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Tasty Treats Diminish Our Capacity for Patience

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Credit: tawanlubfah/Adobe

By Bowen Fung

A new study finds that our recent experience with rewards such as food can change our capacity for patience.

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Like, Comment, Share: Should You Share Your Genetic Data Online?

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Credit: kentoh/adobe

By Kathleen Gray

The culture of sharing our private details online is extending to health and ancestry data generated by genome testing. What are the benefits and what are the risks?

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Egg Supply and Demand

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Credit: Maridav/Adobe

By Karla Hutt & Jock Findlay

Understanding the relationship between the number of healthy eggs stored in the ovaries and the length of the fertile lifespan will lead to more accurate predictions about how long each woman will remain fertile.

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How Zombies Can Save Us from a Real Apocalypse

How Zombies Can Save Us from a Real Apocalypse

By Nick Beeton, Alexander Hoare & Brody Walker

Mathematical modelling of a zombie apocalypse has real-world applications in our responses to infectious diseases such as Ebola and HIV, wildlife conservation and even the teaching of statistics.

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James Randi: An Honest Liar

James Randi

James Randi has used his remarkable conjuring skills and the power of his personality and intellect to show us how easily we can be deceived.

By Peter Bowditch

James Randi discusses his greatest achievements, disappointments, what woo annoys him the most, and the challenges fracturing the skeptical movement.

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Big Bang Theory

Michio Kaku

This month Kaku is bringing his stage talks to Australia in a series of “fireside chats” followed by questions and answers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

By Stephen Luntz

String theory inventor Michio Kaku talks to Australasian Science about the recent discovery of gravitational waves, the search for parallel universes and a unified theory of everything.

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Could an Algal Toxin Cause Motor Neurone Disease?

Could an Algal Toxin Cause Motor Neurone Disease?

By Rachael Dunlop

It’s long been thought that blue-green algae might cause several brain diseases. Now a missing piece in the puzzle has been found.

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No Honey, Not Tonight: Why and How Female Animals Avoid Sex

Female Lake Eyre dragon lizards will flip over onto their backs to prevent males

Female Lake Eyre dragon lizards will flip over onto their backs to prevent males from mounting them.

By Devi Stuart-Fox

So much of our obsession with sex revolves around how to get it, and how often, but the females of many animal species have evolved remarkable adaptations to avoid it. Why?

Devi Stuart-Fox is Senior Lecturer in The University of Melbourne’s Zoology Department.

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Ruling the Roost

While there has been a huge effort to try and sanitise the processing of chicken meat to eliminate bacterial contamination, they still persist in low numbers. Credit: roibu/Adobe

While there has been a huge effort to try and sanitise the processing of chicken meat to eliminate bacterial contamination, they still persist in low numbers. Credit: roibu/Adobe

By Tamsyn Crowley & Ben Wade

More than four million Australians suffer from food poisoning each year, many due to bacterial contamination of poultry products. Now nanotechnology is being tested as an alternative to antibiotic use in chickens prior to processing.

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Big Questions about Little Hominins

The skull of Homo floresiensis (right) is much smaller than ours (left).

The skull of Homo floresiensis (right) is much smaller than ours (left), but other evidence supports that it is a new hominid species and not a modern human that suffered from a genetic or pathological condition. Credit: Debbie Argue

By Debbie Argue

The discovery of diminutive human fossils in Indonesia has challenged paradigms in human evolution – and has therefore been highly controversial. How strong is the evidence that Homo floresiensis is a separate species and not a stunted modern human?

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