Geoengineering against climate change

Greg Foyster
While some scientists claim solar geoengineering could be our last, best hope to deal with climate change, others say it will open the door to entirely new risks.

Ancient Aboriginal DNA and repatriations

Cheryl Jones
A new genetics study into the movements of First Australians will bolster the campaign for the return of Aboriginal remains held in institutions around the world.

MRT and three-parent babies

Kemal Atlay
Britain has approved an IVF technique to prevent mitochondrial disease from being passed on to children, resulting in babies with three biological parents.

Drug research and lived experience

Jenny Valentish
Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible.

Marijuana use in sport

Gillian Terzis
Inconclusive studies haven’t deterred enthusiasts from claiming marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug, from Ganja Yoga to the world’s first ‘cannabis gym’.

New Safe Confinement in Chernobyl

Katie Silver
Thirty years since the world’s worst nuclear accident, engineers are sliding a giant shield over the Chernobyl reactor to finally enable its deconstruction and decontamination.

The ‘replication crisis’ across science

Ray Moynihan
Researchers are finding they are unable to reproduce studies long taken for granted in their disciplines.

Gene-editing poses ethical questions

Kemal Atlay
Gene-editing offers hope of eliminating genetic disorders, but raises questions about how far we should go.

The science of editing a mosquito’s genetic make-up

Gillian Terzis
The fight against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses turns to genetic engineering.

The BRCA1 gene and science in the courtroom

Wendy Zukerman

The High Court’s decision against patents on isolated genes raised questions about how non-expert judges can rule on science.

Zoos, conservation and the fight for de-extinction

Maddison Connaughton

The battle against species extinctions is ethically fraught. As habitat diminishes, what is the purpose of conservation, and what role should zoos play?

How Knut’s disease is leading to medical breakthroughs

Wendy Zukerman
The death of famous polar bear Knut and revolutionary research into the psychiatric effects of autoimmune disease.

Using sniffer dogs to diagnose prostate and other cancers

Wendy Zukerman
Studies suggesting dogs can detect cancer may lead to innovative early detection technologies.

Feeding the world with microbacterial agriculture

Wendy Zukerman

The answer to the problem of feeding the growing global population may be microscopic.

The fruitless search for extraterrestrial intelligence

Alex Lewis
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner’s new program to search for alien life excites many, but has the universe been quiet for a reason?

Biohackers at the DIY BioFoundry

Gillian Terzis
Meet the team of biohackers useing a DIY lab to probe the possibilities of modifying natural biology, and the ethics of doing so.

Breaking the cycle of addiction

Jenny Valentish
The trouble with beating addiction is that it isn’t confined to one substance or activity.

US FDA set to approve flibanserin, the ‘female Viagra’

Ray Moynihan
With a ‘female Viagra’ now on the cusp of approval, is there any proof the disorder it’s targeting exists?

Wind turbine syndrome answers blowin’ in the wind

Wendy Zukerman
Anti-wind farm groups insist the turbines are making people sick, but new studies suggest a surprisingly different cause.

Sex, drugs and clinical trials

Wendy Zukerman
A preference for male lab rats in clinical trials skews new drugs towards effectiveness in men.

Finetuning gene therapy

Wendy Zukerman
Researchers are edging closer to reliable gene therapy, providing a revolution in healthcare.

Chief Scientist Ian Chubb's scientific methods

Ramona Koval
Australia’s chief scientist, Ian Chubb, holds the future of science and innovation in his hands. If he can make the government listen.

I, wormbot: the next step in artificial intelligence

Gillian Terzis
If a robot can be made to think like a worm, how will we define living and non-living beings?

Australian hoping to join the Mars One mission

Denham Sadler
She was fascinated by space as a child. Now Australian woman Dianne McGrath has volunteered to live out life on Mars.

Global norming with geoengineering

Wendy Zukerman
Climate researchers are turning their minds to Plan B – manipulating the atmosphere to engineer a return to liveable conditions.