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War memento returned: 'It was like him coming home'

Bridie Smith The home-made memento, fashioned into the shape of Australia and fastened around Richard Moffat's wrist with a length of leather, could have been his Great War good luck charm.

Healthy country, healthy people

Warddeken land management, West Arnhem land,Northern Territory . Keith Nadjamerrek. 18th of September 2014 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAOClick to play video

Bridie Smith The people of Warddeken country on the west Arnhem plateau know that if their country is healthy, their people are healthy.

Playing God

The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.Work by Joe Benke.  The illos are for a Goodweekend piece on endangered species.
Animals are Tasmanian devil, Corroboree frog, Cassowary,
Christmas Island Pipistrellus bat, Lord Howe Island stick insect.
Work by Joe Benke.

Bridie Smith With so many creatures under threat of extinction, and so little money to fund conservation efforts, some say it's time to pick who will survive.

First Allied shot of WWI remembered a century on

(Left to right) Lance Corporal Michael Crump, Private Chris White and Corporal Graeme Savige  at the First Shot Commemoration at Point Nepean.

Bridie Smith It was a shot across the bows that went down in history. And a century on, to the very minute, the first shot fired by the British Empire in World War I was remembered by thousands of people who...

How Melbourne reacted when Britain declared war with Germany

Australian Division leaving Melbourne 1914.

Bridie Smith For 26 years after Federation, Melbourne was the capital of Australia. So, a century ago today, when Britain declared war with Germany, it was in Melbourne that the nation’s leaders convened.

Paying tribute to Billy Williams, first among Australia's WWI heroes

Ron Mullinger, a descendant of William Williams (inset top).

Bridie Smith A century ago, 28-year-old William Williams of Northcote thought he had one more week remaining as a naval reservist. Then, on Tuesday August 4, 1914, Australia went to war.

Stem cell treatment warnings after Australian woman dies in Russia

Patients may be able to use their own stem cells to grown organs.

Bridie Smith Authorities are warning of the risks of unproven stem cell treatments available in Australia and overseas after the death of an Australian woman in Russia.

Humane drug policies 'crucial to containing HIV'

Jude Byrne says HIV had a silver lining, allowing drug users to connect with health services, such as methadone programs.

Bridie Smith The global war on drugs has failed and a more humane approach must be taken to contain the spread of HIV, a top envoy told the 20th international AIDS conference on Tuesday.

First look inside WWI submarine

The crew of the Australian Naval submarine AE2 grouped on the deck. The photograph was probably taken in the Gallipoli area.

Bridie Smith One of the last untouched 'time capsules' from the First World War has been glimpsed for the first time, as Australian scientists and historians finally managed to film inside the historic wreck of...

Cool koalas are tree-huggers for a reason, study finds

Thermal imaging of a koala.

Bridie Smith Koalas cope with extreme heat by hugging cool trees according to results of a thermal imaging study of the marsupials living on French Island, 80 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.

Hundreds of science jobs to go, sparking brain-drain warning

News. CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr. Megan Clark, holds a media conference regarding bullying in the workplace, at the CSIRO HQ at Campbell. August 14th 2013 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

Bridie Smith Almost 1000 science and research jobs are at risk following funding cuts announced in federal budget, according to Labor.

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Budget's medical research spend-up divides field

Medical researcher Steve Petrou.

Bridie Smith Headline-grabbing $20b medical research future fund described as both visionary and divisive by science sector.

Phone call raises goosebumps for family of identified Fromelles Digger

Private Percy Weakly.

Bridie Smith When Sharon Summers answered the phone on Wednesday night she could hardly believe what she heard.

More Fromelles Diggers identified

Fromelles

Bridie Smith As many as 20 soldiers killed in Australia's bloodiest 24 hours in battle have been identified, almost a century after they were lost at Fromelles during the nation's first action on the Western...

Unknown sailor gets headstone as truth of bay sinking revealed

Andrew Campbell

Bridie Smith A sailor killed in a wartime collision in Port Phillip Bay and buried in an unmarked grave for more than 70 years will finally get a headstone this week, as the truth behind an accident that led to...

CSIRO warns funding cut would hurt innovation

Generic cash.

Bridie Smith The head of the CSIRO's business and commercialisation arm has warned that a funding cut in next month's federal budget would have long-term detrimental effects on the nation's ability to innovate.

Acidic water robs reef fish of survival instinct

Bridie Smith An acidic environment makes reef fish become attracted to the smell of their predators.

High number of gyms not fit to get you healthy, survey reveals

Michelle Wright

Bridie Smith Researchers concerned at number of gyms failing to comply with industry guidelines.

Holy smoke: tobacco plant shows cancer-fighting potential

The flower of the ornamental tobacco plant.

Bridie Smith A molecule found in the tobacco plant could be useful in killing cancerous cells in humans, Australian research has found.

Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370: 'It's a desolate stretch of water', says ocean survivor

Tony Bullimore

Benjamin Millar and Bridie Smith British sailor Tony Bullimore could claim better than anyone to know the wild southern Indian Ocean waters in which members of the air search team are hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.