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Junk food goes on special twice as often as healthy food, and it's a problem

Research has confirmed what we always thought – supermarkets discount junk foods more regularly than healthy foods. And it’s impacting our health. Half-price chips, “two for one” chocolates, “buy one get one free” soft drinks: Australian supermarkets make it very easy for us to fill our trolleys with junk food. Add in the bonus of an Ooshie or a Little Shop collectable and you’re likely going home with a pile of products that will fill out both your pantry […] See more

Published 3 days ago. Author: Adrian Cameron from Deakin University
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Seaweed cow chow prevents bovine burps

Researchers have found that a common seaweed could reduce cow burps, and Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10 per cent. A puffy, pink seaweed that can stop cow burps that contain methane is being primed for mass farming by researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Lead researcher, Nick Paul from the University’s Seaweed Research group says that if Australia could grow enough of the seaweed for every cow in Australia, the country could […] See more

Published 3 days ago. Author: USC Newsroom from University of the Sunshine Coast
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The Amazon is burning - here's what experts have to say

Wildfires across The Amazon are capturing headlines and scientists are worried it could be disastrous in the fight against climate change. Wildfires in The Amazon rainforest – often referred to as the lungs of the planet– are capturing worldwide attention, with the smoke seen from space. Over 74,000 wildfires have happened this year to date, which scientists say is 85 per cent more than last year. It’s the highest number since the country’s space research […] See more

Published 4 days ago. Author: Australia's Science Channel Editors from Australian Science Media Centre
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Aussie experts respond to report we're all drinking microplastics

Aussie and Kiwi experts have their say on a new report that has brought microplastics back into the spotlight, finding that we’re all likely consuming them through drinking water. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report on microplastics in drinking water, including an early assessment of potential risks to human health. The report says we’re all likely drinking microplastics and while it’s probable that larger particles pass through our bodies, our organs could […] See more

Published 4 days ago. Author: Australia's Science Channel Editors from Australian Science Media Centre
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Super-deep diamonds shine on ancient rocks from Earth's birth

A first-of-its-kind analysis on diamonds from hundreds of kilometres below the Earth’s surface has revealed hints of a primordial magma. Tiny imperfections in Brazilian diamonds have revealed a pocket of the Earth’s primordial past, deep in its interior. In fact, these rocks appear to have survived largely undisturbed for 4.5 billion years, making them older than the Moon or anything on the Earth’s surface. Diamonds form naturally only under high-pressure conditions existing deep beneath the […] See more

Published 4 days ago. Author: Richard Lovett from Cosmos Magazine
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Looking at the impacts of climate change below ground

The impact of climate change above ground is well known, but now researchers are looking into the less documented effects on living organisms below ground. As most of the science community knows, the climate emergency is here now. Weather extremes such as droughts and heatwaves are increasing in frequency and intensity and are measurably exacerbated by climate change. The significant impacts of these extremes are well documented on both our native terrestrial and marine ecosystems. […] See more

Published 5 days ago. Author: Anna Hopkins from Edith Cowan University
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Did scientists just detect a black hole eating a neutron star?

Scientists are quietly confident they have detected a black hole swallowing a neutron star – the third in an astronomical trifecta of gravitational wave events. A worldwide collaboration of scientists, including from The Australian National University (ANU), say they may have detected a black hole eating a neutron star for the first time. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the cataclysmic event was detected about 8,550 million trillion kilometers from Earth. Neutron star snuffed out instantly […] See more

Published 5 days ago. Author: ANU Newsroom from Australian National University
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Why isn't Australia in deep space?

