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Whale tooth helps debunk evolutionary tale

Australian scientists have debunked a popular theory about how some whales made the evolutionary switch from catching fish with their teeth to using a unique filter feeding method that allowed them to become the biggest animals on earth. For decades, ...

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UWA makes autism research breakthrough

Though autism is a complex, neurodevelopmental disorder, UWA researchers have found it can potentially be assessed at face-value. In conjunction with colleagues from the Telethon Kids Institute and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, UWA research associates Syed Zulqarnain Gilani and Diana Tan ...

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USYD launches ‘policy powerhouse’

Black suit jackets were apparently de rigueur at the launch of the Sydney Policy Lab at its CBD campus. By combining multi-disciplinary researchers in what professor Duncan Ivison called a “slightly edgy environment”, the self-described ‘policy powerhouse’ aims to tackle some ...

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How humans are turning seasnakes black

Distinctive black and white striped seasnakes were once a common sight in the shallow reefs off Queensland and several Pacific islands. Now, these turtle-headed marine snakes are turning black, and its our fault. A team of international researchers, including the University of Sydney’s ...

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When scientists met policymakers

They’re often perceived as being at odds with each other, but this week, top scientists and bureaucrats happily commingled. In Canberra for Science meets Policymakers, they collaborated on a 10-year plan for our country’s scientific and technological future. Dr Charlie Day from ...

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