Proteins have evolved over many millions of years - but they can also evolve rapidly, in just years, and this offers insights into how evolution itself works [more]

24/09/2015: Oil off a duck's back
It takes 400 litres of freshwater to clean a seabird that has been covered in oil, but new research using ducks shows that seawater is a viable alternative [more]

24/09/2015: Wildbase - a hospital dedicated to native wildlife
At Wildbase, New Zealand's only dedicated wildlife hospital, vets treat more than 300 native animals each year as well as doing research on conservation issues. [more]

01/10/2015: Planning for a pandemic
The Great Barrier Island community discusses the frightening prospect that they could be the sole survivors after a global flu pandemic. [more]

01/10/2015: Moving animals for conservation
There have been hundreds of relocations of animals for conservation reasons in New Zealand and Australia - so what lessons have we learnt [more]

01/10/2015: Offsetting biodiversity losses
Environmental Defence Society policy analyst Marie Brown discusses the challenge of how development projects can offset biodiversity losses. [more]

01/10/2015: Too much salt
We live in a high salt world, so how feasible is it in our current shopping environment to eat a low sodium diet [more]

01/10/2015: Kermadec region becomes an open ocean sanctuary
This week, the government announced the creation of the Kermadec ocean sanctuary, which covers 620,000 square kilometres and bans mining, prospecting and fishing. [more]

08/10/2015: Science of stony soils and water
There are a million hectares of stony soils in New Zealand - and scientists are using lysimeters to measure how water and cow urine move through them [more]

08/10/2015: How best to invest in science
Motu's director Adam Jaffe responds to the government's science funding strategy and discusses recent research into the efficacy of the Marsden Fund. [more]

08/10/2015: Why kakariki are losing their feathers
Tiny skin mites are causing mange and feather loss amongst red-crowned parakeets on Tiritiri Matangi Island, and a screening programme is keeping an eye on the problem [more]

08/10/2015: Wellington joins 100 Resilient Cities
Wellington recently joined the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities programme and urban planners are now mapping out a long-term resilience plan for the capital. [more]

08/10/2015: Living in the age of resilience
French experts Pierre Ducret and Lucile Schmid discuss the social impacts of climate change and the challenges in building a fair, low-carbon economy. [more]

14/10/2015: Antarctica's contribution to sea level rise
New research confirms that Antarctica will contribute sigificantly to future sea level rise unless greenhouse gas emissions are curbed from 2020 onwards. [more]

15/10/2015: Kaika Energy - from food waste to fertiliser and biogas
A group of Year 13 students from Kaikorai Valley College in Dunedin have created a biotechnology company and installed a biodigestor at school [more]

15/10/2015: Subtidal currents in Cook Strait
Cook Strait is known for its strong tidal currents, but NIWA oceanographers have completed comprehensive measurements of subtidal residual currents. [more]

15/10/2015: Ultra-fast lasers
Ultra-fast lasers - or more properly ultra short-pulsed lasers - are very accurate, which makes them useful in industry and research [more]

15/10/2015: Global census of methane-producing microbes
A team of AgResearch scientists had analysed the rumen microbiome in different animals across the world and found similar methane-producing micro-organisms. [more]

22/10/2015: Wilding pines go up in flames in name of science
Scientists set fire to blocks of wilding pines to study whether chemicals used to control the weedy trees change the fire hazard. [more]

22/10/2015: Eat better, think better - diet and the brain
Psychologists and nutritionists at the University of Otago are studying how diet can have a postivie impact on heart and brain health [more]

22/10/2015: On the cusp of a solar revolution
Next generation printable and flexible solar cells, made with new materials, are part of a clean-energy revolution [more]

22/10/2015: Hair of the kuri or Maori dog
Ecologist Cilla Wehi hopes that the hair and bones of kuri, or now extinct Maori dog, might hold clues to what they ate [more]

29/10/2015: Saving the rarest of the rare - Endangered Species Foundation
The newly launched Endangered Species Foundation has identified some key threatened species that need urgent conservation work [more]

29/10/2015: Bending light in search for alien planets
Light has helped astronomers to discover many of the almost 2000 planets that orbit around stars outside our own solar system, thanks to Einstein. [more]

29/10/2015: Eat better, think better - diet and the brain
Psychologists and nutritionists at the University of Otago are studying how diet can have a positive impact on heart and brain health [more]

29/10/2015: Eat better, think better - diet and the brain
Psychologists and nutritionists at the University of Otago are studying how diet can have a positive impact on heart and brain health [more]

29/10/2015: Kokopu condos and tuna townhouse
A housing project for native fish in suburban streams is hoping to provide safe refuges for giant kokopu and long-finned eels [more]

29/10/2015: Kokopu condos and tuna townhouses
A housing project for native fish in suburban streams is hoping to provide safe refuges for giant kokopu and long-finned eels [more]

05/11/2015: Bill Ballantine: New Zealand's pioneer of marine conservation
A tribute to Bill Ballantine, New Zealand's tireless campaigner for the protection of our oceans, who died this week at the age of 78. [more]

05/11/2015: Healthy streams - healthy harbour
Whaingaroa Harbour Care have planted more than 1.4 million native plants along streams around Raglan,and the harbour is much cleaner as a result [more]

05/11/2015: Celebrating great ideas for Nature
The WWF Conservation Innovations awards recognise the best ideas that help conservation projects to succeed. [more]

05/11/2015: A journey through the Anthropocene
Gaia Vince is the author of Adventures in the Anthropocene, which won the 2015 Winton Science Book Prize. [more]

05/11/2015: Mars Mission: a mental journey
As NASA considers a mission to Mars, it is investigating what happens to an astronaut's brain during long-duration space travel. [more]

12/11/2015: Top science prize for myth-busting bone research team
The 2015 Prime Minister's Science Prize goes to osteoporosis researchers Ian Reid, Mark Bolland and Andrew Grey. Ian Reid also won the Rutherford Medal and Liley Medal [more]

12/11/2015: Smart birds net researcher PM's Emerging Scientist Prize
Research into intelligence in New Caledonian crows has won Alex Taylor the 2015 Prime Minister's MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize [more]

12/11/2015: 'Smart' glove
The prototype of a haptic feedback glove is being used to control a flight simulator but could have future use in physiotherapy [more]

12/11/2015: Crushing mussels, crunching data
They call it the 'mussel crusher', a machine developed by NIWA to test the strength of New Zealand mussel shells and help the local aquaculture industry [more]

19/11/2015: The good and the bad of sunshine
Material scientist Martin Allen has developed wearable UV sensors that allow school children to monitor their exposure to the sun's ultra-violet radiation. [more]

19/11/2015: Coastal crabs - a go-to-guide
NIWA has produced some electronic field guides to coastal creatures, including one on crabs [more]

19/11/2015: Sir James Hector's scientific legacy
Science historian Simon Nathan discusses his biography of Sir James Hector, New Zealand's first government scientist. [more]

19/11/2015: Fishes of New Zealand
The Fishes of New Zealand is the first definitive guide to all of our freshwater and marine fishes since 1872, and it includes more than 1260 species [more]

19/11/2015: The sound of shark skin
The prickly dogfish is a small deepsea shark with very rough skin. Shark skin is made from 'dermal denticles' which are like teeth [more]

26/11/2015: Antarctic glacier's past rapid retreat
Research published today provides the first geological evidence for the potential of runaway ice loss in Antarctica. [more]

26/11/2015: 'This issue will define my generation'
A group of young New Zealand is heading to Paris as part of the official Youth Delegation to observe the UN climate talks. [more]

26/11/2015: Tea bag science
Tea bags containing red and green tea leaves have been buried in the soil for three months, to give insights into tussock grassland ecosystems and how they are being affected by climate change [more]

26/11/2015: Life at the edge
Light is crucial to the creatures that live on the ocean floor around Antarctica, but they have to get by without it for several weeks. NIWA marine ecologist Vonda Cummings explains how. [more]

26/11/2015: Limiting nitrate leaching on dairy farms
Massey University soil scientists are investigating how taking cows off paddocks during certain times of the year could significantly reduce the amount of nitrate leaching into waterways. [more]

03/12/2015: Protecting grape vines from leafroll virus
Researchers at Plant and Food Research are developing an array of visual and molecular tools to help combat leafroll virus in grape vines [more]

03/12/2015: First global assessment of soil quality
December 5 is World Soil Day and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization is preparing for the release of the world's first report on the quality of our soils. [more]

