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Experts pick apart the veracity of claims made in research papers and the media.

Mozzies Knocked out with Gene Drive

By AusSMC

Researchers say they've successfully used a CRISPR-based gene drive to cause the collapse of a population of caged malaria-carrying mosquitoes by targeting a gene that determines whether an individual mosquito develops as a male or a female.

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The Biodiversity Benefits of Limiting Warming to 1.5°C

By Australian Science Media Centre

Global temperatures are on track to rise by 3.2°C by 2100. A new study estimates that if this occurs, 26% of vertebrates, 49% of insects and 44% of plants would be unable to survive in about half of the areas they currently inhabit, compared with just 4% of vertebrates, 6% of insects and 8% of plants if warming is limited to 1.5°C.

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What the Federal Budget Means for Science

Experts comment on how the 2018-19 Federal Budget will impact research, health and science.

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First Stars May Have Revealed the Dark Matter Particle

By Alan Duffy

CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory has detected a faint silhouette of the first stars after the Big Bang. Its extreme coldness indicates the existence of the dark matter particle.

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Ozone Levels Still Decreasing Away from Poles

By AusSMC

While ozone levels in the upper atmosphere near the poles have been recovering, new research has found that the bottom part of the ozone layer at more populated latitudes is not recovering.

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Musk’s Mission to Mars

By AusSMC

Elon Musk provided an update on his quest to colonise Mars at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, where he described a reusable rocket to overcome cost barriers and an ambitious schedule to land cargo missions on Mars by 2022.

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Human Embryos Edited

By AusSMC

Scientists have used CRISPR to edit human embryos, removing a mutation linked to a heritable heart condition.

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Finkel Review Hedges Its Bets

By AusSMC

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has unveiled a blueprint for the national electricity market that “risks falling short of Australia’s task and opportunities in reducing carbon emissions”.

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After 'WannaCrypt', should governments stockpile software vulnerabilities?

Should governments adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world?

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Federal Budget 2017-18

Experts comment on how the 2017-18 Federal Budget will impact research, health and science.

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