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The foreseeable future

Frustrated with the lack of government action on the looming spectre of climate change, Lisa McLaren helped start the campaign that resulted in the Zero Carbon Bill.

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Star struck

Aerospace engineer Mana Vautier helps ensure the International Space Station runs smoothly. One day, he hopes to step aboard.

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The mists of time

Earth’s early days remain shrouded in mystery, but Kathy Campbell is helping to clarify how life began—and whether there was life on Mars.

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Figures of speech

How language developed is an unsolved puzzle of human evolution, and Michael Corballis has spent a lifetime trying to figure it out.

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Law of the land

Rethinking the way the New Zealand legal system describes the environment, and how people treat it, is the life’s work of law professor Jacinta Ruru.

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So shoot me

Native flora and fauna is widely considered ‘good’, while introduced species are ‘bad’. Contesting this notion has made Wellington ecologist Jamie Steer a target.

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