03/12/2015: Ecology in action
Big declines in numbers of forest birds and native moths, revelations that kiore ate moa, and the discovery of Asian as well as European house mice in New Zealand are amongst the latest ecology news [more]

10/12/2015: Lampreys aka 'vampire fish'
Lampreys are eel-like jawless fish, related to sharks, that spend their lives in fresh and salt water, and at sea they use their sucker-like mouths to attach to large animals to feed [more]

10/12/2015: Wetland wanderings in the Whangamarino
Alison Ballance joins freshwater fish expert Stella McQueen in one of New Zealand’s largest bogs – the Waikato’s Whangamarino wetland – in search of fernbirds, spotless crake and mudfish [more]

10/12/2015: Lichen Quartet - a poem
Poet Janis Freegard reads 'Lichen Quartet' from her poetry book 'The Glass Rooster' (AUP 2015) [more]

10/12/2015: Stories hidden in rocks
In this wrap of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand's annual conference, we explore what rocks tell us about our changing world. [more]

17/12/2015: A century with Einstein
2015 marks the centenary of Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, which explains how gravity works on objects, from falling apples to orbiting planets. [more]

17/12/2015: The importance of taxonomy and biological collections
The report on 'National Taxonomic Collections in New Zealand' recommends more secure funding and greater national coordination for the country's 29 significant biological collections [more]

17/12/2015: The legacy of Riccarton Bush
Riccarton Bush in Christchurch contains the last remnant of a kahikatea floodplain forest in Canterbury, thanks to the Deans family's early conservation efforts. [more]

17/12/2015: Damselflies - fast blue and slow red
PhD student Tanya Dann has been investigating the different speed lifestyles that two New Zealand damselfly species have [more]

17/12/2015: The Palmy Dirty 30 challenge
Palmy Dirty 30 is a new parent-led initiative to get children to spend more time outdoors. [more]

04/01/2016: Gearhead Granny
Science communication student Siana Fitzjohn talks with climate activist Rosemary Penwarden about living a low carbon lifestyle and the 'electric-ute' car converted to run on electricity [more]

04/01/2016: Coastal erosion: people versus nature
Science communication student Sam Fraser-Baxter investigates coastal erosion at Dunedin's famous surf beach St Clair, and talks with locals about the ongoing problems [more]

04/01/2016: Living with Parkinson's disease
Science communication student Steve Banks talks with clinical neurologist Martin Pollock about living with Parkinson's disease, and with neuroscientist John Reynolds about research into the disease [more]

04/01/2016: Urban wildlife - should we care?
Wildlife management student Hannah Murdoch investigates the issue of urban wildlife and urban biodiversity [more]

04/01/2016: A possum-free Otago Peninsula
Science communication student Guy Frederick catches up with the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group to hear how their plan to get rid of possums on the peninsula is coming along [more]

11/01/2016: Say a prayer for me
Science commuication student Evan Balkcom investigates the internal effects of prayer, from the point of view of psycholgists and people who regularly pray [more]

11/01/2016: Dark skies, happy aurora watchers
Science communication student Pam Cornes finds out what motivates Dunedin's keen band of aurora watchers and night sky enthusiasts, and hears why they are pushing for the city to be part of a Dark Sky initiative [more]

20/01/2016: Kakapo breeding is 'all go'
The 2016 kakapo breeding season is underway, with the exciting news that a female with Fiordland genes has mated for the first time with two first-time males [more]

21/01/2016: Lake Wanaka's grebes
John Darby began building floating nest platforms for Lake Wanaka's grebes three years ago - and they're a resounding success [more]

28/01/2016: 'Physics is cool' - nanocamper
Year 12 and 13 students join scientists at the MacDiarmid Institute for a week-long nanocamp of experimentation and learning. [more]

28/01/2016: Alien invasions in Antarctica
Pete Convey, a polar ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey, discusses how growing numbers of tourists and a changing climate increase the risk of species invasions. [more]

28/01/2016: Alien invasions in Antarctica
Pete Convey, a polar ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey, discusses how growing numbers of tourists and a changing climate increase the risk of species invasions. [more]

28/01/2016: The 'pee' in pest control - developing super lures
A team of biologists and chemists are developing super lures, based on pheromones found in animal urine, that they hope will be more attractive and longer lasting than food lures [more]

03/02/2016: UK gives go-ahead for DNA editing of human embryos
The UK approves the use of new gene editing techniques on human embryos for research purposes. [more]

04/02/2016: Booming bitterns
Australasian bitterns are one of New Zealand's most cryptic and threatened wetland birds, and the males attract females with a deep foghorn boom. [more]

04/02/2016: Sexism in science
Theoretical chemist Nicola Gaston discusses her book about sexism in science and why she thinks the problem is pervasive and systemic. [more]

04/02/2016: Gold nuggets - formed by bacteria?
Geologists wonder if bacteria and biological processes might play a role in the growth of gold nuggets in Central Otago rivers, as well as chemical and physical processes. [more]

04/02/2016: Genome sequencing every living kakapo
In an ambitious world-first, scientists are using crowd-funding to pay for genome sequences for all 125 living kakapo - the first time an entire population will be sequenced. [more]

11/02/2016: In pursuit of the yellow octopus
NIWA fisheries scientists are surveying the prey species of the New Zealand sea lion, including the elusive yellow octopus, to find out how hard the endagered marine mammals have to work for their food. [more]

11/02/2016: Ecoblitz
An Ecoblitz combines measuring ecological diversity with enthusing high school students about science and their local environment [more]

11/02/2016: Could Alzheimers disease be preventable?
Alzheimers Disease and other forms of dementia may not be an inevitable part of ageing but preventable with some simple lifestyle changes, according to Oxford University emeritus professor David Smith. [more]

11/02/2016: LIGO 'sees' gravitational waves
Researchers at the LIGO observatory have announced the direct observation of gravitational waves, which have been predicted by Albert Einstein just over a century ago. [more]

18/02/2016: Beetle versus spider
Jackie Spencer is investigating how the introduced venomous redback spider is affecting the threatened Cromwell chafer beetle, and what role rabbits play in the one-sided battle [more]

18/02/2016: Cheaper, greener and bendier solar cells
Victoria University chemist Jonathan Halpert discusses nano-scale materials he investigates for future photovoltaic cells. [more]

18/02/2016: Spotted skinks on the move
Nearly a hundred spotted skinks were recently transferred from Matiu Somes Island to Zealandia Sanctuary in Wellington. [more]

18/02/2016: Eye of the storm - climate change in the Pacific
Kiribati president Anote Tong calls on political leaders to help low-lying Pacific island nations to adapt to the impacts of climate change. [more]

25/02/2016: Technology and learning
Veronika Meduna joins a school group for a morning at MindLab, using fruit and vegetables to build musical instruments. [more]

25/02/2016: Antarctica's ice sheets more sensitive to warming
An international team of scientists found that Antarctica's land-based ice sheets are more vulnerable to rising temperatures than they previously thought. [more]

25/02/2016: Booming kakapo numbers
The endangered kakapo is in the middle of a bumper breeding year that looks set to be the best ever, and conservationists are looking foward to the resulting population boom. [more]

25/02/2016: Taiko take off
With just 120-or-so known adult birds, 21 new chicks are a very welcome addition to the Chatham Island taiko population. [more]

25/02/2016: An albatross chick's flowerpot is its castle
The Chatham Island Taiko Trust has made flowerpot nests for 50 Chatham Island albatross chicks that are part of a pioneering translocation from The Pyramid to the main Chatham Island. [more]

25/02/2016: Facing the reality of climate change
Climate scientist Will Steffen, at the Australian National University, argues that to limit the impacts of climate change on island nations in the Pacific may require technology that takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. [more]

25/02/2016: Hangi stones and magnetism
Hangi or oven stones are a record of the earth's magnetic field at the time they were heated and cooled, and they show a remarkable history of New Zealand's magnetic field for the past 600 years. [more]

03/03/2016: Deterring sharks with electricity
Sunkita Howard is developing an electrical deterrent to discourage spiny dogfish from getting caught on fishing hooks used in the ling longline fishery. [more]

03/03/2016: Poetry and science inspired by Transit of Venus
A book of poetry celebrates the inspiration poets, scientists and the Uawa/Tolaga Bay community have drawn from the 2012 Transit of Venus. [more]

03/03/2016: A new future for marine protected areas in New Zealand
Environment Minister Nick Smith is championing new legislation for marine protected areas, and Raewyn Peart from the Environmental Defence Society has some thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses. [more]

