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Exoplanets best bet for hints of life beyond Earth

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:05:33 +1100

Countdown for an Australian Space Agency Searching for Earth-like planets from Earth and space

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The oldest life on Earth

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:05:31 +1100

Oldest life on Earth dated to 3.465 billion years shows high diversity Vale Stephen Hawking Experiment copies domestication of dogs Animal behaviour and physiology studies used to improve lives of animals and people New approach buries carbon dioxide safely in sea water

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Climate – what's next?

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 12:05:25 +1100

Climate changing ten times faster than historic natural variation Award for fighting civilisation’s greatest challenge Trump working in a science vacuum – John Holdren Trump excludes science from the political process Fracking mostly done in the dark Leigh Creek – South Australian town all set up and ready for industry and new residents

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Three superstars of science

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 12:05:36 +1100

Why South Australia has become a leader in renewable energy Maths is creative says Terence Tao Exoplanet gem unearthed in Stargazing Live Comet from beyond our solar system first thought to be a spaceship How it’s easier and harder to vote in US Celebrating fifty years of the standard model of particle physics

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Keep Austin weird!

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:05:00 +1100

President Trump blocks out science James Webb Space Telescope to peer back even closer to the Big Bang Cleaning products, pesticides, paints and personal products a major source of urban air pollution Ancient city discovered in Central America Deep Water Horizon spill killed more than one thousand marine mammals Widespread change to come with autonomous vehicles Why people deny scientific findings

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Is birdsong music?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 12:05:53 +1100

Is birdsong music?

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Australia's dire innovation record

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:05:42 +1100

Boosting innovation outcomes in Australia Bionic eye uses brain plasticity Transmissible cancers – there may be more than ever suspected Genomes help piece together evolutionary history of native animals Forecasting populations of large vertebrates The role of music in human evolution and society today - part 4

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Two stars - and some history

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 12:05:30 +1100

Bionic Eye promises hope for patients with acquired blindness Why stem cells decline as we age Comparing human emotions with those of animals Fish brains may reveal workings of human brains The role of music in human evolution and society today - part 3 Remembering first contact atrocity brings hope for reconciliation

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The promises and challenges of quantum computing

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 12:05:50 +1100

The promises and challenges of quantum computing.

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Science Extra: The year in weird science

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with science reporter Carl Smith about the weird science stories that caught his eye in 2017.

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Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 12:05:14 +1100

Bionic Bodies part 2 of 2.

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Science Extra: The year in tech

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with tech reporter Ariel Bogle about the tech stories that caught her eye in 2017.

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Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 12:05:46 +1100

Bionic Bodies part 1 of 2.

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Science Extra: The year in health

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with health reporter Olivia Willis about the health stories that caught her eye in 2017.

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The archaeology of Dylan Thomas

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 12:05:19 +1100

The archaeology of Dylan Thomas.

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Science Extra: The year in space

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with science reporter Genelle Weule about the space stories that caught her eye in 2017.

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Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:05:27 +1100

Dava Sobel - The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.

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Science Extra: The year in environmental science

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with environment reporter Nick Kilvert about the environmental science stories that caught his eye in 2017.

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Cost-benefit analysis - big science under the microscope

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 12:05:01 +1100

Cost-benefit analysis - big science under the microscope.

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Science Extra: The year in science

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1100

ABC Science Editor Jonathan Webb chats with science reporter Bel Smith about the science stories that caught her eye in 2017.

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Creating real wealth: How innovation done well can make a difference in Australia

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 12:05:21 +1100

CSIRO tries to bridge the innovation chasm Australia’s problem with innovation Genome reveals poor genetic health of thylacine Citizen scientists help with Alzheimer’s research Why are the wealthy so wealthy and the poor so poor? A chat with Dame Florence Lovejoy

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Anti-depressant drugs affecting fish

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:05:10 +1100

A new model for the electricity network Student essay winner calls for action to save the Great Barrier Reef Anti-depressant drugs affect fish behaviour Drones used for surveying Antarctic moss Southern Tasmanian waters show rich diversity of molluscs We’ve been texting for 25 years Special Assistance schools threatened with closure

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You need a Crook energy system!

