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

The horned land frog (Sphenophryne cornuta) carries babies on its back New Guinea must be protected from the deadly chytrid fungus, or we could see around 100 frog species be wiped out. Author provided...

Five ethical questions for how we choose to use the Moon

When (if) we go back to the Moon we need some rules on behaviour. Flickr/coniferconifer, CC BY The Moon has always served as an inspiration for humanity, and there are many potential benefits for further...

‘Bright white skeletons’: some Western Australian reefs have the lowest coral cover on record

Corals at Scott Reef in 2012, and at the same site during the 2016 mass bleaching. James Gilmour/AIMS Diving on the remote coral reefs in the north of Western Australia during the world’s worst...

Some of our foods have nano particles in them – should we be worried?

Nanoparticles occur naturally in some foods, and others have them added. from www.shutterstock.com We choose to spend money on household items based on how they look, feel and taste, and how we think they might...

Why the idea of alien life now seems inevitable and possibly imminent

Relative sizes of planets that are in a zone potentially compatible with life: Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Earth (named left to right; except for Earth, these are artists’ renditions). NASA, CC BY This article is...

Australia’s epic story: a tale of amazing people, amazing creatures and rising sea

We have so much more to learn about Australia. Shutterstock/Lev Savitskiy The Australian continent has a remarkable history — a story of isolation, desiccation and resilience on an ark at the edge of the...

How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist...

Your memory can play tricks with you so best not to let fake news get through in the first place. Shutterstock/shipfactory Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for...

How indigenous expertise improves science: the curious case of shy lizards and deadly cane...

The Balanggarra Rangers are land management representatives of the Balanggarra people, the indigenous traditional owners of the East Kimberley. Top Photo (L-R) Wes Alberts, Bob Smith (coordinator) James ‘Birdy’ Birch, Isiah Smith, Quentin...

Artificial intelligence in Australia needs to get ethical, so we have a plan

Artificial intelligence needs to be developed with an ethical framework. Shutterstock/Alexander Supertramp The question of whether technology is good or bad depends on how it’s developed and used. Nowhere is that more topical than in...

Why do we mix up faces? Game of Thrones might help us find the...

Maisie Williams plays Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and is one of the actors whose face is part of a new test of face recognition skills. AAP, CC BY-SA In the Game of Thrones universe, confusing a...