Andrew Stapleton

Andrew Stapleton

Andrew Stapleton is a scientist, science writer and podcaster based in Adelaide.

Andrew Stapleton is a scientist, science writer and podcaster based in Adelaide. 

  • Tiny DNA robots can sort and carry molecular cargo

    A nanorobotics breakthrough opens the path to molecular factories, writes Andrew Stapleton.

    Researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have designed and synthesised robots from strands o...

    September 14, 2017
  • Artifical melanin paves way for new cosmetics

    Hopes to produce new kinds of cosmetics & materials.

    When summer comes around and you find yourself in the sun – you forget your hat, perhaps, or there’s no shade to slip...

    June 8, 2017
  • ‘Quantum egg carton’ to test field theories

    Physicists probe the mysteries of quantum fields.

    In the quantum realm, no particle is an island. At microscopic scales, the likes of photons and electrons are consta...

    May 23, 2017
  • Ancient minerals fill in lost chapter of Earth’s history

    A study of the oldest minerals ever found has shed new light on Earth in the Hadean eon, 4.4 bill...

    An artist's impression of Earth during the Hadean eon. Credit: Tim Bertelink   Scientists from the Australian Natio...

    May 9, 2017
  • Lotus inspires stent designers

    A plant provides clues to cutting deaths linked to stent surgery.

    By imitating the lotus, researchers have created a titanium surface that repels droplets of blood, plasma and water. ...

    March 20, 2017
  • Stomach acid helps power tiny, ingestible sensors

    Zinc, copper and a dash of stomach acid could form the basis of cheap, safe battery-powered swall...

    There’s no doubt stomach acid is powerful – it’s capable of digesting metal. But it’s also powerful in the electric s...

    February 6, 2017
  • Artificial skin can sniff out heat as well as a pit viper

    With a little more work, a thin, flexible film made from plant-derived pectin could make prosthet...

    Pit vipers, such as this red diamondback rattlesnake, can sense heat via pit glands under their nostrils. Materials s...

    February 2, 2017
  • How solar cells turn sunlight into electricity

    In 2015, around 500,000 solar panels were installed daily around the world.

    Renewables have overtaken coal as the world’s largest source of electricity generation capacity. And about 30% of tha...

    January 25, 2017

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