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‘At one with the universe’: How can psychedelic drugs help treat suffering?
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Mental health

‘At one with the universe’: How can psychedelic drugs help treat suffering?

The active ingredient in magic mushrooms is one of the “trippy” drugs showing promise in treating depression, end-of-life terror and more. What might psychedelics reveal?

  • by Samantha Selinger-Morris

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Do we have a vaccine stockpile?

Do we have a vaccine stockpile?

NSW has received 350,000 extra doses of vaccines but Australia hasn’t boosted its Pfizer order, and no states have lost out. How does that work?

  • by Rachel Clun
‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?
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Biodiversity

‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?

New technology means we may soon be able to turn back the clock on extinction. In the final part of our series exploring the science behind science fiction, we meet the contenders for revival.

  • by Sherryn Groch
‘A thing of beauty’: How do you build the perfect swimmer?

‘A thing of beauty’: How do you build the perfect swimmer?

Power dives and snappy tumble turns – elite swimmers work hard to hone these “skills”, and there’s their stroke. What are their secrets?

  • by Phil Lutton
The lowdown on lockdowns: Do they work?

The lowdown on lockdowns: Do they work?

We are being asked to do something against human nature, but it’s our social ways that spread the virus. So what do we know about lockdowns so far?

  • by Liam Mannix
New stars, new flags: How do you win gold in 3x3 basketball?

New stars, new flags: How do you win gold in 3x3 basketball?

A quick guide to 3x3 (pronounced “three ex three”) basketball, new in the Olympics – and who to watch out for.

  • by Roy Ward
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Ollies and grinds: How do you win gold in skateboarding?

Ollies and grinds: How do you win gold in skateboarding?

A quick guide to how skateboarding, new in the Olympics – and who to watch out for.

  • by Roy Ward
Tubes in Tokyo: How do you win gold in surfing?

Tubes in Tokyo: How do you win gold in surfing?

A quick guide to surfing, new in the Olympics – and who to watch out for.

  • by Amelia McGuire
Rock stars: How do you win gold in sport climbing?

Rock stars: How do you win gold in sport climbing?

A quick guide to sport climbing, new in the Olympics – and who to watch out for.

  • by Anthony Colangelo
‘Die as a human or live forever as a cyborg’: Will robots rule the world?
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Robots

‘Die as a human or live forever as a cyborg’: Will robots rule the world?

Will nanobots and brain chips help us thrive – or could cyborgs wipe us out?

  • by Sherryn Groch and Tim Biggs
Ka-pow! How do you win gold in karate?

Ka-pow! How do you win gold in karate?

A quick guide to karate, new in the Olympics – and who to watch out for.

  • by Anthony Colangelo