Faculty of Science
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.
No-brainer: New Zealand’s top female neuroscientists on why we need more women in science
18 February 2020
Every secondary school student in New Zealand will have access to a book debunking gender stereotypes in science thanks to Brain Research New Zealand and a best selling science writer.
Yawning difference between us and dogs
12 February 2020
In a bitter disappointment for dog lovers everywhere, scientists have found dogs don’t yawn at the same time we do because of any special human-canine bond.
Physicists shine light into Primordial Universe
11 February 2020
Following the Big Bang, the Universe passes through a series of epochs, each one longer than the last.
CBR celebrates 10 years of amazing achievements
30 January 2020
Turning 10 is a milestone for anyone. It’s double digits and a firm step into the world as a pre-teen ready to make their mark. But we’ve already done that.
Wasps buzz off when there are more trees – study
28 January 2020
Lush forest cover and limited human habitation mean fewer invasive wasps, new research on New Zealand’s offshore islands shows.
Adapting to a fiery world
24 January 2020
Opinion: The world cannot eliminate major fire events but needs to broaden the way it prepares for them, writes fire ecology expert Professor George Perry.
Researchers print 'living', 'self-repairing' plastics
21 January 2020
Researchers invent world-first way to 3D print 'self-repairing' and 'living' plastic, a potential gamechanger for product design and recycling.
I’m taking action, here’s how you can too
9 January 2020
Opinion: Scientists can’t just warn of the catastrophic effect humans have on the planet, they must take personal steps to a better future, writes Jacqueline Beggs.
Distant celestial objects now ‘Kererū’ and ‘Karaka’
18 December 2019
A little bit of kiwi can now be found in the far reaches of space as a celestial naming competition sees a distant ‘exoplanet’ and its host star named “Kererū” and “Karaka” respectively.
The Pulse of the Gulf
9 December 2019
Space research is playing an influential role in a very down-to-earth project that aims to unlock the biological secrets of the Hauraki Gulf.
Some liked it hot
9 December 2019
The relentless quest to prove whether there once was life on Mars is a key driver behind two trans-Tasman research initiatives that are simultaneously looking into the evolution of microbes in hot pools near Rotorua and beneath the parched red earth of Western Australia.