Six of the coolest new creatures

Ampulex Dementor, the soul-sucking "dementor" wasp.

Before eating its prey alive, the ampulex dementor wasp paralyses its prey not by locking up its muscles but by stealing its free will.

No conflict between science and religion

Scientist Murray Broom in his home laboratory in Blenheim.

The natural world is "incredibly intricate and amazing", says scientist and inventor Murray Bloom. 

A whodunit that dates back 430,000 years


Archaeologists painstakingly piece together pre-Neanderthal skull to find the earliest known evidence of murder.

Girl, 4, makes scientific history

Isla Robinson, 4, and her mother Rachel Weldon just before Isla became the first child to be given her own cord blood to prevent her developing type 1 diabetes.

When Isla Robinson was born, her parents banked her cord blood. Now they're glad they did.

Engineering rescues after quakes

New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue engineer Scott Miller in Japan after the tsunami flattened former holiday destination Tokura on March 11, 2011.

USAR was 'a joke' until the Christchurch quake, when they worked 37 hours straight. Now they save lives the world over.

Mystery of the disappearing whales video

The Niwa Antarctic voyage spotted almost 50 humpback whales in three days around two of the Balleny Islands, near Antarctica, but none at all at a third.

The disappearance of whales from an Antarctic island has left experts puzzled.

Ceres bright spots closer than ever

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured up close the mysterious white spots of Ceres.

NASA scientists have captured the closest images yet of the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Climate truths still inconvenient

A United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December aims to finalise a worldwide binding agreement.

An award-winning film combating climate change sceptics to hit screens worldwide

Mummified child coming home

The mummified remains of a Tainui child will be welcomed home at a ceremony at Te Papa on Monday, May 25, before returning to their whanau.

Mummified remains of a Tainui child among four sets returned after more than a century overseas.

Rare double lights up Aussie's skies

The spectacular bioluminous outbreak in Tasmania is bringing light and colour to Hobart’s night skies.

Mother nature's rare double lights up skies and waters in Australia.

Maori history link to megathrust quake

Deposits at Okupe Lagoon  on Kapiti Island may be from a tsunami caused by a 15th century megathrust earthquake under Cook Strait.

Evidence of a massive 15th century earthquake on a subduction zone under Cook Strait could tie in with an event recorded in Maori oral history.

'Megaquake' warning gallery video

Jamie Howarth, William Ries and Delia Strong, of GNS Science, using a piston corer to recover sediment cores from salt marsh at Big Lagoon, Blenheim, to determine the dates of the last megathrust earthquake off the Wairarapa coast.

Evidence a 3.3m tsunami swept more than 360m inland is proof we could be ticking down to a "megathrust" quake.

'Megathrust' quakes don't stir planners

Jamie Howarth, William Ries and Delia Strong, of GNS Science, using a piston corer to recover sediment cores from salt marsh at Big Lagoon, Blenheim, to determine the dates of the last megathrust earthquake off the Wairarapa coast.

The proof may be there about "megathrust" earthquakes, but Wellington planners aren't rushing to change their quake plans.

Vitamin may block some skin cancers

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A cheap over-the-counter vitamin appears to reduce the recurrence of some common skin cancers.

Life with Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking  and Jane Wilde Hawking attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House.

Living with Stephen made me suicidal but I do still love him.

El Nino has us guessing

More drought for the country's east coast is possible if the increasingly likely El Nino event lands this year.

Meteorologists say the Pacific is heading for an El Nino event. How do they know?

Coastal flood risk rises

A park bench and pine tree were both knocked off their perch at Cooks Beach when sands were eroded away by storm seas in September, 2013.

As sea levels rise, so too does the risk of flooding along the Coromandel coast, Niwa says.

Students' science successes roll in

St Paul's Collegiate student Nonthiwat Seehamart, 17,will head to Bangkok for the 9th Asian Science Camp.

Scientific successes just keep on coming for top Waikato students.

Scientist discover warm-blooded fish video

An opah is released with sensors that allow for recording of depth, water temperature and the fish's internal body temperature. (NOAA Fisheries West Coast)

Deep in the ocean, scientists have found the first known example of a fish with warm blood.

Jawdropping video of 'supercell' storm video

The supercell develops.

No, this isn't a trailer for a new disaster film, it just looks like it.

Wanaka Nasa balloon to be retrieved

The Nasa balloon path. The balloon almost made a complete trip of the globe before crashing in Outback Australia.

The $1.6m Nasa balloon that was launched from Wanaka in March which later crashed in Australia will be recovered tomorrow.

Leprosy still strikes in NZ

Skin patches are one symptom of leprosy. GPs in Wellington and Auckland are being advised to remain aware of the disease, as it has not gone away.

Doctors urged to stay aware of symptoms, as cases continue to crop up each year.

Study: Pay smokers to quit

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PNCC's smoke free policy is likely to be extended to bus stops.
Helen Galbraith finishes her cigarette before catching the bus at the Main street depot.
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Giving smokers $1075 to quit is far more effective than normal cessation programs.

There's always a bigger squid

A giant squid was found washed ashore at South Bay, Kaikoura on Wednesday.

This giant squid's body revealed a terrifying story: It had been attacked by an even-bigger beast.

Giant balloon lands in Queensland

The giant zero pressure balloon was launched at Alice Springs on Tuesday

It's been a busy week for giant scientific balloons landing in the Queensland outback.

From star-gazing to Space Camp

Christopher Sneath, 17, from Onslow College, has been selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

Kiwi students have been selected to attend Space Camp in Alabama in July.

Cooler, stormy weather ahead

Meteorologists say the chances of an El Nino are high, meaning a cooler winter and stormy spring.

This winter is likely to be cooler than usual and the spring stormier, with scientists confirming El Nino is here.

Scientists create 'dino-chicken'

The research brings to mind popular dinosaur movies, such as the new Jurassic World.

A team of scientists has created a "dino-chicken", figuring out how to replicate dinosaur snouts on chicken embryos in a lab.

Polar melt accelerating

Global sea levels are climbing at a faster rate than previously thought, a new study shows. It underscores concerns about melting ice near the Earth's poles and at current rates of warming, global sea levels could rise by as much as 0.9m by the end of the century.

Global sea levels are climbing at a faster rate than previously thought, new study shows.

Alien lights on dwarf planet

Mysterious lights have been observed on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Nasa scientists are puzzled by the bright alien lights appearing on the dwarf planet Ceres.

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