Getting out in the field and the lab to bring you New Zealand stories about science, nature and the environment.
A team of scientists are installing an array of seismic sensors along the South Island's Alpine Fault. Claire Concannon joins them to find out how and why.
27 min 22 sec
Katy Gosset speaks to a PhD student designing new tech to catch predators and Claire Concannon meets the team who are working to restore a unique landscape on the South Island's West Coast.
26 min 11 sec
On the 100th anniversary of radio in Aotearoa, Claire Concannon learns about the very first broadcast, explores how radio works, and finds out about current research into communicating using light.
27 min 14 sec
Claire visits the team at K9 Medical Detection Charitable Trust to learn how their dogs are being trained to detect bowel and prostate cancer.
28 min 6 sec
Claire Concannon hits the Central Otago hills with Botany PhD student Ben Teele to imagine the landscape as it use to be, and to follow the clues to find leftover pockets of tōtara trees.
28 min 53 sec
Claire Concannon hears how the the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network's favourite plant competition is shaping up, while Katy Gosset learns about research to improve the quality and growth efficiency of grapevines.
31 min 21 sec
This week on Our Changing World, Aotearoa Science Agency's Damian Christie speaks to three scientists about the world of data.
28 min 47 sec
Claire Concannon hears from Dr. Brigid Ryan of the University of Auckland about the New Zealand genetic frontotemporal dementia study and speaks to some of the family members involved in this unique research study.
28 min 38 sec
Stories about the potential of bioengineering to transform health care. A new tracheostomy kit design that has halved the time for emergency operations and 3D bioprinting of tissues to help healing.
28 min 52 sec
Stories of physics research in Antarctica - into, under, and from within the ice. Claire finds out about measuring sea ice thickness and supercooling. Katy Gosset learns how scientists detect neutrinos from outer space.
39 min 40 sec
Claire Concannon learns about experiments aimed at slowing Parkinson's Disease progression. Sonia Yee explores research into our perception of emotions in a mask-filled world.
30 min 44 sec
The return of South Island kākā to the the Ōtepoti Dunedin area has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Claire Concannon hears about the tragedies and the triumphs, and the plans for what comes next.
28 min 2 sec
Native mangroves in Aotearoa are expanding, putting them in conflict with some local communities & councils. A wade into the research about the value of mangroves & how they are managed.
27 min 42 sec
Katy Gosset finds out how researchers investigate the plant penetration powers of myrtle rust. Claire Concannon speaks with the caretaker of a tropical forest and hundreds of butterflies
29 min 43 sec
Two stories of looking to the skies. Claire Concannon joins a hunt for planets outside of our solar system. Katy Gosset reveals the results of the annual New Zealand Garden Birds Survey.
31 min 43 sec
This week, how information flows in the cell from DNA to proteins, and how scientists have tapped into this to enable a new way to make vaccines using messenger RNA.
26 min 34 sec
How do you find a tiny robin in a whole lot of forest? Researchers have been tracking the movements of forty North Island robins, or toutouwai, that have been reintroduced to a large reserve area near Palmerston North. Claire Concannon finds out how these Massey University researchers monitor them, and what they are learning.
30 min 1 sec
How do you get in the zone to achieve your very best in an activity? And does a cheering crowd help? This week, two stories about the psychology of performance - the advantages of being at home, and how to find your flow.
29 min 32 sec
Researchers from the University of Waikato talk about Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) – a condition in which athletes don't take in the right amount of calories to do the exercise they are doing. Katie Schofield & Holly Thorpe explain why the problem is much more complex than just calorie intake, and why it is important to research this condition in a multidisciplinary way.
26 min 52 sec
Scientific research can be thought as on a spectrum from blue sky to applied - this week, two stories that span this. Claire Concannon learns about a blue-sky research project on bacterial evolution while Katy Gosset watches testing of a new system of base isolation designed to help homes during earthquakes.
30 min 28 sec
On this week’s Our Changing World - how songbirds learn their song, and how researchers in the Southern Hemisphere are trying to correct a long-standing male bias in the songbird world.
