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Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

The modern-day space race has led to thousands of satellites being scattered through Earth’s outer orbits. If left unchallenged, these companies risk overpopulating an already crowded space environment – potentially pushing dark skies to extinction.

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The modern-day space race has led to thousands of satellites being scattered through Earth’s outer orbits. If left unchallenged, these companies risk overpopulating an already crowded space environment – potentially pushing dark skies to extinction.

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21 Dec 2018

Comic explainer: forest giants house thousands of animals (so why do we keep cutting them down?)

David Lindenmayer explains how these trees form, the role they play – and how very hard they are to replace.

26 Oct 2018

Leek orchids are beautiful, endangered and we have no idea how to grow them

My research involves trying to find the secret to propagating them – something we still don’t fully understand.

24 Oct 2018

We must look past short-term drought solutions and improve the land itself

Helping farmers improve the rivers, dams, native vegetation and trees on their land increases productivity and the resilience of the land to drought

17 Sep 2018

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025

The Australian renewable energy industry will install more than 10 gigawatts of new solar and wind power during 2018 and 2019.

22 Aug 2018

We're going to get a better detector: time for upgrades in the search for gravitational waves

It’s been a year since ripples from a colliding pair of dead stars tickled the gravitational wave detectors of the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo facilities.

22 Aug 2018

The renewable energy train is unstoppable. The NEG needs to get on board

The National Energy Guarantee appears to promise the certainty that experts have desperately sought for. But beware: there is a renewable energy train coming.

14 Aug 2018

What to expect if you’re on holiday in Bali and there’s an earthquake

Many of us stare in the face of such disaster, and feel helpless. Learning what actually happens during an earthquake could help you feel better prepared.

13 Aug 2018

Trees are made of human breath

Outside my office window, two skilled workers complete a hard and dirty job. They’re cutting the felled trunk of a tree into small enough pieces to be thrown in

13 Aug 2018

Two types of tectonic plate activity create earthquake and tsunami risk on Lombok

Several large earthquakes have struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in the past week, with the largest quake killing at least 98 people

23 Jul 2018

CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing scissors are less accurate than we thought, but there are fixes

CRISPR gene editing technology is revolutionising medicine and biology. This technique allows scientists to edit DNA with more precision and greater ease

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