Andrew P Street

Andrew P Street

Andrew P Street is a widely published journalist, non-fiction author and former columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

Andrew P Street is a widely published journalist, non-fiction author and former columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

  • New spiders get the Enid Blyton treatment

    Children’s author inspires arachnid researchers.

    Six newly discovered species of spider have been named after Enid Blyton characters. The spiders are all members of ...

    June 24, 2018
  • Microplastics infest the Arctic

    German researchers find tiny particles, many from local sources.  Andrew P Street reports.

    The term “microplastics” is a relatively new one, referring to particles under five millimetres in width, which are f...

    April 24, 2018
  • Is space tourism really just around the corner?

    Popping off for a relaxing getaway in the sky seems like a great idea, but what are the risks and...

    The announcement of the first “space hotel” in low Earth orbit has fired up the imaginations of would be space touris...

    April 15, 2018
  • The science of Lego

    From modelling quarks to travelling to Jupiter, Lego and science fit snugly together like, well, ...

    Lego’s new Women of NASA set, featuring four of the space agency’s pioneering female scientists, has been a long time...

    April 10, 2018
  • Finding cancers through the butterfly effect

    A camera based on butterfly eyes promises lightweight, rapid and cheap assistance to surgeons. An...

    Removing cancers from living tissue is a difficult task. Getting at the disease without slicing out healthy cells – o...

    April 8, 2018
  • Mama bears foil hunters by keeping babies close

    Swedish brown bears have learned to exploit regulations that forbid shooting nursing mothers. And...

    The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a very successful alpha predator which roams Alaska, Canada, Russia, Central Asia, C...

    April 2, 2018
  • In the kingdom of the blind, diabetes helps

    Cave-dwelling fish have evolved to spurn insulin in order to survive food shortages. Andrew P Str...

    Blind Mexican tetras that live in caves face a number of challenges compared with other members of the species that l...

    March 22, 2018
  • Faced with extinction, the devils fight back

    Research finds clues that Tasmanian devils are adapting to the cancer that threatens their existe...

    In a very welcome piece of good news about Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), new University of Tasmania resear...

    February 18, 2018
  • Link between climate change and conflict overstated, says report

    Academic review finds literature presents a distorted picture of how climate affects social uphea...

    As the effects of climate change become more pronounced around the world, the link between violent conflict and envir...

    February 12, 2018
  • Babies learn in bursts (just like Mum said)

    US research puts evidence beneath the anecdotes about punctuated learning in infants. Andrew P St...

    Developmental psychologists and parents alike have long thought that the cognitive abilities of babies develop in bur...

    January 18, 2018
  • Robots heal injured pig oesaphagus

    It sounds like something out of Star Trek, but an international team report success with a cell-r...

    Every so often the march of research seems to take an abrupt turn into the realm of science fiction. For example, a n...

    January 14, 2018
  • Scientists look in spider web, discover the real Charlotte

    The horrifying giant Orc-eating spider from Lord of the Rings is also real. Well, sort of. Andrew...

    A team of Brazilian researchers has simultaneously revealed seven newly discovered species of spiders and a somewhat ...

    January 11, 2018
  • Spinning the hits: quantum radio comes one step closer

    How do you communicate in environments that radio waves can’t penetrate? By harnessing the power ...

    We take easy communication for granted in our globally-connected world, but there are plenty of places where the envi...

    January 7, 2018
  • Shaking atoms offer clue to post-inflationary universe

    A new paper sheds light on the behaviour of quantum phase transitions – and potential new methods...

    The use of condensed matter systems as a way of modelling difficult-to-access quantum systems – the high-energy state...

    December 20, 2017
  • Eel power promises robotics boost

    Mimicking the shocking power of electric eels opens the way to new power sources. Andrew P Street...

    There are few adjectives that grab attention like “electric-eel-inspired”, especially when it comes to powering the n...

    December 14, 2017
  • The International Space Station is swarming with bacteria

    Microbiologically, the ISS is just like home.

    You might not immediately find yourself comparing the International Space Station with your lounge room, but it turns...

    December 5, 2017
  • Laws of physics still universal, studies find

    Two independent approaches to testing a fundamental prediction of relativity confirm Einstein was...

    Sure, the mainstream media might like to trumpet results that appear to challenge Einstein and threaten to turn every...

    November 23, 2017
  • The light, and winding roads

    With a large enough sample, photons average the same distance regardless of obstacles. Andrew P S...

    A beam of light, as we know, moves in a perfectly straight line in a vacuum (give or take the odd bit of gravitationa...

    November 20, 2017
  • The physics of porpoises

    When it comes to catching prey, porpoises really use their heads. Andrew P Street reports.

    There are many enduring mysteries surrounding dolphins and porpoises. Are they really as happy as they seem? Are they...

    November 12, 2017
  • Side by side by Wertheim

    This year’s Scientica Medal winner is ready to spin some yarns, both metaphorical and literal. An...

    The University of NSW has awarded the annual Scientia Medal for science communication since 2014, honouring the likes...

    November 8, 2017
  • Scientists invent the abacus

    A high-tech spin on an ancient system could signal a revolution in high-speed computation. Andrew...

    In a thrilling development for science, an international team of researchers has developed the hottest new tool in co...

    November 6, 2017
  • The numbers are in: ageing is inevitable

    Ageing is far more than the consequence of flawed biology, reports Andrew P Street.

    There is no area sexier for genetic researchers than ageing, and specifically the fantastic goal of halting the proce...

    November 1, 2017
  • Light bounced off satellites confirms quantum weirdness

    If light falls in a beam splitter in a forest, does it choose a path? It depends on what happens ...

    Anyone hoping that the frustratingly counterintuitive nature of the quantum realm was about to become less inexplicab...

    October 25, 2017

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