Core Sciences

  • How teeth sense cold temperatures

    New research identifies a protein in teeth that senses the cold.

    Cold teeth can be painful, particularly if they’re decayed. In a new paper, published in Science Advances, scientists...

    Biology March 27, 2021
  • Magnetic fields mapped around black hole

    World-spanning telescope gives new view of supermassive black hole.

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has just snapped a new image of the massive object lurking at the centre of the Mes...

    Astronomy March 25, 2021
  • A new carbon capture catalyst

    Molybdenum disulphide offers a more sustainable transformation of CO2.

    Chemists have suggested a new method for turning carbon dioxide into methanol using a special catalyst – a technique ...

    Chemistry March 23, 2021
  • Meet the new chief

    Australia’s chief scientist has outlined the key issues she’ll address.

    Last Wednesday, Australia’s new chief scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, gave the National Press Club Address for Science mee...

    News March 22, 2021
  • The science behind the blastocyst and iBlastoid

    Monash University-led research team turns skin cells into early-stage embryo model.

    Left to right: Jia Tan, Jose Polo, Xiaodong (Ethan) Liu. Credit: Monash University It was an unanticipated event t...

    Biology March 18, 2021
  • Squeeze like a fungus

    Some fungi species squeeze between cells

    As icky as it sounds, some species of fungus can literally squeeze themselves between plant or animal cells and nestl...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Tear glands cry in a dish

    Human stem-cell derived organoids make tears.

    A team of researchers, led by Marie Bannier-Hélaouët of the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands, has developed orga...

    Biology March 16, 2021
  • Magazine

    Lithium: Powering the Green Revolution

    The race for better battery power has caused a “white gold” rush on lithium.

    by Richard A Lovett As the climate warms, sea levels rise and droughts, heatwaves and bushfires multiply, the need...

    Sustainability March 16, 2021
  • How perovskites twist

    New research has shone light on the internal structures of perovskite crystals.

    Perovskites are a popular substance in materials science, particularly in solar panel research. They’re flexible, the...

    Chemistry March 16, 2021
  • Cosmos Pi-ku 2021 competition

    Celebrate all that’s good about maths by making a poem of it.

    March 14 is International Day of Mathematics – UNESCO declared it so at its 40th General Conference in 2019 – and als...

    Mathematics March 14, 2021
  • Explainer: Wastewater

    How does wastewater testing work?

    COVID-19 detections in wastewater have been making headlines for the past 12 months – including this week in Adelaide...

    Chemistry March 12, 2021
  • Video

    Cosmos Briefing: Hydrogen

    Experts discuss the future of hydrogen as a fuel.

    Hydrogen is set to accelerate as a fuel source over the next decade, but we need to watch where it’s used, according ...

    Cosmos Briefing March 11, 2021
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