Subscribe: Our Changing World
Preview: Our Changing World

RNZ: Our Changing World

Getting out in the field and the lab to bring you stories about science, nature and the environment.


Honey, I shrunk the lab

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

A lab-on-a-chip developed at the University of Canterbury is allowing biologists to measure the minute force generated by a single fungal thread.

Media Files:

Insects remarkably preserved in New Zealand amber

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:07:00 +1200

Amber is beautiful to look at - and it is also an incredible window into the prehistoric past.

Media Files:

Will your roof withstand flying volcanic rocks?

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Geologists are using a vertical cannon to test how different roofing materials - and even hard hats - can withstand the impact of flying volcanic rocks.

Media Files:

Kauri dieback and how microbes sense the world

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:07:00 +1200

Microbes, such as the fungi-like kauri dieback disease, use chemicals to sense their world - and understanding this might help us to develop new treatments.

Media Files:

Engineering better stem cells

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Stem cells have the potential to cure many diseases, but first, we need to find the best ways of growing them in the lab - and their physical environment may be key.

Media Files:

The looming crisis of antimicrobial resistance

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:06:00 +1200

As more microbes develop resistance to every kind of antimicrobial treatment, the threat of dying from even common infectious diseases is increasing - so what should we be doing about it?

Media Files:

Volcanic eruptions and the Ash Lab

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:07:00 +1200

The Ash Lab at the University of Canterbury is where geologists test the impact of volcanic ash on all sorts of vital infrastructure.

Media Files:

Fructose and the diabetic heart

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:06:00 +1200

Kim Mellor suspects that fructose, as well as glucose, is causing diabetic heart disease and she is looking at its effect on heart cells and heart muscle.

Media Files: