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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Global Immunisation Constrained by Outdated Vaccine Delivery Systems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.

Nightmares and night terrors in kids: when do they stop being normal?

By Harriet Hiscock

Two of the most common causes of night waking in children are night terrors and nightmares. Parents often get them confused but they are different, as is how they should be managed.

Before we can understand night terrors and nightmares, we need to understand normal sleep. All children and adults cycle through stages of deep sleep, also known as non-rapid eye movement (non-REM), and light sleep, also known as REM.

Individuals not the priority in the Cyber Security Strategy

By Robert Merkel

The Cyber Security Strategy announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clearly places a high priority on protecting Australian government systems from foreign powers.

But when it comes to protecting citizens' personal information, it appears to be rather a mixed bag.