Ancient clam in Arctic

Million-year-old clam found 2.4km beneath rapidly warming Arctic Ocean.

Nature's cutest animals of science in 2014

From TV-watching marmosets to pretend baby penguins, the weekly scientific journal Nature has picked its cutest animal stories in science from the past year.

Less-gassy cows to arrive

Gassy cows could soon be far more pleasant to be around - especially for the environment.

Nasa 'emails' a wrench to space

Now that the International Space Station has a 3-D printer, engineers can design tools on the ground then beam them to space.

Polar bears are feeling the heat

Alaska is recording temperatures nearly 10 degrees Celsius above average, affecting people and animals.

Science sinks 'sighting' of taniwha

Once again science has debunked a possible sighting of a mythical creature - this time it's a taniwha.

Student has vision for robotics

A PhD student is hoping he can get robots to see and recognise the world around them.

Disgraceful: How Nasa wasted $450m

US space agency spent millions building a huge testing tower it knew it would never use.

Slow winds formed dunes on Titan

The massive tar-coloured dunes of Saturn's moon Titan are the product of long-term weather cycles, scientists say.

New clue for life on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected methane on the red planet, which is mostly produced by living things.

Mice help cancer patients

Cancer patients are giving mice their own tumours to find treatments that work on their specific cancer.

Alpine fault drilling 'ambitious'

The audacity of the project to drill through the South Island's most hazardous fault is breathtaking.

UN climate talks risk collapse

Clash between top two emitters of greenhouse gas, China and US, threatens deal.

Code cracker, but not a spy

Kiwi anti-war bomb creator a 'very queer fish'

Maurice Wilkins was a "caricature of a scientist", but the Nobel Prize-winner saved millions of lives.

Ocean plastic in the trillions

The first estimate of plastic afloat on the global oceans is a "conservative" 5.25 trillion pieces.

Billionare gives $130m to understand cells

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is launching an "industrial-scale" effort to understand the basic building block of all living things.

Space trave makes you younger

Astronauts in the International Space Station are a tiny bit younger than if they'd remained on Earth.

Doh! Duped by a Simpson

Scientific journals left red-faced after accepting study by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel.

Asteroid strike re-created

Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth.

More evidence of water on Mars

Millions of years ago, a lake once filled a 154km-wide crater being explored by Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity.

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