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Over their lifetimes, some migratory shorebirds travel over 380,000km, equivalent to the distance from the Earth to the Moon. One young ecologist plans to follow their annual flight path.
Even the hostile conditions of space are no match for Earth's extremophile microbes. Should we be worried?
Psychology, in conjunction with neuroscience and computational modelling, has helped us understand how the brain processes music and why we love it so much.
As climate change wreaks havoc on the Great Barrier Reef, marine researchers must be both resilient and resourceful.
In space, our bodies don't quite operate as they're supposed to. Before we make the next great leap, we must appreciate how weightlessness toys with our perceptions.
Nature's humble bloodsuckers could soon be eradicated if some researchers have their way. We must think long and hard about the consequences of this.
Croplands are environmentally destructive, and already take up 12% of the earth’s liveable space. Could more efficient plants feed a hungrier world?
Historically, killing an animal was the only way to preserve its likeness for future study. Even with modern technology, we must continue to do this.
Some of our most valuable treasures are frozen in vaults around the world, waiting for a time when they may be needed.
Over thousands of years, we have carefully cultivated dogs from wolf packs to coddled pets. Has our obsession taken some breeds too far?
Young, fit and healthy, Fay Bahemia had no reason to fear heart disease, but an irregular blip in her heart activity signalled major trouble ahead.
Our official processes for threatened species are failing to save the Running River rainbowfish, which is rapidly mating itself into oblivion.
The human body is a hodgepodge of imperfections and leftovers, the result of evolution doing the best it can with limited materials.
Modern drone technology is helping to find and protect one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals.
A new book by anthropologist Richard G. Bribiescas shows how evolution continues to shape human health and mortality.
The human body is constantly evolving alongside our microbiota, the community of microbes that live inside every one of us.
Human speech is an incredibly complex form of communication, but we are finally cracking the code and learning how it evolved.
Humanity hates nothing more than an insect that bites. But the dreaded bed bug keeps finding novel ways to fight back against our assaults.
What was the real cost of your last seafood meal? Marine workers, past and present, face a multitude of medical threats unique to a life at sea.
From fuelling ecosystems to museum research, whales are the great movers and shakers of the ocean – even in death.
We're only now beginning to understand how our mental state can bend, stretch and compress the perception of time.
Marathon training has always focussed on building physical endurance, but what if it's your brain pushing you those extra miles?
Talons come out and feathers get ruffled in the surprisingly intense and competitive sport of birdwatching.
The entire world hangs in the balance when athletes clash on the sporting field – or, at least, that's what our bodies want us to think.
Traditional drug development is a slow and inefficient process. By focussing on side effects, we can find unexpected new uses for existing drugs.
In the 1970s, political and cultural stigma kneecapped decades of research on the use of psychedelic drugs to treat mental illness. Now scientists are returning for a second look.
In remote northwestern Australia, two young ecologists watch their helicopter disappear into the distance. They are suddenly very alone in one of the most spectacular places on earth.
Be careful what you say around a pregnant woman ‒ there's a good chance her unborn child is listening in on the conversation.
On a beach in Costa Rica, a majestic sea turtle drags herself onto the sands with one purpose: to sow the seeds of the next generation.
Far from being "unnatural," homosexuality is well-documented across the animal kingdom.