Saving Australia’s Dodo

The legendary Dodo bird was lost to the world in the 1600’s, when it was hunted to extinction on the island of Mauritius, but few Australians would realise that a flightless island bird here has narrowly avoided the same fate – thanks to an amazing story of dedication, skill and cooperation. The Woodhen: A Flightless …

Australia’s consumption of natural resources – a report

By Heinz Schandl, Senior Science Leader and Thomas Wiedmann, Associate Professor at University of New South Wales For some time Australians have been considered among the biggest consumers of natural resources in the world. According to previous studies, we each get through 70 tonnes of materials every year. This is way higher than other developed nations. But could something be influencing …

Life of an epidemic: Australian dengue

It is always a bad sign when crowds gather. On the morning of Wednesday March 21 in the year 1900, a crowd began to gather in Sydney. A thousand people had gathered outside the offices of the Board of Health in Macquarie Street. They had gathered because bubonic plague had broken out. People had already …

Australia’s evolving drug landscape

This year we saw Australia put into force a new patent law. An intellectual property system that was Australia’s most comprehensive in over two decades. It came into effect on 15 April 2013 and no one knew exactly what to expect from it. We have seen with cases like India, how one country’s patent laws …

Astronomers Spy on Galaxies in the Raw

A CSIRO radio telescope has detected the raw material for making the first stars in galaxies that formed when the Universe was just three billion years old — less than a quarter of its current age. This opens the way to studying how these early galaxies make their first stars. The telescope is CSIRO’s Australia …