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  • A better test for Alzheimer’s disease

    An Australian collaboration’s work could greatly improve the accuracy of diagnosis.

    Alzheimer’s disease is tricky to diagnose, and suspecting its presence in oneself or a loved one brings with it inevi...

    Body and Mind July 28, 2021
  • Even koalas need a virus PCR test

    A new PCR test offers hope for threatened koalas.

    As if they weren’t struggling enough from predators and loss of habitat, koalas also suffer from a virus unique to th...

    Animals July 28, 2021
  • Touch screens transmit less disease the more they’re touched

    But only because one unlucky person “cleans” it for the following users . . .

    You’ve probably used many public touch-screen interfaces, to withdraw cash at ATMs, check-in at airports, and in nume...

    Body and Mind July 28, 2021
  • Some birds use illusion to escape

    Research reveals our birds’ burst of colour bamboozles predators

    A good magician knows the secret of a quick getaway – create an illusion! And it seems like some Australian birds are...

    Birds July 28, 2021
  • Baboons wearing Fitbits reveal community secrets

    Even boss baboons adjust their pace to fit in with their troop, new study finds.

    You may know the Fitbits as handy little doo-dads strapped onto wrists that help people chart their fitness, but now ...

    Animals July 28, 2021
  • Does wine make the heart flutter?

    A new study looks at wine intake and reduced heart risk. But don’t toast the conclusions yet!

    A few wines a week may slightly decrease risk of irregular heart flutters, according to a study published in Clinical...

    Body and Mind July 28, 2021
  • How to shield our most vulnerable from COVID-19

    Just isolating the elderly is not enough to reduce hospitalisation and mortality.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread and kill hundreds of thousands globally in 2020, governments’ priority was...

    COVID July 27, 2021
  • How a 310-million-year-old brain works

    Well-preserved horseshoe-crab brain fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge.

    While hard appendages like bone and shell can be preserved as fossils for millions of years, palaeontology’s enduring...

    Palaeontology July 27, 2021
  • When music ‘speaks’

    New research demonstrates how traditional dùndún drumming accurately mimics Yorùbá speech.

    Dùndún drumming is an oral tradition among the Yorùbá peoples of Western Africa which involves a special type of drum...

    Culture July 27, 2021
  • Video

    Seeing science differently

    Cosmos speaks to David Attenborough producer and Multi-award winner Dr Chadden Hunter.

    Cosmos spoke to Dr Chadden Hunter, who has worked with David Attenborough to direct Seven Worlds One Planet, winner o...

    Animals July 27, 2021
  • Will cyanobacteria fertiliser save our soil?

    Biofertiliser made from cyanobacteria show promise as a sustainable nitrogen source

    As global soil health dwindles, Aussie researchers are investigating the production of a sustainable organic nitrogen...

    Agriculture July 27, 2021
  • Vaping on TikTok is depicted positively

    It might be time to introduce age limits.

    TikTok videos that include vaping mostly show it in a positive light, according to new research in the journal Tobacc...

    Body and Mind July 27, 2021
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