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CSIRO risks backing the wrong horse as it reacts to budget cuts

By Roger Dargaville, University of Melbourne

What happens to CSIRO when the federal government decides to strip away A$111 million over four years from its A$733 million annual contribution to the organisation’s budget? We are beginning to find out.

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Top ten species reveal process of discovery and further mysteries about life on earth

By Susan Lawler

The top ten species of 2014 have been released by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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Judgement day for Abbott on science and research funding

By Suzanne Cory

This Budget lacks any overall long-term strategy for science.

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Budget 2014: there's more to science than medical research

By Jonathan Borwein

Apart from the medical research fund, almost all other news for research and education is bleak.

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Federal Budget 2014: health experts react

By Stephen Duckett, Anne-marie Boxall, Mike Daube & Philip Clarke

The Abbott government has announced a A$20 billion medical research “future fund”, to help discover what Treasurer Joe Hockey calls the “cures of the future”, paid for with money generated as a result of major changes to health policy.

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The state of Australia: science innovation and research

By Matthew Bailes

In the lead up to the federal budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home. How is Australia's science and innovation faring?

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And now the bad news: red wine is not great for health after all

By Tim Crowe

A new study discounts the notion that a compound found in red wine has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and potential anticancer effects.

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The state of Australia: our environment

By Ian Lowe

The state of Australia’s environment is a real worry – and we have the report cards to prove it.

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Temper trap: the genetics of aggression and self-control

By Tom Denson

A new study concludes that people who are genetically predisposed toward aggression have inefficient functioning in brain regions that control emotions.

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Getting to the Root of Enamel Evolution

Scientists have identified how natural selection may have acted to give modern human teeth their thick enamel, one gene at a time.

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