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Joint action by Australia and Indonesia to curb illegal fishing hailed

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.

Endangered bandicoots to get their first taste of freedom on island ark

Dr Amy Coetsee with one of the Eastern Barred Bandicoots to be released on Churchill Island.

Bridie Smith Science Editor The state's first population of eastern barred bandicoots to be released into the wild will get their first taste of freedom on Sunday night.

Basking shark caught near Portland gets its head checked - for science

The shark’s head being laser scanned.

Bridie Smith The male basking shark that came ashore in Portland in June has had its head scanned inside and out, with the data used to make an interactive 3D model for scientists.

First digital map of seafloor reveals kaleidoscope of diversity

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Bridie Smith, Science Editor The Earth's seafloor is far more diverse than previously thought, with the first digital map of the planet's deep sea geological seascape revealing a kaleidoscope of diversity.

Five zombie creatures that live among us

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Bridie Smith Ever heard of a cricket committing suicide by jumping into water? It happens, honest.

Zombie spiders are slaves to their manipulative wasp masters

A parasitised spider on an orb web.

Bridie Smith Beware the wasps that turn unsuspecting spiders into workaholic zombies. Japanese researchers have found that a wasp which lays its egg on the back of a spider can take control of its behaviour,...

Researchers find five new melanoma 'risk regions'

A melanoma under the microscope.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor A new study raises the potential for developing treatments for melanoma.

Melbourne party balloon almost circumnavigates the globe three times

A map showing the party balloon's path, including its heart-shaped loop over the Cocos Islands.

Bridie Smith Science Editor Andy Nguyen is a network engineer by day – but in his spare time he delves into "the balloon scene" where he gets to indulge his love of amateur radio.

Tiny, glowing worm to unlock brain's secrets

The worm has a small and well-defined nervous system perfect for studying neuronal development and function.

Bridie Smith Roger Pocock loves worms. Not your garden variety worms, mind. His worms are cooler. Measuring no longer than a millimetre, these worms are transparent so you can see the brain at work and they grow...

CSIRO chief calls for better 'bang for buck' on scientific investment

CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall.

Bridie Smith Australia needs to get a better return on scientific investment and improve its standing in innovation performance, the head of the country's top research organisation has said.

New computer to supercharge Australia's weather forecasts

Better forecasting is on the horizon thanks to the Bureau of Meteorology's new supercomputer.

Bridie Smith Tailored weather forecasting, including more detailed snapshots by suburb, is a step closer after the Bureau of Meteorology announced a $77 million supercomputer would arrive next year.

Discovery of link between arthritis and heart valve disease could see better treatment for both

Bridie Smith Science Editor A protein long associated with rheumatoid arthritis has been found to have a connection with disease of the heart valves, including aneurysms.

'Feminist, vegan dinosaur' makes it into circulation with release of new coin

A young Leaellyn Rich holds part of the skull of a dinosaur named after her, in the mine tunnel at Dinosaur Cove, Cape Otway.

Bridie Smith Leaellyn Rich was first promised a dinosaur as a toddler. Unlike most children, she got her wish.

Hume Highway rope bridges help revive squirrel glider population

A squirrel glider crosses the wildlife bridge  over the Hume Highway near Longwood.

Bridie Smith Science Editor "Animal bridges" spanning a four-lane interstate freeway have resulted in a glider generation with parents from both sides of the bitumen.

Rare basking shark with a head for science becomes model specimen

3D scanning engineer Ben Tam scans the 600-kilogram head of the male basking shark.

Bridie Smith Science Editor You wouldn't know it to look at him but this shark is model material. Sure, he's not what you'd call classically good looking - his eyes are small and his teeth far from impressive.

Bass Strait's artificial structures seal the deal for hungry fur seals

Bridie Smith Science Editor A study looking at the feeding behaviour of Australian fur seals in Bass Strait has found the animals benefit from the shipwrecks, pipelines and cables in their underwater world.

Scanning the brain's magnetic fields offers hope for epilepsy patients

Stewart Duguid is now living seizure-free.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Stewart Duguid used to have an epileptic seizure every fortnight. He never knew when they would strike. But the seizures were debilitating and proved impossible to control with medication.

Renovators called in as housing crisis hits picky cockatoos

Bridie Smith Science Editor If you think it's tough to break into the housing market in Melbourne, spare a thought for the state's Major Mitchell Cockatoos.