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Whooping Cough Booster Vaccines Wear Off

While whooping cough vaccine protects infants and young children, booster doses wear off quickly according to scientists from the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute.

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Dingo Poisoning Harms Native Mammals

Poisoning of dingoes – the top predators in the Australian bush – has a deleterious effect on small native mammals such as marsupial mice, bandicoots and native rodents, according to research conducted in forested national parks in NSW.

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Reef Mapped in High Resolution

By Stephen Luntz

The waters of the Great Barrier Reef have been mapped in high resolution, in many cases for the first time.

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Most Megafauna Extinctions Precede Humans

By Stephen Luntz

The passionate debate about the cause of the extinction of Australia’s megafauna has taken yet another turn, with the publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of a paper claiming evidence that most of the giant species were gone before the first humans arrived.

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