Science

Craft in range for Pluto's first close ups

An artist's impression of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which is closing on Pluto.

Nine years after leaving Earth, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is drawing towards Pluto and is expected to start shooting photos.

Sea turtle's amazing homing instinct

MAGNETIC: Sea turtles have an extraordinary ability to navigate the oceans. which scientists say could be due to the earth's magnetic field.

Sea turtles return to the place they were born to give birth - how?

Puberty kicking in from age 7

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Forget traditional signs of puberty, it's the complex biological changes 7 to 9-year-olds are facing scientists say we need to focus on.

These bugs like big butts

BUG-EYED: A close-up of a female false garden mantis.

Male praying mantis like big, bright butts, and it ain't no lie, according to Australian scientists.

Space like you've never seen it before video

NASA has released its highest quality image ever of the Andromeda Galaxy.

NASA has released its highest quality image ever; boasting 1000 times the resolution of a regular high-definition picture.

Natural glow is partly our fault

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong.

Eerie fluorescence off Hong Kong's seashore is magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.

Doomsday clock: It's 3 minutes to midnight video

3-T0-DOOM: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Doomsday Clock.

Citing unchecked climate change and the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons, scientists have moved the hands of the Doomsday Clock two minutes closer to midnight.

Weird and wonderful creatures at Te Papa

Orchid spiker, on show as part of Te Papa's DeClassified exhibition.

Curious science buffs can find out about several weird and wonderful newly discovered creatures at a new exhibition at Te Papa.

'Horrific' shark caught video

'HORRIFIC': The frilled shark caught off Lakes Entrance in south-eastern Victoria.

It's got 47 rows of teeth, grows two metres and is found 400 metres underwater - or in a Taiwanese fish market.

MPI's new state-of-the-art lab

Cold case

A $65-million laboratory for the Ministry for Primary Industries is under construction in Upper Hutt.

A pukeko in a gum tree?

STONE THE PUKEKO: The iconic New Zealand bird has genetic ties to Australia

Stone the pukeko! Iconic New Zealand bird has ties to Australia.

Crowdfunding propels science

HI-TECH: David Eagleman's wearable vest that communicates sound to the brain using the sense of touch.

Scientists turning to online fundraising to help bring their hi-tech inventions, such as rocket thrusters and cancer cures, to life.

Climate catch as giant fish arrive

Rochelle Potter is claiming a world record for this kingfish.

Record-sized game fish are being caught in warm New Zealand waters - a sharp warning of the impact of climate change, scientists say.

2014 hottest year recorded on Earth - scientists

HEATING UP: For the third time in 10 years, a record was set for hottest surface temperature.

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, scientists say.

Earth may cease to be 'safe space' for humans video

Human activities are "destabilising the global environment", scientists are warning.

Scientist offers grim warning after study attempted to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.

Obesity device approved in US

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A device that tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full has been approved in the US.

Old age in orbit

International Space Station

Studying the way cells behave in zero gravity on the ISS could help researchers with treating age-related illnesses.

Chat replay: Bee expert Frank Lindsay

Wellingotn beekeeper Frank Lindsay .

Beekeeper Frank Lindsay answered questions and busted myths about bees and wasps.

How zebras get stripes

VARYING STRIPES: Researchers say consistently hot temperatures cause heavier and bolder stripes.

How did the zebra get its stripes? This burning question has us scratching our heads for decades.

Nelson scientist on research track

Sam Drew, a
PhD student
from Nelson, is
part of a
research team
seeking ways
to help massproduce
rare
drugs.

Nelson's Sam Drew is one of a team of research chemists in Canberra who have made a breakthrough that could lead to easier and cheaper ways to mass-produce rare drugs.

Mysteries of melting ice sheet

FROSTY: Part of a glacial ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of Greenland.

You may think you know where water from Greenland's melting ice sheet is going, but new research suggests you may be wrong.

Ancient life on Mars?

Ancient patterns on this rock outcrop on Mars' Gillespie Lake resemble microbial structures on Earth, a scientist says.

Patterns on Martian rock resemble fossils from primitive microbial life on Earth.

Alpine Fault drill on hold

BREAKING GROUND: Workers photographed in the early stages of the Alpine Fault drill.

A project set to drill 1.3 kilometres into the Alpine Fault has been called off 400 metres shy of the finish line.

Hubble updates classic space image

A close-up of one of the "pillars" in the new image.

Nasa celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with new shot of iconic image.

Newfound planets "most Earth-like"

PLANETS: This artist’s conception depicts an Earth-like planet orbiting a star that has formed a “planetary nebula”.

"We are now closer than we've ever been to finding a twin for the Earth around another star," says Nasa scientist Fergal Mullally.

Whale genes clue to reverse human aging

WHAT'S THEIR SECRET?: Bowhead whales are said to live for more than 200 years with low rates of disease.

Bowhead whales are said to live for more than 200 years with low rates of disease. Published in the journal Cell Reports, the research could offer new insight into how animals and humans could achieve a long and healthy life.

SpaceX rocket launch aborted

GOING NOWHERE: The Falcon 9 rocket stayed on its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

A last-minute technical glitch forces SpaceX to cancel their latest rocket launch, delaying a landmark attempt to fly the discarded booster back to Earth.

Hole on sun 410 times the size of Earth video

This image, captured on Jan. 1, 2015 by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the coronal hole as a dark region in the south.

An image of a coronal hole on the sun hundreds of times larger than our planet has been captured by Nasa.

SpaceX to test reusable rocket

SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk believes a reusable rocket could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100.

SpaceX is developing rockets that could be reused, rather than burn up on re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.

The pro-science pontiff

Pope Francis takes a pro-science stance.

Pope Francis appears to be embracing the notion of a God who created a universe that follows laws that can be scientifically discerned.

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