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Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

Scientists discover ancient undersea landslide in Australia

An international team of scientists have discovered evidence of a massive ancient undersea landslide close to Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

The Gloria Knolls Slide, which could also have triggered a tsunami, occurred nearly 300,000 years ago. It was 32 cubic kilometers in volume, or nearly thirty times the size of Uluru, a rock landmark in central part of Australia.

The researchers discovered the ancient landslide while conducting 3-dimentional mapping of the Queensland Trough’s ancient reefs. The Queensland Trough is a big basin adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

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Australian students reproduce $750 malaria drug for just $2 per dose

Australian students reproduce $750 malaria drug for just $2 per dose

A group of Australian students successfully reproduced an active ingredient for a life-saving, anti-parasitic drug called Daraprim for just $2 per dose, a little fraction of the drug’s current list price of $750 a dose.

Global media, pharmaceutical executives and others have praising the students from Sydney Grammar School, saying they proved that of that science and technology will solve problems of human suffering in the 21st century.

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Naturally-occurring bacteria to stop transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses

Naturally-occurring bacteria to stop transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses

Introducing a naturally-occurring bacterium in the wild can help control mosquito-borne diseases like zika and dengue; multiple small-scale observational trials conducted in various countries have shown.

In the trials conducted in Australia, Colombia and Vietnam, the researchers released mosquitoes infected with naturally occurring bacteria called Wolbachia, and found that it stopped viruses responsible for zika illness and dengue fever from growing inside the mosquitoes and thus spreading of the illnesses.

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Doctors criticise timing of Medicare cuts announcement

Doctors criticise timing of Medicare cuts announcement

Doctors in Australia have criticised the Health Minister Sussan Ley’s decision to announce the cuts to medical benefits during the holiday season.

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