Science and technology
Evolving NZ manufacturing to compete globally
1 March 2021
New Zealand’s manufacturing sector needs urgent change to survive post-Covid including an end to reliance on ‘manual and archaic machinery’ which makes it difficult to compete internationally. This is the view of a manufacturing sector think tank based at the University of Auckland.
So hard to know when volcanoes will blow
1 March 2021
Opinion: Professor Jan Lindsay says the tragic Whakaari volcanic eruption highlights the issues around how scientists can best communicate risk and hazard.
Tiny implantable device to measure brain pressure
26 February 2021
Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute (ABI) have been given a funding boost by Cure Kids, to complete pre-clinical research for a fully implantable pressure sensor device that can be implanted in the brain of people with hydrocephalus, to monitor blood pressure remotely.
Computer scientist receives prestigious Humboldt Award
10 February 2021
Professor Andre Nies receives a Humboldt Research Award.
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.
Bioengineers use MRI to better understand cerebral palsy over time
3 February 2021
Researchers at ABI are collaborating with Mātai, a medical imaging research centre based in Tairāwhiti Gisborne, on what is possibly a world-first study that will help us understand how cerebral palsy (CP) affects muscle growth.
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.
Focus on digital transformation and sustainability
25 January 2021
Global experts discussed and debated the transformative power of digital technology recently, at an online research symposium hosted by the Centre for Digital Enterprise.
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.