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Earth may be less sensitive to CO2 than our worst fears

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:10:00 +1100

New research all but rules out the most optimistic and the most apocalyptic climate projections, writes Joseph Milton.

Hot yoga waste of time and heat

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:05:00 +1100

US study finds popular Bikram yoga delivers no special health benefits. Andrew Masterson reports.

A new blood test can detect eight different cancers in early stages

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:02:00 +1100

Early diagnosis remains the key to avoiding the potentially devastating impact of many cancer treatments and to reducing cancer deaths.

Which medicines don’t go well with flying?

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +1100

While flying is relatively safe, the unique environmental conditions can put passengers at risk if they’re taking certain medications. 

What’s that smell? Hunter-gatherer societies have the answer

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:02:00 +1100

Research in Malaysia overturns the notion that neurology is responsible for widespread difficulties in describing odours. Andrew Masterson reports.

Microwave ovens as costly as seven million cars

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:01:00 +1100

UK study finds popular cooking devices carry enormous environmental drawbacks. Andrew Masterson reports.

Tumour behaviour calls Cambrian-oxygen link into question

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:01:00 +1100

Swedish study suggests multicellular life might have needed low, not high, oxygen levels in order to thrive. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

Behold, the fattest thing in space

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:08:00 +1100

NASA releases new image of colliding galaxy clusters.

Very early galaxies are mature, not turbulent

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:06:00 +1100

Imaging galaxies from 13 billion years ago reveals surprising results. Richard A Lovett reports. 

Babies learn in bursts (just like Mum said)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:03:00 +1100

US research puts evidence beneath the anecdotes about punctuated learning in infants. Andrew P Street reports. 

Cholesterol hinders nerve cell repair in MS

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +1100

Surprise result finds cholesterol plays a major role in the worsening progress of multiple sclerosis. Fiona McMillan reports.

Quantum dots shine

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

Tiny crystals known as quantum dots give off incredibly bright light.

How climate change is driving extreme heatwaves

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

As average temperatures creep up, climate scientists spy trouble at the far end of the bell curve. Early results from the nascent science of extreme heatwaves are startling, reports Michael Lucy.

Gene-edit deregulation proposal draws mixed response

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

Australian GM supremo recommends excluding CRISPR from existing rules. Andrew Masterson reports.

Primates in movies no monkey business

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:01:00 +1100

UK study hits out at continued use of apes and monkeys in Hollywood films. Andrew Masterson reports.

Gaining less than three kilos lifts inflammation, heart disease risk

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:02:00 +1100

US research uncovers surprising negative effects over mild over-eating for just 30 days. Fiona McMillan reports. 

How many protein molecules in a single cell? Go on, guess

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:01:00 +1100

Canadian research combines results and describes yeast by the numbers. Andrew Masterson reports. 

Crowds within crowds are wiser still

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:05:00 +1100

Argentinian research finds small-group deliberation much more accurate than large-group guesses. Stephen Fleischfresser reports.

Friends with drawbacks: social marmots die early

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:04:00 +1100

The idea that community living leads to long lives doesn’t always hold, researchers find. Andrew Masterson reports.

Carnivorous plant inspires ultra-slippery shipping solution

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:03:00 +1100

Australian research potentially solves a costly underwater problem caused by the banning of a toxic chemical. Andrew Masterson reports.

Hot weather banjaxes bird bollocks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:02:00 +1100

Australian research finds heatwave reduce fertility in zebra finches, signaling a long-term challenge to fitness. Jeff Glorfeld reports. 

Hawaiian exotics show genetic drift

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:01:00 +1100

Studying invasive species permits rapid understanding of usually slow evolutionary process. Tanya Loos reports.

Citizen scientists head to Adelaide

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

Science stars stud major conference.

Green turtles of the Great Barrier Reef

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +1100

The effects of global warming will be complex and unexpected, as the disappearance of male turtles shows.

Females fall for robot fiddlers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:01:00 +1100

Biologists use robotic crabs to test whether its real love or just a quick fiddle on the beach. Andrew Masterson reports.