Ne Zha is a rebellious boy with supernatural powers who wreaks havoc – and he is a box-office phenomenon.
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Chinese animated film Ne Zha is a box office phenomenon, but it also has a surprising story to tell about raising the ideal 'guai' child – for the family, and for the state.
The fictional universe of superheroes can teach us about what motivates some of us to believe in gods.
Superheroes may be able to regenerate and fly through walls, but their supernatural qualities differ from those of spiritual beings that attract religious devotion.
Climate change, together with other ecological pressures, may well undo the gains we have made in health.
Do you have a question about climate change? This collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre gives you the chance to ask – and we'll provide expert answers.
The New Zealand government is introducing a scheme for regulating medicinal cannabis.
There is no doubt a regulated market for access to medicinal cannabis is safer, but if cannabis-based products were allowed to bypass efficacy trials, there's a potential cost to patient safety.
Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori) are found only in New Zealand.
The endangered Hector's dolphins are found only in coastal seas in New Zealand, but conservation experts describe New Zealand's proposed protection plan for the marine mammals as misleading.
Foulden Maar formed 23 million years ago and contains tens of thousands of fossils of extinct plants and animals.
An Australian company's plan to mine a fossil-rich site in New Zealand to produce pig food has been described as unjustifiable vandalism. A campaign is under way to protect the site in perpetuity.
The risk for dental problems is determined in early childhood.
The high cost of dental treatment is stopping almost half of all New Zealanders from seeking care when they need it. Funding at least parts of dental care publicly could change that.
New Zealand is among a group of countries whose governments use predictive algorithms to help them make decisions.
Academics call for an independent regulator to address risks associated with the use of artificial intelligence by government agencies.
Protests followed the terrorist attack that killed more than 40 Indian military personnel in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir border are a stark reminder that the subcontinent is one of the world’s likeliest nuclear flashpoints.
Prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on military-style weapons within days of the Christchurch terror attacks.
New Zealand's gun lobby presents licensed gun owners as sensible and responsible, but the response to gun law changes reveals an aggressive online culture.
Welcome to the world, little lizard. A three-toed skink (
Saiphos equalis) hatching from an egg.
The evolution of live birth from egg-laying is no mean feat. Now new research reports on the first known example where both eggs and a live birth come from the same lizard pregnancy.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has warned that afforestation is a risky approach to combatting climate change.
A new report suggests New Zealand should rethink climate policy and use forests to offset only agricultural emissions, which make up half of the country's total emissions, and not carbon dioxide.
Crucifixion was a form of state terror and victims were likely to be stripped.
Interviews with survivors of sexual abuse by clergy show that recognising Jesus as an abuse victim might help the Catholic church to change its culture and response to the abuse crisis.
The emperor penguin can grow up to 45 kilograms, making it the largest living penguin species.
Genetic information extracted from fossil bones of two extinct penguin species shows the geological emergence of islands plays a role in penguin evolution.
A study of drinking water sourced from groundwater in areas of intensive farming and horticulture found nitrate levels are already high and rising.
Nitrate in drinking water has been linked to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. That could have implications for some parts of New Zealand where nitrate levels are high.
Male monks were not the sole producers of books throughout the Middle Ages.
Museum collections are repositories of specimens and data, including specimens, tissue samples and vocal recordings.
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Taxonomists are becoming as rare as some of the species they work on, and this puts museum collections and conservation efforts under threat and increases the risk of biosecurity incursions.
The Gillard government’s carbon price had no effect on the aviation industry.
If Australia is to meet its climate targets, radical measures could be required to reduce emissions in sectors such as aviation.
With the help of environmental DNA, scientists are compiling a census of life in Loch Ness, which should establish if there is any scientific basis to the centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness monster.
Scientists are using environmental DNA to compile a census of life in Loch Ness and to establish if there is any scientific basis for the centuries-old monster legend.
Without floating sea ice, climate-weakened ice shelves are wide open to attack by waves.
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Since 1995, several ice shelves off the Antarctic Peninsula have abruptly disintegrated. A new analysis suggests that these events are triggered when ice shelves lose their buffer of floating ice.