Core Sciences

  • Microbiota catalogue just got bigger

    Thousands of new species discovered using DNA.

    Scientists have deciphered 12,566 new species of microbiotas from DNA samples, expanding the diversity of bacteria an...

    Biology November 10, 2020
  • Shining a light on wine fraud

    New technique looks for fingerprints to prove origin.

    Australian wine scientists are testing the potential of molecular fingerprinting to quickly authenticate the provenan...

    Chemistry November 7, 2020
  • A new spin on atoms

    Strange things happen when they get really close.

    US researchers have developed a way to control and measure atoms that are so close together they are impossible to di...

    Physics November 3, 2020
  • History

    Robert Hooke, a man for the times

    An underrated overachiever in the world of science.

    Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that. Hooke was born in England, ...

    Physics October 30, 2020
  • A great African gene migration

    New variants reveal patterns of human movement.

    Exploring a huge number of genes has helped uncover migration of early humans and the evolution of disease-resistant ...

    Biology October 29, 2020
  • Printed tongues take some licking

    Synthetic surface behaves like the real thing.

    British scientists have 3D-printed some rather sophisticated fake tongues – even if they don’t actually look like ton...

    Engineering October 28, 2020
  • Pushing the laser limit

    Researchers offer a taste of what’s possible.

    Australian quantum researchers have shown it’s possible to vastly improve the coherence of lasers, overcoming a bound...

    Physics October 27, 2020
  • A catalyst for faster, cheaper biodiesel

    New system can work with low-grade feedstock.

    Australian and British researchers have developed a new, low-cost way to make biodiesel from used cooking oil and agr...

    Chemistry October 27, 2020
  • History

    Georges Lemaître comes in with a bang

    Belgian priest a big part of big scientific debates.

    In 1927, Catholic priest Georges Lemaître published a paper in the Annales de la Societe scientifique de Bruxelles in...

    Physics October 24, 2020
  • Making it easier to find ‘new Earths’

    Australian sensor can correct the distortion of starlight.

    Australian researchers have combined artificial intelligence and photonics to develop a new type of adaptive optics s...

    Physics October 23, 2020
  • Big brains, big math scores

    Genes could be the reason you’re a natural – or not.

    A gene called ROBO1 helps brain development, which can also lead to higher math scores, according to new German resea...

    Biology October 23, 2020
  • Healthy bacteria thrive in gut before birth

    Microbiota help healthy foetuses grow.

    Micro-organisms in the gut microbiome begin growing in foetuses as early as five months, new research shows. In a ...

    Biology October 20, 2020
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