Explorer to probe red planet

NASA is back on Mars after a 700 million kilometre journey that began nearly a year ago.

Maven explorer arriving at Mars

NASA's Maven spacecraft is on track to reach Mars following a journey spanning 10 months and 711 million kilometres.

Greenhouse gases at historic high

Demonstrations around the world as greenhouse gas emissions surge to the highest levels in human history.

Mars probe about to arrive

mars strap

Nasa's Maven orbital explorer will slip into Mars orbit tomorrow, to study the red planet's atmosphere.

Clouds delay rocket launch

Bad weather has delayed a SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station for NASA.

Experts excited at rare porpoise

Ewan Fordyce

Researchers say the stranding of a rare porpoise on a Dunedin beach does have an upside.

Analysis of king's skeletal remains

King Richard III

He may be a murderer, but whatever else you think of him, King Richard III was no coward.

Pap smears replaced?

doctor

Simple, non-invasive urine tests offer an alternative to cervical smears, researchers say.

Nasa's tips for finding ET

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So you want to find alien life? Nasa can help, with tips for going about your search in in the right way.

Pregnant mums 'shouldn't rest'

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Laying around for hours at a time, day after day, doesn't prevent early deliveries - and it puts a strain on the rest of the family.

It's a girl: Te Papa's colossal squid

 Colossal squid thrills Te Papa

It's a girl - not the latest royal-baby-to-be, but Te Papa's new colossal squid, and it had a lot to teach us.

Sky light show tonight?

Aurora Australis over Canterbury

The South Island could get a spectacular light show across the skies tonight - but it could also be rained out.

New weapon against flu?

microscope scientist

Otago University researchers have identified a protein that could be targeted by anti-influenza drugs.

Flying reptile named after Avatar

WILL DUNHAM - Reuters

Animal very similar to James Cameron's CGI mountain banshee actually existed here on Earth long ago.

Half-duck, half-croc - something else

Turns out spinosaurus was a very weird, semi-aquatic predator that was bigger than T Rex.

CO2 levels at record levels

"Time is not on our side," the UN weather agency chief says as agency finds big bump in carbon dioxide levels.

New-found asteroid to fly over NZ

Asteroid 2014 RC

New Zealand will be in the box seat when a newly-discovered asteroid passes super close to Earth on Monday morning.

Space sex geckos perish

Five geckos tasked with reproducing in zero gravity failed the mission, but sex did happen in space.

Bardarbunga's amazing display

Bardarbunga

Iceland's more-pronounceable volcano is continuing to put on quite a show.

Sediment linked to sheep

sediment fingerprinting

Science has uncovered sheep, not dairy cows, as culprits for some sediment problems in Southland estuaries.

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