Two space films a top astronomer suggests
Tales of telescopes and the northern lights.
By Fred Watson, Australia’s first Astronomer-at-Large On a cold, wintery day there was nothing better than to sit ...
Glass work that proved inspirational
Science shares with art, and both are winners.
Glass blower Karen Cunningham’s art has inspired a clever bit of science. An Australian team has developed a new k...
Science helps ensure The Scream continues
Paint choice found to be a preservation problem.
Some heavy-duty science has been employed to try to better understand and preserve one of the world’s best-known work...
What do you know about art?
Psychologists tests idea that we intuitively recognise values.
It’s hard not to like a scientific paper that kicks off by quoting from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s seminal 1810 boo...
Australian food from 65,000 years ago
Charred remains offer clues to diet, technology and culture.
Australia’s first people ate a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and other plant foods, many of which would ha...
Modern culture isn’t evolving that quickly
Study suggests it's basically on pace with biological evolution.
We’re surrounded by an avalanche of new arts, technologies and scientific discoveries, so it’s easy for us humans to ...
Hip Hop is a cauldron of conformity
Analysis shows that samples stay consistent over decades.
In some circles, a popular subject of post-prandial discussion concerns the identity of the most sampled bit of music...
Musical pitch across cultures
What we know helps determine what we hear, study show.
The Tsimane people live in a remote area of the Bolivian rainforest, making them of great interest to researchers fro...
Constellations: common global meanings
University of Melbourne researchers look at us looking up.
Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a ra...
Historical significance is hard to predict
Modern data suggests the philosophers are right.
Can events be accurately described as historic at the time they are happening? Over the years, philosophers have ten...
Inside the essence of internal life
Book explores links between mind and science fiction.
Max Planck, the German Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist and father of quantum theory, was not a man given to...
The roots of robots’ bad reputation
Robots have been treated poorly by story-tellers.
If the general public has a fairly dystopian and muddled view of computer vision and the machine-learning neural netw...