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Hospital saves dehydrated baby hippo at Cincinnati Zoo
  Cincinnati Zoo's premature baby hippo Fiona needed urgent treatment for dehydration.

What future for E numbers after Brexit?
  How Brexit might create complications for the way food in the UK is labelled.

Expansion of smokefree zones kicks off with a sizzle in Rotorua tomorrow
  All Rotorua sportsgrounds, skate parks, bus stops and shelters are to become smokefree zones from tomorrow. More areas, including dining precinct Eat Streat, will be smokefree by January.The decision has been made under the Rotorua...

Scientists 'solve' the ketchup problem
  A super-slippery coating for bottles could make getting liquids out much easier, US scientists say.

Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem
  Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle.

Sir David Attenborough to present Blue Planet sequel
  The sequel to 2001's ocean series is due to be shown later this year on BBC One.

AAAS chief puts weight behind protest march
  April's pro-science Washington rally has the full backing of the world's largest scientific membership organisation.

Ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole
  German research vessel Polarstern is set for a remarkable year-long expedition in the Arctic.

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism
  Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers' Alliance are normally at odds on policy, but both criticise HS2

SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback
  The US rocket company sends a cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station.

Gravity probe exceeds performance goals
  The long-planned space mission that seeks to detect gravitational waves is on course to be selected this summer.

Eclipse to be turned into mega-movies
  Citizen photos taken during August's total solar eclipse in the US will be spliced into continuous videos.

Naica's crystal caves hold long-dormant life
  Long-dormant microbes are found inside giant crystals of the Naica mountain caves - and revived.

Plastic 'nurdles' found littering UK beaches
  Billions of tiny plastic lentil-sized pellets can be spotted on UK shores - but how do 'nurdles' get there?

GM hens help build 'frozen aviary' in Edinburgh
  Genetically-modified hens that can lay eggs from different poultry breeds are helping scientists set up a "frozen aviary" to conserve rare birds.

Ocean mapping XPRIZE cuts teams to 21
  The international competition to drive innovation in seafloor mapping announces the teams that will take part in its semi-final stage.

Call for brain donors
  Scientists are calling for more people to donate their brains to research to help find cures for mental and psychological disorders.

Cardiff Uni's new way of making compounds for drugs
  Researchers in Cardiff develop a new "highly-efficient" method of extracting disease-fighting compounds.

Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?
  It's almost all under water, but Zealandia should be considered a continent, say researchers.

Scientists appeal for more people to donate their brains
  They say they are lacking the brains of people with disorders such as depression and PTSD.

UK scientists seek closer relationship with US after Brexit
  Research institutions want to make it easier for scientists to collaborate and share facilities.

Political Roundup: New Zealand's beautiful democracy
  The decline of New Zealand's democracy is the subject of a just-released 23-minute online documentary: Beautiful Democracy. Ostensibly the video is about last year's anti-TPP protest movement and the creative ways in which activists...

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Children casualties of flawed teaching theory
  When the educator scoffed at me and said "get with the times Bernadine" coupled with a look that said "you're moments away from the naughty corner", I knew we had a problem. I was simply asking why the children at school were practising...

'Seagrasses' vital to coastal health
  Underwater flowering plants play multiple roles in keeping coastal ecosystems healthy.

Event Horizon Telescope ready to image black hole
  An Earth-sized "virtual telescope" is ready to take the first ever picture of a black hole - the monster mysterious object at the centre of our galaxy.

Adelia Hallett: Droughts, fire caused by climate change harm native species too
  Rain is a welcome relief for parched Northland, where we've experienced the fifth official drought in eight years. But many parts of the North Island remain tinder dry. Gisborne and Hawke's Bay are facing drought conditions, after...

Weather experts say new El Niño possible later this year
  The World Meteorological Organisation say there is a possibility of a new El Niño later this year.

Watch NZH Local Focus: Hearing on Taranaki seabed mining proposal opens
  The Environmental Protection Authority has begun hearing evidence about an application to mine the South Taranaki seabed for iron sand. Trans Tasman Resources Ltd (TTRL) wants marine consents to mine nearly 66 square kilometres...

How can the UK reduce air pollution?
  The European Commission says the UK has two months to address repeated breaches of air pollutants.

Running ants: Why scientists built an insect treadmill
  The researchers recording ants' brain activity as they run.

NZ forests could be absorbing 60% more CO2
  Our forests and other land areas may be sucking up to 60 per cent more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than previously thought and we can likely thank our native trees for much of it.That's according to new research led by...

NZ must remain vigilant over pest invasions
  New research showing how efforts to keep pests out of countries are failing to keep up with the pace of globalisation means New Zealand must be more vigilant than ever, a biosecurity expert says.A just-published study shows the...

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear
  The discovery could lead to better tests and therapies for children with autism.

Winston Churchill's views on aliens revealed in lost essay
  A newly unearthed essay by Winston Churchill reveals he was open to the possibility of life on other planets.

Air pollution 'final warning' from European Commission to UK
  The European Commission says it will take the matter to the EU court if countries fail to act.

Football headers 'linked to brain damage'
  Footballers suffer similar brain damage to boxers, a small scientific study suggests.

How did our ancient ancestors face climate change? Scientists peek thousands of years back
  Mankind is already adapting to the widespread impacts of future climate change - but how did we do it in the past?Otago University researchers, along with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History...

NZ researcher: Ebola linked to deforestation
  New research co-authored by a New Zealand scientist has linked deforestation in Central and West Africa to the deadly Ebola virus.The study, published today in journal Scientific Reports , finds that forested areas that were being...

Political Roundup: Embarrassing but strategic deal for the Greens
  The Greens aren't too proud of it, but pulling out of the Ohariu electorate race in order to help Labour's Greg O'Connor beat incumbent Peter Dunne was the smart thing to do. They'll be dogged by embarrassment over it - especially...

First live birth evidence in dinosaur relative
  Scientists have uncovered the first evidence of live births in the group of animals that includes dinosaurs, crocodiles and birds.

History sheds light on Amazon's rich tree diversity
  The rich, diverse communities of trees in the Amazon are the result of species spreading over the vast area over geological time, a study suggests.

Why the future doesn't look good for our glaciers
  Regional climate variability caused an unusual period in which some of New Zealand's glaciers grew bigger, while glaciers worldwide were shrinking, a new study shows.The research, carried out by scientists from Victoria University...

Rachel Stewart: All hands on deck needed to fight climate change
  Went to a barbecue at a friend's inland South Taranaki drystock farm last Saturday gone, and managed to have a fight with the sole dairy farmer there. What about? Water quality, of course. To be fair, I lost my rag and he didn't....

The mystery of the whoop whooping bee
  Scientists think they have found the explanation behind sounds generated by bees

New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit
  More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday have refloated themselves and returned to sea.

Orphaned dik-dik raised by keepers
  He's only 19cm (7.4 in) tall and has been named Thanos.

Face of Orkney's St Magnus reconstructed
  A facial reconstruction has been made of Orkney's St Magnus by a forensic artist to help mark the 900th anniversary of his death.

Satisfying the thirsty
  Land Speed Record holder Andy Green describes how the Typhoon jet engine in the Bloodhound supersonic car will be fed with fuel.

Illustrious light bulbs
  Once too precious to use, now too cheap to notice – the significance of the light bulb is profound.

  The mobile phone apps that are enabling fishermen to increase their catches at the same time as helping environmentalists monitor and preserve stocks.

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