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    Get ready, NZ, for a years-long warm spell

    Get ready, NZ, for a years-long warm spell


    Several more warm years could be on the way, if a new statistical temperature forecasting system turns out to be...

    Several more warm years could be on the way, if a new statistical temperature forecasting system turns out to be accurate. 
    Nasa rocket launch spotted in New Zealand skies

    Nasa rocket launch spotted in New Zealand skies


    An Auckland astronomer was able to capture photos of the moment a Nasa rocket launched in the United States passed over New...

    An Auckland astronomer was able to capture photos of the moment a Nasa rocket launched in the United States passed over New Zealand.
    Only deadly NZ tsunami on record hit the Chathams, 150 years ago

    Only deadly NZ tsunami on record hit the Chathams, 150 years ago


    A massive earthquake off Peru 150 years ago ruptured 600km of seafloor, causing a tsunami that churned across the Pacific Ocean, crashing into the Chatham Islands and causing a 10 metre-high wave that killed maybe 20...

    A massive earthquake off Peru 150 years ago ruptured 600km of seafloor, causing a tsunami that churned across the Pacific Ocean, crashing into the Chatham Islands and causing a 10 metre-high wave that killed maybe 20 people.
    Brockie: Citizen scientists offer new observations on clever sparrows

    Brockie: Citizen scientists offer new observations on clever sparrows


    Last June, I wrote about clever sparrows stealing sugar sachets from cafes in Auckland and Hamilton, and asked readers if they could report on other sparrows acting smartly. From Whangarei to Dunedin, over 30 readers have...

    Last June, I wrote about clever sparrows stealing sugar sachets from cafes in Auckland and Hamilton, and asked readers if they could report on other sparrows acting smartly. From Whangarei to Dunedin, over 30 readers have responded.
    Rare blue diamonds give up some mysteries

    Rare blue diamonds give up some mysteries


    Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most valuable gems on Earth, but scientists know little about...

    Blue diamonds are among the rarest and most valuable gems on Earth, but scientists know little about them.
    Huge alcohol clinical trial collapses

    Huge alcohol clinical trial collapses


    Pounding one alcoholic drink after another is bad for your health. Things get murkier when it comes to "moderate" drinking. What's the limit? Can a health-conscious person serenely order a second...

    Pounding one alcoholic drink after another is bad for your health. Things get murkier when it comes to "moderate" drinking. What's the limit? Can a health-conscious person serenely order a second round?
    A fast-moving future for gene-edited foods

    A fast-moving future for gene-edited foods


    In a gleaming laboratory hidden from the highway by a Hampton Inn and a Denny's restaurant, a researcher in Minnesota, US with the biotech firm Calyxt works the controls of a boxy...

    In a gleaming laboratory hidden from the highway by a Hampton Inn and a Denny's restaurant, a researcher in Minnesota, US with the biotech firm Calyxt works the controls of a boxy robot.
    NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet

    NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet


    A Nasa spacecraft is rocketing toward the sun on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent...

    A Nasa spacecraft is rocketing toward the sun on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before.
    Rare set of mega shark teeth unearthed

    Rare set of mega shark teeth unearthed


    A rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Australia's...

    A rare set of teeth from a prehistoric shark that was more than twice the size of the ferocious great white shark has been unearthed on Australia's coastline.
    Bob Brockie: Hot streaks are real

    Bob Brockie: Hot streaks are real


    Nearly everybody has enjoyed a period of their lives when they were at their best. Whether in gambling, love, business, playing the stock market, in the arts or sciences, there is a period when a person's performance is far better than his or her...

    Nearly everybody has enjoyed a period of their lives when they were at their best. Whether in gambling, love, business, playing the stock market, in the arts or sciences, there is a period when a person's performance is far better than his or her previous or subsequent performance.
    Science: Couple finds new species of body snatcher in Otago

    Science: Couple finds new species of body snatcher in Otago


    An American master's student  and his partner exploring a remote area of Otago discovered a new species in...

    An American master's student  and his partner exploring a remote area of Otago discovered a new species in 2016.
    Search for the Pink and White Terraces: GNS scientists challenge lake shore claim

    Search for the Pink and White Terraces: GNS scientists challenge lake shore claim


    Researchers at GNS Science have thrown doubt on work that suggests the remains of part of the Pink and White Terraces could be buried on land next to Lake...

    Researchers at GNS Science have thrown doubt on work that suggests the remains of part of the Pink and White Terraces could be buried on land next to Lake Rotomahana.
    Scientists explain what's right and wrong with Shark Week

    Scientists explain what's right and wrong with Shark Week


    Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's annual bonanza of shark documentaries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  That longevity has given it a prime role in understanding of shark science. But its legacy is a mixed...

    Shark Week, the Discovery Channel's annual bonanza of shark documentaries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  That longevity has given it a prime role in understanding of shark science. But its legacy is a mixed bag.
    'Extinction on demand': Is it acceptable to wipe a species off the face of the Earth?

    'Extinction on demand': Is it acceptable to wipe a species off the face of the Earth?


    It's one thing to play God within one's own environment. But what happens if your experiment spreads across borders, into places that can't object? What if New Zealand, with good intentions, causes an international ecological...

    It's one thing to play God within one's own environment. But what happens if your experiment spreads across borders, into places that can't object? What if New Zealand, with good intentions, causes an international ecological incident?
    Oscar Kightley: The worms that turned... what could possibly go wrong?

    Oscar Kightley: The worms that turned... what could possibly go wrong?


    OPINION: The moment, when it came, would have felt akin to something out of a Jurassic Park movie – only more amazing because this was happening in real...

    OPINION: The moment, when it came, would have felt akin to something out of a Jurassic Park movie – only more amazing because this was happening in real life.