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Wild animals are evolving faster than anybody thought

To measure the speed of adaptive evolution in the wild, we studied 19 populations of birds and mammals over several decades. We found they were evolving at twice to four times the speed suggested by earlier work.

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Tue, 20 Apr 2021

It will take until at least 2080 before women make up just one-third of Australia’s professional astronomers, unless there is a significant boost to how we nurture female researchers’ careers.

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021

Today's risks will be tomorrow's normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021

The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.

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Fri, 05 Mar 2021

The unprecedented intensity of two summers of bushfires, first in the east and then in the west, offered harsh lessons for Australians. One is that some settlements must retreat from high-risk areas.

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Wed, 10 Feb 2021

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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Mon, 18 Jan 2021

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

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Wed, 09 Dec 2020

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

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Tue, 01 Dec 2020

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.

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Tue, 24 Nov 2020

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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