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Influenza’s influence News

by Pat, 14 June 2013 | 0 comments

Green virus particles on a blue background

Winter doesn’t just mean colder temperatures – there is also a rise in some diseases, including the number of cases of flu. The word flu is short for influenza, which is a fairly common disease. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and muscle aches. Those affected can often be sick for a week or more….

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Powered by the sea News

by Pat, 7 June 2013 | 0 comments

Waves breaking on the shore.

It’s hard not to be impressed by the power of the ocean. The thunderous crash of waves during a storm and more gentle movements of the tides have captured many people’s imaginations. But the power of the ocean is not just poetic – it could literally be used to provide electricity.

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Out of India? News

by Pat, 31 May 2013 | 0 comments

Dingo drinking from a pool.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a long history with their land. They are one of the oldest continuous cultures in the world.

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The different faces of phosphorus News

by Pat, 17 May 2013 | 0 comments

Burning match.

Strike a match. It lights thanks to phosphorus. This element doesn’t just have fiery applications – it’s important for life itself.

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Robotic futures News

by Pat, 10 May 2013 | 0 comments

Yellow submarine on a beach.

Robots have been a popular part of science fiction for years. While robots that can think and feel like humans are still just a fantasy, robotic systems are already having an impact on our lives. CSIRO runs one of the largest robotics research centres in the world, the Autonomous Systems Laboratory. Instead of trying to…

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No more smallpox News

by Pat, 8 May 2013 | 0 comments

Smallpox vaccination kit, including a syringe, bifurcated needle and vial of vaccine.

It’s not often that we think of an organism becoming extinct as being a good thing. However, this is the case for smallpox.

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Migration mysteries News

by Pat, 3 May 2013 | 0 comments

Black-winged stilt wading in water.

When the weather gets colder, do you sometimes wish you could pack up and head somewhere warmer? Many species of animals do this – it’s called migration.

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Printing tissues News

by Pat, 26 April 2013 | 0 comments

Last year Science by Email reported how 3D printers could print out chemicals. Now scientists from Oxford University are using 3D printing to create materials that mimic biological tissues.

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Too many positrons News

by Pat, 19 April 2013 | 0 comments

Image of a supernova remnant taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

You might not feel it, but it’s always raining – not raindrops, but cosmic rays. These high-energy particles from outer space could contain clues to some of the mysteries of the Universe.

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Back from the dead

by Pat, 12 April 2013 | 0 comments

Thylacine in a zoo.

What do the thylacine, woolly mammoth and gastric-brooding frog all have in common? For one, they’re all extinct – however, there are some scientists who think that the extinction of these animals (and others) might not have to be permanent.

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