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What do the US midterm results mean for international relations? 🔊

Last week the US held their midterm elections with the Democrats regaining control of the House of Representatives while the Republicans retained control of the Senate. But what does the outcome of these elections mean for international relations?

Frequently asked questions about climate change and the IPCC special report

Last month, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a Special Report on the impacts of 1.5°C global warming above pre-industrial levels. Tra Dinh explores some of the questions that arose out of this.

What is free speech? ▶

Banned books, defamation suits, de-platformed public figures, alt-righters without a venue: is there a crisis of free speech in New Zealand? And what exactly is free speech: a necessary guarantee of democracy or a misused threat to the common good?

Politics & Society

What is free speech? ▶

Banned books, defamation suits, de-platformed public figures, alt-righters without a venue: is there a crisis of free speech in New Zealand? And what exactly is free speech: a necessary guarantee of democracy or a misused threat to the common good?

Science & Technology

Do animals feel fear?

Afraid of lions by moonlight and raptors by day, animals will behave in dramatic ways as Cassie Fruend explains.

How do animals use magnetic fields to navigate?

Birds, bees, whales, and turtles all use the Earth’s magnetic field to guide their behaviour. Now scientists have learned much more about how. Maria Armoudian speaks with Andres Vidal-Gadea about what has been discovered. 

Business & Economics

Arts & Culture

Broken survivors: With them through hell

The thousands of New Zealand men who fought in the First World War went through hell. And right beside them was another fighting force. Anna Rogers explores the story of New Zealand’s medical services in WWI.

Is protecting heritage a human right?

Is protecting heritage a human right? George Nicholas looks into the responsibilities and concerns about the political, ethical and social dimensions of archaeological research and heritage management.