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saturday science session: facts_ why they matter and how to check them – part 1

Saturday Science Session: Facts_ Why they matter and how to check them – Part...

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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.If you have not read Part 1 of this article, just click here -...
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Some cybersecurity apps could be worse for privacy than nothing at all

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Apple has removed several security tools from the Mac app store after they were found to be collecting unnecessary personal data. Shutterstock It’s been a busy few weeks for cybersecurity researchers and reporters. There was...

Cloning monkeys for research puts humans on a slippery ethical slope

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Can’t sleep: these cloned macaque monkeys are missing a gene involved in regulating the sleep/wake cycle.  Chinese Academy of Sciences via AAP Scientists have many tools at their disposal to study, manipulate and copy genes. Now it appears researchers...
scientists re-counted australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating

Scientists re-counted Australia’s extinct species, and the result is devastating

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The Tasmanian tiger is among the best known of our extinct species, but researchers have now revealed the extent of the crisis. TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY It’s well established that unsustainable human activity...
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We have so many ways to pursue a healthy climate – it’s insane to...

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Opportunities to help drive the energy transition are everywhere - even in Western Australia’s remote salt pans.  Peter C. Doherty, Author provided As a broadly trained life scientist, my concern about climate change isn’t the health...
not one but two aussie dishes were used to get the tv signals back from the apollo 11 moonwalk

Not one but two Aussie dishes were used to get the TV signals back...

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US astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. NASA The role Australia played in relaying the first television images of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the Moon 50 years...
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...

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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...
the saturday science session – what does “statistically significant” mean?

The Saturday Science Session – What does “statistically significant” mean?

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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. Lately, social media has been flooded with people sharing studies about various aspects of...
how a seasonal snarl-up in the mid-1500s gave us our strange rules for leap years

How a seasonal snarl-up in the mid-1500s gave us our strange rules for leap...

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Really, except if you are born on February 29th, it means little . . . but how did it come about? Image: Shuttlecock Did you have a Happy February 29? It doesn’t come round very...

The Saturday Science Session – The problem with “just asking questions”

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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. Asking questions is generally a good thing. Indeed, questions are the very foundation of...