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 12:05:38 +1100

Community owned energy retailer takes on big three Student essay winner explores potential solution to persistent plastic Australian Science Olympians bring home the silver The ubiquity of chemicals Measuring biodiversity, monitoring ecology Even more Dagg

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Where did whales come from?

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 12:05:41 +1100

Student essay winner reveals Australia’s dirty little secret – 60% of fresh produce is dumped Gathering clues on the evolution of whales The secret life of whales More Dagg

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Remembering Laika: The first creature in space

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:05:43 +1100

Cane toads to get the Crispr treatment Remembering Laika Adaptive optics removes the twinkle from stars The world according to Dagg Stopping the qubit chatter Challenging our thought processes, biases and assumptions Pt The Periodic Table – A visual guide to the elements Challenges for science writers

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A new Centre of Excellence and slender rats

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 12:05:58 +1100

New Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery Vale Neville Fletcher The role of music in human evolution and society today - part 2 New experience for visitors at Melbourne Museum Rats in Australia 6 million years before humans Controlling Indonesian peatland fires Revising the Nacophorini moths of southern Australia

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Brain cancer, printing brains and flying beyond Pluto

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 12:05:16 +1100

First lab model for testing brain tumour therapies 3D printed body tissues becoming a reality At home monitoring changes health care focus from curative to preventative Pluto mission chief still can’t believe they really did it Gravitational waves - the alerts, the secrecy, the teamwork, the science

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Prize-winning teachers, pioneering stargazers and typewriters!

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 12:05:22 +1100

More Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2017 How the typewriter changed the economy and society Human group intelligence applied to AI John Bolton – father of radio astronomy Warming waters threaten kelp

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The Prime Minister's prizes for science, more waves from space and a new plan for universities and jobs

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:05:35 +1100

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2017 Latest gravitational waves ‘almost too good to be true’ University of Tasmania offers shorter, cheaper courses focussed on jobs How birds map and navigate as they fly around the planet Vision of bees applied to drone navigation

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DNA robots and heat stress

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 12:05:59 +1100

Uni of Tasmania's big plans for STEM accessibility DNA robots collect and sort molecules Exploding dots mathematics is visual, playful and powerful – Margaret Wertheim Effects of heat stress on workers and productivity Plastic an increasing problem along coast of Arnhem Land Aquatic worms hitch rides on the hulls of ships The role of music in human evolution and society today - part 1 Polished rock shows effects of earliest life on Earth

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Nobels, maths and science in India

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 12:05:55 +1100

Nobel Prizes 2017 Investigating the cellular basis of circadian rhythms Genetic and environmental links to ovarian cancer Indian science celebrated at London’s Science Museum James Tanton shares the joy of mathematics Technology helps preserve threatened languages Building trust for positive biosecurity outcomes

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Iconic creatures worth a buck?

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 12:05:26 +1000

Micropayments could amount to large sums for conservation Biggest fish in the sea still shrouded in mystery Dramatic loss of Arctic summer sea ice Corn starch possible alternative to plastic bags Less invasive method to detect cancer Making a difference with engineering Printed solar panels could produce solar power on every roof Magic crystals enhance biogas production New family tree proposed for dinosaurs

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Riots, rape and feral monsters

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:05:21 +1000

Understanding UK riots Self-examination swab allows DNA collection after rape Want to share your genome? Keeping the wheels on in orchestra rehearsal British Science Association reaches out to girls and women New approach to avoid pre-term births On the trail of those on the trail of Bigfoot

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Oxford: A PhD student builds new retinas and Richard Dawkins on writing post-stroke

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:05:38 +1000

Hydrogel retina first step in relief from macular degeneration. New battery technology reduces recharge time. The Arctic - big changes, super-fast. Homeward Bound aims to boost women in science. Richard Dawkins back writing following stroke. Science not under siege.

