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Brain Versus Brawn: Evolution of the Bubble-Headed Weakling

By Darren Curnoe

Differences in metabolism explain why humans evolved brains while apes evolved brawn.

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Born this way? An evolutionary view of 'gay genes'

By Jenny Graves, La Trobe University

New research supports this claim that particular genes influence sexuality.

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New genes involved in food preferences will revolutionise diets and improve health

New understanding of the genes involved in taste perception and food preferences could lead to personalised nutrition plans effective not just in weight loss but in avoiding diseases.

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WA's court verdict on GM crops is a dose of common sense

By Michael Jones, Murdoch University

The WA Supreme Court has dismissed an organic farmer’s claims for damages from his neighbour’s genetically-modified canola crop.

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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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