Amalyah Hart

Amalyah Hart

Amalyah Hart is a science journalist based in Melbourne.

  • Bees benefit from coffee buzz

    Even the foraging abilities of bumble bees are better focused with a caffeine charge.

    Most of us are familiar with that morning coffee buzz caffeine-hit– and need it to get started on our working day. Bu...

    July 29, 2021
  • Baboons wearing Fitbits reveal community secrets

    Even boss baboons adjust their pace to fit in with their troop, new study finds.

    You may know the Fitbits as handy little doo-dads strapped onto wrists that help people chart their fitness, but now ...

    July 28, 2021
  • How a 310-million-year-old brain works

    Well-preserved horseshoe-crab brain fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge.

    While hard appendages like bone and shell can be preserved as fossils for millions of years, palaeontology’s enduring...

    July 27, 2021
  • When music ‘speaks’

    New research demonstrates how traditional dùndún drumming accurately mimics Yorùbá speech.

    Dùndún drumming is an oral tradition among the Yorùbá peoples of Western Africa which involves a special type of drum...

    July 27, 2021
  • Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

    Scientists uncover unknown viruses trapped in 15,000-year-old ice.

    It sounds like the opening scene of an apocalyptic movie: scientists drilling ice cores from an ancient glacier uncov...

    July 21, 2021
  • Life after death for planets orbiting white dwarfs

    New modelling to inform the search for life on other planets.

    If life exists on planets orbiting white dwarf stars, it almost certainly evolved after the stars’ deaths, according ...

    July 21, 2021
  • Super-fast Hendra test

    Developers claim new testing kit can detect killer virus in minutes.

    Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever t...

    July 21, 2021
  • Under the (social) influence

    Behavioural change comes from the periphery of society – not from influencers.

    The modern-day influence economy would have us believe that the best way to sell a product – or an idea – is to have ...

    July 20, 2021
  • Earth orbital space: who’s in charge?

    As companies send out thousands of low-orbit satellites to build a global internet, will astronom...

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk has said that his Starlink satellite-based internet will be able to connect anyone, anywhe...

    July 16, 2021
  • Surge in climate-related deaths predicted

    Studies reveal a drop in cold-related deaths, but growing numbers of people dying from heat.

    Two new studies out today in The Lancet Planetary Health reveal the stark reality of climate-related mortality, showi...

    July 8, 2021
  • CSIRO makes satellite eye in the sky available for Aussie Earth observation

    Access to the NovaSAR-1 satellite will help industries such as agriculture and emergency management.

    Australian researchers in industries such as agriculture and disaster management can, from today, apply to direct the...

    July 7, 2021
  • Does nature have rights?

    Ahead of World Environment Day this Saturday, we explore the legal  ‘rights of nature’.

    This article was first published on 3 June, 2021.In April this year, the Blue Mountains City Council, west of Syd...

    July 7, 2021
  • Facing up to ordinary things

    Angry handbags and happy coffee: our brains are wired to see faces in everyday objects.

    Have you ever seen a smiley face in your morning cup of tea, or a shocked expression on a terraced house? Australian ...

    July 7, 2021
  • Sharing the menu: sharks take shifts

    Study finds sharks do ‘shift work’ in order to share their resources.

    Large coastal sharks engage in ‘shift work’ to share their resources, according to a new study from Murdoch Universit...

    July 7, 2021
  • Extreme rain and snowfall precipitation exacerbated by humans

    Machine-learning analysis suggests humans have driven an increase in intense rain and snowfall ev...

    Man-made climate change has been influencing extreme rain and precipitation events for decades, according to new rese...

    July 7, 2021
  • The Arctic’s ‘Last Ice Area’ is melting quickly

    Extreme winds and climate change created a brutal summer in a crucial Arctic wildlife haven.

    Rapid and drastic melting last summer of the area predicted to be the Arctic’s final refuge of ice has been pinned to...

    July 2, 2021
  • Dinosaur dung is the new amber

    Beetles found preserved in dinosaur droppings.

    Palaeontologists have found a 230-million-year-old beetle species, with legs and antennae intact, preserved within fo...

    July 1, 2021
  • 5000-year-old remains reveal plague’s genetic secrets

    The case was less contagious than its descendants.

    The remains of a 5000-year-old man have been discovered to house the oldest known strain of Yersinia pestis, the bact...

    June 30, 2021
  • How to identify a whale shark with a bottle of water

    Innovative new technique can track the genetic signatures of individual whale sharks, aiding cons...

