Angus Bezzina

Angus Bezzina

Angus Bezzina is a writer from Sydney, Australia.

Angus Bezzina is a writer from Sydney, Australia. 

  • Mid-afternoon slump affects brain’s reward system

    New research may affect our understanding of the effect of circadian rhythms on mood, mental heal...

    It’s not just wakefulness that hits a slump in the mid afternoon, according to new research: also experiencing a dip ...

    August 22, 2017
  • The elements of art: high-tech scan reveals secrets of an ancient painting

    A high-tech scanner strips back the layers of a millennia-old portrait from the buried Roman town...

    Just as there is more to a book than its cover, a new study mapping the elements within an ancient portrait of a Roma...

    August 21, 2017
  • 5 NASA-approved tips for eclipse photography

    If you’re watching the eclipse, you’ll want to take some snaps. NASA has some tips to help you ma...

    In anticipation of the total solar eclipse that will cross America on 21 August, NASA has provided amateur photograph...

    August 21, 2017
  • Squid eyes reveal molecular secrets for smart lenses

    The highly effective eyes of squid rely on clusters of globular proteins to focus light, accordin...

    Squid are among a select few species of animal in the world whose eyes involve perfect lenses, capable of focusing al...

    August 11, 2017
  • Atoms in your body may come from distant galaxies

    Supercomputer simulations suggest much of the matter in the Milky Way may have come from other ga...

    It seems natural to assume that the matter from which the Milky Way is made was formed within the galaxy itself, but ...

    July 27, 2017
  • How to weigh a black hole without getting off the couch

    There’s a simple relationship between the angle of the arms of a spiral galaxy and the mass of th...

    For years, scientists have relied on a complicated series of technical observations and calculations to determine the...

    July 24, 2017
  • Rainforests can make their own rain

    Evaporating water from the southern Amazon makes the wet season begin earlier than it otherwise w...

    Chances are that at some point in a school geography class you were told that rainforests only grow in tropical clima...

    July 24, 2017
  • Blood test may give early Alzheimer’s warning

    Ratios of amyloid beta proteins in a patient’s blood can reveal Alzheimer’s disease decades befor...

    A blood test could give early clues to the presence of Alzheimer’s disease.Voisin / Phanie / GettyIn a recent study o...

    July 20, 2017
  • Why dogs are our best friends: it’s in their genes

    A study pinpoints dog sociability to variations in two crucial genes.

    What is most important: looks, brains or personality? All have played a part in endearing dogs to humans, but a new s...

    July 19, 2017
  • How climate change strangled a Jurassic ocean ecosystem

    When a warming world depleted the ocean’s supplies of oxygen, extinctions followed and recovery t...

    183 million years ago, oceans around the world started running low on oxygen. Though the cause of what is called the ...

    July 17, 2017
  • Mud balls in space may have populated early solar system

    A new model suggests that asteroids may have once been balls of muddy sludge, rather than rock.

    Carbonaceous asteroids – the most common kind, which may have been the precursors to rocky planets like Earth – may b...

    July 17, 2017
  • How patterns in the brain mirror what you see

    The activity of neurons in the visual cortexes of mice recreate the shapes of objects and shapes ...

    Scientists are a step closer to unravelling the mystery of sight now that they have revealed part of the process by w...

    July 13, 2017
  • Scientists encode video in DNA of live bacteria

    New research demonstrates the possibilities of using DNA to store data.

    The original animation and the version reconstructed from the bacteria’s DNA.Shipman et al., Nature 2017The next data...

    July 13, 2017
  • Evidence shows car-pooling cuts traffic jams

    Analysis of travel delays in busy Indonesian capital Jakarta shows effectiveness of carpooling po...

    In the toolbox of policy fixes to alleviate traffic congestion, road rules that promote car-pooling are among the lea...

    July 7, 2017
  • Fast-spinning dead galaxy changes ideas about galactic formation

    Astronomers used gravitational lensing to get a closer look at an ancient elliptical galaxy and f...

    A Hubble Space Telescope image of MACS2129−1 (the red blob outlined in the white rectangle).Toft et al.The astronomic...

    July 4, 2017
  • Astronomers find a pair of orbiting supermassive black holes

    Radio signals show two black holes, 15 billion times more massive than the Sun, orbit each other ...

    An artist’s impression of two orbiting supermassive black holes.Joshua Valenzuela / UNMIn a discovery more than a dec...

    July 3, 2017
  • Can solar paint turn water vapour into fuel?

    A paint that uses sunlight to harvest hydrogen from the air.

    Outdoor walls could provide hydrogen from water vapour in the air.Peter Cade / GettyAustralian scientists have develo...

