Cosmos

Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.

  • Researchers link vaping to risk of oral disease

    And the damaging effects aren’t linked to nicotine.

    US researchers say just a few months of vaping puts healthy people on the brink of oral disease. The bacteria in t...

    May 28, 2020
  • Small works of art on a large canvas

    Researchers explore how rare stencils were created.

    Australian researchers are exploring the backstory to the most detailed examples ever found of a rare form of rock ar...

    May 28, 2020
  • Viewing the neurons of the heart in 3D

    New virtual model may be a model for others.

    Researchers in the US have reported the development of a virtual 3D heart that digitally showcases the unique network...

    May 27, 2020
  • The good things that live in your nose

    It’s not just the gut that benefits from the right bacteria.

    There are bacteria that choose to live in your nose, and that’s actually a good thing. Belgian studies suggest tha...

    May 27, 2020
  • Close encounters likely spawned stellar births

    Astronomers reconsider the impact of Sagittarius.

    New stars are likely to have been born in the Milky Way as a result of recurrent encounters with the Sagittarius dwar...

    May 26, 2020
  • Inherited genetics may drive cancer’s spread

    Study with melanomas first to reveal a link.

    US researchers say they have shown for the first time that our genes can promote metastasis, the process by which can...

    May 26, 2020
  • Pictures you’d only take with a drone

    Here’s a safe way to monitor explosive volcanoes.

    Above is a standard, though admittedly rather impressive, view of the Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala. At right is a...

    May 26, 2020
  • Researchers claim an internet speed record

    Fastest from one optical chip, thanks to a micro-comb.

    Australian researchers say they have successfully tested and recorded the world's fastest internet speed from a singl...

    May 25, 2020
  • Viper uses zig and zag to bamboozle predators

    One pattern has three uses, research finds.

    The European viper (genus Vipera) is designed to deceive, it seems. New research from Finland suggests that the ch...

    May 25, 2020
  • Why Italians aren’t all the same

    Genome study shows differences are longstanding.

    Any Italian will tell you that the north and south are poles apart, and it appears those differences may have begun a...

    May 25, 2020
  • There may be a gene linked to thinness

    International team looks at the other side of weight gain.

    Scientists have identified a gene they believe may be linked to thinness – and potentially to resisting weight gain.I...

    May 22, 2020
  • Microwave signal stability gets a boost

    Researchers report a 100-fold improvement.

    US researchers say they have taken a giant step towards more accurate time dissemination, improved navigation and mor...

    May 22, 2020
  • When bleaching means colour

    It’s a sign coral is fighting back, researchers suggest.

    Why do some corals exhibit dazzling colours rather than actually turning white when they suffer what we refer to as c...

    May 22, 2020
  • Do you see how I see?

    New artificial eye design mimics the real thing.

    Researchers in Hong Kong have developed a proof-of-concept artificial eye with a similar structure to a human one. An...

    May 22, 2020
  • A new old link between Siberia and America

    Researchers find answers in prehistoric genomes.

    Researchers have revealed the oldest and deepest connection yet found between the peoples of Siberia and the Americas...

    May 20, 2020
  • When you cough, how far can it go?

    Physics suggests we should be ‘distancing’ further.

    Airborne transmission of viruses is not well understood, but a good baseline for study is a deeper understanding of h...

    May 20, 2020
  • Astronomers see signs of planet birth

    On VLT’s new images, the twist marks the spot.

    Astronomers have reported what could be the first direct evidence of a baby planet coming into existence. Around t...

    May 20, 2020
  • Probing silicates at deep-Earth conditions

    Scientists working to decipher an evolutionary tale.

    Scientists have developed a way to study liquid silicates at the extreme conditions found in the Earth’s core-mantle ...

    May 20, 2020
  • A ‘decoder’ to gauge exoplanet climate

    Colours may be clues to where we might live.

    Astronomers from Cornell University in the US have developed what they call an environmental colour “decoder” to teas...

    May 20, 2020
  • Bacteria seek safety before attacking teeth

    Researchers get in close to study their structure.

    The bacteria that cause tooth decay protect themselves by hiding in a multilayered community of other bacteria and po...

    May 19, 2020
  • Study identifies gene variant linked to height

    It’s common in Peru, but absent from European genomes.

    Researchers in the US say they have identified the single largest genetic contributor to height known to date. The...

    May 15, 2020
  • Mapping online distrust in health expertise

    Researchers point to a worrying imbalance.

    Facebook communities that distrust establishment health advice are more effective than government agencies and other ...

    May 14, 2020
  • Bending the bridge between galaxy clusters

    Telescopes capture the distant action in Abell 2384.

    Astronomers have found a bridge of gas extending over three million light-years from two galaxy clusters in the syste...

    May 13, 2020
  • The tracks of my tetrapod

    Researchers identify fossils after 80 years.

    Fossils discovered nearly 80 years ago in what is now suburban Sydney have been identified as traces of a four-legged...

    May 13, 2020
  • Brines on Mars not habitable, study says

    They are common, but not ‘special’.

    Liquid brines on Mars may be more common and longer lasting than previously thought, but their properties and tempera...

    May 12, 2020
  • This X is more like two boomerangs

    MeerKAT explains a distant galaxy.

    Many galaxies have enormous twin jets of radio waves extending into intergalactic space. Normally these go in opposit...

    May 11, 2020
  • Tree diversity not just in rainforests

    Other unique lineages need protecting.

    Rainforests get the headlines, but other forests also are home to thousands of unique and important tree species, new...

    May 11, 2020
  • Lucky imaging creates quite an image

    Here’s Jupiter in all its infrared glory.

    Researchers using the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii and a technique known as “lucky imaging" have collected some o...

    May 11, 2020
  • Ancient Andes, analysed

    New genomic portrait of pre-Columbian civilisations.

    An international team has conducted what it says is the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of an...

    May 8, 2020
  • A mouse’s brain, mapped out

    It’s hi-tech, but still a manual process.

    After three years of data gathering and drawing, the third iteration of the Allen Mouse Brain Common Coordinate Frame...

    May 8, 2020
  • Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth

    Triple system sometimes visible to the naked eye.

    Astronomers have discovered a black hole just 1000 light-years from Earth – closer to our Solar System than any found...

    May 7, 2020
  • Understanding moisture and rainfall

    Scientists probe the data to try to decode the skies.

    The role that atmospheric water vapour plays in weather is complex and not clearly understood.  However, US resear...

    May 7, 2020
  • Scientists report lunar carbon emissions

    And that raises questions about the Moon’s past.

    Japanese scientists have reported observing carbon ions persistently emitting from the lunar surface. Given that t...

    May 7, 2020
  • A squid attack that went awry

    Rare fossil captures an ancient confrontation.

    These seemingly benign images may in fact show the oldest known example of a squid-like creature attacking its prey –...

    May 7, 2020
  • 2D materials with a twist

    Doing it a scale could release their potential.

    Welcome to the world of twistronics – electronics with a twist. There is increasing interest in the potential of t...

    May 4, 2020
  • 15 platters that matter

    Rare images of planet-forming discs.

    Astronomers have captured 15 new images of the inner rims of planet-forming discs hundreds of light-years away that s...

    May 1, 2020
  • Hubble captures ATLAS disintegrating

    It’s the sharpest view yet of what might have been.

    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope isn’t resting on its laurels. While space watchers were preparing its 30th birthd...

    April 30, 2020
  • Lionfish quite at home in the Mediterranean

    Invasive species has spread quickly.

    The rise and rise of the lionfish (Pterois miles) is a timely reminder that threats to the world’s marine environment...

    April 29, 2020
  • Immune cells found in breast ducts

    Imaging shows they keep tissue healthy.

    Australian researchers have discovered a new type of immune cell they say helps keep breast tissue healthy by regulat...

    April 29, 2020
  • Diamonds may shine in energy storage

    Australian researchers propose a new approach.

    Australian researchers have proposed the design of a new carbon nanostructure made from bundles of diamond nanothread...

    April 27, 2020
  • Wiring quantum computers

    Researchers propose new ‘simple build’.

    Physicists from Japan and Australia have proposed a novel two-dimensional design for a quantum computer that can be c...

    April 24, 2020
  • Fossil frogs offer insights into early Antarctica

    Researchers find first traces of amphibians.

