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Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

Scientists and science fans love to discuss the science in Doctor Who.

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18 Mar 2019

Experts call for halt to CRISPR editing that allows gene changes to pass on to children

In each country, society as a whole will have to decide whether germline editing is acceptable.

12 Mar 2019

Online therapies can improve mental health, and there are no barriers to accessing them

If we’re serious about improving access to mental health care, we need to look to online therapies.

19 Feb 2019

Here's what you need to know about melioidosis, the deadly infection that can spread after floods

Melioidosis can cause a variety of symptoms, but often presents as a non-specific flu-like illness.

4 Feb 2019

Damning royal commission report leaves no doubt that we all lose if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan fails

Evidence uncovered by the Royal Commission has shown systemic failures in the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

21 Jan 2019

Cotton and rice have an important place in the Murray Darling Basin

The situation is a little more complicated than it may appear.

21 Dec 2018

Elephants and economics: how to ensure we value wildlife properly

Ensuring the economic health of nations is one of the biggest tasks expected of governments. The elephant in the room has long been the health of the environmen

21 Dec 2018

For the first time we've looked at every threatened bird in Australia side-by-side

Glossy Black-Cockatoos used to be common on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island until possums started eating their eggs and chicks.

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.

15 Nov 2018

Flying blind: uninformed decision-making in mental health

Without robust data to understand the scale of the mental health problem, any attempts to address the issue can be little more than flying blind.

31 Oct 2018

If we’re to have another inquiry into mental health, it should look at why the others have been ignored

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has promised to hold a royal commission into mental health if Labor wins the November state election. Last week’s announcement

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