30 min 39 sec
Mathematical equations can help us get new perspectives, but sometimes can be difficult to understand. This week, one story about how maths has helped the understanding of a enigmatic quirk of heart rate control and another on how crafts can be used to better understand maths.
30 min 19 sec
Researchers at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute are working on what they hope will be the first New Zealand designed Class 3 medical device – a pressure sensor for the brain, to help people with hydrocephalus. The team explain the sensor design, how it works and how they test it.
27 min 8 sec
Two stories of Aotearoa New Zealand conservation communities who are caring for the flora and fauna in their backyards. Claire learns about the Catlins Bats on the Map project while Katy learns about saving scurvy grass.
30 min 32 sec
Claire Concannon meets a group of researchers who are determined to do the best science they can, to try to help the people they love.
30 min 41 sec
Two stories about science pathways - Katy Gosset heads to the University of Canterbury STEM careers fair to find out what the future might be for science students, while Claire Concannon learns about the weird world of parasite life cycles.
30 min 51 sec
In the series finale, Hope, we get a glimpse of what a predator-free Aotearoa could look like, and look at the breakthrough technologies and innovations taking us towards that goal.
29 min 5 sec
Community-led projects are leading the charge to halt biodiversity decline, while researchers make break-throughs in their quest to remove predators and protect borders from reinvasion.
26 min 30 sec
New Zealander’s have drawn a line in the sand, announcing they will rid the nation of rats, stoats and possums by 2050, but what will it take to get there?
27 min 12 sec
Loss looks at the devastating effect introduced mammals have had on New Zealand's unique wildlife.
27 min 2 sec
Alison Ballance revisits a favourite story from the archives: southern island sanctuary for rare birds.
31 min 13 sec
In her final trawl through the audio archives, Alison Ballance heads to Putauhinu Island, a southern sanctuary for rare birds.
32 min 8 sec
Alison Ballance revisits a 2013 feature on kauri dieback disease and talks to Nick Waipara to find out how the northern kauri forests are coping with the disease in 2021.
31 min 14 sec
Alison Ballance revisits a 2013 story about kauri dieback disease and gets an update of the disease's impact in 2021.
30 min 38 sec
Alison Ballance's foray into the vaults finds a feature on ocean acidification, The Acid Test and adds a 2021 update.
45 min 58 sec
In this week's retrospective, Alison Ballance revisits an ocean acidification special feature called The Acid Test.
31 min 57 sec
There are some familiar names as well as some new faces among the winners of the 2020 Prime Minister's Science Prizes.
32 min 6 sec
2020 Prime Minister's Science Prize winners talk about their research and teaching.
31 min 57 sec
Alison Ballance digs into Our Changing World's Antarctic treasure chest and finds part 2 of Voice of the Iceberg.
26 min 26 sec
Alison Ballance digs into the Our Changing World archives for an Antarctic blast from the past with Voice of the Iceberg 2: Revelation.
26 min 31 sec
Alsion Ballance revisits a story looking at the complexity of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
32 min 42 sec
In this week's retrospective, Alison Ballance looks at the 'big ones': a big earthquake in Kaikōura in 2016 and a big science effort to understand it.
31 min 21 sec
With more than a thousand conservation stories under her waterproof parka, science journalist Alison Ballance is retiring from RNZ's Our Changing World programme.
23 min 51 sec
Alison Ballance looks back at the 1,000+ stories she has made, and revisits stone-eating spotted shags and urban eagle rays
29 min 20 sec
Alison Ballance plays favourites from the archives - stone-eating spotted shags and urban eagle rays.
The story of a seabird translocation to Mana Island, involving fluffy white-faced storm petrel chicks, artificial burrows and sardine smoothies.
26 min 43 sec
Seabird species are being reintroduced to Mana Island to help restore the ecology of the island.
27 min 11 sec
The Far Out Ocean Research Collective has been surveying for whales and dolphins in the seas off Northland.
30 min 22 sec
Rare dolphins and whales were among the discoveries when the Far Out Ocean Research Collective surveyed the seas off Northland.
30 min 22 sec
Fertility researchers are developing a new way of testing IVF embryos that have too many chromosomes.
19 min 49 sec