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  • COVID Booster

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Health experts are no better than students at detecting fake COVID news A team of German researchers have found th...

    Medicine March 13, 2021
  • How much do you value privacy?

    Australians, have your say about our security and surveillance regime.

    Who has access to the plethora of information collected from surveillance devices, such as CCTV cameras and facial re...

    Ethics March 12, 2021
  • A new world, saved by circles

    A quiet revolution is underway that may help save the planet.

    Imagine a world where the things we buy don’t end their lives in landfill, but rather are turned into components for ...

    Sustainability March 11, 2021
  • A sugar tax is good for all

    The UK’s sugar tax hasn’t affected overall buying habits but has reduced sugar intake.

    A study has found that, a year after the introduction of a sugar tax, people were still purchasing the same amount of...

    Nutrition March 11, 2021
  • Rich feelings: better or worse?

    Study suggests the wealthy have greater self-regard, but aren’t more compassionate.

    It’s the age-old question: we all want money, but does it make us happy? Invariably, the answer is nuanced but some c...

    Body and Mind March 10, 2021
  • Video

    Cosmos Briefing: Science v law

    Experts discuss whether scientific evidence is properly considered in our courts.

    Australia’s legal system should reconsider how seriously it regards scientific evidence, according to today’s Cosmos ...

    Ethics March 9, 2021
  • Pill testing not a drug use driver

    People say they’re not more likely to take ecstasy if they can get it tested.

    New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found that access to pill testing would not give people an incenti...

    Social Sciences March 9, 2021
  • Wangarĩ Maathai grows a movement

    Kenyan scientist and Nobel Prize winner fought for a better environment for African women.

    In 1977, more than 40 years before United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York unveiled the Gre...

    Agriculture March 8, 2021
  • Homo sapiens: the water-saving ape

    Humans evolved to run on less water than primate relatives.

    It’s an age-old question in evolution: how did humans become the dominant primate, able to venture out from tropical ...

    Behaviour March 6, 2021
  • Cosmos Briefing: Science v law

    Is scientific evidence properly considered in our courts?

    The recent pardon petition by leading Australian scientists regarding the Kathleen Folbigg case – in which new scient...

    Society March 4, 2021
  • Neanderthals were capable of human speech

    Detailed and long-running research shows that our closest ancestor talked and heard.

    The closest ancestor to modern humans – Neanderthals – were capable of understanding and producing human speech, acco...

    Anthropology March 2, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    A round up of the stories that may have snuck past you in this week's edition of science digest... Sharks aren’t s...

    Physics March 1, 2021
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