'Mini-stomachs' built from stem cells

World's first "mini-stomachs", made from stem cells, could spur research into cancer, ulcers and diabetes.

Are flying cars the future of travel?

It's better than a bird, better than a plane — maybe even better than Superman. It's a flying car.

No, we're not on our own - Brian Cox clarifies


Professor clarifies statement on creation of humans after misinterpretation spreads.

Rocket explodes on take-off in Virginia

A commercial space station supply ship rocket has exploded after lift-off at Virginia launch site.

Evolution is real and God is no wizard: Pope

Pope Francis backs the evolution theory but says there was no Big Bang without God.

Risks in resurrecting ancient viruses from poo

Ancient viruses in poo

Defrosting ancient poo could reintroduce some age-old bugs to the modern world, scientists say.

Stresses shift in Strait faults

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Cook Strait faults may be further from rupturing after last year's big Marlborough earthquakes.

Hamilton rhinos get cosy new pad

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Hamilton Zoo's hefty herd of white rhino are now being kept warmer and drier with a cosy new pad.

Moa extinction rapid - study


The moa was doomed the moment humans landed in NZ, new research suggests.

Cold sore virus 'doubles Alzheimer's risk'

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Infection with the virus that causes cold sores significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study indicates.

Paralysed man walks again

A paralysed man can walk again after a revolutionary treatment hailed as "more impressive than walking on the moon".

Nasa captures the sound of space


Ever wondered what the deepest, darkest corners of space sound like? Nasa has the answer.

2014 likely to be warmest year on record

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Globally, last month was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping, as the Earth continues to warm.

Gisborne hit by 'slow-slip' earthquake

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Gisborne is currently experiencing a large earthquake - not that you'll feel it.

Magnetic pulses to battle depression

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A machine that sends magnetic pulses into a patient’s brain has become the new frontier of depression treatment.

The first Mars mission should be manned by women

Thanks to their size, women are, on average, cheaper to launch and fly than men.

Researchers try to quell Ebola fears

Ebola's not transmitted by the air, the US Center for Disease Control says. Fear and ignorance are transmitted by the air.

The sideways origin of sex

Scientists have revealed the origins of sex, discovering that it wasn't always performed like we do it today.

What is a sinkhole?

Sinkholes form when earth and rock fall into a cavity below the ground's surface.

Breakthrough on fusion energy project

Claims a nuclear fusion power source small enough to fit on a truck will be ready in a decade.

Study vindicates human poo pills

Fecal transplants just got easier to swallow for those infected with C.diff bacteria.

Blood Moon shines down over New Zealand

Blood moon

Kiwis were in one of the best positions in the world to see last night's rare Blood Moon.

'Aotea' fault line found under Wellington


A large fault line discovered under Wellington Harbour last shook 6200 years ago.

Scientists study awareness after death


Truly wondrous: a large-scale study of 2060 people shows patients experience real events after their heart stops beating.

Lunar eclipse on tonight

Lunar eclipse

New Zealanders will get front row seats for tonight's total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon.

Hoping the clouds part for a blood moon

Mark Gee

Planning on photographing the blood moon? "Astrophotographer" Mark Gee shares his tips.

3 neuroscientists win Nobel prize in medicine


Three scientists get coveted award for deciphering the mechanism in the brain that allows us to find our way around.

Alpine Fault secrets being unlocked

Alpine Fault drill

Scientists drill 1.3km into Alpine Fault in hope of learning more about earthquakes.

And the forecast for all next year is . . .

Student Jack Wynne

Accurate weather predictions a year in advance could be commonplace in as little as a decade.

Lab-grown penises ready for testing

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Scientists are assessing lab-grown penises for safety, function and durability.

City scientists patent asthma breakthrough


Wellington scientists have patented a ground-breaking vaccine for asthma.

Medical first: Baby born from womb transplant

In a medical first, a woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a womb transplant.

Is Pluto a planet again?


Pluto, a celestial snowball 3.6bn miles from the sun, might be back into the solar system fraternity.

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 could erupt unexpectedly


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.

Recovering southern right whales spotted

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

Triumph for India as Mars orbiter enters orbit

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

Interstellar game explains space-time travel


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

Indian spacecraft set to arrive at Mars

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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

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

NASA's Maven makes it to Mars

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

Nasa's 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.

Global protests as greenhouse gases hit high

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

Mars explorer Maven about to enter orbit

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

Rain delays SpaceX rocket launch

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

Little known about rare porpoise

Ewan Fordyce

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

King Richard III died painfully in battle, study confirms

King Richard III

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

Urine tests could replace cervical smears, doctors say


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