Sciences news

  • Summer graduation in full swing
    ​​4501 AUT students graduate this week and 3107 of them will be attending a graduation ceremony at the Aotea Centre. With fabulous weather forecast all week, two days have passed and there are two more days of graduation ceremonies to come. 
  • Pacific youth leader in ocean conservation
    AUT Marine Biology student, Antony Vavia, was selected by the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute to attend the first United Nations Ocean Conference in New York last month.
  • Why nature is good for us
    New Zealanders increasingly live, work and play in human-built environments. Over 80% of our population lives in urban areas. For most of us, our food comes via supermarkets instead of growing our own, and we spend increasing amounts of time indoors – at home and at work. Conversely, we are seeing growing rates of mental health issues in our people. More and more of us seem to be struggling to live healthy and fulfilling lives, content with who we are and how we are living.
  • Drone records rare whale footage in the Hauraki Gulf

    Unique footage of a Bryde’s Whale has been released by Auckland University of Technology. The footage shows an adult whale feeding, briefly joined by a young calf, and was filmed from a drone off the coast of Auckland. It is thought to be the first time the feeding behaviour of a Bryde’s Whale has been recorded by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).


  • New video explains the science of love
    Sci21, the science webcast series launched by Professor Steve Pointing, has released a Valentine’s Day special explaining the science behind love and attraction.
  • National Spectral Library opens
    AUT University and Auckland Museum have launched a National Spectral Library, to support remote identification of plants and large-scale mapping of plant species.
  • Professor Andrea Alfaro: Aquanaut, Mussel Lady and inspiring teacher
    “My life has been one adventure after another and most of them have to do with the sea,” Professor Andrea Alfaro told the audience at her inaugural professorial address on Friday. She went on to regale her experiences of living under the sea, encountering purple sea urchins, winning the nickname ‘the mussel lady’, and carrying out vital aquaculture research.
  • Export windfall for seaweed harvest
    Undaria pinnatifida is known as a highly invasive and unwanted organism under New Zealand biosecurity laws, yet AUT University researchers are touting it as the aquaculture sector’s next big thing.
  • Importance of sea and coasts needs to be recognised
    As we move into the summer months, our interaction with the sea and coasts will become an even more central part of our lives so it is worthwhile to reflect on the importance of our seas as part of our nation and culture according to an AUT professor.
  • Giant Squid at Auckland Museum
    Auckland Museum’s exhibition ‘The Poisoners’ calls on visitors to figure out who killed Professor Felix Splicer and which deadly insect, lethal animal or poisonous plant was used as the weapon.
  • Cutting edge scientist receives RJ Scott medal
    Professor Stephen Henry, a pioneering scientist of cell surface modification technology, has been awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's prestigious RJ Scott medal for engineering science and technology in recognition for his novel biotechnology research.
  • Evolution faster in the tropics
    Mammal species living in the tropics are evolving faster than their counterparts living in cooler environments, according to research carried out by New Zealand researchers.

Last updated: 10-Jun-2016 3.41pm

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