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Rosetta probe set for comet collision
  The audacious Rosetta mission has been commanded to end its investigation of Comet 67P by crashing into the 4km-wide ball of ice and dust.

On board plane flying through the jet stream
  Science editor David Shukman goes on board the plane measuring the jet stream to find out how it affects our weather.

Rosetta spacecraft's crash landing explained
  The Rosetta probe, which has been beaming back spectacular pictures of a comet, is to end its journey by crash landing.

Port and neighbours negotiate noise breakthrough
  Residents living within industrial earshot of Napier Port may be in for quieter times after the port and its neighbours negotiated a breakthrough in a long-running battle to have noise issues addressed.The two sides have agreed...

New data shows 'staggering' extent of great ape trade
  A new database suggests a dramatic under-reporting of the live, illegal trade in great apes including orangutans, chimpanzees and gorilllas.

Brian Fallow: Climate change not just about carbon
  If you own a car or a truck, you pay a price on the carbon dioxide emissions from its exhaust pipe. But if you own cows or sheep, the emissions of methane when they belch or nitrous oxide when they urinate are exempt under the emissions...

Strange reptile fossil puzzles scientists
  A reptile that lived 200 million years ago is rewriting the rulebooks on how four-legged animals conquered the world.

EU Commission sues UK over harbour porpoise protection
  The European Commission takes the UK to court for failure to allocate safe marine areas for harbour porpoises.

Young people urged for park-life views
  A campaign is urging young people to share their thoughts and ideas via social media on the future of the UK's parks and open spaces.

Farm subsidies: Payment to billionaire prince sparks anger
  Campaigners call for reform as figures reveal taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidise a Saudi billionaire's farm.

Fears wallabies wilfully released
  The Otago Regional Council fears someone is intentionally releasing wallabies in Otago and is warning the culprit they face prison time if caught.This comes as councillors yesterday unanimously approved $273,050 for a dedicated...

Shaw takes on finance role in Green Party reshuffle
  Green Party co-leader James Shaw has taken on the lofty finance portfolio in a caucus reshuffle announced today.The reshuffle comes ahead of the departure of Green MP Kevin Hague, who is leaving Parliament this week to become chief...

Hollywood director James Cameron makes plea for Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary
  Creating one of the world's largest ocean sanctuaries around the Kermadec Islands is the "right thing to do", Hollywood director James Cameron says.Legislation to establish the sanctuary has been put on ice after a fierce backlash...

New safeguards agreed for world's most trafficked mammal
  A little known species driven to the edge of extinction by poaching, has gained extra protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys agreed
  Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque, has gained the highest level of protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

Grass food crops facing climate change challenge
  Projected climate change is set to happen too quickly for grass species, including major food crops, to adapt to the new conditions, a study suggests.

Total trade ban for Gibraltar's monkeys expected
  Europe's only non-human primate, the Barbary Macaque is likely to gain the highest level of protection at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

DOC land swap fight heads to Supreme Court
  Progress on the Ruataniwha Dam has suffered another delay, as an appeal on a controversial land swap is taken to the Supreme Court.DOC today sought leave to appeal the court's direction that the Director-General reconsider his decision...

Garden ponds 'playing role' in frog disease spread
  Garden ponds are playing a role in the spread of deadly frog diseases across the UK, a study suggests.

Why is this woman flying 4,500 miles?
  British conservationist Sacha Dench is on the first leg of an epic 4,500 mile paramotor flight following migrating swans.

Watch NZH Focus: Subdivision or wildlife reserve?
  Thirty-seven hectares of native bush and wetlands are up for grabs in Bethell's Valley west of Auckland, and local environmentalists are keen to buy it and connect Matuku Reserve, the Habitat Tahini project and the Ark in the Park....

Elon Musk outlines Mars colony vision
  Entrepreneur Elon Musk outlines his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

Spreading wallabies in Otago Regional Council's sights
  We will find you and we will kill you - that is the message the Otago Regional Council is set to issue today to Bennett's wallabies that enter Otago.Chief executive Peter Bodeker has asked the council to sign off immediately on...

Huge blue topaz stone on loan to Natural History Museum
  A blue topaz stone, thought to be the largest-ever, is to go on permanent loan to the Natural History Museum in London.

Materials programmed to shape shift
  Scientists have pre-programmed materials to change their shape over time.

