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Sugar Cravings

Credit: Yurok Aleksandrovich

Credit: Yurok Aleksandrovich

By Daniel Hwang

We all differ in our sensitivity to natural and artificial sweeteners, but how much of this is genetic and how much due to the influences of our sugar-fuelled culture?

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One Eye on the Future

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Credit: mitarart/Adobe

By John L. Bradshaw

The newly appreciated relevance of pupillary studies conducted in the 1960s provides a cautionary tale about the modern metrics used to evaluate which research projects should gain funding.

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Speed Bumps Slow Electric Vehicles

A BEV’s size and range are determined by the weight 
of batteries it needs to carry. Credit: babimu/Adobe

A BEV’s size and range are determined by the weight of batteries it needs to carry. Credit: babimu/Adobe

By Evan Gray

How much can electric vehicles reduce Australia’s carbon emissions, and what are the factors limiting the transition from Australia’s fleet of conventional combustion engines?

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How Much Fluid Do You Really Need After Exercise?

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Individuals are often advised to consume 1.5 times the amount of fluid lost during exercise and the recovery period.

By Ben Desbrow

The science behind rehydration following strenuous exercise is often lost in market hype.

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A Dangerous Hunt for Gold in Brazil

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Joël Brugger (left) and Frank Reith (right) looking for gold in organic-acid-rich waters in Minas Gerais.

By Alex Perry

South Australian scientists have negotiated with armed gangs in lawless areas of Brazil in a brave mission to study gold deposition processes there.

Alex Perry is publicist for the South Australian Museum.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Seizure

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Credit: Rainer Fuhrmann/Adobe

By Katrina Dell

Just as we check the weather forecast to plan our daily activities, people with epilepsy will soon be able to check personalised seizure forecasts to determine their risk and take necessary precautions.

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The Fish That Should Have Got Away

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Credit: Piotr Wawrzyniuk/Adobe

By Diego Barneche

Attempts to catch the biggest fish may have unwittingly caused the fishing industry to crash in many parts of the world. To make things more worrying, new research indicates that climate change will reduce the capacity of fish to reproduce.

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The Crocodile and the One-Armed Bandit

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People who bet the maximum line and bet size on commercial poker machines in Australia lose $1400 per hour on average. Credit: auremar

By Matthew Rockloff & Nancy Greer

Researchers have introduced crocodiles to test how excitement influences gambling behaviour on poker machines.

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The Stem Cell “Sell”

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Credit: eyeidea/adobe

By Megan Munsie, Ian Kerridge, Cameron Stewart, Tereza Hendl, Wendy Lipworth, Tamra Lysaght & Catherine Waldby

The unfettered commercial environment that has allowed stem cell tourism to flourish must be challenged, and the professionals who enable it should be held to account.

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Dark Matter in the Life of Dead Galaxies

An image of the centre of the Coma Cluster. Green dots show the distribution of thousands of faint dwarf galaxies, which do not include the recent discoveries of large, ultra-diffuse galaxies. In this crowded region of space, galaxies will frequently interact gravitationally with one another and the underlying dark matter of the cluster itself. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/SDSS

An image of the centre of the Coma Cluster. Green dots show the distribution of thousands of faint dwarf galaxies, which do not include the recent discoveries of large, ultra-diffuse galaxies. In this crowded region of space, galaxies will frequently interact gravitationally with one another and the underlying dark matter of the cluster itself. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/SDSS

By Cameron Yozin

A recent discovery in the Coma Cluster highlights the important role of dark matter in transforming galaxies.

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