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JAN/FEB 2008

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The Roots of Human Behaviour
By Andy Herries & Zenobia Jacobs
New research has extended the origins of modern human behaviour to 164,000 years ago, revealing that Homo sapiens did not undergo an abrupt ‘cultural revolution’ only 40,000 years ago.

Cultural Revolution
By Russell Gray
The New Caledonian crow is challenging the idea that humans have a monopoly on tool technology.

Small Brains, Smart Minds
By Mandyam Srinivasan
Research reveals that bees may be capable of flexible learning.

Memories of Tomorrow
By Nicola Clayton
Do animals remember the past and plan for the future? Nicola Clayton’s studies of scrub-jays dispute the notion that humans are unique in the ability of their minds to travel in time.

Centre of Attention
By Julia Veitch
New research reveals how the brain controls the process of paying attention, potentially enabling the understanding of disorders such as dyslexia.

Embodiment & the Sense of Self
By Melita Giummarra & John Bradshaw
Phantom limbs and out-of-body experiences are just two of the hallucinations that occur when our sense of self is compromised.

I, Creature
By Julia Veitch
Rodney Brooks argues that robots are creatures like us, complete with computational aspirations and intentions.

Why Would ET Evolve Human-like Intelligence?
By Charles Lineweaver
Human-like intelligence is not a convergent feature of evolution on Earth, so why should we expect to find extraterrestrials that can build radio telescopes?



A Religious Route to Science
By Peter Pockley
Max Whitten never imagined a career in science until he began to question his Catholic beliefs.


Model Systems Warrant Support
By Paul Fisher
Australia has neglected research on non-mammalian model organisms that have had enormous impact on biomedicine internationally.


The Missing Link in Eye Evolution

Scientists Endorse End of GM Ban

Too Much Irony Leaves Stars Alone

Plant Pores Inspire Permeable Plastic

Scat Clues to Thylacine Extinction

Electronic Stability Control Reduces Car Crashes

Climate Change Will Make You Sick

Climate Projections Released

Energy Debate Lacks Experts

CSIRO Study Backs Biodiesel

Carbon Sinks Are Running Out

Sheep Droppings Parasite Detector

Toxin-free Firefighting

Laser Puts Burnie on Map

Google Map of Prehistory

Labor Presses “Innovation” Buttons

Australian Students Ace OECD Science Test

Prize Boosts Research in Model Organisms

Double Cancer Discovery



Out Of This World


Publish or Perish

Naked Skeptic

Cool Scientist


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