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In Deep Guano

Christopher Wurster digging a guano pile in Gomantong Caves, Sabah, Malaysia.

Christopher Wurster digging a guano pile in Gomantong Caves, Sabah, Malaysia.

By Christopher Wurster

Deep deposits of guano are revealing why South-East Asia is a biodiversity hotspot.

Christopher Wurster is a Senior Research Associate at James Cook University.

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Resurrecting a Wonder Drug

African clawed frog

Eggs from the African clawed frog have enabled scientists to determine how malaria parasites developed resistance to chloroquine.

By Tegan Dolstra

As the malaria parasite pits its all against the only treatment still standing, award-winning research has revealed the secret to reviving the most successful antimalarial drug in history.

Tegan Dolstra is a PhD student in the Australian National University’s Research School of Biology.

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The Fish Cleaners

Tropical fish the sailfin tang visits a cleaner fish.

Tropical fish the sailfin tang visits a cleaner fish.

By Stephen Luntz

Not all cleaner fish are trustworthy, so why don’t more of them get eaten?

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Is Intelligence Out There?

alien

Is human-like intelligence too much to expect?

By Stephen Luntz

Intelligence may not be the ultimate outcome of evolution on Earth, so why should we expect human-like intelligence elsewhere in the cosmos?

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The Rise of the Crocodile Hunters

The skull of Australopithecus sediba from Malapa in South Africa.

The skull of Australopithecus sediba from Malapa in South Africa. Photo by Brett Eloff courtesy Lee Berger

By Andy Herries

Recent excavations in Kenya have revealed the first evidence that a diet of fish and crocodiles two million years ago may have aided the development of larger brains in the human lineage.

Andy Herries is Senior Research Fellow at the University of NSW School of Medical Sciences. He helped estimate the age of the archaeological remains at FwJj20.

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Fool’s Gold: The Search for Early Life

Michaela Partridge examining a banded iron formation from the Archean.

Michaela Partridge in the Pilbara examining a banded iron formation from the Archean.

By Michaela Partridge

The golden mineral, pyrite, is a valuable tool in the search for the secrets of early life on Earth.

Michaela Partridge is completing her PhD in astrobiology at the University of Queensland.

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Cosmic Time Machine

Moon craters

Craters reveal the Moon's turbulent history.

By Marc Norman and Tim Wetherell

Precise dating of impacts on the Moon might contribute to a better understanding of life on Earth.

Marc Norman is a Senior Fellow with the Research School of Earth Sciences at the Australian National University, where Tim Wetherell is Science Editor.

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How to Make a MegaStar

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By Peter Barnes

Astronomers are still largely in the dark when it comes to understanding how the most massive stars form, but they are now pursuing several new strategies to solve this enduring mystery.

Peter Barnes is an Assistant Scientist in the Astronomy Department at the University of Florida.

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Big Bang Conundrum

By Stephen Luntz

An unexpected consistency in the concentration of deuterium atoms in the distant universe might be a curious coincidence, or it could rewrite our understanding of the Big Bang.

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Thank God for the New Atheists

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is one of the New Atheists who are fulfilling the traditional role of prophets. Getty Images

By Reverend Michael Dowd

Religious people of all backgrounds and orientations need to heed what atheists such as Richard Dawkins are saying if they want their traditions to remain relevant to modern society.

Rev. Michael Dowd is the author of Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World (2009, Plume). See http://ThankGodforEvolution.com

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