New Zealand

Moon Express partners with Rocket Labs for 2017 lunar landing

New Zealand-headquartered Rocket Labs and U.S. space firm Moon Express have signed an agreement to land three robotic spacecraft on the Moon, Earth's only natural satellite.

Moon Express is one of the many firms that are competing for the $30M Google Lunar X-Prize. It has booked 5 rockets... read more

Chocolate Intake linked to Low Risk of Heart Disease

According to a new study, people who eat up to 100g of chocolate every day are less likely to suffer from heart diseases than those who don't. Published in the journal Heart, the study showed that the risk of heart disease and stoke was 11% lower and 25% lower, respectively, in those who ate... read more

Netflix expects to launch in Australia and New Zealand later this Quarter

In the Q4 letter to shareholders Tuesday, streaming video service provider Netflix announced its plans to complete expansion into 200 countries within two years by 2017, up from its current 50, while staying profitable.

The company said that it added 4.3 million subscribers from the... read more

Rare Kiwi Chick released to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo

A little kiwi chick, called Kindara, has been released to Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo. It was hatched at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. The kiwi has an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers.

The kiwi chick is supported by Tauhara College in Taupo. It was named after... read more

600-Year-Old Canoe in New Zealand Reveals Sailing Technology of Polynesian

A 600-year-old canoe that was discovered way back in 2012 in New Zealand has been analyzed by a team of researchers. Latest study of the canoe confirms its association to a similar canoe that was found hundreds of miles away in the Society Islands. The canoe that was earlier found indicated... read more

Fear of Losing Job Significantly Increases Risk of Developing Asthma: Study

Work-related stress increases the risk of developing asthma. An international team of researchers said the people who fear losing their jobs are at 60% increased risk of developing asthma.

The researchers belonged to the University of Düsseldorf, Massey University in New Zealand and the... read more

Marine Biologists examine Rare Colossal Squid

Marine biologists in New Zealand have begun examining a rare colossal squid, which a fisherman had caught in the Antarctic. Colossal squid is believed to be the largest squid species in terms of mass.

For a long time, the colossal squid was kept in a frozen state and now scientists have... read more

Asteroid travels above New Zealand

Astronomers in New Zealand saw an asteroid traveling across the sky this morning. Nicknamed Pitbull, the whale-seized asteroid flew within 40,000km of Earth, which was seen as a threat by astronomers. The asteroid was discovered around a week ago and was nicknamed Pitbull by researchers because... read more

Shark Finning will be Banned in New Zealand

New Zealand's Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy declared that shark finning will be banned in New Zealand from October.

"It [the ban] reinforces New Zealand's strong international reputation for sustainability and protecting our natural... read more

Great White Sharks Travel in Straight Lines: 10-Year-Long Study

A 10-year-long shark study has offered interesting insights about the distance travelled by sharks and their mating habits. The study by NIWA and the Department of Conservation was based on 95 sharks, which were tagged and tracked. Initially, major aims of the study were to know how mobile... read more

Global Climate Report Warns about Warming up of the planet

Global climate report issued by a group of international scientists said on Thursday that the Earth is getting warmer as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and the Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record.

NOAA released the 24th annual State of the Climate... read more

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