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Walkable neighbourhoods ease stranger danger fears
Creating pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods with trees, footpaths, parks, shops and cafes could be the key to allaying parents' age-old fears about stranger danger, according to a Perth study.
Wheatbelt forum sparks science interests
Australia's rural school children are consistently out-performed in the academic world of science by students living in cities, according to global tests such as the International Students Assessment (PISA).
Mineral supplements spices up sheep feeding options
Sheep can be taught to graze their paddocks more evenly via the use of mineral supplement licks which also entice them to eat the wheat nearby.
Research station to unlock Kimberley wildlife secrets
The pristine Artesian Range in the north-west Kimberley region is one of the last remaining refuges for some of Australia's endangered animals, with scientists now poised to find out why.
Orchid seductress ropes in unsuspecting males
A single population of a rare hammer orchid species known as a master of sexual deception appears to have recently evolved to seduce a new and wider-spread species of impressionable male wasps.
Pre-historic sharks feast on marine reptiles
As an undergraduate student of geology I had become fascinated by palaeontology—in particular the study of marine vertebrate fossils from the Cretaceous period (145-66 million years ago).
Great Southern research receives technical boost
The mountain bell shrub, which is partly named after Charles Darwin's grandfather, can be examined at a molecular level for the first time in Albany after the installation of a state-of-the-art genetics laboratory.
Lizard's come-hither behaviour attracts from a distance
The females of a reclusive endangered lizard species may be increasing their chances of finding a mate by engaging in unusual behaviour which attracts males from up to 100m away.
Long-gone bacteria blows the whistle on gold deposits
Modern science is shining light on Jurassic rock, associating the organic remains of ancient bacteria with an increased likelihood of striking gold.
'Island' grevillea drifts through time
Genetic testing of the bird-pollinated Grevillea georgeana (Proteaceae) on 'terrestrial islands' in WA has found most are so isolated that their evolution has become driven by genetic drift.