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The Amazing Bubble

The Amazing Bubble

By Franz Grieser

Bubbles may seem fleeting and fragile but scientists are getting closer to finding the right conditions to turn them into tiny fusion reactors and to recreate the genesis of life itself.

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The Truth About Carbs

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Most Australians do not eat a high carbohydrate diet, but many eat too much refined carbohydrate with a high GI.

By Alan Barclay

Hardly a week goes by without some new study proclaiming the negative health effects of carbohydrates in our food, but are carbs really that bad for us?

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What Happened to Privacy?

social media

No longer do you have to consciously tell your online social network what you like or what you’re up to, because new “augmented reality” devices are automatically collecting audio, video and locational data, and using image analysis to automatically work out what you’re doing, when, where and with whom.

By Stephen Wilson

What we search, browse, like, friend, tag, tweet and buy enables Big Data to automatically work out what we’re doing, when, where and with whom. Is privacy already dead, and should we care?

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Sex in a Changing World

Frogs have to adjust their calls in order to be heard in noisy urban environment

Frogs have to adjust their calls in order to be heard in noisy urban environments. Credit: Matt Clancy Wildlife Photography (CC BY 2.0)

By Bob Wong

Sex isn’t always easy, but it’s becoming a lot more complicated due to human-induced changes to the natural environment.

Bob Wong is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences.

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The Ecological Cost of Artificial Light

Credit: Chris Phutully (CC by 2.0)

Credit: Chris Phutully (CC by 2.0)

By Kyra Xavia

Public lighting must be reimagined so it’s both functional and safe, has less impact on ecological systems and allows visibility of the stars again.

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How Do Hybrid Species Overcome Genome Shock?

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The cotton used to make our clothes comes from a hybrid species. Credit: zhuda/iStockphoto

By Murray Cox

How do hybrid species like cotton and ligers combine different genes, proteins and chromosomes, and can this knowledge be exploited for agriculture?

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Artificial Pancreas Reduces Highs & Hypos

Insulin injection

The average person with diabetes is outside the optimum range of blood glucose levels more than 60% of the time.

By Jenny Gunton & Nigel Greenwood

Researchers hope that within 3 years new insulin pump software may be available to replace the functions of pancreatic beta-cells lost in Type 1 diabetes.

Jenny Gunton is Group Leader of the Diabetes and Transcription Factors Group at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research. Nigel Greenwood is Honorary Senior Fellow in the University of Queensland’s School of Mathematics and Physics, and Founder of the bioinformatics company Neuromathix (NeuroTech Research Pty Ltd).

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Flashes of Light Flush Chronic Constipation

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Credit: vchalup/Adobe

By Nick Spencer & Hongzhen Hu

A new treatment for chronic constipation involves sticking lights “where the sun don’t shine”.

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Fighting Creepy with Crawly

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Credit: asbtkb

By Samantha Nixon

The Australian sheep industry is crippled by drug-resistant parasitic worms, but the unique chemistries in spider venoms are showing promise as a new class of drenching agent.

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How We Sense Time

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Credit: freshidea/Adobe

By Jack Brooks

Our sense of time is critical to our everyday experience, from consciousness to movement and learning.

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