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Negotiating parental duties key to a happy nest

Bridie Smith, Science Editor  Ever get annoyed that you're carrying more of the parenting load than your partner? You're not alone. Birds do too.

Rare stick insect to go international to save its species

Bridie Smith Science Editor Hundreds of precious Lord Howe Island stick insect eggs will be sent overseas as part of a captive breeding program for the critically endangered Australian insect - which until 2001 was thought...

Ecologist Inka Veltheim uses taxidermy decoys to catch rare native brolga

Ecologist Inka Veltheim waits in a hide for the notoriously shy brolgas to land.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor "They just happened to have two dead brolgas in their freezer that had died of natural causes so they were kind enough to provide them."

Alcoholism drug 'wakes up' HIV in patients

Bridie Smith Science Editor  A drug used to treat alcoholism has been found to "wake up" dormant HIV cells in the body, raising hopes of an alternative treatment for a virus which has contributed to the deaths of more than...

The humble dung beetle could save you from the flies this summer

Flies see humans as a food source.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor  For those sick of doing the 'Aussie salute' while juggling a stubby and barbecue tongs, help is on its way - in the form of a dung beetle.

Australian scientist's CSI-style approach gets results in battle against illegal shark fin trade

Australian forensic specialist Jenny Giles with a seized basking shark fin from the California case.

Bridie Smith Science Editor As subjects in criminal investigations go, sharks probably aren't the first things that come to mind.

New theory on one of science's 'biggest mysteries', Earth's mass extinctions

The large Dunkleosteus fish, which became extinct during the Devonian Period.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Scientists have a new theory on what caused three mass extinctions, thanks to groundbreaking Australian research which suggests a lack of movement in the Earth's crust played a key part.

Australia's native animals have reduced ability to weather effects of forecast tough conditions

Ecologist Dale Nimmo says trees help a landscape support native animals in tough times.

Bridie Smith Science Editor  A "loss of resilience" among Australia's native animals has ecologists on alert ahead of what is forecast to be a long, hot summer.

Mutant fruit flies help scientists make headway in brain disorder research

Bridie Smith Science Editor Scientists have discovered how female fruit flies produce mutant embryos without heads or tails in findings which could prove fundamental to human health research.

How science is saving our sewers from toxic bacteria breath

La Trobe University microbiologist Elizabeth Mathews is working on a way to  stop

Bridie Smith Imagine a sewer-dwelling bacteria that exhaled rotten egg gas so potent it corroded concrete. Sounds sci-fi? It's not.

Melbourne scientists say blood test could reveal your chances of dying early

The scientists say the results could pave the way for medication to lower GlycA levels in patients with high readings.

Bridie Smith Melbourne scientists say measuring levels of certain proteins in your blood could reveal your chances of dying from serious infections.

Knowing where the wild things are earns scientist Jane Elith top award

Ecological modeller Jane Elith has been awarded the Frank Fenner prize for life scientist of the year.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Jane Elith knows where the wild things are. Even if she can't see them to count them, she knows where they lurk.

One of Victoria's rarest rodents, the New Holland mouse, found at Wilsons Promontory

The male New Holland mouse found at Wilsons Promontory on Wednesday.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor For the first time in more than five years, ecologists have found a rare New Holland mouse at Wilsons Promontory.

Sexism in science

Sexual harassment entrenched in academia, says physicist

Melbourne University astrophysicist Dr Katie Mack.

Bridie Smith and Henrietta Cook Sexual harassment in academia is so entrenched that on multiple occasions Melbourne University physicist Katie Mack has warned students to avoid known perpetrators before they attended conferences,...

Cathy Freeman's Olympic bodysuit inspires space suit

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen wearing the Australian-designed spacesuit aboard the International Space Station.

Bridie Smith Science Editor The running suit Cathy Freeman famously wore when she won Olympic gold in Sydney has inspired an Australian-designed space suit, which has made it all the way to the International Space Station.

Lab-grown human kidney a breakthrough for medical researchers

A mini-kidney formed in a dish from human induced stem cells.

Bridie Smith Researchers in Melbourne and Brisbane have successfully grown a human 'mini-kidney' from stem cells.

New species of mammal discovered: meet the hog-nosed rat

Meet the newest mammal discovered: the hog-nosed rat from Indonesia.

Bridie Smith Science Editor As rats go, this one is pretty cute. And until Tuesday, the world was oblivious to its existence.

Joint action by Australia and Indonesia to curb illegal fishing hailed

A satellite image by DigitalGlobe showing two fishing trawlers beside the cargo ship Silver Sea 2 in July.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Intergovernmental effort not only resulted in intercepting poachers, but also raised awareness that is likely to endure.

Man attacks shark as deadly hunt threatens species

A thresher shark swims in the Philippines.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Washington DC About 100 million sharks are killed around the globe annually, caught by human predators.

The new frontier in treating cancer

Dr Kylie Mason, who survived leukaemia as a teenager, now treats and researches blood cancers.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Ask a medical researcher if we will ever find a cure for cancer and the answer will likely come cushioned with a gentle smile and shake of the tilted head before it's verbalised - no.