For any animal, there are two key survival rules: donâ€™t get killed by a predator, and donâ€™t starve to death. For whales in the twentiethÂ century, commercial whaling was the biggest threat to survival, and whale populations were decimated by unsustainableâ€¦
The Leadbeaterâ€™s possum isÂ in aÂ lotÂ of strifeÂ right now. Its survival is severely threatened byÂ bushfire and clearfell logging in its Central Highlands habitat, and last month it was declared critically endangered by the Federal Government. The species has always had a tumultuousâ€¦
Myriad Genetics and their patents for the human genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 have garnered a lot of press coverage recently. The American Civil Liberties Union fiercely opposed the patents, via a campaign they called â€śthe fight to take backÂ ourâ€¦
Most mornings, I watch a group of superb fairy-â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹wrens flit across my backyard, chasing insects through the grass. The birds are easy to identify from a distance: even when males arenâ€™t wearing their vibrant blue-â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹and-â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹black breeding plumage, thereâ€™s no mistakingâ€¦
At first glance, theÂ MelbourneÂ BIOhack launch on March 2 could have been any gathering of young adults, but closer inspection reveals a diverseÂ group with a sharedÂ vision. The two speakers on the day were William Spatari, a passionate biohacker waving anÂ NFC chipâ€¦
While contracting an infectious disease is the last thing youâ€™d expect when tucking into a healthy frozen snack, as recent headlines across the nation can attest, this is realityâ€‰â€“â€‰imported foods can bring imported viruses with them. In this case, it was hepatitisÂ A.
Jack is joined by Alastair Tait to chat about life on Mars and other places in our solar system. Alastair is a PhD student at Monash University in Melbourne, where he studies planetary geology and meteorites. Youâ€™re about to hear about his work,Â actually.
Why would someone dislike the skeptical community? Jack speaks with Sydney-â€‹â€‹based writer Eleanor Robertson about her misgivings with skepticism, why we shouldnâ€™t pin too many hopes on celebrity spokespeople, science and ethics, and the benefits of listening to those with whom youÂ disagree.