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Rain aided Mongol conquests

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Rain aided Mongol conquestsGenghis Khan. Photo / NZ Herald

Warm, wet weather spanning several decades helped one of history's most fearsome tyrants to conquer most of Asia and Eastern Europe and form the largest continuous land empire the world has known, a study has found.

Scientists studying ancient Siberian pine trees in central Mongolia that date back nearly 2000 years

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Silence reigns in crippled nuclear plant

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Scientists estimate that decontamination at Fukushima will take at least 40 years.

Silence reigns in crippled nuclear plantRadiation at Fukushima's power plant has declined to acceptable levels. Photo / AP

The control room for the crippled No 1 and No 2 reactors is coated in pink plastic sheeting. The lights on the monitoring panels are all out. There are no sirens.

It is a far cry from

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Robots whirr into elderly care

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NZ researchers offered a grant to link up with Japan on smart projects for robotics to help the aged
Robots whirr into elderly careAuckland's Selwyn Village residents trialled the HealthBots now permanently deployed at Gore.

A future where our elderly have faithful robot servants to look after them might be closer than we think, with the Government offering researchers new cash

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Teen helps scientists study her own rare disease

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Teen helps scientists study her own rare diseaseElana Simon in a laboratory at The Rockefeller University in New York. Photo / AP

First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes.

Age 18 is pretty young to be listed as an author of a study in the prestigious

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Noses and ears created in lab

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Ears and noses could be grown in a laboratory and transplanted into humans using a technique developed by British scientists.

Researchers from Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London using tissue engineering have become the first to turn stem cells from body fat in the abdomen of children into living cartilage.

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