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Official stories shape kids' minds expert

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Thesis compares tales to communist propaganda.
Official stories shape kids' minds expertMonique Raynel's actions help to bring stories to life. Photo / Christine Cornege

Children are being moulded into desired citizens at preschool through government-funded literature focusing on emotions, says an award-winning thesis.

Researched over three years by University of Auckland childhood studies

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Spectacular view of lunar eclipse

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April is putting on a feast for stargazers, with the red planet looming large in the night sky and a lunar eclipse painting the moon itself red - and don't forget Yuri Gagarin. Science reporter Jamie Morton explains.
Spectacular view of lunar eclipseThis year brings us two lunar eclipses, the first at a family-friendly time on April 15, the second shortly before midnight in
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Saving our sea life: Snapper snapshot reveals riches

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Filming indicates up to 20 times more large fish are in marine reserves than in areas where fishing is allowed.
Saving our sea life: Snapper snapshot reveals richesThe changes also include a cut in the bag limit from nine to seven a day and an increase in the minimum size from 27cm to 30cm.

Scientists have used an underwater camera to count large snapper in Hauraki Gulf marine reserves - and found

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Kiwis develop laser-operated 'optical tweezers'

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Kiwis develop laser-operated 'optical tweezers'Dr Niels Kjaergaard, Kris Roberts and Dr Amita Deb. Photo / Gregor Richardson

Two University of Otago physics students have pushed the frontiers of quantum technology by helping develop laser-operated "optical tweezers" that precisely split clouds of ultracold atoms and smash them together.

Kris Roberts and Thomas McKellar have added significantly

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Europeans have become whiter - scientists

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Europeans have become whiter - scientistsEvidence from ancient skeletons has altered the understanding that natural selection favours darker skin pigments. Photo / Thinkstock

European humans have become "whiter" in the past 5,000 years, undergoing a distinct change in their DNA due to natural selection, according to scientists.

In research published this week in the journal Proceedings of

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