Our telescopes and tracking stations have played an integral part in deep space missions, however an ex-NASA scientist explains that space science in Australia is on the downward trajectory. Last month marked exactly 50 years since humans first walked on the Moon. It also marks Australia’s small but significant role in enabling NASA to place boots on the lunar landscape – or at least to broadcast the event. Those literally otherworldly images – beamed into […] See more

Published 6 days ago. Author: David Flannery from Queensland University of Technology
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Inventing a breath test to detect diseases

A breath test that could diagnose 22 different diseases, including cancer, is one stop closer thanks to an Australian scientist. Diabetes, asthma and some lung cancers could be detected in a radical new way, thanks to a new invention developed by materials scientist Dr Noushin Nasiri. And the Macquarie University researcher thinks the breath test could be extended to detect other diseases including other cancers. Her invention can rapidly analyse a person’s breath and detect […] See more

Published 6 days ago. Author: Australia's Science Channel Editors from Australia's Science Channel
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The problem in trying to regulate Facebook, Google and Amazon

As calls come to regulate Facebook, Google and Amazon, an Australian expert points out the task is difficult given their bewildering complexity. Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, more value would accrue in controlling flows of information than in controlling the content itself. In other words, those who […] See more

Published 7 days ago. Author: Zac Rogers from Flinders University

What the frack? Could fracking be the cause of recent spikes in methane?

The growing levels of methane continues to be an ambiguous issue for science with a new report suggesting the increase could be caused by fracking. Growing levels of methane in the atmosphere are not just caused by cow burps and farts, according to international research which suggests that spikes in the levels of this greenhouse gas can be attributed to the mining process known as fracking. It’s not great news, especially with a network of […] See more

Published 7 days ago. Author: Cale Matthews from Australian Science Media Centre
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This Australian invention could fix our recycling crisis

A technology that recycles waste into clothing and building products could be the answer to Australia’s crippling waste crisis. According to a UNSW researcher, a ready-made answer to our waste and recycling crisis is available in the form of her Microfactory ™ technology. Veena Sahajwalla, who invented ‘green steel’ technology that diverts millions of vehicle tyres from landfill, says her newer Microfactory ™ technology is a ready-made answer to deal with the nation’s current waste […] See more

Published 1 week ago. Author: UNSW Newsroom from University of New South Wales

Robots will need to understand why they're doing work

Researchers say that robots need to know the reason why they are doing a job if they are to effectively and safely work alongside people in the near future. Researchers from England and Australia have argued that, in the future, robots will need to understand motive the way humans do, and not just perform tasks blindly. Lead author Valerio Ortenzi from the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics at the University of Birmingham, argues the shift […] See more

Published 1 week ago. Author: QUT Newsroom from Queensland University of Technology

Eat. Sleep. Reps. Repeat. (For science)

Deakin researchers are hosting a sleep over (in the name of science) to investigate whether a lack of sleep can inhibit muscle-building processes. Deakin researchers are looking for six resistance-trained women aged between 18 and 35 to restrict their sleep for nine consecutive nights. Olivia Knowles from Deakin’s Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition says she’s keen to investigate how sleep restriction affects the muscle strength of people who are sleep deprived, such as night […] See more

Published 1 week ago. Author: Deakin Newsroom from Deakin University
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In Class With... Dr Karl

The legend himself Dr Karl tackles questions from school students around Australia in this exclusive In Class With… event. From climate change to asteroids, crying to belly button fluff, Dr Karl will attempt to answer any and every science question from students. Hosted by Olivia Henry. In association with National Science Week, and Adelaide Botanic High School. Related In Class With… Jane Goodall In Class With… Monica Gagliano In Class With… Brian Cox See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: from Australia's Science Channel
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Move over giant parrot, here comes big penguin

A giant penguin species has been discovered in New Zealand, standing 1.6 metres tall and weighing 80kg. But no need to worry, it lived 60 million years ago. For such a small country, they keep finding big stuff in New Zealand. Barely a week after unveiling a 1 metre tall parrot, scientists have revealed a species of giant penguin that stood about 1.6 metres tall and weighed up to 80 kilograms. Compared to an average […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Ben Lewis from Australia's Science Channel
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The Warnie volcanoes - cricket-mad scientists discover volcanoes in our own backyard

