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Two green parrots

High fliers: pleasure-seeking parrots are using aromatic plants, stinky ants and alcohol

These parrots were spotted applying chewed pepper tree bark and shoots to their feathers and skin during preening. What are they up to?

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Diagram of weather bridge between Australia and Antarctica
Fri, 14 Jun 2024

New research has reconstructed the past 2,000 years of southeast Australia’s bushfire weather, drawing on evidence of past climates laid down in changing patterns in deep ice in East Antarctica.

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Boys at a river
Mon, 03 Jun 2024

Climate scientists have long warned these days would come. The recent acceleration in warming means it’s happening sooner than we expected.

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Male fairy wren feeding a Horsfield's bronze cuckoo fledgling
Fri, 31 May 2024

In new research published in Science, biologists show how coevolution drives the creation of new species of cuckoos.

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Antarctica ice from above
Tue, 28 May 2024

This new research uses gravity-sensing satellites to track how changes in water storage on land can cause unexpected fluctuations in sea levels.

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Woman with hands on a dead glider
Tue, 21 May 2024

Last week, an endangered southern greater glider was found dead next to an area logged to create fuel breaks along the Yarra Ranges National Park. The news triggered outrage.

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Rainforest
Fri, 26 Apr 2024

What does the evidence say about what tall, wet forests actually looked like 250 years ago? The answer matters because it influences how these forests are managed.

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Dried ground
Wed, 03 Apr 2024

Scientists examined computer simulations of Earth’s climate over the past 1,150 years. They found that given enough time, natural variability in Australian rainfall can produce “mega-droughts” lasting 20 years or more.

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Aerial photo of a saltpan
Thu, 28 Mar 2024

Landsat Nextis the next generation of an Earth observation satellite program from which Australia has benefited for over 40 years. Here's what it means for Australia.

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Stars illustration
Thu, 21 Mar 2024

A new study which surveyed nearby stars, found as many as one in dozen pairs of stars may have devoured a planet, likely because the planet developed a “wobble” in its orbit and fell into the star.

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