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Conspiracy theories are a constant of life. zteven/flickr

Conspiracy theories: no end in sight

Osama bin Laden is dead. Or is he? The newly-deceased Saudi militant was long a central figure for the world’s conspiracy theorists. He was actually a CIA agent said some. He really died of kidney failure…
The news of the operation against Osama bin Laden was news to the authorities in Pakistan, as well as the rest of the world. AFP/Asif Hassan

Why the US-Pakistan relationship will survive bin Laden’s death

The killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces on Pakistani soil has come at a time when relations between the two countries have been rather strained. Analysts point out that al-Qaida today is a diffuse…
If Donald Trump thinks he’s going to be President he’s kidding himself. AAP

Has Donald Trump played his cards too early?

US President Barack Obama has released the long form of his birth certificate in order to quash questions of his legitimacy as President. Business and media identity Donald Trump had been key in questioning…
Why is writing grant proposals the bane of scientists’ lives? Fotolia

Putting the fun back into research funding

Getting research money, especially the no-strings-attached kind that government agencies give out, is difficult. Researchers spend months on each proposal with only a small chance of getting funded. Winning…
Compensating for missing tastes can throw diets out of whack.

A matter of taste: the problem with losing our fifth sense

If your child were diagnosed with a taste disorder, you’d be forgiven for welcoming an impending disinterest in sweets and salty chips. But for the one in ten Australian children who can’t perceive sweet…
Julias Gillard has raised the issue of human rights with the Chinese. AAP

Australia’s B+ human rights record: good but must improve

Can Prime Minister Julia Gillard lecture China on its human rights record given the many failings observers see in Australia’s own treatment of vulnerable groups? Australia generally has a good human rights…

Hammer-tooth fossil found

Fossils of a bizarre lizard-like marsupial have been discovered in the Riversleigh World Heritage area in Queensland. The…
Vaccinating all boys would offer greater protection to girls and gay men. AAP

The case for vaccinating boys (as well as girls) against HPV

Data just released by the Australian Government show that many girls are not completing the full course of the cervical cancer vaccine. It’s another very good reason towards an already compelling case…

Teleportation anyone?

A complex set of quantum information has been transferred from one point to another by researchers in Japan. The development…
Ben Quilty’s “Margaret Olley” has divided the critics. Art Gallery of New South Wales: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Archibald argy bargy as Ben Quilty wins populist prize

This year’s Archibald prize has gone to Ben Quilty’s portrait of Australian artist Margaret Olley. It’s an award often criticised for being populist or irrelevant, and there’s no reason to think that this…
US Treasury boss Timothy Geithner and Wayne Swan should take a ‘Robin Hood’ tax seriously. AAP

Don’t laugh: this tax could fix the world

Something remarkable has happened: 1000 economists have agreed with each other. In Washington, civil society groups will present a letter signed by 1000 economists from 50 countries to the annual G20 finance…

Traditional remedy heals wounds

Cook Island plant extracts can improve wound healing and repair ageing skin, and could be on sale within two years, following…
Only Estonia and Switzerland use internet voting regularly. bkusler/flickr

Can we trust online voting?

Australians expect paper-based elections to provide privacy, integrity and transparency. Why should we abandon these principles just because the election uses a magical device called a computer? The iVote…
Conflict in Libya is unlikely to end well for the West. AAP

The illusion of victory in Libya

On March 20, the day after NATO and US air and naval forces began the implementation of a no-fly zone over Libya authorized by UN Security Council Resolution 1973, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the…
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In search of the Bionic Man

In 1973, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) first aired The Six Million Dollar Man, a made-for-television movie in which Steve Austin, an astronaut test-piloting a prototype aeroplane, experienced…

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