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Analysis: What are the chances your dad isn't your dad?
16 April 2014
How confident are you that the man you call dad is really your biological father? If you believe some of the most commonly-quoted figures, you could be forgiven for not being very confident at all....
Study: Beards may be hip, but not for long
16 April 2014
If you haven’t been outdoors in a few years, you might not have noticed that beards are back. Back in such a big way that apparently many New York hipsters are paying north of US$8,000 for “facial...
Study: Whooping cough bacterium evolves
15 April 2014
The bacterium that causes whooping cough, Bordetella pertussis, has changed – most likely in response to the vaccine used to prevent the disease, with a possible reduced effectiveness of the vaccine...
Opinion: CSIRO cuts could stifle long-term research
15 April 2014
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency, is said to be preparing for cuts of up to 20% of government funding – that’s around A$...
Study: Oysters as sensitive indicators of contamination
13 April 2014
Sydney rock oysters could have a role as biomonitors of the health of our waterways, acting as sensitive indicators of harmful levels of contaminants in water and sediments.A UNSW-led team of...
Opinion: Uncertainty isn't cause for climate complacency
11 April 2014
If we’re not certain that the problem’s there, then … we shouldn’t take actions which have a high severity the other way.This was the response from David Murray – then chairman of Australia’s Future...
Analysis: What spider sex reveals about mate selection
11 April 2014
Males will mate with anything - well, that is the general view, one that exists because of a simple biological underpinning: females are reproductively limited by costly gestation, while males are...
Study: Riversleigh fossil reveals a fearsome ancient killer
10 April 2014
An ancient fox-sized cousin of the Tasmanian tiger was a fearsome killer that hunted large prey, a study of an extremely well preserved skull from the Riversleigh World Heritage Fossil Site in...