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The ozone hole is slowly healing - but this chemical could delay its recovery by decades
  While the famous Antarctic "ozone hole" is finally beginning to heal, 30 years after it was first discovered, scientists have just identified a new threat to its recovery. A study, just out Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications,...

Viewsnight: 'Scientific research not immune to sexism'
  Journalist Angela Saini argues that it's easy for prejudice to affect scientific research.

Saving big cats
  Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize
  African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina wins the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes.

'Nationally significant' marine habitats found at Kapiti Island
  In the watery depths around Kapiti Island lies a marine habitat that has scientists scratching their heads.What may be New Zealand's largest known anemone bed has researchers wondering: "Where is the food coming from?"There are...

Climate change court case: 'The costs of inaction are terrifying'
  The New Zealand Government is accused of ripping off future generations by not taking action on climate change while it's still relatively cheap to do so. Law student Sarah Thompson, 26, is suing the Government over its climate...

Chimps' strength secrets explained
  The greater strength of chimpanzees, relative to humans, may have been explained by American scientists.

What happens when you're sleep deprived?
  A new study is looking at the impact of sleep on your brain power.

SpaceX completes launch and landing double bill
  The US rocket company makes two launches twice in just over 24 hours.

Controversial plan for 300 new houses in Pt England set to progress, amid opposition
  A law change which will pave the way for 300 new homes on a prime piece of coastal land in Auckland is expected to pass its final hurdle this week.But it won't go through without a fight. The dry-sounding Pt England Development...

Jane Goodall's message - it's not too late
  When it comes to the natural world and today's advocates for it, Jane Goodall is one of the first names that comes to mind.The primatologist and renowned environmental activist is most famous for her work with chimpanzees, living...

Central Hawke's Bay Forest & Bird wins conservation award
  Central Hawke's Bay Forest & Bird has received an award for its conservation and advocacy work.Forest & Bird presented the CHB team with a branch award during the national body's annual conference in Wellington on Saturday night.Forest...

Pandas in Berlin: Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in new home
  Meng Meng and Jiao Qing arrive in Germany from China ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Yellowstone grizzly: Endangered or not?
  The Yellowstone grizzlies are about to be taken off the endangered species list - after they were first added more than 40 years ago.

Splish splashing spinning gorilla
  Zola has been cooling off in his favourite blue swimming pool at Dallas Zoo.

Greens make big push in Nelson to unseat Nick Smith
  The Green Party is aiming to win an electorate seat for the first time in 18 years.The party launched its Nelson campaign today, and said candidate Matt Lawrey would run a "two-tick" election campaign against long-serving National...

Kiwi hit and run leads to plea for drivers to step off gas and slow down
  Cases of mistaken identity between possums and kiwi, are leading to the endangered birds getting hit by cars. One of the birds was the victim of a hit and run in Raurimu last night, and now the Department of Conservation is pleading...

Watched chimps change their hunting habits
  Wild chimpanzees have changed their hunting strategies in response to being watched and followed by scientists, observations suggest.

How the presence of humans can affect chimp hunting habits
  Two chimp 'tribes' have developed different hunting habits in response to human presence.

Future of energy on show in Kazakhstan
  Kazakhstan's Expo 2017 provides a taste of what could be the future of greener and renewable energy.

Indian teen celebrates as Nasa sends satellite to space
  The tiny satellite was designed by Rifath Sharrook, 18, and manufactured using a 3-D printer.

DoC staff not keen to 'play God' with native species
  Kiwi conservation workers are happy for gene-editing approaches to be used on unwanted pests - but don't want to go there with the cherished native species we're battling to protect.Many conservationists would in fact rather see...

Whale body size warning for species collapses
  The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.

German-UK team maintains Galileo success
  OHB and SSTL will make the next eight, possibly even the next 14, satellites for Europe's GPS.

Koalas 'facing extinction' in some Australian states
  The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.

The power of a billion: India's genomics revolution
  Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

India genome plan could boost healthcare
  Could an effort to gather genetic data from its population of one billion people help India take the lead in advanced healthcare?

Race to the bottom
  The obscure and difficult to reach tracts of the seabed being claimed in the hope they contain mineral riches.

Queen's Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector
  A government plan to protect the UK's £13.7bn space industry has been laid out in the Queen's Speech.

Lower temperatures mean myrtle rust might not survive if it reaches Wellington
  Myrtle rust has not yet made its way to the Wellington region, and if it does it may not last long.While some may curse the low temperatures in the capital, those temperatures are expected to kill off the fungal disease if it rears...

Century-old polar samples yield new insights
  Century-old specimens collected by Captain Robert Falcon Scott's famed Discovery Expedition has yielded new insights into the state of Antarctica's pristine environment.A new study by Kiwi and UK scientists, just published in the...

Why suitcases rock and fall over - puzzle solved
  Scientists crack the problem of why two-wheeled suitcases can rock from side-to-side and turn over.

Garden bird survey good news for tui, bad for silvereyes
  Scientists have been alarmed at observed declines among some of New Zealand's best-known garden birds.Landcare Research has just published data drawn from its annual New Zealand Garden Bird Survey - kicking off again this Saturday...

Rachel Stewart: Let's have a ball and forget about blue ball
  The biggest dilemma for any environmental writer is simple. How to talk about climate change without you instantly turning the page?Because, no matter how it's discussed, research continues to find that readers are switching off....

Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity'
  Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by the end of this decade.

Europe selects grand gravity mission
  After decades in the planning, a space mission to detect gravitational waves finally gets the go-ahead.

Volcanoes 'triggered dawn of dinosaurs'
  A million-year-long period of volcanic activity led to the rise of the dinosaurs, a study suggests.

How cats conquered the ancient world
  The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt.

Brexit 'will enhance' UK wildlife laws - Gove
  Any Brexit changes to the UK's wildlife laws will increase - not reduce - environmental protection, Michael Gove has pledged.

Scientists fear new EU rules may 'hide' forest carbon loss
  Forestry researchers condemn attempts to change the way carbon from trees is counted in Europe.

Trump's divided desert: Wildlife at the border wall
  Science reporter Victoria Gill joins researchers in Arizona to find out how President Trump's wall could affect endangered desert wildlife.

Genome pioneer John Sulston enters elite club
  Sir John Sulston is elevated to the Companion of Honour in the Queen’s birthday list.

'Little sunfish' robot to swim in to Fukushima reactor
  It'll be a tough journey - previous robots sent in to the ruined nuclear reactor didn't make it back.

China's quantum satellite in big leap
  Chinese scientists say their experimental Micius spacecraft paves the way for a new kind of internet.

Air pollution plan 'unfair' on local authorities
  Solving air pollution is a national not a local issue, says the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Dams could 'permanently damage Amazon'
  Scientists warn that hydroelectric dams in the Amazon could have a significant impact on the environment.

Ancient bird like 'a kangaroo-sized flying turkey'
  New details on an early megapode bird that lived alongside Australia's extinct giant marsupials.

Juncker rejects US climate deal re-negotiation
  Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU will not re-negotiate the Paris climate agreement.

'Bottled nature' helps ease dental pain
  Taking a walk along a virtual-reality beach helps ease dental patients' discomfort, a study finds.

The battle for nesting sites among the birds and the bees
  Competition for nesting sites could explain why some birds and bumblebees are declining faster than others.

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