Science and technology
University researchers answering the call for innovation acceleration in Covid response
26 August 2020
Seven projects from the University of Auckland have been awarded funding from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Covid-19 Innovation Acceleration Fund.
A message for our scientists
25 August 2020
Opinion: Our scientists are constantly fighting campaigns of misinformation. This should not be their job, writes Neal Curtis, who takes his hat off to them.
Tracking re-invasion of mice on offshore havens
19 August 2020
Scientists are highlighting the importance of biosecurity after a study shows how easily pests can re-invade islands.
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.
University joins global consortium for vehicle electrification
6 August 2020
University of Auckland joins National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Centre for Electrified Transportation.
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.