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Every dollar invested in research and development creates $3.50 in benefits for Australia, says new CSIRO analysis

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Each dollar invested in research and development (R&D) would earn an average of A$3.50 in economy-wide benefits for Australia, according to evidence compiled in a The Conversation.

Just like how humans recognise faces, bees are born with an innate ability to find and remember flowers

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We’ve all watched a honeybee fly past us and land on a nearby flower. But how does she know what she’s looking for?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cell-cultured breastmilk: scientists want to give formula-fed babies another option

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Science has made impressive gains in the art of producing animal products minus the animal. Now this emerging field of cellular agriculture is taking on its biggest challenge yet: breastmilk.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tonight's 'eclipse moonrise' will put on a special twilight show for most of Australia

As the full Moon rises tonight, it won’t be as lovely and bright as usual – but it will be fascinating. Across most of Australia, the Moon will be partially shrouded in Earth’s shadow, undergoing a partial lunar eclipse as it rises.

A lunar eclipse happens roughly every six months somewhere on Earth. For most of the year, the Moon’s orbit takes it above or below Earth’s shadow, but during an eclipse the full Moon travels through it.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do police forensic scientists investigate a case? A clandestine gravesite recovery expert explains

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Recent high-profile missing persons cases, including that of William Tyrrell – who went missing in Kendall, New South Wales, at the age of three in 2014 – have focused public attention


Originally published in The Conversation.

Are our phones really designed to slow down over time? Experts look at the evidence

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It’s usually around this time of year you hear people complain about their phones slowing down.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Does batting second in T20 world cup cricket offer a crucial advantage? A statistics professor explains

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While Australian cricket fans celebrate their team’s triumph at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the tournament’s results have sparked a debate over whether the team that bats second has a potentially match-winning advantage b


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do pigeons find their way home? We looked in their ears with a diamond-based quantum microscope to find out

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Homing pigeons are known for their uncanny ability to find their way home – navigating complex and changing landscapes. In fact, they do this so well they were used as a source of secure communication more than 2,000 years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.