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Cosmic quarries: a new frontier for mineral exploration

Bridie Smith UNLOCKING the moon for mineral exploration is closer to science fact than science fiction.

'Gene switch' offers hope in breast cancer fight


Bridie Smith AUSTRALIAN researchers have found a ''genetic switch'' that could open up new treatments for breast cancer.

A mirror kill snuffs out the twinkle, twinkle

The Giant Magellan Telescope.

Bridie Smith Australian researchers have found a way to take the twinkle out of stars, welcome news for the international astronomers who will work on the world's biggest light telescope being built in Chile.

ANU plays starring role in heavenly clean up

Milky Way over Tioga Road Thinkstock Image. stars night sky horizon

Bridie Smith Australian National University researchers have found a way to take the twinkle out of stars.

Mosquito fly-ins to help grow malaria - in order to kill it


Bridie Smith Mosquitoes imported from India and Africa will be key to the experiments conducted at Australia's first laboratory to ''grow'' human malaria.

Scientist wins $300,000 prize for looking at nothing

Professor Ken Freeman

Bridie Smith DESPITE it being invisible, astronomer Ken Freeman, pictured, managed to put dark matter on the galactic map - and in the process placed himself among astronomy's brightest stars.

The secret to two-hour flights to London: ceramics

A passenger sleeps on the floor in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport

Bridie Smith One of the barriers to hypersonic flight is creating aircraft materials that won't melt or malfunction.

Long day at the office as scientists get in sync with Mars

Technicians celebrate Curiosity's landing on Mars.

Bridie Smith The mission team behind the Curiosity rover will be clocking up some serious overtime in coming months.

Women and children last: chivalry shown to have been thrown overboard

Bridie Smith FORGET chivalry at sea. It's everyone for themselves on a sinking ship. While the unwritten maritime law of evacuating women and children from a sinking ship before men did play out on the Titanic,...

Hold on a second and let it sync in

Clock face

Bridie Smith Time will stand still for a second on Sunday morning when the nation's timekeepers add a second to keep the atomic clock in sync with the Earth.

Paralysed woman lifts coffee with mind

Bridie Smith The power of the mind has been harnessed by US researchers who have enabled a paralysed woman to pick up and drink from a flask of coffee using a robotic arm directed only by her thoughts.

Dinosaur ankle points to Australia as stomping ground for ceratosaur


Bridie Smith THE FOSSILISED ankle bone of a carnivorous dinosaur found on the Victorian coast in 2006 is the first evidence that a major group of dinosaurs called this part of the world home.

Bigger and brighter: why the moon was super-sized last night

super moon

Bridie Smith If you caught a glimpse through the clouds over Melbourne and the moon looked bigger and brighter than normal last night, you weren't imagining it.

'Rodents' roamed, thrived with dinosaurs

T-Rex and rat.

Bridie Smith The rodent-like mammals that prospered under the dinosaurs did so "by the bumps on their teeth", according to a team of international researchers.

Science reveals the secrets of super-sized mammals

Monash University's Dr Alistair Evans from with the skulls of a mouse and elephant.

Bridie Smith A mouse-sized mammal can evolve into a beast the size of an elephant — it just takes about 24million generations, according to researchers who have calculated the rate of evolutionary change...

Massive aftershock was only ever a matter of time


Bridie Smith THE surprising thing about the fatal aftershock that struck Christchurch yesterday was that it took so long to arrive.

Scientists take heart over lizard venom

Bridie Smith Scientists have discovered five new types of lizard venom which could prove a goldmine for researchers working on the next generation of blood pressure and heart disease medication.