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Biologists in New Zealand find rare species of sunfish

Biologists in New Zealand find rare species of sunfish

A team of marine biologists have discovered a rare species of sunfish that managed to evade discovery for as many as three centuries by hiding in a very messy history of sunfish taxonomy.

The marine biologists have named the new species specimen, a two-ton creature, Hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) due to its elusiveness.

Volcanologists Reveal Interesting Information After Analyzing Crystals Deep Inside a Volcano

Volcanologists Reveal Interesting Information After Analyzing Crystals Deep Inside a Volcano

After checking crystals once deep inside a volcano, researchers are confident that they can better predict many factors that are linked to timing of eruption of a volcano. Volcanologists worked on an interesting project have published a research paper in journal Science after checking magma reservoir that lies below New Zealand's Mount Tarawera volcano. The research team added that before its eruption, a volcano offers many signals and it will be important to decipher those signals if we have to improve our prediction about volcanic eruptions.

Scientists discover new energy source in New Zealand

Scientists discover new energy source in New Zealand

A team of scientists drilled deep into an earthquake fault in New Zealand, and stumbled upon something that could provide a new source of energy for the South Pacific nation.

Led by Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Rupert Sutherland, the scientists were surprised to find that water in the Alpine Fault was much hotter than their expectation. They concluded that it could be harnessed to generate electricity or to provide industries like dairy farming with direct heating.

New Zealand beach turns into a whale grave

New Zealand beach turns into a whale grave

Around a week ago, a New Zealand beach became a distressing grave site when hundreds of pilot whales became stranded on it and many of them died.

The New Zealand the Department of Conservation (DOC) confirmed that more than 600 pilot whales became stranded on the Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island. Hundreds of volunteers worked with DOC workers to save the whales, but they could save only half of them. More than 300 whales died at the beach.

Lost Continent Zealandia Discovered by Scientists Under Pacific Ocean

Lost Continent Discovered by Scientists Under Pacific Ocean

Scientist have claimed to discover eighth continent with much of its region under the Pacific Ocean, near New Zealand. The continent named as Zealandia by research team has majority of its region under the ocean while some of its parts are in modern day New Zealand, New Caledonia and some regions above the water in the Pacific Ocean. The research team added that nearly 94 percent of the continent is currently under water and it stretches nearly 1.9 million square miles.

Heart attacks spike during Christmas and Holiday Season: American Heart Association

Heart attacks spike during Christmas and Holiday Season: American Heart Association

Heart related death cases in the United States spike every year during the last week of each year and first week of New Year. The American Heart Association has indicated about the spike is heart attacks and heart related death cases in the United States between Christmas Day and January 7. Cardiologists term it as "Christmas Coronary.” As per heart disease experts, the condition is caused mainly due to holiday stressors and bad habits.

Alcohol intake linked to higher risk of seven types of cancer

Alcohol intake linked to higher risk of seven types of cancer

A novel research has raised concerns by unveiling that alcohol even taken in small amounts can increase the risk for seven types of cancer, including mouth and throat, liver, colon, bowel, breast, larynx and oesophagus.

The research team said that the findings suggest more than a casual relationship. But they still have to know on how and why alcohol leads to the mutations that lead to cancer. Study’s lead researcher Jennie Connor, from Otago University in New Zealand, said that the epidemiological evidence also supports the fact that alcohol leads to the seven types of cancer.

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Children having habit of thumb sucking or nail biting less likely to develop allergies later in life

Children having habit of thumb sucking or nail biting less likely to develop allergies later in life

Researchers in New Zealand has found that children who have habit of sucking thumb and bite their nails face reduced risk of develop allergies later in their lives. The research findings are based on a long-term project called the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study.

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World Tobacco Day: WHO urges nations to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products

World Tobacco Day: WHO urges nations to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products

Today marks as the World No Tobacco Day. Every year, the World Health Organization (WHO) observes May 31 with a new slogan every year and this year’s is ‘Get Ready for Plain Packaging’.

On the occasion, the WHO has urged all the nations to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Australia was the first nation in the world to introduce plain packaging. Now, New Zealand has announced to introduce plain packaging. It also aims to become a smoke-free nation by 2025.

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Department of Conservation warns about possible eruption of Mount Ruapehu

Department of Conservation warns about possible eruption of Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano located at the Tongariro National Park in the North Island. The volcano last erupted nine years ago. This is the same volcano that was shown in the movie ‘Lord of The Rings’ as the wasteland of Mordor. New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC) is warning trekkers to stay away from the Summit Hazard Zone due to possibility for the eruption to take place.

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