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    Polar ice sheets may 'collapse' even if global warming is limited

    Polar ice sheets may 'collapse' even if global warming is limited


    Humans are "very close" to triggering irreversible change in Earth's polar ice sheets, a University of Otago professor...


    Humans are "very close" to triggering irreversible change in Earth's polar ice sheets, a University of Otago professor says.
    Digital devices: A health risk that's hard to switch off

    Digital devices: A health risk that's hard to switch off


    Scrolling through Facebook was the last activity Joy Ravela did each night. The mindlessness of the task would lull her to...

    Scrolling through Facebook was the last activity Joy Ravela did each night. The mindlessness of the task would lull her to sleep.
    NASA and New Zealand researchers partner for environmental project

    NASA and New Zealand researchers partner for environmental project


    New Zealand and NASA have partnered for their first international space mission, aiming to help protect the world's vulnerable...

    New Zealand and NASA have partnered for their first international space mission, aiming to help protect the world's vulnerable ecosystems.
    Siouxsie Wiles: Politicians, don't interfere with science

    Siouxsie Wiles: Politicians, don't interfere with science


    Opinion: I'm sure I'm not the only researcher who felt a chill run down my spine on hearing that, over the last two years, Australian politician Simon Birmingham had vetoed $4 million worth of Australian Research Council grants while education...

    Opinion: I'm sure I'm not the only researcher who felt a chill run down my spine on hearing that, over the last two years, Australian politician Simon Birmingham had vetoed $4 million worth of Australian Research Council grants while education minister.
    Appendix may play surprising role in development of Parkinson's

    Appendix may play surprising role in development of Parkinson's


    Some still dismiss the appendix as an organ that has outlived its usefulness. But new research suggests it may play an active – and detrimental – role in the development of...

    Some still dismiss the appendix as an organ that has outlived its usefulness. But new research suggests it may play an active – and detrimental – role in the development of Parkinson's.
    Wellington's 'Matariki' whale was a boy, and 'a bit of a rogue', scientists find

    Wellington's 'Matariki' whale was a boy, and 'a bit of a rogue', scientists find


    The DNA tests have come back, and scientists now know where the rare southern right whale that made Wellington Harbour its home came from, as well as its...

    The DNA tests have come back, and scientists now know where the rare southern right whale that made Wellington Harbour its home came from, as well as its gender.
    Marsden Fund: World-first virtual uterus to be built in New Zealand

    Marsden Fund: World-first virtual uterus to be built in New Zealand


    A world-first virtual uterus is being built in New Zealand - and it could lead to new tools for diagnosing and treating abnormal...

    A world-first virtual uterus is being built in New Zealand - and it could lead to new tools for diagnosing and treating abnormal pregnancies.
    Flu vaccine breakthrough: Llamas

    Flu vaccine breakthrough: Llamas


    Along with soulful eyes, endearingly long necks and warm fuzzy coats, llamas have a far less appreciated feature: They make an array of immune system antibodies so tiny they can fit into crevices on the surface of an invading...

    Along with soulful eyes, endearingly long necks and warm fuzzy coats, llamas have a far less appreciated feature: They make an array of immune system antibodies so tiny they can fit into crevices on the surface of an invading virus.
    Rare earth could be common in NZ

    Rare earth could be common in NZ


    A stepped-up search for rare earth elements in New Zealand found more than 20 locations where the valuable minerals might be...

    A stepped-up search for rare earth elements in New Zealand found more than 20 locations where the valuable minerals might be found.
    Peter Griffin: Which experts should we believe?

    Peter Griffin: Which experts should we believe?


    In the era of Trump, Brexit and fake news, it seems like it is getting harder to tell fact from...

    In the era of Trump, Brexit and fake news, it seems like it is getting harder to tell fact from fiction.
    New image shows signs of supermassive black hole

    New image shows signs of supermassive black hole


    Astronomers have gained an image of the tell-tale signs of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our...

    Astronomers have gained an image of the tell-tale signs of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.