    What’s in a bottle of seawater? A simple sample can hold information about the presence of marine creatures in the lo...

    June 28, 2021
  • Arctic dinosaur ‘nursery’ discovered

    Scientists find bones and teeth from baby arctic dinosaurs, suggesting dinosaurs were actually wa...

    Life in the Arctic is tough: brutal winds, freezing temperatures and months of utter darkness. For a long time, palae...

    June 25, 2021
  • The impact of being Indigenous and LGBTIQ+

    New study reveals the unique issues associated with being Indigenous and LGBTIQ+

    A new study from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has laid bare the damaging impact of racism, queerphobia and social exc...

    June 24, 2021
  • Robins’ eyes may have in-built ‘compass’

    Researchers identify protein in the eye of a robin that’s sensitive to Earth’s magnetic field

    Migratory birds have an uncanny ability to orient themselves, finding their way across sometimes thousands of kilomet...

    June 24, 2021
  • Pollen could carry COVID-19 virus further, faster, say researchers

    The wrong kind of spring fever? Researchers model dispersal of COVID-19 virus particles on pollen...

    On today’s episode of "Is nothing sacred?", COVID-19 has now cast a pall over the prospect of spring, with a new stud...

    June 23, 2021
  • Genetic clues to link between PTSD and migraines

    A new study has revealed common genes that may cause migraines and PTSD to co-occur.

    A study comparing pairs of identical twins has highlighted potential genes that may explain the common – but poorly u...

    June 22, 2021
  • Coffee may prevent chronic liver disease

    Drinking coffee – however you take it – may reduce your risk of liver disease according to new st...

    Drinking coffee – whichever way you take it – may reduce the risk of liver disease, according to a new study publishe...

    June 22, 2021
  • Race impacts COVID-19 outcomes among children

    Study finds racial disparities in COVID-19 testing and hospitalisation among children in the UK.

    A new study has found that racial disparities in the severity of COVID-19, well documented among adults, also occur a...

    June 22, 2021
  • The surface of Venus is geologically active

    New study of the ‘hellish’ planet reveals tectonic activity, disproves solid lithosphere theory.

    Venus’ surface is not a single, solid “lithosphere”, as once thought, but a patchwork of tectonic plates with similar...

    June 22, 2021
  • Did Betelgeuse supernova? Or was it just a dusty fart?

    New observations reveal Betelgeuse’s ‘Great Dimming’ was not a precursor to a supernova, but cosm...

    Between November 2019 and March 2020, the star Betelgeuse – the second closest red supergiant to Earth, and a star th...

    June 17, 2021
  • Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery

    The miniature computers were fixed atop snail shells.

    Snails carrying the world’s smallest computers on their shells have helped explain the mystery of their own survival ...

    June 16, 2021
  • Novavax announces high efficacy in phase 3 trials

    How is it different from other vaccines and what does it mean for Australia?

    American biotech company Novavax announced yesterday that their COVID-19 vaccine PREVENT-19 demonstrated 90% overall ...

    June 15, 2021
  • Ancient bird turns out to be a lizard

    Researchers reveal the true identity of a bizarre, ancient lizard.

    A bizarre, extinct animal that puzzled researchers and was previously misidentified as bird has now been classified a...

    June 15, 2021
  • Found: Oldest bilby and bandicoot fossils

    Million-year-old fossils of Aussie icons found in archives of US university.

    A scientist from the Western Australian Museum has discovered the oldest known fossils of two iconic Australian anima...

    June 9, 2021
  • Looking ‘weird’ protects robot lizards from predation

    Turns out predators don’t like odd-looking prey.

    It’s often thought that prey animals face a complicated biological paradox: how do they stand out to attract potentia...

    June 9, 2021
  • Where a star is born

    Fascinating new insights from the 238th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

    Stars like our Sun are born in stellar nurseries – cosmic clouds of dust and gas that churn out thousands of astral p...

    June 9, 2021
  • Solar and wind cheapest energy source in Australia

    CSIRO released a report detailing the cheapest renewables.

    Solar and wind are the cheapest sources of new electricity generation in Australia, and renewables are outcompeting f...

    June 8, 2021
  • Ethicists call for ‘soft’ mandatory vaccine policy for healthcare workers

    Experts argue that health workers who choose not to get vaccinated should have their jobs modified.

    This article was first published on the 12th of May, 2021.There are currently seven COVID-19 vaccines being admin...

    June 4, 2021
  • Elephants are ‘supersuckers’ at 30 times the speed of a sneeze

    New study investigates the suction capabilities of elephant trunks.

