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  • Skull data challenges domestication theory

    How have humans affected domestic animals’ evolution?

    Despite their varied genetic origins, domesticated animals have a lot of traits in common, and it’s not entirely clea...

    Palaeontology June 23, 2021
  • Final frontier exam: is it fit for space?

    New network set to help Australian space tech meet standards and head for the heavens.

    A new network to put space technology through its paces has been set up, to make sure Australian-developed products c...

    Space Exploration June 23, 2021
  • Robot can sort soft plastics for recycling

    A new system could identify and sort soft plastics.

    Engineers at the University of Sydney are developing a robot that can sort soft plastics out of waste, simplifying re...

    Sustainability June 23, 2021
  • Video

    Medical imaging with nanoparticles

    We talk to Karen Alt about new medical imaging technology.

    Australian researchers have launched a new technology that uses magnetic nanoparticles for medical imaging. While sti...

    Medicine June 23, 2021
  • Pollen could carry COVID-19 virus further, faster, say researchers

    The wrong kind of spring fever? Researchers model dispersal of COVID-19 virus particles on pollen...

    On today’s episode of "Is nothing sacred?", COVID-19 has now cast a pall over the prospect of spring, with a new stud...

    COVID June 23, 2021
  • Genetic clues to link between PTSD and migraines

    A new study has revealed common genes that may cause migraines and PTSD to co-occur.

    A study comparing pairs of identical twins has highlighted potential genes that may explain the common – but poorly u...

    Body and Mind June 22, 2021
  • Delta is keeping Australia on alert

    The fast-spreading SARS-CoV-2 variant named Delta can transmit through “fleeting contact”.

    In recent weeks, we’ve heard of a virus able to transmit through “fleeting contact”. The newly emerged Delta strain o...

    COVID June 22, 2021
  • Coffee may prevent chronic liver disease

    Drinking coffee – however you take it – may reduce your risk of liver disease according to new st...

    Drinking coffee – whichever way you take it – may reduce the risk of liver disease, according to a new study publishe...

    Body and Mind June 22, 2021
  • Race impacts COVID-19 outcomes among children

    Study finds racial disparities in COVID-19 testing and hospitalisation among children in the UK.

    A new study has found that racial disparities in the severity of COVID-19, well documented among adults, also occur a...

    Health June 22, 2021
  • The surface of Venus is geologically active

    New study of the ‘hellish’ planet reveals tectonic activity, disproves solid lithosphere theory.

    Venus’ surface is not a single, solid “lithosphere”, as once thought, but a patchwork of tectonic plates with similar...

    Astrophysics June 22, 2021
  • Making light of molecule manufacture

    Chemists have seen the light and developed a better way of making cyclodextrin.

    You may not have heard of cyclodextrins, but chances are you’ve used or ingested things made with them. The doughnut-...

    Chemistry June 22, 2021
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    Cheerful crayfish, child-free by choice and Coelacanth centurions, this is what went on last week.

    Crayfish on antidepressants act weirdly When crayfish are on antidepressants they become bolder and more outgoing ...

    Biology June 21, 2021
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