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'It's either aliens or a swarm of comets': scientists baffled by bizarre star

Marcus Strom   A star that some think might be home to high-tech aliens has scientists asking 'WTF?'.

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Meteorite may have killed someone for the first time in two centuries

This 1.68 kilogram meteorite was tracked and retrieved by Australian scientists in January.

Ishaan Tharoor 8:46 AM   Local authorities in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are investigating whether the death of a man at a college campus over the weekend was the result of a falling meteorite.

Human trials for Australian-made bionic spine to start next year

Biomedical engineer Nick Opie is part of the team working on the 'bionic spine'.

Bridie Smith 3:00 AM   Patients left paralysed by injury or illness could be back on their feet again, thanks to a breakthrough by Melbourne researchers who have designed a revolutionary bionic spine.

The Russian chemist behind the Google doodle

Dmitri Mendeleev.

Happy 182nd birthday, Dmitri Mendeleev. Google has marked the occasion by redesigning its iconic logo today to commemorated the Russian chemist, credited as the "father" of the Periodic Table.

Snow leopard DNA found in Chinese medicine sold in Australia

Snow Leopard DNA has been found in a traditional Chinese medicine, sold in Adelaide.

Chinese medicine purchased over the counter in Australia has been found to contain the DNA of endangered species. 

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Dramatic Australian volcanic eruption captured on film

The still-smoking peak of Big Ben volcano, shortly after the eruption.

Peter Spinks   Scientists use information from rare eruptions to better understand interactions between the Earth and its climate systems.

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Slower ships could help save orcas

Two endangered Southern Resident orcas rise in unison from the Salish Sea as a noisy tanker passes through their marine ...

Peter Spinks   Noise in coastal habitats has been shown to interfere with the orca’s communication and ability to locate its food.

Experiment has zoo's orang-utans seeing red

Melbourne Zoo's orang-utans are testing interactive software to keep them mentally engaged and challenged.

Bridie Smith   It could have gone either way on Monday morning. The primates in the novel experiment could have gone ape - or they could have responded with indifference.

Earth was created by two planets colliding

The moon passes in front of the Earth, as seen from NASA's deep space satellite, revealing the side we never see from ...

Earth is actually made up from two planets which came together in a head-on collision that was so violent it formed the Moon, scientists have concluded.

Meet Mr Mollusc

This nudibranch, known as Burnaia helicochorda, has a genus name which honours Robert Burn.

Bridie Smith   If you think tiny marine molluscs are a bit of a yawn, then you haven't encountered Robert Burn. 

The first cut: human gene editing is here

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Illustration / graphic  DNA double helix

Mark White   Its explosive potential could lead to cures for crippling diseases, the end of organ donor shortages and making food crops resistant to extreme weather conditions. But are we ready for the flipside?

Search for underwater volcanoes finds island split in half

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Lucy Cormack   ​Scientists aboard the Investigator have discovered ​ fluids cooling volcanic rock beneath the sea. But it's what they found above the water that surprised them.

Fuzzy Logic: how our bodies beat the heat

Sweating is the body’s best way of dissipating heat when exposed to high temperatures.

Why is heat stress so dangerous?

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Conspiracy theories mathematically rubbish, says scientist

Flags blowing in the 'wind'? Unlikely.

Sarah Knapton   Were the moon landings faked? The odds against are astronomical.

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Discovered: 'Godzilla' solar system dwarfs our own

An artist's impression of the gas giant planet 2MASS J2126-8140 in orbit around its host star, faintly discernible in ...

Peter Spinks   The largest solar system unearthed so far gives new meaning to "gargantuan".

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Astronomers find lonely planet's parent star

An artist's impression of the gas planet known as 2MASS J2126-8140.

Clare Colley   An ACT scientist is part of an international team that has paired up the the two celestial bodies which are a trillion kilometres away.

More planets than you can poke a stick at

A quirk of stellar positioning has the five planets closest to Earth in a straight line visible to the naked eye.

Perry Vlahos   In a rare celestial event, five planets and the moon can be seen in a line.

Turning Lego into technology (at a fraction of the cost)

Richard Moser used Lego to build lad equipment.

Phoebe Moloney   Physics PhD student Richard Moser shirked a high-tech tensometer, worth $50,000, to make his own piece of equipment out of Lego. And it works just as well.

Google honours Kiwi astronomer Beatrice Tinsley

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Bob Brockie   Beatrice Tinsley is one of New Zealand's most uncelebrated celebrities.

'Straight outta space': NASA's Scott Kelly on space-station etiquette and his folded arms

Scott Kelly, left, has his arms folded as he takes part in  a news conference by the then nine-member International ...

Sarah Kaplan   He has space dreams and Earth dreams and they are crazy, astronaut on ISS says in Reddit Q&A.

Are those 'hazelnuts' in the Milky Way?

Under the Milky Way: the Australia Telescope Compact Array near Narrabri.

Lucy Cormack   An invisible structure detected in space could help solve a complex cosmic mystery.

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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?

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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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