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.

Nasa's tips for finding alien life


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

Bed rest 'harmful' for pregnant mums

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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: results of colossal squid examination

 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.

Aurora displays tipped for South Island skies

Aurora Australis over Canterbury

The South Island could get a spectacular light show across the skies tonight - but it could also be rained out.

New weapon against flu?

microscope scientist

Otago University researchers have identified a protein that could be targeted by anti-influenza drugs.

Ancient flying reptile named after Avatar


Animal very similar to James Cameron's CGI mountain banshee actually existed here on Earth long ago.

Spinosaurus a very weird killer, bigger than T Rex

Turns out spinosaurus was a very weird, semi-aquatic predator that was bigger than T Rex.

CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

"Time is not on our side," the UN weather agency chief says as agency finds big bump in carbon dioxide levels.

New-found asteroid to fly over New Zealand

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New Zealand will be in the box seat when a newly-discovered asteroid passes super close to Earth on Monday morning.

Space sex geckos perish, but fruit flies flourish

Five geckos tasked with reproducing in zero gravity failed the mission, but sex did happen in space.

Bardarbunga's amazing display


Iceland's more-pronounceable volcano is continuing to put on quite a show.

Study links estuary sediment to sheep

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Science has uncovered sheep, not dairy cows, as culprits for some sediment problems in Southland estuaries.

Death Valley rock mystery finally solved


Two cousins solve the long-standing mystery of the "Racetrack Playa" in Death Valley National Park.

Memory experiment could help treat depression

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Turning bad memories into good ones could be as simple as manipulating brain circuitry.

Quakes rattle White Island

White Island

A run of small earthquakes has been rattling New Zealand's White Island.

Scientists studying sheepdogs' tactics

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Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

More whales visiting Otago Harbour

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Whale visits to Otago Harbour seem to be increasing, a Dunedin Department of Conservation ranger says.

Why are Kiwis killing reindeer?


Kiwi expertise is key to a project to eradicate rats and reindeer from the island of South Georgia in the remote and wild southern Atlantic Ocean.

Parents can't spot the fat in their kids

Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can't even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight.

Pair want city back on fluoride

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Councillors are calling for fluoride to be put back in New Plymouth's water supply.

Far-off quakes affect Alpine Fault

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Quakes several hundred kilometres away trigger activity deep beneath NZ's Alpine Fault.

Learning the language of animals

No other creatures have a true language except for us. Or do they?

Scientists seek to parse animal language from noise

Dr Doolittle

No other creatures have a true language except for us. Or do they?

Conspiracy theories on Mars 'alien thigh bone'

Is this an alien thigh bone on Mars? Highly unlikely, says NASA.

Nasa: Help us identify space imagery


Nasa wants your help to solve a 300,000 piece puzzle thanks to snap-happy astronauts

42 folds and you're at the Moon

Moon and Earth

Prepare for your brain to melt. All you need is a bit of paper and exponential growth.

Life discovered deep underneath Antarctica

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An ecosystem has been discovered under Antarctica's ice, proving water is habitable even if its freezing and there is no sunlight.

Video: Jellyfish stinging in slow mo


Ever wonder why jellyfish stings are so painful? An Alabama rocket engineer went to Australia to find out.

Space totally confuses your immune system

 International Space Station

Can an astronaut survive a long-term spaceflight?

Why women have risky sex on vacation


Who knew that having sex on the beach — or other far-flung tourist destinations — could be so complicated?

Iceland on volcano alert after earthquakes

Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Thousands of small quakes rock Iceland amid concerns one of country's volcanoes may erupt.

Sea plankton found outside International Space Station

 International Space Station

It's not quite ET, but astronauts have discovered things growing outside the space station.

GM artificial food may be 'staple diet'

Test tube burger

Steak grown in labs and engineered fish may become the staple in the future.

New antibiotic frontiers

Cancer testing, medical testing, laboratory

Pampering leafcutter ants with fresh oranges may seem an unlikely way to rescue medicine.

Young scientist spotlights bats

long-tailed bat

A 12-year-old "batman" has confirmed Cambridge has its own urban population of rare bats.

First woman to win maths' top prize loves books

Maryam Mirzakhani

Before winning maths' top prize, Maryam Mirzakhani dreamed of being a writer.

The brutal truth about meerkats


Meerkats look cuddly and endearing, but a new study says they have a dark side.

Secret panel claim in fluoride dispute


Top scientists are working on a report to counter aggressive anti-fluoride campaigners.

Exercise cuts breast cancer risk 10 per cent

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Exercise works better than any pill in warding off breast cancer, a study has found.

Te Papa to get another colossal squid


A rare colossal squid caught off Antarctica has been put on ice and is coming to Te Papa.

Ebola outbreak in NZ unlikely

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With no direct flights from West Africa, it's doubtful the disease will make its way here, scientist says. | Liberians pray

Ten year shark study comes to an end

great white shark

A 10-year study of great white sharks find most migrate north for the winter.

Cosmic treat: This year's brightest moon

super moon

On Sunday, we'll see a special cosmological treat. The year's biggest and brightest full moon will rise.

Wealth of discoveries at Taputapuatea stream

Whitianga archaeology dig

Evidence of early Polynesian settlement dating back to the early 1300s has been uncovered in a discovery of national significance.

Rosetta catches up to comet after 10 years


It's been a decade long chase, but a European spaceship has finally found its comet.
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