03/03/2016: Lake Ohau reveals climate history
Scientists reveal the climate history hidden in the mud at the bottom of Lake Ohau, reaching back to the end of the last Ice Age some 18,000 years ago. [more]

10/03/2016: Survival of the oldest
Palaeontologists studying an ancient group of extinct marine plankton find surprising results about which species are vulnerable to extinction. [more]

10/03/2016: Truffle-like fungi: what their genes can tell us
Truffle-like fungi are related to mushrooms but look like truffles, and geneticists around the world are studying their genomes to understand how they have all co-evolved. [more]

10/03/2016: The CRISPR dilemma
CRISPR is the new buzzword in genetics, and University of Otago geneticists Peter Dearden and Neil Gemmell discuss the potential benefits and risks of the new gene editing tool. [more]

10/03/2016: The 'smarts' behind a smart motorway
Bluetooth signals from passing cars and a world-first predictive traffic model that generates travel times and optimum driving speeds are just some of the technology behind the new Wellington smart motorway. [more]

10/03/2016: Agriculture blamed for recent rise in methane
Scientists have found that the increase of methane in the atmosphere since 2007 has been caused by agriculture rather than fossil fuel production. [more]

10/03/2016: Antarctic ice unstable in high-carbon scenario
Antarctic researchers warn that the giant East Antarctic ice sheet could melt if carbon dioxide levels exceed 600ppm. [more]

16/03/2016: Southern right whales back from brink of extinction
Whaling in the 1800s nearly caused the extinction of southern right whales around New Zealand, and the population is slowly recovering from a low of just 110-or-so animals in the 1920s. [more]

17/03/2016: CarpN Neutral - doing good things with bad koi carp
Introduced koi carp are a nuisance in lakes and rivers in the Waikato, and the CarpN Neutral project catches them and turns their bodies into fertiliser for use in native revegetation programmes. [more]

17/03/2016: New Zealand's prehistoric polar forests
A team of Australian and New Zealand fossil hunters on a National Geographic expedition spent weeks scouring sites in Marlborough and on the Chatham Islands for remnants of prehistoric polar forests. [more]

17/03/2016: Using light and electricity to study individual brain cells
Optogenetics uses light to target individual cells, and Peter Freestone is using it to better understand Parkinson's disease and the role of endocannabinoids in how brain cells communicate. [more]

17/03/2016: Hairy elephants and transgenic aphids
University of Otago geneticists Peter Dearden and Neil Gemmell continue their discussion of the gene editing tool CRISPR and its use in genomics, conservation and de-extinction. [more]

21/03/2016: New Zealand leads world in island conservation
A new study shows that getting rid of invasive mammals from islands has an enormous positive benefit for rare native species. [more]

24/03/2016: Tracking the health of kaimoana off Taranaki coast
A local hapu, New Plymouth residents and marine scientists have set up a group to monitor the health of kaimoana on the reefs off Waitara, on the Taranaki coast. [more]

24/03/2016: Making sense of the code of life
BBC broadcaster Adam Rutherford discusses how genomics is changing how we think about medicine, agriculture, conservation and even our relationship to our nearest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. [more]

24/03/2016: Restoring nature at Nelson's Brook Waimarama Sanctuary
A 14.5 kilometre-long pest proof fence will soon be keeping nature safe from invasive animals, in a nearly 700-hectare forest sanctuary on the outskirts of Nelson [more]

31/03/2016: Hands-on geology at the marae
GNS Science scientists work together with Ngati Kahungunu to run marae-based workshops on geological hazards, natural resources and climate change. [more]

31/03/2016: Dunnocks - and what bird sperm can tell us
Bird sperm from native species such as robins, as well as introduced dunnocks from Dunedin, may shed light on problems with male fertility and infertile eggs. [more]

31/03/2016: The art of science advice
New Zealand's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, and Australia's newly-appointed chief scientist Alan Finkel discuss how their countries could work together for the good of science and innovation. [more]

31/03/2016: Sir Peter Gluckman
New Zealand's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, addresses a dinner audience at the Australian High Commission. [more]

07/04/2016: Search for early signals of dementia with Parkinson's disease
Brain imaging scientist Tracy Melzer is using MRI scans to look for changes in the brain that could predict if a person with Parkinson's Disease will develop dementia. [more]

07/04/2016: E-textiles and smart fabrics
Smart fabrics and e-textiles are a blend of fashion and technology, and can include knitted fabric that has electronic sensors woven into it. [more]

07/04/2016: When a river meets the sea
NIWA oceanographers are using Deep Cove in Doubtful Sound, where the tailrace from the Manapouri power station flows into the sea, as a natural laboratory to study complex fluid dynamics. [more]

07/04/2016: Three decades on the tail of Hector’s dolphins
After more than 30 years of studying the world's smallest dolphins Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson still enjoy getting out on the water to observe Hector's dolphins, writes Alison Ballance. [more]

14/04/2016: Good for your joints - a smart device to improve how you walk
Smart socks and an ankle bracelet that uses small vibration motors might help us to retrain how we walk and stave off joint surgery [more]

14/04/2016: Preventing dementia
Dementia researchers are looking for people with mild cognitive impairment for a longitudinal study to explore how Alzheimer's Disease develops from early stages of memory loss. [more]

14/04/2016: Long live the tapeworm - why parasites are a good idea
In a novel extension of the 'hygeine hypothesis', biologists argue we should save the parasites of endangered species for the sake of their host's immune system. [more]

14/04/2016: Yellow-eyed penguin numbers hit new low
Yellow-eyed penguins have hit their lowest numbers on mainland New Zealand since the early 1990s, and it's the result of a number of issues in the marine environment [more]

14/04/2016: An ode to mangroves
Mangroves have a mixed reputation, with some people thinking of them as weeds while others, including writer Kennedy Warne, value them for their ecosystem function and as a natural breakwater. [more]

21/04/2016: Report brings climate change home
A new report published by the Royal Society of New Zealand highlights six key climate change implications for New Zealand. [more]

21/04/2016: Shy fish, bold fish - insights into the lives of native fish
To understand the food webs of ponds and lakes you need to understand the personalities and lives of individual fish [more]

21/04/2016: Marine maternity ward
Staff at the Island Bay Marine Education Centre have played midwife to baby carpet sharks that hatched almost a year after a female shark deposited the egg cases in a tank. [more]

21/04/2016: Points, lines and polygons - the art of making maps
The 451 topographic maps that cover the length and breadth of New Zealand are a testament to the skils of a team of map-makers at LINZ [more]

21/04/2016: Points, lines and polygons - the art of making maps
The 451 topographic maps that cover the length and breadth of New Zealand are a testament to the skills of a team of map makers at LINZ. [more]

28/04/2016: Survivors - New Zealand's tiny native frogs
After 35 years of counting threatened Archey's frog on the Coromandel Peninsula, Ben Bell has seen their numbers crash due to the chytrid fungal disease, and the population slowly recover. [more]

28/04/2016: Nematodes from the deep
Sediment samples collected from 6,000 - 9,000m deep in the Kermadec Trench were teeming with tiny nematode worms – over 100 new species were collected from just four samples. [more]

28/04/2016: Thar she goes! On the tail of the Kermadec humpback whales
Satellite tagging has revealed that humpback whales that breed in Oceania socialise at Raoul Island in the Kermadecs and has shown where in Antarctica they go to feed. [more]

28/04/2016: Acting on climate change - Royal Society of NZ report
In its latest report on climate change, the Royal Society of New Zealand lays out options for how we coudl reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

28/04/2016: Flicking the switch for electric cars
A switch to electric transport could go a long way towards reducing New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions. Veronika Meduna takes a road trip with other electric car owners. [more]

05/05/2016: Genetic impacts of crop domestication
Scientists at Te Papa Tongarewa are using some of New Zealand's endemic plants and DNA sequencing tools to track how genetic diversity changes during of the process of crop domestication. [more]

05/05/2016: Measuring Dante's Hell
Len Fisher reveals how - and why - Galileo calculated the dimensions of the roof of Dante's Hell, and how this led to his discovery of the laws of mechanics that engineers use to this day. [more]

05/05/2016: Tim Flannery: an atmosphere of hope
Tim Flannery discusses his latest book, Atmosphere of Hope, and why he is hopeful that we will tackle climate change. [more]

05/05/2016: Whitebait mysteries – unravelling the lives of baby native fish
Baby native fish are in the spotlight as freshwater biologists unravel the mysteries of where these tiny creatures go in the first weeks of their lives. [more]

12/05/2016: Shedding light on Māori health
Victoria University molecular geneticist Geoff Chambers is challenging the one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare, arguing that genes linked to the immune system of Māori and Pasifika people differ from those of Pākehā. [more]

