There are now 91 genes with known links to autism and intellectual disabilities.
Better genetic knowledge relating to autism and disability is expected to offer a stronger predictive capacity for families and health care providers, allowing better planning of care and support.
Fragrance is intimately linked with our memories and feelings.
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Surely only a weirdo wouldn't enjoy the smell of flowers and pine forests? But as Kate Grenville writes in her latest book, fragrance causes untold misery to many of us.
There are many considerations that go into buying food, and science is just one.
Informing people about genetically modified food means more than dumping more facts on them.
The Flinders Ranges were once a refuge from a changing climate.
Areas like the Flinders Ranges have provided refuge for flora and fauna when the climate has changed. But rapid temperature increases and human intervention may stop them doing so again.
Preconception planning focuses on improving the health of parents to lower the risk of obesity in children.
If you're planning to become a parent, better lifestyle habits can reduce the risk of obesity in your children.
To understand how households cope, we may need to look beneath broad patterns of affordability to the interplay of housing costs with other problems.
Housing affordability is often not the only problem households face. More often the compounding effects of multiple problems leave people unable to cope, which is why one solution won't work for all.
The 1998 film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Hunter S Thompson, introduced millions of new fans to the world of gonzo journalism.
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Hunter S Thompson's 1971 book is a torpedo ride through some of the strangest scenes in American fact, or fiction. It's about greed, the souring of '60s idealism, the failings of journalism and much more.
Smallholder soybean farmer in Malawi.
There are questionable methods being used which distort our understanding of the number of smallholder farmers that embrace new technologies.
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint?
3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers.
Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.
Modern monetary theorists aren’t concerned with budget repair.
Modern monetary theory is gaining traction in a global economic environment that defies the efforts of policymakers to restore growth.
It’s hard for lay readers to ascertain the difference between incremental research and genuine breakthroughs that will change the practice of medicine.
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Now, more than ever, in a world filled with 'fake news', it's up to researchers to work hard to have accurate messages publicised.
Machines don’t make the same errors as humans when it comes to decisions based on visual analysis.
The value of machine learning is not only that it is more accurate than humans. It is also cheaper and more consistent in its diagnoses.
The new Science Minister, Senator Arthur Sinodinos.
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What challenges will Arthur Sinodinos face as he becomes the latest to take up the science portfolio?
Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds may find it harder to get unpaid work experience.
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A new study quantifies unpaid work experience in Australia and shows how some young people miss out.
Sex is a form of biological communication, and women use it to make decisions on whether to invest in a pregnancy.
Health benefits come with regular sexual contact with the same male partner before pregnancy commences.
Sleep is good. This is one thing both experts and the person in the street can agree on about that knitter up of the unravelled sleeve of care . Getting decent sleep not only leaves you feeling refreshed…
Peter Dutton says he would like to see criteria tightened to deny citizenship to those who have not integrated into Australia.
The most important benefit of citizenship for migrants is the sense of inclusion and acceptance into their adopted community.
The temporary laboratory deep in the mine.
A new highly sensitive detector is being built one kilometre underground in a gold mine to detect the elusive dark matter.
Australia’s librarians are a vital component of our research institutions.
The research libraries attached to Australia's art galleries are one of the nation's great cultural assets. But the National Gallery of Australia's library is losing crucial staff as 'efficiency dividends' hit home.