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Mining Minerals in Space

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Credit: Delphotostock

By Serkan Saydam

Space is a vast source of valuable minerals that could soon propel an extraterrestrial mining industry that underpins a colony on Mars.

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Will Genomics Motivate Healthy Behaviours?

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Credit: Marek/adobe

By Amelia Smit & Anne Cust

Will communicating the genetic risks of disease necessarily motivate people to make healthier behaviour choices?

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Cobalt Blues

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Credit: iStockphoto/ogalT

By Dave Sammut

The spring racing carnival commences this month, but behind the glitz and glamour is a bitter legal case as horse trainers appeal bans for allegedly doping their horses. Dave Sammut examines the effects of cobalt and the science underpinning allowable thresholds.

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Indigenous Genomics

Indigenous Genomics

By Emma Kowal, Simon Easteal & Mick Gooda

Mistrust is a significant but not insurmountable barrier to the acceptance of genomics by Indigenous people.

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New Defence Act Handcuffs Science

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Under the Act, publication, discussion or communication of research without a Defence permit will be punishable by up to 10 years jail, a $425,000 fine and forfeiture of research to the government.

By Brendan Jones

Australian scientists risk huge fines and even imprisonment under new laws that will give Defence bureaucrats extraordinary powers over their research.

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Why We’re Still Voting on Paper

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A single-use swipe card gives Canberrans access to the electronic ballot for the ACT elections. Credit: Elections ACT

By Stephen Luntz

Electronic voting has been in place for more than a decade, so why are we still using pencil and paper for this year’s federal election?

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Habitat Highways Save Animals from Fire

Credit: Andrés Castañeda

A hazard reduction burn is carried out in mallee vegetation. This is often labelled as “ecological fire management” but hazard reduction and ecosystem management need different burning approaches to protect species. Credit: Andrés Castañeda

By Annabel Smith

Fire can act in a similar way to habitat fragmentation and restrict the movement of animals across the landscape.

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Remote Weapons: Ethics from a Distance

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper drone

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper drone taxis down an Afghanistan runway. Credit: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson

By Adam Henschke

Are military drones that launch lethal attacks by remote control of any more concern than traditional warfare capabilities?

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The Scent of a Crime

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Dogs can be used to detect a range of scents, including drugs, explosives, accelerants, currency, and living and deceased people. Credit: yellowsarah/iStock

By LaTara Rust & Rebecca Buis

Cadaver-detection dogs can’t be trained using human remains. How accurately can the complex scents emitted by decomposing bodies be mimicked when these dogs are trained?

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Molecules that Mould the Mind

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Credit: PhenomArtlover/iStockphoto

By Michael Notaras

Molecular psychiatrists are revealing how stress during critical periods in adolescence can influence mental illness later in life.

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