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The Immediate Risks of Gas Production to Water Resources
Public concerns about unconventional gas production focus on contamination of aquifers deep below the surface, yet the most immediate risk to water resources is right before our eyes.
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One Eye on the Future
The newly appreciated relevance of pupillary studies conducted in the 1960s provides a cautionary tale about the modern metrics used to evaluate which research projects should gain funding.
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The Wide Net of Seafood Slavery
Labour abuses are allowing fishing fleets to remain profitable while depleting fisheries ever-further from the coast.
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Why Don’t Birds Fall Over When They Take Off?
An analysis of the biomechanics of the powerful jump of a bird taking flight gives inspiration for the future of agile robots.
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Rewilding Australia
Sometimes the best way to conserve biodiversity is to stand back and let wild animals do the hard work of ecological management.
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Future Chemistry from the Distant Past
Enzymes resurrected from the past can survive tough industrial conditions better than their modern-day counterparts, leading to safer drugs and better biofuels.
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The Psychedelic Renaissance
Recent studies are finding that psychedelic medicines are effective treatments for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction.
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COVER STORY
Recent studies are finding that psychedelic medicines are effective treatments for mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction.
FEATURES
Enzymes resurrected from the past can survive tough industrial conditions better than their modern-day counterparts, leading to safer drugs and better biofuels.
From crustaceans to camels, Australia’s top predator dines out on hundreds of vertebrate species, including threatened animals and pests.
Sometimes the best way to conserve biodiversity is to stand back and let wild animals do the hard work of ecological management.
An analysis of the biomechanics of the powerful jump of a bird taking flight gives inspiration for the future of agile robots.
Labour abuses are allowing fishing fleets to remain profitable while depleting fisheries ever-further from the coast.
The newly appreciated relevance of pupillary studies conducted in the 1960s provides a cautionary tale about the modern metrics used to evaluate which research projects should gain funding.
Public concerns about unconventional gas production focus on contamination of aquifers deep below the surface, yet the most immediate risk to water resources is right before our eyes.
UP FRONT
The organs of executed Chinese prisoners have been widely used to bypass ethical guidelines restricting Western researchers.
conSCIENCE
Road ecology is being applied to shipping routes to stop marine giants from becoming “roadkill”.
QUANDARY
Resistance to antibiotics is growing. Are you prepared to go without them to save the lives of future generations?
NEUROPSY
A new study suggests that dark personality traits are the expression of a single underlying disposition.
ECO LOGIC
Economics has many ways of dealing with uncertainty. Conservation scientists are incorporating one such approach to designing networks of marine reserves that will perform better as sea level rises.
LOWE TECH
A scientific report has set targets for a healthy diet derived from sustainable food production.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
A new theory explains the true identity of an “alien probe” asteroid, and the development of Australia’s first space telescope is underway.
DIRECTIONS
Driverless cars are yet another lie we’ve been told about reducing congestion in our cities.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
The achievements of a number of Nobel Laureates have been misappropriated by purveyors of pseudoscience.
THE BITTER PILL
A continuing misperception exists among healthcare providers: that the origins of osteopathy are less pseudoscientific than its 19th century counterpart, chiropractic.
EXPERT OPINION
Experts comment on how the 2019-20 Federal Budget will impact research, health and science.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled Labor's climate change policy — the plan it will use to reach its target of cutting emissions by 45% by 2030, and ensure half of Australia's energy comes from renewable sources by 2050.
Teenagers who say they have only smoked cannabis once or twice have both structural and cognitive changes to their brains.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your maps of the night sky for March and April.