A volcanic region has been discovered in central Australia, and it’s been celebrated in the most Aussie way possible – by being named after cricket legend Shane Warne. A team of explorers  have uncovered a previously undescribed ‘Jurassic World’ of around 100 ancient volcanoes buried deep within the Cooper-Eromanga Basins of central Australia. The region named the Warnie Volcanic Province, had gone unnoticed despite 60 years of petroleum exploration and production. The discovery suggests there […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: University of Adelaide Newsroom from The University of Adelaide
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Marine heatwaves are a bigger threat than previously thought

New research reveals what really happens to coral reefs during a marine heatwave, showing it’s not just bleaching but the breakdown of coral skeletons. Marine heatwaves are a much bigger threat to coral reefs than previously thought, research revealing a previously unrecognised impact of climate change on coral reefs has shown. In the study, published in Current Biology, scientists show for the first time what really happens to corals during marine heatwaves. They reveal that […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: UNSW Newsroom from University of New South Wales
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Can video games reduce human trafficking?

Advocacy groups use video games to raise awareness of human trafficking, but researchers are highlighting the risk of blurring the lines between recreation and reality. As technology continues to evolve, so does its uses. It’s now being used by advocacy groups to provide first-person experiences with complex social issues. Virtual humanitarianism is a term coined by QUT researchers for the way advocacy groups use technology, in the form of digital games and apps, on humanitarian […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: QUT Newsroom from Queensland University of Technology

Should aged care facilities be pet friendly?

The health benefits of pets are widely known, and now a formal submission is calling for a greater acceptance of pets in residential aged care facilities. A growing demand for pet-friendly aged care accommodation is backed by scientific evidence demonstrating the health benefits of companion animals, according to a University of South Australia researcher. A formal submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is calling for a greater acceptance of animals […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: UniSA Newsroom from University of South Australia
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Humans are reducing land's ability to sustain us

A new report reinforces how serious climate change is, with the degradation of the Earth only being intensified by human activities. Climate change has already degraded Earth’s land, and the situation can only worsen if serious and rapid action is not taken to curb global warming, according to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Degradation of Earth’s land caused by climate change is also being exacerbated by human activities, according to […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Cale Matthews from Australian Science Media Centre
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Maths predicts your footy team's fate

If you’re worried about how your favourite footy player’s injury will impact the team’s ladder ranking, a new formula might lend some insight. In a first for Australian football, a Deakin researcher has developed a formula to determine the impact of AFL player injuries on where a team is likely to finish at the end of the season. It investigates the relationship between AFL teams losing their most valuable players to injury and their ladder […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Deakin Newsroom from Deakin University
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Explore your poo in this new museum exhibition

We should probably take our poo more seriously, and a Melbourne Museum exhibition is opening people’s eyes to exactly that. Poo and gut health might be something that rarely gets talked openly about, but that’s the exact focus of a new museum exhibition in Melbourne dedicated to your daily movement. The exhibition, called Gut Feelings, is the collaboration of a range of researchers, individuals and medical institutes. Its aim is to shine a light on […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Kelly Wong from Australia's Science Channel

What is herd immunity and how does it work?

Herd immunity works in preventing the spread of infectious disease. Those who are vaccinated not only protect themselves from infection, but they also shield those who aren’t. The term herd immunity comes from the observation of how a herd of buffalo forms a circle, with the strong on the outside protecting the weaker and more vulnerable on the inside. This is similar to how herd immunity works in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. Those […] See more

Published 2 weeks ago. Author: Hassan Vally from La Trobe University
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The must-do events during National Science Week 2019

We’ve got the lowdown on the must-see events for National Science Week 2019. Australia’s National Science Week 2019 kicks off from August 10-18. It’s Australia’s biggest celebration of all things science and features more than 2000 events across the country. Here are some of our top picks to check out near you. Nationwide SCINEMA International Film Festival screenings are being held right across the country. Everyone from schools to sports clubs to community groups are […] See more

Published 3 weeks ago. Author: Amelia Nichele from Australia's Science Channel

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