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Space rocks hitting Earth twice as often as 700 million years ago, study finds

But there's no need to worry, scientists say in the new report.

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It’s been bubbling away since early December and could provide clues about our biggest fault line.

'Mud volcano' near Gisborne generating huge interest among science community

The phenomenon is discharging cold sludge over around a hectare of farmland in the Waimata Valley.

A Aztec Fruit-eating bat (Artibeus aztecus) clinging to a rock wall in Mexico

Mexican drug cartels 'hamper' Australian research that could revolutionise medical treatments

The University of Queensland-led group says it cannot gather venom from vampire bats in the field because drug traffickers have moved into the area.

Ocean temperatures are rising far faster than previously thought, report says

Scientists warn these temperatures are driving sea levels and helping to fuel more intense hurricanes.

NASA spacecraft successfully phones home after record-setting 6.4 billion km journey

Ten hours after the encounter, flight controllers in Laurel, Maryland, received word from the spacecraft today.

FILE - This file illustration provided by NASA depicts the Osiris-Rex spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu. The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, around the asteroid Bennu, 70 million miles (110 million kilometers) from Earth. It’s the smallest celestial body ever to be orbited by a spacecraft. Bennu is just 1,600 feet (500 meters) across. (Conceptual Image Lab/Goddard Space Flight Center/NASA via AP, File)

NASA spacecraft enters orbit around ancient asteroid, sets records

The Osiris-Rex spacecraft entered orbit around Bennu, 110 million kilometres from Earth.

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Worldwide, ambitious space missions have kicked off to Mars and even the Sun.

Year in review: Missions to Mars, the Sun and Rocket Lab's Kiwi ingenuity highlight 2018's space race

The past 12 months have been remarkable in terms of our fascination with the stars.

UFO sightings in NZ on the rise, group partnered with Chilean government says

Many sightings seemed to be associated with seismic events, UFOCUS NZ's director says.

FILE - This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015 shows a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto's surface. The images were taken when the spacecraft was 280,000 miles (450,000 kilometers) away. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI via AP)

Pluto explorer ushering in new year at more distant world

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will zip past the scrawny, icy object nicknamed Ultima Thule soon after the stroke of midnight.

This Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 photo shows chickens under observation at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Researchers are tracking chicken traits like weight, growth rate and meat quality they hope will be useful to the poultry industry. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)

What makes chickens happy? Nobody is quite sure

In recent years, the animal welfare world has moved to exploring whether animals can also enjoy their lives.

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A group from Canterbury University are turning volcanic rock back into liquid form via a bronze furnace.

Canterbury University scientists create lava after melting volcanic rock

The lava is helping predict what might happen in an eruption.

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But University of Otago’s Professor Mike Eccles says there’s still potentially years of research to be done before the test becomes widely available.

Researchers reveal potentially huge cancer breakthrough: a 10-minute universal test

"I think this is potentially very exciting," University of Otago Professor Mike Eccles told TVNZ 1's Breakfast.

Ten metre tsunami could hit Hawke's Bay with 'no warning' after Hikurangi quake

GNS Science said about $60m of international funding has been secured to study the subduction zone just off New Zealand's east coast.

Chinese government halts team claiming to have made first gene-edited babies

Mainstream scientists have condemned the experiment amid an investigation.

Science (file).

Government invests $2 million to encourage Kiwi youngsters' interest in maths, science, engineering

"This is one of the ways that we will move towards a highly skilled, innovative workforce."

Charles Blomfield - White Terraces, Rotomahana

Scientists confirm former site of Pink and White Terraces 'eighth wonder of the world'

The diary and maps of a 19th century geologist has enabled NIWA scientists to confirm the former site of the terraces.

Urgent action is being called for over kauri dieback disease in Northland’s Waipoua Forest.

Government commits $13.75m to fight against Kauri dieback, myrtle rust

The Government says there's a critical need for a surge of investment in research that'll generate long-term solutions to the spread of the two diseases.

A circumhorizontal arc spotted above Paparoa in Northland.

MetService explains 'amazing' optical phenomena spotted over Northland yesterday

Natalie Richards was passing through with her mum yesterday when they noticed the phenomena in the sky, saying it was slowing changing colour for about 15 minutes.

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We were the first nation to do away with multiple timezones across the country.

In-time for 150 years, New Zealand marks a moment in history

It was a world first to make time the same across the country.

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Originally designed to diagnose animals, the kiwi tech could change how we treat the common gut infection.

New Dunedin technology is changing the way we treat intestinal worms

Mass treatment plans could be ended if doctors can correctly identify infected patients.

A mako shark is tagged in New Caledonia, left, and the tag device, right.

Scientists excited to get shark tag back after it was found by trekker on NZ beach

The device was attached to the shark in May last year, and the shark looks to have swum from New Caledonia.

Child with phone (file picture).

Limiting children's screen time is linked to better cognition, study finds

The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health study included 4,500 US children aged 8 to 11.

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.

ecstasy being handed over at a house party..

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.

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