Amelia Nichele

Amelia Nichele

Amelia Nichele is a Cosmos journalist.

Amelia Nichele is a Cosmos journalist.

  • Plug it into the wall

    Chemists create ‘smart bricks’ for energy storage.

    The humble house brick could one day help power electronic devices, if researchers at Washington University, US, are ...

    August 12, 2020
  • New Guinea home to richest island flora

    Co-ordinated effort finally reveals true number of species.

    New Guinea boasts the greatest plant diversity of any island in the world, according to a new study published in the ...

    August 7, 2020
  • Angelfish are clever breeders

    Hybridisation isn’t limited to closely related species.

    Natural hybridisation isn’t uncommon among marine life. Two different species often mate and produce hybrid offspring...

    August 6, 2020
  • Grooming and the social lives of cows

    Study highlights link to mood and behaviour.

    Cows, it seems, are more complex creatures than we thought. Earlier this year, Cosmos reported on the mood swings ...

    August 5, 2020
  • These new species are things to Marvel at

    CSIRO turns to heroes in this year’s list.

    CSIRO has released its annual list of newly named species and this time it’s paying homage to the good guys. After...

    July 29, 2020
  • Earlier warning of Pacific cyclones

    New model makes predictions four months ahead.

    Many vulnerable Pacific nations will have more time to prepare for tropical cyclones thanks to a new model that can g...

    July 22, 2020
  • Ultra-black more than a fashion statement

    These fish use it to make sure they really can’t be seen.

    In the darkness of the deep ocean a single photon of light can expose an animal to predators, so many species have ev...

    July 20, 2020
  • How some marine species navigate

    Two studies shine a light on different behaviours.

    The way marine animals navigate has long fascinated scientists. Now, two new tracking studies have highlighted some c...

    July 17, 2020
  • How old do you think your dog is?

    It seems you can’t just multiply by 7.

    Accepted wisdom has it that to work out a dog’s age in human years you just multiply it by seven. Apparently, it’s...

    July 3, 2020
  • Border control won’t contain COVID-19

    Need for additional containment measures confirmed.

    Two new studies suggest the importance of using a suite of containment measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, rangi...

    March 17, 2020
  • A Scottish stegosaurus

    Researchers unveil a new dinosaur stomping ground.

    The stegosaurus, one of the most familiar plant-eating dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period that resembles a dragon, le...

    March 13, 2020
  • Natural contaminant threatens groundwater

    Climate change and urbanisation drive the looming crisis.

    More than half of the world’s population faces an impending threat to the quality and availability of drinking water ...

    March 11, 2020
  • Animals can alter fires in unexpected ways

    They can be a useful tool in fire reduction if used properly.

    Animals eating plants might appear to be an obvious way to suppress fires, with the likes of goats, deer and cows alr...

    March 9, 2020
  • The many fears of pet dogs

    Anxiety is prevalent across different breeds.

    If you think your pet’s personal problems are down to your dog’s breed, then new Finnish research has a bone to pick ...

    March 5, 2020
  • Pesticides impair baby bee brain development

    Adult bees bring contaminated food back to the colony.

    Pesticides have proven to be toxic to adult bees, contributing to mass declines amongst bee species across the world....

    March 4, 2020
  • Gently does it

    Soft robotic fingers lift jellyfish without stress.

    Soft robots have many uses, and now we can add lifting jellyfish to that list. US researchers have shown that captur...

    February 24, 2020
  • Teen cows get moody too

    Puberty makes their personalities inconsistent.

    Mood swings are a well-known part of puberty, and it seems that’s it’s not just humans. Canadian research suggests da...

    February 12, 2020
  • Bumblebees can fly in ‘economy mode’

    Exactly how they do it isn’t clear, however.

    We’re learning a lot about bees. In the past year alone, Cosmos has reported on their ability to learn maths and surf...

    February 9, 2020
  • What can a primate tell us about cat allergies?

    Its venom points to a feline defence mechanism.

    The toxin from the world’s only venomous primate appears to have given researchers an unexpected insight into the ori...

    February 6, 2020
  • We need to look out for sharks

    Two studies look at the difficult task of sharing the oceans.

    New Australian research highlights the delicate nature of the relationship between humans and sharks. A study of the...

    January 26, 2020
  • Hiding behind its iridescence

    Jewel beetle uses bright colour as camouflage.

    In the animal kingdom, bright colours usually have two main purposes: attracting a mate or warning off predators. ...

    January 23, 2020
  • New sharks and rediscovered rays

    Australian marine researchers report a double success.

