Environment and sustainability
University scientists date ancient tree at 28,000 years
8 April 2020
Radiocarbon dating has estimated that fragments of a tree recovered from a City Rail Link construction site are 28,000 years old – a time when moa, woolly mammoths and sabre tooth tigers still roamed the planet.
Sexually deceptive orchids and a duped wasp
7 April 2020
Falling for the sex-deception techniques of orchids could be a costly business for male parasitoid wasps according to a new study looking at the ‘economics of sperm’ as a vital part of long-term survival.
Architects win major national award, and talk about the good side of online teaching
6 April 2020
Two senior lecturers at the School of Architecture and Planning have won, in their private practice, the Best Colour and Detail category in this year’s Home of the Year Awards.
Scientists sequence ship rat genome for first time
23 March 2020
A New Zealand – Australia collaboration has produced the first full genome sequence of Rattus rattus (ship or black rat).
The Covid-19 crisis: aroha ki te tangata
18 March 2020
Opinion: COVID-19 is not just a medical emergency, it is also a social and cultural crisis. Judging by the ways other countries are coping, it will test our values to the core, writes Anne Salmond.
Survey probes attitudes to pest control
12 March 2020
Scientists have created an online survey based on new research to test how New Zealanders feel about pest management and want as many people as possible to take part.
Nuclear power and climate change
9 March 2020
Our survival as a species depends on an uninterrupted supply of energy but how we successfully power the world without contributing to climate change is a major challenge.
KiwiSaver fossil fuel divestment small step in the right direction
6 March 2020
Opinion: From mid-2021, KiwiSaver 'default' schemes must not invest in fossil fuels, which is a step in the right direction, writes Matheson Russell.
Sir Peter Gluckman leads think tank focused on critical global issues
4 March 2020
Countering the global rise of misinformation and declining public trust with robust research and evidence-based advice is the fundamental goal of a new think tank at the University of Auckland.
Ihumātao’s heritage listing win - what does it mean?
28 February 2020
Opinion: Giving Ihumātao the highest heritage listing available is a strong signal for the Government and Auckland Council, write Nicola Short and Dr Frances Hancock.
Evidence giant blue whale making comeback
19 February 2020
The recovery of whale populations over the past four decades, including the world’s largest animal the critically endangered blue whale, is increasingly looking like one of conservation’s biggest success stories and the good news just keeps on coming.
Lessons from the Australian bushfires
4 February 2020
Opinion: NZ forefronts disaster risk reduction education within schools but recent events highlight it's not enough. We must not be complacent, writes Carol Mutch.