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Rare basking shark with a head for science becomes model specimen

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.

Genome mapping could find a way to finally give blowflies the flick

Melbourne University's Clare Anstead with her blowfly test subjects.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Don't let its beautiful name and shimmering green body fool you. The Australian sheep blowfly Lucilia cuprina is a nasty parasite.

Scientists map Klebsiella pneumoniae superbug's genome

The Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria growing on a plate.

Bridie Smith The genome of the superbug that has put hospital authorities across the globe on alert has been mapped, raising hopes that scientists could finally tame the bacterial bandit.

Giant Lake Mungo was 20 per cent bigger than we thought, say researchers

Mungo National Park, NSW.

Bridie Smith The Aboriginal people who called the arid area around Lake Mungo home some 24,000 years ago were likely accomplished inland seafarers living in what is now desert country.

Treatment for muscular dystrophy possible after scientists unlock genetic secrets

Marnie Blewitt, genetic research scientist with the Walter and Eliza Institute.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Scientists have for the first time worked out how a gene linked to one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy works.

Scientists watch a human cell explode and die on camera for the first time

White blood cell death has been observed for the first time.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Scientists have captured the first footage of a human white blood cell dying, giving them unprecedented insight into a key process which could lead to improved medical treatments.

'Smart skin' senses when you've had too much UV radiation

Sunburn

Bridie Smith You've heard of smart televisions and smartphones. Now get ready for smart skin.

Octopus carries coconut shells as instant shelter

'It really is an impenetrable armour. They are so strong when they are inside gripping both sides of the shell with their hundreds of suckers.'

Bridie Smith If an octopus' garden is of the sandy, desolate variety, it appears a lovely bunch of coconut shells are just the thing. 

Single atom experiment gives scientists a reality check

Andrew Truscott with PhD student Roman Khakimov.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Australian physicists have proved one of the most mind-blowing quantum theories on offer, confirming that the reality does not exist until it is measured – at least at the atomic scale.

Aggressive walking fish hitching to Australia from Papua New Guinea

 The climbing perch can live out of water for up to six days.

Bridie Smith A freshwater fish capable of surviving out of water for up to six days may also be able to survive in salty water, prompting scientists to warn that the aggressive climbing perch could make its way...

The world's biodiversity is not as diverse as first thought, study finds

Melbourne University's Andrew Hamilton is co-author of a paper which has published findings on the number of species on the planet, particularly beetles.

Bridie Smith Our planet may be home to millions fewer species than previously thought, according to the results of a new study led by Australian researchers.

Birds-eye view gives scientists a rare insight into the life of seabird

Deakin Uni researchers put cameras on the backs of gannets to work out how they get their food in and around Port Phillip Bay

Bridie Smith Science Editor Researchers have attached cameras and tracking devices to the tails of Australasian gannets to get a bird's-eye view of how the seabirds forage for their food in Victorian waters.

Researchers identify how cancer cells can 'hijack' treatments designed to kill them

Women with ovarian cancer can face repeat surgeries as more tumours appear.

Bridie Smith Australian researchers have identified four key ways by which one of the most common type of ovarian cancers becomes resistant to chemotherapy, a breakthrough which will better match patients with...

Biodiversity under threat as Melbourne's grasslands become suburbs

The possible loss of plant species as a consequence of Melbourne's urban sprawl will impact on other endangered species, such as the sun moth.

Bridie Smith, Science Editor Ecologists have warned that Melbourne is at risk of losing more than half its native plant species over the next century, with grasslands in Melbourne's west the most vulnerable to the city's urban...

'Redundant' CSIRO scientist elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

CSIRO researchers Dr San Thang (right) with Dr Ezio Rizzardo

Bridie Smith Science Editor World-leading chemist San Thang, who attracted headlines late last year after CSIRO made him redundant the very month he was named a frontrunner for the prestigious Nobel Prize in chemistry, has been...

The rarest kind of one of the world's most common birds found in Melbourne

The rare white sparrow spotted in Melbourne.

Bridie Smith Science Editor A pure white sparrow, the rarest incarnations of one of the world's most common birds, has been spotted in suburban Melbourne.

Rare double from mother nature lights up Tasmania's skies and waters

The Aurora Australis seen from northern Tasmania.

Bridie Smith Science Editor On their own, the neon-blue patches lighting up the night waters of the River Derwent in Tasmania would usually be a show stopper.