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    Award-winning entry to help protect Kiwis on Stewart Island

    Award-winning entry to help protect Kiwis on Stewart Island


    A remote-controlled kiwi, designed to help protect the living native bird from roaming dogs, has won five awards at the NZAS Southland Science and Technology Fair in Invercargill this...

    A remote-controlled kiwi, designed to help protect the living native bird from roaming dogs, has won five awards at the NZAS Southland Science and Technology Fair in Invercargill this week.
    Satellite snares space trash in net

    Satellite snares space trash in net


    A British test satellite called RemoveDEBRIS, built to tidy up objects floating about in orbit has managed to ensnare another satellite with a five metre...

    A British test satellite called RemoveDEBRIS, built to tidy up objects floating about in orbit has managed to ensnare another satellite with a five metre wide net.
    Plant professor brings the science to wine research centre

    Plant professor brings the science to wine research centre


    A new wine research centre in Blenheim has appointed a Lincoln University professor to help shape the centre's science...

    A new wine research centre in Blenheim has appointed a Lincoln University professor to help shape the centre's science programme.
    NZ maple syrup industry 'possible and promising'

    NZ maple syrup industry 'possible and promising'


    Canada produces 71 per cent of world's maple syrup and 91 per cent of that originates from the province of Quebec. But a clutch of New Zealand academics think this country could have a maple syrup industry, despite a mild climate and no sugar...

    Canada produces 71 per cent of world's maple syrup and 91 per cent of that originates from the province of Quebec. But a clutch of New Zealand academics think this country could have a maple syrup industry, despite a mild climate and no sugar maple forests.
    Bob Brockie: Requiem for the horse, the animal that made human history

    Bob Brockie: Requiem for the horse, the animal that made human history


    History can be divided into three stages – pre-horse, horse, and post-horse. So suggested the eminent German historian Reinhart Koselleck  in...

    History can be divided into three stages – pre-horse, horse, and post-horse. So suggested the eminent German historian Reinhart Koselleck  in 2007.
    Dr Roger Hanson: In a land of extremes

    Dr Roger Hanson: In a land of extremes


    The company Wildest Africa has produced a documentary Ethiopia – Land of Extremes. The documentary derives its title from the remarkable variety of landscapes and climates in that country, from a baking hot desert, to a high mountain range, to a...

    The company Wildest Africa has produced a documentary Ethiopia – Land of Extremes. The documentary derives its title from the remarkable variety of landscapes and climates in that country, from a baking hot desert, to a high mountain range, to a geographic depression, to a fertile temperate wilderness.  
    Scientists discover three new sea creatures in depths of the Pacific Ocean

    Scientists discover three new sea creatures in depths of the Pacific Ocean


    In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark...

    In their latest trip to the Atacama Trench, one of the deepest points in the Pacific Ocean, a team of scientists repeatedly lowered a device called a deep-sea lander overboard and watched as it sank into the cold, dark waters.
    'Minibrains' raise hopes, ethical questions

    'Minibrains' raise hopes, ethical questions


    Xuyu Qian yanked open an incubator door at the University of Pennsylvania to reveal rows of cylindrical tubes swirling, like shaken-up snow globes, with a strange and exotic flurry. The pale, peppercorn-sized spheres were lab-grown globules of human...

    Xuyu Qian yanked open an incubator door at the University of Pennsylvania to reveal rows of cylindrical tubes swirling, like shaken-up snow globes, with a strange and exotic flurry. The pale, peppercorn-sized spheres were lab-grown globules of human brain tissue, or, as Qian occasionally refers to them, "minibrains."
    More green, less asthma, NZ study finds

    More green, less asthma, NZ study finds


    A new study using "uniquely rich" New Zealand databases has found a strong link between greenness and...

    A new study using "uniquely rich" New Zealand databases has found a strong link between greenness and asthma. 
    Bob Brockie: Life promising on an infinity of moons

    Bob Brockie: Life promising on an infinity of moons


    It is generally believed that water is essential to life as we know it. And, because traces of water have been found on Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, there's a remote chance of something living on those...

    It is generally believed that water is essential to life as we know it. And, because traces of water have been found on Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, there's a remote chance of something living on those planets.
    Bright Star: Science legend's shining achievement on the stage

    Bright Star: Science legend's shining achievement on the stage


    British born Kiwi astronomer Beatrice Tinsley was in her 30s when she proved the universe was expanding and...

    British born Kiwi astronomer Beatrice Tinsley was in her 30s when she proved the universe was expanding and wouldn't stop. 
    National Portrait: Dame Anne Salmond - walking between two worlds

    National Portrait: Dame Anne Salmond - walking between two worlds


    When Anne Salmond was 20, she was sent to the Solomon Islands capital Honiara to write down the language of the Ontong Java...

    When Anne Salmond was 20, she was sent to the Solomon Islands capital Honiara to write down the language of the Ontong Java atoll.