    The discovery of the earliest known modern amphibians in Antarctica provides further evidence of a warm and temperate...

    April 23, 2020
  • Do hungry galaxies eat their neighbours?

    Modelling suggests that’s how big ones get bigger.

    Exactly how massive galaxies attain their size is poorly understood, not least because it happens over billions of ye...

    April 22, 2020
  • Now that’s a gem of a process

    Electrostatic charge makes particles self-assemble.

    Chemists say they have caused common microparticles to spontaneously organise into highly ordered crystalline materia...

    April 22, 2020
  • New microscope sets new standards

    Researchers detect interactions between molecules.

    Australian scientists have reported achieving new levels of resolution in single-molecule microscopy, allowing them t...

    April 22, 2020
  • ALVIN finds some interesting microbes

    They gather at hot vents and eats ethane.

    A German-led research team has discovered a microbe that eats ethane, the second most common component of natural gas...

    April 22, 2020
  • Biologists test the waters off Japan

    Study looks at impact of carbon dioxide on marine habitats.

    New international research has highlighted the risk rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and subsequent ...

    April 21, 2020
  • The ultimate in power windows

    Researchers incorporate solar cells in glass.

    Australian researchers say they’ve developed new perovskite solar cells that could effectively and efficiently transf...

    April 21, 2020
  • A bit of disruption, simulated

    Milky Way may fling stars into its outer halo, astronomers say.

    This simulated galaxy image, representing a structure spanning more than 200,000 light-years, shows the prominent plu...

    April 21, 2020
  • A medieval mystery solved

    Scientists now understand things old and blue.

    This is the fruit of the medicinal herb Chrozophora tinctorial and a lot of effort has been made to understand its ma...

    April 20, 2020
  • Marine robot multitasking

    Study looks at potential to serve industry and science.

    Underwater robots are regularly used by the oil and gas industry to inspect and maintain offshore structures.  But...

    April 17, 2020
  • Thar she blows – up in space

    Most energetic outflow from a distant quasar detected.

    Astronomers say they have detected the most energetic wind ever measured from any quasar.  It is travelling at nea...

    April 16, 2020
  • Turning skin cells into light-sensing eye cells

    Study offers new path to modelling eye disease.

    US researchers say they have discovered a technique for directly reprogramming skin cells into light-sensing rod phot...

    April 16, 2020
  • The warming of Australian estuaries

    Rate of change has economic and environmental implications.

    Estuaries on the southeast coast of Australia are warming at twice the rate of oceans and the atmosphere, according t...

    April 15, 2020
  • Just a few more snaps of Earth

    BepiColombo drops in on its way to Mercury.

    The BepiColombo space mission celebrated Easter with the first of nine flybys that are an integral part of its trip t...

    April 15, 2020
  • Ironing out the bumps in perovskite’s potential

    Detecting imperfections that reduce performance.

    A literal “trick of the light” can detect imperfections in perovskite solar cells, Australian scientists say, boostin...

    April 13, 2020
  • COVID frontline: South Korea and England

    Cosmos is collecting stories about how the world is coping.

    From Tasia Abbatecola, Seoul, South Korea South Korea: first case reported 20 January Cases 10,331; deaths 192 ...

    April 10, 2020
  • 3D-printed coral better than the real thing

    Study suggests it provides more fertile ground for algae growth.

    Scientists have 3D printed coral-inspired structures they say are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic...

    April 10, 2020
  • Fibre fragment strikes a chord

    Research suggests Neanderthals knew a thing or two.

    This may look like just a bit of old rope and, OK yes, it is a bit of old rope. But it’s an important bit. Researc...

    April 10, 2020
  • Amazonia domesticated plants early

    International team gathers evidence from 'forest islands'.

    Southwest Amazonia has been confirmed as one of the earliest centres of plant domestication in the world. From the...

    April 9, 2020
  • A close look at a black hole’s jet

    Data from the Event Horizon Telescope keeps on giving.

    Creating the first direct image of a black hole is a hard act to follow, but it seems there are more goodies to be ha...

    April 9, 2020
  • An idea about Saturn’s atmosphere

    NASA suggests auroras turn up the heat.

    How and why the upper layers of the atmospheres of Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are hot has been one of the my...

    April 8, 2020
  • The potential of ‘sewage-enhanced’ slag

    It may make for stronger concrete.

    It may not be much to look at, but this image could illustrate a potential win-win if Australian researchers are on t...

    April 8, 2020
  • Double helium-core white dwarf detected

    It’s the first gravitational wave source of its kind.

    US astronomers have announced the detection of J2322+0509, a detached binary white dwarf composed of two helium-core ...

    April 7, 2020
  • Persevering with preparations

    New wheels added to the next Mars rover.

    NASA missions continue to make progress, COVID-19 notwithstanding. Yesterday we showed you the primary mirror on t...

    April 7, 2020
  • James Webb’s mirror, in all its glory

    Deployment tests continue, but COVID-19 is forcing change.

    This is how the primary mirror on the much-awaited James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will look when fully deployed. ...

    April 6, 2020
  • Getting a picture of where carbon was

    Researchers look back to Earth’s early years.

    This may look like something that belongs on an art gallery wall, but it is in fact related to a lab experiment desig...

    April 3, 2020
  • There was rainforest near the South Pole

    90-million-year-old evidence of much warmer times.

    German and British scientists have found unexpected fossil traces of a temperate rainforest near the South Pole from ...

    April 2, 2020
  • COVID frontline: Portland and Seattle

    Cosmos is collecting stories about how the world is coping.

    From Richard A Lovett, Portland Oregon First case reported 28 February Cases 690; deaths 18 (At 19:30 local ...

    April 2, 2020
  • Getting to grips with superconductivity

    Energy gap modulations in a cuprate superconductor.

    The explanation of this schematic diagram may do your head in if you’re not a physicist, but the work is well worth n...

    April 2, 2020
  • Australia’s response to COVID-19 modelled

    Moving from preparedness to targeted response.

    Mathematical models of infectious disease are representations of the way infections spread between individuals, in ho...

    April 1, 2020
  • SunRISE to learn more about the Sun

    NASA selects mission to study causes of solar particle storms.

    NASA has selected the mission that will study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms – known a...

    April 1, 2020
  • Borneo’s worrying divide

    Mapping reveals the impact of changing forest structure.

    Aerial mapping of Malaysian Borneo has revealed worsening carbon losses along forest edges, according to a new US stu...

    April 1, 2020
  • Ancient water reservoirs inside Mars

    Meteorites tell story of Red Planet’s early history.

    Mars’s mantle may contain multiple distinct reservoirs of mineral-bound water preserved from the planet’s early histo...

    March 31, 2020
  • Watching rice grow from up high

    Radio sensors provide a very different view.

    Rice paddies can be picturesque, but rarely this colourful. This view of rice-growing areas of the Mekong Delta in...

    March 31, 2020
  • COVID frontline: Switzerland

    Cosmos is collecting stories about how the world is coping.

    By Matthias Hertl Population: 8.57 million  First Case: 25 February 2020 Cases 11,811 Deaths 191 (As of 26 M...

    March 30, 2020
  • Another round of microbes versus plastic

    Study suggests potential to degrade polyurethane.

    Scientists continue in the quest to conscript microbes in the battle against burgeoning plastic waste. Cosmos has ...

    March 30, 2020
  • Lovely while it lasts

    Scientists concerned at how quickly this glacier is retreating.

    This NASA image shows ripples in the surface of Denman Glacier in East Antarctica throwing shadows against the ice.  ...

    March 30, 2020
  • Another twist in the dark matter story

    Electromagnetic signals don’t deliver the evidence.

    US researchers say we can rule out dark matter being responsible for mysterious electromagnetic signals previously ob...

    March 27, 2020
  • Meet Dineobellator from New Mexico

    New carnivorous dinosaur yields evolutionary insights.

    A new species of dromaeosaurid – a family of generally small to medium-sized feathered carnivores that lived during t...

    March 27, 2020
  • A spring in your step?

    In theory, it could make you run an awful lot faster.

    A spring-powered device attached to human legs could, in theory at least, boost sprinting speed by more than 50% with...

    March 26, 2020
  • How’s the heat in Phoenix?

