While plenty of other creatures are intelligent – humans seem to have unique skills when it comes to brain power.

It has been shown that wellbeing and happiness peak at the beginning and ends of our lives, and a new study is seeking to find out source of such good vibrations for students across the country.

Heads may roll at Tasmanian health departments, following strong allegations of nepotism and misconduct.

Rural doctors say the proposed Medicare co-payment will add an extra weight to their already over-burdened shoulders.

One tiny island nation in the Pacific is having its lack of clean water addressed by the life-saving work of an independent Australian aid group.

Despite efforts to avoid it, millions of dollars in budget cuts will force CSIRO to close down several sites for world-leading research.

Australian researchers are contributing to an incredible scientific effort – creating the world’s first-ever synthetic complex organism.

An inactive life may contribute more to the risk of heart disease than smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, research suggests.

A new study of the way bacteria spread amongst possums could shed light on human epidemics.

FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next month will have a particularly high-tech start, as the first ball of the world’s biggest sporting event is kicked by a paralysed teen in a robotic exoskeleton.

Just like our bodies, individual cells have a skeletal structure to keep them safe and in the proper shape, but until recently it was almost impossible to have a proper look at it.

A new study has shown extra levels of complexity in the way sound and vision tell us about the world.

The world will be dealing with the cancerous effects of asbestos for many decades to come, but some are concerned that Australia will be less equipped to do so when the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency is scrapped.

The federal Health Minister has given a slight inkling that there may be room to move on some upcoming changes to the health budget.

Environmental group Friends of The Earth is pushing for a ban on food products containing nanomaterials.

A rehab expert says the new ‘earn or learn’ welfare system will severely impact injured workers, and could create a new underclass of those caught in the gaps between policy directives.

Mice with mohawks have thrown new light on the nature and development of autism in the brain.

Young people are being swayed by the “relaxing” and “fun” image of a dangerous smoking device, and researchers say it must be addresses in order to cut future addictions.

Some leading figures in the Australian research community say the $20 billion “medical research future fund” is a good idea, but will not work unless the policy-makers start listening to scientists.

Depression in mothers often hits hardest several years after giving birth, new research shows.

Researchers are working on an exciting new method to monitor the brain in real-time 3D.

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