It looks like being a weekend for the barbecue, with dry and warm weather forecast for many parts of the country, although Auckland may be a bit breezy on Saturday. After the early spring grumblings about rain, particularly in some northern areas, soils are beginning to look a little uncomfortably dry in much of the country, and there's not much rain forecast in the immediate future.
A small, magnificently carved stone found in the tomb of a Bronze Age Greek warrior has stunned archaeologists and is causing a re-evaluation of the evolution of Greek art. The meticulously carved treasure, showing a combat scene etched onto a piece of agate just 3.6cm long, is known as a sealstone. It was among 3000 objects found on and around the body of the warrior in the 3500-year-old tomb that was unearthed in mid-2015 in the Pylos area of southwest Greece.
It turns out the Russians were behind a tweet that suggested a Muslim woman ignored victims of the Westminster terror attack - and also behind many other attempts to use the internet to influence opinion in the United States and Europe. Twitter has said Russian agents were behind user @SouthLoneStar, which posted an image of a woman in a hijab walking on Westminster Bridge, London after the March attack in which Khalid Masood drove onto the footpath, killing four people and injuring many more.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".