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  • Thirdhand smoke in non-smoking movie theatre

    The toxic chemicals were transported by moviegoers.

    While remarkable progress has been made in several countries to prevent people inhaling toxic secondhand fumes from c...

    Medicine March 5, 2020
  • Mystery of benzene’s structure finally revealed

    Opening the doors for a vast array of applications.

    One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by Australian scientists – and the result may have impl...

    Chemistry March 5, 2020
  • Testing one, two, three

    Behind the scenes glimpse of Orion ahead of its Moon voyage.

    Radio frequency testing has begun on the first Orion spacecraft that will fly around the Moon as part of the Artemis ...

    Space Exploration March 5, 2020
  • A decade of dithering on climate action

    Four times the effort now to comply with the Paris agreement.

    An analysis of climate change targets agreed to in Paris versus emission reductions actually achieved reveals that na...

    Climate March 4, 2020
  • How morally egalitarian are we?

    Exploring the ethics of automated vehicle accidents.

    In 2018 the results of a massive and audacious online experiment into human morality, published in the journal Nature...

    Automation March 4, 2020
  • Pesticides impair baby bee brain development

    Adult bees bring contaminated food back to the colony.

    Pesticides have proven to be toxic to adult bees, contributing to mass declines amongst bee species across the world....

    Animals March 4, 2020
  • Alive and healthier than ever

    Coral reefs resist global bleaching event.

    This image of colourful and unbleached corals isn’t a before picture – it’s a recent image of corals on Turks and Cai...

    News March 4, 2020
  • Parrots do probability

    Study finds evidence of statistical inference beyond great apes.

    A New Zealand-based PhD student has teamed up with a parrot called Blofeld and, together, they have raised the “spect...

    Birds March 3, 2020
  • Lose the levee and keep the wetlands

    Economics and ecology combine to improve hurricane protection.

    Town planning and city maintenance are areas of endeavour dominated by engineers, so it’s hardly surprising that coas...

    Climate March 3, 2020
  • Air pollution pandemic warning

    A leading cause of global deaths is right under all our noses.

    While governments are on the verge of declaring a coronavirus pandemic – an outbreak that is hogging daily media atte...

    Climate March 3, 2020
  • Ancient Mongolians sustained with millet

    And had more complex economies than first thought.

    Ancient Mongolian kingdoms may have been more sophisticated than history has credited them for, according to a study ...

    Archaeology March 3, 2020
  • A spiral with a past

    Hubble spots a galaxy discovered centuries ago.

    This image of the archetypal spiral galaxy, known as NGC 691, was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. N...

    Astronomy March 3, 2020
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