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    NZ innovation: Practising for rare surgery with 3-D printing

    NZ innovation: Practising for rare surgery with 3-D printing


    New Zealand doctors have developed a 3-D printed simulator to teach doctors how to perform a life-saving operation on premature infants. These children are born with "oesophageal atresia", where their oesophagus does not connect to their stomach....

    New Zealand doctors have developed a 3-D printed simulator to teach doctors how to perform a life-saving operation on premature infants.

    These children are born with "oesophageal atresia", where their oesophagus does not connect to their stomach.

    Instead the upper oesophagus ends short, often as a small pouch.

    In some cases, the lower oesophagus connects to the windpipe, creating another problem.

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    Bob Brockie: Psychologists having a field day with the 'fear of missing out'

    Bob Brockie: Psychologists having a field day with the 'fear of missing out'


    ​The acronym FOMO means "Fear of Missing Out". The term was coined in 2004 and featured in the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time in 2013. These days, Fomo crops up all over the...

    ​The acronym FOMO means "Fear of Missing Out". The term was coined in 2004 and featured in the Oxford English Dictionary for the first time in 2013. These days, Fomo crops up all over the place.
    Videos show devastating impact across South Island if Alpine Fault ruptures

    Videos show devastating impact across South Island if Alpine Fault ruptures


    Video simulations demonstrate widespread destruction across the South Island if New Zealand's most dangerous fault line ruptures, and there's evidence the country is due for another big...

    Video simulations demonstrate widespread destruction across the South Island if New Zealand's most dangerous fault line ruptures, and there's evidence the country is due for another big one.
    What Haiwaii's volcanoes have in common with those on Mars

    What Haiwaii's volcanoes have in common with those on Mars


    OPINION: Two events that made news headlines recently were the launch of the InSight spacecraft to Mars and as if on cue, the eruption of Mt Kilauea in Hawaii – as it turns out, the two are scientifically...

    OPINION: Two events that made news headlines recently were the launch of the InSight spacecraft to Mars and as if on cue, the eruption of Mt Kilauea in Hawaii – as it turns out, the two are scientifically linked.
    Seddon aftershocks a chilling reminder of the Kaikōura quake

    Seddon aftershocks a chilling reminder of the Kaikōura quake


    A series of 15 earthquakes have been shaking the region from Kaikōura to the Cook Strait since the start of the...

    A series of 15 earthquakes have been shaking the region from Kaikōura to the Cook Strait since the start of the weekend.
    Drug molecule brings cure for the common cold closer

    Drug molecule brings cure for the common cold closer


    A cure for the common cold could be nearer after British scientists successfully tested a drug molecule capable of killing multiple strains of the...

    A cure for the common cold could be nearer after British scientists successfully tested a drug molecule capable of killing multiple strains of the disease.
    Scientists discover new evidence for plumes on Europa, a target in the search for life

    Scientists discover new evidence for plumes on Europa, a target in the search for life


    ​Europa, a moon of Jupiter thought to harbor a warm, saltwater ocean sloshing beneath a thick, icy crust, has long been considered one of the best spots in the solar system to look for alien...

    ​Europa, a moon of Jupiter thought to harbor a warm, saltwater ocean sloshing beneath a thick, icy crust, has long been considered one of the best spots in the solar system to look for alien beings.
    Canterbury scientists to join international Antarctic expedition

    Canterbury scientists to join international Antarctic expedition


    A team of University of Canterbury researchers will be part of an international expedition surveying sea ice and searching for Sir Ernest Shackleton's wrecked ship near...

    A team of University of Canterbury researchers will be part of an international expedition surveying sea ice and searching for Sir Ernest Shackleton's wrecked ship near Antarctica.
    A teen visits Nasa and learns about Native American culture

    A teen visits Nasa and learns about Native American culture


    Keen teen astronomer Ruairi Daniela has been on a dream trip to Nasa, and is excited about light years of opportunity...



    Keen teen astronomer Ruairi Daniela has been on a dream trip to Nasa, and is excited about light years of opportunity beyond. 
    Bacteria may have affected evolution of New Zealand wētā

    Bacteria may have affected evolution of New Zealand wētā


    A powerful bacteria may have affected the evolution of native species such as wētā, a new scientific paper...

    A powerful bacteria may have affected the evolution of native species such as wētā, a new scientific paper suggests.​
    Nobel Prize tarnished by sex, money, spite

    Nobel Prize tarnished by sex, money, spite


    You'd think that members of the Swedish Nobel Prize Committee would be dispassionate, unprejudiced people above the foibles and vices that beset the rest of...

    You'd think that members of the Swedish Nobel Prize Committee would be dispassionate, unprejudiced people above the foibles and vices that beset the rest of us.
    Exotic pet trade linked to invasive fungus that's killing frogs globally

    Exotic pet trade linked to invasive fungus that's killing frogs globally


    Professor Matthew Fisher went deep into the gloomy rain forest of French Guiana to catch poison dart frogs on behalf of science. It was slippery, soggy, vaguely reptilian work. Fisher, whose work uniform was a pair of shorts, discovered that the best way...

    Professor Matthew Fisher went deep into the gloomy rain forest of French Guiana to catch poison dart frogs on behalf of science. It was slippery, soggy, vaguely reptilian work. Fisher, whose work uniform was a pair of shorts, discovered that the best way to capture a frog was by slithering.
    Roger Hanson: All you need to know about CRISPR

    Roger Hanson: All you need to know about CRISPR


    OPINION: DNA is a molecular structure like a twisted ladder, the rungs of which are occupied by pairs of molecules facing each other, called base pairs – each DNA molecule in every single cell in your body has three billion base...

    OPINION: DNA is a molecular structure like a twisted ladder, the rungs of which are occupied by pairs of molecules facing each other, called base pairs – each DNA molecule in every single cell in your body has three billion base pairs.
    Kiwis fear cancer after working near leaky US nuclear reactor in Antarctica

    Kiwis fear cancer after working near leaky US nuclear reactor in Antarctica


    New Zealand soldiers who served in Antarctica in the 1960s-1970s fear they may get cancer because an American nuclear power plant at McMurdo Station leaked. US servicemen have already died. Will Harvie...

    New Zealand soldiers who served in Antarctica in the 1960s-1970s fear they may get cancer because an American nuclear power plant at McMurdo Station leaked. US servicemen have already died. Will Harvie reports.