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How the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry have transformed research and saved lives

By Marcos Alcocer

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to work on how to use the principles of evolution to create new medical treatments and renewable fuels.


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Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter have won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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2018 Nobel Prize for physics goes to tools made from light beams – a particle physicist explains

By Todd Adams, Florida State University

The Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three scientists for the inventions of optical tweezers – in which two laser beams can hold a tiny object – and a method for creating powerful lasers.


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The 2018 Nobel Prize for physics recognized discoveries that can make more powerful lasers.
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New Zealand's Alpine Fault reveals extreme underground heat and fluid pressure

By Rupert Sutherland


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The drilling project at New Zealand’s Alpine Fault is the first to investigate a major fault that is due to rupture in a big earthquake in coming decades.
John Townend/Victoria University of Wellington, CC BY-SA

Science or Snake oil: do Band-Aids really 'heal cuts twice as fast'?

By Nick Santamaria


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Don’t believe the hype. Band-Aids might protect minor cuts but there’s no publicly available evidence they speed up healing.
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Expert culture has killed the innovator in workplaces

By Joshua Krook

Over the last few decades, the Western world has had an increasingly specialised workforce, with workers trained in narrow skills, for increasingly narrow positions. However, the more narrow our jobs have become, the less capable we have become in inventing new technologies, products and ideas. The Conversation

The other Eurovision star hunt: Australia joins with Europe to explore the universe

By Tanya Hill

After working its way into the Eurovision Song Contest, Australia is now joining with European efforts to explore the Universe and all its stars, planets and galaxies. The Conversation

Why do some graziers want to retain, not kill, dingoes?

By Euan Ritchie

Vast, ancient, nutrient-poor, with wild swings between droughts, floods and fires: this describes much of the Australian continent. Livestock grazing and farming in such a land is certainly not without its challenges.

Where we’ve failed to work with the local conditions, we see barren plains, dust storms, the extinction of native species, and the repossession of properties by banks, among many ills.

Explainer: how the brain changes when we learn to read

By Nicola Bell

Right now, you are reading these words without much thought or conscious effort. In lightning-fast bursts, your eyes are darting from left to right across your screen, somehow making meaning from what would otherwise be a series of black squiggles. The Conversation

The 2017 budget has axed research to help Australia adapt to climate change

By Tayanah O'Donnell and Josephine Mummery

The 2017 federal budget has axed funding for the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), an agency that provides information to decision-makers on how best to manage the risks of climate change and sea level rise. The Conversation

Found: 'lost' forests covering an area two-thirds the size of Australia

By Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow

A new global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands has “found” 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest – an area equivalent to 60% of the size of Australia. The Conversation

The discovery increases the known amount of global forest cover by around 9%, and will significantly boost estimates of how much carbon is stored in plants worldwide.