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Climate Change according to Australia Post
Postage stamps are time capsules representing the events and issues of their time. Why, then, have Australia’s many stamp issues steered clear of climate change?
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Larry and the Science Factory
After meeting with new CEO Larry Marshall, Ian Maxwell looks at CSIRO’s place among public and private interests, and the options from here.
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When Parallel Worlds Collide
Bizarre quantum phenomena, such as particles tunnelling through barriers and behaving like waves, can be explained by subtle interactions between our world and others.
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AntiGerasim
The Other Red Meat on the “Real” Palaeodiet
Are we really willing to eat the authentic palaeodiet, even if it means taking up cannibalism?
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Joanne Draper
Rewilding Australia
Are there ecological benefits behind proposals to return Tasmanian devils to the mainland and dingoes to south-eastern Australia, or is “rewilding” simply “biological control” rebranded?
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Kissing Cousins: Why Haven’t Arranged Marriage Laws Reduced Human Genetic Diversity?
Many traditional communities, including our ancestors, have long enforced marriage between first cousins. Why hasn’t this had a negative impact on genetic diversity?
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The Scent of a Crime
Cadaver-detection dogs can’t be trained using human remains. How accurately can the complex scents emitted by decomposing bodies be mimicked when these dogs are trained?
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Turn Down the Volume?
Does music help or hinder our concentration and memory?
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Turn Down the Volume?
Does music help or hinder our concentration and memory?
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dog nose
Cadaver-detection dogs can’t be trained using human remains. How accurately can the complex scents emitted by decomposing bodies be mimicked when these dogs are trained?
Credit: Elka Lesmono
Many traditional communities, including our ancestors, have long enforced marriage between first cousins. Why hasn’t this had a negative impact on genetic diversity?
Joanne Draper
Are there ecological benefits behind proposals to return Tasmanian devils to the mainland and dingoes to south-eastern Australia, or is “rewilding” simply “biological control” rebranded?
AntiGerasim
Are we really willing to eat the authentic palaeodiet, even if it means taking up cannibalism?
baurka/iStock
Bizarre quantum phenomena, such as particles tunnelling through barriers and behaving like waves, can be explained by subtle interactions between our world and others.
iStockphoto/Vikiss
After meeting with new CEO Larry Marshall, Ian Maxwell looks at CSIRO’s place among public and private interests, and the options from here.
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Postage stamps are time capsules representing the events and issues of their time. Why, then, have Australia’s many stamp issues steered clear of climate change?
conSCIENCE
The digital revolution is having a profound impact on the workforce. Increasing skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is not optional.
QUANDARY
Legislation for opt-in face recognition is essential despite the protests of companies like Google and Facebook.
NEUROPSY
People with severely deficient autobiographical memory do not re-experience their past.
THE FIT
Spoiler alert: the next 850 words will tell you exactly how you will live out each day of the rest of your life. If you don’t want to know, stop reading now.
THE BITTER PILL
Elite athletes are prime targets for emerging sham products that promise make-believe effects.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
The opposite of a placebo is called a “nocebo”, which is when expectations of a bad effect lead to a bad experience.
THE FOSSIL FILE
A combination of active scientific research and a thriving local tourism industry is the model that many countries can adapt to protect and develop their most significant fossil sites.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
What happens when two different-sized galaxies collide?
SIMON SAYS
Common perceptions of the incidence of suicide are shaped more by populist fears than real data.
LOWE TECH
The Abbott government has placed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation in a Catch-22 situation.
EXPERT OPINION
A debate in the British Medical Journal has argued about whether the report into the evidence for homeopathy by Australia’s NHMRC omitted key pieces of evidence.
ECO LOGIC
Why publish research when what we are after is conservation outcomes? Here’s why.
DIRECTIONS
Australia must embrace change to realise its advantage in solar photovoltaics.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your map of the night sky for this month.
PARACELSUS' POISON
I love Michael Leunig’s cartoons; their whimsy speaks to me, and I always felt myself a Mr. Curly type, in need of a direction-finding duck sometimes in the storms of life. I was...
UP CLOSE PODCAST
Environmental historian Prof Harriet Ritvo recounts the often ambiguous relationships between the human and animal worlds through history, and explores our need to both tame and take inspiration from the wild.