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Two years on from the first COVID case, New Zealand’s successful pandemic response still faces major challenges

Now that Omicron infection is widespread, the government could improve trust by phasing out travel restrictions and border isolation and reviewing vaccine mandates to ensure they are proportionate.
Veteran snowboarder Shaun White in action at the Beijing Winter Olympics. GettyImages

Old gold: how action sports athletes are challenging age stereotypes and redefining lifelong physical activity

As the Winter Olympics are showing, the unique cultures of action sports seem to support long careers among the top athletes – something other sports and society in general could learn from.
The project’s drill rig on the slopes of the Kamb Ice Stream.

Exploring Antarctica’s hidden under-ice rivers and their role in future sea-level rise

Researchers have surveyed an Antarctic under-ice river for the first time directly, and their observations support the idea that such sub-glacial rivers form estuaries as they flow into the ocean.

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