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September 11, 2021
Why are frogs dying?
Green tree frogs and other frog species are dying off along the east coast of Australia and scientists are asking the public for help to discover the cause, or causes.
August 7, 2021
Changes in the focus of archaeology are seeing it shift from a study of past civilisations to one that informs the future.
July 31, 2021
Vaccines and lipid nanoparticles
The remarkable success of mRNA Covid-19 vaccines was far from guaranteed until scientists managed to optimise a 30-year-old technology and turn lipid nanoparticles into high-performing delivery units.
July 3, 2021
Domestic mRNA vaccine manufacture
For months, experts have been calling for mRNA vaccines to be manufactured onshore. It’s not too late to kickstart the process, if the will is there.
October 20, 2018
The science of saving the Barrier Reef
While political debate rages over the funding of Great Barrier Reef projects, CSIRO and Australian Institute of Marine Science researchers are determining the best approaches for the reef’s restoration and survival
April 14, 2018
The neuroscience of thrillseeking
While neuroscience studies are finding differences in the brains of people who are excited by risky behaviour, thrillseekers say anyone can turn fear into a challenge.
October 21, 2017
Memory systems and ancient knowledge
Studies of how cultures without writing maintained their scientific knowledge in ritual, dance and song have led to a better appreciation of their complex understanding of the world
September 9, 2017
Long theorised and disputed, ‘quantum entanglement’ could transform technology as much as the digital revolution did – and its implications may even reshape our understanding of reality.
June 2, 2017
MinION pocket DNA sequencer
A new handheld DNA sequencer is releasing scientists from the confines of their labs, aiding in projects from treating contaminated water to potentially testing for life on Mars.
March 18, 2017
Geoengineering against climate change
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.
March 11, 2017
Ancient Aboriginal DNA and repatriations
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.
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