Nicky Phillips Cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were created at least 40,000 years ago, making them some of the earliest known cave art in the world, say a team of Australian and Indonesia scientists.
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Hannah Francis Virtus Health has now formalised subsidies for egg freezing of female staff so they can have children later on.
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Amina Khan Scientists thought the moon had been cold and dead for a billion years, but a new discovery could force them to reconsider its evolution.
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Nicky Phillips Some people claim to have a sixth sense for inclement weather, but no human can compete with a native Australian waterbird that knows when it has rained thousands of kilometres away.
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. He was referring to a decision he had taken just weeks earlier not to appoint a dedicated science minister for the first time in decades.
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Nicky Phillips The Australian outback should be classified and protected as one continuous landscape rather than individual components, says a leading Australian ecologist.
Andrew Darby A long-awaited strategic plan for Australia in Antarctica calls for more big science on the frozen continent, but casts a cloud over one of the country's bases.
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Caroline Zielinski Total lunar eclipse question and answer.
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