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Living in lava tubes: cities in the moon

Tim Biggs   Study suggests large empty pockets beneath the moon's crust could offer shelter from the deadly low temperatures and radiation of the surface while being stable enough to house buildings.

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Earth's magnetic protection field much older than previously thought

An artist's depiction of Earth's magnetic field deflecting high-energy protons from the sun four billion years ago, is shown in this image released on July 30, 2015.

Will Dunham 7:22 AM   Evidence retrieved from the outback of western Australia has reshaped scientist's understanding of the magnetic field that keeps us all safe.

Your office thermostat is set for men's comfort. Here's the scientific proof.

The study confirmed what many women experience: feeling too cold in the office.

Ariana Eunjung Cha 5:08 AM   Office climate standards are a throwback to the 1960s "Mad Men" era when males ruled the workplace

Meteor captured streaking through Jervis Bay sky

It'€™s not every day you get to see, let alone photograph, bioluminescence and then throw a meteor into the equation. But that is what Vincentia photographer Maree Clout has managed to capture.

Robert Crawford 10:06 PM   Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's a meteor.

New melanoma 'risk regions' may point to treatment pathways

A melanoma under the microscope.

Bridie Smith 1:15 AM   A new study raises the potential for developing treatments for melanoma.

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How you are killing your IQ every day

There are some surprising ways you could be ruining your brain.

India Sturgis   There are some surprising ways you could be ruining your brain.

Buzz Aldrin filed expense claim for Apollo 11 trip to the moon

Buzz Aldrin during the lunar landing mission on July 20, 1969.

Tom Cowie   It might cost $5000 for Bronwyn Bishop to make a short hop to Geelong, but Buzz Aldrin somehow managed to get to the moon for $33.31.

Fish, slop, slap: researchers develop sunscreen made from aquatic slime

Break-through research may offer more natural sun-care products.

Marcus Strom   Amino acids derived from fish mucus could be the next UV-blocker for summer.

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Rare 'blue moon' to brighten sky

Keep an eye on the moon on Friday night.

Desair Brown   ​A blue moon really does happen once in a blue moon, and we haven't seen one in several years.

Australian Antarctic director a bet on science

New Australian Antarctic Division director Nick Gales (left) with other scientists tagging a seal on Heard Island.

Andrew Darby   Science has been cemented at the top of national polar work, with the choice of the Australian Antarctic Division's internationally recognised Chief Scientist, Nick Gales, as its new Director.

After bumpy landing, Philae spacecraft provides insight on comet

Flight engineers work in the main control room of the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, in this file picture taken on January 20, 2014.

Irene Klotz   Europe's Philae spacecraft did not have much time to do its work after surviving a bounce landing on the surface of a comet, but information it collected is reshaping scientists' thinking about these icy bodies, research published on Thursday shows.

Homegrown NASA scientist wants Australia in the space race

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30:  Astrobiologist and co-leader of NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission Dr Abigail Allwood on July 30, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Michelle Smith/Fairfax Media)

Cameron Atfield   The Brisbane astrobiologist at the forefront of NASA's next mission to Mars has one regret in her stellar career – that she could not lead the charge to discover evidence of extraterrestrial life from her own country.

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Scientists remote control mouse brain with drugs and light

US scientists have been able to direct the path of laboratory mice with a combination of drugs and lights.

Matthew Stock   Scientists have successfully altered the neural networks of laboratory mice using a wireless controller.

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Michael Hanlon   The "eerie silence" of space is starting to get disquieting.

Latest Pluto data shows Earth-like glaciers, rapidly thinning atmosphere

The atmosphere of Pluto backlit by the sun when the New Horizons spacecraft was about 2 million kilometres away. The image, delivered to Earth on July 23, is displayed with north at the top of the frame.

Scott Dance   Much of dwarf planet's atmosphere may be frozen to its surface, scientists say.

Mercury joining celestial duo's show in night sky

Mercury's horizon is seen from orbit by NASA's Messenger probe, in this image released in 2011.

Perry Vlahos   Venus and Jupiter have been performing a mesmerising pas de deux, changing their positions nightly, as they adhere to their orbits.

Bionic ear inventor 'excited' by new project

Graeme Clark who invented bionic ear with 2yr-old Declan Zemora who has just got his hearing.

Tim Barlass   Bionic ear inventor says trials at Melbourne University could help paraplegics, epileptics and also dramatically improve the bionic eye implant unveiled in the UK last week.

Pluto pictures show mountains and jelly-bean moon

The first close-up picture of Pluto taken by New Horizons, showing the heart-shaped region named the Tombaugh Regio.

Sarah Knapton   The latest pictures to be beamed back from the far reaches of the solar system show a newly discovered mountain range on Pluto and the first close-up images of two of the dwarf planet's smaller moons.

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How not to eat a cane toad and other advances in science

Salty: Justin Gilligan is a finalist for the Eureka Prize for Science Photography for this photograph of a saltwater crocodile in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea.

Marcus Strom   All the Eureka Prize finalists are extraordinary, director of the Australian Museum says.

Sun-like star found to have Earth-like planet in its Goldilocks zone

Artist's impression of an earlier discovered exoplanet, Kepler-186f. Unlike Kepler-452b, this planet orbits a cooler red dwarf.

Marcus Strom   For the first time a near-Earth-sized planet has been found orbiting a star that is very much like our own sun.

Features

Scientists find echoes of Big Bang

An experiment at the South Pole leads to what is potentially one of the biggest scientific discoveries of the past two decades.

The secret to running repairs

Scientists think the Mexican walking fish may hold the key to regeneration in humans.

Alive as a dodo

Bringing animals back from extinction is no longer science fiction. But the question is, should we do it?

Videos

Navy reveals Antarctic secrets

Australian Navy hydrographers on their boat the Wyatt Earp map the seafloor off Casey Station in Antarctica.

Cycling out of intensive care

World leading research is under way to rehabilitate ICU patients - some unconscious - with horizontal exercise bikes. Producer - Tom McKendrick

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Why onions make you cry

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El Nino and La Nina

Have you ever found it hard to understand why Australia's swings between drought and floods?

Tornadoes

They're some of the most destructive forces on the planet, but what's the difference between a tornado and a cyclone?

Sinkholes

What is a sinkhole? What causes them? Furry Facts explains.