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Is Australia Undergoing an Insect Armageddon?

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Credit: Kevin/Adobe

By K. Tracy Reynolds & Ary Hoffmann

Long-term studies all over the world show a dramatic decline in insect diversity and numbers, but we know little about the health of Australian insect populations.

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Chasing the Meaning of Zero

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Credit: peter_waters/Adobe

By Scarlett Howard, Jair Garcia & Adrian Dyer

It took early mathematicians until 400 BC to determine the concept of zero, yet the simple bee brain can be trained to recognise an “empty set” within a few hours.

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Why Personal Data Breaches Are a Growing Problem

Despite the huge numbers of compromised accounts that come along with every data breach, most people actually indicate that they have never been notified that their private information has been compromised.  Credit: Maksim Kabakou/Adobe

Despite the huge numbers of compromised accounts that come along with every data breach, most people actually indicate that they have never been notified that their private information has been compromised. Credit: Maksim Kabakou/Adobe

By Eric Jardine

While most people whose online data have been compromised report little or no financial consequences, the overall cost runs into trillions of dollars even before the loss of trust in e-commerce is factored in.

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High Society

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Credit: lassedesignen

By Bill Ellis

GPS collars have revealed that koalas are more social than previously realised.

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Top 10 Science Stories of 2015

By AusSMC

What were the biggest national and international science stories of 2015?

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Living on Thin Air

Prof Gregory Cook (left) and Dr Chris Greening (right)

Prof Gregory Cook (left) and Dr Chris Greening (right) have been investigating the role of hydrogen in the adaptation of myco­bacteria to starvation and hypoxia. Credit: Sharron Bennett

By Chris Greening

Soil bacteria can survive lengthy periods without food or water by metabolising hydrogen. How they do this has wider implications for understanding the biology of soils, the chemistry of the atmosphere and the development of artificial catalysts to harness hydrogen as a fuel source.

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The Outback Needs More People

The Outback Needs More People

By Patrick O’Leary

Fewer people now live in the outback than before European settlement, so conservation efforts are aiming to attract more people who can actively manage the landscape.

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Is Food Addiction Real?

food addict

There is mounting evidence that areas of the brain associated with reward are activated by food stimuli in similar ways to other forms of addiction.

By Tracy Burrows

Emerging research suggests that food addiction may be a previously unrecognised factor contributing to the rise in overweight and obesity.

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Keeping Up with the Kids

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Credit: natasnow/Adobe

By Anthony Blazevich & Sebastien Ratel

Children seem to be able to play for hours without tiring. Only now are we beginning to understand the physiological reasons why.

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Game Over for “Spooky Action” Loophole

Over a 48-hour period, more than 100,000 citizen scientists generated random num

Over a 48-hour period, more than 100,000 citizen scientists generated random numbers while playing a video game. Credit: ICFO

By Tara Roberson & Martin Ringbauer

More than 100,000 citizen scientists have taken part in the world’s first global quantum physics experiment to test Einstein’s concept of “local realism”.

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