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Science and the Coalition: two big policies, one year and no minister

By Matthew Bailes

On science and technology, the Abbott government is somewhat of a paradox.

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There are no free rides to the future: Australia's Chief Scientist

By Ian Chubb

A transcript of the 2014 Jack Beale Lecture on the Global Environment hosted at the University of New South Wales.

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Australia's astronomy future in a climate of cutbacks

By Lewis Ball

The future looks very bright for Australian radio astronomy but it was somewhat clouded earlier this year when CSIRO’s radio astronomy program took a dramatic hit in the Australian federal budget.

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Fast-tracking access to experimental Ebola drugs

By Glenn Marsh

Several therapeutic treatments are in experimental phases of testing and show great promise in treating Ebola virus infections in animal models.

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Coal seam gas emissions lower than US: first Australian study

By Damian Barrett and Stuart Day

A CSIRO study offers the first indication of fugitive emissions from coal seam gas wells under Australian conditions.

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Why so many domesticated mammals have floppy ears

By Don Newgreen and Jeffrey Craig

Take a look at several domesticated mammal species and you might spot a number of similarities between them, including those cute floppy ears.

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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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