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Europeans drawn from three 'tribes'
  Most present-day Europeans are a mixture of three ancient populations, according to a major study published in the journal Nature.

Sam Judd: Dirty development dollars?
  In the third of a series of four articles about Small Island Developing States, Sam Judd discusses the aid funding provided to developing nations. With such a raft of problems affecting developing nations, how can privileged societies...

Ebola global security threat - Obama
  US President Barack Obama calls the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to security worldwide while announcing a larger US role, including 3,000 troops, to help fight the virus.

Richard III death injuries revealed
  King Richard III was probably killed by two blows to the head during a "sustained attack", according to new research.

Ebola vaccine trial begins
  A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford.

Raw sewage pumped into Bluff Harbour
  A burst pipe at the main pump station in Bluff is discharging sewage into Bluff Harbour.The Invercargill City Council is advising people not to swim or collect shellfish from the harbour until further notice.It's working with...

Inky prints show state of hedgehogs
  Hedgehogs are more thinly spread in the UK than previously believed, a study using ink pads to record their paw prints reveals.

Better mobility key for clean cities
  Effective urban transit systems can encourage people out of their cars and provide a cost-effective way to tackle climate change, a report suggests.

Chin strap turns chewing into power
  Engineers build a chin strap that harnesses the energy produced by jaw movements, and could one day power hearing aids or bluetooth earpieces.

VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid
  Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports

Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms
  Five bugs that lurk in changing rooms

The freedivers who swim with whales
  The freedivers risking their lives to swim with whales

VIDEO: Lasers deliver brighter 3D films
  BBC Click looks at a new laser projector that promises to deliver brighter and clearer pictures.

VIDEO: Leonardo DiCaprio's UN climate role
  The Hollywood actor, Leonardo diCaprio, has been appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change.

Nasa picks astronaut ship designs
  The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011.

$146,000 for Otago skinks is money well spent - Nick Smith
  Skinks might not be as ''sexy'' as other endangered wildlife but giving $146,000 to support the work of a community group focusing on boosting the Otago skink population is money well spent, Conservation Minister Nick Smith says.He...

UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola
  The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times", as experts warn time is running out.

VIDEO: Rare colossal squid defrosted
  Scientists in New Zealand have thawed and started to examine a rare colossal squid caught in a fisherman's net.

VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts
  Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.

Climate change remedies 'affordable'
  A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.

VIDEO: Haiti's disease fighting eco toilet
  Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

VIDEO: Haiti's disease-fighting eco toilet
  Poor sanitation has caused serious health problems in Haiti - but could a special eco toilet improve the situation?

Red card for 'greenest' government
  The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.

VIDEO: 'Audacious' comet landing site chosen
  Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Build your Martian dream home
  Is this how the cities of Mars will be built?

Leaky wells - not fracking, tainting US water
  The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicised cases of tainted groundwater in areas of the states of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals...

Goldfish has brain operation
  An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.

Editorial: Labour's NZ Inc has little merit or substance
  It was advertised as the Labour Party's last big policy of the election campaign. When delivered, however, the plan to set up a $100 million-a-year sovereign wealth fund to invest in "strategic" assets, including clean energy, prompted...

US gas leaks not caused by fracking
  A new study suggests that the contamination of drinking water by shale gas is due to faulty wells and not hydraulic fracturing.

VIDEO: Apes to rulers of the world
  Nick Higham talks to Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari about his book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Rosetta comet landing site chosen
  Europe's Rosetta mission, which aims to land on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what it thinks is the safest place to touch down.

Ancient China fish 'nearly extinct'
  The Chinese sturgeon, thought to have existed for more than 140 million years, is now on the brink of extinction, say local media.

VIDEO: Mission impossible? Comet landing bid
  The European Space Agency is about to announce the site on Comet 67P where the Rosetta mission will try to make a historic landing.

Mers: Saudis in push to keep Hajj free from deadly virus
  Have Saudis done enough to keep Hajj safe from deadly virus?

Rich philanthropists urged to invest in ‘saving civilisation’ by putting money into fighting global warming instead of other green causes
  

The world’s richest philanthropists are being urged to put their fortunes into the fight against global warming rather than other green causes, as 160 eco-laureates seek help to “save civilisation”.



No rain for decades: Stand by for the ‘megadroughts’, scientists warn
  

Climate change is set to unleash a series of decades-long “megadroughts” this century, according to research to be published this week.



Brazil builds giant Amazon tower
  Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin in Brazil to monitor climate change.

Decision due on comet landing site
  The European Space Agency is about to announce the site on Comet 67P where the Rosetta mission will try to make a historic landing attempt.

Precious park gifted to Super City
  Aucklanders have been gifted a new $5 million-plus conservation reserve the size of Cornwall Park, spanning a 10km beachfront at Te Arai near Mangawhai.The donation is part of a deal marking the end of a long and bitter struggle,...

Editorial: Greens' ideas on dairying hold plenty of good water
  No party in an election campaign has a monopoly on wisdom; most have something important to say.The Green Party is making a case for cleaner rivers and streams. The need for further action against farm run-off was conceded by National...

Ban on shark trade comes into force
  In a significant step forward for shark conservation, all trade in five named species is to be regulated from today.

Alien species making England home
  Why do terrapins live in canals?

Marina battle in court
  The developer behind a controversial $10 million marina project that will divide Waiheke Island says investors can "kiss their money goodbye" if the project is scrapped.In less than a month the Environment Court will hear submissions...

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters
  Dams and reservoirs could mitigate South Asia floods

Future of Scottish science contested
  What impact could Scotland vote have on research?

London's mayor fumes over diesels
  Boris Johnson has called for all older diesel cars to be scrapped because their fumes harm Brits' health. The London mayor wants the Government to pay the owners between £1000 and £2000 ($2000-$4000) in a national scrappage scheme....

VIDEO: Formula E ready to race
  Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

Drugs 'entering waterways' through urine
  As drugs pass through us, they enter the UK's waterways., leading to a startling change in the habits of wildlife.

Progress for giant laser instrument
  The Advanced Ligo instrument, a laser "ruler" built to measure the traces of gravitational waves, is progressing at amazing speed, scientists say.

Mars probe 'inspired by lobsters'
  UK designers of new Mars seismometer draw on nature and architecture

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