Mars storm photo: 'something's brewing here'


India has published the first global view of Mars taken by the country's spacecraft orbiting the red planet, and the image shows a dust storm brewing.

NZ volcanoes a threat


A sudden, unexpected eruption - like the one that killed 31 people in Japan on Saturday - could happen here.

Scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak'


Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak.

The right kind of whale sighting

southern right whale

Niwa ecologists spot an estimated 60-100 endangered southern right whales.

Triumph for India's Mars orbiter

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Scientists broke into wild cheers in New Delhi as the orbiter braked successfully and entered orbit.

Interstellar browser game


App-based journey through strange solar systems from Christopher Nolan's latest film.

India's Mars probe set to arrive

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With NASA’s Maven spacecraft safely in orbit around Mars, the spotlight shifts to India’s first mission to the red planet.

Preparing for the big one

Wellington quake

OPINION: Disaster experts are meeting in Wellington, the ideal location to discuss natural hazards and how to mitigate the risks.

Ape's baby days are over

siamang gibbon ape

A gynaecologist performed a sterilisation operation on an "unusual patient" - a 25-year-old ape.

Explorer to probe red planet

NASA is back on Mars after a 700 million kilometre journey that began nearly a year ago.

Maven explorer arriving at Mars

NASA's Maven spacecraft is on track to reach Mars following a journey spanning 10 months and 711 million kilometres.

Greenhouse gases at historic high

Demonstrations around the world as greenhouse gas emissions surge to the highest levels in human history.

Mars probe about to arrive

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Nasa's Maven orbital explorer will slip into Mars orbit tomorrow, to study the red planet's atmosphere.

Clouds delay rocket launch

Bad weather has delayed a SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA.

Experts excited at rare porpoise

Ewan Fordyce

Researchers say the stranding of a rare porpoise on a Dunedin beach does have an upside.

Analysis of king's skeletal remains

King Richard III

He may be a murderer, but whatever else you think of him, King Richard III was no coward.

Pap smears replaced?


Simple, non-invasive urine tests offer an alternative to cervical smears, researchers say.

Nasa's tips for finding ET


So you want to find alien life? Nasa can help, with tips for going about your search in in the right way.

Pregnant mums 'shouldn't rest'

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Laying around for hours at a time, day after day, doesn't prevent early deliveries - and it puts a strain on the rest of the family.

It's a girl: Te Papa's colossal squid

 Colossal squid thrills Te Papa

It's a girl - not the latest royal-baby-to-be, but Te Papa's new colossal squid, and it had a lot to teach us.

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