    June 16, 2017
  • Bacteria found to be common in open-heart surgical equipment

    A study of North American hospitals found potentially deadly bacteria in more than a third of hea...

    Contaminated heater-cooler units add an unnecessary risk to open-heart surgery.Arctic-Images / GettySurgical operatin...

    June 16, 2017
  • Hubble views luminous galaxies through gravitational lens

    Gravitational lensing provides a magnifying glass to spy fine details of distant galaxies, writes...

    These six Hubble Space Telescope images reveal a jumble of misshapen-looking galaxies punctuated by exotic patterns s...

    June 11, 2017
  • Massive seabed craters caused by retreating ice and methane blow-outs

    Thawing hydrocarbon reservoirs and retreating ice caused explosive methane emissions at the end o...

    An overview of the cratered seabed area under study, near the island of Svalbard.K. Andreassen/CAGEThere are many way...

    June 2, 2017
  • Juno mission reveals Jupiter’s extreme weather

    Analysis of imaging from NASA’s space probe shows massive polar cyclones, ammonia storms and elec...

    The massive cyclones and swirling storms of Jupiter’s south polar region.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman TkachenkoEi...

    May 26, 2017
  • Paper-thin loudspeakers harness nanotech power

    Sheet-like ferroelectret nanogenerator can act as both loudspeaker and microphone. Angus Bezzina ...

    A sheet of the ferroelectret nanogenerator (FENG) that can act as a microphone or loudspeaker.Michigan State Universi...

    May 17, 2017
  • Malaria infection smells irresistible to mosquitoes

    Why malaria-carrying mosquitoes throng to people already harbouring the disease appears to be, in...

    This female Anopheles gambiae mosquito might be feeding on this person because they have malaria – and a compound exu...

    February 9, 2017
  • Bat Bot begins: a new agile flying robot for disaster zones

    Forget R2-D2: this is B2, a carbon-fibre skeleton covered by a stretched silicone 'wing' membrane...

    Bat Bot: a new, extremely flexible flying robot.Ramezani, Chung, Hutchinson, Sci. Robot. 2, eaal2505 (2017)Of the ple...

    February 1, 2017
  • AI diagnoses skin cancers with dermatologist accuracy

    A deep-learning algorithm produced a digital doctor that you might one day use with your smartpho...

    Can you tell if it's dangerous or not?Peter Dazeley / Getty ImagesHarmless mole or potential melanoma? A new computer...

    January 25, 2017
  • Light ‘sonic boom’ filmed in a single shot for first time

    The camera system, which captures 100 billion frames per second, could be used to film electrical...

    An illustration of a photonic Mach cone. Ån ultrafast camera has filmed one in real life.Jinyang Liang and Lihong V. ...

    January 22, 2017
  • Satellites help improve Australian tree crop management

    Orchardists could soon benefit from space age technologies and increase farm productivity in term...

    Andrew Robson, Moshiur Rahman and Jasmine Muir from the Agricultural Remote Sensing Team.The University of New Englan...

    December 21, 2016
  • The faces of remote sensing innovation at UNE

    A combination of research expertise and strong industry engagement puts a university team at the ...

    The Agricultural Remote Sensing Team (ARST) from the University of New England’s Precision Agricultural Research Grou...

    December 20, 2016
  • Brain scans and algorithms combine to diagnose concussion

    While the symptoms are frighteningly obvious, some types of brain injury are impossible to accura...

    Magnetoencephalographic imaging, which maps interaction between regions, along with machine learning could one day ob...

    December 1, 2016
  • Algorithm finds best carbon dioxide ‘sponges’ from a trillion recipes

    Researchers borrowed from Darwinian principles to identify the promising carbon capture metallic-...

    Water vapour spewing from cooling towers at a power plant make for a dramatic sight, but the real problem is the carb...

    November 23, 2016
  • Astronomers close in on source of mysterious radio bursts

    Blink and you’ll miss it: Australia’s Parkes radio telescope is helping scientists decipher a hig...

    Australia's Parkes radio telescope detected a fast radio burst while monitoring a nearby pulsar.Roger Ressmeyer / Cor...

    November 17, 2016
  • Birth year dictates which flu strains make you sick

    Can you recall the exact year of childhood in which you first fell ill with flu? The answer could...

    A 3-D printed influenza virus particle. The virus surface (yellow) is covered with proteins called haemagglutinin (bl...

    November 10, 2016
  • Chinese building site unearths new bird-like dinosaur

    Once thought rare and mysterious, feathered oviraptorosaurs might actually have been abundant. An...

