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Keep your green thumbs to yourself! News

by David, 14 March 2019 | 2 comments

Seedling growing from the soil with gardeners hands cupping around plant.

Written by Mike McRae Your pets might like a good scratch, but new research suggests your beloved pot plants might not be so fond of having their fronds fondled.

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This DNA has lumps News

by David, 26 April 2018 | 0 comments

Image through a microscope, magnifying spiral strands and shapes on a blue background

Inside most cells in your body, there’s a copy of your entire genetic code. It contains instructions that help build and maintain your body. If you imagine DNA in its double helix form, it’s a beautiful, perfect package. Except, maybe DNA doesn’t always look so perfect after all. A team of Australian researchers just discovered…

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Rocks and genes tell the same story News

by David, 19 September 2017 | 0 comments

A map of a world where all the land is connected into one blob.

The rocks beneath your feet tell an amazing story. Back when dinosaurs roamed the land, all the continents of Earth were joined together in a supercontinent we call Pangaea. But it wasn’t to last. About 180 million years ago, Pangaea started to split apart – first into two, and then into smaller and smaller pieces. Eventually,…

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Spot the species difference

by David, 30 November 2016 | 0 comments

Spare a thought for taxonomists. Their job is to separate life into groups, from the great kingdoms of plants to animals, all the way down to individual species. Sometimes they have an easy job. For example, brown bears are easy to distinguish from polar bears. Other times, the differences are harder to find, such as…

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Hard work creates simple life

by David, 5 June 2016 | 0 comments

It takes a lot of information to make a human. It’s kept in our cells as DNA, which contains at least 20 000 genes. Some other forms of life can get by with much less DNA and fewer genes. Now one team of scientists think they’re close to making the simplest living thing possible. The team…

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Discovering DNA’s repair crew

by David, 16 October 2015 | 0 comments

Hidden within our cells, DNA is the hard drive of the human body. Each copy of DNA contains instructions for all the proteins needed to make a person. But this creative compendium is always under attack. This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three people who found out what’s repairing our genetic treasure.

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Scientists get blood from a stone

by David, 10 July 2015 | 0 comments

Fossilisation is not a gentle process. Flesh, skin, organs and feathers are often destroyed, leaving just the bones. Now, a team of scientists think they may have found something protected deep within those bones – dinosaur blood! To begin, the team took small fragments from the insides of several different fossils. Looking closely with an…

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Food for thought News

by Sarah, 14 March 2014 | 0 comments

Lamb kibbeh with yoghurt, salad, tabbouleh, and lebanese bread.

Written by Neha Karl The human body is like a machine. If it is fuelled with nourishing food, it will run smoothly. Eating wholesome foods provides your body with nutrients.

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D-N-Aargh! News

by Sarah, 17 January 2014 | 0 comments

a large black spider with an orange back.

Written by Neha Karl Are you scared of spiders or heights? According to recent research, someone in your family could be the reason for your phobia. We have long thought that a phobia or fear is caused by a mix of personal experiences and the environment we live in. This idea was challenged recently

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The friends you may not know you had News

by Pat, 29 November 2013 | 0 comments

Electron microscope image of bacteria.

Coral reefs, rainforests, wetlands – these are just a few examples of ecosystems. But you don’t have to go travelling far and wide to find them. You have your own personal ecosystem that goes wherever you go: your microbiome.

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