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By Stephen Luntz

Cannabis risk in pregnancy, IVF risks for multiple embryos, early birth better for twins and more.

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Wind Turbine Syndrome: A Classic “Communicated” Disease

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Credit: iStockphoto

By Simon Chapman

Is there any evidence that wind farms cause illness in the community?

Simon Chapman is Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney. This article is reproduced from The Conversation (theconversation.edu.au).

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Dead Hands and Phantoms

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Credit: iStockphoto

By Lee Walsh, Janet Taylor and Simon Gandevia

Recent studies have highlighted how central signals in the brain can change our sensation of the position and movement of joints, and how phantom limbs form when sensory information is lost.

Lee Walsh completed his PhD on proprioception at Neuroscience Research Australia under the supervision of Janet Taylor and Simon Gandevia.

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Collision Course

Comet McNaught

Comet McNaught photographed from Perth revealing why it was sometimes called a “fountain in the sky”.

By Stephen Luntz

Rob McNaught discovered the brightest comet of recent years and alerted observers to a meteor storm, but is now struggling for funds to detect asteroids on a collision course with Earth.

McNaught has enabled millions to witness astronomical events that put any fireworks display to shame, yet his efforts may cease for the lack of a budget smaller than what large cities spend each New Year’s Eve on their local fireworks show.

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A Century of Australian Antarctic Medicine

A winter afternoon in the living hut at Commonwealth Bay.

Left: A winter afternoon in the living hut at Commonwealth Bay. (L–R) Dr Xavier Mertz in charge of Greenland dogs (reading); Archie McLean, Chief Medical Officer and bacteriologist; Cecil Madigan, meterologist; and John Hunter, biologist. © Frank Hurley/Commonwealth of Australia

By Desmond Lugg and Jeff Ayton

Medical care and research in Antarctica has come a long way since the first expeditions took place 100 years ago.

Desmond Lugg was Head of Polar Medicine at the AAD from 1968–2001, and Chief of Medicine of Extreme Environments at NASA from 2001–06. Jeff Ayton has been Chief Medical Officer for the AAD since 2002. Drs Lugg and Ayton are currently writing a book on the centenary of Australian Antarctic medical practice. This article is adapted from an article published in Australian Antarctic Magazine. ©Commonwealth of Australia

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Is Coal Seam Gas Polluting Groundwater?

Protesters called for no further expansion of coal and coal seam gas.

Protesters called for no further expansion of coal and coal seam gas outside the Gunnedah Basin Coal and Energy Conference held in Newcastle on 25 June 2012. Photo: Kate Ausburn

By Kate Osborne

Landholders are adamant that coal seam gas is contaminating their groundwater, but natural geological processes make their accusations difficult to prove. Now science is starting to fill in the cracks.

Kate Osborne is an ecologist and science writer.

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Escape to Madagascar

Propithecus diadema, the diademed sifaka.  Credit: Mitchell Irwin

Propithecus diadema, the diademed sifaka. Credit: Mitchell Irwin

By Karen Samonds

Madagascar’s bizarre assemblage of fauna didn’t evolve from the fossils found on the island, so how did they get there?

Karen Samonds is a palaeontologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland.

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A Dose of Science

By Rob Morrison

Alternative health practices pirate the terminology and titles of real science to gain credibility, but it is what their practitioners do, not what they say, that gives the game away.

Rob Morrison is a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University. A scientist by training, he is one of the founders, and current Vice-President, of Friends of Science in Medicine.

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The Canary in the Medical Coal Mine

By Michael Cook

A steroid is being used off-label early in pregnancy to “normalise” the gender of the foetus.

Michael Cook is editor of the bioethics newsletter BioEdge.

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Tasmania’s Logging Industry Cut Down to Size

By Ian Lowe

A study has found that Tasmania’s forestry industry “is not economically viable”.

Ian Lowe is Emeritus Professor of science, technology and society at Griffith University.

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