Posts categorized as Science

Elephant bird DNA reveals that the Kiwi is not an Aussie

Alan Cooper holds a giant elephant bird leg bone in front of a kiwi skeleton for media as Alan Tennyson looks on. Photo: Jean-Claude Stahl © Te Papa

A study published in the journal Science today reveals a new and unexpected origin for New Zealand’s iconic kiwi and overturns the previous idea that the ancestors of kiwi flew directly over from Australia (see Miocene fossils show that Kiwi are probably not phyletic dwarves, Paleornithological Research 2013, and St Bathan’s kiwi – NZ Birds Online). … Read more »

Confusing Circles Captured on Northland Night

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From 1956 artist and photographer Eric Lee-Johnson began photographing the night sky near his Northland home of Waimamaku. He generally used time exposures, where the shutter is held open from anywhere between seconds to hours. With longer exposures the stars show up as trails formed by the rotating motion of Earth. Aiming the camera at… Read more »

Science Live: Secret World of Ferns – today!

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Tune into Science Live: Secret World of Ferns today from 2.00pm. You can watch the livestream on the YouTube player below, or visit Te Papa’s YouTube channel. Get involved! What you would like to know about ferns? You can ask Leon Perrie, Curator of Botany, your questions via: Email: sciencelive@tepapa.govt.nz Twitter: using the hashtag #sciencelivetepapa… Read more »

Alien Power Source Discovered by NZ Photographer?

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If you watched late night television towards the end of the 1960s you might remember the following theatrically pronounced lines: For [architect David Vincent] it began one lost night on a lonely country road, looking for a shortcut that he never found. It began with a closed deserted diner, and a man too long without… Read more »

Matariki Professional Development for Early Years Teachers

  • Woven star shaped whaka huia (treasure containers)
  • Southend Kindergarten's Kaitiaki, Photographer: Donna Hewison, © Southend Kindergarten
  • Story S activity, Photographer: Te Papa, © Te Papa
  • Becoming a superhero

Te Papa Education really values the relationships we have made (and continue to make) with other organisations in and around Wellington, and we are always looking for opportunities to work collaboratively. The celebration of Matariki (Māori New Year) has proven to be a great opportunity to work with the team at Carter Observatory. This year,… Read more »

As part of Science Live: Secret World of Ferns, we want to find out what type of fern you are! If one of the statements below sounds like you, click on it to reveal your secret fern personality… Are you easily embarrassed? Sounds like you’re: rasp fern (Doodia australis).The new fronds of rasp fern are… Read more »