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Close up photo of two swift parrot chicks, held in a person's hands. The birds are grey and fluffy with rainbow coloured feathers.

Parrots pushed to extinction, despite protection policies

Habitat destruction by logging and agriculture is pushing parrot species towards extinction, while current protected areas are failing to mitigate these effects, according to new research.

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Close up photo of two swift parrot chicks, held in a person's hands. The birds are grey and fluffy with rainbow coloured feathers.

Habitat destruction by logging and agriculture is pushing parrot species towards extinction, while current protected areas are failing to mitigate these effects, according to new research.

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Green python in a tree

News | 3 Dec 2020

Study plots pythons’ hisss-tory in Australia

Pythons first arrived in Australia from Asia around 23 million years ago and then adapted to their new home by becoming incredibly diverse, according to new research.

News | 2 Dec 2020

Swift action needed to help critically endangered parrot

There could be fewer than 300 swift parrots left in the wild, according to new research.

Tobias Stierli / NCCR PlanetS

Analysis and opinion | 1 Dec 2020

Ancient Earth had a thick, toxic atmosphere like Venus – until it cooled off and became liveable

Unlike our hellish neighbour Venus, Earth was far enough from the Sun for liquid water to form and create a more hospitable environment for life.

Steve Madden in physics laboratory showing laser research.

News | 30 Nov 2020

The chips stack up for Eureka prize winner

Professor Steve Madden has taken out one of Australia's top scientific honours.

Woman holding a diagram

Research story | 24 Nov 2020

It’s not like having your appendix out: why communication matters for women having a hysterectomy

"I'm going to listen to the gynaecologists, I'm going to listen to the hysterectomy patients."

Analysis and opinion | 24 Nov 2020

Ancient sponges or just algae? New research overturns chemical evidence for the earliest animals

Ancient fatty molecules, once believed to be traces of some of the first animals to live on Earth, may have been produced by algae instead.

Xingshuo Huang holds a diamond anvil  used to make diamonds in the lab

News | 19 Nov 2020

Scientists make insta-bling at room temperature

An international team of scientists has defied nature to make diamonds in minutes in a laboratory at room temperature - a process that normally requires billions of years, huge amounts of pressure and super-hot temperatures.

Satellite above earth

News | 16 Nov 2020

Historic ‘Satellite Selfie’ captures distinct moment in time

Australia's largest ever selfie has captured some incredible images from the ACT and the Northern Territory.

News | 11 Nov 2020

Scientists see the dark side of our galaxy

An international team of astronomers has challenged a popular theory that mysterious dark matter dominates gravity in the inner parts of spiral galaxies such as our Milky Way.

studio Canal

Analysis and opinion | 10 Nov 2020

Radioactive: new Marie Curie biopic inspires, but resonates uneasily for women in science

Marie Curie overcame innumerable obstacles, and in the process has become a role model. But does the latest film version of her life do her story justice?