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Vorombe Titan, roaming the Madagascan island 500,000 to 1 million years ago.

Extinct cousin of the kiwi thought to be biggest bird to have roamed the earth

Vorombe Titan once roamed the African island of Madagascar.

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Octopuses given ecstasy become more social and try to hug each other, new study finds

Scientists say the way they behave on the drug may give insights into how their social behaviour has evolved.

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Researchers tested the 15-year-old children of teens who were studied in the 1980s, researcher Helena McAnally explained to Breakfast.

Disturbing new study finds Kiwi teens are fatter and less fit than their parents

The girls were 25 per cent less fit than their mums were at the same age, while boys were 15 per cent less fit.

Forest and Bird estimate less than 7000 kea remain.

Clever kea using tools to raid traps

Researchers have found the alpine parrot is using sticks to get food out of stoat trap boxes.

Gabriele Chiaro, a senior engineering lecturer at Canterbury University, said 3.5 million used tyres were sent to landfills or dumped each year in New Zealand.

Canterbury engineer hopes to quake-proof buildings with old tyres

The system would not only absorb the shock, but also prevent damage.

Antarctica (file picture).

Antarctica's ice melt to be measured by new NASA satellite

It will precisely chart changes in Earth's ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation.

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Johann Hari, who spent several years researching drug use, addiction and treatment for his book, says we’ve misunderstood addiction.

New Zealand should legalise drugs, treat addiction with 'compassion and love' as they have in Portugal, says researcher

Journalist Johann Hari spent several years researching addiction for his book, Chasing the Scream and is currently in New Zealand.

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NZ researchers help find key 'villain' in causing migraines

Millions suffer migraines. This could be the first step in developing "novel drugs" to combat them.

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They’ve been seen swimming up a town culvert near Nelson to see if conservation efforts are working

Fluorescent whitebait unleashed near Nelson in native fish conservation effort

Nearly 75 per cent of NZ freshwater fish species are in decline.

Bonnethead shark Sphyrna tiburo is part of the hammerhead shark genus.

Scientists discover shark that enjoys eating sea grass along with fish

The first omnivorous shark species can be found in North American waters.

This road damage was caused by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that occurred near Christchurch, New Zealand on 4 September 2010. Through the failure of the road, it shows the fragility of built infrastructure that we depend upon every day. What would happen if your business was unable to ship its products due to damaged road networks? How resilient would you be to  an earthquake?

'Megaquake' tipped on Alpine Fault in lifetime of many New Zealanders alive today

The Alpine Fault runs for 800 kilometres from the Marlborough Sounds to Milford Sound.

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Consuming the high-quality protein found in lean meat and dairy is important to promote growth in children and reduce the loss of muscle mass in adults, a US professor of nutrition has said.

It is 'possible but difficult' to have well-balanced diet from plant-based food only, expert says

Dairy critical for children while lean meant reduces muscle loss in adults.

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It’s just one of the incredible revelations in new series The Curious Mind, coming to TVNZ.

Watch: Nigel Latta on curing fear in a matter of minutes by harnessing the power of your brain

It's just one of the revelations in his new TVNZ series, The Curious Mind.

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The processed product could be a boost for flagging wool exports, and a rich source of protein.

Scientists discover new use for sheep wool – cat food

The processed product could be a boost for flagging wool exports, and a rich source of protein.

Fossilised teeth of huge shark discovered in Australia

Two other sets have previously been unearthed in New Zealand and Belgium

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Experts have written to Jacinda Ardern concerned with the museum’s capacity to care for its collections.

Damaging mould found on world class whale bone collection stored at Te Papa

The museum is now investigating how over 400 bones became mouldy – that's more than 20 per cent of the collection.

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A lake of salty water appears to be buried deep in the red planet.

Watch: Man's search for water on Mars illustrated in 3D model

A lake of salty water appears to be buried deep in the red planet.

Dutch Viagra trial on pregnant women urgently stopped after 11 babies die

A similar trial in NZ found no harm from the drugs, but no benefit either.

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Scientists are matching the flesh to the fruit’s skin, and increasing its nutritional value.

Meet the Kiwi scientists 'colouring in' fruit to help increase its nutritional value

Scientists are matching the flesh to the fruit’s skin, and the benefits could be huge.

stray mongrel dog

MPI says it supports rehoming of lab animals, instead of euthanasia

MPI said it supports organisations considering rehoming instead of euthanasia.

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It’s hoped a machine will be able to reduce the amount of fat needed to make the fast food favourites.

Timaru trial underway to see if electrocuting potatoes will make for healthier hot chips

It’s hoped a machine will be able to reduce the amount of fat needed to make the fast food favourites.

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A crisp winter morning at the Ohaupo rugby fields was the scene for scientific endeavour.

Bay of Plenty schools send balloons into space, in the name of science

A crisp winter morning at the Ohaupo rugby fields was the scene for scientific endeavour.

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Motor neurone is the world's third most common neuro-degenerative disorder and is more commonly seen in older people.

NZ has highest rate of motor neurone disease of any country in the world

A University of Auckland study has found the mortality rate for the disease is significantly higher in NZ.

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The discovery of a toxic bug that causes the killer cancer, could lead to a lifesaving vaccine.

Exclusive: Christchurch researchers make major breakthrough in bowel cancer prevention

The discovery of a toxic bug that causes the killer cancer, could lead to a lifesaving vaccine.

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