Category: Features

Critical and rare: the minerals Australia can supply to the world

Our national leaders have signalled the importance of mining and refining critical minerals in Australia. What are these resources, and what’s at stake?

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Will Australia play host to Jurassic Park?

It’s a multi-million-dollar project, and the best chance yet to bring the Tasmanian tiger back from the abyss. Could de-extinction become a reality? And should it?

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When is a new species not a new species?

What’s in a name? When it comes to conservation priorities, potentially a plant’s very survival.

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How prepared is Australia for its next big earthquake?

As well as providing vital insights into the risks from future earthquakes, Australia’s most sophisticated seismic network, run by Melbourne University, may also have a role to play in climate change mitigation.  Read the full article in The Saturday Paper here.

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Clean, green, mean: what’s Australia’s hydrogen future?

The colour of hydrogen is a source of heated discussion and debate, but hydrogen’s rainbow is anything but clear cut.

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The Australian scientists greening ammonia for a sustainable future

New technology shows the promise of an energy revolution.

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The AI making waves in complex mathematics

Researchers are starting to use AI to develop and test abstract mathematical theorems – with surprisingly creative results.

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New laws to prevent space wars?

UN passes proposal to discuss new space laws as countries flex their cosmic muscles.

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Tracing human origins by foot

Six-million-year-old Cretan footprints challenge beliefs about human evolution

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Nuclear power in Australia: is it a good idea?

The AUKUS submarine deal has re-ignited debate around nuclear power. What are the pros and cons?

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Decoding the secrets of a forgotten human history during the Pleistocene

Dogged archaeologists continue to make discoveries that extend knowledge of early human history in this part of the world.

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A new window into the peopling of Polynesia

Population genetics and machine learning draw timelines on Pacific Island migrations.

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Native logging to end in Western Australia

The state will phase out native forest logging by 2024 – so is this decision backed by science?

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The fight for the Martuwarra

Competing interests are vying for the resources of WA’s magnificent Martuwarra (Fitzroy) River system, while Traditional Owners sound the alarm.

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First ancient human DNA from the gateway between Asia and Australia

Genomic clues from the grave of an ancient ‘princess’ reveal a vanished people.

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Afghanistan’s unreachable US$1 trillion mineral bounty

A green-future wealth that could stabilise Afghanistan for decades lies trapped by the country’s past.

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Here today, gone tomorrow: the IPCC’s new report predicts the sea-level rise flooding our backyard

It’s certain that rising sea levels are due to anthropogenic climate change, but the effects are not felt equally. Low-lying communities across Australia and the Pacific are already gasping for air – if action isn’t taken, some islands – and entire nations – could slip beneath the waves.

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COVID concerns drive supplement use

Sales of complementary medicines have been driven up by COVID fears, but Immune-boosting claims for them are doing more harm than good.

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Earth orbital space: who’s in charge?

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has said that his Starlink satellite-based internet will be able to connect anyone, anywhere – except the polar regions – by August of this year. Musk’s floating head made the extraordinary promise via video call at the 2021 Mobile World Congress (an annual mobile communications trade show) in early July. Starlink, a […]

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Does nature have rights?

Ahead of World Environment Day, Amalyah Hart explores legal ‘rights of nature’.

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Standing sentinel: The vanishing giants of the Central Highlands

In Victoria’s Central Highlands, ancient survivors of a lost world cling on against the odds. Economy and industry, fires and drought, loom as close threats. Amalyah Hart journeys deep into the forest, navigating the human stories that will shape it’s future.

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Seared into country and memory, lessons for a fiery future

This year’s La Nina has allowed some respite and healing after the devastation of Black Summer, but scientists warn that recognising the risks of more fires, more often, will be crucial to species survival. Originally published at: https://www.thecitizen.org.au/articles/seared-into-country-and-memory-lessons-for-a-fiery-future The lush folds of the Newnes Plateau swamps, a critical but endangered habitat in the Blue Mountains […]

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How Aboriginal health experts acted first and led the fight against the coronavirus

Enlisting local initiatives, networks and the lessons of the past, Aboriginal health services were quick off the mark when coronavirus came. Their success to date is powerful testimony to the importance of Indigenous leadership in narrowing the health gap, experts say.

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