Monthly Archives: May 2017

It’s getting hot in here… So what does this mean for the ocean?

One day, in the not-so-distant future, the movie Finding Nemo may be seen as an incredibly inaccurate portrayal of life under the sea. And it’s not because of the talking fish. With climate change heating up our oceans and creating … Continue reading

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Cancer conspiracies: Research to make you jelly

We’ve all heard the conspiracy – pharmaceutical companies are keeping a cure for cancer under wraps because treating cancer is more profitable. Now, I don’t tend to make a habit of sticking up for big business, but there are a … Continue reading

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Bottoms up! Melting the dark side of Antarctic ice shelves

Antarctic ice shelves are nature’s buttresses against sea level rise that would devastate our coastal civilisations. New research provides a clearer picture of how climate change will speed up melting of ice shelves from underneath. Antarctica’s land area is almost … Continue reading

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Hey Fish! Urine Trouble!

Some people might yell, a dog might growl, maybe a deer will clash antlers, but how does the fish (cichlid Neolamprologus pulcher) show aggression? It pees. That’s right, twinkle, urinate, take a leak, wizz, whatever you would like to call … Continue reading

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A recipe for old leaves

Just how valuable are your garden scraps? Every year, nearly half of our organic waste gets thrown to landfill, when all of it could be used for other things.  Local councils are slowly introducing collection schemes for people’s leaves, grass … Continue reading

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The Miracle of the Mind: Treating Major Depression with Computers is a Reality

Two blue bars lie horizontal on the computer screen. There is also a dot. It flickers erratically. If you concentrate hard enough, it slows down and lies in between the two lines. That’s the goal. Keep thinking of a happy … Continue reading

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Look out Harry – invisibility cloaks don’t work on Tassie devils anymore

Or at least, not on six very important Tasmanian devils. A study published in Biology Letters last October studied 52 wild devils, and found six who possessed never-before-seen antibodies against the deadly devil facial tumour disease, or DFTD for short. … Continue reading

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The Universe, Ripping us a New One

As scary as it seems, we might be learning more about how our universe will end… In a combined study, Astrophysicists from across America and Australia have recently reduced the uncertainty of the Hubble Constant from 3.3% to 2.4%. This … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm: Climate Change and the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. One of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders is being devastated by the impact of climate change. Scientists, governments and the media have drawn attention to human induced mass coral bleaching and ocean acidification but … Continue reading

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Altering viral genes for safer, higher efficacy immunisation

Immunisation remains a globally cost-effective method for reducing disability, disease and death. But researchers face the constant challenge of increasing both vaccine safety and efficacy. A challenge also seen in parental hesitancy towards child immunisation. New research has found a way to combat … Continue reading

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