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Staying Connected – A Privacy Crisis

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 12:05:02 +1000

Staying Connected - A Privacy Crisis.

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The path to zero carbon energy

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 12:05:32 +1000

The path to zero carbon energy.

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Sat, 26 Aug 2017 12:05:47 +1000

Harry Diculus does it with feeling *!*!*!*!* 42 *!*!*!*!* Ode to the typewriter Career advice for early and mid-career scientists Real-life tale mirrors le Carré novel

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Celebrating chaos

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 12:05:52 +1000

The lady with the lamp or the lady with the logarithm? The answer to the great question of life and everything Fun with primes, so why the resistance? Mathematics improves weather forecasting Predicting the speed at which epidemics spread Alex the Astronaut – combining music, science and sport Finding Fibonacci Catastrophes open opportunities for changed biodiversity

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Poisoned bore water and Kepler

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:05:17 +1000

Call for action to clean up drinking water in remote communities Kepler helps determine composition of the universe False memory a dilemma for courts Increase in labiaplasty surgery Ribosomes in bacteria target for new antibiotics The secret language of bees

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Mac's first lecture - and a murder threat!

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 12:05:06 +1000

Vale Phillip Playford Unearthing the geological history of central Australia Changing cities for the future Reflections by Zappa and Clarke Science Friction returns 12th August Peter Mason -  physics, radio broadcasts and a contentious family history

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Did Shakespeare foresee the second law of thermodynamics?

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:05:31 +1000

Nobel Prize for molecular motor boosts for new field of dynamic chemistry Academic curiosity leads to promising cancer treatment Improving services for young people after cancer treatment New Antarctic heat maps to improve predictions of sea level rise Was Shakespeare also a scientist? BHP finalist Mary-Anne Poyitt awarded in US competition Ideas competition for young students

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Pitching to Trump

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 12:05:08 +1000

New evidence of first Australians 65,000 years ago Lawrence Krauss pitches big science to the president Promising results from new Taiwanese energy technologies Leaf-cutter ants – the ultimate egalitarian workforce Ancestor’s Trail traces the evolution of life on Earth Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies from breast cancer The appeal of maths

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Can birds sing music – or are they just noisy robots?

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:05:03 +1000

Juno sweeps low over Jupiter’s mega storm The story of the universe and our place in it Music in human evolution and modern-day society Understanding birdsong

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Fly me to Mars!

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:05:18 +1000

Fly me to Mars!

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Can a scientist be a sentinel?

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:05:43 +1000

John Church – we’re approaching the climate threshold and need to act now The scientist as sentinel

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Has ‘denying’ won?

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:05:47 +1000

Has ‘denying’ won?

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Celebrating Anne Deveson

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 12:05:19 +1000

Celebrating Anne Deveson.

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Germs at war

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 12:05:35 +1000

How a mother’s health affects the foetus Ominous signs for Larsen C ice shelf DNA mutations used to track down source of melanomas Cartoon introduces students to bacterial invaders Looking for combinations of antibiotics for that knockout punch Biometrics the key for improved online authentication Shrinking the synchrotron Wollongong academic wins Alan Alda science coms prize

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The eclipse that helped launch American science

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 12:05:32 +1000

Ultrasound used to jump-start brain of a coma patient Urgent action to save the Southern Black-throated Finch Pollination secrets of Western Australian plants Exposing the full effects of cuts to science and medical research Racing for the total solar eclipse of 1878 Analysing wastewater reveals population health Shifting electricity use to when demand and prices are low Dear Science puts a science twist on agony aunt questions

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Whales killed by red tide

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:05:04 +1000

E-records boost outcomes for companion animals Controlling elephants in Sri Lanka Message to a developing embryo New bird guide covers Australia’s more than 900 species Tracking the Latham’s snipe Understanding protein structure may lead to treatment for amyloid diseases Whales possible first megafauna victims of warming Taking the geek out of artificial intelligence The next direction for computing

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