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Which tree are you rooting for in our poll of Australia's favourites?

Which tree will be crowned Australia's favourite? Go out on a limb and vote for your most loved species.

'Land of milk and honey': Australian cave-dwelling weevils and 'babysitting' ants among new species named

The CSIRO has released details of 139 new species to have been identified in the past year, including an ant that 'babysits'  the caterpillars of a rare butterfly.

Who are you calling 'tree hugger'? Saving forests is rooted in bloodshed and defiance

"Tree hugger" is often used as a slur, but the term is believed to stem from a brutal massacre in India that laid the roots for modern-day peaceful resistance.

Think you know your trees? Prove it with this native vs feral trees quiz

Birds love them, bees love them and we love them! Can you spot the natives in our tree-mendous quiz?

Who was James Lovelock, what is Gaia theory, and why does it matter today?

The scientist credited with inventing Gaia theory has been celebrated by everyone from the New-Age movement to nuclear power advocates. But what is the late James Lovelock's lasting legacy to science?

Eucalypts are icons of the Australian landscape, but their family tree is shrouded in mystery

Eucalypts may look ancient, but they took over Australia in a surprisingly short period of time. Here's how they became an evolutionary success story.

How trees use the 'wood-wide web' to talk to each other

Trees and fungi have been friends for millions of years, but scientists are only just beginning to unravel the secrets of their partnership.

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Stolen stone statues carved 1,000 years ago to be returned to Cambodia

The South-East Asian country's archaeological sites suffered widespread looting during civil conflicts between the 1960s and 1990s.
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There's another oil crisis, and it's impacting everything from mayonnaise to makeup

The latest consumer price index (CPI) data showed a 14 per cent rise in the price of cooking oil in the past year and analysts say that's just the start.
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Foot-and-mouth disease led to 6 million slaughtered animals in England 20 years ago. Could it happen in Australia?

 By Sydney Pead and Samantha Hawley for ABC News Daily
Robert Craig's memories of foot-and-mouth disease tearing through the north of England are more than 20 years old, but they're as painful as ever.
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Potato growers ask McCain Foods for 78 per cent price increase

Last season McCain Foods paid growers an average of 33 cents per kilo of potatoes delivered to the local processing plant, a figure that farmers say was well below the rising cost of production.
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First national strategy to set biosecurity priorities as disease threat looms

By national rural reporter Kath Sullivan
States and territories will work together to tackle pests, weeds and diseases putting industries at risk under the first plan of its kind in Australia.
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How do two primates find love? They sing for it

They may not look exactly like La La Land stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, but these two critically endangered primates could soon be singing a stunning duet.
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'Salt and peppery' whale calf sighting a thrilling start to whale watching season

The whale watching season on the NSW far south coast is underway early with tours booked off the coasts of Bermagui, Merimbula and Eden. 
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Feeding coral larvae improves survival rates but many mysteries remain

Scientists are still unsure exactly how they feed but expect the findings will help projects to restore degraded reefs.
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In pictures: NASA's Curiosity Rover is still searching for life on Mars a decade on

It's been 10 years since NASA's rover landed on the Red Planet to search for evidence that billions of years ago, Mars had the conditions to support life. Along the way, its cameras have captured some striking images.
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'Gifted, bored and troubled': How ADHD diagnosis can be missed in women

An ADHD diagnosis in adulthood can be life changing — but it's often just the beginning of a long journey.
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