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Coronavirus live news: Brazilian cases pass 1.5m

Country has second-worst outbreak in the world as global cases near 11mUS reports world’s biggest daily increase in cases with 55,0004 July celebrations increase risk of ‘superspreader’ events 11.28pm BST Hi, I’m Josh Taylor and I will be taking the live blog through to 9am Melbourne time on Saturday. In Australia, all eyes are currently on Victoria, where the state is experiencing a second spike in cases. We will get an update on the number of new cases identified overnight sometime later t...
Tags: UK, Science, Australia, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, NHS, Microbiology, Victoria, Melbourne, Downing Street, Josh Taylor, People 's Assembly


Why girls are less likely to pursue a career in STEM — even though they score just as high as boys at school

Last month, the Australian Academy of Science published a report showing the COVID-19 pandemic would disproportionately affect women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) disciplines. The report noted before COVID-19, around 7,500 women were employed in STEM research fields in Australia in 2017, compared to around 18,400 men. The authors wrote: The pandemic appears to be compounding pre-existing gender disparity; women are under-represented across the STEM workforce, and weigh...
Tags: Startups, Science, Australia, Tech, Australian Academy of Science, Syndication


Coronavirus live news: Australia puts 300,000 back into lockdown; tourist flights to Greece resume

Fauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a day; schools in Thailand reopen; global cases near 10.5mGlobal report: US sees another record increase in coronavirus casesUS buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivirAustralia locks down 300,000 in 36 Melbourne suburbsUK coronavirus updates – liveWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 10.19am BST Turkey on Wednesday urged the EU to correct the “mistake” of excluding it from the bloc’s list of safe coronavi...
Tags: Science, Greece, Australia, US, Eu, UK News, World news, Australia news, Turkey, US news, Medical Research, Thailand, Infectious Diseases, Morocco, Microbiology, Brussels


Coronavirus live news: Australia puts 300,000 back into lockdown; US reports another record increase in cases

Fauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a day; schools in Thailand reopen; global cases near 10.5mGlobal report: US sees another record increase in coronavirus casesUS buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivirAustralia locks down 300,000 in 36 Melbourne suburbsUK coronavirus updates – liveWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 8.26am BST Here’s an AFP report on an anticipated baby boom in Indonesia:With her husband left jobless by the pandemic, the...
Tags: Google, Science, Indonesia, Australia, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Thailand, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Melbourne, University College London, Afp


Coronavirus live news: Australia locks down 300,000 as global cases near 10.5m

Fauci says new US coronavirus cases could hit 100,000 a day; US buys up world stock of key Covid-19 drug remdesivirGlobal report: US sees another record increase in coronavirus casesAustralia locks down 300,000 in Victoria state suburbsCases worldwide near 10.5mWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 7.16am BST Schools in Thailand have reopened today, along with bars, clubs and massage parlours. Despite the push for normality in daily life, on Tuesday the kingdom’s cabinet...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Thailand, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Victoria, Fauci, Simon Burnton, Coronavirus outbreak


Global report: US reports another record increase in coronavirus cases

New cases jump by 80% in two weeks; South Korea using remdesivir; outbreak in Australia’s state of Victoria worsensCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe United States again reported a record one-day increase in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with 44,358 new coronavirus cases confirmed in the country, according to coronavirus database the Covid Tracking Project, as infections surge across the country, which is the worst-affected worldwide in terms of cases and deaths.The ...
Tags: South Korea, Science, Australia, US, World news, US news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Victoria, Coronavirus outbreak


Aboriginal artifacts reveal first ancient underwater cultural sites in Australia

The first underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites have been discovered off northwest Australia dating back thousands of years ago when the current seabed was dry land.Aboriginal artefacts discovered off the Plibara coast in Western Australia were discovered through a series of archaeological and geophysical surveys in the Dampier Archipelago, as part of the Deep History of Sea Country Project, funded through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Project Scheme.
Tags: Science, Australia, Western Australia, Australian Research Council, Dampier Archipelago, Deep History of Sea Country Project


First confirmed underwater Aboriginal archaeological sites found off Australian coast

Ancient submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites await underwater rediscovery off the coast of Australia, according to a study published July 1, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jonathan Benjamin of Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia and colleagues.
Tags: Science, Australia, PLOS ONE, Jonathan Benjamin, Flinders University Adelaide Australia