12/05/2016: The swallowing robot
A soft, swallowing robot that mimics the human oesophagus is being developed as a tool that food technologists could use to design better food for people with swallowing difficulties [more]

12/05/2016: Silencing science
Shaun Hendy, the director of the centre of research excellence The Pūnaha Matatini, discusses his latest book, Silencing Science, in which he tackles the issue of why scientists are often reluctant to speak out publicly. [more]

12/05/2016: Hand-rearing kākāpō chicks
Veronika Meduna visits a veterinary facility in Invercargill where staff look after kākāpō chicks that had to be taken off their island homes to be hand-reared. [more]

12/05/2016: Dunedin's royal albatrosses and #royalcam
There are 26 chicks in the royal albatross colony at Dunedin's Taiaroa Head this year - and the #royalcam chick is very much in the public spotlight. [more]

19/05/2016: Goodie goodie - bird watching with Bill Oddie
Use your ears and spend time on your own just listening and observing birds - good advice from one of the world's best known bird-watchers and ex-Goodie, Bill Oddie. [more]

19/05/2016: Timing the Anthropocene
Later in 2016, an international group will decide if the Holocene has given way to a new geological period marked by our impact. NIWA geochemist Helen Bostok gives a Southern Hemisphere perspective on the debate. [more]

19/05/2016: Lipoprotein(a) - little known but high risk for heart disease
Lipoprotein(a) increases the risk of heart disease in 20% of people and doesn't respond to diet or exercise, so the hunt is on to find a treatment. [more]

19/05/2016: Fat Science
Auckland diabetes specialist Robyn Toomath argues that society is to blame for the rise in obesity, and Massey University sociologist and runner Andrew Dickson shares his experience of being a big athlete. [more]

26/05/2016: Birds, feather colour – and sex
Why are some male birds brighter and showier than females of the same species, and sometimes both are bright? Sexual selection, size and living in the tropics are all part of the answer. [more]

26/05/2016: Learning from past floods
University of Waikato professor of environmental planning Iain White argues that our 'same again' response to flooding is hindering our ability to plan more effectively. [more]

26/05/2016: Solar storms and electricity supply
Craig Rodger explains how large solar storms can overwhelm the protective shield of the earth's magnetic field and disrupt national power grids. [more]

26/05/2016: Healthy homes: a breath of fresh air
Veronika Meduna joins BRANZ physicist Manfred Plagmann as he equips a home with sensors that track how heat and moisture move through the rooms. [more]

26/05/2016: Up, up and away
Last week, NASA finally successfully launched a super pressure balloon from Wanaka Airport, following several attempts that had been thwarted by foul weather. [more]

02/06/2016: Tuning into whale song
NIWA marine ecologist Kim Goetz is setting up acoustic monitoring stations in Cook Strait to eavesdrop on whales and dolphins as they migrate through New Zealand waters. [more]

02/06/2016: The virus hunter and the rare plant
Virus hunter and botanist Paul Guy has been called in to help threatened native cress plants that are being infected by three different brassica viruses. [more]

02/06/2016: Acid test for coastal seas
The ocean is becoming more acidic, and this change is most pronounced in coastal seas. Marine scientists have received $4.9 million to work out what is going on and how this affects marine life along the coast. [more]

02/06/2016: Smart kaka - can you teach old parrots new tricks?
The kaka, or forest parrot, has had its IQ tested for the first time - and in some experiments young naive birds were better problem solvers than older birds that were stuck in their ways. [more]

07/06/2016: New search of the cosmos
The University of Auckland is joining one of the most ambitious astronomy projects ever to scour the southern skies for extrasolar planets – while testing theories about the origins of the universe and probing for dark energy. [more]

09/06/2016: Citizen science: large brown seaweeds
Marine scientists are calling on the public to help them get a better idea of the distribution of large brown seaweeds along the coast of New Zealand. [more]

09/06/2016: Diatom blooms, extinctions and climate
Phytoplankton, which accounts for half of the planet's total biological productivity, leave a clear fossil footprint, which allows palaeontologists to trace past environmental change and extinction rates. [more]

09/06/2016: Future of sea level rise science
John Church, an expert on sea level rise and one of the scientists who could lose his job at CSIRO, discusses how ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are contributing to sea level rise now and in the future. [more]

09/06/2016: Genome sequencing - a how-to-guide
If you want to sequence a genome then a company like New Zealand Genomics Ltd has the equipment and expertise to produce and manage the large amounts of data. [more]

16/06/2016: Pesticide bad news for bee learning and memory
Chemists and zoologists have teamed up to investigate the impact of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on bee learning and memory [more]

16/06/2016: Microbes and moods
We are more microbe than human, and our microbiome may be affecting our brain, moods and behaviour. [more]

16/06/2016: Big hopes for tiny wasp mite
A tiny mite, that could transmit diseases such as viruses, is being investigated as a possible biocontrol agent for introduced social wasps. [more]

16/06/2016: Gotta have skin
A tougher artificial skin, that is quick to grow in the lab, could revolutionise the treament of burn victims and increase their chance of survival. [more]

16/06/2016: DNA transfer between brain cells
Malaghan Institute scientist Mike Berridge recently discovered a fundamentally new process of mitochondrial DNA transfer between cells. He now investigates whether this is also the case between brain cancer cells. [more]

21/06/2016: Antarctica's ice is melting
Research reveals new evidence about past, present and future impacts of climate change on Antarctica's ice. [more]

23/06/2016: Restoring hearing
Veronika Meduna visits Cochlear, a medical device company that produces bionic ears, to find out how cochlear implants could help some of the 700,000 New Zealanders who live with a hearing disability. [more]

23/06/2016: Biocontrol - fighting bad weeds
Seed-eating weevils are one of the latest biocontrol agents introduced into New Zealand to control the invasive weed, Darwin's barberry. [more]

23/06/2016: Synchrotron science: from cancer drugs to sheep skin leather
Veronika Meduna meets Kiwi scientist Tom Caradoc-Davies to find out how he uses the Australian synchrotron to work out the 3D structure of proteins to make cancer drugs more specific. [more]

23/06/2016: The garden bird survey turns 10
More than a million birds have been counted in the last nine years of the garden bird survey, and sparrows and silvereyes consistently top the rankings. [more]

30/06/2016: Native seed bank
The New Zealand Indigenous Flora Seed Bank is collecting and storing the seeds of native plants as a long-term insurance policy to ensure the survival of species. [more]

30/06/2016: Koala genome
Veronika Meduna meets wildlife geneticist Rebecca Johnson to discuss how genomics can help with efforts to protect the koala. [more]

30/06/2016: Assisted evolution of corals
Veronika Meduna explores the controversial idea of assisted evolution, and whether it could help scientists identify coral species that could better adapt to warming ocean temperatures and acidification. [more]

30/06/2016: World’s largest telescope to track the dawn of the cosmos
In the middle of the Australian outback, scientists are building the world's largest radio telescope. Veronika Meduna pays a visit. [more]

07/07/2016: Wairau Bar: How it all began
Veronika Meduna joins Rangitane iwi members and scientists at Wairau Bar, New Zealand's most significant archaeological site, to find out about the place and its people, who were among the first to step ashore in Aotearoa. [more]

07/07/2016: Rarest sea lions in the world - and the threats they face
New Zealand sea lions are the rarest sea lion in the world. They face a number of threats, including disease, food limitation and by-catch in commercial fisheries - so which threat is most important? [more]

07/07/2016: Taniwha - the human-powered submarine
Team Taniwha, from the University of Auckland, has designed and built a human-powered submarine, that has borrowed ideas from leather-jacket fish, and currently holds the world record for a non-propellor submarine. [more]

14/07/2016: Exactly where is sea level? Gravity can tell us
After two years of measuring gravity from a plane, LINZ has just released a new vertical datum for New Zealand and its coastal seas. This allows the accurate measurement of sea level. [more]

14/07/2016: Marine science round-up
A medley of marine science news including the challenges facing mussel bed restoration in the Hauraki Gulf, a multi-level habitat cascade that depends on cockles at its base, the discovery that prickly dogfish eat the eggs of other deep sea sharks, and Antarctic toothfish eggs, discovered for the first time in the Ross Sea in mid-winter. [more]

14/07/2016: Changing times at Our Changing World
As Our Changing World is about to change to a shorter format, Veronika Meduna looks back at some of her favourite stories about science and the environment. [more]

