Why boys should be friends with girls
Baboon study suggests it increases chance of a long life.
Close friendships can increase the odds of living a long life – not just in humans but also in animals including hors...
Taking building tips from a glass sponge
Mechanically robust lattice inspired by nature.
This humble deep-sea glass sponge may inspire a new generation of construction. Credit: Matheus Fernandes/Harvard ...
New photodetector is a shining light
Ultra-thin prototype can see the full spectrum.
Australian engineers appear to have raised the bar for photodetector technology, developing a device that is incredib...
Add plasma to biomass to get better biogas
Researchers try a new way to break down the tricky bits.
Producing biogas from the bacterial breakdown of biomass seems a relatively simple idea: just let the bacteria do the...
Burning up the health budget
2019–20 bushfires cost Australia in so many ways.
Ruined homes and other structures are among the most obvious signs of bushfires, and because there are insurance and ...
Funnel-webs don’t mean to hurt us
Impact of venom an ‘unfortunate evolutionary coincidence’.
Australia’s funnel-web spiders are deadly to humans – particularly the males from the species Atrax robustus that cal...
New insights into flu risk during pregnancy
Research suggests infection heightens immune response.
Researchers in Australia and Ireland may have discovered why influenza affects pregnant women so severely, sometimes ...
SpaceWatch: lights, moon ice, old rocks
New views of Enceladus, Ryugu and Comet 67P
Comet 67P is shining bright The irregularly shaped Comet 67P. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM Data from the Europea...
The fisheye lens goes flat and wide
Panoramas possible with a single piece of glass.
Fisheye lenses let photographers take panoramic views in a single shot but, because they are made from multiple piece...
Surprising insights into sleep’s purpose
Study raises questions about its role in early childhood.
Humans (and other animals) need sleep as much as they need water and oxygen, and considering we spend about a third o...
Important steps on the Arabian Peninsula
Ancient footprints may show how humans moved from Africa.
Around 120,000 years ago, someone trudged across the Arabian Peninsula, with horses, camels and even elephants. We do...
NatureWatch: Tales of growth and survival
Big sharks, big eaters, big lizards and a new butterfly.
To get big, grow slow A decade-long study of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) has determined that the biggest fish i...