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Guess who defines 'waste' in ARC-funded research

By Rod Lamberts

A Coalition government would reign in wasteful spending on research, but are their decisions based on evidence of waste or merely the Coalition’s funding priorities?

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UN forecasts rising reuse of wastewater for agriculture

World lacks data on "massive potential resource", with only 4% of wastewater reused.

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First estimate of total viruses in mammals

Scientists estimate there are at least 320,000 mammalian viruses, and identifying them could help mitigate disease outbreaks for a fraction of the economic impact of a major pandemic like SARS.

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This psychoactive drugs trip isn't working

By Craig Motbey

The increasing pace and diversity of recreational drug development makes conventional approaches to drug control dangerous.

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How antibiotics enable pathogenic gut infections

Study pinpoints ways to counter the effects of the antibiotics-driven depletion of friendly, gut-dwelling bacteria.

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Shroom to grow: Australia's missing psychedelic science

By Stephen Bright (Curtin University) and Martin Williams (Monash University)

A recent Norwegian study on psychedelic drugs and psychological well-being not only highlighted fewer mental health issues among users of these drugs but also underscored the reinvigoration of scientific research in a field maligned since the moral panic of the 1960s.

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Frankenfooty: Essendon's mixed bag of supplements

By Ian Musgrave

Essendon's players were exposed to worthless or unproven treatments at best, and rank pseudoscience at worst.

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Australian Antarctic science is being frozen out by budget cuts

By Matt King, University of Tasmania

Despite rising costs, the government this year handed an 8% budget cut to the Australian Antarctic Division.

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Exposing dopers in sport: is it really worth the cost?

By Aaron Hermann and Maciej Henneberg

If the achievements of confirmed cheaters and other athletes are similar does it mean the drugs don't work or is everyone cheating?

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Sugar is toxic to mice in 'safe' doses

Three soft drinks daily affect lifespan, reproduction

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