14/07/2016: Antipodes Island mouse eradication successfully completed
The Million Dollar Mouse project has successfully completed the mouse eradication on Antipodes Island. [more]

21/07/2016: Hunted to extinction - the Chatham Island sea lion
Within 200 years of settling the Chatham Islands, Moriori had hunted the local sea lion to extinction. What lessons can we learn from that? [more]

21/07/2016: 3D printing a bionic arm
As part of the 2016 International Science Festival in Dunedin, teenager Corey Symon was gifted a 3D-printed bionic arm by Limbitless Solutions. [more]

28/07/2016: Project Activate - swimming in a flume
Project Activate involved a group of 12-year-old Pacific Island students learning about healthy living and science - and it included a swim in a research flume pool. [more]

28/07/2016: Inspired by Science
Year-6 students Ava Beens and Eilish Cassidy take part in the 2016 International Science Festival in Dunedin, and give a 2-minute speech on what inspires them about science. [more]

28/07/2016: Rogue waves
Rogue waves are rare, massive waves and Craig Stevens explains that although 'we know one when we see one' we don't understand how they form. [more]

28/07/2016: Predator Free NZ - ambitious and under-funded
The Government has announced ambitious plans to make New Zealand predator-free by 2050 - but how achievable is it? [more]

04/08/2016: Climate Kit - when technology meets climate action
Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson are American designers whose projects include using Twitter to help Jakarta residents know about floods, and creating accessible solar charging stations. [more]

04/08/2016: A conservation summit on Predator Free NZ 2050
Three leading eradication experts talk about Predator Free New Zealand 2050, including the social aspects of engaging communities and the need to develop new tools to better control rats, stoats and possums. [more]

11/08/2016: 'Milk on a disc'
Shining a light on milk to reveal its secrets will allow 'point of cow diagnostics' about the quality of milk and the health of individual dairy cows. [more]

11/08/2016: Speaking out for science
The Royal Society of NZ has released guidelines for scientists on public engagement. The NZ Association of Scientists President responds. [more]

11/08/2016: Looking to the future with biologist Corey Bradshaw
Biologist Corey Bradshaw spends his time considering the future of humanity and the natural world in the face of rapid environmental change. [more]

18/08/2016: When the ground starts shaking - GeoNet turns 15
There are about 57 earthquakes every day in New Zealand - and over 15 years GeoNet has recorded more than 314,000 of them. [more]

18/08/2016: Online dating and the game of love: a psychologist’s approach
Online dating is a popular way of meeting people, and Sonia Sly finds out some of the benefits and pitfalls of starting relationships online. [more]

25/08/2016: Glow in the dark - firefly squid and bioluminescence
Miriam Sharpe and Kurt Krause are investigating the proteins that glow worms and firefly squid use to glow in the dark. [more]

25/08/2016: 'Dimorphism' - a poem by Janis Freegard
Poet Janis Freegard reads 'Dimorphism', from her poetry book The Glass Rooster, comparing divaricating plants to cushion plants. [more]

25/08/2016: Solving the penguin housing crisis - one home at a time
Conservation groups are replanting native vegetation around Wellington's Miramar Peninsula to provide safe homes for little blue penguins and food for other native birds. [more]

01/09/2016: Fish-friendly city streams
Environment Waikato is helping native fish commute up urban streams by providing aids such as ropes running through culverts and pipes. [more]

01/09/2016: Restoring the trees above and the fungi below
Ecologists are investigating the best ways to replant native plants to restore lost forests and wetlands, and are finding out if underground fungi play a role. [more]

08/09/2016: P53: the gene that causes - and cures - cancer
P53 is a cancer gene with a Jekyll and Hyde personality. It stops cancer tumours growing, but mutant versions of the gene actually cause cancer. [more]

08/09/2016: Copying nature to find new drugs
Margaret Brimble has been awarded the Marsden Medal for developing new drugs from natural bioactive substances. One of her new drugs is being fast-tracked in clinical trials. [more]

08/09/2016: Science communication - the art of listening
Geneticist Jean Fleming has won the NZAS Science Communicator Award, and she says that good science communication is about listening as well as talking. [more]

08/09/2016: Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal
The New Zealand Association of Scientists has renamed their Research Medal to the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal, the first New Zealand science award named after a woman. [more]

08/09/2016: The chemistry of disease
Guy Jameson has been awarded the Beatrice Hill Tinsley Medal for his work understanding the chemical structure of proteins that are important in diseases such as Parkinson's. [more]

15/09/2016: Community conservation on the Kapiti Coast
Residents on the Kapiti coast north of Wellington are working together to improve biodiversity and create thriving ecosystems in their local neighbourhoods. [more]

22/09/2016: How is the air up there?
Households in Rangiora are being wired up, inside and out, with small devices that measure wood smoke. [more]

22/09/2016: Bad air is bad for health
Air pollution is the world's leading environmental risk factor for disease, and it causes early deaths even in clean countries such as New Zealand. [more]

06/10/2016: When it comes to average, what does 'mean' mean?
Statistician Thomas Lumley explains different ways of calculating an average, and the difference between median and mean. [more]

06/10/2016: Kākāpō - what genes can tell us
A new genetic study shows that a once abundant kākāpō population declined in numbers and genetic diversity soon after stoats were introduced in the late 1800s. [more]

06/10/2016: Nothing but the truth: can children be reliable eyewitnesses
Psychologist Deirdre Brown has been researching whether children are reliable eyewitnesses. [more]

13/10/2016: Muesli and sea ice - an unexpected maths tale
Industrial mathematician Mark McGuinness has applied maths to problems as varied as crispy cereal and the freezing of Antarctic sea ice. [more]

13/10/2016: In the footsteps of dinosaurs
Collingwood Area School students join GNS scientists in a search for dinosaur footprints on the shore of a Golden Bay estuary [more]

20/10/2016: Marine sponges may be climate change 'winners'
New research shows that ocean acidification may make some marine sponges more resilient in the face of climate change and warming water. [more]

20/10/2016: Great white sharks of Australia and New Zealand
Electronic satellite tags have revealed details of the lives of great white sharks on either side of the Tasman Sea - and shown how the different populations are linked. [more]

27/10/2016: 1080 and science denial: an Our Changing World summit
A new book, Protecting Paradise, investigates the science of 1080, its use in protecting native wildlife in New Zealand, and the wider issue of science denial and science reporting in the media. [more]

03/11/2016: Tour de Science
David Klein is taking his award-winning one-man science show on tour, by bicycle, around small town community halls. [more]

03/11/2016: Written in stone - the first Māori gardens
The Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve, in South Auckland, is home to New Zealand's earliest gardens and is a significant archaeological site. [more]

08/12/2016: Climathon - new ideas to deal with climate change
Take a hundred people motivated to do something about climate change, give them 24 hours to brainstorm ideas about practical solutions, do that around the world and you have a Climathon. [more]

08/12/2016: When the Kekerengu Fault ruptured
Geologists are combing the ground in the wake of the 7.8M Kaikōura earthquake looking for clues, to understand what happened when 9 faults rupture at the same time. [more]

15/12/2016: From wine waste to safer food packaging
University of Auckland researchers are using tannin-rich wine waste to create safer food packaging that has antibacterial properties. [more]

15/12/2016: Surviving life on the outside
Sonia Sly finds out about a psychological programme to help offenders better adjust to living in the community when they are released from prison. [more]

22/12/2016: Uplifted - marine life on the Kaikōura coast after the quake
The Kaikōura Peninsula was uplifted 1 metre during the magnitude 7.8 earthquake - and marine life on the rocky shore was left high and dry. [more]

27/12/2016: Genetic modification - a science communication podcast
University of Otago science communication student Amy Smith discusses genetic modification with two microbiologists. [more]

02/01/2017: Medicinal cannabis
Medicinal marijuana, the pros and cons, is the subject of an interview between science communication student Colin Smillie and Abe Gray. [more]

04/01/2017: Bioethics
Science communication student Charlotte Panton discusses bioethics and forensic science, and wonders how we decide what is acceptable when it comes to using animals in science. [more]

09/01/2017: Hedgehogs – good or bad?
Hedgehogs are cute - but they're also deadly killers. Science communication student Harriet Ampt is investigating. [more]

10/01/2017: Did early Polynesians sail to the Americas?
Science communications student Ellen Rykers ponders the Polynesians and their journeys around the Pacific, wondering where they might have got to. [more]

16/01/2017: Museums and their role in modern society
Emma Hanisch, a student at the University of Otago, loves museums - and she wonders what needs to be done to keep them relevant and exciting. [more]

