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Star Laws: Legal Controls on Armed Conflict in Outer Space
An undeclared military space race is unfolding yet there is no clear understanding of how international law operates in the field of armed conflict in outer space.
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Weighty  Issues
Is a switch to artificial sweeteners a smart alternative to sugar?
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Ancient Australia’s Super-Eruptions
Sediments beneath the Nullarbor Plain have revealed that super-eruptions in eastern Australia more than 100 million years ago were powerful enough to blast crystals right across the country.
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Fool’s Gold & the Ascent of Man
Ancient samples of pyrite, or fool’s gold, have revealed the role of plate tectonics in bursts of evolution and mass extinction events. Did man ultimately originate from mega-mountains?
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Nature Calls
In a small Australian desert bird, parents talk to their eggs to warn them it’s hot outside. The unborn chicks that listened became more successful parents.
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Cyborg Rights & Digital Divides
A growing number of people are implanting smart chips into their bodies. What issues do the rise of these “augmented and amplified” people raise?
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More Alternative Career Options for Scientists
A research career doesn’t suit everybody, but the skill sets of scientists can lead to rewarding careers beyond academia, such as in sales and business management.
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Sediments beneath the Nullarbor Plain have revealed that super-eruptions in eastern Australia more than 100 million years ago were powerful enough to blast crystals right across the country.
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An undeclared military space race is unfolding yet there is no clear understanding of how international law operates in the field of armed conflict in outer space.
Is a switch to artificial sweeteners a smart alternative to sugar?
Ancient samples of pyrite, or fool’s gold, have revealed the role of plate tectonics in bursts of evolution and mass extinction events. Did man ultimately originate from mega-mountains?
In a small Australian desert bird, parents talk to their eggs to warn them it’s hot outside. The unborn chicks that listened became more successful parents.
A growing number of people are implanting smart chips into their bodies. What issues do the rise of these “augmented and amplified” people raise?
Our impacts on the Earth are slowing down relative to population and economic growth.
A research career doesn’t suit everybody, but the skill sets of scientists can lead to rewarding careers beyond academia, such as in sales and business management.
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UP FRONT
The food industry has been accused of influencing research that it sponsors.
conSCIENCE
With the global human population continuing to outpace agricultural production, we may need to reduce the amount of food that we waste. But what will be the unintended consequences for wildlife that depend on food waste?
More of the global population is becoming concentrated in cities yet science has been largely excluded from global urbanisation planning.
NEUROPSY
Fear of clowns may result from an evolutionary adaptive “creepiness detector”.
QUANDARY
An analysis of blood tests has revealed that HIV was widespread in the 1970s, and that the notion that Gaétan Dumas was the epicentre of the epidemic is flawed.
LOWE TECH
Australia’s learned academies have set income increases as the nation’s major priority.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
A new dwarf planet has been identified in our solar system, and a new theory suggests that life on Earth may have developed prematurely from a cosmic perspective.
THE BITTER PILL
History reveals the sociopolitical factors behind the rise and fall of acupuncture.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
Only 1% of people have coeliac disease, so why are so many people sensitive to gluten?
ECO LOGIC
The countries responsible for most greenhouse emissions incur the least impacts whereas those least responsible bear the greatest cost. How unfair is that?
DIRECTIONS
Significant innovation is a must to satisfy mining regulators and communities.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your map of the night sky this month.