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Explainer: What are chemical weapons?
There was chaos on the streets of Halajba in March 1988. In this corner of Iraq, at the time Iraqi Kurdistan, people had suddenly started experiencing cold-like symptoms – tight chest and nasal congestion. ...
Explainer: Why are tornadoes so destructive?
Tornadoes are a part of life for people living in the Great Plains of the United States. In Oklahoma, a state that averages 62 tornadoes a year, people are prepared as best as they can be and are well warned.
Social media puts HR ethics under the spotlight
Social media has definitely changed the game for job-seekers and recruiters. Traditionally, HR recruiters placed an advertisement, sifted through the responses, and interviewed the shortlisted candidates ...
Long-term warming, short-term variability: Why climate change is still an issue
A new study published yesterday suggests that the short-term warming due to increasing greenhouse gases may be less than previously feared. However, when we look at the bigger picture, we still find that cli ...
Explainer: What are stem cells?
In a paper published in Cell yesterday, scientists from the US and Thailand have, for the first time, successfully produced embryonic stem cells from human skin cells. ...
Evolution of lying
(Phys.org) —Ultimately, our ability to convincingly lie to each other may have evolved as a direct result of our cooperative nature.
Smarty pants: Wearable electronics will recharge your life
Imagine having a wafer-thin touchscreen on your sleeve which, like a scene out of a Philip K. Dick novel, gives you all the functionality of a smartphone without the awkwardness of a cumbersome battery.
Your phone knows the three places you visit each day
We lead busy, complex lives. But how many different places will you visit today? And how many different ways could you organise your travel between those places?
Just how stressed are we when it comes to housing affordability?
Property pundits are hoping the Reserve Bank of Australia's latest cut to interest rates will help stoke the country's flat property sector into life.
Meeting aliens will be nothing like Star Trek—fact
The latest Star Trek movie, opening tomorrow, raises an eternal question: why are the Klingons (or Cylons or Daleks) always at roughly our technological level?
Passwords: How to choose one and why we need them
I just did a count of the systems I use that require a password and gave up at 40. I know I'm not alone; for many of us, it often seems we have too many passwords to manage.
How do chameleons and other creatures change colour?
When most people think of colour change, they think of octopuses or chameleons – but the ability to rapidly change colour is surprisingly widespread.
Conserving the endangered pygmy-possum
The Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) is one of five living species of pygmy-possum, all of which are classified within a single family. It is the largest of the pygmy-possums, and can be easily distinguished ...
Faster-than-superfast Internet, and why we can't have it (yet)
You may have read about Sony's plan to install a fibre-based internet service in Japan which could reach download speeds of 2 gigabits a second (Gbps). That's 20 times faster than speeds offered by Labor's Nat ...
'Unburnable' fossil fuels set to leave investors stranded
Investors are contining to pour money into fossil fuel reserves that could end up being worthless due to efforts to combat climate change, a new report has found.