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Junk food packaging hijacks the same brain processes as drug and alcohol addiction

By Bernd Weber

Food is important for our survival, which is why all living beings have developed an urge for high energy foods, like those high in sugar and fat. Historically, this hadn’t been an issue, as energy dense foods weren’t always as available as they are today. The Conversation

How 3D food printers could improve mealtimes for people with swallowing disorders

By Bronwyn Hemsley, Abbas Kouzani, Russell Oliver, Scott Adams, Stuart Palmer & Susan Balandin

The bark side: domestic dogs threaten endangered species worldwide

By Tim Doherty, Aaron J. Wirsing, Chris Dickman, Dale Nimmo, Euan Ritchie & Thomas Newsome

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A feral dog chasing a wild boar, Banni grasslands, India.
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Global Immunisation Constrained by Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems

New research finds persistent stockouts and exposure to freezing are among problems in vaccine supply chains designed during an era with fewer childhood immunizations.

Snowy Hydro gets a boost, but 'seawater hydro' could help South Australia

By Roger Dargaville

The federal government has announced a A$2 billion plan to expand the iconic Snowy Hydro scheme. It will carry out a feasibility study into the idea of adding “pumped hydro” storage capacity, which it says could power up to 500,000 homes. The Conversation

Climate policy needs a new lens: health and well-being

By Fiona Armstrong & Peter C. Doherty

As the new Australian parliament takes the reins, health groups are moving to ensure that health minister Sussan Ley addresses a major health threat in this term of government: climate change.

Largely ignored by successive federal governments, the health risks from climate change are increasingly urgent. One or two degrees of warming at a global level may not sound like much, but if you take many organisms (including humans) too far outside their comfort zone, the consequences are deadly.

Pokémon Go puts pressure on when technology meets the law

By Michael Douglas

There are two PokéStops and a Gym within range of my desk at work. Pokémon Go presents a real threat to my productivity. Apparently, it also presents a threat to justice in Australia.

Last Monday, the New South Wales Department of Justice issued a warning through its Facebook page:


Attention budding Pokémon trainers: you do not need to step inside a courthouse to find Pokémon.