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How Do Hybrid Species Overcome Genome Shock?
How do hybrid species like cotton and ligers combine different genes, proteins and chromosomes, and can this knowledge be exploited for agriculture?
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A Solid Grip on the Moa Extinction
Were humans responsible for the extinction of New Zealand’s moa, or were they already in decline?
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Flower Evolution from the Birds to the Bees
Walking around in the Australian bush we can see a dazzling array of different flower colours, but have you ever wondered how and why these evolved?
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New Ideas about the Neanderthal Extinction
Were modern humans so superior that they drove Neanderthals to extinction, or did their lonely existence leave them genetically vulnerable?
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Did Standing Up Drive Human Evolution?
Watching a toddler learn to walk has led to a new hypothesis that bipedalism drove the evolution of the human brain.
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Volcanoes Sheltered Life through Ice Ages
Researchers studying the diversity of life in Antarctica have found surprising evidence that many plants and animals survived past ice ages by huddling close to warm volcanoes.
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A Catalyst for Life
A chemical found in hair bleach may have catalysed life, and can even explain why new life is no longer being created from non-living building blocks on modern Earth.
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Conditions for Creation
A sequence of the world’s oldest rocks in the depths of the Mariana Trench indicates that both plate tectonics and life may have commenced on Earth 4.4 billion years ago.
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Were modern humans so superior that they drove Neanderthals to extinction, or did their lonely existence leave them genetically vulnerable?
FEATURES - In depth articles on current research in Australia and abroad.
A sequence of the world’s oldest rocks in the depths of the Mariana Trench indicates that both plate tectonics and life may have commenced on Earth 4.4 billion years ago.
Credit: agsandrew/iStockphoto
A chemical found in hair bleach may have catalysed life, and can even explain why new life is no longer being created from non-living building blocks on modern Earth.
Researchers studying the diversity of life in Antarctica have found surprising evidence that many plants and animals survived past ice ages by huddling close to warm volcanoes.
Credit: travenian /iStockphoto
Watching a toddler learn to walk has led to a new hypothesis that bipedalism drove the evolution of the human brain.
 Credit: BirdImages/iStockphoto
Walking around in the Australian bush we can see a dazzling array of different flower colours, but have you ever wondered how and why these evolved?
moa
Were humans responsible for the extinction of New Zealand’s moa, or were they already in decline?
How do hybrid species like cotton and ligers combine different genes, proteins and chromosomes, and can this knowledge be exploited for agriculture?
ONLINE FEATURES
On science and technology, the Abbott government is somewhat of a paradox.
A transcript of the 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment hosted at the University of New South Wales.
The future looks very bright for Australian radio astronomy but it was somewhat clouded earlier this year when CSIRO’s radio astronomy program took a dramatic hit in the Australian federal budget.
Several therapeutic treatments are in experimental phases of testing and show great promise in treating Ebola virus infections in animal models.
A CSIRO study offers the first indication of fugitive emissions from coal seam gas wells under Australian conditions.
Take a look at several domesticated mammal species and you might spot a number of similarities between them, including those cute floppy ears.
conSCIENCE - Scientific issues of public interest
People are more likely to support climate change mitigation when they are first confronted with the local adaptations that will be required.
QUANDARY - Bioethical issues raised by new technology
If software becomes intelligent, what are the ethics of creating, modifying and deleting it from our hard drives?
NEUROPSY – Adventures in neuroscience
Crying Wolf
A new review offers a modern perspective on clinical lycanthropy and other delusions of animal metamorphoses.
THE FIT - How lifestyle affects health
A global report gives a gold medal to Australia’s community sporting facilities yet finds that our kids are the second-least active in the world.
THE BITTER PILL - Examining the science in medical claims
Needless Treatment of Pets
The emergence of complementary and alternative medicine in veterinary clinics is a serious threat to animal welfare and the reputation of veterinarians.
EUREKA - Quirky experiments and conclusions
A PhD student has subjected himself to repeated bee stings over 38 days to compare the most painful places to be stung.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC - A critical eye on myths and pseudoscience
Darwin’s Aussie Epiphany
Long before he struck upon his theory of natural selection, Charles Darwin experienced a revelation while exploring the Blue Mountains.
SIMON SAYS - Commentary by award-winning journalist Simon Grose
Driving with Clive
Science could be promoted to the front row of the political agenda by advising the under-resourced Senators who hold the balance of power.
THE FOSSIL FILE - Insights from new discoveries in palaeontology
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.
OUT OF THIS WORLD - Space and astronomy news
Close, Cold Neighbour of Sun
The coldest brown dwarf ever known has been discovered only 7.2 light-years away.
LOWE TECH - Ian Lowe examines the role of science in public policy
While road funding regulations remain messy, the Abbott government has supported a second Sydney airport over a high speed rail line linking the east coast cities.
EXPERT OPINION - Experts comment on scientific claims made in the news
The Western Australian Supreme Court has dismissed an organic farmer’s claims for damages from his neighbour’s genetically-modified canola crop, which caused him to lose organic certification for more than half of his property for almost 3 years.
DIRECTIONS - Science policy issues that affect our future
Strategic investment in technology, science and engineering innovation is required.
ECO LOGIC - New ways to protect biodiversity
Conventional approaches to conservation can learn from complex military decisions in Afghanistan.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY - This month's star chart
This Month's Star Chart
Your map of the night sky for June 2014.
UP CLOSE – a podcast from the University of Melbourne.
Neuropsychiatrist Prof Chris Pantelis and neural engineering researcher Prof Stan Skafidas discuss the potential for the use of genetics to improve the diagnosis of autism.
Materials scientist Prof David Sholl explains how new hi-tech metal hydrides and metal-organic frameworks can be used to increase the efficiency of nuclear power stations and to capture carbon dioxide emissions in coal-fired power plants.
Neuroscientist and neurologist Prof Malcolm Horne discusses Parkinson’s disease, and examines new technological developments and the prospects they offer for early diagnosis and treatment of the condition.
Virologist Prof Vincent Racaniello discusses how poliovirus causes paralysis, and how close we are to eradicating the disease.
Bioengineer Prof Donald Ingber discusses how three-dimensional models of living human organs can advance our understanding of human physiology in ways that animal models can’t.