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How Isotopes Traced Ötzi’s Origins
Some stunning analytical chemistry has revealed the story of Ötzi, whose frozen, partly battered remains were hacked from a glacier on the Austro-Italian border after 5000 years.
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Be Mindful of the Gap
The lack of evidence for mindfulness as a therapeutic technique raises serious questions for health and education professionals.
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A Different Angle on Earth’s Climate History
Earth’s axial tilt affects our environment in many ways, but a much greater tilt in the remote geological past may have strongly influenced the planet’s climate history and the evolution of life.
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Too Much of a Good Thing
Our immune system protects us from disease but can also cause harm. Sydney scientists are now trying to interfere with the immune signals that can provoke serious side-effects.
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The Ecological Cost of Artificial Light
Public lighting must be reimagined so it’s both functional and safe, has less impact on ecological systems and allows visibility of the stars again.
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Hacking the Illegal Trade in Wildlife
Hackers should be deployed to disrupt a $23 billion online market in wildlife and wildlife parts.
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Is Australia Undergoing an Insect Armageddon?
Long-term studies all over the world show a dramatic decline in insect diversity and numbers, but we know little about the health of Australian insect populations.
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Earth’s axial tilt affects our environment in many ways, but a much greater tilt in the remote geological past may have strongly influenced the planet’s climate history and the evolution of life.
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Scientific examination of the mummy.
Some stunning analytical chemistry has revealed the story of Ötzi, whose frozen, partly battered remains were hacked from a glacier on the Austro-Italian border after 5000 years.
Public lighting must be reimagined so it’s both functional and safe, has less impact on ecological systems and allows visibility of the stars again.
Hackers should be deployed to disrupt a $23 billion online market in wildlife and wildlife parts.
Long-term studies all over the world show a dramatic decline in insect diversity and numbers, but we know little about the health of Australian insect populations.
Our immune system protects us from disease but can also cause harm. Sydney scientists are now trying to interfere with the immune signals that can provoke serious side-effects.
Computers can be trained to analyse location information generated by social media users to predict the likely time and place of specific crimes.
To mark the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the Periodic Table, a STEM education centre is unveiling a permanent installation illustrating the birth of the universe through elements of significance.
UP FRONT
Australasian Science is ceasing production after more than eight decades.
Australia’s space industry will have to pick sides in a new space race 50 years since astronauts first landed on the Moon.
conSCIENCE
With student numbers swelling, new graduate teachers alone cannot make up for the impending retirement of many mathematically qualified teachers.
NEUROPSY
The lack of evidence for mindfulness as a therapeutic technique raises serious questions for health and education professionals.
ECO LOGIC
Australia’s overarching national environmental law is due for review. To make the most of this opportunity, the reviewers need to address five critical questions.
QUANDARY
The withdrawal or reduction of a medication or surgical technique can make healthcare safer, cheaper and more effective. However, practical and ethical challenges mean that we can't solely rely on this to ensure a fair distribution of healthcare.
Should a GP recommend exercise to chronic pain patients when the evidence doesn't match patient experience?
LOWE TECH
The return of the Coalition government has paused the merry-go-round of Science Ministers.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
AstroQuest is enlisting citizen scientists to check the data detailing how distant galaxies grow and evolve.
DIRECTIONS
Hospitals are establishing 3D printing facilities that will make patient-specific bone tissue substitutes widely available.
THE BITTER PILL
A study of 11 common laboratory tests ordered by complementary medicine practitioners finds that they lack clinical validity and utility.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
Republic of Lies is a primer on the state of conspiracy thinking.
EXPERT OPINION
A Melbourne gardener has launched legal action in the first Australian case to link cancer with glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup. While glyphosate is considered “probably carcinogenic”, some experts dispute this conclusion.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your maps of the night sky for July and August.