Gemma Black

Gemma Black

Gemma Black, a former COSMOS intern, completed a degree in journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney, then took up an environmental journalism scholarship to the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2009. Before returning to COSMOS in 2012, she served as a staff writer at 4X4 Australia magazine, a job that took her all over Australia – from the untouched western forests of Tasmania to following biologists in the remote Kimberley desert.

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The art of physics

Monday, 22 April 2013

Julian Berengut’s research into the fundamental physics of the universe goes beyond pure science and into philosophical questions of human existence, he says.

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Easter highlights palm oil controversy

Thursday, 28 March 2013 - 2 comments

The Easter holiday – and the treats that come with it – has given voice to an unlikely cause: the plight of the endangered orangutan, as its habitat falls victim to a booming palm oil industry.

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The Universal Sense

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

In The Universal Sense, Horowitz delivers a harmonious love letter to the ear that makes for a fascinating read.

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‘Killer walrus’ theory debunked

Thursday, 17 January 2013

A 16-million-year-old fossil has cast doubt on claims from the 1980s of an extinct ‘killer walrus’ species adapted to feed on ‘large, struggling prey’.

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Sydney 2012 is the next gastro pandemic

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

A vomiting and diarrhoea bug dubbed in one news headline “the chunder from Down Under” has swept across Europe and could cause a pandemic.

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Wildfire hits Australian observatory, telescopes survive

Monday, 14 January 2013

Fire raged through Australia’s top astronomical research observatory overnight, damaging or destroying several buildings, but initial reports indicate the telescopes survived.

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China’s ‘Little Emperors’ more neurotic, risk averse

Thursday, 10 January 2013

China’s one-child policy has created a generation that is more pessimistic, neurotic and risk averse – while being less trusting, trustworthy, competitive and conscientious.

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New flying frog species found in Vietnam

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

A new, large species of flying frog has been discovered in low-lying forests of southern Vietnam, less than 100km from Ho Chi Minh City, biologists announced.

Most popular stories of 2012

Thursday, 20 December 2012
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126 new species discovered in Southeast Asia

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Scientists identified 126 new species in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia last year, including a frog that sings like a bird and a two-legged lizard, according to a report released by the World Wildlife Fund.


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