Science & Tech

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Could dark matter have triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs? Do extra dimensions exist? And what comes after the discovery of the Higgs boson? Harvard University’s Lisa Randall ponders the strange nature of the Universe.

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The influx of tropical fish due to climate change spells trouble for our kelp forests.

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For the first time, UNSW biomedical engineers have woven a ‘smart’ fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one of nature’s ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum. 

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Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels, new research shows.

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Tech companies are racing to create a new way of interacting with computers but the new world will have implications for privacy, diversity and democracy, writes Toby Walsh.

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In the absence of strong federal action on climate change, many states have developed their own climate and energy policies, write Anna Bruce, Graham Mills and Iain MacGill.

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The cyberattacks that may have influenced last month's US presidential election should prompt Australia to secure its electoral processes, write Roland Wen and Richard Buckland. 

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Roads versus public transport: for decades, these have been the battle lines in debates over transport in our cities. But a revolution in mobility is underway that will transform our thinking, writes S. Travis Waller.

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Size doesn't always matter when it comes to the pitch of your voice, especially if you're an aquatic mammal, write Kobe Martin and Tracey Rogers.

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Songs of marine animals can help us discover new populations, write Joy Tripovich and Tracey Rogers.

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