17/01/2017: Pharmac and its role in making drugs available
Science communication student Garrett Chin talks with doctors and a health economist about the challenges that Pharmac faces in buying drugs, and what happens when new but expensvie drugs become available. [more]

26/01/2017: Quantum mechanics - do deep-sea bacteria do it?
Quantum mechanics describes how our universe behaves at an atomic level. It involves waves and particles, and deep-sea bacteria use it to harvest light very efficiently. [more]

26/01/2017: Winners or losers? Antarctic starfish and climate change
Warming temperatures and increasing ocean acidity are looming climate change threats in Antarctica - and scientists are looking at their effect on Antarctic starfish. [more]

02/02/2017: Maximising our children's potential
What sorts of hopes and dreams do parents have for their children, and do all Kiwi kids have the same opportunities to maximise their potential. [more]

09/02/2017: Predator-free in the city
Wellington's Polhill Restoration Project volunteers are looking after rare birds such as nesting kaka and tieke that are spilling into the 'halo' around Zealandia Sanctuary. [more]

16/02/2017: Uncovering the past
Archaeologists have been working alongside the Milton community to excavate an old Anglican cemetery, to find 'lost burials' and restore the stories of early Otago farmers. [more]

23/02/2017: Real or invisible threat?
Sonia Sly talks with psychologist Gwenda Willis about what drives our fears when confronted with the idea of living next door to a sex offender. [more]

23/02/2017: The unusual case of the 'growing' glaciers
Glaciers around the world are melting and shrinking, but glaciologists have been investigating why some New Zealand glaciers bucked the trend between 1983 and 2005. [more]

02/03/2017: Haven - the story of a tropical seabird island
A visit to tropical Cousin Island in the Seychelles reveals that predator-free islands the world over are a haven for wildlife. [more]

09/03/2017: Proof - the physics of creating a gas droplet
New Zealand physicists developed a theory about ultra cold gas 'droplets' that was proved in an experiment in Germany. [more]

09/03/2017: Reading between the vines
Drones - or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - can get a bad rap, but they can now generate meaningful data for a range of different industries. [more]

16/03/2017: Catalyst - from corn to plastic
Chemist Sally Brooker is developing a catalyst that could be used to produce biodegradable plastic from corn. [more]

16/03/2017: Breaking Babel
In a city as culturally diverse as Auckland, how is the Kiwi accent changing and evolving? [more]

23/03/2017: Tracking kākāpō the smart way
Smart electronic transmitters are revolutionising the way Department of Conservation rangers keep track of kākāpō. [more]

23/03/2017: Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize 2016 - Rebecca Priestley
A science writer who says that science communication is an important way of enabling democracy, has won the 2016 Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize. [more]

23/03/2017: Prime Minister's Science Prize 2016 - the Dunedin Study
The University of Otago team behind the long-running Dunedin Study has won the 2016 Prime Minister's Science Prize. [more]

30/03/2017: Master listeners
In a democratic society striving to give everyone a voice, have we lost the ability to listen? [more]

30/03/2017: Eavesdropping in Cook Strait
Whales, dolphins, earthquakes and boats are some of the sounds that make the underwater world of Cook Strait a noisy place. [more]

06/04/2017: Plastic and seabirds: a lethal combination
Matthew Savoca talks about seabirds' fatal attraction to plastic, and how their incredible sense of smell is being fooled by rubbish. [more]

06/04/2017: Rediscovered - the New Zealand storm petrel
The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust has been trying to solve the many mysteries of our smallest seabird, the New Zealand storm petrel, which breeds on Hauturu / Little Barrier Island. [more]

13/04/2017: Better bone grafts - using silver
A project to develop and commercialise better bone grafting material using the antibacterial properties of silver nanoparticles is underway at the University of Otago. [more]

13/04/2017: The Coastwatcher legacy
The Coastwatchers were small groups of men posted to New Zealand's subantarctic islands during the Second World War to watch for enemy shipping. Ian Telfer visits one of their historic huts. [more]

20/04/2017: The clover 'dress code'
Understanding the 'dress code' that allows clover plants to recognise friendly nitrogen-fixing bacteria could help us improve farming efficiency. [more]

20/04/2017: The Sound Lab
Wyatt Page is concerned that the noisy world we live in and our increasing use of loud headphones is bad for our hearing. [more]

27/04/2017: We need to talk about gene drives and gene editing
Genetic tools will help New Zealand meets its aim of being Predator Free by 2050 - but we need to understand what they are and have a public conversation about their use. [more]

04/05/2017: Shedding light on the world of moths
Ahi Pepe | Moth Net is a Te Reo-focused citizen science project involving primary schools collecting information about moths in their neighbourhoods. [more]

11/05/2017: Science meets comedy
Tim Muller is a scientist by day and a comedian by night. He brings his one-man science-themed show to the NZ International Comedy Festival. [more]

11/05/2017: Complexity - six months of Kaikōura earthquake science
Six months after the destructive magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquake, scientists are still unravelling what happened during this very complex seismic event. [more]

18/05/2017: Proteins and their role in antibiotic resistance
Some antibiotics are designed to target the ribosomes of bacteria and disrupt the production of proteins - so how do the bacteria evolve antibiotic resistance? [more]

18/05/2017: Noise and young ears
Massey University acoustics researchers have been working with childcare centres that are keen to lower noise levels and protect the hearing of young children. [more]

25/05/2017: Fructose and the diabetic heart
Kim Mellor suspects that fructose, as well as glucose, is causing diabetic heart disease and she is looking at its effect on heart cells and heart muscle. [more]

25/05/2017: Volcanic eruptions and the Ash Lab
The Ash Lab at the University of Canterbury is where geologists test the impact of volcanic ash on all sorts of vital infrastructure. [more]

01/06/2017: The looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance
As more microbes develop resistance to every kind of antimicrobial treatment, the threat of dying from even common infectious diseases is increasing - so what should we be doing about it? [more]

08/06/2017: Engineering better stem cells
Stem cells have the potential to cure many diseases, but first, we need to find the best ways of growing them in the lab - and their physical environment may be key. [more]

08/06/2017: Kauri dieback and how microbes sense the world
Microbes, such as the fungi-like kauri dieback disease, use chemicals to sense their world - and understanding this might help us to develop new treatments. [more]

15/06/2017: Will your roof withstand flying volcanic rocks?
Geologists are using a vertical cannon to test how different roofing materials - and even hard hats - can withstand the impact of flying volcanic rocks. [more]

15/06/2017: Insects remarkably preserved in New Zealand amber
Amber is beautiful to look at - and it is also an incredible window into the prehistoric past. [more]

22/06/2017: Analysing wastewater reveals population health
Chemicals and drugs detected at wastewater treatment plants can be used to anonymously measure a population’s health. [more]

22/06/2017: Honey, I shrunk the lab
A lab-on-a-chip developed at the University of Canterbury is allowing biologists to measure the minute force generated by a single fungal thread. [more]

29/06/2017: Southern island sanctuary for rare birds
Putauhinu, one of the southern Tītī Islands, has become a remarkable rat-free sanctuary, gifting rare land birds to other islands. [more]

06/07/2017: The science of a water aquifer
What is the Waiwhetu aquifer, where does its water come from, and what does it mean for the Wellington region - Alison Ballance investigates. [more]

13/07/2017: Migraines - much more than a headache
Migraines are debilitating headaches, and Debbie Hay says that new drugs targeting the pain hormone CGRP are showing lots of promise. [more]

13/07/2017: Canine DNA and 'Darwin's Dogs'
Kiwi canine DNA has been collected as part of a global project, called Darwin's Dogs, investigating the genes behind the personalities of dogs. [more]

20/07/2017: A genetic helping hand for conservation
Four scientists talk about genetics and how it can help in the conservation of rare birds such as little spotted kiwi. [more]

27/07/2017: Filtering distraction - key to success
Neuropsycholgist Paul Corballis talks about the way our brains perceive the world, how we recognise faces, and whether or not we can really multi-task. [more]

27/07/2017: The future of robots is soft
Trevor the caterpillar and Julie the dragonfly are soft robots that can walk and flap using electricity that powers artificial muscles, without a printed circuit board in sight. [more]

03/08/2017: The low-down on electric cars in New Zealand
Flip the Fleet is a citizen science project looking at the performance of electric vehicles under New Zealand conditions. [more]

03/08/2017: Solving the mystery of the Kaikōura bubbles
Mysterious bubbles and warm water, known as Hope Springs, which appeared after the Kaikōura earthquake, appear to be coming from deep in the earth's crust. [more]

