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From Kangaroo Island to Mallacoota, citizen scientists proved vital to Australia’s bushfire recovery – Micky News

Following the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20, many people throughout Australia, and across the world, wanted to know how they could help in response to the e

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Hundreds contacted the Australian Citizen Science Association (ACSA), Australias peak citizen science body, for guidance on how to participate in relevant scientific projects.
It was a golden opportunity to show that science can be, and is, done by all kinds of people not just those working in labs with years of training and access to high-powered instruments. A scientist can be you, your children or your parents.
And this recognition led to the establishment of the Citizen Science Bushfire Pr…

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Flexible and biodegradable electronic blood vessels. – Brinkwire

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Researchers in China and Switzerland have developed electronic blood vessels that can be actively tuned to address subtle changes in the body after implantation. The blood vesselsmade of a metal-polymer conductor membrane that’s flexible and biodegradablemimic natural blood vessels, were conductive in in vitro experiments, and were able to effectively replace key arteries in rabbits. The research, published October 1 in the journal Matter, could overcome the limitations of conventional tissue en…

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How hybrids have upturned evolutionary theory – The Economist

The origin of species is more complex than Darwin envisaged

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IN 1981 PETER and Rosemary Grant, a husband-and-wife team of evolutionary biologists, spotted something odd on Daphne Major. Every year for the previous decade they had travelled from Princeton University to this island in the Galápagos, to study its three endemic tanager species, part of a group known colloquially as Darwins finches. On this occasion their eyes were drawn to an unusual male that sported dark feathers and sang a unique song. Genetic analysis later identified him as a large cactu…

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This incredible meteor shower will be visible in October – Lonely Planet Travel News

The Orionid meteor shower is coming.

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Halloween fireworks won’t be the only things illuminating the atmosphere this month, as shooting stars are also set to light up the sky in the coming weeks. The annual Orionid meteor shower will occur from around 2 October to 7 November, and gets its name because the meteors radiate from the Orion constellation.
Must-see celestial events for the rest of 2020
Meteors in annual showers are named for the point in the sky from which they appear to radiate. During the Orionid shower, Earth passes t…

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