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Australian sea lions (Neophoca cinerea) are one of the rarest pinnipeds in the world and they are declining. Jarrod Hodgson

Australian sea lions are declining. Using drones to check their health can help us understand why

Australia's only sea lion species is endangered and continues to decline. A new non-invasive monitoring technique could help to identify the causes and better inform conservation strategies.
Among the 61 recommendations is: ‘Don’t order chest x-rays in patients with uncomplicated acute bronchitis’. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Antibiotics for colds, x-rays for bronchitis, internal exams with pap tests – the latest list of tests to question

Harm doesn’t just come in the form of side-effects or further testing. The "cons" of any treatment also include the costs, which can be financial, emotional, and the costs of the individual’s time.
Green lasers glowing within cells. Matjaž Humar and Seok Hyun Yun

We transformed living cells into tiny lasers

Using fluorescent dye, researchers figured out how to turn cells into lasers – with applications for cell tagging and tracking as well as medical diagnoses and therapies.
Unmanned aircraft, better known as drones, could have positive spin-offs for the African continent. Reuters/Edward Echwalu

How drones can deliver tangible benefits to ordinary people in Africa

Drones have a positive role to play on the African continent, from delivering medicines to fighting poaching and even giving visitors to game parks a head-up on where to spot the game.

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