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Genetic key to lupus shows potential of personalised medicine

Medical researchers have used DNA sequencing to identify a gene variant responsible for causing lupus in a young patient. The development shows that for the first time, it is feasible for researchers to identify the individual causes of lupus in […]

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Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky Demystifies Depression

We know that depression affects people from all walks of life. Rich. Poor. Celebs. Ordinary Joes. Young. Old. But, somehow after the death of Robin Williams, there’s a renewed focus on depression, and my mind turned immediately to a lecture […]

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From the caves to the classroom

The latest chapter in a long history of mapping technology innovation at Jenolan Caves will see students from around Australia explore the caves in virtual reality as part of Australia’s biggest school excursion. From classrooms around the country, students will […]

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Laser makes microscopes way cooler

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus. The technique, developed by researchers in the Quantum Optics Group of […]

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River red gum – more than just a tree

So much more than just a tree, the river red gum has been central to the tensions between economic, social and environmental values of rivers and floodplain landscapes in Australia – perhaps more so than any other Australian plant or […]

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Weekly Science Picks

What an amazing week! A lot of things have happened over the last 7 days. For instance, did you know that a woman won an outstanding Fields Medal in mathematics for the first time after 50 years? How brilliant is […]

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Cuckoos trick other cuckoos in the race to own the nest

Australian native cuckoos are engaged in an arms race, competing with each other to take over other species’ nests. The finding by Research School of Biology scientists gives new insights into the deceptive habits of cuckoos, which lay their eggs […]

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Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self”

Michel Foucault’s time in the United States in the last years of his life, particularly his time as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, proved to be extraordinarily productive in the development of his theoretical understanding of what he saw as […]

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How to Learn: Lewis Carroll’s Four Rules for Digesting Information and Mastering the Art of Reading

“Mental recreation is a thing that we all of us need for our mental health.” Long before he met the real-life little girl who inspired him to write Alice in Wonderland under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was […]

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Physicists create water tractor beam

Physicists at The Australian National University have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats, discovered […]

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Allergy to Originality: Mark Twain and the Remix Nature of All Creative Work

Why why all creative culture is built on “plagiarism, literary debt, appropriation, incorporation, retelling, rewriting, recapitulation, revision, reprise…” When Helen Keller was accused of plagiarism, her dear friend Mark Twain wrote her a heartfelt and lively letter of support, in […]

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Weekly Science Picks

One more amazing week has finished and here we are to share with you the best stories by our selection. This week offers quite good news, but not that spectacular as we have from time to time. Through the following […]

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5-Minute Animation Maps 2,600 Years of Western Cultural History

Working with his colleagues, Maximilian Schich, an art historian at the University of Texas at Dallas, took Freebase (Google’s “community-curated database of well-known people, places, and things”) and gathered data on 150,000 important artists and cultural figures who lived during […]

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New collaborations seek to solve infectious disease challenges

Many of Australia’s leading animal and human infectious disease experts are joining forces this week to identify challenges that might benefit from greater collaboration across Australia’s research institutions. The Forum will be held at the Geelong high-containment facility and is […]

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