    Marine researchers from Australia’s University of Queensland have discovered four new species of walking shark and a ...

    January 21, 2020
  • Wearing silk may help seeds grow

    Engineers develop a clever coating.

    A protective silk coating that supplies essential nutrients may make it possible to grow seeds in soil that is otherw...

    November 25, 2019
  • Dr Karl wins prestigious Kalinga Prize

    He's been popularising science for almost 40 years.

    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki – or simply Dr Karl as he is best known – has become the first Australian to win the UNESCO Kali...

    November 20, 2019
  • A monster galaxy found lurking in the dust

    It provides insight into the first growing steps of galaxies.

    Astronomers have uncovered the footprints of a previously unknown monster galaxy in the early Universe.   The discov...

    October 23, 2019
  • The winners of The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes

    Eight outstanding scientists and two educators comprise the 2019 recipients of Australia's Prime ...

    The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious science awards. Seven prizes are awarded for...

    October 16, 2019
  • There is no single ‘gay gene’

    Because we’re human, there are many factors, study finds.

    A study of more than 470,000 people has confirmed that there is no single “gay gene”. There are thousands of genetic ...

    August 29, 2019
  • Don’t count your corals before they attach

    A big piece of pumice probably won’t save a really big reef. Amelia Nichele reports.

    A giant pumice “raft” is floating across the Pacific Ocean towards Australia, raising hopes it could restock the Grea...

    August 28, 2019
  • Photo exhibition celebrates Moon landing

    The photos show it's not all about the event, but also the technology that got us there.

    The exhibition also showcases the technology that got us there. Ballarat International Foto BiennaleA new exhibition ...

    August 23, 2019
  • Tweets from the park aren’t all from the birds

    Social media users are enjoying being there too.

    Recent studies have shown how green spaces have a positive effect on our mental health, and now social media has prov...

    August 20, 2019
  • Advice: dentures out before anaesthetic

    In one case, a simple operation turned into quite a saga.

    Here’s a tip for all denture wearers – remove them before you go into surgery. Writing in the journal BMJ, a British...

    August 13, 2019
  • Why some sharks glow in the dark

    An entirely new form of marine biofluorescence.

    US researchers have discovered a family of small-molecule metabolites that explains how and why some sharks can glow ...

    August 8, 2019
  • A clever way to find killer bacteria

    Australian approach uses quantum dots and a smartphone.

    Australian researchers say they have found a way to confirm the presence of the antibiotic-resistant bacterium golden...

    August 6, 2019
  • Women ‘missing out on best heart care’

    Study finds women less likely to get recommended medications.

    A mistaken belief that coronary heart disease (CHD) affects only middle-aged men could be the reason why both women a...

    July 26, 2019
  • Don’t forget – less chilli

    Study finds possible link to cognitive decline.

    Perhaps think twice about that extra kick of chilli sauce. Research suggests a spicy diet could be linked to cognitiv...

    July 25, 2019
  • An apple, and a few bacteria, a day

    Organic gives you a better batch, research shows.

    If you eat your apples, core and all, you’re consuming 100 million bacteria each time, new research has found. That’...

    July 24, 2019
  • Garlic on broccoli may keep pests away

    The right odours can repel insects.

    Strong flavours such as garlic, thyme and cinnamon are a good way to hide the flavours of vegetables you don’t like. ...

    July 23, 2019
  • Laugh tracks do make us laugh – no joke

    But it’s better if it’s real laughter, study suggests.

    It’s annoying to have to report this, but is seems that “laugh tracks” work. They even make really corny “dad jokes” ...

    July 22, 2019
  • Double trouble for invasive mosquitoes

    Researchers combine techniques to reduce their chances to breed.

    More than 90% of disease-carrying mosquitoes have been eliminated in a field trial in China by combining two techniqu...

    July 17, 2019
  • The strategy of augmentative biocontrol

    Augmentative biocontrol involves some complexities.

    The effectiveness of releasing natural enemies to combat crop pests depends on the landscape surrounding the field, n...

    July 16, 2019
  • Watching Nemo can cause problems

    Artificial night light affects clownfish hatching.

    Artificial light has the potential to reduce the reproductive fitness of fish that inhabit reefs near populated shore...

    July 10, 2019
  • Australia’s biggest science film festival

    The biggest science movie festival kicks off.

    The southern hemisphere’s biggest science themed film festival, SCINEMA, kicks off in Australia on Tuesday May 28.  ...

    May 15, 2019

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