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TGA grants provisional approval to oral COVID-19 treatments

At last, some good news on the COVID front: the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has provisionally approved the first oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19. Federal...

Air pollution interferes with pollination

Pollinators like bees and butterflies are responsible for one in every three bites we eat. These insects already face alarming declines due to habitat...

Crystal-free crystallography

How do we know that DNA is a double helix, or that coronavirus spike proteins are spike-shaped? One technique – X-ray crystallography – can...

How a tiny beetle packs power into its flight

Featherwing beetles (from the family Ptiliidae) are the smallest beetles known to exist, some less than a millimetre in length. But these plucky bugs...

What happens if the permafrost disappears?

What happens if the Arctic permafrost melts? Carbon levels are rising, and things are starting to look a lot worse. Climate scientists such as Columbia University’s...

Where is the edge of space?

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered: how far away is space? What distances can we climb to in our...

Fourth shot of COVID vaccine not enough to prevent Omicron infection

Early data emerging from Israel’s world-leading double-booster program shows evidence of “slightly higher” antibody levels than only three vaccine doses, but still only partial...

Panda diet secrets revealed – how to stay chubby all year long

Feeding on nothing but fibrous bamboo, the giant panda manages to maintain a lusciously plump figure year-round, even in the off-season when there are...

Australian archaeologists discover ancient Arabian highways

A team of archaeologists from the University of Western Australia has discovered a network of ancient super-highways – long-distance corridors linking oases and pastures...

Ozone pollution responsible for billions in crop losses

A Chinese-led team of researchers has found that ozone pollution is causing an estimated AU$87 billion in crop damage each year across East Asia,...

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