Everyone loves a story about giant sharks.
Five The Conversation authors were selected to feature in a compilation of the best Australian science writing in 2017, and one has won the Bragg UNSW Press Prize.
Jenny Graves published her first paper on sex genes in 1967.
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The 2017 Prime Minister's Science Prize winner is genetic researcher Professor Jenny Graves, well known for her 2002 suggestion that the male Y chromosome will self-destruct.
When will we see a woman or a man walk on Mars?
Sending humans to Mars is a 5-10 year project goal for several global operators right now. It's expensive - but Elon Musk unveiled his new commercial plan today.
More than one dozen researchers took home Australian Museum Eureka Prizes on Wednesday.
The 2017 Australian Museum Eureka Prize winners include autism advocate and researcher Andrew Whitehouse, and The Aboriginal Heritage Project ancient DNA expert Alan Cooper.
The flightless, nocturnal and sweet-smelling kākāpō was thought to be extinct, but during the 1970s, two remnant populations were discovered. One, in Fiordland, included only males.
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New research suggests that New Zealand's bizarre nocturnal parrot, the kākāpō, needs plant hormones to breed successfully.
Mount Ngauruhoe, in the foreground, and Mount Ruapehu are two of the active volcanoes in the Taupo volcanic zone.
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New research shows that satellite measurements of tiny movements of the Earth's surface can tell scientists what is happening in the deeper layers of our planet.
The drilling project at New Zealand’s Alpine Fault is the first to investigate a major fault that is due to rupture in a big earthquake in coming decades.
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An international team discovers extreme underground conditions at New Zealand's Alpine Fault, which is due to rupture in a major earthquake in the next few decades.
Hi Juno, welcome to Jupiter.
From the discovery of gravitational waves, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon to the Census debacle, it's been a big year in science and technology.
Rick Shine aims to save Australia’s reptiles.
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University of Sydney conservation scientist Rick Shine has won a top science honour, for work that uses evolutionary theory to try and keep cane toads from killing Australia's native wildlife.
Melissa Little (right) and Minoru Takasato (centre) from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute won the 2016 UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for work on growing kidney tissue from stem cells.
The pioneers of Australian scientific research, education and communication have been recognised in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Microbes living on corals are instrumental in keeping coral reefs healthy.
A new study provides insight into coral-dwelling microbial communities and how they react to pollution, overfishing, and climate change. What does it mean for the Great Barrier Reef?
Research shows people generally approve of cars programmed to sacrifice their passengers to save others, but aren’t so keen on riding in such vehicles themselves.
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Although they think it’s 'more moral,’ most people would not buy a driverless car programmed to make choices for the greater good.
Jason Clare says the government’s ‘second-rate copper NBN’ will not meet the needs of Australians in the future.
Under the Labor NBN plan up to two million extra homes will get fibre-to-the-premise without additional cost to the government.
Latent fingermarks dusted with micronised Egyptian blue on a $20 note, viewed in the Near Infrared.
The ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about how to produce a vibrant blue pigment for their tombs and coffins. Now it's being used to help find fingerprints.
A study has shown that turtle hatchlings lend each other a flipper digging out of the sand to save energy.
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New research suggests turtle hatchlings work together with clutch mates to escape their underground nests.
A butterfly’s wing viewed through an optical microscope (left) and the scanning helium microscope (right).
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A new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.
Glass sculpture representation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus structure.
A new animal study has shown injections of antibodies might protect against HIV infection, albeit for only a limited time.
A burst of ghostly neutrinos may have been generated by a quasar like this.
A burst of neutrinos detected deep under the Antarctic ice may have originated from a distant quasar on the edge of the visible universe.
Malcolm Turnbull says businesses and governments must better educate and empower employees to use sound practices online.
Australian public and private sector organisations and individuals are facing malicious cyber activity that is unprecedented in scale and reach, Malcolm Turnbull warns.
Artists’s impression of a Monkey-faced Bat (Genus Pteralopex)
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An expedition to the Solomon Islands to investigate rare monkey-faced bats and giant rats will help preserve these remarkable species.
The steering committee of Indonesia Science Funds (ISF) at the launch of the multi-year research funding organisation.
Indonesia Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia)
Indonesia finally has a multi-year funding scheme to finance long-term world-class scientific research.
This attractive specimen, collected from a doorknob in New York, loved being in space.
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One common terrestrial bacterium has been found to grow in the microgravity of the International Space Station than on Earth, although it remains a mystery why.
The High Energy Stereoscopic System (HESS) was instrumental in determining the origin of cosmic rays.
A new study suggests that mysterious high energy cosmic rays might originate from the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.
Dr Alan Finkel will bring his perspective as an engineer to the role of Chief Scientist.
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Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia's Chief Scientist in January this year. In this exclusive interview, he describes his approach to science, and to issues such as renewable energy and STEM jobs.
Australia’s chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb, at the National Press Club in Canberra, in 2013.
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After almost five years, Ian Chubb today ends his role Australia's Chief Scientist. He's seen some challenging times with changing leadership and ministers but he believes Australia is in a better place.