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The 64-metre Parkes Radio telescope will be instrumental in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. CSIRO/David McClenaghan

The hunt for ET will boost Australian astronomy

The Parkes radio telescope is part of the US$100 million search for life elsewhere in the universe, but the investment will also benefit other space research at The Dish.
Studies based on Mediterranean diet, combined with exercise, have proved groundbreaking in managing type 2 diabetes. from shutterstock.com

How the right diet can control diabetes and reduce its massive economic costs

For decades, a low fat and sugar free diet were key to controlling type 2 diabetes. Now, new data shows a diet high in protein and healthy fats has better outcomes for the disease.
Ironically, meeting global targets to preserve a proportion of the world’s forest could weaken motivation to protect the rest of it. Jami Dwyer/Wikimedia Commons

Conservation parks are growing, so why are species still declining?

It’s now five years since the International Year of Biodiversity, and nearly 15% of Earth’s land surface is protected in parks and reserves. By 2020, we should reach the agreed global target of 17%. This…
The Argo ocean profiling floats are part of a year-round monitoring network for the world’s oceans. Alicia Navidad/CSIRO

Ocean and climate research has come a long way in thirty years

In 1985, when CSIRO's marine labs were launched, a seven-day weather forecast was little better than chance. Now, thanks to advances in our understanding of the oceans, our predictions are far better.
True Australians: hard workers, quiet achievers and generally underappreciated labourers.

Australia: riding on the insect’s back

Insects are largely hidden from view or maligned unfairly, but they make a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy.
Climate models show Sydney could get drier or wetter. Which scenario do we choose when making decisions? Joel Carrett/AAP

Warmer, wetter, hotter, drier? How to choose between climate futures

Depending on what model you use, climate change could make Sydney a little bit warmer, much hotter, wetter, or drier. Which one should we use? When it comes to planning for climate change, it's important to look at all the possible futures.

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