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Bridie Smith Watson's a game changer as computers move from the mechanical and programmable era to cognitive computing.
Bridie Smith, Science Editor For amateur and professional skygazers alike this weekend is set to deliver a new year's gift - as long as the weather comes to the party.
Bridie Smith Australia's science agency, the CSIRO, has been buffeted by funding cuts over the past two years. What has the impact been?
Bridie Smith Science Editor Having a bee-brain isn't such a bad thing, as it turns out. Australian and French scientists have found that the insect is the only species other than humans capable of seeing the big picture as well...
Bridie Smith, Science Editor Collections of "electric" bacteria with enough voltage to power a small LED light have been discovered living in the Yarra River.
Bridie Smith The quest to build a bionic eye in Australia has received a $3 million boost, allowing the ambitious project to reach human trials next year.
Nicky Phillips and Bridie Smith A world-leading CSIRO chemist who was tipped to win a Nobel prize has been made redundant.
Bridie Smith, Science editor Artist Svenja Kratz is standing in a gallery, hands on hips, looking at her newest installation. She wears a lab coat and latex gloves as ''The Contamination of Alice'' is assembled at RMIT’s...
Bridie Smith A CSIRO report says Australia's biosecurity is at risk from "the efficiency era", which could hit the country's ability to protect itself from highly contagious human diseases and agricultural pests.
Bridie Smith Lack of funding may force Australia researchers to drop their promising work on a bionic eye.
Bridie Smith For Aurora Australis hunters, those folk who devotedly chase the magical coloured knots, swirls and curtains of light that twist and unravel in the southern skies, the forecast is looking good.
Bridie Smith A new technique to assess the health of livers donated for transplant could boost the number of successful transplants, while reducing the number of viable donor livers thrown away.
Bridie Smith An Australian ladybird beetle scientists presumed extinct for decades has come "back from the dead" after an amateur naturalist spotted more than 40 of the yellow and black bugs at a national park in...
Bridie Smith and Nicky Phillips At a dinner in Canberra last October, Prime Minister Tony Abbott urged the country's already wary scientific community to judge his government by its performance, not by its titles.
Bridie Smith The country’s peak scientific organisation, the CSIRO, is set to boost its collaboration with industry following the appointment of entrepreneur and venture capitalist Larry Marshall as its...
Bridie Smith A rare specimen of pygmy right whale found washed up dead on a remote Victorian beach has presented scientists worldwide with the unique opportunity to study the elusive species.
Bridie Smith It's Nobel week. And for renowned Australian immunologist Jacques Miller that invariably means obliging with media interviews and requests for photographs.
Bridie Smith, Science Editor Three Australian scientists have been named among an elite group considered Nobel prize contenders, based on the impact of their research.
Bridie Smith Want to transform your smartphone into a microscope fit for top level medical imaging? Easy. Just add a lentil-sized plastic lens to the camera and bingo, your now super-smart phone has a...
Bridie Smith "Smart" genes associated with human intelligence have been identified for the first time. But scientists say they have only scratched the surface, with potentially thousands of genes relating to IQ...