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Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

  Image: Shutterstock US startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of...

We found more than 54,000 viruses in people’s poo — and 92% were previously unknown to science

 Image: Shuttlestock Research published yesterday in Nature Microbiology has identified 54,118 species of virus living in the human gut — 92% of which were previously unknown. But...

Photos from the field: zooming in on Australia’s hidden world of exquisite mites, snails and beetles

     Dragon springtails (pictured) are widely distributed in forests of eastern Australia — yet they’re still largely unknown to science. Nick Porch, Author provided Which animals are...

Clicks, bonks and dripping taps: listen to the calls of 6 frogs out and about this summer

 The banjo frog, Limnodynastes dumerilii Jodi Rowley, Author provided Frog calls are iconic sounds of summer in Australia. There are more than 240 species native to Australia, almost all...

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

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...

Tick, tock… how stress speeds up your chromosomes’ ageing clock

Ageing is an inevitability for all living organisms, and although we still don’t know exactly why our bodies gradually grow ever more decrepit,...

A virus is attacking koalas’ genes. But their DNA is fighting back

A viral invasion is revealing how the genome has its own ommune system to fight off attacks. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Author provided (No reuse) A virus...

‘Gay gene’ search reveals not one but many – and no way to predict sexuality

The biology of same-sex attraction seems to involve a host of genes. Dewald Kirsten/Shutterstock It has long been clear that a person’s sexual preference –...

A deadly fungus threatens to wipe out 100 frog species – here’s how it can be stopped

The horned land frog (Sphenophryne cornuta) carries babies on its back New Guinea must be protected from the deadly chytrid fungus, or we...

You need more than just testes to make a penis

Testosterone is primarily made in the testes, and creates many of the characteristics we see in adult men.  from www.shutterstock.com In prenatal ultrasounds or...
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Pros & Cons of Getting Dental Veneers

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Sunday Roasts – MIddle Park Bowling Club

Love this bowling club. We’ve been socialising here for many years. The staff are all super friendly and fun and will go out of their...

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Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.