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Census collectors go door to door in Sydney in 2011, the 100th year of census taking in Australia. Now the next census, due in 2016, is in doubt. AAP/Dean Lewins

Australians should learn from Canadians' big census mistake

Before Australia proceeds with plans to devote fewer resources to a less frequent national census, we should consider the Canadian experience of what losing such rich data means.
There are more parallels between quantum mechanics and international relations than you might think. Liam Gillick/Wikimedia

When quantum mechanics and international relations collide

Wars and atoms have, as it were, a conjugated history. On the eve of the second world war, physicists Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote a letter to President Franklin D Roosevelt to inform him of the…
It’s tough for humans to get close to an eagle’s nest – but not drones. Richard Griffin

Flying scarecrows and caribou counters: using drones for conservation

Drones, robots and unmanned submarines used to be for military use only. But these days the technology is rapidly advancing and becoming more available for emergency services, farmers, film-makers or the…
Tons of social media there for the taking… but is it truly representative of real life? Jürgen Pfeffer

Studying society via social media is not so simple

Behavioral scientists have seized on social media and their massive data sets as a way to quickly and cheaply figure out what people are thinking and doing. But some of those tweets and thumbs ups can…
Icy times for mom-to-be meant bad news for baby-on-board. Shaun Best/Reuters

Mom’s prenatal hardship turns baby’s genes on and off

In January 1998 five days of freezing rain collapsed the electrical grid of the Canadian province of Québec. The storm left more than 3 million people without electricity for anywhere from a few hours…
Coming for me next? Pierre J

Explainer: why are we afraid of spiders?

I have personal interest in arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – because I am a spider expert, but also because my daughter has it. She is not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association…
Gas guzzler? J. Lapp

Jiggy Mazda and the spiders from cars

Recently, the car manufacturer Mazda recalled 40,000 cars because of a “spider invasion”. This is not the first time it has happened with Mazda cars. In 2011, a similar reason was given for recalling 52,000…
Don’t mess with me. Crystal Ernst

Explainer: what is a pseudoscorpion?

Pseudoscorpions are commonly known as “false scorpions” or “book scorpions”. They belong to the Arachanida class, and, as the name suggests, they are like scorpions but without a stinger on their back…
Harder going. Ahn Young-joon/AP

Neglected diseases stunt progress as well as the body

In rural sub-Saharan Africa, a child who wants to succeed in school faces an uphill struggle. Families often lack the income they need to pay school fees and those who are fortunate enough to attend may…

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