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Diets lacking in essential vitamins and minerals

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NEW RESEARCH LED by University of Illinois with CSIRO, the International Food Policy Research Institute and others shows that unless we act now in making vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and pulses more available and affordable, serious micronutrient inadequacies will persist globally along with continued undernutrition in the poorest regions of

The Milky Way is warped

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The first accurate 3D map of our galaxy reveals its true shape: warped and twisted. ASTRONOMERS FROM Macquarie University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have used 1339 ‘standard’ stars to map the real shape of our home galaxy in a paper published in Nature Astronomy. They found the Milky Way’s disc

Traffic pollution exposure in pregnancy: link to autism?

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EXPOSURE TO TRAFFIC pollution has been found to be linked with an increased risk of autism in a Canadian area with relatively low air pollution. Although the cause of autism is unknown, Canadian researchers studied estimated exposure during pregnancy to three airborne pollutants and found environmental nitric oxide (not to be

I am not a rat! And what are they doing to rats anyway?

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THE NATIONAL TOXICOLOGY Program (NTP) of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has released research suggesting a conclusive link between mobile phone radiation and cancer in rats and mice. The research involved exposing male and female rats and mice to radio-frequency radiation that the authors suggested was like that used in 2G

Turning coffee waste into coffee cups

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A MACQUARIE PhD student believes he’s come up with a way to turn coffee waste into biodegradable plastic coffee cups. He’s developed a method to turn coffee grounds into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics, and is now refining the process as he finishes his PhD. “Australians

Skin cancer breakthrough: Melanoma blood test promising

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With Australians leading the world for skin cancer incidence, scientists from Edith Cowan University have developed the world's first blood test capable of detecting melanoma in its early stages, an innovation that could save thousands of lives, and save the health system millions of dollars. By Australian Science Media Centre THE BLOOD

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