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Genetic test predicts risk for autism

A new diagnostic test to predict babies’ and older children’s risk of developing autism has been developed by Melbourne researchers, providing a way for early detection and intervention. Researchers from Melbourne University identified genes that protect against autism spectrum disorder, ...

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Advance in traumatic stress treatment

Drug abuse should not stop people who also suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from receiving psychological treatment, a new study suggests. The researchers found that people with PTSD and substance abuse issues benefited from treatment involving exposure to ...

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Milky Way ‘twins’ found

The Milky Way isn’t the only one of its kind in our universe, as previously thought. For the first time, astronomers have discovered two galaxies that are almost a spot on match for ours. Astronomers say spiral galaxies like the ...

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Drink and drug fears for lesbians

Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to binge drink and take illegal drugs and less likely to have a pap smear, a Curtin University study reveals. The WA Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health survey, conducted by the university’s WA ...

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Drone university takes off

The world’s first university dedicated solely to unmanned systems education is up and running. It was founded by Jerry LeMieux, a retired Air Force colonel, commercial airline pilot and college lecturer. LeMieux’s school is one of several trying to get ...

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Turning a blind eye

A major breakthrough by Australian medical researchers offers a brighter future for the vision impaired. A bionic device has been successfully implanted into the eye of a Victorian woman who can now see flashes of light and shapes after being ...

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Call to boycott ‘killer’ robots

Monash University philosopher Dr Robert Sparrow says military organisations are funding a significant amount of robotics research that is making war more likely by lowering the threshold of conflict. Sparrow, from the school of philosophical, historical and international studies, in ...

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Big Bang theory cools down

A group of theoretical physicists has poured water on current theories on the creation of the universe and embraced quantum graphity. Researchers from the University of Melbourne and RMIT University suggest our universe began not as a big bang but ...

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