    New model helps to explain the seasonal variations in cities.

    British, Swiss and US scientists have devised a new model that explains how the undesirable effects of urban heat isl...

    March 26, 2020
  • Cells access data from genetic cotton reels

    Geneticists address one of the riddles of DNA.

    Australian geneticists have unravelled part of the mystery about how nature can usefully access genetic information i...

    March 25, 2020
  • Bacterial communities on your tongue

    Imaging reveals what’s where and who’s doing what.

    Bacteria on your tongue aren’t just hanging around. US researchers have discovered that they actually have a complex,...

    March 25, 2020
  • COVID-19 frontline: Singapore

    Cosmos is collecting stories about how the world is coping.

    First case reported 23 January Cases 308; Deaths 2 (At 12:00 local time on Sunday 22 March) I guess that I’...

    March 25, 2020
  • Bennu in unprecedented detail

    It's the highest resolution image ever of a planetary body.

    This global map of the asteroid Bennu is a mosaic of 2155 PolyCam images stitched together and corrected. They wer...

    March 24, 2020
  • Quasar tsunamis rip through space

    The phenomenon carries more energy than a gamma-ray burst.

    This artist's concept of a distant galaxy with an active quasar at its centre shows the large amount of energy genera...

    March 23, 2020
  • Linking scents to memories

    Smell could be a valuable tool in memory-related mood disorders.

    This image isn’t one of paint, it’s of pyramidal cells in a mouse prelimbic cortex (shown in blue) that were active d...

    March 19, 2020
  • An ancient mantis-man

    Researchers uncover part man, part mantis petroglyph in Iran.

    A unique rock carving found in the Teymareh rock art site (Khomein county) in Central Iran has been described as part...

    March 18, 2020
  • The long-term effects of sexual competition

    Love rivals risk having offspring with more harmful mutations.

    Peering into the private lives of beetles has revealed that males who face tougher competition for females risk havin...

    March 17, 2020
  • The Martian weather cake

    Every layer tells a story of climate change.

    The Martian ice cap is like a cake; every layer tells a story. In this case, the story is one of climate change on Ma...

    March 16, 2020
  • Turtle ant soldiers use their heads

    They're big enough to act as protective doors.

    Turtle ant soldiers (Cephalotes) are tree-dwelling insects with strangely oversized heads, which they use to block th...

    March 13, 2020
  • Slime mould sheds light on cosmic web

    Algorithmic simulations use it to map binding dark matter.

    Researchers have been creative in trying to trace the elusive cosmic web, the large-scale backbone of the cosmos. ...

    March 12, 2020
  • The long and winding arms

    Barred spiral galaxies present astronomical challenges.

    The barred spiral galaxy NGC 3887, seen here as viewed by the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Te...

    March 11, 2020
  • A new way to spy on wildlife

    New technology could improve conservation efforts.

    This image of a mountain monkey was captured by a combination of standard camera trapping and new “arboreal camera tr...

    March 9, 2020
  • A hunt without a kill 

    Mary Anning showed there’s no barrier to age in science.

    The particular specimen pictured above is of a juvenile of Ichthyosaurus anningae, named after none other than Mary A...

    March 8, 2020
  • Mystery of benzene’s structure finally revealed

    Opening the doors for a vast array of applications.

    One of the fundamental mysteries of chemistry has been solved by Australian scientists – and the result may have impl...

    March 5, 2020
  • Testing one, two, three

    Behind the scenes glimpse of Orion ahead of its Moon voyage.

    Radio frequency testing has begun on the first Orion spacecraft that will fly around the Moon as part of the Artemis ...

    March 5, 2020
  • Alive and healthier than ever

    Coral reefs resist global bleaching event.

    This image of colourful and unbleached corals isn’t a before picture – it’s a recent image of corals on Turks and Cai...

    March 4, 2020
  • A spiral with a past

    Hubble spots a galaxy discovered centuries ago.

    This image of the archetypal spiral galaxy, known as NGC 691, was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. N...

    March 3, 2020
  • Who creates the world? Engineers

    Engineers need to represent the people they build for.

    We don’t often stop to think how amazing it is that clean water flows from our taps, a toilet flushing magically take...

    March 3, 2020
  • The evolution of a faraway star system

    Scientists seize the rare chance to watch it unfold.

    A young planet located 150 light-years away has given astrophysicists the rare chance to study a planetary system in ...

    March 2, 2020
  • Turbulent times in the aquarium

    Researchers unravel how fluids transform from order to disorder.

    While turbulence is everywhere – from planes to white water rafting and whirlpools in the bathtub – it’s one of the l...

    March 2, 2020
  • Exoplanet with the right conditions for life?

    Astronomers add a little more to the story of K2-18b.

    British astronomers say they have found that a well-known exoplanet more than twice the size of Earth is potentially ...

    March 1, 2020
  • If lower limbs aren’t used, get rid of them

    Researchers describe earliest example of ‘secondary loss’.

    Scientists say they have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer ...

    March 1, 2020
  • Biggest bang since the Big Bang

    So big, in fact, that at first scientists didn’t believe it.

    Scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster say they have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe sinc...

    February 27, 2020
  • Deaf moths versus predator bats

    Scales help negate ultrasonic calls, researchers find.

    Some species of deaf moths have evolved a clever defensive strategy to reduce the risk of being eaten by bats, a Brit...

    February 27, 2020
  • A celestial hourglass on show

    Gemini captures CVMP1 in all its glory.

    This latest image from the international Gemini Observatory showcases the planetary nebula CVMP 1. Located around 65...

    February 26, 2020
  • Using perovskite to help shape light

    It’s a cost-effective option in Faraday rotators.

    Researchers in Australia say they have found a way to manipulate laser light at a fraction of the cost of current tec...

    February 25, 2020
  • Yes, fossilised plant gum is a thing

    110-million-year-old find changes a few assumptions.

    British scientists say what you’re looking at here is the first fossil plant gum on record.  The amber-like material...

    February 25, 2020
  • Watching magnets in 3D

    A complex world of waves and tornadoes.

    British and Swiss scientists have developed a 3D imaging technique that allows them to observe complex behaviours in ...

    February 24, 2020
  • Beyond the Sombrero’s brim

    Hubble data suggests a turbulent past.

    New data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope suggests the smooth, settled “brim” of the distant but distinctive Sombre...

    February 23, 2020
  • Arctic warming not impacting the jet stream

    In fact, it seems it’s the other way around.

    Despite suggestions to the contrary, rapid Arctic warming has not led to a "wavier" jet stream around Earth’s mid-lat...

    February 20, 2020
  • The algae are sweet, but still they share

    Bacteria have different tastes so avoid competition.

    This satellite image taken near the island of Heligoland in the German Bight, southern North Sea, shows bacteria (gre...

    February 20, 2020
  • An update on the Jupiter water mystery

    Juno provides more information than Galileo could.

    Water makes up about 0.25% of the molecules in the atmosphere at Jupiter’s equator, almost three times that of the Su...

    February 19, 2020
  • Brain and arteries, working together

    The supply blood to areas of heightened neural activity.

    The brain is a demanding beast. It consumes about a fifth of the body’s energy but cannot store any, so it needs cons...

    February 19, 2020
  • Researchers make solar efficiency breakthrough

    Fast conversion makes technology more viable.

    Australian researchers have set a new world record for the conversion of solar energy to electricity using quantum do...

    February 18, 2020
  • A story ancient and modern

    Skull may settle longstanding debate.

    This Neanderthal skull, though flattened by thousands of years of sediment and rock fall, caused a flurry of exciteme...

    February 18, 2020
  • Watching on as Betelgeuse dims

    But don’t hold your breath waiting for an explosion.

    Astronomers have captured new images of the unprecedented dimming of Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star in the constel...

    February 17, 2020
  • Where finding fish is easy

    Research reveals the diversity of a region known as Rupununi.

    Researchers have found more than 450 species of fish in a pocket of northern South America just half the size of Belg...

    February 17, 2020
  • Sexual partners and cancer risk

    Study finds women more likely to suffer long-standing illness.

    New research links a history of 10 or more lifetime sexual partners to a heightened risk of being diagnosed with canc...

    February 16, 2020
  • A feed like this is getting harder to get

    When frogs die off, snake diversity plummets.