    Despite their massive size and 100-kilogram trunks, elephants feed on small, lightweight vegetation, prompting the qu...

    June 2, 2021
  • Vitamin D does not prevent COVID-19

    No evidence that the vitamin shields against SARS-CoV-2.

    Canadian researchers investigating a potential link between vitamin D and COVID-19 have found no evidence that the vi...

    June 2, 2021
  • eDNA latest tool in fight against invasive species

    The technique can assess DNA from water to track species.

    The New Zealand mud snail is a small but hardy creature that can reproduce at epic rates. Dispersed across the globe ...

    June 1, 2021
  • How does AI think?

    Sometimes AI makes its own rules to solve puzzles.

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) machines can be trained to solve puzzles on their own, by learning to recognise rules an...

    May 14, 2021
  • 95% of cell lines used in clinical research of European descent

    Scientists say pre-clinical cellular research needs to be diversified.

    The basis for medical research is the pre-clinical research phase, which almost invariably focuses on cellular work i...

    May 13, 2021
  • Chameleon-style skin can tell you when seafood spoils

    Researchers have made a new material that senses bad fish.

    Worried those prawns in your fridge might be past their prime? It’s science to the rescue, with a new artificial colo...

    May 7, 2021
  • Oldest human burial in Africa unearthed

    Discovery sheds light on the evolution of modern human behaviour.

    About 78,000 years ago, at the mouth of a yawning cave complex in today’s south-eastern Kenya, someone placed the bod...

    May 6, 2021
  • Successful Paris Agreement could halve ice loss by 2100

    Two new papers assess the impact of melting land ice on sea level rise.

    Limiting global warming to 1.5°C could halve the amount of Antarctic land ice lost by the end of the century, but mai...

    May 6, 2021
  • Modelling the ‘superhighways’ travelled by First Australians

    New mapping of landscapes and populations sheds light on the peopling of Australia.

    Indigenous Australians have long pointed out that their ancestors have lived on and cared for this continent since ti...

    April 30, 2021
  • Interstellar space probe to boldly go even further

    NASA scientists to unveil planning for an interstellar space probe at the EGU General Assembly

    A new interstellar space probe, currently in its planning phase, will boldly go where no probe has gone before accord...

    April 28, 2021
  • Genetic ‘toxic masculinity’ fells male flies

    Scientists find that Y chromosome features may shorten male fly lifespan.

    Males of many animal species, including humans, are known to have shorter lifespans than females. Now, scientists fro...

    April 23, 2021
  • Help piece together Australia’s climate puzzle

    Volunteers needed to create longest daily weather record from globally recognised climate change ...

    The glittering coastal city of Perth has experienced some of the most dramatic climate-change-driven shifts in weathe...

    April 21, 2021
  • First entanglement-based quantum network

    Dutch researchers build the basis for the internet of the future.

    A team researchers from quantum-computing company QuTech in the Netherlands has established the first multi-node quan...

    April 16, 2021
  • Anatomical secrets of ‘ridiculously long’ pterosaur necks

    Scientists discover unique anatomical quirk that enabled giant, flying pterosaurs to support thei...

    Azhdarchid pterosaurs were the largest animals ever to take to the sky: these massive flying reptiles were cousins of...

    April 15, 2021
  • What is radiometric dating?

    Dive headfirst into the weird world of dating by radioactive decay.

    You’ll hear it often in stories about palaeontology and archaeology: “the wood was dated using radiocarbon dating”, “...

    April 14, 2021
  • Monkeydactyl: the new pterosaur with the oldest opposable thumbs

    Newly discovered flying pterosaur found to have the oldest truly opposable thumbs.

    It flew through the skies on metre-wide wings, but this newly discovered, 160-million-year-old pterosaur shared an un...

    April 13, 2021
  • Year of the quiet ocean

    An international team aims to monitor the impact of 2020’s ‘quiet’ oceans on marine life

    Last year, as pandemic-related lockdowns enveloped the world, our oceans – just like our cities – fell more silent th...

    April 8, 2021
  • Bone tools from the Kimberley among oldest in Australia

    A new study of bone artefacts found in the Kimberley region reveals the secrets of their deep ant...

    The rugged Kimberley region of Western Australia is home to vast tracts of land – a savannah landscape of ranges and ...

    April 7, 2021
  • Poorer children “failed by system”

    Study reveals the extent of poverty as a barrier to education in low and middle income countries.

    Poorer children with academic promise in low- and middle-income countries are struggling to access higher education, ...

