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New Ways to Split a Headache
Chronic headache is poorly understood and notoriously difficult to manage, but immune-targeted medications and electrical stimulation could provide fresh insight into the root cause and treatment of this debilitating condition.
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neuron
Brain Stimulation & Memory: How Strong Is the Evidence?
For nearly 15 years, scientists have reported that running a weak electric current through the brain can improve learning and memory. What if we got it wrong?
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The large Lark Quarry footprints were made by a herbivorous dinosaur.
Dinosaur Stampede Stopped in its Tracks
A forensic analysis of ancient footprints has cast doubt on claims that a dinosaur stampede took place at Lark Quarry.
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whale shark
Hide & Seek
Whale sharks may be the largest fish in the ocean but they are particularly elusive. Researchers are now using photographic and genetic methods to find out their migration patterns and determine the best conservation strategies to protect...
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bees
Sex with Strangers
An invasive honey bee species is mating with local honey bees in Far North Queensland. What are the consequences for the Australian honey bee industry?
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chloroplasts
The Chlorophyll Conundrum
A scientist’s 50-year research journey is finally about to reveal not only that high chlorophyll levels don’t improve wheat yields through more efficient photosynthesis, but that the opposite may be true.
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neuron
For nearly 15 years, scientists have reported that running a weak electric current through the brain can improve learning and memory. What if we got it wrong?
FEATURES
headache
Chronic headache is poorly understood and notoriously difficult to manage, but immune-targeted medications and electrical stimulation could provide fresh insight into the root cause and treatment of this debilitating condition.
Misinformation affects our reasoning and decision-making. Unfortunately, a number of cognitive factors limit the effectiveness of retractions and refutations, ensuring that misinformation sticks.
The large Lark Quarry footprints were made by a herbivorous dinosaur.
A forensic analysis of ancient footprints has cast doubt on claims that a dinosaur stampede took place at Lark Quarry.
whale shark
Whale sharks may be the largest fish in the ocean but they are particularly elusive. Researchers are now using photographic and genetic methods to find out their migration patterns and determine the best conservation strategies to protect them from threats posed by shipping accidents and unregulated fishing.
bees
An invasive honey bee species is mating with local honey bees in Far North Queensland. What are the consequences for the Australian honey bee industry?
chloroplasts
A scientist’s 50-year research journey is finally about to reveal not only that high chlorophyll levels don’t improve wheat yields through more efficient photosynthesis, but that the opposite may be true.
Why scientists should not jump to the unwarranted conclusion that free will is just an illusion.
THE BITTER PILL
The federal government wrestles with the cost of health care for Australians, so isn’t it time they stopped paying parents not to vaccinate their children?
conSCIENCE
Research from the UK has identified several impediments that discourage girls from studying physics, with new interventions now being trialled.
THE FIT
The release of stress hormones may have helped our ancient ancestors to survive dangerous situations, but modern stresses are killing us slowly. How do you rate on a common stress scale?
SIMON SAYS
Science is not up to the challenge of divining the behavioural roots of Islamic terrorism.
EXPERT OPINION
Adelaide ecologists Prof Barry Brook and Prof Corey Bradshaw have called for the promotion of nuclear power to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity in an open letter published in Conservation Biology.
ECO LOGIC
The current extinction crisis can be thought of as a fire in the genetic library of life. In the scramble to save as much as we can, we want to save as many books (i.e. species) as possible but we also want to save as much total information (i.e. unique genes) as possible.
QUANDARY
It’s more important for a child to live to become an autonomous adult than to die to defend her mother’s prejudices against medicine.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
The Precautionary Principle has been abused in debates about climate change, vaccination and genetically modified food.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
A spacecraft is about to enter the orbit of Ceres, and construction of the world’s biggest optical and infrared telescope has been approved.
LOWE TECH
How much has changed since Donald Horne labelled Australia “the lucky country” as a warning about its “second-rate leaders”?
THE FOSSIL FILE
A synchrotron scan of a 400 million-year-old fish has revealed how far back our own facial structures evolved, and a 28 million-year-old toothed whale fossil has revealed the origins of echolocation in modern whales.
EUREKA
Facebook “likes” can profile your personality more accurately than your friends and co-workers.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your map of the night sky for this month.
DIRECTIONS
A proposed metric of industry engagement seeks to reward research impact as well as excellence.
PARACELSUS' POISON
I was going to avoid blogging on this topic, but seeing as the story made the Australian with the headline “Chemicals in lipstick and cleaning products linked to early menopause...
UP CLOSE PODCAST
Chemistry researcher Assoc Prof Spencer Williams talks about the rapidly emerging understanding of human microbiota - the diverse and numerous microorganisms that reside on and within our bodies - and particularly how the composition of our gut flora can determine the state of our own health.