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Can foreign owners save our country?
  If your stance on foreign ownership of prized New Zealand countryside is black or white, the case of Robert "Mutt" Lange reveals issues that are far from clear-cut.The Swiss-based multimillionaire music producer has gained control...

Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet
  Scientists at Plymouth University play improvised pieces of music with the help of slime mould.

Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'
  Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.

Lords call for UK Arctic ambassador
  The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

Nuclear power: The future or the past?
  Has nuclear power had its day, asks Richard Anderson.

Giant caiman packed fierce bite
  A team of Brazilian scientists says they have calculated that the bite of a giant prehistoric caiman was twice has strong as that of a T-Rex.

Killer frog disease hits Madagascar
  A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report.

'Concern' over bugs in shop chicken
  Concerns are growing about antibiotic resistance of bacteria carried by poultry, according to a new report.

Outdoors: Sub-Antarctic service will honour the coastwatchers
  An Anzac remembrance service is planned at a once-secret coastwatchers' base in the remote Auckland Islands.At Easter, the HMNZS Wellington will take Department of Conservation (DOC) staff and volunteer builders to the archipelago,...

Solar loses out in renewables auction
  The results of the UK government's first auction for renewable energy subsidies are a boost for offshore wind, with solar the biggest loser.

MPs call for reform of GM crop rules
  Europe's approval system for GM crops is "fundamentally flawed" and should be overhauled, say MPs.

VIDEO: Bionic eye will 'restore sight'
  Scientists at a North East university are working to help "restore sight" to people who have lost their eyes.

VIDEO: An eco-system inside your home
  The smart garden that fits inside your house and provides fresh healthy food

The man who invented the dinosaur
  Remembering the man who invented the dinosaur

Machine learns to play video games
  A machine inspired by the human brain has learned how to play 49 classic Atari video games - a step towards self-thinking robots, scientists say.

In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale
  A collection of vintage Nasa photos is set for auction

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl
  Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Sam Judd: Should we restrict family numbers?
  It is clear that the majority of our environmental and many societal problems occur because of overpopulation. The fact is, too many people are being born into a world with diminishing natural resources to feed, cloth and shelter...

Russia extends space station role
  Russia commits itself to operations on the International Space Station until 2024, matching the intentions of the Americans.

Isle of Man declared 'bee pest-free'
  The European Union officially declares Isle of Man bees to be free of the deadly Varroa pest which has wiped out billions around the world.

Is the world ready for GM animals?
  Is the world ready for modified mosquitoes and engineered salmon?

Europe's 'Landsat' ready for launch
  The "workhorse" satellite in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

VIDEO: Brain-controlled drone shown off
  A drone specialist in Portugal demonstrates a flight controlled by human brainwaves, and suggests a future of large-scale unmanned flying.

Waiting for the sea
  The desert that may one day become water again

'Invest more' in protected areas
  The world's national parks and nature reserves receive eight billion tourist visits a year, generating around $600bn of spending, according to research.

UK approves three-person babies
  The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

Obama vetoes oil pipeline bill
  US President Barack Obama vetoes a bill that would have approved construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, White House officials say.

US sea level rise 'very unusual'
  Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose dramatically during 2009-2010 in an event scientists describe as "very unusual".

VIDEO: Global sinkholes explained - in 60 secs
  A brief look at some of the biggest sinkholes in recent history.

UN climate head Pachauri resigns
  The head of the United Nations climate change panel, Rajendra Pachauri, steps down amid sexual harassment allegations he denies.

VIDEO: Finger on the pulse of bionic research
  Scientists at the University of Newcastle are using microchips as fine as human hair to produce a prosthetic hand.

Rats 'not main cause of Black Death'
  Gerbils from Asia rather than black rats were responsible for repeated outbreaks of the bubonic plague in Europe, a study suggests.

Bionic research project gets £1.4m
  A new generation of bionic limbs could be the result of research being led by scientists at Newcastle University.

Kew announces new science plans
  Kew Gardens, which is facing an annual £5m budget deficit, announces its new science strategy.

Phil McCabe: Seabed mining rebuffs send right message
  Among the fallout from the Environmental Protection Agency denial of a second application to mine the seabed for minerals in New Zealand waters, there have been cries from the mining industry and friends that our new legislation needs...

Plastic-pollution battlers back on water
  A group of young adventurers are taking to the water in some unusual kayaks in a bid to battle plastic pollution.The Plastic Bottle Kayak team are about to embark on their second journey to remind people about the impact of plastic...

Call for global single-use syringes
  Smart syringes that can be used only once should be used for injections, the World Health Organization has announced.

Healthy dose of hope for one-use syringes
  Could new "auto-disable" syringe help stem outbreaks of HIV?

VIDEO: 'Supertides' to hit UK coastline
  The biggest high tides in two decades are expected to hit parts of the UK coast this morning, which could see coastal flooding in areas.

VIDEO: ISS spacewalk prepares for tourists
  Two astronauts spend six hours installing new cabling on the outside of the International Space Station.

Global 'green club' of companies will fight climate change and poverty
  

One of Britain’s leading environmental entrepreneurs, Jeremy Leggett, is setting up a “club” of companies that will reserve five per cent of their profits for causes that fight climate change and alleviate global poverty.



Black hole's blast stunts stars
  The winds blasted out by supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are strong enough to slow the birth of new stars, astronomers reveal.

John Roughan: Our undersea continent needs better law
  When geologists look at New Zealand they don't see the ocean, they see a great lump of granite, one-third the size of Australia, stretching from New Caledonia to our sub-Antarctic islands. The dry land of New Zealand is just its highest...

People power helps save Pohutukawa trees from axe
  Auckland's Battle of the Pohutukawa has been won by a community uprising against the council's transport authority.Directors of Auckland Transport - after being besieged by messages from residents, community groups, and MPs from...

The farmer's son who filmed a snow leopard
  A farmer's son sacrificed his sheep to film a leopard

VIDEO: Rare Amur tigers filmed in China
  Rare video footage of wild Amur tigers in China has been captured in the Wangqing Nature Reserve.

VIDEO: The onion that doesn't make you cry
  A British farmer claims to have developed a new variety of red onion which does not cause people to cry when it is chopped.

Cannabis: Promise, risk and controversy
  Light and the dark side of the controversial drug

What exactly is 'game theory'?
  What is it and why does it matter so much?

Creating Cold
  The men who made the world a cooler place to live

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