    In the past two decades scientists have seen 90 amphibian species go extinct and more than 500 others be badly affect...

    February 16, 2020
  • Reversing the reproductive clock

    Finding offers hope to women struggling to conceive.

    Australian researchers have lifted fertility rates in older female mice with small doses of a metabolic compound that...

    February 13, 2020
  • An iconic image updated

    NASA releases new version of the Pale Blue Dot.

    One of the most iconic images from the Voyager mission was taken 30 years ago today (14 February 1990). To celebrate...

    February 13, 2020
  • Solar System controls the carbon cycle

    And it has done throughout Earth's history.

    An international scientific team says it can shed fresh light on the complicated interplay of factors affecting globa...

    February 11, 2020
  • Ground level ozone link to death risk increase

    New study highlights problem of daily exposure.

    Daily exposure to ground level ozone is associated with an increased risk of death, according to analysis of data fro...

    February 11, 2020
  • Look out Sun, here I come

    Solar Orbiter heads off seeking data.

    Solar Orbiter is on the way to the Sun, and at this stage all is well. A day after the spacecraft was launched from ...

    February 11, 2020
  • AI may alter how doctors treat depression

    Computer predicts patient outcomes based on EEG.

    US researchers say a computer can accurately predict whether an antidepressant will work based on a patient's brain a...

    February 10, 2020
  • Big potential in mini-gut organoid

    Researchers explore treatment for an unpleasant condition.

    This is a mini-gut organoid generated in a laboratory from human stem cells. It has helped US researchers simulate l...

    February 10, 2020
  • Taking the fight to frostbite

    Here’s an inside view of what treatment can do.

    This is the kind of image you want to see – or, perhaps more accurately, your doctor to see – if you are suffering fr...

    February 9, 2020
  • Evolution of an unusual monster galaxy

    XMM-2599 lived fast and died young in the very early Universe.

    Astronomers have discovered an unusual monster galaxy that existed about 12 billion years ago. Using the WM Keck Obs...

    February 6, 2020
  • A beating heart rules Pluto

    Researchers reveal more about the mysterious Tombaugh Regio.

    A “beating heart” of frozen nitrogen controls Pluto’s winds and may give rise to features on its surface, according t...

    February 5, 2020
  • A strange but stellar fight

    ALMA captures a death process terminated prematurely.

    Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have spotted a peculiar gas cloud that resu...

    February 5, 2020
  • When colloidal particles attract

    Scientists develop a gel that’s not sticky.

    This is an image of non-sticky gel taken using advanced 3D light microscopy techniques – and “non-sticky” is the clev...

    February 4, 2020
  • Greenland Ice Sheet melting top and bottom

    Warm water finding its way underneath, research shows.

    Late last year studies revealed that the Greenland Ice Sheet is melting much faster than previously thought, and that...

    February 3, 2020
  • A tour of the night sky

    Even without a telescope, there’s plenty to see.

    Another night, another brilliant view of the sky above northern Chile – specifically above the four Unit Telescopes o...

    February 3, 2020
  • Physicists do something very cool

    Nanoparticles at ground state open new possibilities.

    Physicists have cooled a nanoparticle to the lowest temperature quantum mechanics allows by reducing its motion to th...

    February 2, 2020
  • A novel quantum couple

    Magnetic field moves electrons into concentric circles.

    US and Japanese researchers have created and imaged a novel pair of quantum dots – tiny islands of confined electric ...

    January 30, 2020
  • Hey, squid brain

    MRI scans provide clues to a crafty camouflage technique.

    Australian scientists are one step closer to understanding the camouflage ability of squid, thanks to MRI-based mappi...

    January 29, 2020
  • ‘Vampire’ star feeding frenzy found

    New project makes good use of data from an old telescope.

    Astronomers led by the Australian National University (ANU) have found a “vampire” star in the midst of a feeding fre...

    January 28, 2020
  • Illustrating a book of bits

    Students compile encyclopaedia of genes.

    This is not just a pretty picture: the microscopic image of fruit fly eyes, wings and lymph glands is shedding new li...

    January 28, 2020
  • Look up, albatross at work

    Giant birds recruited in fight against illegal fishing.

    One in three boats fishing in international waters is probably doing so illegally – and we know that thanks to a flee...

    January 27, 2020
  • When sensors get together

    Matrix takes us further down the path towards electronic skin.

    Advances in flexible sensors and organic electronics are moving us closer to the idea of creating electronic skin, bu...

    January 26, 2020
  • Exploring the inner complexity of Enceladus

    Subsurface ocean composition hints at habitable conditions.

    US researchers say a new geochemical model reveals that carbon dioxide from Saturn’s moon Enceladus may be controlled...

    January 23, 2020
  • New camera has more than just speed

    It can capture transparent objects and even shockwaves.

    Lihong Wang is not one to rest on his laurels. Barely a year after developing the world's fastest camera (capable of ...

    January 22, 2020
  • Traditional record of a modern problem

    Japanese fish rubbings tell about threatened species.

    Welcome to the world of alternative biodiversity records. Since the last Edo period, around the middle of the 19th c...

    January 21, 2020
  • A new class of cool blues

    Developers say they are also cheaper and safer.

    Cobalt Blue (CoAl2O4) is enduringly popular because, we are told, of its colour intensity, ease of synthesis and vers...

    January 21, 2020
  • Lighting up the desert

    Two sources make for a sublime view.

    No, a flying saucer has not just landed in Chile’s Atacama Desert. This is the Residencia, the home for the astronom...

    January 20, 2020
  • Yes indeed, that’s cement setting

    Using optical properties to try to create a greener process.

    It’s been quite a week for cement stories in Cosmos. First, we reported on attempts to create a living concrete by co...

    January 19, 2020
  • Hot end to our hottest decade

    WMO confirms what we probably all knew.

    2019 was the second warmest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation’s consolidated analysi...

    January 16, 2020
  • So that’s what comes out in the wash

    Decisions in the laundry can keep microfibres out of the ocean.

    Scientists have used science to determine how best to use our washing machines. It’s not just about helping clothes ...

    January 16, 2020
  • Introducing a new Aussie dinosaur

    Potential presence of a second megaraptorid species in the area.

    Australian scientists have announced the discovery of the fragmentary remains of a new species of theropod dinosaur i...

    January 15, 2020
  • Connecting dots in the sky

    Scientists match up maps of matter and light.

    Astrophysicists say they are a step closer to understanding the origin of a faint glow of gamma rays covering the nig...

    January 14, 2020
  • Why cancer treatments cause bone loss

    Researchers link it to a stress reponse.

    US researchers say they have found a driver of bone loss related to cancer treatment. Working with mice, they have s...

    January 13, 2020
  • MeerKAT’s view of deep space

    Telescope capture galaxies never before observed in radio light.

    Each dot is this image is a distant galaxy. The brightest are galaxies powered by supermassive black holes and shine ...

    January 13, 2020
  • Should you worry about your tongue getting fat?

    Quite possibly, if you want a good night’s sleep.

    Obesity is known to be the primary risk factor for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), and a new US study suggests the ma...

    January 12, 2020
  • It’s structure that creates this colour

    Scientists discover what makes hummingbirds so bright.

    Hummingbirds are among the brightest birds in the world, and now scientists know why. A new study in the journal Evo...

    January 12, 2020
  • Clever farming in changing times

    The secrets to maintaining meat and dairy production.

    When he was working as a veterinarian with sheep, goats and dairy cattle in India in the heat of summer, Dr Surinder ...

    January 12, 2020
  • The story of a brain with staying power

    A 2600-year-old mystery may have been solved.

    The mystery of how a 2600-year-old brain was preserved may have been at least partly solved. Normally, the brain sta...

    January 9, 2020
  • An in-depth look at cuttlefish hunting

    The tricky part was getting them to wear glasses.

    Yes, this is a cuttlefish wearing 3D glasses. The reason is that it was one of a group of cephalopods invited to a s...

    January 8, 2020
  • Fukushima wildlife caught on camera

    Many species thriving amid nuclear contamination.

    Scientists have provided what they say is the first evidence that wildlife is abundant in Japan’s Fukushima Evacuatio...

