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Keanui’s biodiversity bonanza

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Gerald McCormack | Published in Features, In Depth

Residents often talk about Cook Islands biodiversity, but few have discovered as many unrecorded species as six-year-old Keanui Selam. His recent insect-catching expeditions led to the discovery of eight unrecorded species of Heteroptera, a group of insects known as true bugs, or typical bugs. By Gerald McCormack of the Natural Heritage Trust.

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The challenges of drafting legislation in microstates

Saturday 5 June 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

A decade ago, the powers that be decided the Cook Islands needed updated companies legislation and a digital registry of companies allowed to do business in the country. It was a ‘smart government’ initiative, where services offered by the state are efficient, cost-effective, and allow people to avoid the agony of long queues. But sometimes the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences.

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Super Flower Blood Moon tonight

Monday 24 May 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Features, In Depth

Some people will still remember the solar eclipse in July 2010. For the next one we must wait until the morning of April 8 2024, but it will be only a partial eclipse from all islands of the Cook Islands, when the sun rises. But it’s not only solar eclipses that can beautify the local sky. Another opportunity to see something special is coming tonight. By Petr Horálek.

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Another Group of Scientists Calls for Further Inquiry Into Origins of the Coronavirus

Thursday 20 May 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

A group of 18 scientists stated in a letter published in the journal Science that there is not enough evidence to decide whether a natural origin or an accidental laboratory leak caused the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The enigmatic ature

Saturday 8 May 2021 | Written by Emmanuel Samoglou | Published in Features, In Depth

Ature are mysterious. They are annual visitors to our islands, where they are caught, shared, and then devoured. But sometimes they don’t make an appearance, and it is not understood why. Journalist Emmanuel Samoglou spoke to fishermen and scientists to learn more about these small, yet revered fish.

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Casting the Net far and wide

Saturday 1 May 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, In Depth

The future of the Cook Islands internet looks reliable, fast and cheap. But it can feel far off. Slow internet frustration is still very much alive and well. So where are we and where are we headed?

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We’re away, home again in September

Wednesday 14 April 2021 | Written by Gerald McCormack | Published in Features, In Depth

The Pacific Golden Plover or Tōrea is our most common Alaskan migrant. It is conspicuous on large grassy areas during the summer and most are now in their dramatic breeding plumage and ready to depart for Alaska. By Gerald McCormack of Natural Heritage Trust.

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Tracing back Marsters family lineage

Monday 12 April 2021 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Features, In Depth

Caroline Akakaingaro Raea, nee Marsters, was unaware that a collection of her Marsters family photos ever existed, until her 70th birthday. And to her surprise these photos were located in the very library that her daughter Taputukura Raea works in, the National Library of New Zealand.

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Covid mass testing lab won't be ready when country 'opens for business'

Saturday 10 April 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Features, Health, In Depth, National

Prime Minister Mark Brown's date for a two-way travel bubble on May 1 will come before the country has a rapid Covid-19 testing system.

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Six months on: Has helmet law made Raro roads safer?

Saturday 3 April 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in In Depth

The mandatory helmet law came into force after multiple seatbacks on October 1, 2020. Six months on, has the controversial law made any difference? Caleb Fotheringham investigates.

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The Ocean’s Youngest Monsters Are Ready for Glamour Shots

Thursday 1 April 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

Divers practicing blackwater photography are helping marine scientists gain new insights into fish larvae. By Erik Olsen from The New York Times.

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The Deepest Diver in the History of Free Diving Goes Below the Ice

Wednesday 24 March 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

When the champion free diver Alexey Molchanov stepped onto ice on Lake Baikal in southern Siberia on March 16, the sky was cobalt blue. The sun illuminated the surrounding mountains, the wind was light and the air a balmy minus 10 Celsius. It was the perfect day for a swim, and an opportunity to break yet another world record. Via The New York Times.

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The New York Times in the Cook Islands News

Monday 15 March 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Features, In Depth

As of late, our digital readers may have noticed some interesting content on cookislandsnews.com.

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There’s a Global Plan to Conserve Nature. Indigenous People Could Lead the Way.

Thursday 11 March 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in In Depth

Dozens of countries are backing an effort that would protect 30 percent of Earth’s land and water. Native people, often among the most effective stewards of nature, have been disregarded, or worse, in the past. By Somini Sengupta, Catrin Einhorn and Manuela Andreoni from the New York Times.

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For Travel, a Sustainable Comeback?

Tuesday 2 March 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

With travel stalled for the past 10 months, its sustainable comeback has been a popular topic. Now with Covid-19 vaccines in distribution, and the prospect of travel reviving later this year, some travel operators, local governments and nonprofit organizations are walking the talk, with new eco-oriented programs and trip. By Elaine Glusac from The New York Times.

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NASA Sent a Secret Message to Mars. Meet the People Who Decoded It.

Thursday 25 February 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

As NASA’s Perseverance rover fell through the Martian atmosphere last week, a video camera on the spacecraft captured the breakneck deployment of its parachute, which was decorated with splotches of reddish orange and white. Those splotches were a secret message. By Kenneth Chang from the New York Times.

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A WHO Researcher on His Trip to China Seeking Origins of the Virus

Tuesday 16 February 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

Peter Daszak recently returned from Wuhan, China as a member of the World Health Organisation team that was sent to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. He recently spoke with The New York Times, shedding light on the team’s work. By James Gorman via The New York Times.

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Whale Songs Could Reveal Deep Secrets Beneath the Oceans

Friday 12 February 2021 | Written by The New York Times | Published in Features, In Depth

A team of American scientists are using whale songs to study the earth's deep interior. By Robin George Andrews via The New York Times.

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