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What kind of house $300,000 can buy around the world

Want to see what kind of house $300k will buy in Finland, Greece, Dominican Republic, Russia, Portugal, Brazil, Italy, Montenegro,…

Airbus designed and 3D printed a motorbike inspired by a skeleton

Aerospace corporation Airbus’s Light Rider concept motorbike looks a bit like something HR Giger would draw (although his, of course,…

“Please send the police. I’ve been shot,” says 76-year-old man mistakenly shot by police

When New Jersey police went to the wrong house to investigate a 911 hang-up call they shot resident 76-year-old Gerald…

Canterbury Uni students divided over women-only gym hours

Canterbury Uni students divided over women-only gym hours EMILY MURPHY Last updated 11:29, August 5 2016 STOCKPHOTO Better when it’s just…

Poll Whiplash: Donald Trump Is Having a Really, Really Bad Week

If Donald Trump were the New York Stock Exchange, this is the moment you’d be advised to sell, sell, sell….

Aerial Views of Apartheid: Drone Photos Show Rich vs Poor Divides

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ] Though the apartheid ended decades ago, many physical barriers remain…

New theoretical work suggests women co-opted orgasms for happy endings

reader comments The existence of women’s orgasms has given scientists and philosophers a lot to chew on over the centuries….

Instagram Pulled Into Debate Over Police Violence After Maryland Killing

Korryn Gaines was fatally shot in her home on Monday after being egged on by her Instagram followers to defy…

International Olympic Committee bans GIFs

They’ve "expressly prohibited" turning anything from the Olympics into "animated formats such as animated GIFs (i.e. GIFV), GFY, WebM, or…

Severe picky eating linked to psychiatric problems, finds study

Severe picky eating linked to psychiatric problems, finds study CAT RODIE Last updated 08:57, August 5 2016 GETTY IMAGES There is…

French halal supermarket told to sell alcohol and pork, or face closure

French halal supermarket told to sell alcohol and pork, or face closure Last updated 08:59, August 5 2016 ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS Halal…

Housing New Zealand tenant lit fire after bad day

Wikitoria Munro lit a fire in this Housing NZ house in Raumanga after a night out drinking. Photo / Michael…

Government urged to take pay equity action

There’s a call for government action following the release of data showing the gender pay gap has widened. The Pay…

AirSpace

How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world Every time Schwarzmann alights in a foreign city…

Australia decides it should probably study climate science after all

Balloons at an April rally opposing CSIRO cuts. reader comments 0 In February, the new leader of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific…

James Barry, pioneering nineteenth century army surgeon, had a secret

"Sophia Bishop was laying out the body of Dr James Barry, on July 25, 1865, when she screamed. Her master…

Let’s hear it for child geniuses and pushy parents

Let’s hear it for child geniuses and pushy parents ANNA MAXTED Last updated 10:14, August 5 2016 123RF “You should treat…

The Internet of Things: Outlook and Challenges

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” Arthur C. Clarke’s widely quoted proposition seems particularly apt nowadays. What in…

Rio Olympics 2016: Russian diplomat tackles, kills robber near Olympic Park

Last updated 10:31, August 5 2016 First published August 5, 2016 at 03:40AM. Originally syndicated from: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/olympics/82849884/Rio-Olympics-2016-Russian-diplomat-tackles-kills-robber-near-Olympic-Park

British Muslim detained for reading a book about Syria while on a plane

A British woman of Muslim descent was detained and questioned by police under terror laws after a flight crew member…

Mexico-US illegal migration has been at zero for 8 years, and other eye-opening facts

NPR’s On the Media have released a new installment in their indispensable Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook (previously), this one about…

A brief history of “cuck”

"Cuck" is an insult lately beloved of bigots, spreading inexorably from Reddit to the schoolyards of America. What makes it…

Two teens carve into 5,000-year-old rock carving, just trying to help

This famed 5,000-year-old rock carving on the island of Tro, near Nordland, Norway, depicting a figure on skis, is one…

Son asks Google to keep dead dad’s memory alive

Google StreetView is usually praised for its stringent privacy policy – but one man’s trying to get an image unblurred….