    January 7, 2020
  • Red brittle star ‘sees’ without eyes

    Scientists describe a clever new mechanism for vision.

    The red brittle star captured scientific attention three decades ago thanks to its dramatic change in colour between ...

    January 6, 2020
  • Breakfast at the Cosmic Dawn

    Gas halos fed supermassive black holes, astronomers say.

    Astronomers using the European Space Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) report observing reservoirs of cool gas...

    December 20, 2019
  • How big is your camera bag?

    Large and clever technology keeps an eye on the world’s reefs.

    Australian researchers are using this impressive bit of camera equipment to capture 360-degree underwater images of h...

    December 19, 2019
  • Self-cleaning surface repels bugs: researchers

    Microscopic wrinkles exclude all external molecules.

    Canadian researchers say they have developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria in pretty w...

    December 17, 2019
  • Lola found in ancient chewing gum

    Genetics researchers sequence DNA from birch pitch.

    This is an artistic reconstruction of “Lola” who, Danish researchers believe, lived around 5700 years ago. They obtai...

    December 17, 2019
  • Vaping increases risk of lung disease, study finds

    When combined with tobacco use, it’s even worse.

    E-cigarettes significantly increase the risk of developing chronic lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysem...

    December 16, 2019
  • HAWK-I peers through the dust

    New image of Milky Way finds evidence of a burst of star formation.

    The European Space Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has capture the central part of the Milky Way with specta...

    December 16, 2019
  • Borisov makes a flying visit

    Hubble captures speedy comet heading back into interstellar space.

    The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has made two new observations of Comet 2I/Borisov – only the second interstellar ...

    December 15, 2019
  • What it’s like beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet

    New high-precision map reveals all the bumps and hollows.

    Glaciologists have released the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica's ice sheet...

    December 12, 2019
  • Hidden in plain sight

    ALMA spots most distant dusty galaxy.

    Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) have spotted the light of a massive galaxy ...

    December 12, 2019
  • There’s a new squid in town

    But it doesn’t look like most other squids.

    Japanese and Australian scientists have identified this new species of bobtail squid in the waters around Japan’s Oki...

    December 11, 2019
  • The vital role of whale grandmas

    Post-menopause, they help young ones survive, study shows.

    Female killer whales usually stop reproducing in their 30s or 40s, but like humans they can live for many decades fol...

    December 10, 2019
  • Welcome to supernova central

    NGC 5468 has seen some action over the years.

    Supernovae are born when stars explode, and we know that galaxy NGC 5468 has hosted a number of such events in the pa...

    December 9, 2019
  • Unleash the quantum vacuum squeezer

    New instrument extends LIGO’s already significant reach.

    The US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) used to pick up whispers of gravitational wav...

    December 8, 2019
  • New clues to the Milky Way’s age

    Star-quake vibrations suggest ‘thick disc’ is 10 billion years old.

    The Milky Way’s “thick disc” is about 10 billion years old, according to an international team of scientists.They use...

    December 5, 2019
  • Metalenses in focus

    Engineers work at the nanoscale to make them bigger.

    US engineers say they have created the first mass-producible, all-glass, centimetre-scale metalens in the visible spe...

    December 5, 2019
  • Australia, stripped back

    New algorithm offers a more accurate picture of the Earth’s top layer.

    Modern technology shows Australia at its least vegetated, which researchers hope will provide clues for better managi...

    December 4, 2019
  • A decade of ‘exceptional global heat’

    WMO says we’ve had another year of high-impact weather.

    The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says 2019 is on course to be the second or third warmest year on record, ...

    December 3, 2019
  • You don’t see what I see

    New software provides a different view of life’s colours.

    The image above shows a field of bluebells from the perspective of a bee (left) and human (right). It was created us...

    December 3, 2019
  • David Harvey wins AustMS Medal

    UNSW mathematician recognised by national society.

    Associate Professor David Harvey demonstrating the old-school method of multiplication which is impractical when mult...

    December 3, 2019
  • Colour catches cancer spreading

    Glow-in-the-dark cells show mutations driving malignancy.

    US researchers have cleverly tracked cancer mutations by causing stem cells to glow. This allowed the team from Duke ...

    December 2, 2019
  • Eavesdropping on remote wildlife

    An acoustic observatory will aid in mapping and monitoring Australian animals.

    Hundreds of solar-powered sensors are being installed across remote parts of Australia to record a unique soundscape ...

    December 1, 2019
  • That sounds a bit fishy

    'Acoustic enhancement’ may help with reef restoration.

    Young fish can be attracted to degraded coral reefs by the sounds of healthy reefs, new research suggests. Australia...

    December 1, 2019
  • Australian biologists win CSL Florey medal

    Their work was vital in the fight against cancer.

    David Vaux and Andreas Strasser from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have been awarded the bi...

    November 29, 2019
  • New theory for why black holes and neutron stars shine bright

    Research points to interaction between chaotic motion and reconnection of magnetic fields.

    Scientists have long speculated about the origin of the electromagnetic radiation emitted from celestial regions that...

    November 28, 2019
  • It looks like an animal, but…

    Caveasphaera adds to a complex story.

    Caveasphaera, a multicellular organism found in 609-million-year-old rocks in South China's Guizhou Province, defies ...

    November 28, 2019
  • Can stellar black holes get any bigger? Seems that’s a yes

    Astronomers find one with a mass 70 times the Sun.

    Astronomers have discovered that some black holes may be born more than twice as big as previously thought.Using the ...

    November 27, 2019
  • Keeping an eye on the ionosphere

    Incoherent scatter radar takes measurements above Antarctica.

    The ionosphere – that area of the atmosphere about 100 to 1000 kilometres above Earth's surface – is blasted by solar...

    November 27, 2019
  • Action in amber

    Fossil reveals 16-million-year-old hitchhikers.

    How did tiny crawling soil dwellers get around during the early Miocene? If this snapshot in amber from the Dominican...

    November 26, 2019
  • A star performer against Dengue

    DNA may help track and eventually kill the virus.

    By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star using structural DNA nanotechnology, US and Chinese ...

    November 25, 2019
  • Old bones get pigeons back in the air

    Iranian veterinary researchers create natural pins for wing repair.

    The veterinary clinic at Iran’s Shiraz University treats both wild and companion birds with fractured wings or legs. ...

    November 24, 2019
  • Just a young Wolfe

    New dating techniques cut this crater’s age.

    Australia’s Wolfe Creek Crater, one of the world’s largest meteorite craters, is much younger than previously thought...

    November 24, 2019
  • A new view of our Milky Way

    Outback telescope captures low-frequency radio emission.

    The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in outback Western Australia captured this spectacular new view of the ...

    November 21, 2019
  • SCINEMA announces new award categories

    Australia’s largest science film festival is calling for entries.

    SCINEMA International Science Film Festival has officially opened entries for 2020, and this year there’s a host of n...

    November 21, 2019
  • The brightest light in the Universe

    Telescopes pick up the afterglow of a violent explosion.

    A violent explosion in a galaxy seven billion light-years away has broken the record for the brightest source of high...

    November 20, 2019
  • The other use for feathers

    Research reveals they make pretty useful armour.

    A bird’s feathers play an important role in mating, flight and insulation, but new research suggests they also help p...

    November 20, 2019
  • A weakened black hole allows its galaxy to awaken

    New data provides compelling evidence of a unique phenomenon.

    A combined x-ray, optical and radio image reveals the mechanism allowing rapid star formation at the core of the Phoe...

    November 19, 2019
  • Not such a pretty picture

    The plastics problem for marine life off Indonesia.

    Reef manta rays could ingest as many as 63 pieces of plastic per hour while feeding in the waters off Indonesia’s Nus...

    November 19, 2019
  • Another glorious galaxy

    But NGC 772 is officially peculiar.

    Spiralling arms, a glowing centre, bright specks of star formation and dark ripples of cosmic dust – it must be a gal...

    November 18, 2019
  • When galaxies rotate, size matters

    Sky survey provides clues to how things change over time.

    A simulation showing galaxies gradually accreting along a cosmic filament. CREDIT: Greg PoolEThe direction in which a...

    November 17, 2019
  • This old bird did shake its tail feathers

    Japanese fossil find suggests complex evolution.

    Japanese researchers have described what they say is the first species of bird from the Early Cretaceous period (arou...