10/08/2017: Micronutrients and their link to mental health
Julia Rucklidge is investigating whether micronutrients can relieve stress and anxiety, help people quit smoking and treat ADHD. [more]

07/09/2017: Bringing Kirk's tree daisy back to Wellington
Kohurangi, or Kirk's tree daisy, is rare in the Wellington region, but botanists are taking on the challenge of bringing it back to the city. [more]

14/09/2017: Bacteria versus virus at Queenstown Research Week
The arms race between the immune systems of bacteria and the viruses - bacteriophages - that attack them, was a feature of this year's Queenstown Research Week. [more]

21/09/2017: SOFIA - a flying telescope with a unique view of space
NASA's SOFIA observatory is a 2.5m telescope mounted in the back of a plane. It observes the birth and death of stars and the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. [more]

28/09/2017: Celebrating the night sky on Great Barrier Island
Great Barrier Island has become the world's third International Dark Sky Sanctuary, in recognition of its outstanding star-filled night skies. [more]

05/10/2017: Designing nanoparticles to move medication around your body
Arlene McDowell is designing nanoparticles that will hold medication and deliver it exactly to its intended destination in the body. [more]

05/10/2017: Moa footprints - a rocky tale
After twenty years of puzzling, geologist Bruce Hayward reckons he has identified some mysterious patterns in a west Auckland roadside cutting as moa footprints. [more]

12/10/2017: Drug discoverer recognised with a top science honour
The 2017 MacDiarmid Medal has been awarded to chemist Peter Tyler, for his work designing and creating new drugs to treat diseases such as cancer. [more]

12/10/2017: ECLIPSE - getting ready for a supervolcano eruption
An $8-million research programme to better understand the Taupo supervolcano and prepare the community for an eruption has just begun. [more]

12/10/2017: Top science award goes to a 'supervolcanologist'
The 2017 Rutherford Prize has been awarded to Victoria University of Wellington geologist Colin Wilson for his work on supervolcanoes such as Taupo. [more]

19/10/2017: Touchstone - a community project for Lake Wanaka
Lake swimmers, the local primary school and neighbouring farmers have joined together to look after water quality in Lake Wanaka. [more]

26/10/2017: It's a microbial world
Science writer Ed Yong investigates the complex world of microbes in his book "I Contain Multitudes." [more]

26/10/2017: Understanding our immune system
Bruce Beutler received the 2011 Nobel Prize for discoveries about the inate immune system in mammals. [more]

26/10/2017: Inherited heart disease: you're not doomed by your DNA
Anna Pilbrow says that a complex interaction of genetic factors underpin our risk of getting heart disease - and leading a healhy lifestyle lowers the risk. [more]

30/11/2017: Our Changing World for 30 November 2017
A project to map coronary arteries in healthy and sick people, and on the hunt for lizards in city parks and gardens. [more]

30/11/2017: An atlas of coronary arteries
An atlas containing hundreds of coronary arteries mapped using MRI scans will help improve heart health. [more]

30/11/2017: Urban lizards
A hunt for urban lizards in New Zealand involves more than a thousand buckets as well as citizen scientists. [more]

07/12/2017: Our Changing World for 7 December 2017
Penguin researchers head to Fiordland's forests to study the mysterious tawaki or Fiordland crested penguin. [more]

07/12/2017: Tawaki - the mysterious forest penguin
Scientists are discovering that tawaki, or Fiordland crested penguins, living in MIlford Sound are thriving - and breaking all the penguin rules. [more]

14/12/2017: Our Changing World for 14 December 2017
Some sobering science advice about why drinking alcohol and driving cars don't go together well, and Koraunui School gets curious about their neighbourhood during a Bioblitz. [more]

14/12/2017: Scientific curiosity and Koraunui School
Scientific curiosity was the order of the day when Koraunui School, in the Hutt Valley, hosted its recent Bioblitz. [more]

14/12/2017: The sobering science of drinking and driving
Waikato University research shows that drinking socially makes it harder to tell when you're too drunk to drive - and even a low blood alcohol level makes our driving unsafe. [more]

21/12/2017: Our Changing World for 21 December 2017
Good news about Hutton's shearwaters in the wake of the 2017 Kaikoura earthquake, and a special feature on how New Zealand agriculture could respond to the challenge of synthetic foods. [more]

21/12/2017: Good news for Kaikōura's Hutton shearwaters
The first ground visit to the Hutton's shearwater breeding colony since the November 2017 Kaikōura earthquake shows damage not as bad as feared. [more]

21/12/2017: What do we do? Agriculture in the age of synthetic food
If technologies like meat grown from stem cells and milk grown in vats take off, how will the New Zealand agricultural sector respond? [more]

29/12/2017: What's happening with our freshwater?
Science communcation student Tegan Good goes on a road trip to find out what's happening with the declining quality of frshwater and what we can do to improve it. [more]

02/01/2018: Seals- friend or foe?
Science communication student Lana Young, from the University of Otago, talks to fishers and a marine mammal scientist about the rising number of seals and sea lions. [more]

08/01/2018: The rabbit problem
Science communication student Berenice Mathieu, from the University of Otago, finds out about moves to introduce a more virulent strain of RHD or rabbit calicivirus into New Zealand to control burgeoning numbers. [more]

16/01/2018: Te Waikoropupu Springs - what's their value?
Science communication student Lucy Coyle, from the University of Otago, finds out about the freshwater and cultural values of Pupu Springs in Golden Bay, New Zealand's largest springs boasting the clearest water in the world. [more]

25/01/2018: Our Changing World for 25 January 2018
Testing dogs to find out how smart they are and how they think, and designing low-damage buildings that move during an earthquake and remain useable. [more]

25/01/2018: Buildings that better survive earthquakes
Engineer Geoff Rodgers is designing a new generation of low-damage buildings that move in an earthquake and remain useable afterwards. [more]

25/01/2018: Clever canines
How do dogs think? Do they experience emotions such as jealousy? The Clever Canine Lab at the University of Auckland is investigating. [more]

01/02/2018: Our Changing World for 1 February 2018
Chemical camouflage is put to the test in the Mckenzie Basin to see if it can protect nesting shore birds from predators, and the discovery of the first male in an all-female population of stick insects. [more]

01/02/2018: Discovered - the 'missing' male stick insect
A male stick insect belonging to an all female group of New Zealand stick insects has been discovered for the first time - in the UK. [more]

01/02/2018: Chemical camouflage - putting predators off the scent
Could chemical camouflage save rare birds by putting predators off the scent? Ecologists are testing the idea in the Mackenzie Basin. [more]

07/02/2018: World-first genetic analysis reveals Aussie white shark numbers
Australian and NZ scientists reveal size of New Zealand and eastern Australian great white shark population. [more]

08/02/2018: Our Changing World for 8 February 2018
Designing and testing concrete 'safe houses' for baby paua, and using light to detect art forgeries and the properties of milk. [more]

08/02/2018: Using light to reveal hidden molecular information
Michél Nieuwoudt uses light to uncover hidden information in different kinds of material, from milk to works of art. [more]

08/02/2018: Safe houses for Kaikoura's baby paua
NIWA is testing small 'safe houses' for baby paua, with the idea of boosting the population on the earthquake-damaged  Kaikōura coast. [more]

15/02/2018: Our Changing World for 15 February 2018
The 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prizes have been awarded to Plant and Food Research for their work on kiwifruit Psa, a chemist using silver nanoparticles to stop tooth decay, and a science film-maker. [more]

15/02/2018: Science film-maker a winner
Film-maker Damian Christie has won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Communication Prize to help tell science stories on film. [more]

15/02/2018: Science speed dating leads to top award
A four minute conversation led to a revolutionary tooth decay treatment using silver nanoparticles and a PM's science award for the chemist who worked on it. [more]

15/02/2018: Science to solve kiwifruit crisis a winner
A 100-strong team of researchers from Plant and Food Research have won the 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize for using science to solve the kiwifruit PSA crisis. [more]

22/02/2018: Our Changing World for 22 February 2018
Sonia Sly meets three psychologists investigating aspects of cultrual diversity,and discovers that we should look for commonalities rather than differences. [more]

22/02/2018: Beyond face value: re-shaping our thinking about diversity
As ethnic and cultural diversity increases in New Zealand, psychologists discuss their work and the challenges posed by this increasing diversity. [more]

01/03/2018: Our Changing World for 1 March 2018
Waikato University researchers are training pet dogs to sniff out pest fish that are a problem in Waikato lakes and rivers. [more]

