The search for life on Mars is also helping to reveal more about life on Earth, a leading Nasa scientist, Prof Max Coleman, says.
Leading educationist Prof Terry Crooks is urging schools to seize the chance to offer a richer and more interesting learning experience when the revised curriculum comes into force in 2010.
An Oamaru stone house just north of Cromwell, with views towards the Pisa Range, has been declared the country's top new home in the $250,000 to $350,000 section in national building awards.
When Jacques van der Meer graduates from the University of Otago today, he can be satisfied that his PhD thesis in education will not gather dust on a shelf but is already being put into action.
The manipulation of public opinion through sophisticated public relations techniques poses a threat to New Zealand democracy, Wellington investigative journalist Nicky Hager warns.
An $8.6 million storage building to protect the Otago Settlers Museum's heritage treasures is rapidly taking shape.
University of Otago immunologist Sarah Young has been awarded a $500,000 Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellowship to support her research into vaccines and therapies against colon, cervical and skin cancers.
Former University of Otago students Dr Peter Cox and Laura Fraser are heading to Oxford University next year after being named yesterday as Rhodes Scholars.
A new carving and accompanying pounamu touchstone at the University of Otago School of Physiotherapy were formally blessed and named at a ceremony this week.
Fourteen leading New Zealand scientists, all Rutherford medallists, will be together in one room for the first time next week in Dunedin - and you could hear them free.
Opting for nuclear power would massively damage New Zealand's export and tourism prospects, University of Otago historian Prof Tom Brooking warned yesterday.
Four University of Otago anatomy researchers have just made a little history themselves as international reviewers for the 150th anniversary edition of Gray's Anatomy, the world's leading medical text book.
Eight leading medical science students have been awarded well-funded summer scholarships by the University of Otago School of Medical Sciences.
After contributing a great deal to Otago and New Zealand school mathematics education for more than 20 years, Prof Derek Holton was yesterday unexpectedly on the receiving end himself.
In most cases, the possible or actual contraction of a disease is not considered a personal injury and therefore is not covered by ACC, a corporation spokeswoman says.
Prof Mary Fowler, an English geophysicist, is urging young people not to be deterred from studying science by misconceptions about scientists as "geeks" in white coats.
Humanitarian service and friendship remain key elements of Rotary International, which now has 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries, the organisation's president-elect John Kenny says.
Zian Berini has "cycled" more than 5000km around the world and he is only 2.
The death of more than 8000 New Zealanders in an influenza pandemic 90 years ago was a stark reminder of the threat such pandemics still posed, University of Otago Associate Prof Michael Baker said.
About eight million children who are dying throughout the world each year could survive with better access to "simple and affordable interventions", University of Otago Prof Philip Hill says.