    November 17, 2019
  • Making glass flex, not fracture

    It must be dense and flawless, study suggests.

    Glass is strong, despite being brittle. Imagine its potential if it wasn’t.That’s not totally out of the question, ac...

    November 14, 2019
  • Hyper-fast star ejected by supermassive black hole

    Astronomers see first demonstration of the ‘Hills mechanism’.

    Astronomers have discovered a star travelling at more than six million kilometres an hour through the Milky Way after...

    November 13, 2019
  • Vaping linked to teen’s lung inflammation

    Doctors suspect trigger was immune response to chemical.

    British doctors have sounded a new warning about e-cigarettes after treating a 16-year-old male for life-threatening ...

    November 12, 2019
  • Another tale set in amber

    Ancient beetle provides evidence of pollination.

    Let’s face it, anything in amber looks pretty cool. The bonus is that they often have an important story to tell.In t...

    November 12, 2019
  • Cities messing with spring’s signals

    Urbanisation delays plant growth in warm regions, study finds.

    Urbanisation shifts nature’s seasonal cues in nuanced ways, with cities in cold climates triggering earlier spring pl...

    November 11, 2019
  • Deer departed is back again

    Scientists and locals ensure a win for conservation.

    A species of tiny deer not seen by scientists for 30 years has been found – and photographed – in Vietnam. Writing i...

    November 11, 2019
  • A dozen space doppelgangers

    Hubble captures a unique view of the Sunburst Arc.

    This image, captured using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows an astronomical object whose image is multiplie...

    November 10, 2019
  • Melting arctic sea ice linked to virus in marine mammals

    Loss of ice opens pathways for disease transmission, study shows.

    Scientists have linked the decline in Arctic sea ice to the emergence of a deadly virus that could threaten marine ma...

    November 7, 2019
  • Delicate flower makes a surprise appearance

    Rumours of its extinction were greatly exaggerated.

    This is Psoralea cataracta, and it hasn’t been seen since 1804. In fact, it is only known because of the single spec...

    November 7, 2019
  • The majesty of the southern sky

    TESS provides a unique panorama.

    This mosaic of the southern sky was assembled from 208 images taken by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (...

    November 6, 2019
  • Not your usual African safari

    Researchers learn there’s lots to learn from faeces.

    OK, yes, this is a pile of poop. But a valuable one. Ecologists led by Tyler Kartzinel from Brown University in the ...

    November 5, 2019
  • Voyager 2 has reached interstellar space

    Researchers detect a tell-tale jump in plasma density.

    Scientists have confirmed that Voyager 2 has entered the interstellar medium (ISM), the region of space outside the b...

    November 4, 2019
  • Jet stream on Jupiter

    Citizen scientist makes Juno’s image even more arresting.

    Citizen scientist Gerald Eichstädt created this enhanced-colour image using data from NASA's Juno spacecraft.It shows...

    November 4, 2019
  • No, not a starry, starry night

    This image was taken inside a cell, not high in the sky.

    A previously unknown component of our cells delivers proteins “like a bike courier in heavy traffic”, according to sc...

    November 3, 2019
  • Scientists warn about the dangers of measles

    Two studies highlight the potential long-term impact.

    Measles is more harmful than previously suspected, scientists say. Two separate studies of 77 unvaccinated Dutch chi...

    October 31, 2019
  • Smooth moves at the M-Block party

    These robots know who else is in the crowd.

    These are “M-Blocks”, self-transforming robot blocks that can jump, spin, flip and even identify each other using a t...

    October 31, 2019
  • Smooth moves at the M-Block party

    These robots know who else is in the crowd.

    These are “M-Blocks”, self-transforming robot blocks that can jump, spin, flip and even identify each other using a t...

    October 31, 2019
  • Charge a car in just 10 minutes?

    It’s possible say the engineers behind a new lithium battery.

    US mechanical engineers say they have developed a lithium ion battery that can be charged sufficiently in 10 minutes ...

    October 30, 2019
  • A virus for good, not evil

    HPV may protect the skin from some cancers.

    A class of viruses commonly found on human skin – low-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV) – may play a role in protecti...

    October 30, 2019
  • Can cannabinoids help with mental health?

    New study finds ‘insufficient evidence’.

    The use of cannabinoids to treat mental health conditions cannot be justified based on current evidence, according to...

    October 29, 2019
  • Look into my eyes

    Something big is staring back at Hubble.

    Astronomers see many things when they stare into deep space, but this is not – despite appearances – an otherworldly ...

    October 29, 2019
  • Smallest dwarf planet in the Solar System?

    Astronomers have taken a close look at Hygiea’s credentials.

    Astronomers have revealed that the asteroid Hygiea could be classified as a dwarf planet, which would make it the sma...

    October 28, 2019
  • Tracking tau may help fight Alzheimer’s

    Rapid spread does not mean immediate impact.

    The accumulation of tau proteins in the brain is linked to neurological disorders. It is known to spread quickly betw...

    October 28, 2019
  • Ready and Abell

    Big telescopes observe something big taking shape.

    Astronomers using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes have put together a detailed map of...

    October 27, 2019
  • When bad plastic turns good

    Catalytic method allows for ‘upcycling’, researchers suggest.

    US researchers say they have developed a catalytic method to turn single-use plastic into high-quality liquid product...

    October 24, 2019
  • Snakes alive – and rather abundant

    ‘Fantastic Grandmothers’ take citizen science underwater.

    Looking for unique retirement plans? How does snorkelling with venomous sea snakes sound? That’s exactly what seven ...

    October 23, 2019
  • Tiny turtle takes top prize

    See all the entries in the Nikon Small World Competition.

    This stunning image of a fluorescent turtle embryo has won top spot in the 45th Annual Nikon Small World Competition....

    October 22, 2019
  • Meet the loudest bird in the world

    In the Amazon, the amps are turned up to 11.

    The male white bellbird (Procnias albus), which lives atop mountains in the Amazon region of northern Brazil, is – fo...

    October 21, 2019
  • Photo bombers in space

    Asteroid pops up in astronomer’s galaxy shot.

    Anyone who has taken a long-range image knows that sometimes things get in the way of the perfect shot. The same thin...

    October 20, 2019
  • More than a pretty picture

    Scientists hope snaps from ISS will help tackle light pollution.

    Snapped by the crew onboard the International Space Station, this image shows Spain and Portugal at night. The city ...

    October 17, 2019
  • Nobels 2019

    With the last name announced, we review this year’s winners.

    The full cohort of 2019 Nobel Prize winners have now been announced, with this year’s science prize winners attractin...

    October 16, 2019
  • Lighting up the centre of our galaxy

    It’s a busy place, where millions of moving stars hang out.

    The centre of the Milky Way is normally veiled by clouds of interstellar dust and gas, hiding it from the prying eyes...

    October 16, 2019
  • Tracking fat parcels

    Researchers may have discovered how to trace fat metabolism.

    This image shows the tracking of fat droplets in liver cells of mice. Fat is vital for the structure and function of ...

    October 15, 2019
  • From chaos, sticky order

    Creating a substance that will stick to just about anything.

    This material might be the future of soft, nanomaterials.  Researchers from the North Carolina State University, in ...

    October 14, 2019
  • New large wasp species discovered in Uganda

    The finding expands knowledge of the tropical Rhyssinae wasps.

    On a mission to explore the diversity of tropical parasitoid wasps, scientists from the University of Turku in Finlan...

    October 13, 2019
  • A glimpse of a newly discovered exoplanet

    With no atmosphere, it isn't habitable for life.

    The exoplanet LHS 3844b illustrated here is located 48.6 light-years from Earth and orbits an M dwarf star – the most...

    October 10, 2019
  • Mini pig-like fossils captured in amber

    This newly discovered animal reveals a unique lineage from 30 million years ago.

    Fossils preserved in amber have revealed a new family, genus and species of microinvertebrate dating back 30 million ...

    October 9, 2019
  • Illuminating breast tissue

    A new technique could give an insight into breast cancer.

    Using state-of-the-art technology, researchers from the Salk Institute, California, have taken a glimpse of cells in ...

    October 8, 2019
  • A peek into the lung of a mouse

    Imaging of immune cells after exposure to asthma triggers.

