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Snapper is one of the fish under New Zealand’s Quota Management system. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal

New Zealand’s fisheries are considered among the best managed in the world, but this perception doesn't match the facts.
Hailed as “Mother of the Emperor”, Danelis goes to Constantinople to meet with Emperor Basil I. From wikimedia

A Byzantine ancestor to same-sex marriage?

The medieval Byzantine Empire might hold some lessons about tolerance and same-sex marriage.
Can we trust a robot that makes decisions with real-world consequences? from www.shutterstock.com

How to make robots that we can trust

We are witnessing dramatic advances in the deployment of autonomous systems, but are we designing robots that can be trusted?
The analysis of large amounts of ice from Antarctica’s Taylor Valley has helped scientists to tease apart the natural and human-made sources of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Hinrich Schaefer

Antarctic ice reveals that fossil fuel extraction leaks more methane than thought

Analysis of 12,000-year-old Antarctic ice reveals that methane leaks from fossil fuel extraction play a larger role than previously thought.
Former US Vice President and Chair of the Climate Reality Project Al Gore and Victoria’s climate and energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio (right) ride on a tram after speaking at the climate conference in Melbourne. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Costly signals needed to deliver inconvenient truth

Taking inspiration from the spread of world religions, Quentin Atkinson and Shaun Hendy argue scientists need to do more to signal commitment to ideas they want to spread.
This aerial view shows the catchment of the Makaroro river, in the Ruahine Forest Park. The river was to be dammed for the Ruataniwha irrigation scheme. Peter Scott

Supreme Court ruling on NZ’s largest irrigation dam proposal respects conservation law and protected land

New Zealand's Supreme Court rejected a proposed land swap that would have seen conservation land used for an irrigation dam, but the government is now considering a retrospective law change.
The flightless, nocturnal and sweet-smelling kākāpō was thought to be extinct, but during the 1970s, two remnant populations were discovered. One, in Fiordland, included only males. From Wikimedia Commons

Plant hormone boost for New Zealand’s critically endangered night parrot

New research suggests that New Zealand's bizarre nocturnal parrot, the kākāpō, needs plant hormones to breed successfully.

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