Science

Sick kids of seperation

Children who live with just one parent after a family break-up suffer from more problems such as headaches, stomach aches, feelings of tension and sadness than those whose parents share custody, research has found.

Children who live with just one parent after a family break-up suffer from more problems research has found.

DNA secrets revealed

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Some people have natural genetic health benefits that could be used to use to treat others

Giant turtle may be left to rot gallery

Te Kopi Bay resident Mark Pengelly found the 2.3-metre long leatherback turtle on Saturday

A rare two-metre long turtle that washed ashore in Marlborough may be left to rot.

Parasite gets vaccine comeuppance

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A Wellington researcher is trying to find a vaccine for hookworm.

Research on post-quake Anzac Day

The cenotaph in Christchurch's Cathedral Square, a popular spot to commemorate Anzac Day, was off-limits after the earthquakes hit.

Researchers are surveying Anzac Day's meaning, especially to those hit by the Christchurch quakes

A view of the southern sky in May

Saturn with Titan, the largest moon of Saturn.

Tekapo-based astronomer Freidl Hale looks at what the night sky will offer in May.

Let's get physical

Onslow College students Matthew Randle and Catherine Pot, both 16, have been spending lunchtimes in the physics lab preparing since being selected to compete for New Zealand at the Physics World Cup.

Five high-school students are looking to bring back an unusual World Cup gold medal.

'Evil twin' had bone, hair and teeth

Yamini Karanam: A strange connection with her twin.

Yamini Karanam's problem lay deep within her brain. It was her sister.

Science unlocks teenage brain

A neuroscientist who studies the adolescent mindset has provocative new insights on the teenage brain.

A neuroscientist who studies the adolescent mindset has provocative new insights.

Watch: Earthquakes animation

Quakes animated

Watch an animated history of earthquakes to see how today's shake compares.

Quakes would isolate West Coast

The Alpine Fault runs across the South Island.

Alpine Fault earthquake could isolate the West Coast for six weeks, a geologist says.

New frog looks like Kermit

A newly discovered glassfrog looks a lot like Kermit the Frog.

Kermit the Frog is alive and living in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica.

Portable MRI 'hi-tech portaloo' video

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One day, it could scan wounded soldiers on a battlefield or patients in an ambulance.

Japan eyes 2018 moon landing

Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018.

Most accurate atomic clock ever

Strontium lattice atomic clock means no more excuses for being late.

A record-setting strontium atomic clock could "tick" for 15 billion years.

Hello earthlings, this is Ceres calling

ALIEN LIFE?: Conspiracy theorists believe this may be a signal from a faraway alien species.

Are aliens trying to make contact with humans from the dwarf planet of Ceres?

Tuatara DNA to yield its secrets

Genetics researcher Stephen O'Brien meets Spike, a resident tuatara of Victoria University. O'Brien, based in Russia, is visiting the country to talk about how the DNA of threatened species like tuatara can help conserve them.

The most important action to save our endangered native species might be taking their DNA sample, a top geneticist says.

Happy birthday, Hubble!

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped this image of the planetary nebula, catalogued as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour. A dying star that was once about five times the mass of the Sun is at the center of this fury. It has ejected its envelope of gases and is now unleashing a stream of ultraviolet radiation that is making the cast-off material glow. This object is an example of a planetary nebula, so-named because many of them have a round appearance resembling that of a planet when viewed through a small telescope. NGC 6302 lies within our Milky Way galaxy, roughly 3,800 light-years away in the constellation Scorpius. The glowing gas is the star's outer layers, expelled over about 2,200 years. The "butterfly" stretches for more than two light-years, which is about half the distance from the Sun to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.

Check out some of the cosmic wonders the Hubble Telescope has captured in its 25 years.

Rare sea creature disappears

The oarfish that washed up on a salt marsh on the Aramoana Spit salt marsh on Thursday has disappeared.

A rare three-metre long oarfish that washed ashore last week has disappeared.

Humanoid robot starts work

A reception employee of Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi department store (R) poses for a photo with a kimono-clad android robot named Aiko Chihira, developed by Toshiba Corp., during its unveiling at the reception desk of the store in Tokyo April 20, 2015. The humanoid robot, originally introduced by Toshiba last year, which can use sign language and introduce itself, started work at the department store reception desk in downtown Tokyo on Monday. It is designed to interact with customers and recently has been upgraded to speak Chinese, a department store offical said. REUTERS/Issei Kato      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers.

Geothermal experts head to World Congress in Melbourne

The team of engineers, scientists and power station operation experts from Contact Energy travelling to next week's World Geothermal Congress consist of Sophie Milloy, Warren Mannington, Zim Aunzo, Kim Harwood, Fabian Sepulveda, Chris Morris and Dan Wilson (left to right). Reservoir Modelling Engineer Juliet Newson, absent from the photo, will also be attending.

Eight geothermal experts from Contact Energy will travel to the World Geothermal Congress in Melbourne next week.

Antiquity or sham?

Warnings on a door in the carbon dating laboratory at GNS science in Lower Hutt.

From giving a vodka brand its name to exposing sham antiques, Christine Prior’s Lower Hutt radiocarbon dating laboratory is history’s timekeeper.

Brainstorming techies battle it out in space challenge

Enabling people in remote areas of Africa find clean drinking water to helping space walking astronauts "talk" to the international space station computer were just some of the projects a group of New Zealanders took on in a global hackathon.

Drawing attention to climate change

Graphic novel anthology High Water features stories about climate change from 11 of New Zealand's top artists.

Kiwi comic artists concerned over rising sea level, super storms and climate change have put pen to paper.

North, South Islands in the stream

Cloud skirts around New Zealand.

So much for the moniker, Land of the Long White Cloud.

Spacecraft heading for a crash landing

After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s.

By Irene Klotz

How to speak cat

A slow blink is like a kitty kiss, says Dr Bonnie Beaver.

Yes, your cats is talking to you. Here's what it's saying.

Secret behind knuckle-cracking

Researchers prepare a study participant's finger for joint cracking under the watch of an MRI video setup in this undated handout picture courtesy of the Peter S. Allen MR Research Centre.

Researchers said they have settled the issue of what causes knuckles to trigger the familiar popping sound.

Science teacher out of comfort zone gallery

Golden Bay High School science teacher Paul Nield is on a six-month placement at Cawthron Institute, which is part of the Science Teaching Leadership Programme.

Golden Bay science teacher Paul Nield has traded his classroom for the laboratory at Nelson's Cawthron Institute.

Paracetamol dulls pleasure as well as pain

Medicine

Paracetamol is an effective pain reliever but also reduces feelings of pleasure, a study suggests.

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