Light pollution gives invasive cane toads a belly full of grub

Artificial light at night attracts insects, thus giving invasive cane toads in places like Australia a lot more food to eat, researchers have found, potentially giving a boost to such invasions.
Tags: Science, Australia


Scientists use a Teflon pipe to make a cheap, simple reactor for silica particle synthesis

The synthesis of silica particles, used in bioimaging and drug delivery, could become considerably cheaper and more efficient by adopting a new flow synthesis method demonstrated by researchers in Australia and China, which involves a spiral channel and simple Teflon pipe to promote the rapid mixing of precursor fluids.
Tags: Science, Australia, China


Australian Authorities Want an AI To Settle Your Divorce

For better or worse, there’s a good chance your current love life owes something to automation. Even if you’re just hooking up with the occasional Tinder fling (which if you are, no judgment), you’re still turning to Tinder’s black-box algorithms to pick out that fling for you before turning to more black-box…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Divorce, Artificial Intelligence, Breakups, Christian Porter


Coronavirus live updates: India warns citizens against 'negligence'; Spain prepares to open borders

India has over 550,000 infections; Spain looking at 11 fresh outbreaksGlobal report: WHO to send team to China to investigate Covid-19 originsLeicester lockdown: what are the new Covid-19 restrictions?Jacinda Ardern decries ‘dangerous’ calls to reopen New Zealand bordersUK coronavirus updates – liveWorld map: which countries have the most cases and deaths? 2.27pm BST Chile’s unemployment rate hit 11.2% between March and May amid the coronavirus lockdown, according to the country’s government...
Tags: Science, Australia, China, India, Spain, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Chile, New Zealand, Scott Morrison, Latin America, ADF


Countries group into clusters as COVID-19 outbreak spreads

Mathematicians based in Australia and China have developed a method to analyze the large amount of data accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technique, described in the journal Chaos, can identify anomalous countries -- those that are more successful than expected at responding to the pandemic and those that are particularly unsuccessful. The investigators analyzed the data with a variation of a statistical technique known as a cluster analysis.
Tags: Science, Australia, China


New extinct family of giant wombat relatives discovered in Australian desert

A giant marsupial that roamed prehistoric Australia 25 million years ago is so different from its wombat cousins that scientists have had to create a new family to accommodate it.
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Coronavirus Australia: Victoria reports jump of 41 cases and sends emergency alerts to hotspots

New South Wales makes Covid-19 tests mandatory for returned travellers and reports six new casesCoronavirus live blog: India passes 500,000 cases as Victoria reports surgeSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsVictoria has reported another Covid-19 jump with 41 new cases reported on Saturday as the Australian state was experiencing a potential second wave of the virus.Victoria’s deputy chief health officer, Dr ...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, India, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Coronavirus outbreak, Annaliese van Diemen


Coronavirus live news: CDC says US infections may be ten times official toll as Australian outbreak grows

Mike Pence to hold first coronavirus task force briefing in weeks on Friday; Texas pauses next phase of reopening; ; Follow the latest updatesBrazil registers 39,483 new casesMore than 20m Americans could have contracted Covid-19, experts sayEngland: major incident declared as people flock to south coastSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.35am BST Swedes are losing trust in authorities’ handling of the coronavirus, as the man behind the country’s light-touch approach called lockdowns a form o...
Tags: Texas, Science, Australia, Cdc, US, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Victoria, Mike Pence, Woolworths, Dagens Nyheter


No leg to stand on for Australia's flamingos

The sweeping pink salt lakes across Australia's interior are all that remain of the lush green places three species of pink flamingos once thrived the outback. Some much larger than flamingos now found in Africa and other parts of the world, Australian flamingos enjoyed a range of freshwater habitats for about 25 million years, Flinders University researchers say.
Tags: Science, Australia, Africa, Flinders University


Fancy Aussie bees flew in from Asia

Ancestors of a distinctive pollinating bee found across Australia probably originated in tropical Asian countries, islands in the south-west Pacific or greater Oceania region, ecology researchers claim. Describing the likely dispersal corridor for the ancestral lineage of the bee genus Homalictus will help understand the social evolution of the vibrant halictine bees, South Australian, Czech and PNG researchers say in a new paper.
Tags: Asia, Science, Australia, Oceania, PNG, South West Pacific


