The Russian town of Noril’sk contains the world’s most valuable source of mined nickel.
Noril'sk mine and town, 2014.
The Noril’sk nickel deposits In Russia are unique: giant volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago released colossal amounts of nickel into the atmosphere, kickstarting the Great Dying.
There has been a rapid increase in the amount of resources tied up in buildings.
There will be huge environmental impact if we keep using raw materials as we did in the 20th century.
Firefighters fight forest fire in Indonesia, triggered in part by El Nino.
We’re due to cop a hiding from the Pacific Ocean, but we don’t know when.
The rise of renewable energy is one reason the world is shifting away from coal.
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Global emissions from fossil fuels have stalled. That puts us in the right place to keep warming below 2℃, but there's plenty of work still to be done.
Fields of gold: Australia’s wheat industry contributes more than A$5 billion to the economy each year.
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Australia's wheat harvest has stalled over the past 26 years, and worsening weather is to blame.
A work of fiction gives an interesting insight into the real world of science research.
Thomas Barlow is more used to writing factual reports on science innovation, so his first novel gives an entertaining insight into the science community.
The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder uses several telescopes to survey the sky.
After months of running in test-mode, the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope is now gathering data at an incredible rate to give us a new look at how our universe works.
Coal seam gas developments in Queensland near Chinchilla in 2013.
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The latest survey of residents in coal seam gas regions reveals continuing lukewarm attitudes towards the industry.
Indulge in delicious seasonal vegetables and fruit to celebrate summer with friends and family.
Healthy eating can still be delicious! Limit dietary blowout by going into the Christmas and holiday period with a plan.
Wildfires in Tasmania in 2016 were in part the result of an extended dry period beginning in 2015.
October 2015 was the hottest on record for that month, and Tasmania had its driest ever spring.
Rice paddies are one of the major sources of methane in agriculture.
Methane concentrations in the atmosphere are growing at a faster rate than any time in the past 20 years.
Bearded dragons can be genetically male but look like and function as females.
Arthur Georges, Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra
We are only just starting to appreciate the full sexual diversity of animals.
Developers need to be aware of any legal or ethical issues when creating any healthcare apps for smartphones.
Developers working on apps to help monitor and improve our health could accidentally find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Scans are still largely studied by humans.
Artificial intelligence is already transforming a range of industries but it has still to make an impact on healthcare. So what's the hold up?
Rooftop solar proves a challenge to keeping prices low on the grid.
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The need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a major challenge to cheap electricity.
A smartphone can be useful to help monitor your behaviour.
How we use our smartphone can say a lot about our behaviour. But can such tech be trusted to track our mental health?
Flower flies are native pollinators.
While the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting an increase in the average temperature this summer, entomologists are forecasting an increase in insect activity.
Ship strikes can be deadly, as shown by this blue whale off the US northwest.
Craig Hayslip/Oregon State Univ./Flickr/Wikimedia Commons
Ships in Australian waters are getting bigger and more numerous all the time. We need a plan to help them avoid crashing into whales and other large sea creatures.
CSIRO research finds Australia needs to work better with global supply chains and make more specific products to survive.
A CSIRO report suggests Australian manufacturers need to better design custom products and hook into global supply chains to survive.
A coal seam gas wellhead in Queensland.
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Extracting coal seam gas produces billions of litres of water. A new CSIRO report suggests that, when treated, this water can be pumped back underground.