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Bury weed problems with an occasional plough
Tossing topsoil around in Australia's often arid farming environment is not best practice, but modelling suggests an occasional turning of the soil can delay the rise of herbicide-resistant weeds.
Clapping and sidestepping key to spider mating dance
Spiders terrify many people but one man's passion for a flamboyant creepy crawly with captivating courtship rituals is converting arachnophobes to arachnophiles, one amusing video at a time.
Christmas Island plate corals hit hard by disease
A survey of Christmas Island reefs has revealed twice as much plate coral was destroyed by a 2008 disease outbreak than previously feared.
Plant breeders take a leaf from livestock playbook
In what is being called a global first, UWA scientists have developed a way of breeding the best crop varieties similar to how quality livestock has been produced in the past.
Aussie birds favour almonds for dining choices
Almonds appear to be the fare of choice for many Australian birds with recent research finding a variety of bird species frequent almond orchards over other agricultural crops.
Fremantle Prison excavation denotes incarcerated racial divide
Archaeological work at Fremantle Prison is helping illuminate significant differences in how early Swan River Colony administrators treated Aboriginal and Euro-Australian inmates.
Ancient magma movements responsible for Gascoyne minerals
Geologists have used a technique developed at Curtin University to determine magmatic fluids came up from the earth's mantle repeatedly over the past 1600 million years, depositing minerals along a fault line in the Gascoyne ...
Optimism beats workplace cyberbullies
Workers who see the 'glass-half-full' rather than half-empty, can cope better with the stress of cyberbullying in the workplace.
Plant growth boosted by 400 million year old communication system
Local scientists have discovered an ancient protein in modern-day plants that stimulates germination and, if developed, could give farmers more control over seedling growth.
Recovering low-grade platinum metals
Remote, low-grade deposits of platinum group metals (PGMs) can be economically recovered using novel direct leaching approaches, doing away with the need for traditional, expensive smelting operations.