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Adnan Riaz speed breeding wheat varieties.
Russian Revolution Could Save Aussie Wheat
Ancient wheat varieties that survived the Siege of Leningrad have rare genes that offer resistance to important diseases affecting Australian wheat.
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The ingestible gas sensor
A Capsule to Look Inside an Irritable Bowel
The impact of diet and illness on the gut can finally be revealed by swallowing an ingenious capsule that directly measures intestinal gases.
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Little penguins
Predator in a Penguin Suit
Miniature video cameras and GPS have given an underwater bird’s-eye view of the hunting behaviours of the world’s smallest penguin.
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Heathland in the Stirling Ranges National Park
Ancient Rainforests or Burning Bush?
New fossil evidence is forcing a rethink of whether rainforest or fire-prone shrubland prevailed in Australia during the age of the dinosaurs.
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A healthy female Tasmanian devil.
When the Devil’s Away the Possums Will Play
Brushtail possums are boldly venturing away from the safety of trees to forage on the ground as an unprecedented transmissible cancer removes their major predator, the Tasmanian devil.
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The Emerging Potential of Video Games
A growing body of research is finding that video games stimulate the brain, but are the skills acquired transferable and is violence in games really an issue?
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Genetic “Backburning” Can Stop Cane Toads
Could the cane toad’s march through the Kimberley be stopped in its tracks by introducing less-dispersive toads ahead of the invasion front?
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A growing body of research is finding that video games stimulate the brain, but are the skills acquired transferable and is violence in games really an issue?
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Credit: Johan Larson/Adobe
Could the cane toad’s march through the Kimberley be stopped in its tracks by introducing less-dispersive toads ahead of the invasion front?
A healthy female Tasmanian devil.
Brushtail possums are boldly venturing away from the safety of trees to forage on the ground as an unprecedented transmissible cancer removes their major predator, the Tasmanian devil.
Heathland in the Stirling Ranges National Park
New fossil evidence is forcing a rethink of whether rainforest or fire-prone shrubland prevailed in Australia during the age of the dinosaurs.
Little penguins
Miniature video cameras and GPS have given an underwater bird’s-eye view of the hunting behaviours of the world’s smallest penguin.
The ingestible gas sensor
The impact of diet and illness on the gut can finally be revealed by swallowing an ingenious capsule that directly measures intestinal gases.
Adnan Riaz speed breeding wheat varieties.
Ancient wheat varieties that survived the Siege of Leningrad have rare genes that offer resistance to important diseases affecting Australian wheat.
UP FRONT
A new report finds that the increasing number of science graduates are having difficulty finding relevant employment.
conSCIENCE
The challenges facing Australia in the 1960s have not been addressed, and a new challenge will need to be overcome before we can really become a lucky country.
An experiment in academic publishing has tested journal practices and questioned whether the autocratic power of editorial boards needs to be returned to researchers.
NEUROPSY
A new study has identified the neurological basis for why some adolescents who have experienced childhood trauma are resilient while others are prone to mood disorders.
LOWE TECH
Is the creation of a single government portfolio encompassing energy and the environment a fatal conflict of interest?
THE BITTER PILL
The placebo effect is usually invoked with pharmaceutical treatments, but why not surgery?
QUANDARY
Charles Foster has tried to reconnect with the animal world by living as a badger, a fox, a swift, a deer and an otter.
THE FIT
Three recent studies have cast new darkness on the paradox that overweight adults are more likely to get diseases such as diabetes yet seem to live longer.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
Is there any science behind the theory that a child’s visual, auditory or kinesthetic learning style should determine how they’re taught?
OUT OF THIS WORLD
How much does the Milky Way weigh?
ECO LOGIC
Different mangrove areas in the same region provide different ecosystem services. Mapping these is important when deciding where conservation investment should go.
EXPERT OPINION
A study published in Science has found that people generally approve of autonomous cars that have been programmed to sacrifice their passengers if it will save others, yet these same people aren’t keen to ride in such “utilitarian” vehicles themselves.
DIRECTIONS
We need to accelerate our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your map of the night sky this month.
SHARED SCIENCE
What did the Universe look like when the first galaxies formed? What is dark matter? And is there life out there? These are some of the big questions the Square Kilometre Array will be trying to answer.
PARACELSUS' POISON
The headline image of the University of Melbourne’s Facebook link to its press release about recent research on Bisphenol A (BPA) is of a takeaway coffee cup. The kind that does...