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Parliamentary committee backs complete ban on global ivory trade
  A Parliamentary committee has backed a complete ban on the international trade of ivory.The Foreign Affairs select committee was responding to a 4000-signature petition submitted by Auckland teacher Virginia Woolf, which called...

Bidding starts for fracking licences
  The bidding process for licences to extract shale gas - using the controversial process fracking - will begin later on Monday, the government announces.

Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'
  Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests.

California hit by raging wildfires
  Two fast-moving fires in California destroy 10 homes and force the evacuation of hundreds more, as a man dies in a lightning strike in Los Angeles.

Nick Smith's legal threat over bullying claim
  Conservation Minister Nick Smith is considering legal action after he was accused of trying to stop advocacy group Fish and Game from lobbying for cleaner rivers.Dr Smith attended a meeting with Fish and Game Council, an independent...

The recent warm weather is causing an abundance of early-ripening blackberries across the British Isles

Blackberry aficionados should be at the ready as the fruit has been found ripening by the bucket-load across the UK, and nearly a month ahead of schedule. Four times as many early-ripening fruit bushes have been noted this year compared to 2013, in key biological data records used by scientists to assess climate change.

Tedium, tragedy and tar: The slowest drops in science
  What do experiments that go on for decades actually tell us?

Kiwis would pay to protect NZ's dolphins
  New Zealanders want Maui's and Hector's dolphins protected, and are prepared to pay for it, according to a new report.The report was commissioned by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the world's largest international cetacean...

Pampas takes over
  Many weeds attack our ecosystems but one which closely resembles the native toetoe is among the most insidious.Pampas, the prolific-seeding native of the South America, invades disturbed areas, such as cleared bush margins, burned...

Was science fair discovery stolen?
  Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery

The mystique of the 'child prodigy'
  Scientist claims 'child prodigy' getting credit for his discovery

Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'
  A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.

Mobile test illuminates risk taking
  Specially designed mobile games can help scientists answer important questions about cognition, a team finds.

The ship that totally failed to change the world
  The atomic ship that totally failed to change the world

As humans multiply, bugs decline and violence grows
  As the number of humans on Earth has nearly doubled over the past four decades, the number of bugs, slugs, worms and crustaceans has declined by 45 per cent, researchers have said.Meanwhile, the larger loss of wildlife big and small...

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm
  Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilization back to the 18th century," Nasa said.The extreme space weather that tore through Earth's orbit...

Earth-like worlds rich in H2O 'challenging' to find
  A study of unprecedented detail has revealed astonishingly little water on three distant planets, hinting at potential obstacles in the search for Earth-like worlds rich in H2O, astronomers said.Using the Hubble Space Telescope,...

Africa 'needs green revolution'
  Sub-Saharan Africa's agricultural sector needs to harvest the fruits of biotechnology in order to establish sustainable development, says a Chatham House report.

'Fluffy' dinosaurs were widespread
  A discovery of 150 million year old fossils in Siberia indicates that feathers were much more widespread among dinosaurs than previously thought.

Wildlife loss link to child slavery
  New research suggests that the global reduction in wildlife is connected to an increase in human trafficking and child slavery.

VIDEO: Call for end to 'throwaway society'
  MPs have called for a ban on food waste going in to landfill.

Call for end to 'throwaway society'
  A ban on sending leftover food to landfill is needed to move away from a 'throwaway society', say MPs.

Rosetta's comet seen in close-up
  Europe's Rosetta probe has acquired new images of the comet it is chasing through space.

Government to end nuclear waste veto
  The UK government wants to scrap a community veto which allows local politicians to block a future £12bn nuclear waste repository.

Carbon concerns over wood burning
  Burning wood to fuel power stations can create as many harmful carbon emissions as burning coal, according to a government report.

Nasa seeks aid with Earth-Mars links
  Nasa is asking for help to get data back from future science missions orbiting Mars or roaming its surface.

Genetic clues to age of first period
  The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.

South Island platinum tender awarded
  Taranaki oil and gas explorer Tag Oil, of Canada, is expanding into the New Zealand minerals sector through its 49 percent ownership of a listed Canadian explorer, Coronado Resources, which has been awarded five New Zealand mineral...

Dogs 'hardwired' to be jealous wags
  Jealousy is not just part of the human condition, a study suggests, it appears to be hard wired into the brains of dogs too.

Food stress shrinks Antarctic fur seal colony
  A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers said.South Georgia island's Antarctic fur seal pups have a lower average...

Life on other planets? Alien pollution could provide the answer
  Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said this week that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer.Under certain conditions, astronomers in the next decade might...

Rhino poacher jailed for 77 years in South Africa
  A South African court has jailed a rhino poacher for 77 years, one of the heaviest sentences handed out for the crime as poaching continues to escalate, an official said.South African national Mandla Chauke was arrested in the iconic...

VIDEO: Who was that man on the moon?
  Why the US public quickly lost interest in lunar exploration

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets
  A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas
  Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.

Fur seals feel climate impacts
  Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving
  Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

Proposed council bylaw ruffles feathers
  For 60 years Billy Farnell has bred champion show poultry at his Remuera home and has a room full of trophies to show for it."I have eight chooks here but I haven't a rooster now - the council said if I didn't get rid of it they...

Volcanoes given back to iwi care
  The Crown is gifting some of Auckland's most historic and recognisable assets - 14 volcano sites - to a group of 13 iwi and hapu as part of a landmark bill to redress historical injustices.And the legislation paves the way for a...

Talks planned on new tree for One Tree Hill
  Auckland's One Tree Hill was dubbed None Tree Hill after the demise of its 125-year-old pine. But the landmark may finally get a replacement.Ngati Whatua o Orakei say the settling of an old grievance means they're ready to talk...

EU sets 30% energy savings target
  Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030 according to Commission.

Bats 'fly by polarised light'
  Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

Deep sea mining licences issued
  The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo
  A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Giant python gets a health check
  Enormous reticulated python gets annual check-up

Quarantine over China plague death
  Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?
  Do butterfly wing patterns really mimic predator eyes?

Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan
  EU commissioners meet today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be.

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
  Models and conceptual drawings by famous car manufacturers

Elephants possess 'superior' sense of smell, says study
  Elephants possess a sense of smell that is likely the strongest ever identified in a single species, according to a study by Japanese scientists.The African elephant's genome contains the largest number of olfactory receptor (OR)...

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