Core Sciences

  • Deceptive smells

    Mammal predators can be tricked into leaving vulnerable NZ birds alone.

    It’s not only humans who can be fooled with misinformation to change their choices. Animals can be tricked too, it se...

    Animals March 11, 2021
  • Gold-standard gravitational measurements

    Small-scale experiment could pave the way to observe quantum gravity.

    Physicists have recorded the smallest gravitational field ever measured, showing that Newton’s law of gravity holds e...

    Physics March 11, 2021
  • Long-held theory of vertebrate evolution upended

    Fossils indicate lamprey larvae have evolved – probably not ancient.

    For a long time, it was thought that lampreys – jawless fish of the superclass Cyclostomata – were remnants of a past...

    Biology March 10, 2021
  • Grown bone

    Most life-like bone organoid to date.

    Put away your Skele-gro, because growing new bones might be the realm of science, not magic. Researchers at Eindho...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Headless? No hindrance…

    Japanese researchers discover a remarkable ability in an already interesting sea slug.

    Move aside salamander, this sea slug is about to blow your regeneration powers out of the water. Scientists from N...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Exploring treatments in breast cancer

    The proof is in the hormones when it comes to breast-cancer treatment.

    Breast cancer is now the most-diagnosed cancer worldwide. With 2.3 million new cases revealed in 2020, it’s not a pro...

    Chemistry March 8, 2021
  • Determined science

    A multi-skilled, international team conducted the detailed research into the Folbigg family’s gen...

    In 2003, Kathleen Folbigg was convicted of killing her four young children, who died suddenly and unexpectedly in the...

    Chemistry March 5, 2021
  • Colourful detection crystals

    New research explains how a type of crystal could be used to detect dangerous chemicals.

    A group of Australian researchers have found a fast method of detecting toxins produced from pesticides and chemical ...

    Chemistry March 5, 2021
  • Explainer: mutation and disease in the Folbigg case

    The major consequences of genetic mutation.

    The recent petition calling for Kathleen Folbigg’s release hinges on cutting edge science that has identified a small...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Focus

    Folbigg case: timelines compared

    How the advancement of genomic sequencing informed the Folbigg story

    Genomic data was not available during the first trial of the Folbigg case. Now that technology has improved the effic...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Genetically modified mosquitoes for better health

    Research has found that disease-resistant mosquitoes could lower disease transmission.

    What is the risk of getting a disease from a genetically modified mozzie? Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading...

    Biology March 4, 2021
  • Dazzle to survive

    Scientists reveal the evolutionary history of fairy wrasses.

    Diversification of the stunningly colourful fairy wrasses was propelled by sea-level changes during the last ice age,...

    Biology March 4, 2021
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