    An artistic reconstruction showing the last-ditch struggle of Tongtianlong limosus as it was mired in mud – perhaps h...

    November 10, 2016
  • Why we have so few Neanderthal genes, even after interbreeding

    Hybrids could have had anatomical problems – or were simply too ugly to snare a mate. Angus Bezzi...

    Babies born from a Neanderthal/human dalliance may have inherited characteristics that made them less attractive to m...

    November 8, 2016
  • Spine-stitching fish may help paralysed patients

    Injuries that would put humans in a wheelchair for life hardly bother zebrafish at all. Finding o...

    They may not look like much, but these little fish can regenerate their spinal cord, even when it's completely cut.MA...

    November 3, 2016
  • ‘Zombie cells’ clog arteries with fatty streaks

    A mouse study shows ageing macrophages contribute to early and late stages of atherosclerosis, th...

    A monocyte (beige) – a precursor cell to macrophages. Macrophages that hang around can contribute to plaque buildup o...

    October 27, 2016
  • Protein-studded nanoparticles vaccinate mice against dengue

    The mosquito-borne virus will only become a bigger problem as the world warms. Can specially engi...

    Using the only licensed dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, the Philippines launched its first public immunisation program for...

    October 20, 2016
  • Paralysed man regains touch in his hand, thanks to brain implant

    After a decade of paralysis and lost sensation, 28-year-old Nathan Copeland was able to sense wha...

    A neural implant coupled with a prosthetic limb allowed a 28-year-old man to 'feel' sensations in a paralysed limb.VO...

    October 13, 2016
  • New machine learns like a human, handles data like a computer

    Google DeepMind's differential neural computer found the quickest route between points on the Lon...

    A 'hybrid' machine borrows from our own thought processes and melds them with more familiar computer operations.Donal...

    October 12, 2016
  • Apes can put themselves in your shoes

    Theory of Mind is a trait shared by humans and apes alike and may run all the way back to our las...

    Bonobo Jasongo at Zoo Leipzig, Germany.MPI-EVACan apes tell if a person is being duped? A study published in Science ...

    October 6, 2016
  • Ancient fossil bee nest reveals clues to Taung Child’s home

    Did Australopithecus africanus live in caves or out in the open? Research suggests the latter, bu...

    A reconstruction of the 'Mrs Ples' specimen of Australopithecus africanus, an extinct species forming an early part o...

    September 28, 2016
  • Fake nuclear warheads exposed with neutron imaging

    Princeton University researchers devise – and demonstrate – a tricky technique to verify nuclear ...

    To join the nuclear club, a nation needs to have its nuclear warheads – such as this Titan nuclear intercontinental b...

    September 20, 2016
  • Origins of the solar wind

    NASA mapped the boundary of the sun and the large-scale forces at play both within it and through...

    The sun and its atmosphere are made of plasma – a mixture of positively and negatively charged particles that have se...

    September 18, 2016
  • Stephen McCormick: a mathematician who nearly failed maths

    Angus Bezzina found out how the University of New England mathematician got his start – and who i...

    Stephen McCormick uses mathematics to better understand the universe – astounding given he almost failed the subject ...

    September 16, 2016
  • Humans pushing larger sea animals to extinction: study

    Our prodigious appetite for fish is landing marine ecosystems in trouble – and for the animals, b...

    Overfishing is changing marine ecosystems like never before – and species will find it harder to bounce back.Franco B...

    September 14, 2016
  • New wildlife BioBank open in Australia

    It's like a seed bank, but for animals.

    Wildlife tissue samples will be stored at -185 °C.Ben Healey / Museum VictoriaThe Ian Potter Australian Wildlife BioB...

    September 13, 2016
  • Solved: the case of missing satellite galaxies

    Modelling suggests that the Milky Way galaxy should be accompanied by a posse of smaller galaxies...

    An incredibly detailed computer simulation has just solved a decades-old mystery about the satellite galaxies that sh...

    September 13, 2016
  • Spectacular black corals found in Tasmanian reef

    Take in the view of colourful sponges, gorgonian fans, clouds of butterfly perch, and – of course...

    A pair of divers discovered these stunning specimens of black coral while exploring a deep granite reef off the coast...

    September 12, 2016
  • OSIRIS-REx’s journey from the lab to asteroid Bennu

    The NASA probe is on its way to pick up a sample from a space rock and bring it back to Earth, bu...

    NASA’s latest mission, OSIRIS-REx – Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security – Regolith Explo...

    September 9, 2016
  • Engineers drill into atomic structure of tooth enamel

    The hard outer layer of healthy human teeth is magnesium-rich, new research shows – and this coul...

