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Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough

Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and threaten at least 120 species with extinction. Five experts analyse a parliamentary report on the problem.

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Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and threaten at least 120 species with extinction. Five experts analyse a parliamentary report on the problem.

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18 Jan 2021

3 reasons to study science communication beyond the West

All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.

9 Dec 2020

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft is about to drop a chunk of asteroid in the Australian outback

Scientists hope samples of asteroid Ryugu may reveal traces of the chemical ingredients that formed life on Earth.

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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.

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.

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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?

9 Nov 2020

Science communication is more important than ever. Here are 3 lessons from around the world on what makes it work

Science communication succeeds when it takes community knowledge seriously, works with other belief systems, and expects researchers to contribute to society.

22 Oct 2020

How do we know statistics can be trusted? We talked to the humans behind the numbers to find out

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much modern societies are governed by statistics. Despite their objective appearance, these numbers gain their strength from very human relationships.

13 Oct 2020

‘You wake up with lab-engineered coffee’: how our imaginations can help decide Earth’s future

Achieving a radically different tomorrow will require more than a purely technocratic approach. So now, imagine you are in the year 2050...

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13 Oct 2020

We looked at 35 years of rainfall and learnt how droughts start in the Murray-Darling Basin

To fully understand why droughts begin, persist and end, we need to answer the question: where does Australia’s rainfall come from? It may seem basic, but the answer isn't so simple.

8 Oct 2020

Every year in Australia, nature grows 8 new trees for you — but that alone won’t fix climate change

Trees in Australia are many, varied and sometimes huge. But how many are there exactly? And how does their number change over time?

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