Science and technology
Giving the hard robots a soft touch
6 August 2020
Robots are good at welding, packaging and assembling cars, but creating robots that have the sensitivity of a human hand remains a challenge, one that Dr Samuel Rosset and his team at the ABI aims to address.
Solving the great NZ whale mystery
28 July 2020
Opinion: Emma Carroll is on her way to the Auckland Islands to try to unfold the mysteries of where tohorā go when they leave sub-Antarctica, and their ocean routes.
The quiet Earth
24 July 2020
As many daily activities came to a halt during lockdown, the Earth itself became quiet, probably quieter than it has been since humans developed the technology to listen in.
Remote tourism not just the stuff of science fiction
23 July 2020
Professor Mark Billinghurst is one of a panel of four experts talking about Tourism without Travel at TechWeek, on how Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can be used to create a new type of tourism, which be safer, cheaper and better for the planet.
New technologies put more human-ness into the Zoom (and other remote) rooms
22 July 2020
As the pandemic obliged many of us to retreat from the real-world and into the remote one, researchers at the ABI got working on how to put more of the human dimension to Zoom and other teleconferencing platforms.
Getting to the heart and sole of barefoot running
21 July 2020
Dr Justin Fernandez explains why we weren't all born to run barefoot, or even if we were we weren't bought up that way.
Eruption alert system would have given 16 hours’ warning at Whakaari
20 July 2020
An alert system that could have given 16 hours’ warning of last year’s eruption at Whakaari/White Island is ready for deployment, University of Auckland scientists say, with warning systems for Ruapehu and Tongariro the next priority.
Making up is hard to do, new study finds
14 July 2020
The fun of making up is the theme of countless songs, movies but a new study has found that ‘make-up sex’ is less common and a good deal less exciting than popular culture would have us believe.
Scientists argue for single list of the world’s species
8 July 2020
Scientists frustrated at the number of different scientific lists for the world’s organisms say it’s time to agree on a model that would see all the world’s species on a single list.
Penn State and University of Auckland to partner in research
6 July 2020
The University of Auckland this month entered a strategic partnership with Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to collaborate on teaching and research.
Taking stock 40 years after marine reserve created
6 July 2020
Total biomass within the Leigh Marine Reserve is five times higher than it was 40 years ago when the Reserve was first established, a new study shows.
HRC funding for two Faculty of Science projects
30 June 2020
Two science research projects have been awarded more than $2.5 million from the Health Research Council’s Project and Programmes funding rounds for 2020.