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

How Safe Is Australian Honey?

How Safe Is Australian Honey?

By AusSMC

A study has reported that Australian honey has liver-damaging toxins at levels that exceed European standards. How concerned should we be?

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Gravitational Waves Detected

By AusSMC

Australian astronomers involved in the detection of gravitational waves discuss the significance of the discovery 100 years after Einstein predicted them.

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Gravitational Waves Detected

Australian astronomers involved in the detection of gravitational waves discuss the significance of the discovery

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Annual Climate Statement: 2015 Was a Hot Year

By AusSMC

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Annual Climate Statement for 2015.

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Climate Deal Signed in Paris

By NZSMC

After two weeks of negotiating, the representatives of more than 190 nations have settled on a agreed plan to tackle climate change.

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Nuclear Waste Sites Shortlisted

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The Federal government has shortlisted six sites for a permanent National Radioactive Waste Management Facility. The site will contain Australia’s low-level radoactive waste, with the capacity to store some intermediate-level waste.

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2015 Likely to Be Hottest Year on Record

By Science Media Centre New Zealand

2015 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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Epigenetic Markers Predict Male Sexual Orientation

By Australian Science Media Centre

Epigenetic differences between male twins has been used to identify sexual orientation with up to 70% accuracy, according to unpublished results presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 annual meeting.

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Liquid water on Mars

By AusSMC

Salty streaks identified by an orbiting spacecraft could be the first solid evidence of liquid water - a key ingredient for life as we know it - on Mars.

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Can You Catch Alzheimer’s from Growth Hormones?

Brain damage found in autopsies of patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease acquired from growth hormone injections is strikingly similar to the damage done by Alzheimer’s disease.

Compiled by the Australian Science Media Centre

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