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Universal flu vaccine a big step closer - but it will only help half of us
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Universal flu vaccine a big step closer - but it will only help half of us

The scientists leading a huge taskforce that includes a suite of Melbourne research institutions believe they have taken major steps towards the development of a universal flu vaccine, one that could last for up to 10 years.

  • by Liam Mannix

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To fight dementia, government takes a moonshot ... on a pill
Healthcare

To fight dementia, government takes a moonshot ... on a pill

Until a couple of weeks ago, Tony Hughes hadn’t really noticed any differences, despite what the scans said.

  • by Liam Mannix
Ripple effect slows us all

Ripple effect slows us all

In heavy traffic, drivers moderate their speed, causing those behind to slow slightly. That generates a ripple effect down the line of traffic.

  • by Rod Taylor
Universities relieved after Defence is denied sweeping new powers over research
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Universities relieved after Defence is denied sweeping new powers over research

The department had sought to exert greater control over research partnerships because of national security concerns.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Canberra Now: Fullback's no-fear mindset, and West Side Story's capital stop
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Canberra Now: Fullback's no-fear mindset, and West Side Story's capital stop

Plus Canberra's biting the dust, and ANU research uncovers a reptilian marvel.

  • by Doug Dingwall
Cassowary mystery cracked: Nature gifts giant bird an inbuilt 'airconditioner'
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Cassowary mystery cracked: Nature gifts giant bird an inbuilt 'airconditioner'

Scientists have long been puzzled by the purpose of the giant tropical birds' distinctive 'helmets' – now a team of researchers say they've cracked the case.

  • by Joe Hinchliffe
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'Like winning lotto': the treatment that kills cancer in a few hours
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'Like winning lotto': the treatment that kills cancer in a few hours

If you think of traditional radiation therapy as attacking cancer with a hammer, stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy is like taking to the tumour with a scalpel.

  • by Anthony Colangelo and Liam Mannix
Awkward conversations: Science says you're way more likeable than you think
Mental health

Awkward conversations: Science says you're way more likeable than you think

Like many people, Shaun Mhonde feels awkward and uneasy when talking to people he has just met. Is his conversation dull? Is the other person bored? Oh god, why did I say that?

  • by Liam Mannix and Katharine Haynes
'Sometimes women aren't listened to' in science
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'Sometimes women aren't listened to' in science

Women make up less than a fifth of Australians qualified in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Dr Marissa Parrott wants that to change.

  • by Charlotte Grieve
Putting trust in technology

Putting trust in technology

There are several hurdles to overcome before we really embrace autonomous vehicles.

  • by Rod Taylor
$1m kicked into campaign for magic mushroom therapy
Healthcare

$1m kicked into campaign for magic mushroom therapy

Advocates’ hopes of legalising magic-mushroom therapy for mental illness have received a significant boost after a wealthy couple agreed to throw their substantial resources behind the campaign.

  • by Liam Mannix and Chloe Booker