125 years ago today women in New Zealand were the first to win the right to vote. Why did this global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?
Scientists long assumed that the extinct moa played an important role as a disperser of large seeds. But a new study finds that New Zealand's largest herbivore only dispersed the tiniest seeds.
Improper use of antibiotics is one reason for the rise in antibiotic resistance, but new research shows that ingredients in common weed killers can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible.
Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
Dissociative identity disorder - previously known as multiple personality disorder - occurs when a child's development is disrupted by trauma, preventing them forming a strong sense of self.
As the leaders of New Zealand's two major parties enter coalition talks with minor parties, a reluctance to cross ideological boundaries could limit their options.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s rhetoric and actions is brinkmanship, aimed at maintaining his domestic grip on power.
Is dark energy just an illusion, as is often suggested? To resolve the dilemma, interpreting the basic principles of general relativity in a complex Universe may need a rethink.
We should all learn from mistakes. Driverless cars must do the same when it comes to any accidents they've been involved in on our roads, no matter who was to blame.
A new study of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake shows boulders from rockfalls fell much further than in earlier quakes that happened before humans arrived and changed the landscape.
In a world where robots work better than humans, how will we cope? We need to rethink our jobs-based economy.
The future of warfare may include many lethal autonomous weapons, but the world can't decide how, or if, to regulate them.
Autonomous submarines might do for naval warfare what drones are doing for air warfare. So should Australia consider autonomous subs as a replacement for the Collins class?
When it comes to weapons with artificial intelligence, there's an argument for keeping a human in charge of some of the action.
Qui, de la science-fiction ou du monde réel influence l’autre ? Films et séries TV sont une source d’inspiration pour les ingénieurs. Pourtant, robots réels et fictionnels sont perçus différemment.
There are growing concerns about robots, artificial intelligence and automation. Now two new organisations are seeking to produce responsible robots and advance beneficial AI.
Tourism is a significant contributor to climate change. But new research suggests that, if we all pitched in, we could decarbonise this global industry for less than the price of an extra checked bag.
Science fiction can be good at predictiong soem of the technologies of tomorrow. But designers take note: not all those ideas are welcome.
There are possible emotional and social pitfalls to love and sex with robots, but does that mean we should ban them entirely?
Is genuine artificial consciousness possible? Should we protect jobs from automation? Your questions on AI and robots answered here.