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Opinion | As marine life flees to cooler waters due to global warming, history warns this could lead to mass extinction

When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 per cent of all marine species died – but we can take actions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 per cent of all marine species died – but we can take actions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

As marine life flees to cooler waters due to global warming, history warns this could lead to mass extinction
9 Apr 2021 - 12:00PM
Opinion | New coronavirus variants have changed the game, and vaccines won’t be enough

At least three documented Covid-19 variants of concern are spreading fast around the world, putting vaccination efforts at risk of being derailed.

At least three documented Covid-19 variants of concern are spreading fast around the world, putting vaccination efforts at risk of being derailed.

New coronavirus variants have changed the game, and vaccines won’t be enough
6 Apr 2021 - 1:14PM
Explainer | Coronavirus: why do we need booster shots, and could mixing Covid-19 vaccines boost immune response?

Giving smaller portions in multiple shots is often better than a large dose of vaccine in a single shot.

Giving smaller portions in multiple shots is often better than a large dose of vaccine in a single shot.

Coronavirus: why do we need booster shots, and could mixing Covid-19 vaccines boost immune response?
18 Mar 2021 - 8:24AM
Opinion | Why Facebook banning news days before Australia’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out is dangerous

By minimising the media’s role at this moment, the US firm will make it harder for people to access good information, at a time when they need it most.

By minimising the media’s role at this moment, the US firm will make it harder for people to access good information, at a time when they need it most.

Why Facebook banning news days before Australia’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out is dangerous
19 Feb 2021 - 7:21AM
Explainer | Why more contagious Covid-19 variants are emerging

Coronavirus mutations emerged as the number of cases soared globally and as the virus responded to immunity that started to build up in the population.

Coronavirus mutations emerged as the number of cases soared globally and as the virus responded to immunity that started to build up in the population.

Why more contagious Covid-19 variants are emerging
17 Feb 2021 - 2:06PM
Opinion | As Beijing ups the ante, hopes for improved Australia-China relations dashed

Beijing appears to be targeting Australian trade to convey its displeasure that a regional united front appears to be forming to contain China’s ambitions.

Beijing appears to be targeting Australian trade to convey its displeasure that a regional united front appears to be forming to contain China’s ambitions.

As Beijing ups the ante, hopes for improved Australia-China relations dashed
19 Oct 2020 - 3:11PM
Opinion | After 1 million deaths, Covid-19 is still a mystery and experts have burning questions

How did Sars-CoV-2 enter the human population? What are the prospects for a vaccine in the near future? These are among the questions that experts have even as the pandemic reaches a grim milestone.

How did Sars-CoV-2 enter the human population? What are the prospects for a vaccine in the near future? These are among the questions that experts have even as the pandemic reaches a grim milestone.

After 1 million deaths, Covid-19 is still a mystery and experts have burning questions
29 Sep 2020 - 4:13PM
Opinion | Video shows just how easily Covid-19 could spread when people sing together

New study includes filming droplets and aerosols emitted when someone sings, highlighting how singing might be an infection risk.

New study includes filming droplets and aerosols emitted when someone sings, highlighting how singing might be an infection risk.

Video shows just how easily Covid-19 could spread when people sing together
21 Sep 2020 - 11:27AM