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Expert Opinion

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

ATLAS and CMS experiments present Higgs search status

By Various experts

It's far too early to say whether ATLAS and CMS have discovered the Higgs boson, but updated results are generating a lot of interest in the particle physics community.

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Do Soft Drinks Lead to Teen Violence?

By AusSMC (ed.)

A study published in Injury Prevention suggests a link between high fizzy soft drink consumption and violence among teenagers, but how strong is the evidence?

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Response to the Draft Murray-Darling plan

By Various experts

The Draft Murray-Darling Basin plan has been released.

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Stem Cell Research Loses European Patent Protection

By Martin Pera and Debra Yin Foo

The European Court of Justice has ruled that research involving the removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst stage – and therefore entailing the destruction of that embryo – cannot be patented. The ruling removes a key commercial incentive for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies to back stem-cell research in Europe.

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Aboriginal Genome Reveals New Insights into Early Humans

By Australian Science Media Centre (Ed.)

What does the genetic sequencing of an ancient Aboriginal man tell us about the ancestry of Aboriginal Australians?

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What Does the Hyabusa Asteroid Sample Tell Us?

By Trevor Island

Last year the Hayabusa capsule landed in South Australia with a sample of dust collected from the Itokawa asteroid. The dust has now been analysed and the results of the preliminary investigation published in Science. Here the only Australian involved in the research outlines its significance.

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Status Quo for Australian Stem Cell Science

By AusSMC (ed)

A review of Australian stem cell legislation has recommended that researchers should be allowed to use human embryos to create stem cells but only in licensed research projects.

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Sedentary Behaviour in Children Linked to Narrower Blood Vessels in the Eye

By Dr Anu Anuradha and Prof Jo Salmon

A study of children in Sydney suggests that retinal blood vessel narrowing increases with sedentary activity. Children who engaged in more physical activities, such as rugby or cricket, had wider retinal arterioles. The magnitude of vessel narrowing for each hour per day of sedentary behaviour was similar to a 10 mm of mercury rise in systolic blood pressure. Experts independent of the study respond to the research and what it means for children’s health.

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Putting a Price on Carbon

By AusSMC

Experts answer questions about the carbon trading scheme announced by the Australian government.

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Learning to Count Begins in Infancy

By AusSMC

A team led by a researcher from the University of Queensland assessed how 18 month-old babies responded to videos of counting, and claim they demonstrate that humans begin to learn to count earlier than previously thought.

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