    In search of mechanisms that induce allergic asthma, an escalating health problem, researchers unexpectedly found a c...

    October 7, 2019
  • Milky Way exploded three million years ago

    The discovery dramatically alters our understanding of our galaxy.

    A titanic, expanding beam of energy sprang from close to the supermassive black hole in the centre of the Milky Way j...

    October 6, 2019
  • Space is watching

    Hubble captures a fading star, the Engraved Hourglass Nebula.

    This image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows the Engraved Hourglass Nebula – also known as MyCn 18 – wit...

    October 3, 2019
  • Soaking up Earth views from space

    Astronaut Nick Hague enjoys his final moments on a space mission.

    The best pics that most of us will ever snap from above are from airplane windows. NASA astronaut Nick Hague, however...

    October 2, 2019
  • See a spacecraft ascending from above

    It’s a breathtaking perspective.

    This image shows the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft ascending into space after its launch from central Asian country Kazakhst...

    October 1, 2019
  • I’ll see you at the Amazon

    The place where rivers meet.

    This image shows where the Rio Negro and the Solimões River join up to form the Amazon River. The Rio Negro is the A...

    September 30, 2019
  • Promising intermediary black hole candidate

    Part of the quest to find supermassive black hole origins.

    Astronomers think NGC1313-1, the luminous X-ray source of galaxy NGC1313 shown above, could be a promising candidate ...

    September 29, 2019
  • Bats eavesdrop on their prey

    It's one of many cunning tactics they use on the hunt.

    Like Tom and Jerry's endless shenanigans, prey go to any lengths to avoid being eaten while predators continue to evo...

    September 26, 2019
  • Stunning but ruthless

    This wasp lays its eggs in several different hosts.

    The breathtaking beauty of the crypt-keeper wasp (Euderus set) belies its parasitic tendencies to lay eggs in at leas...

    September 25, 2019
  • Living cancer cell captured in real time

    Researchers improve super-resolving microscopy.

    This image of a living bone cancer cell was taken with a super-resolving structured illumination microscope. The cell...

    September 24, 2019
  • Mars up close and personal

    Spacecraft images reveal ancient rock formations.

    This image, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, shows rock and sand sediments in the planet’s Daniel...

    September 23, 2019
  • Galaxy caught ejecting gas

    Telescopes capture stellar feedback in action.

    New observations of the galaxy NGC 3351, also known as Messier 95, have shown stellar feedback in action. This is th...

    September 22, 2019
  • Hitchhiking in a cell

    Molecular movement may hold a key to understanding ALS.

    Microscopic RNA molecules sometimes travel up to a metre to get from the nucleus of a nerve cell to its tip, where th...

    September 19, 2019
  • Looking – and staying – sharp

    Researchers explore what goes on inside Aristotle’s lantern.

    The masticatory apparatus of a sea urchin – commonly known as Aristotle’s lantern – includes five teeth, each held by...

    September 18, 2019
  • Cancer cells turn to cannibalism

    It helps them survive chemotherapy, study suggests.

    Some cancer cells survive chemotherapy by eating their neighbouring tumour cells, according to new research. Writing ...

    September 17, 2019
  • Comet captured in colour

    Gemini scrambles to grab a photo opportunity.

    The first-ever comet from beyond our Solar System has been successfully imaged in multiple colours.  The recently di...

    September 16, 2019
  • These nanoparticles are gems

    They shift shape and become highly active catalytically.

    US chemists report developing a new way to make catalysts from metal nanoparticles – and even recycle spent catalysts...

    September 15, 2019
  • Poo scoop snares an Ig Nobel

    Australians share the glory for outstanding work in physics.

    Researchers Scott Carver, Ashley Edwards and Alynn Martin from the University of Tasmania in Australia, have shared o...

    September 13, 2019
  • There’s no place like home

    Some butterflies stick to their burbs.

    Birthplace exerts a lifelong influence on butterflies as well as humans, new research suggests. In a paper published...

    September 12, 2019
  • Tiny predator has a big story to tell

    Oldest chelicerate found in the Burgess Shale.

    Palaeontologists working on Canada’s world-renowned Burgess Shale have revealed a new species called Mollisonia pleno...

    September 11, 2019
  • Pterosaur identified, 30 years on

    Cryodrakon boreas was a new genus and species.

    The remains of a giant flying reptile found in Alberta, Canada, three decades ago have been identified as a new genus...

    September 10, 2019
  • New view of a nematode

    Scientists have created a molecular atlas of C. elegans.

    US researchers have reported the first detailed molecular characterisation of how every cell changes during animal em...

    September 8, 2019
  • Colours come, colours go

    NASA satellite spots a mystery that’s gone in a flash.

    The pops of bright blue and green in this image of the Fireworks galaxy NGC 6946 show the locations of extremely brig...

    September 5, 2019
  • I love to go a wandering…

    Fossils reveal earliest signs of mobility, researchers suggest.

    Is this one of the first trails ever made by an animal on the surface of the Earth?Quite possibly, says the team of p...

    September 4, 2019
  • Eye on the hurricane

    ISS looks down on nature at its wildest.

    NASA astronaut Christina Koch snapped this image of Hurricane Dorian as the International Space Station (ISS) flew ov...

    September 3, 2019
  • Dormant but still dangerous

    Some breast cancer cells are forced into ‘sleeper’ mode.

    Breast cancer medicines may force some cancer cells into “sleeper mode”, allowing them to potentially come back to li...

    September 2, 2019
  • JWST is whole at last

    Another milestone reached for new space science observatory.

    Engineers have connected the two halves of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope for the first time at Northrop Grumman’s...

    September 1, 2019
  • Beautiful view of failed experiment

    Things get tough if your proboscis doesn’t cut it.

    Many things look cool in amber, but this picture strikes us as particularly – well, striking. Unfortunately, it capt...

    August 29, 2019
  • A space masterpiece remembered

    NASA thinks it’s time to celebrate Spitzer and its best work.

    NASA has released something of a greatest hits package for its Spitzer Space Telescope.That’s possibly a little prema...

    August 28, 2019
  • Keeping an eye on the eye

    Map provides insights into the retina’s genetic code

    Here’s a look, of sorts, inside the human retina. Each dot represents one cell, and there are around 20,000 of them. ...

    August 27, 2019
  • Going to Mars? See Australia first

    Scientists hone their research skills on ancient fossils.

    Scientists supporting both NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission and the European-Russian ExoMars mission have just spent...

    August 26, 2019
  • Anniversary of an image

    It’s 30 years since Voyager 2 got close to Neptune.

    The Moon landing was the biggie, but there are other space anniversaries worth noting this year. It’s exactly 30 yea...

    August 25, 2019
  • It’s not quite Mars, but it will do

    Atacama microbes may hold clues to life.

    Chile’s Atacama Desert is renowned for its Mars-like environment, so Spanish scientists used it to try to determine h...

    August 22, 2019
  • When secondary is important

    JWST’s unfolding mechanism goes through its paces.

    Technicians and engineers have just tested a key part of the telescope unfolding mechanism for the James Webb Space T...

    August 20, 2019
  • When sleep is the imperative

    Study finds some migrating birds put it ahead of security.

    This garden warbler (Sylvia borin) looks sharp and well rested in this photo. The question is what risks it might hav...

    August 19, 2019
  • Holding up well after all these years

    Bones keep their DNA down a tropical sinkhole.

    US scientists have reported recovering the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to some r...

    August 18, 2019
  • A CRISPR ‘revolution’

    Swiss team says its process can modify 25 sites at once.

    CRISPR-Cas is pretty popular with those wanting a relatively quick and easy way to delete, replace or modify single g...

    August 15, 2019
  • A new view of old eyes

    Fossilisation process may have altered structures.

    This 54-million-year-old crane-fly (family Tipulidae) is impressive as a fossil and interesting for what it tells sci...

    August 14, 2019
  • Hubble captures galaxies interacting

    Eventually the luminescent two will become one.

    This galactic duo is known as UGC 2369. According to the European Space Agency, the galaxies are interacting, meanin...

    August 13, 2019
  • Cosmos article wins journalist another award

    Winning entry reflects her commitment to promoting food security.

    Natalie Parletta has been honoured for highlighting the importance of food security.Regular Cosmos contributor Natali...

