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The smell of fresh-cut grass is an attack warning

We love the smell of fresh-cut grass. But in reality what we are smelling is a warning signal being released by plants under attack. The pheromones emitted by freshly-mown grass are known as…

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What is the world’s most toxic tree?

“I recently say a sign in Wingham Brush Nature Reserve, warning of giant stinging trees. Are there any trees more toxic than these?” The various species of Dendrocnide, such as the Dendrocnide excela…

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Australia’s new leader in botanical science

Australia has a new scientific institute that brings together an astoundingly broad sweep of botanic research organisations and collections, services and facilities.  The Australian Institute of Botanical Science is positioned to become a…

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Your vaccines are ready – how they did it in under a year

More than 180 different COVID-19 vaccines were in the initial pipeline – and the majority of them can be placed in one of four vaccine categories. One is a classic. Two are comparatively…

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Why do our eyes water when we chop up onions?

Onions emit a sulphur-containing gas when they are chopped. The gas irritates the cells of the eye, which react by producing tears that are intended to clear away the substance. In ordinary onions,…

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Aussie lungfish has largest animal genome known to science

Scientists are teasing out the secrets that place the Australian lungfish near a critical moment of evolution. A team of researchers at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna has sequenced…

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UNSW Sydney launches virtual Museum of Human Disease

Staff at the Museum of Human Disease at UNSW Sydney have used their lockdown time wisely, by creating a virtual version of their collection of real organs and body parts, which constitute the…

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‘Crazy beast’ from the age of dinosaurs discovered

A new mammal from an essentially unknown group found only in the Southern Hemisphere has been revealed by international research involving palaeontologists from Monash University. The full fossil skeleton allows a reconstruction of…

Dogs: a caveman’s best friend

A 33,000-year-old dog skull found in Siberia presents some of the oldest evidence of dog domestication.

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Mysterious old dwarf found in the Philippines

Scientists from the Australian National University have discovered bones and teeth that could add a new chapter to human history. Although the finds from the Callao cave in the Philippines are scarce, there…

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