How to Make Sad, Single-Person Pancakes for One

One of the best parts of being in a couple is having someone to make and eat breakfast with on…

Australians asked not to list their religion as Jedi

Spoilsports within the Atheist Foundation of Australia have asked its citizens to stop listing their religion as "Jedi" on census…

90-year-old fills in $90,000 crossword art, now claims copyright

Last month, a 90-year-old woman visiting an art museum in Nuremberg, Germany was drawn to a 1977 crossword puzzle on…

Government U-turn on funding pepi-pods could save dozens of babies’ lives

Government U-turn on funding pepi-pods could save dozens of babies’ lives Last updated 06:32, August 4 2016 SUPPLIED Health Minister Jonathan…

Spanish couple wins battle to call son Wolf

Spanish couple wins battle to call son Wolf Last updated 08:05, August 4 2016 iStock photos Aw, look at him sleeping…

Vote for the name of the new Child, Youth and Family agency

Vote for the name of the new Child, Youth and Family agency KATIE KENNY Last updated 08:40, August 4 2016 Fairfax…

Housing through the decades, what is affordable?

Paul Henry received an email, from Jeff in Christchurch. "Every day we are bombarded with news of how unaffordable houses…

Fighting for change

It can be without doubt that Auckland is experiencing rapid change. Six years ago I was interviewed by Andy Pickering, then…

Councillors: ‘Recklessly’ short time to read Auckland’s 7000 page blueprint

Councillors: ‘Recklessly’ short time to read Auckland’s 7000 page blueprint SIMON MAUDE AND TOM CARNEGIE Last updated 15:58, August 4 2016…

Pod decision will save ‘hundreds of young lives’

A decision to give mothers access to safe sleep bassinets like pepi-pods and wahakura will “save hundreds of young lives”,…

Climate change: Australia realises its mistake

Back in February, the Australian government announced that it was sacking all its climate scientists because it had already learned…

NZ 8th in OECD for mobile broadband

NZ is 8th highest in the OECD for mobile broadband subscriptions. In fact we have more mobile broadband subscriptions than…

Wanaka man charged over cat shooting

A man who allegedly shot his neighbour’s cat with a gun in Wanaka has been charged with ill-treatment of an…

Chinese-flagged fishing vessels caught out in exclusive NZ waters

Chinese-flagged fishing vessels caught out in exclusive NZ waters TRACY WATKINS AND STACEY KIRK Last updated 13:45, August 4 2016 LAC…

Climate change: Welcome to dystopia

In the Guardian, George Monbiot summarises the state of the world: This, on current trends, will be the hottest year…

Labour to remove tax breaks for property speculators

Labour Party Housing Spokesman Phil Twyford. PHOTO/ John Borren Labour has confirmed it will introduce a policy to remove tax…

Uber vetting policy raises doubts over drivers’ criminal convictions and medical conditions

Uber vetting policy raises doubts over drivers’ criminal convictions and medical conditions JO MOIR Last updated 18:30, August 4 2016 ANDY…

Mike Hosking to stay on Seven Sharp despite 22,000 signature petition

Mike Hosking to stay on Seven Sharp despite 22,000 signature petition JACK VAN BEYNEN Last updated 19:26, August 4 2016 This…

Navy operation uncovers mass fishing breaches

More than half the vessels inspected by the Navy in its latest fishery patrol were found to be breaking the…

Chinese vessels caught illegally fishing near New Zealand territory

View from Raoul Island, one of the Kermadecs where the vessels were caught illegally fishing. A New Zealand fisheries operation…

Schools powerless to stop parents taking kids out of school for holidays

Schools powerless to stop parents taking kids out of school for holidays RACHEL CLAYTON Last updated 20:44, August 4 2016 JOHN…

Australian priest’s porn collection was ‘shocking’

Australian priest’s porn collection was ‘shocking’ Last updated 20:39, August 4 2016 A priest said he had to use a 44-gallon…

Auckland councillors bowing out

George Wood is stepping down at October’s local body elections. Photo / Brett Phibbs George Wood…

Drink driver says jail time ‘excessive’

Jesse Uncles was killed last year in a car crash. A Napier man who killed one and seriously injured two…

Police use stun grenades on Olympic protesters

Police use stun grenades on Olympic protesters PEDRO FONSECA Last updated 15:12, August 4 2016 Mario Tama Military Police pass ahead…

8TB disks seem to work pretty well, HGST still impressive

reader comments 69 Cloud backup and storage provider Backblaze has published its latest batch of drive reliability data. The release…

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