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A remote-controlled kiwi, designed to help protect the living native bird from roaming dogs, has won five awards at the NZAS Southland Science and Technology Fair in Invercargill this week.
A British test satellite called RemoveDEBRIS, built to tidy up objects floating about in orbit has managed to ensnare another satellite with a five metre wide net.
A new wine research centre in Blenheim has appointed a Lincoln University professor to help shape the centre's science programme.
The intellect of the kea may have surpassed their natural abilities, researchers say, after proving the birds can use sticks to open stoat traps.
Canada produces 71 per cent of world's maple syrup and 91 per cent of that originates from the province of Quebec. But a clutch of New Zealand academics think this country could have a maple syrup industry, despite a mild climate and no sugar maple forests.
History can be divided into three stages – pre-horse, horse, and post-horse. So suggested the eminent German historian Reinhart Koselleck in 2007.
The company Wildest Africa has produced a documentary Ethiopia – Land of Extremes. The documentary derives its title from the remarkable variety of landscapes and climates in that country, from a baking hot desert, to a high mountain range, to a geographic depression, to a fertile temperate wilderness.
In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark waters.
Most people try to stay far away from hissing cockroaches, desert hairy scorpions, and venomous, six-eyed sand spiders.
Xuyu Qian yanked open an incubator door at the University of Pennsylvania to reveal rows of cylindrical tubes swirling, like shaken-up snow globes, with a strange and exotic flurry. The pale, peppercorn-sized spheres were lab-grown globules of human brain tissue, or, as Qian occasionally refers to them, "minibrains."
Scientists say the last major Alpine Fault earthquake, in 1717, brought long-term disruption across the South Island and "there will be a similar earthquake soon".
A new study using "uniquely rich" New Zealand databases has found a strong link between greenness and asthma.
It is generally believed that water is essential to life as we know it. And, because traces of water have been found on Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, there's a remote chance of something living on those planets.
British born Kiwi astronomer Beatrice Tinsley was in her 30s when she proved the universe was expanding and wouldn't stop.