• Quick saviour?

    Ketamine shows signs of reducing the desire to suicide.

    Ketamine has a wild reputation. It’s used as party drug thanks to its hallucinogenic effect, but it’s also widely use...

    Body and Mind February 10, 2021
  • Mixed spice

    How come hotter countries tend to have tangier foods?

    The idea that cooks in hot countries adopted spices to help prevent food poisoning in sweltering conditions may sound...

    Behaviour February 5, 2021
  • Cosmos Q&A: vaccines, antivirals and why you should get a jab

    A run down on Australia’s COVID vaccination program that will soon begin.

    Australia’s COVID vaccination program has been announced and will soon begin. While most people welcome COVID vaccine...

    Medicine February 3, 2021
  • The stressful impact of alcohol

    How alcohol makes it harder for some people to stop at one or two.

    Enjoying a couple of drinks or three can be a great way to unwind, oil the conversation and unleash the inner merryma...

    Body and Mind February 3, 2021
  • It has an effect, period

    Global study finds menstrual cycles are a key driver of women’s moods.

    A huge, multi-country analysis of menstrual cycles has revealed their strong influence on individual mood, behaviour ...

    Body and Mind February 2, 2021
  • Musicians networked brains

    Study finds neural benefits of early music training.

    Musicians have more brain connections than non-musicians, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuro...

    Behaviour January 27, 2021
  • You may have missed…

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Big, BIG night sky mapAn international research collaboration has just released a map of more than 690 million ce...

    Astrophysics January 18, 2021
  • ASD and suicide risk

    Tailoring prevention for the neurodivergent.

    A nation-wide study of people aged 10 years and over diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Denmark has lin...

    Society January 14, 2021
  • Talking about death and dying

    A new online course breathes life into a taboo topic.

    To encourage open conversation about the inevitable end of life, palliative care experts across Australia devised an ...

    People January 7, 2021
  • Talk back to babies to help them learn

    It’s the quality of chat that counts, not the quantity.

    It’s a no-brainer that babies learn language from their caregivers, but how we respond to them rather than simply how...

    Behaviour November 27, 2020
  • Conversation

    The life and times of a forensic linguist

    What they do, and what it takes to do it.

    By Georgina Heydon, RMIT UniversityIf you’re an avid viewer of crime shows, you’ve probably come across cases in ...

    Behaviour November 26, 2020
  • Music without a sound

    Just knowing a genre can evoke emotions.

    There’s more to our appreciation of music than its sound, according to an Australian study published in the journal P...

    Behaviour November 19, 2020
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