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Melbourne party balloon almost circumnavigates the globe three times

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.

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...