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The $125m already spent on bowel cancer screening will be wasted if the program isn’t funded in the May Budget. AAP

Saving lives and money: why Australia needs bowel cancer screening

This year 17,000 Australians will be diagnosed with bowel cancer and every week 80 people will die from this disease. Meanwhile Australia’s National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) has run out of…
Routers have helped to slow the worldwide exhaustion of IPv4 addresses. AAP

The end of the internet? IPv4 versus IPv6

If you’re the sort of person who relies on the internet every day, you’ll maybe have twitched slightly on hearing rumours that the world is running out of internet addresses. Is this true? Well, yes and…
Building away from our cities could ease congestion in urban areas. AAP

Escape from Sydney: planning the way out of congestion

Bashing planning has become a national sport, and in NSW, we’re the best at it. Stuck in traffic? Blame the planners. Housing stress? Planners are too slow and too stingy with land release. In the perception…
Time travel has long been a staple of science fiction but the LHC might make it a reality. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Is the Large Hadron Collider a time machine?

Switzerland’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can be called a time machine in one sense: it enables us to examine conditions as they were during the universe’s early stages. But is the 27km-long particle accelerator…
Congestion charging will reduce Australian traffic loads. Burning image/Flickr

The case for congestion charging in Australia

As you sit in your usual morning traffic jam, increasingly agitated, blood pressure flying, do you continually wonder “Why can’t they fix this mess?” Widen some roads. Build some new links. Improve the…
NGOs, public health associations and consumer organisations disagree with industry groups about the most useful system for labelling our foods.

Food industry digs in heels over traffic light labels

The fight over how to label our food has never been more intense. On one side of the argument we have public health associations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and consumer groups looking for effective…
An easy victory for Barry O'Farrell, but now the real work begins. AAP/Dean Lewins

State of NSW: Absolute power can be dangerous

The trite stuff to say about the NSW election would begin with phrases like “bloodletting” or “slaughter”. It would involve excessive attention to serial mismanagement (political and policy) and the decline…
Both major parties in the NSW election campaign have pledged to increase spending on hospitals. AAP/Paul Miller

State of NSW: What next for patients suffering health reform fatigue?

The debate about health in the lead-up to the Saturday March 26 NSW election has been unusually civilised and intelligent. The main contestants – the current minister, Carmel Tebbutt, and shadow minister…

Prime suspects

Mathematical physicists have taken a step towards solving a 150-year-old maths puzzle. The Riemann hypothesis is considered…

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