Timelapses of New Zealand Are Stunning Science

New Zealand is a country of dramatic landscapes, astounding skies, and not a lot of people to get in the way. Today's stunning timelapse is a four-part series of break-sized awe for the beauty of the natural world, and an excellent excuse to talk about the science behind the breathtaking scenes. » 6/27/14 1:52pm 6/27/14 1:52pm

The New Zealand Prime Minister publicly denies being a lizard person

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was recently asked to provide "any evidence to disprove the theory that [he] is in fact a David Icke style shapeshifting reptilian alien ushering humanity towards enslavement." Key, in a congenial manner atypical of shapeshifting reptilian aliens, responded. » 2/15/14 3:30pm 2/15/14 3:30pm

New Zealand environmental activist wants to ban cats as pets

In a country that's crazy about their cats, economist Gareth Morgan has his work cut out for him. Concerned about the threat that cats are placing on New Zealand's native bird population, he has launched a campaign to make the country free of felines. But given that New Zealanders own more cats per capita than most… » 1/22/13 6:20am 1/22/13 6:20am

Two guys attempt to simply walk into Mordor... for real

We all know the saying "One cannot simply walk into Mordor." But is it true, or was Boromir just being a pessimist? Kerry Shawcross and Chris Demarais of Rooster Teeth (the Red Vs. Blue guys) decided to find out for themselves by flying to New Zealand, and setting out from the set of Hobbiton to Mount Ngauruhoe, the… » 12/12/12 6:20am 12/12/12 6:20am

Giant Gandalf statue declares "You Shall Not Pass!" at New Zealand's…

The world premiere of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit Part One: First Blood or whatever it's called will be held at the Embassy Theater in Jackson's native New Zealand on November 28th, and to commemorate the occasion, they've built a giant, Argonath-esque statue of Gandalf to oversee the gala, smoke pipeweed, insult… » 11/19/12 8:20am 11/19/12 8:20am

This transcendent time-lapse of New Zealand is a journey to Middle-earth

For his short film Aotearoa — a.k.a. the Māori name for New Zealand — photographer Nathan Kaso captured the Tolkienesque views of South Island. He explains of this video, "Locations include Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Kinloch, Glenorchy, Fox Glacier, Mount Cook National Park, Twizel, Lindis Pass and Haast Pass."… » 6/14/12 8:45am 6/14/12 8:45am

Killer whale vs. shark brawl will make you happy to stay out of the…

Last Tuesday at New Zealand's Tuatapere's Blue Cliffs beach, bystander David Evans witnessed an orca getting into a shallow water tussle with a gang of sharks. The whale was likely herding the sharks toward the shores, where the fish next encountered an overeager pooch. For another recent, toothy battle to the death,… » 12/29/11 2:55pm 12/29/11 2:55pm