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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.

Budget 2017: government goes hard on gas and hydro in bid for energy security

By Hugh Saddler, Alan Pears, Roger Dargaville and Tony Wood

The budget contains several measures designed to boost energy security, including: The Conversation

  • A$90 million to expand gas supplies, partly through increased unconventional gas exploration

  • a potential Commonwealth buyout of an expanded Snowy Hydro scheme

  • up to A$110 million for a solar thermal plant at Port Augusta

Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

By Glen Lichtwark, Dominic Farris & Luke A Kelly

Most runners believe a good pair of running shoes is worth the investment. But advances in running shoe technology have sparked debate about whether shoes help you run faster. The Conversation

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