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A young male superb fairy-wren

Helen Osmond has watched the ins and outs of one superb fairy-wren population for three decades.

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Reads Science Week Behind the Optics of Astronomical Instrumentation

Dr Francis Bennet is pushing the boundaries of glass for secure satellite communication. This new technology aims to optimise communication across Australia, especially during natural disasters and health crises.

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Three men looking at laser physics equipment inside a laboratory with sound proofing.

If you look at a  map of the most water-stressed  nations on Earth, India is coloured red, placing millions of people's lives and livelihoods in danger. But could advances in quantum physics actually be part of the solution?

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An elder points to a carved tree trunk in a paddock, while a group of small children look on

The biologists and the linguists at ANU might sit on different sides of the campus, but Professor Lindell Bromham from the ANU Research School of Biology says it wasn’t difficult to see the benefits in the two disciplines coming together.

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Dr Ana Casas Ramos outside in front of a tree and small garden.

When a volcanic rock split in two in Japan recently, what happened? Mythologically & geologically speaking.

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Two white mushrooms on leafy ground

Death cap mushrooms don’t actually want to kill us. In fact, mushrooms don’t care about us at all. 

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Dr Mark Hoggard researches better ways to locate metal deposits to “support sustainable development and the transition to a low-carbon economy.” But what does that mean?

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Close up of hand holding the heavy metal element bismuth, showing a crystal structure and iridescent surface.

If you find yourself at a barbecue with Dr Christoph Nitsche, you must ask him about heavy metal. No, not the head banging type of heavy metal; the type on the periodic table. It has an amazing range of potential uses, from fighting cancer to antibiotics.

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Rolling green fields at dawn

Making good food choices is necessary both for ourselves and for the planet, says plant scientist Professor Justin Borevitz.

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