The destruction of a 46,000-year-old cave and the backlash for Australia’s mining industry

In Western Australia, on the lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people, there was a 46,000-year-old cave, where thousands of artefacts were discovered, revealing incredible things about the history of this continent. In late May Rio Tinto – one of the world’s biggest mining companies – blew it up. Calla Wahlquist explores the archaic law that allowed this to happen, and the ensuing backlash that could change how the mining industry operates • Culture warriors obsessed with statues ign...
Tags: Science, Australia, Australia news, Mining, Heritage, Rio Tinto, Archaeology, Indigenous Australians, Western Australia, Calla Wahlquist, Ken Wyatt, Pinikura


'A peek into the future': how worst-case scenario coronavirus modelling saved Australia from catastrophe

Although early Covid-19 modelling was inaccurate, experts say it did make us see what could happen if we did nothingWhen Covid-19 shifted from a disease in returned travellers to a virus that was spreading throughout the Australian community, dire predictions of deaths proliferated on social media and in the news.In March, the deputy chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, said modelling revealed the federal government was preparing for 50,000 deaths in a best-case scenario and 150,000 deaths in...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paul Kelly, Coronavirus outbreak, Raina MacIntyre, University of New South Wales 's Kirby Institute


'Wildly off-base': how did Australia get its coronavirus modelling so wrong?

Although early coronavirus modelling was inaccurate, experts say it did make us see what could happen if we did nothingWhen Covid-19 shifted from a disease in returned travellers to a virus that was spreading throughout the Australian community, dire predictions of deaths proliferated on social media and in the news.In March, the deputy chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, said modelling revealed the federal government was preparing for 50,000 deaths in a best-case scenario and 150,000 deaths...
Tags: Health, Science, Australia, Australia news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Paul Kelly, Coronavirus outbreak, Raina MacIntyre, University of New South Wales 's Kirby Institute


Resounding yes to message on a bottle

A new study examining the levels of support of various alcohol control policies across seven countries including Australia, has found broad support for the proposition that alcohol products should carry pregnancy health warnings.
Tags: Science, Australia


International study indicates shift to raw/home-made food diet for pets over past decade

While most cats and dogs are still being fed 'conventional' wet and dry food, there has been a distinct shift in feeding practices over the past decade to include raw and home-made foods, particularly in Australia, finds an international study, published in this week's issue of Vet Record.
Tags: Science, Australia


Australian scientists reveal a lost 8 billion light years of universe evolution

Scientists, from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) at Monash University in Australia, reveal it's likely there are 2 million gravitational wave events from merging black holes - a pair of merging black holes every 200 seconds and a pair of merging neutron stars every 15 seconds - that are missed every year.
Tags: Science, Australia, Monash University, ARC Centre of Excellence


University of Melbourne to build and launch innovative satellite

Funding helps develop cutting edge space capabilities in Australia and collaboration with multiple Australian space industry companies and the Italian Space Agency
Tags: Science, Australia, University of Melbourne


Tracking Australia's gigantic carnivorous dinosaurs

North America had the T. rex, South America had the Giganotosaurus and Africa the Spinosaurus - now evidence shows Australia had gigantic predatory dinosaurs.
Tags: Science, Australia, Africa, South America, North America


Australian fossil reveals new plant species

Fresh examination of an Australian fossil -- believed to be among the earliest plants on Earth -- has revealed evidence of a new plant species that existed in Australia more than 359 Million years ago.
Tags: Science, Australia, Earth


Ominous Green Fireball Lights Up Skies Over Australian Outback

A greenish-blue fireball streaked across the skies over Australia last night, in an event captured by awe-struck observers on the ground.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Australia, Meteors, Fireballs


Mining Company Not Sorry for Destroying 46,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Site: Report

Executives at Rio Tinto are not sorry for destroying a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site in the state of Western Australia, according to a secret recording obtained by the Australian Financial Review. The mining company had previously expressed regret for the distress caused to some people, but didn’t actually…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Rio Tinto, Black Lives Matter, Western Australia, Australian Financial Review, Aboriginal Rights, Chris Salisbury


Researchers flush out worrying trend of designer drug use

In a sign that designer drugs are becoming more prevalent in Australia, synthetic cathinones -- commonly known as 'bath salts' -- have been detected in the nation's wastewater in the largest study of its kind in the country.
Tags: Science, Australia



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