    Few people enjoy going to the dentist. New research into the nano structure of human tooth enamel could help develop ...

    September 7, 2016
  • How a single strand of hair might identify a criminal

    The set of proteins furnishing your luscious locks is unique to you – but we won't see routine 'h...

    Your own combination of hair proteins could pick you out of a million people – but don't expect the technique to beco...

    September 7, 2016
  • InSight robotic exploration of Mars rescheduled for 2018

    NASA's on-again-off-again mission is back on. Angus Bezzina takes a look at what the lander hopes...

    This artist's concept depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars. Click...

    September 7, 2016
  • The colourful world of Jürgen Otto, the peacock spider-man

    Stunning peacock spiders with their gaudy mating displays have become internet darlings. Angus Be...

    That's him on the left.Jürgen OttoIt's hard not to get excited when German-born biologist Jürgen Otto talks about his...

    September 4, 2016
  • How do game-playing programs choose the best move?

    In games where there are more possible moves than atoms in the universe, programs such as Google ...

    Go is a game of 'perfect information' – ideal for game-playing programs to tackle. But with so many potential board c...

    September 2, 2016
  • Dawn probe paints picture of icy, rocky Ceres – with an ice volcano

    NASA scientists take stock of the treasure trove of data on the largest object in the asteroid be...

    An artist's impression of Dawn firing above dwarf planet Ceres.NASA / JPL-CaltechNASA’s Dawn spacecraft has beamed ba...

    September 2, 2016
  • Lucy the hominin died after a tumble from a tree

    The iconic little individual didn't survive the 12-metre drop. But this suggests her species stil...

    Reconstruction of the Lucy (left) and Lucien (right) specimens of Australopithecus afarensis. Scans of Lucy's bones s...

    August 30, 2016
  • Galaxy made of 99.99% dark matter brought to light

    Dragonfly 44 is around the same mass as the Milky Way, but only a paltry fraction of it is 'norma...

    The dark galaxy Dragonfly 44. The image on the left is a wide view of the galaxy taken with the Gemini North telescop...

    August 26, 2016
  • Martian ‘salty streams’ are as parched as Earth’s driest deserts

    Seasonal dark streaks that seem to 'flow' down crater and canyon walls have as much water in them...

    Dark narrow streaks called 'recurring slope lineae' emanate from the walls of Garni Crater on Mars. New observations ...

    August 24, 2016
  • Chimpanzees lend each other a helping hand

    Not only do our ape cousins cooperate, they police bad-behaving members of their own group. Angus...

    Three chimpanzees pull at the cooperation apparatus, while two others look on.Frans de Waal / Yerkes National Primate...

    August 23, 2016
  • Secrets of Neptune’s atmosphere

    A dark, cold planet billions of kilometres from the sun, Neptune continues to enthrall planetary ...

    {%recommended 2045%}On the very fringes of the solar system, Neptune has long intrigued astronomers for its complex w...

    August 22, 2016
  • Ninth SpaceX delivery to the space station

    The US company ferried more than two tonnes of cargo to the orbiting space station last month – t...

    SpaceX has had a pretty impressive 12 months or so, successfully landing a reusable rocket in December last year on l...

    August 21, 2016
  • Aussie scientists set new solar thermal record

    One solar concentrator dish could power a whole street of houses.

    Scientists from the Australian National University in Canberra have just set a new world record for the efficiency of...

    August 21, 2016
  • The Iceman weareth: Ötzi’s clothes were made of bear, deer and goat

    The 5,300-year-old mummy wore at least five species, both pastoral and wild, showing he was proba...

    A reconstruction of Ötzi, bundled in fur and leather, which greets visitors to the prehistorical museum in Quinson, F...

    August 19, 2016
  • Rising seas may help some coral reefs

    Modelling shows reefs with water circulated by tides may have their temperature extremes evened o...

    Tidal reefs, such as the Montgomery Reef in Western Australia's Kimberley region, may benefit from rising sea levels....

    August 17, 2016
  • Watch astronauts install new kit on the space station

    NASAOn Friday, NASA astronauts will install a new gateway or International Docking Adapter for American commercial cr...

    August 17, 2016
  • NASA probe glimpses supercharged radiation belts

    A Van Allen spacecraft was in the right place at the right time to capture the effects of a shock...

    On 17 March 2015 the sun let fly a massive blast of matter, generating a shockwave which hit the Earth’s magnetic fie...

    August 17, 2016
  • Deep Space Industries to test asteroid mining mission in 2017

    Deep Space IndustriesHot on the heels of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, US tech company Deep Space...

    August 14, 2016

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