Science

Twins to give clues about life in space

Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly walks after donning space suit at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Researchers use twins to study effects of long-term stay in space.

Nasa balloon: We have liftoff gallery video

A Nasa crew start to inflate a tow balloon in preparation of the launch of a super pressure balloon.

Nasa's super pressure balloon is up, up and away after its launch from Wanaka Airport.

When black holes bite back

ARTIST'S IMPRESSION: red gas pours out of a galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its core.

Astronomers witness supermassive black holes eating star-forming gas of their host galaxies.

Kiwi anti-wrinkle innovation

BYE BYE BOTOX?: Snowberry's new anti-wrinkle skin care product went on sale on Wednesday.

Auckland skin care company makes big claims for an anti-ageing product.

Japanese robot giant leap for 'rabbit'-kind

ROBOT RACE: Takeshi Hakamada, 35, is leading a team that is racing to develop a robotic rover for moon exploration.

Japan is racing to put a robot on the moon.

Women's painful choices

HARD DECISION: Angelina Jolie has had surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes recently, after having both breasts removed two years ago.

Advances in genetic testing have given people information about disease risk - but science offers far fewer ways to act on it.

Did the Big Bang happen?

Miniature black holes could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen.

Cern scientists may soon prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the Big Bang did not happen.

Cute kakapo and kiwi worth saving?

CUTE: Hand-raised kakapo chicks are very cute but is the species worth saving given the cost to do so.

Cute and cuddly kakapo and kiwi may be easy to fundraise for, but extremely expensive to save.

Town faces fault upheaval

Franz Josef township faces tough decisions to prepare for an Alpine Fault earthquake.

A West Coast community will need to consider drastic changes to prepare for an earthquake.

Nasa balloon grounded

SUPER-PRESSURE: A Nasa balloon similar to the one to be launched at Wanaka.

A Nasa balloon launch attempt has been cancelled due to wind, disappointing a small crowd gathered at Wanaka Airport.

Drone maps lagoons video

Mapping the
inter-tidal area
and vegetation
of the Wairau
Lagoons, in
Marlborough,
using drones
and field work
are, from left,
Cawthron
Institute
scientist Dr Paul
Gillespie,
Moyang Li, Lisa
Peacock and
Celine Dufour.

The Wairau Lagoons bared a striking resemblance to the Transformers movie during the first survey of its kind in the region.

West coast is tsunami 'blind spot'

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Speights Coast to Coast two day event. Going down to the edge of the Tasman sea before the start.

Long thought to be "benign", the Tasman Sea appears to have faced catastrophic tsunami events.

King Richard III to get a more regal farewell

COFFIN AND KINGMAKER: Michael Ibsen, a 17th generation nephew of King Richard III, poses with a facial reconstruction of the king.

Furniture maker Michael Ibsen is used to clients asking for custom-made pieces, but not a coffin for a king.

A rare sight: A total solar eclipse

A solar eclipse is viewed by ESA's Sun-watching Proba-2 minisatellite, using it's SWAP imager to capture the Moon passing in front of the Sun in a near-totality, in this handout image provided by the Royal Observatory of Belgium March 20, 2015. SWAP views the solar disc at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths to capture the turbulent surface of the Sun and its swirling corona.     REUTERS/ESA/Royal Observatory of Belgium/Handout via Reuters               TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES.    THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS.

Selected spots in Europe have  experienced a total solar eclipse, one of three celestial events taking place.

Familial cancer breakthrough

REVOLUTIONARY: Otago University Professor Parry Guilford says researchers have identified drugs that could successfully treat or even prevent deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers

Kiwi researchers have found a potential cure to deadly familial stomach and lobular breast cancers.

NASA balloon still grounded

FLIGHT PATH: The NASA balloon’s predicted trajectory is still too far north for launch on Friday or Saturday.

The NASA super pressure balloon remains grounded at Wanaka Airport.

Why haven't we been to Mars?

WELL RED: ESA probe Rosetta withmysterious Mars in the background.

Bowie asked back in 1971 'Is there life on Mars?' We still don't really know.

An aurora of rare grandeur gallery video

The aurora over the Mackenzie District, taken by Maki Yanagimachi.

The colourful light show seen above parts of New Zealand was one of the best aurora displays in years, an expert says.

A disturbance, far, far away

The incredible view from Wanaka

Severe geomagnetic storms like this cause havoc on earth, but this one's just put on a beautiful show.

Cyclone keeps NASA balloon on ground

STUCK AT AIRPORT: A Nasa Balloon similar to the one to be launched at Wanaka once Cyclone Pam has passed.

Space agency's balloon faces another day of waiting at Wanaka Airport.

NZ's weird and wonderful creatures

NEW TO SCIENCE: Syracosphaera pemmadiscus, an ultra-tiny member of a group of microalgae called coccolithophores.

Niwa biologists have discovered 141 new marine creatures in the past three years.

Science of cyclones

STORM: Cyclone Pam sits off the north east of the North Island in this image from EarthWindMap.

How do cyclones form and who comes up with the names?

Godwits go the distance video

"ENTHRALLING": Keith Woodley surveys the godwits of Miranda.

These birds use NZ as a summer layover on an incredible long-distance migration.

Magnetic field probes launched video

Nasa launches an unmanned rocket carrying satellites to boost its mission to better understand the magnetosphere.

New satellites to map explosions triggered by criss-crossing magnetic fields around Earth.

Icy moon's 100km-deep ocean

SURF SAFARI: Jupiter's Ganymede moon has an ocean, says NASA, but it's buried under thick ice.

Ocean discovery means possible lifeforms on Jupiter's icy Ganymede moon.

A six-week journey in 100 seconds

Whale

VIDEO: Six weeks of research in the icy Southern Ocean is distilled in to 100 seconds in this time-lapse video.

Giant ocean on Jupiter moon

WATER OF LIFE?: Ganymede, bottom, orbits Jupiter.

Jupiter's largest moon discovered to have an ocean with more water than Earth.

Gigantic arthropod was 'a very peaceful guy'

BIG AND WEIRD: The reconstruction of a filter-feeding Aegirocassis benmoulae from the Ordovician Period feeding on a plankton cloud is shown in this artist rendering.

It was big. It was weird. And this monster from the primordial seas was also a trend-setter.

Can 1080 kill a child?

SECURITY MEASURES: Warnings and safety measures were put in place to counter the 1080 threat.

Toxicologist explores how 1080 is and the risk of a child dying from contaminated formula.

Hollywood plot leaps into the lab

Researchers have implanted false memories into the brains of mice.

Scientists have successfully implanted false memories in a radical experiment.

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