Science and technology
How do kea see 1080 bait?
15 October 2020
Research shows kea have the ability to distinguish between two different-coloured 1080 baits but cannot detect the presence of bird repellent in baits of the same colour, findings which might have implications for future 1080 operations.
When spacetime trembles – forensic statistics and black hole mergers
7 October 2020
Our knowledge of black holes has progressed rapidly in recent decades due to the development of highly sophisticated observatory technology called LIGO or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
Kiwi researchers crack quantum physics puzzle
2 October 2020
Scientists have re-investigated a sixty-year-old idea by the American physicist P.W. Anderson and provided new insights into the quantum world.
What lies beneath: is this the new asbestos?
24 September 2020
Opinion: Jennifer Salmond and Martin Brook write about their research into risks posed by the toxic mineral erionite and the safe management of disturbed deposits.
Are we facing a digital dystopia? Nobel Laureate Jean Tirole sounds a warning
24 September 2020
How transparent should our life be to others? Modern societies are struggling with this issue as connected devices, social networks, ratings, artificial intelligence, facial recognition, cheap computer power and various other innovations make it increasingly easy to collect, store and analyse personal data.
AI evokes both excitement and fear
23 September 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to make improvements to our lives in many ways, including enhancing efficiencies in the workplace, generating productivity gains and having a positive impact on our wellbeing.
'Fishing' app designed to empower healthcare workers in Uganda wins major award
21 September 2020
Kiara Miller of the ABI, and fellow interns on an Engineering World Health (EWH) have won first place in this year's EWH Design Competition for students for their app that empowers healthcare workers in Uganda.
Let there be light: Rainbow Machine wins gold
15 September 2020
A team of staff and alumni from the University of Auckland, who met as students at the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) has been awarded the Good Design Australia Gold Award.
ABI and CAI work together to show their arty-science side
10 September 2020
Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) are showing their ‘arty’ side in the New Zealand gallery in Ars Electronica, an international interactive festival in cyberspace, in collaboration with the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI).
NZ’s most celebrated mathematician dies
9 September 2020
New Zealand’s most celebrated mathematician, Sir Vaughan Jones, the only New Zealander to be awarded the maths equivalent of the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal, has died aged 67.
How technology could be a real leveller
28 August 2020
Opinion: Mohsen Mohammadzadeh argues that we need national ‘soft infrastructure’ to reduce technology inequities that have been revealed during the pandemic.
‘Lab in a pocket’ awakens young minds to the world around them, making scientific inquiry fun
28 August 2020
Researchers at the Auckland Bioengeerning Institute (ABI) have created a low-cost ‘lab in the pocket’ for schoolchildren.