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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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Why do Christmas Island crabs swarm every year?

Once a year on Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, some 120 million terrestrial crabs migrate from the jungle to the water to breed. The crabs swarm during the rainy season, which takes…

Australian wasp becomes arachnophobe’s hero

The notorious redback spider has a predator of its own.

A view from above: Australian Outback

  Astronaut and World Wide Fund for Nature ambassador André Kuipers took this picture of the Australian Outback in March 2012. It was release during Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change.  

There’s no canary in these mines

Australia is a country rich in minerals; there are literally billions of dollars beneath our feet — and we keep stepping on them because we simply don’t have the tools to reach them. Mining…

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