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An alimentary guide to microbes

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Scientists have little idea exactly what microbes live in our intestines but believe they play an important role in controlling metabolic diseases. By Norman Swan.

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Tools that show real brain power

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

With the invention of more and more remarkable scientific instruments we are blowing away the barriers to understanding how our brains function.

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Is there room for organics?

Monday, 17 February 2014

It may not be able to feed the world all by itself, but it holds many lessons for modern agriculture.

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Doomsday or boomsday?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Disaster warnings can be good early warning systems but they are not iron-clad predictions. What they seldom take into account is the power of innovation.

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Bitter harvest from a noble cause

Monday, 3 February 2014

Distinguished agricultural scientist Robert Zeigler reflects on the Green Revolution led by Norman Borlaug. He fears that anti-technology zealots may steal the food from the mouths of future generations.

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The MERS disaster averted for now

Monday, 27 January 2014

Is the virus that appeared for the first time in the Middle East last year, a scary emergent infection or a false alarm?

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Lab Talk: Plant chemistry, agriculture, biology and genetics

Monday, 27 January 2014

We ask four researchers to tell us about the recent papers that have excited them the most.

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People deserve access to their personal genetic data

Monday, 20 January 2014

Regulators are right to demand proper standards from over-the-counter genetic testing, but they also need to treat us like adults, writes Laurie Zoloth.

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When marsupials roamed the Earth

Monday, 13 January 2014

Palaeontologist Robin Beck will upturn everything you thought you knew about Australia’s iconic mammals, as Elizabeth Finkel discovers.

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Probability of beating the game shows

Monday, 13 January 2014

The most famous brainteaser of the past 50 years is deceptively simple in appearance and yet diabolically counter-intuitive to solve.

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