The first female and first Australian principal investigator on a mission to Mars says Australia should embrace the opportunity to inspire - and retain - the next generation of home-grown scientists, engineers and technologists by joining the space exploration game.

New research has shed light on the mechanisms in the brain that can lead depressed people to dwell on negative thoughts.

A new report card for global aid reveals Australians are an altruistic bunch, saving the lives of 230,000 children since the year 2000.

Antibiotic resistance genes are spreading to Australian wildlife, including captive sea lions and rock wallabies, and the little penguins of Sydney Harbour.

New research suggests that just like humans, fruit flies show self-awareness of their actions.

Studies on the recovery of Australia’s humpback whale populations have revealed that they are increasing at a remarkable rate, among the highest documented worldwide.

Despite Australia’s relatively high rate of cannabis use, new figures show most are strongly opposed to it.

A global survey has found that the world’s wealthiest people understand climate change, but only half see it as a threat.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is celebrating the launch of its brand new Electron Microscopy Facility.

An international expert has come to Australia to make air travel faster and cheaper.

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and about 1,000 robotics experts have signed a letter to ensure that in the future of warfare- human fingers are on the trigger.

A new rail manufacturing cooperative research centre (CRC) has been launched to help Australia’s rail manufacturers expand into overseas markets and global supply chains.

Local research engineers have developed a flotilla of robot boats to monitor the effects of major weather events and provide early warning on potential environmental disasters.

Academics have slammed pharmaceutical giants for squabbling over intellectual property for new life-saving medicines, while victims of disease are dying.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is looking at changes to its ethical guidelines for assisted reproduction technology (ART).

Experts say a nationwide salt reduction target could cut rates of cardiovascular disease.

The World Health Organisation is investigating when and where to use an exciting new malaria vaccine.

The Chiropractors Association of Australia has been rocked by the resignation of one of its top people, after claims of unauthorised hospital visits to treat a baby.

There is a lot of sensitivity around swearing and other language conventions in modern culture, but some academics wonder if it is really warranted.

A new study suggests music training for kids and teens helps improve their brains’ responses to sound and sharpen learning skills.

An international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star – the most appropriate replacement for Earth ever spotted.

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