Cosmos Q&A: Future biosecurity challenges
Pandemic throws spotlight on Australia’s direction.
A new CSIRO report, Australia’s Biosecurity Future, looks at what the nation’s biosecurity aims should be over the ne...
The types of electoral misinformation
Here are five things you actually need to watch for.
By Kate Starbird and Jevin West, University of Washington, and Renee DiResta, Stanford University When there's no ...
Physics and chemistry in PM’s Prize limelight
Australian awards recognise discovery, ideas and teaching.
Four physicists and a chemist have taken out the top awards in this year’s Australian Prime Minister’s Prizes for Sci...
How do we know stats can be trusted?
Talking to the humans behind the numbers.
In April, as the coronavirus pandemic was gathering force around the world, reporters asked Brendan Murphy, then Aust...
CRISPR scientists take away a Nobel
Chemistry prize won for revolutionary genetic scissors.
The scientists who gave us the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier and US bioc...
Nobels start with a double triple
Prizes for Physics and Physiology or Medicine shared.
The start of Nobel Prize week in 2020 has been very much a shared experience. Last night, Australian time, the Roy...
Humphry Davy had a way with nitrous oxide
Celebrated chemist influenced science and the arts.
On any number of criteria there is poetic beauty to be found in science. Indeed, there is even actual poetry, as s...
It’s mostly cheers for science
Global survey puts high value on scientists and their work.
Those of us who place trust for remedies in clever thinkers and careful, fact-based investigation have been having a ...
Ebenezer Howard gives us the garden city
His ideas influenced modern thinking on urban planning.
Think of the world’s great cities and the word “plan” does not come readily to mind. Most show scant signs of intelli...
Vibrating earthworms pick up an Ig Nobel
This is shed science at a professional level.
When you think of award-winning scientific research, you might think of determining the structure of DNA, or Marie Cu...
How to read COVID-19 statistics correctly
Five common errors that fuel confusion and misinformation.
If we don’t analyse statistics for a living, it’s easy to be taken in by misinformation about COVID-19 statistics on ...
Cosmos Q&A: Cracking a Rembrandt mystery
An old portrait has shone a light on dendrochronology.
The Ashmolean museum in Oxford recently announced that a portrait by Rembrandt, long thought to be a fake created aft...