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Solving the Gender Equation
The SAGE program aims to engender balance in STEM professions.
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The War on Plastic
Our present epoch has been called the Anthropocene because of the dominance of human activity, but perhaps it should be called the Plasticine.
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Scientific examination of the mummy.
Getting to Know Ötzi Using Chemistry
Some stunning analytical chemistry has revealed the story of Ötzi, whose frozen, partly battered remains were hacked from a glacier on the Austro-Italian border after 5000 years.
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Extreme Photosynthesis: How Life on Earth Could Survive on Mars
The discovery of a new form of photosynthesis extends the limits where life can survive on Earth, and might provide a first step to terraforming Mars.
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The Importance of Meal Times on Weight Loss
Our modern 24/7 appetite is disrupting natural gastric signalling oscillations to the brain. Restricting meal times could help weight loss and maintenance, particularly among shiftworkers.
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Flashes of Light Flush Chronic Constipation
A new treatment for chronic constipation involves sticking lights “where the sun don’t shine”.
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The Fish That Should Have Got Away
Attempts to catch the biggest fish may have unwittingly caused the fishing industry to crash in many parts of the world. To make things more worrying, new research indicates that climate change will reduce the capacity of fish to reproduce.
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Game Over for “Spooky Action” Loophole
More than 100,000 citizen scientists have taken part in the world’s first global quantum physics experiment to test Einstein’s concept of “local realism”.
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The Melting Antarctic Glacier That Could Flood the World
A scientific voyage has revealed startlingly warm waters around a glacier in East Antarctica that could raise global sea levels by 4 metres.
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Can the Electricity Grid Cope with Electric Vehicles?
Electric vehicles are expected to take over our roads in the coming decade, but can our electricity infrastructure cope with the additional demands they will place on it?
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COVER STORY
A Chroococcidiopsis colony containing both normal and “far-red” photosynthetic c
The discovery of a new form of photosynthesis extends the limits where life can survive on Earth, and might provide a first step to terraforming Mars.
FEATURES
There is a common misconception that space is a pristine global commons that sits above terrestrial geopolitical rivalries. Nothing could be further from the emerging reality.
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Our modern 24/7 appetite is disrupting natural gastric signalling oscillations to the brain. Restricting meal times could help weight loss and maintenance, particularly among shiftworkers.
Credit: vchalup/Adobe
A new treatment for chronic constipation involves sticking lights “where the sun don’t shine”.
Credit: Piotr Wawrzyniuk/Adobe
Attempts to catch the biggest fish may have unwittingly caused the fishing industry to crash in many parts of the world. To make things more worrying, new research indicates that climate change will reduce the capacity of fish to reproduce.
Over a 48-hour period, more than 100,000 citizen scientists generated random num
More than 100,000 citizen scientists have taken part in the world’s first global quantum physics experiment to test Einstein’s concept of “local realism”.
Credit: Alessandro Silvano
A scientific voyage has revealed startlingly warm waters around a glacier in East Antarctica that could raise global sea levels by 4 metres.
Credit: Nischaporn/Adobe
Electric vehicles are expected to take over our roads in the coming decade, but can our electricity infrastructure cope with the additional demands they will place on it?
Scientific examination of the mummy.
Some stunning analytical chemistry has revealed the story of Ötzi, whose frozen, partly battered remains were hacked from a glacier on the Austro-Italian border after 5000 years.
UP FRONT
National security, not economic opportunity, may have motivated the government’s new interest in a sovereign space capability.
conSCIENCE
Arguments that electric vehicles are no “greener” than the electricity they use fail to acknowledge the increasing role of renewables in the energy grid.
Carbon may be acidifying the oceans, but the species it’s supposed to harm are fighting back.
Australia’s reliance on coal and taste for beef is contributing to nitrogen pollution as far away from our population centres as the Great Barrier Reef.
QUANDARY
Just because the non-medical use of cognitive stimulants isn’t common, it doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem.
NEUROPSY
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A reduced sense of personal agency persuades Ouija board users to believe in ghostly messages.
ECO LOGIC
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Oceans are inherently three-dimensional spaces, so effective and efficient conservation planning in oceans should take this third dimension – depth – into account.
LOWE TECH
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Our present epoch has been called the Anthropocene because of the dominance of human activity, but perhaps it should be called the Plasticine.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will expand our knowledge of the origin and evolution
A probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, and astronomers have found the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe.
DIRECTIONS
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The SAGE program aims to engender balance in STEM professions.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
Science has brought public health a long way since the voyages that led to Australia’s discovery and settlement were ravaged by disease. Why, then, do some people want to turn back?
THE BITTER PILL
A forum held at The University of NSW, but not endorsed by it, has highlighted the spurious credibility that university settings give to groups making unsubstantiated health claims.
EXPERT OPINION
Researchers say they've successfully used a CRISPR-based gene drive to cause the collapse of a population of caged malaria-carrying mosquitoes by targeting a gene that determines whether an individual mosquito develops as a male or a female.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your map of the night sky this month.