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Opinion: flushing flow information flawed
  The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is under fire for announcing a million-dollar environmental fund to undertake restorative work on our worst-polluted waterways. It's ironic that the council is drawing criticism for upholding its...

Government bid to delay air pollution plan fails
  The UK Government has lost a court bid to delay publication of its air pollution strategy.

Cassini radio signal from Saturn picked up after dive
  The Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after diving in between Saturn's rings and cloudtops.

British Veterinary Association slams designer cat breeding
  Scottish Fold cats are increasingly popular, but vets are concerned about irresponsible breeding.

Q&A: The state of our rivers and lakes
  A new report out today shows more worrying trends around New Zealand's freshwater estate. Here, two leading scientists who served on the report's technical advisory group field some questions about the health of our lakes and rivers....

'Damning' rivers and lakes report: Nitrogen levels rising, fish threatened
  A major report out today makes a sweeping assessment of how our lakes and rivers are faring, and the news isn't good. Science reporter Jamie Morton takes a look at what it reveals. Another major stocktake has painted a grim picture...

First Americans claim sparks controversy
  A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago, much earlier than has previously been suggested, has run into controversy.

Builders 'behind UK flooding risk'
  Government rapped again for failure to tighten flood-prevention rules on new homes

Baby humpback whales 'whisper' to mums to avoid predators
  New recordings show newborn humpback whales and mothers "whisper" to each other, to avoid predators.

'Fossil' groundwater's modern secret
  The deepest and oldest waters on Earth are not immune from contamination, warn scientists.

Nasa waits on Cassini radio contact from Saturn
  The probe should have completed its first plunge in between the planet's rings and cloudtops.

Physics of throwing analysed by scientists
  Scientists have calculated the optimal strategy for throwing something accurately, even a ball of paper.

Chemical spill prevents SH36 reopening
  A crash that killed a man when his truck rolled down a steep bank has caused State Highway 36 to close for three days.The road has been completely blocked since Monday afternoon after the truck spilled some of its hazardous chemical...

NZ spied on Japan as part of anti-whaling push: Snowden document
  New Zealand spied on Japan and passed on information to the United States during an international whaling meeting, according to a newly published paper.The Intercept website has published National Security Agency (NSA) documents...

Primitive human 'lived much more recently'
  Homo naledi could be from just 200,000 years ago, not three million, a study suggests.

Cassini set for first Saturn gap plunge
  The probe will be out of radio contact as it dives in between the planet's rings and cloudtops.

Premature lambs kept alive in 'plastic bag' womb
  Scientists were able to keep premature lambs alive for a month using an artificial "plastic bag" womb.

Waxworm could be the answer to the world's plastic problem
  The global plastic bag pollution crisis could be solved by a waxworm capable of eating through the material at "uniquely high speeds", scientists have announced.Researchers have described the tiny caterpillar's ability to break...

Family tree of dogs reveals secret history of canines
  The largest family tree of dog ever assembled shows how dogs evolved into more than 150 modern breeds.

Iceberg 'doodles' trace climate history
  Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.

Iceberg 'doodles'
  Scientists publish a new atlas of the poles, detailing the sometimes strange shapes on the ocean floor.

Why does this rhino have 24-hour security?
  Sudan is a the northern white rhino, and the last chance for the survival of his species.

'World's oldest fungus' raises evolution questions
  Fossils found in rock from beneath the sea may be the oldest known fungi by one to two billion years.

NZ pine pollen could be altering ocean ecosystems
  That same pesky pine pollen that gets up your nose and coats your windscreen with yellow dust could also be altering some of the world's deepest ecosystems.Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research...

Can plastic roads help save the planet?
  A start-up company is persuading local councils in the UK to turn local plastic waste into roads.

Brexit university ‘brain drain’ warning
  Academic staff from EU countries should be urgently guaranteed a right to stay, say MPs.

Machine learning
  Many people are unsure about what machine learning is, but the chances are they are using it every day.

Plastic-eating caterpillar could munch waste, scientists say
  A caterpillar that munches on plastic bags could hold the key to tackling plastic waste, say scientists.

Trump calls record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson
  'Better you than me,' jokes US president as astronaut Peggy Whitson reveals drinking recycled urine.

Government seeks clear air plan delay
  The UK government may face legal action after seeking to delay publishing its plan to tackle air pollution until after the general election.

Munch inspired by 'screaming clouds'
  A new theory may explain the background to one of the most famous works of art ever produced.

Penguin chick raised by two foster mothers
  A penguin chick is being raised by two "mums" at Kelly Tarlton's aquarium in Auckland.The aquarium fostered the chick with the two female king penguins after the chick's mother, Shaq, was abandoned by her male partner.The two...

Ex-child soldier wins environment prize
  An ex-child soldier who has spent years risking his life to fight illegal mining and wildlife poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been given a prestigious award that honours 'environmental defenders' around the world.

Road verges 'last refuge' for plants - conservation charity
  Roadsides are often littered with rubbish and weeds but they are havens for rare flowers.

Small Business: Helping to make NZ pest-free by 2050 - Goodnature
  Conservation firm Goodnature is working towards achieving the Government's goal of a pest-free country by 2050. Co-founder Stu Barr talks about the business' relationship with Scandinavia and development changes. Brief description...

Geoff Thomas: Pest-free by 2050? Not without bounty hunting
  • Geoff Thomas writes on fishing for the Weekend Herald . Somebody must have told Sir Richard Branson about the Government's plan to rid the country of exotic pests by the year 2050. Because when he visited recently he referred...

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve
  Steve is a "remarkably common" gas ribbon in the upper atmosphere.

Kuki Gallmann shot and wounded at Kenya conservation park
  Kuki Gallmann, author of I Dreamed of Africa, is flown to hospital after an ambush.

Wasps' bedroom behaviour under microscope
  Kiwi scientists have studied the bedroom behaviour of a parasitoid wasp to reveal its mating habits.Cotesia urabae is a natural enemy of the eucalypt feeding pest Uraba lugens, an Australian moth whose larvae can cause severe damage...

Carbon report: Plant native trees, save cash
  The case to plant more native forests to off-set emissions has been again pushed in another major research report - and this time, researchers say businesses could benefit.Wellington-based Motu Economic and Public Policy Research's...

NZ tech could reveal planet's largest waves
  A Kiwi company expects to record some of the largest waves ever known - potentially reaching up to the height of an eight-storey building - after just deploying a wave buoy in the thick of the world's wildest ocean.In a collaboration...

March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference
  Thousands of scientists demonstrate in cities around the world against an "assault on facts".

Why people are marching for science: 'There is no Planet B'
  The March for Science materialised as a global event on six continents - and cheered on by scientists on a seventh, Antarctica. On the National mall, the crowd has been large, with thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the...

Government has failed to act on air pollution, says Labour
  Labour says it would introduce legislation to tackle the "public health emergency" if in power.

The village that made itself hedgehog friendly
  Hedgehogs, nursed back to health in an animal sanctuary, are released in the village of Burton Fleming, East Yorkshire.

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn 'grand finale'
  The Cassini satellite puts itself on a trajectory that will take it to destruction in September.

Cassini probe sets up Saturn 'grand finale'
  The Cassini satellite is about to put itself on a path that will take it to destruction in September.

Amur leopards will be off-show to visitors at Scottish park
  The Amur leopards are to be kept off-show in the hope they raise cubs that can be released into the wild.

Circular runways
  The engineer who proposed circular runways answers critics in defence of his radical design for airports.

Birth of last baby orca in captivity filmed at SeaWorld
  Killer whale Takara was already pregnant when the end of the breeding programme was announced.

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