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Rock hounds

The Nelson area is one of New Zealand’s richest for minerals. Here, obsessives comb rivers for unusual and precious rocks. Yet despite these people’s shared passion, friction abounds within the community, raising questions: who owns the precious stones that tumble down rivers in the public estate? Can anyone take them? And, if so, can they sell them? Should they?

Science & Environment

Cold therapy

Taking a dip in a freezing lake or an ice bath is a growing trend, with practitioners claiming a variety of health benefits. So, what happens to your body—and your mind—when you’re immersed in cold water?

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