Searching for Earth-like planets: Newly spotted frozen world orbits in a binary star system
A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers' notions of where Earth-like—and even potentially habitable—planets can form, and how to ...
Researchers find link between amount of silica in subduction zones and frequency of 'slow' earthquakes
Study suggests large waves may have bigger role in breaking up polar sea ice than thought
Ancient DNA ends Aussie claim to kiwi origins
Australia can no longer lay claim to the origins of the iconic New Zealand kiwi following University of Adelaide research published in the journal Science today showing the kiwi's closest relative is not ...
DNA evidence suggests humans hunted moa to extinction
Why marine fish don't go into the deeper blue
Soil production breaks geologic speed record
Geologic time is shorthand for slow-paced. But new measurements from steep mountaintops in New Zealand show that rock can transform into soil more than twice as fast as previously believed possible.
Scientists use fossilized feces to reconstruct moa diet
Early humans single-handedly nudged out New Zealand megafauna
A small human population which initially inhabited New Zealand swiftly caused the extinction of the country's flightless bird, the moa (Aves:Dinornithiformes), according to recent international research.
New Zealand's moa were exterminated by an extremely low-density human population
A new study suggests that the flightless birds named moa were completely extinct by the time New Zealand's human population had grown to two and half thousand people at most.
The origins of multicellular life
The biological world around us is dominated by multicellular plants and animals. All of these intricate forms have evolved from far simpler, single celled ancestors.
Researchers find possible explanation of early Polynesian migration
Small asteroid to safely pass close to Earth Sunday
(Phys.org) —A small asteroid, designated 2014 RC, will safely pass very close to Earth on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. At the time of closest approach, based on current calculations to be about 2:18 p.m. EDT ...
Climate change not so global
(Phys.org) —Scientists are calling for a better understanding of regional climates, after research into New Zealand's glaciers has revealed climate change in the Northern Hemisphere does not directly affect ...