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Designer crops, animals, babies? In Science, why plumbers and teachers should have a say on designer babies and genetically enhanced potatoes.

Elements of surprise: neutron stars contribute little, but something’s making gold, research finds – Colliding neutron stars were touted as the main source of some of the heaviest elements in the Periodic Table. Now, not so much …

Scent of life on Venus
Microbial life may be present in the atmosphere of Venus, according to a paper published in Nature Astronomy today. Here’s our take, from our resident planetary geoscientist, Rohan Byrne @Buildmeaplanet.

Minimising severe injury from blast events on military vehicles: new research provides insights to injury prevention

Technology to make flexible phone screen chemicals kicks off new industry partnership for South Korea and Australia

Can you see the stars?: Tell us what you can see on the longest night, help us map Australia’s light pollution, and set a world record

Cyclones can damage even distant reefs: Research finds current models underestimate the impact of hurricanes and typhoons on coral reef communities

Astronomers see ‘cosmic ring of fire’, 11 billion years ago: Unusual galaxy set to prompt rethink on how structures in the Universe form

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