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‘The most significant environmentalist in history’ is now king. Two Australian researchers tell of Charles’ fascination with nature

In 2008, Nerilie Abram was a climate scientist working on ice cores at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. On one memorable day, Prince Charles visited the facility – and Nerilie was tasked with giving him a tour.

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A hand in a lab holding a mobile phone showing a Facebook post about kangaroos
Mon, 12 Sep 2022

People on social media have a lot of strong feelings about the money spent on science research. It is all a big misunderstanding?

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An aerial view of heavy floods
Thu, 08 Sep 2022

In the depths of a flood crisis, Pakistan’s climate minister, Sherry Rehman, is calling not only for immediate aid, but for compensation by rich industrialised countries for the damage caused by their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Purple gamma ray bubbles in the Milky Way
Tue, 06 Sep 2022

In new research published in Nature Astronomy, we show that a glowing cocoon that has puzzled astronomers for a decade is caused by gamma rays emitted by fast-spinning extreme stars called “millisecond pulsars” in a galaxy orbiting the Milky Way.

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A close-up of a hopping mouse on a log
Sat, 03 Sep 2022

Our new research unites genomic sequencing and museum collections to reconstruct the evolutionary tale of native rodents, including many extinct and elusive species – and they have a fascinating origin story.

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A rocket on a launchpad near water against a sunset
Fri, 02 Sep 2022

Water ice has been found in the southern regions of the Moon, and it is hoped certain gases that can be used for fuels can also be mined. These resources could be used to support long-term human habitation on and near the Moon in lunar bases.

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Hens and roosters on grass in a backyard
Wed, 10 Aug 2022

Almost one in two hens in our Sydney study had significant lead levels in their blood. Similarly, about half the eggs analysed contained lead at levels that may pose a health concern for consumers.

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A green leaf with water droplets on it
Tue, 09 Aug 2022

In a new paper published in Nature Plants, we report on a natural secret that could ultimately be used to help plants thrive while using less water.

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A laboratory. A person's hand is reaching towards some leaves.
Tue, 26 Jul 2022

Not only can touch provide a new way to follow the flow of water through plant cells, it may also deliver new possibilities for plant monitoring and care.

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A flooded house, from outside. Only the roof is visible above the water.
Tue, 26 Jul 2022

Australians are reeling from climate change impacts including more frequent and severe disasters – floods, droughts, searing heat and fires. These complex disasters are fuelling calls for managed retreats and debates about buying out at-risk properties.

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