    April 7, 2021
  • Animal poo may make food safer

    Despite concerns that animal manure can spread dangerous pathogens, a new study suggests organic ...

    A new study suggests that animal manure (poo) may be a safer bet than conventional fertilisers in protecting the publ...

    April 7, 2021
  • Marine species flee the equator

    Warming waters are triggering a mass exodus of marine creatures from the tropics.

    A new global study reveals that the biodiversity of marine species around the equator has dropped, as warming seas fo...

    April 6, 2021
  • Ancient Pilbara rocks speak of Earth’s first continents

    A new study of rocks in Western Australia’s Pilbara region rewrites the history of early continen...

    A new study of the famous iron-red rocks in Western Australia’s arid Pilbara region has revealed that the formation o...

    April 1, 2021
  • The staggering cost of biological invasion

    New study reveals that invasive species have cost US$1.28 trillion globally over the past 50 years.

    Invasive species have cost the planet US$1.28 trillion over the past 50 years, according to a new analysis published ...

    April 1, 2021
  • Papua New Guinea COVID-19 update

    The COVID crisis in PNG worsens as a new strain is identified and 8,000 vaccines are delivered.

    As the COVID-19 crisis besieging Papua New Guinea (PNG) escalates, the nation’s healthcare system is over-burdened an...

    March 31, 2021
  • 2I/Borisov: Interstellar interloper

    New comet is only the second ever interstellar visitor detected entering our solar system.

    It’s only the second interstellar visitor a telescope on our planet has ever recorded (pipped to the post by Oumuamua...

    March 31, 2021
  • Prosthetic fin for injured turtles

    Innovative new prosthetic fin approved for trial on real, threatened turtles.

    A New Zealand researcher’s innovative new design for a prosthetic turtle fin could help rehabilitate injured sea turt...

    March 30, 2021
  • Ancient tree-climbing kangaroo discovered

    Researchers discover extinct kangaroo adapted for life in the upper storey.

    Researchers have discovered an extinct tree-climbing kangaroo species, which boasted powerful hind- and forelimbs, gr...

    March 24, 2021
  • Diverse crocodiles underwent rapid evolution

    New study reveals ancient crocodiles were far more disparate than today, thanks to rapid evolution.

    Ancient crocodile species were far more diverse than their modern counterparts, occupying niches held today by animal...

    March 24, 2021
  • Explainer: Cryptocurrency

    How digital currencies work, and why we should care.

    Fuelled by a boom, Bitcoin “mining” is thought to be producing enough CO2 to rival the city of London, and consuming ...

    March 20, 2021
  • How to survive a mass extinction

    New study reveals how life on earth recovered after the most devastating mass extinction in geolo...

    Life on earth has been assaulted multiple times over its long history, by vicious mass extinctions and crashes in bio...

    March 19, 2021
  • Recycling hero: Justin Chalker

    The recycling whizz-kid saving the planet one novel polymer at a time.

    The new polymer is made from recycled canola oil, sheeps wool, and sulphur. Credit: Flinders University.Most peop...

    March 18, 2021
  • Rare bone tool artefact revealed

    Discovery on the Murray gives insight into ancient Australia.

    Analysis of a crafted bone point unearthed on Ngarrindjeri country in South Australia is shedding new light on the be...

    March 17, 2021
  • Novel solution for deadly allergies

    Researchers may have found the key to preventing killer allergic reactions – embedded in our own ...

    Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have discovered a function in the immune system that could ho...

    March 15, 2021
  • Birdsong baffles babies

    Researchers find that baby brains are bolstered by lemur and human voices – but not by birdsong.

    The blue-eyed black lemur (Elemur flavirons) may be a close genetic cousin of ours, but these small, lanky tree-dwell...

    March 12, 2021
  • Bitcoin boom has huge carbon footprint

    Researcher finds that Bitcoin mining alone may rival the carbon footprint of all global data cent...

    Cryptocurrencies have surged in popularity and dominated news headlines in the first quarter of 2021, with Bitcoin – ...

    March 11, 2021
  • How a baby T-Rex bites

    Researchers use 3D modelling to examine the jaws of different-sized tyrannosaurs.

    Finite element analysis results for an adult Tyrannosaurus rex (FMNH PR 2081) jaw demonstrating a range of biting str...

    March 10, 2021
  • Looking for lung cancer

    The US has widened the pool of people eligible for annual lung cancer screening.

    The US Department of Health is now recommending the cohort of Americans eligible for yearly lung cancer screening be ...

    March 10, 2021

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