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Lorikeets rule as 4.6 million birds are counted in 7 days

The 2020 Aussie Backyard Bird Count achieves a record response for citizen-based science. Unprecedented numbers of people across Australia took part in BirdLife Australia’s popular 2020 Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which ran from…

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Solar panels that sweat…

Engineers across the world are searching for way to improve the efficiency of solar panels. As new materials and designs are tested, any efficiency improvement – even a few percent – is announced…

Aussie Backyard Bird Count – how to get involved

BirdLife Australia are calling all Australians to take part in their Aussie Backyard Bird Count this year, 19-25 October, to help track and protect native birds for future generations. Following a devastating year…

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What is beach ‘foam’?

Beach foam is produced from proteins. The white beach foam is due to fat and protein in ocean water, which the surf ‘whips’, just like whipped cream. Animals and plants in both salty…

Nature’s spicy insect repellent

Mustard plants have developed a defense mechanism against insects.

Tigers on the brink of extinction

Tigers and humans try to coexist, but will we be able to save this endangered species?

Urchin-loving otters fight global warming

Hearty appetite allows kelp forests to thrive and absorb carbon dioxide.

Will we be restricted to a vegetarian diet by 2050?

Too much water required to ‘grow’ a steak.

Corals can suffer from nutrient imbalance

Improving water quality could help save coral reefs.

Top predators in crisis

In many places, the numbers of large predators have fallen by more than 90 per cent over the course of a few decades. Scientists are working feverishly to learn how this dearth of…

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