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From Kangaroo Island to Mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to Australia’s bushfire recovery

from kangaroo island to mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to australia’s bushfire recovery
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Picture: David Crosling/AAP Following the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20, many people throughout Australia, and across the world, wanted to know how they could help in response to the environmental disaster. Hundreds contacted the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), Australia’s peak citizen science body, for...

The Saturday Science Session – Science is a path to knowledge

the logic of science – science is a path to knowledge
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Presents a series of grounded science based articles covering Evolution, Global Warming, Genetic Modified Organisms (GM's), Logic, Nature of Science, Vaccines/Alt.Medicines. There are a lot of misconceptions about what science actually is, and, as a result, there are a lot of incorrect conclusions about the...

Yes, it looks like Victoria has passed the peak of its second wave. It probably did earlier than we think

yes, it looks like victoria has passed the peak of its second wave. it probably did earlier than we think
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Picture: James Ross/AAP It’s hard to recall a time when we didn’t nervously await the announcement of Victoria’s daily COVID-19 case numbers each morning. It was certainly disconcerting when the state recorded more than 700 new cases on two occasions not long ago. And likewise, now...

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine hasn’t been fully tested. Doling it out risks side effects and false protection

russia’s coronavirus vaccine hasn’t been fully tested. doling it out risks side effects and false protection
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A scientist holding a coronavirus vaccine at the Nikolai Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Russian Direct Investment Fund/AP/AAP On Tuesday, Vladimir Putin announced Russia was the first country to register a vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against SARS-CoV-2, the virus...

With Harris pick, Biden reaches out to young Black Americans

with harris pick, biden reaches out to young black americans
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Will young, Black Americans turn out to vote in November? Stephen Maturen/Getty Images With his choice of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, Joe Biden may have helped bring young Black Americans to his side on Election Day. Only 47% of those Black Americans under 30 years old...

340,000 Melburnians have little or no parkland within 5km of their home

340,000 melburnians have little or no parkland within 5km of their home
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Picture: AAP Image/David Crosling Under the stage 4 restrictions enforced throughout metropolitan Melbourne, residents can exercise for one hour each day, within five kilometres of their home. While such restrictions are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, they can potentially harm people’s physical and mental well-being. Parks are great for exercising, getting...

Tensions rise on coronavirus handling as the media take control of the accountability narrative

tensions rise on coronavirus handling as the media take control of the accountability narrative
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Picture: James Ross/AAP Media coverage of disasters follows a broadly similar trajectory, even though the disasters themselves might take very different forms. The COVID-19 crisis in Victoria is no exception. Although it is unfolding over a long time instead of in a single dramatic episode, it...

Why most Aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land

why most aboriginal people have little say over clean energy projects planned for their land
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Picture: Pexels, Author provided Huge clean energy projects, such as the Asian Renewable Energy Hub in the Pilbara, Western Australia, are set to produce gigawatts of electricity over vast expanses of land in the near future. The Asian Renewable Energy Hub is planning to erect wind turbines and...

Are there ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains? Computers can see a distinction, but they rely strongly on differences in head size

are there ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains? computers can see a distinction, but they rely strongly on differences in head size
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Image: Shuttlestock How useful are the well-known and hotly contested categories of “male brain” and “female brain”? Among experts, nobody really questions that anatomical sex differences in the brain exist. But since the advent of brain science, the scientific community has been divided over how...

Young men are more likely to believe COVID-19 myths. So how do we actually reach them?

young men are more likely to believe covid-19 myths. so how do we actually reach them?
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Image Shuttlestock If the media is anything to go by, you’d think people who believe coronavirus myths are white, middle-aged women called Karen. But our new study shows a different picture. We found men and people aged 18-25 are more likely to believe COVID-19 myths. We also found...