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Researchers warn of unsafe lead levels in garden soil in many homes

Researchers warn of unsafe lead levels in garden soil in many homes

Growing a vegetable garden was a lockdown project for many, but researchers are warning as many as a third of homes could have unsafe lead levels in their garden soil.

  • by Stuart Layt

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A more efficient pasta turns into shapes in boiling water

A more efficient pasta turns into shapes in boiling water

Researchers say the flat-to-plump pasta is not only fun to make but uses less packaging, has a smaller carbon footprint and cooks faster than traditional dried pasta.

  • by Marion Renault
How giant snails helped confirm the oldest human burial in Africa

How giant snails helped confirm the oldest human burial in Africa

Researchers have confirmed the oldest known human burial site in Africa - a young boy buried at least 78,000 years ago.

  • by Stuart Layt
You probably don’t need to worry about drinking more water
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You probably don’t need to worry about drinking more water

Population studies are yet to find long-term dehydration in anyone. It seems we drink as much as we need.

  • by Liam Mannix
‘Space station on Earth’: plans for nuclear-powered superyacht for billionaire travellers

‘Space station on Earth’: plans for nuclear-powered superyacht for billionaire travellers

Earth 300 founder Aaron Olivera says the vessel will capture ’the spirit of Silicon Valley, SpaceX, Davos, the Olympics and Disney”.

  • by Chris Barrett
NSW’s plan to manufacture mRNA vaccines locally

NSW’s plan to manufacture mRNA vaccines locally

The state government has convened a team of scientists to determine how the high-tech vaccines and a range of treatments can be made locally.

  • by Kate Aubusson and Alexandra Smith
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Early humans off the hook for many species extinctions, experts say

Early humans off the hook for many species extinctions, experts say

An Australian-led research group has found ancient humans were often not the cause of extinctions when they first arrived on uninhabited islands.

  • by Stuart Layt
Frog ‘love songs’ reveal a sad tale of amphibian decline

Frog ‘love songs’ reveal a sad tale of amphibian decline

Who cares about the fate of Australia’s 243 known frog species? It turns out that many thousands of us do.

  • by Peter Hannam
Doubt over local mRNA plans as major companies pull out of Australia

Doubt over local mRNA plans as major companies pull out of Australia

Vaccine experts say it would take at least $250 million plus the support of a major pharmaceutical company to set up mRNA manufacturing in Australia, cooling hopes of a local jab in the next year.

  • by Liam Mannix
Victoria’s climate targets are wedged between politics and science

Victoria’s climate targets are wedged between politics and science

The state’s newly announced emissions goals are politically bold but scientifically inadequate.

  • by Nicholas Aberle
Experts call for global policy on moving species at risk from climate change

Experts call for global policy on moving species at risk from climate change

The conservation scientists want governments to put frameworks in place to govern if and when species need to be relocated to avoid extinction.

  • by Stuart Layt