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Retrofitting older homes to ‘green’ the nation’s housing stock involves much more than installing rooftop solar panels. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

The other 99%: retrofitting is the key to putting more Australians into eco-homes

While new buildings may be the glamorous eco-home pinups, retrofitting existing homes is the main game when it comes to creating energy-efficient, comfortable housing stock for all Australians.
Oysters can do a lot more than they’re given credit for.

The surprising benefits of oysters (and no, it’s not what you’re thinking)

Oysters aren't just good for a feed. They also give a vital boost to coastal ecosystems, which is why efforts are underway to restore Australia's once-abundant oyster reefs to their former glory.
A drone image of a breeding colony of Greater Crested Terns. Researchers used plastic bird decoys to replicate this species in an experiment that compared different ways of counting wildlife. Jarrod Hodgson

‘Epic Duck Challenge’ shows drones can outdo people at surveying wildlife

A few thousand fake ducks, a group of experienced wildlife spotters and a drone have proven the usefulness and accuracy of drones for wildlife monitoring.
Science Meets Parliament offers scientists a rare glimpse inside Australia’s parliamentary system. Social Estate on Unsplash

Science Meets Parliament doesn’t let the rest of us off the hook

Starting February 14, the Science Meets Parliament event brings clear benefits - but there's a case to be made for an ongoing effort in "Science Listens, Engages, and Collaborates with the Public."
Our climate is going to get warmer, and we need to protect ourselves from heat-related illness. from shutterstock.com

Health Check: how can extreme heat lead to death?

Heatstroke is a medical emergency and often kills. But there are many processes in the body that occur between being exposed to heat and ending up in the ED – and warning signs to look out for too.
Advances in technology mean it’s now possible to 3D print everything from prosthetic limbs to skin, bones and organs. armymedicine/flickr

Proposed new regulations for 3D printed medical devices must go further

Who should be legally responsible when 3D printed devices fail? Proposed changes to the Therapeutic Goods Administration's regulatory framework have the potential to settle that question.
Despite billions spent on trying to save water in the Murray Darling Basin, results have been disappointing. John Williams

The Murray Darling Basin Plan is not delivering – there’s no more time to waste

A dozen leading researchers have issued an urgent call to action for the Murray-Darling Basin, arguing that the billions spent on water-efficient irrigation have done little for the rivers' health.
It turns out that the world is about 4,600,000,000 years old. That’s 4.6 billion years. That’s pretty old! Marcella Cheng/The Conversation

Curious Kids: How do scientists work out how old the Earth is?

The world is made of tiny building blocks called 'elements'. Scientists have worked out how fast some elements change into other elements. That gives us a very big clue about how old the Earth is.
As little as three squares of chocolate can make dogs sick. Duffy Brook

Why can’t dogs eat chocolate?

Chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas.
The mouth of the Murray River delivers vital nutrients to marine life in the ocean beyond. SA Water

Drought on the Murray River harms ocean life too

Low flows in the Murray River in recent years have harmed tiny marine plants called phytoplankton, with consequences for local marine species and management.
Effective leadership requires leading by example, but Australia’s human rights record has drawn increasing criticism at home and abroad. Andrew Hill/flickr

Ten things Australia can do to be a human rights hero

On Human Rights Day, and with Australia set to take up a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, here's a must-do list for this country to become a credible advocate for human rights.
Zimbabwe’s Defence Force has taken control of the country’s political affairs. Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

After Mugabe: why the role of Zimbabwe’s army can’t be trusted

By intervening in Zimbabwe's politics the military could plunge the country into a prolonged period of uncertainty. Could President Emmerson Mnangagwa be its saviour?

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