01/03/2018: Dogs that sniff out pest fish
Waikato University researchers are training pet dogs to sniff out pest fish such as koi carp. [more]

08/03/2018: Our Changing World for 8 March 2018
The nationwide Tipping Points project is looking at how small changes in the amount of nutrients and sediments in estuaries could lead to big changes. [more]

08/03/2018: Tipping Points and the health of estuaries
A nationwide experiment is investigating how estuaries might suddenly 'tip' as a result of increasing nutrients and sediments. [more]

15/03/2018: Our Changing World for 15 March 2018
The good news is that takahē numbers are on the rise, while a marine heatwave has been bad news for South Island glaciers. [more]

15/03/2018: Glaciers in trouble after marine heatwave
An aerial survey reveals this summer's marine heatwave in the Tasman Sea was bad news for glaciers in the Southern Alps. [more]

15/03/2018: Turnaround in takahē's fortunes
An expedition into Fiordland reveals that takahē numbers are on the rise, and there will soon be a new takahē population in Northwest Nelson. [more]

22/03/2018: Our Changing World for 22 March 2018
Among New Zealand's many species of parasitoid wasps is one named after a Harry Potter character, and information from a smart buoy in Wellington harbour is now freely available online. [more]

22/03/2018: Meet Lusius malfoyi, a parasitoid wasp
Tom Saunders has named a native parasitoid wasp after a Harry Potter character, in a bid to improve the reputation of these 'good' wasps. [more]

22/03/2018: Spy in the water - Wellington Harbour's smart buoy
A smart buoy in Wellington harbour is phoning in information about sea conditions and how muddy water from the Hutt River moves around the harbour. [more]

29/03/2018: Our Changing World for 29 March 2018
Dragonflies are exquisite flying machines with an ancient history, and high temperature superconductor research that includes superconductor sandwiches. [more]

29/03/2018: Superconductor sandwiches
High temperature superconductor research in New Zealand includes new nano-scale superconductor sandwiches. [more]

29/03/2018: Dragonflies - masters of flight
Dragonflies are precision flying machines, and Ruary Mackenzie Dodds says they are an indicator of clean water. [more]

05/04/2018: Our Changing World for 5 April 2018
Stable isotopes found in teeth, fur and even whiskers can show where marine animals feed, and a 46-year-old art work has revealed how the gut microbiome of one man has changed during his adult life. [more]

05/04/2018: Sea lion whiskers reveal marine secrets
Tiny samples collected from the teeth, tissue and even whiskers of marine animals can reveal where they feed and travel. [more]

05/04/2018: N=1 - an artist's microbiome
A 46-year-old art work has revealed how the gut microbiome of artist Billy Apple has changed during his adult life. [more]

12/04/2018: Our Changing World for 12 April 2018
The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust is shining a spotlight on seabird diversity in the Hauraki Gulf - including Buller's shearwaters that breed on the Poor Knights Islands. [more]

12/04/2018: Seabird hotspot - the Poor Knights Islands
A team of seabird experts experience the joys and challenges of counting Buller's shearwaters on the predator-free Poor Knights Islands. [more]

19/04/2018: Our Changing World for Thursday 19 April
It's been a year since myrtle rust arrived in New Zealand - what impact is is having, and what we can learn from Australia and Hawaii's experiences with this invasive plant killer. [more]

19/04/2018: Myrtle rust - its impact in NZ and Australia
Myrtle rust is having a profound impact on native plants and ecosystems in Australia - what will its effect be on New Zealand forests? [more]

26/04/2018: Our Changing World for 26 April 2018
Dilys Johns specialises in conserving waterlogged archaeological items such as wooden waka and early Maori gardening tools, and the nabarlek is an unusual small wallaby that can continuously replace its teeth. [more]

26/04/2018: Wallaby vs shark: a toothy quirk of nature
One of Australia's smallest wallabies - the nabarlek - shares an unlikely dental similarity with sharks: the ability to continually replace its teeth. [more]

26/04/2018: Caring for waterlogged waka
Dilys Johns is an archaeologist who specialises in conserving waterlogged Māori taonga such as ancient waka and wooden gardening tools. [more]

03/05/2018: Our Changing World for 3 May 2018
The author of the field guide 'Cicadas of New Zealand' is 11-year-old Olly Hills, and Blake Porter is investigating the brain and what makes us quit or persist with different tasks. [more]

03/05/2018: Quit or persist - it's all in the brain
Blake Porter is investigating what happens in our brain when we decide to quit something that is good for us or persist with something that is bad us. [more]

03/05/2018: 'My favourite insect is a cicada'
Olly Hills, aged 11, is a big fan of insects, and author of the field guide 'Cicadas of New Zealand.' [more]

10/05/2018: Our Changing World for 10 May 2018
The book "The Face of Nature" is an environmental history of the Otago Peninsula, and a world first attempt to drill into an active submarine volcano. [more]

10/05/2018: Book charts changing face of Otago Peninsula
An environmental historian charts the transformation of the Otago Peninsula from rich forest to grassy pasture in the book "The Face of Nature." [more]

10/05/2018: World-first probe into an active submarine volcano
Geologists on board the JOIDES Resolution research ship are attempting to drill into the flanks of the submarine hydrothermal Brothers Volcano. [more]

17/05/2018: Our Changing World for 17 May 2018
A rescue mission to return mistletoe to Wellington city, and a research trip to study the Hikurangi subduction zone, home to some of New Zealand's largest earthquakes. [more]

17/05/2018: Understanding New Zealand's largest fault
New Zealand's first underwater observatories are recording the 'creaks and groans' of our largest fault to better understand slow-slip earthquakes. [more]

17/05/2018: Mistletoe rescue mission
Botanists have banded together to bring native mistletoes back to Wellington city, using seeds rescued from a plant growing on a dying tree. [more]

24/05/2018: Our Changing World for 24 May 2018
Fifteen Dunedin citizens took part in a University of Otago citizen jury to discuss legalising euthanasia and assisted dying. [more]

24/05/2018: A citizens' jury on euthanasia
Fifteen Dunedin citizens took part in a University of Otago citizens' jury to discuss legalising euthanasia and assisted dying. [more]

07/06/2018: Our Changing World for 7 June 2018
Combining high intensity exercise with a computer game-based brain training is having good results for struggling school kids, and developing an edible plastic wrap from corn and shellfish waste. [more]

07/06/2018: Exercise and a special video game boost kids' brains
Psychologist David Moreau is working with New Zealand schools to find out if exercise combined with a computer game aimed at brain training could help improve kids' brains. [more]

07/06/2018: Edible bioplastic - food wrap of the future?
University of Otago researchers are developing the ultimate heat-and-eat: an edible bioplastic food wrap, using waste from the corn and shellfish industries. [more]

14/06/2018: Our Changing World for 14 June 2018
A chemist talks about sourcing potential new drugs from marine creatures, and understanding the largest deep-ocean volcanic eruption ever documented. [more]

14/06/2018: Finding new drugs from the sea
Michele Prinsep is a 'drug hunter' - she looks for potential pharmaceuticals in marine organisms and cyanobacteria. [more]

14/06/2018: Havre - the world's largest deep ocean volcanic eruption
Geologists have discovered that the 2012 eruption of Havre volcano, on the Kermadec Arc, was the world's largest submarine volcanic eruption. [more]

21/06/2018: Our Changing World for 21 June 2018
Antarctic experts discuss the latest research on how fast Antarctic ice is melting and why it matters, and sequencing the genomes of introduced common and German wasps. [more]

21/06/2018: Wasp genomes revealed
Wasps are a big problem in New Zealand, and scientists hope that knowing the genomes of common and German wasps will help them find novel ways of controlling the pests. [more]

21/06/2018: Antarctica's ice is melting
Research reveals new evidence about past, present and future impacts of climate change on Antarctica's ice. [more]

28/06/2018: Asteroids, dinosaurs and international tension
Astronomer Duncan Steel is an expert in detecting asteroids and comets, and in defending the earth from potential impacts. [more]

05/07/2018: Our Changing World for 5 July 2018
Testing kauri seedlings to find individual trees that might be resistant to kauri dieback disease, and native forest birds are thriving in Wellington city parks and reserves. [more]

05/07/2018: Native birds doing well in Wellington
A renaissance in native forest bird numbers in the capital is helped by urban bush and Predator Free Wellington efforts. [more]

05/07/2018: Hunt for kauri that are resistant to kauri dieback disease
Researchers at Scion hope that thousands of tiny kauri seedlings might include some that are resistant to kauri dieback disease. [more]