Faculty of Science
New and ancient lens for healthy rivers
24 February 2021
Researchers have articulated a way to look at and look after our fresh waterways founded on Matauranga Māori.
Pest-free goal won’t be achieved without new and better tools
23 February 2021
New Zealand’s goal to become predator free by 2050 will remain an unrealised dream unless new technologies and advances in social engagement continue to be developed, researchers who first promoted it say.
The ocean is getting noisier
11 February 2021
Human activity is making the world’s oceans noisier and not enough is being done to mitigate the effect on marine life, scientists say.
A new discovery in an ancient galaxy
4 February 2021
Opinion: The discovery of nine stars in an ancient galaxy opens new prospects to study of the early universe and giant dark matter, explains Heloise Stevance.
Fireworks dangerous in more ways than one
28 January 2021
Playing with a fireworks sparkler for just eight minutes is the equivalent of breathing a day’s air pollution and breaches safe levels, new research shows.
NZ species a finalist in ‘Mollusc of the Year’
27 January 2021
A New Zealand mollusc has beaten off more than a hundred competitors in a global competition to be named as ‘Mollusc of the Year” and is now up against just four rivals for the top title.
Male praying mantis fights to avoid being eaten
20 January 2021
Sexual reproduction in the insect world is often a risky business and never more so than when the risk of being eaten is high.
Biggest-ever animals' special link to New Zealand revealed
13 January 2021
New Zealand waters provide an important migratory route for the biggest animal to ever exist, the Antarctic blue whale.
Here's how giant dinosaurs may have spread seeds in prehistoric world
6 January 2021
It’s an insight into ecosystems that existed more than 65 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Dementia Prevention Research Clinics send blood samples to Sweden for biomarker analysis
22 December 2020
University researchers involved with Brain Research New Zealand's Dementia Prevention Research Clinics are celebrating an exciting success.
Whales may be struggling as climate change impacts feeding grounds
16 December 2020
A new study has found that even a change in eating habits may not be enough for southern right whales to keep up their population recovery from whaling.
Scientists exploring gene variations in humans ... and goats
1 December 2020
The work being done by a pair of geneticists and the team in the School of Biological Sciences is vital for health and the economy – everything from disease to goats' milk.