First 'three person baby' born using new method
  The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, heralding a new era in medicine, say experts.

Elon Musk to outline Mars vision
  Entrepreneur Elon Musk is about to outline his vision for getting humans to Mars and back.

Brian Rudman: Now is the time to secure parks for the future
  It is ironic that one of the greatest legacies, bad old inefficient and divided, pre-2010 Auckland bequeathed to the grand new united Super City, was a 43,000ha network of 27 regional parks built up over the previous 47 years.It...

Chester Zoo releases footage of rare giant jumping rat
  The first footage of a rare giant jumping rat born at Chester Zoo is released.

Why does the Europa water plume matter?
  Professor Michele Dougherty explains the importance of the water plumes on Jupiter's moon

CITES species body rejects process for ivory sales
  Delegates at the Cites meeting in Johannesburg have defeated an attempt to set up a process to resume sales of ivory.

Proteins from 'deep time' found in ostrich eggshell
  Scientists extract fossil proteins - some of biological tissue's building blocks - in a 3.8 million year-old ostrich eggshell.

NZ air among world's cleanest, safest - report
  New Zealand has some of the cleanest and safest air on the planet, a new World Health Organisation report suggests. The report analysed data from more than 100 nations, comparing exposure with ambient air pollution and related...

Horizons to continue with nutrient consents
  The Horizons Regional Council will continue with its nutrient management consenting ahead of a date with the Environment Court. Last week, Fish & Game and the Environmental Defence Society filed declaration proceedings against the...

Surfer's paradise: Mount cloud stuns
  If there was any doubt Mt Maunganui is a surfer's paradise, one only had to check out the gnarly clouds hanging above it yesterday.Local surfer Ben Haarmann was struck by the clouds' surfboard-like appearance and took a snap of...

Water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon
  Nasa says jets of water spotted spurting from Jupiter's moon, Europa, take them a step closer to finding out if there is life in space.

Europa moon 'spewing water jets'
  Further evidence has been obtained to show that Jupiter's icy moon Europa throws jets of water out into space.

SpaceX 'Mars' rocket engine tested
  Private company SpaceX has carried out its first test of the Raptor rocket engine designed to send humans to Mars.

'Colossal' wasp nest found in Corby attic
  A "colossal" wasp nest the size of a "barrel" with a 1.4m tunnel attached is found in an attic.

China's Geely auto group backs Bloodhound
  China’s Geely auto group has become the main sponsor behind the British Bloodhound supersonic car project, enabling an assault on the land speed record.

Thriving sector
  Monday's successful launch of eight satellites into space proves India's commercial space programme is booming, writes Yogita Limaye.

Wellington to be 'world's first pest-free capital'
  Wellington's leaders have officially announced plans to make the city the world's first predator-free capital - a goal researchers say is possible.The ambitious effort has now prompted calls for Auckland to step up and follow suit.Those...

New $8.5m study to grapple with "extreme fire"
  They call it "extreme fire" - a fast-moving mass of heat and flames spewing burning embers and behaving in ways that firefighters can't predict.Understanding how these wild beasts act is now the focus of an $8.5 million study that...

New $8.5m study to grapple with 'extreme fire'
  They call it "extreme fire" - a fast-moving mass of heat and flames spewing burning embers and behaving in ways that firefighters can't predict.Understanding how these wild beasts act is now the focus of an $8.5 million study that...

Zambia's front line between elephants and humans
  As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Nelly the enemy?
  As the Cites conference on endangered species meets in Johannesburg, Matt McGrath travelled to Zambia to hear the voices of people with first-hand experience of conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Pangolin: The most trafficked mammal in the world
  A conference in South Africa could make the trade in pangolin illegal.

Key managers leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects
  An exodus of workers is becoming a problem for major infrastructure projects, with less than three months until SCIRT alliance work wraps up.December is the deadline for about 130 infrastructure projects still to be completed by...

Staff leave SCIRT before finishing Christchurch rebuild projects
  An exodus of workers is becoming a problem for major infrastructure projects, with less than three months until SCIRT alliance work wraps up.December is the deadline for about 130 infrastructure projects still to be completed by...

New report confirms grim outlook for elephants
  Elephant populations in Africa have declined by around 111,000 over the past ten years according to a new study presented at the Cites meeting in South Africa.

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