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Marine CO₂ removal technologies could depend on the appetite of the ocean’s tiniest animals

ESA, CC BY-SAAs the world struggles to decarbonise, it’s becoming increasingly clear we’ll need to both rapidly reduce emissions and actively remove carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report considered 230 pathways to...

‘If the land is sick, so are we’: Australian First Nations spirituality explained

First Nations peoples have been present on the Australian continent for more than 65,000 years. During this time, they have managed to develop and maintain continuous, unbroken connections with the land, water and sky.Understanding the deep interrelatedness between humans and...

Modern human DNA contains bits from all over the Neanderthal genome – except the Y chromosome. What happened?

UntitledTamer A Soliman / ShutterstockNeanderthals, the closest cousins of modern humans, lived in parts of Europe and Asia until their extinction some 30,000 years ago. Genetic studies are revealing ever more about the links between modern humans and these long-gone...

Why don’t people disclose STIs to a sexual partner? Stigma has a lot to do with it

SeventyFour/ShutterstockGlobally, more than 1 million curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are contracted every day in people aged 15–49. These include chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, among others. In Australia, it’s estimated one in six people will receive an STI diagnosis in their...

Is your child experiencing ‘winter burnout’? Here’s what to look out for

Karolina Grabowska/Pexels, CC BYWe know children often miss more school days in the winter months, as sickness sets in.But at this time of year, parents and teachers can also notice children disengaging from preferred activities and finding it more difficult...

Anthony Albanese to raise differences while stressing positives in talks with Chinese premier

Supporters of Yang Hengjun, the Australian citizen incarcerated in China, have urged Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to ask Chinese Premier Li Qiang to have the ailing author released “on medical parole” or otherwise transferred to Australia.Ahead of the Albanese-Li...

Results are looking promising for a combined COVID and flu vaccine. Here’s how it could benefit public health

Aleksandar Malivuk/ShutterstockEarlier this week, Moderna announced positive results for its phase 3 clinical trial of a combined vaccine against COVID and influenza. So what exactly did the trial find? And what sort of impact would a two-in-one COVID and flu vaccine...

What happens when you give a low-income family $26,000 in their child’s first year? We think we’ve found out

It’s well-known that children raised in families experiencing financial stress face greater risks of psychological and educational difficulties and behavioural problems in later life.What’s less clear is the extent to which transferring cash to their families very early in their...

We dated a sacred Aboriginal women’s site used for birthing ceremonies and discovered 7,000 years of tool making

Irina PonomarevaInvestigation of a sacred area at Avon Downs in Jangga Country, Central Queensland, has uncovered evidence of stone tool production in a place that was traditionally restricted to women.We detail our findings in newly published research in collaboration with...

Why are Europeans – including the young – being pushed to the far right?

In Europe, the slogan “never again fascism” is one that still resonates. The death and destruction wrought by hyper-nationalist, authoritarian states in the first half of the 20th century still haunts the nightmares of successive generations. But, as the recent...