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Nature has funny ways of doing things. Rhinos, elephants and lions have no natural predators, but as the great flowchart in the link shows, this doesn't matter. Both the survival and demise of the species are consequences of human actions. While around 18,000 new animal, insect or plant ... keep reading
A curious study by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London has found that the music that inspires so many of us may exercise too also makes solar panels work better. The high frequencies and pitch found in pop and rock music cause vibrations that enhanced ... keep reading
Earlier this week, the BMJ published an article claiming advice that saturated fat intake should be minimised to reduce heart disease is flawed. While this may sound tempting, it’s just not the case. The author of the BMJ article notes that despite four decades of dietary advice against saturated ... keep reading
Even without the official tally it looks like the fires that started in Blue Mountains will be the most costly in terms of property since 1968. But how have they come about? Why is the area vulnerable to bushfires? The Sydney Basin is home to unique vegetation that comes from ... keep reading
Australians are getting heavier and, as a result, are more likely to suffer life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes. But should we be worried about a bit of excess weight? After all, isn’t it better to focus on exercise so we can be healthy, whatever our ... keep reading
A group of cafes in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-largest city, has begun offering a sort of micro Citibike program to patrons. Buy a cup of coffee and, with a 300 Crown ($16 USD) deposit, they’ll lend you a bike. Simply return the bike by end of day ... keep reading
Neurons that control appetite suppression in mice are identified in Nature this week. The neurons highlighted in this study specifically curb the appetite after meals or when it is unhealthy to eat, such as during illness or toxin exposure. Understanding this important pathway could be valuable for the development of ... keep reading
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that scientists are now 95 percent sure that global warming has been set in motion as a direct result of human actions, and the planet has already begun to feel these effects. The United States experienced the hottest year on record in 2012 ... keep reading
The history we grow up with shapes our sense of reality—it’s hard to shake. If you were young during the fight against Nazism, war seems a different, more virtuous animal than if you came of age during Vietnam. I was born in 1960, and so the first great ... keep reading
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