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Runanga supports Sonny Tau
  A hui held in Kaikohe saw almost 100 kaumatua and kuia support Sonny Tau continuing as chairman of the Ngapuhi Runanga after it was announced he would face charges of hunting/killing kukupa and possessing the protected bird.At the...

No evidence to back Mt Eden car ban, says Act MP
  Epsom MP David Seymour says the authority which is planning to ban cars from the summit of Mt Eden has no evidence to support one of its central claims that vehicles are contributing to erosion at the tourist spot.Mr Seymour also...

VIDEO: The science behind the pollen count
  The pollen count is an important part of the weather forecast for the estimated 31 million people who suffer from hayfever.

Peeking into the brain's filing system
  Where do your memories live?

It's stunt season for show ponies
  Friends don't let friends work for Greenpeace. When one of my friends told me he was thinking of getting a job with them, I suggested he apply to a different circus.He's a smart and tough guy, hard-headed and practical but with...

In pictures: Lightning illuminates UK
  The best images from Friday night's thunder storms

UN climate change chief tells charities to stop complaining about global warming
  

Environmental charities should spend less time complaining about global warming and more time coming up with workable solutions to the problem, the UN’s climate change chief has said.



Cats 'control mice' with chemicals
  Scientists say a compound in cat urine changes mouse behaviour, making them less afraid of cats.

Solar Impulse plane lands in Hawaii
  Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.

Solar Impulse completes epic flight
  Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, lands in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.

Solar plane closes in on Hawaii
  Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg is into the final hours of his historic solar-powered flight across the Pacific, from Japan to Hawaii.

VIDEO: ‘Irreversible change’ to sea life from CO2
  A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut.

VIDEO: 'Irreversible change' to sea life from CO2
  A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions from industrial society are drastically cut.

Limited badger cull to start in NI
  Northern Ireland is to start a limited cull of badgers as part of a research project to combat a disease in cattle that costs the taxpayer £30m a year.

VIDEO: Ice lollies to keep zoo animals cool
  Zoo animals across Europe are being fed frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the current heatwave.

Cystic fibrosis gene therapy boost
  A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial.

Why insects are marvels of engineering
  High-speed video reveals how insects take to the air

Oceans face 'acidification crisis'
  A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

CO2 emissions threaten ocean crisis
  A major report warns that life in the seas will be irreversibly changed unless CO2 emissions are drastically cut.

VIDEO: Acrobats of the insect world
  Researchers are using super slow-motion footage to reveal the secrets of the most acrobatic insects

VIDEO: The blind birdman of Brazil
  Juan Pablo Culasso has been blind since birth but he has become one of the best "birdwatchers" in South America.

Polar bears will die out if global warming is not reversed, US report finds
  

Polar bears will be wiped out if humans don't reverse the trend of global warming, according to a blunt report by the US goverment.



BP to pay £12bn for Gulf oil spill
  BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Pluto shows its spots to Nasa probe
  The New Horizons mission to Pluto releases new colour views of the dwarf planet, revealing some intriguing dark spots.

Robots on the march
  Robots move into homes and the workplace

Global prize for anti-poverty leader
  The founding chairman of a leading rural development and anti-poverty organisation wins the 2015 World Food Prize.

Solar Impulse breaks solo record
  Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific.

'Celeb mind game' gives memory clues
  Researchers use "mind games" to reveal clues about how brain cells change when making new memories.

Boat-leap dolphin breaks woman's legs
  A dolphin jumps into a boat off the coast of southern California, hitting a woman and breaking both of her ankles.

New test pins down 'time of death'
  Forensic researchers develop a new method for establishing an accurate time of death after as much as 10 days.

Seventh shark attack in N Carolina
  A 68-year-old man is badly injured by a shark in North Carolina in the seventh attack off the state's coast in less than three weeks.

Sam Judd: World war on water
  Out of all the basic necessities for human life, surely water has to be the most important of them all. But despite how critical it is we seem willing to squander this precious resource, creating economic and health risks as well...

Rosetta spies cometary sinkholes
  The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta probe is riddled with pits that formed much like sinkholes here on Earth, say scientists.

Probe refines Pluto flyby path
  The American New Horizons spacecraft makes its last planned targeting manoeuvre as it bears down on Pluto.

Oranges bug 'hacks insect behaviour'
  A deadly disease of citrus plants spreads by manipulating its insect host, research suggests.

New director general takes Esa reins
  Johann-Dietrich Woerner moves from the German space agency to head up the European Space Agency.

Light crystals clinch physics medal
  US physicist Eli Yablonovitch, who first created "photonic crystals" to repel, trap and steer light, will receive the Newton Medal from the UK's Institute of Physics.

'Leap second' delays midnight
  Midnight came later on Tuesday as for the first time in three years an extra second was added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

Scrapping of waste monitoring programme defended
  Environment Minister Nick Smith has rejected criticism his Government is putting the environment at risk by scrapping funding for a monitoring programme that tracked liquid and hazardous waste.The Government has stopped its annual...

'Circademics' get serious about circus
  'Circademics' get serious about the circus

VIDEO: 'I feel like I can fly forever'
  A solar-powered plane that is attempting to cross the Pacific Ocean is encountering its first weather front.

North York Moors: ‘Test case’ national park mining project gets go-ahead
  

One of the world’s biggest potash mines is to be dug in the picturesque North York Moors National Park after the park’s planning committee placed commercial consideration over environmental concerns and gave the £1.7bn project the green light.



Solar plane attempts to cross front
  A solar powered plane is encountering its first weather front during its attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Babbler bird calls 'convey meaning'
  A bird can communicate by rearranging sounds into calls that convey meaning in the same way that humans use language, say scientists.

VIDEO: Leap second: What does it mean?
  Midnight will come later tonight, as for the first time in three years, an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

China climate change plan unveiled
  China - the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases - has announced details of its climate action plan.

Climate change 'action needed'
  The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a report submitted to the government.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space
  Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on life in space

Climate change action needed, MPs say
  The UK must take urgent action to prepare for the impacts of climate change in the UK, according to a progress report from MPs.

'Leap second' set to delay midnight
  Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

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