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Modern-day alchemy: a recipe for a new superheavy element

By Elizabeth Williams

How did scientists go about discovering the short-lived superheavy element 115?

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Electric cars at blazing-fast speeds

Electric cars can already compete on some racecourses with the world's best petrol-powered cars.

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How to store surplus renewable energy

Scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid.

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Futile Research or Stealthy Censorship?

By Ian Musgrave

It's hard to see the Coalition's plans to weed out "futile" research as anything other than a cynical attempt to defund topics the Coalition doesn’t like.

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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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