    August 13, 2019
  • Watching pancreatic cancer spread

    Researchers discover the cells remodel their environment.

    An international team led by Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research has discovered how aggressive pancreati...

    August 12, 2019
  • That looks a bit like Velcro

    Tiny scales help this midge jump without legs.

    The three-millimetre larva of the goldenrod gall midge can “jump” 20 to 30 body lengths in a tenth of a second despit...

    August 11, 2019
  • A celestial seagull in full flight

    And with a good telescope, you can capture all the details.

    This is known as the Seagull Nebula, for obvious reasons, and thanks to the detail captured here by ESO’s VLT Survey ...

    August 8, 2019
  • Meet Hercules, the biggest parrot ever

    The list of giant New Zealand birds just got longer.

    This is an artist’s reconstruction of Heracles inexpectatus – aka Hercules – the 19-million-year old remains of which...

    August 7, 2019
  • Now that’s an eye test

    NASA ‘optometrists’ verify Mars 2020 rover’s 20/20 vision.

    Space is a bad place for things to go wrong, so when several new cameras were added to the Mars 2020 rover, NASA put ...

    August 6, 2019
  • Inspired by nature

    Artificial catalysts mimic living enzymes.

    US researchers say they have developed a synthetic catalyst that produces chemicals much the way enzymes do in living...

    August 5, 2019
  • Looking inside living brain cells

    Super-resolution microscopy provide unprecedented access.

    Australian researchers have used super-resolution microscopy to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cel...

    August 4, 2019
  • Organoids offer new research opportunities

    Endometrial diseases can be imitated in a lab dish.

    This is an organoid – a three-dimensional cell structure – grown from the diseased tissue of patients by biomedical r...

    August 1, 2019
  • Keeping an eye on the Amazon

    Mapping project highlights forest-loss rates.

    This image captures a “good news / bad news” situation in the Brazilian Amazon.A study led by the University of Oklah...

    July 31, 2019
  • A nice view at ‘first light’

    SPECULOOS shows that it’s ready for action.

    This spectacular portrait of the Centaurus A galaxy was one of the “first light images” taken by SPECULOOS (Search fo...

    July 30, 2019
  • Alpha-synuclein is one of the good guys

    Study reveals crucial role in DNA repair.

    Aggregates of the protein alpha-synuclein, known as Lewy bodies, have long been connected to Parkinson's disease and ...

    July 29, 2019
  • No telescope needed

    Milky Way is there for the eye to see.

    This striking image was taken from the Paranal Observatory in Chile without having to use any of its arsenal of teles...

    July 26, 2019
  • How the pufferfish got its wacky spines

    The process actually isn’t that crazy.

    Pufferfish are strange. They have a reduced skeleton, beak-like dentition and “spines” – spiky skin structures – in c...

    July 25, 2019
  • The dark, cold and wet side of the Moon

    But even here water isn’t locked away, NASA has found.

    Craters such as this one in the Moon's south pole region live in permanent darkness, making them, NASA thought, perfe...

    July 24, 2019
  • India heading to the Moon

    Chandrayaan-2 lifts off for a seven-week trip.

    India's second mission to the Moon is under way.After a smooth 20-hour countdown, the GSLV MkIII-M1 launch vehicle li...

    July 23, 2019
  • Capturing more than just the moment

    Tourists can help with wildlife monitoring.

    Holiday snaps such this as may have more than just the obvious appeal.Tourists geotagging their wildlife photos while...

    July 22, 2019
  • Earth, Moon and stars, all lined up

    You can’t beat the ISS for great night-time viewing.

    This was the view from International Space Station (ISS) as it orbited about 410 kilometres above the Pacific Ocean, ...

    July 21, 2019
  • Sniffing out clues to our sense of smell

    US study finds similarities between species.

    This image shows a section of the front part of the piriform cortex, an area of the brain involved in the sense of sm...

    July 19, 2019
  • Hydrogen, as you’ve never seen it

    Finding the art in the Periodic Table.

    This is Hydrogen, as visualised by young Australian artists Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim. In 2017, Kowarsky was com...

    July 18, 2019
  • Spawn of the triffid?

    Organisms shed insight into a complex evolutionary world.

    This is Rhodelphis limneticus, one of two newly discovered organisms that Canadian and Russian researchers say point ...

    July 17, 2019
  • Red and very dead

    But an attractive burst of gas and dust, nonetheless.

    This is Abell 24, a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Canis Minor (The Lesser Dog). It is a burst of ...

    July 16, 2019
  • Reptilian street smarts

    Baby blue-tongue lizards match their elders, because they need to.

    This is an eastern blue-tongue lizard (Tiliqua scincoides) from Australia, and it is likely it was a very good studen...

    July 15, 2019
  • Scientists catch chemical bonds exploding

    But they needed very short laser pulses to do it.

    What happens when you explode a chemical bond? Something a bit like this, apparently. Chemists at the University of ...

    July 14, 2019
  • Best foot forward

    Ancient bird had a giant toe.

    If you think this ancient bird has odd looking feet, you’re right.Chinese researchers have discovered that Elektororn...

    July 12, 2019
  • An engaging piece of space art

    Image brings together 17 years of X-ray sources.

    The purple lines and blotches in this image show all of the X-ray sources that were serendipitously detected – that i...

    July 11, 2019
  • Reefs on the move

    New research reveals a dramatic rebalancing of young corals.

    This experiment in the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific is allowing researchers to enumerate the...

    July 10, 2019
  • Tall (and diverse) timber

    Study finds thousands of genetic differences in a single tree.

    Researchers from Canada’s University of British Columbia spent last northern summer scaling these giant Sitka spruce ...

    July 9, 2019
  • A galaxy in bloom

    Hydrogen gas makes NGC 972 shine bright.

    This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows bright pockets of star formation blooming like roses in a spiral gal...

    July 8, 2019
  • A collaborative view of Jupiter

    Citizen scientist builds on NASA’s work.

    This stunning view of Jupiter's stormy northern hemisphere is a collaboration between NASA and citizen scientist Kevi...

    July 7, 2019
  • Epithelial cells take the fight to the flu

    Watch out for the antibiotics, however.

    This scanning electron micrograph shows epithelial cells lining the inside of the lung. In a recent study, researche...

    July 5, 2019
  • Now that’s quite a belt

    Scientists discover the biggest seaweed bloom in the world.

    Scientists have used NASA satellite observations to discover what they say is the largest bloom of macroalgae in the ...

    July 4, 2019
  • Best seat in the house

    Thousands gather to watch a total eclipse of the sun.

    The European Space Agency’s La Silla Observatory in Chile was the place to be for viewing of a total solar eclipse on...

    July 3, 2019
  • A jellyfish, but not…

    Scientists find marine inspiration for a multi-functional robots.

    German researchers have created a soft robot that looks and moves like a jellyfish.Metin Setti.Our image of the day i...

    July 2, 2019
  • Early life illuminated in 3D

    New model mimics an embryo’s shape and size.

    Researchers at Rockefeller University in the US have used stem cells to create a 3D model of early embryonic tissues,...

    July 1, 2019
  • The Night King reigns in Australia

    Leader of the White Walkers also flies.

    This is Paramonovius nightking, a bee fly named after the Night King of Game of Thrones fame because it reigns in win...

    June 30, 2019
  • Going for the bounce

    Scientists working on new ways to stop water hanging around.

    Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have demonstrated a new approach to minimising the contact between...

    June 28, 2019
  • The Whirlpool does Warhol

    Art meets science as we see a galaxy in different lights

    These four images of the Whirlpool galaxy show how different wavelengths of light can reveal different features of a ...

    June 27, 2019
  • Bulk baby green oysters

    An artificial colour change illuminates how molluscs arrive at their adult lodgings.

    Larval oysters, shown here by the score, are not usually green, but researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alab...

    June 26, 2019
  • Desert going green

    A bird’s eye view of a massive project for change.

    The Great Green Wall project, launched a decade ago, aims to improve life in Africa’s desert regions by planting a be...

    June 25, 2019
  • A green spacecraft

    NASA trials less toxic fuel.

    This is a satellite, stowed for launch inside a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket. It is one of two dozen bits of aeriel pay...

    June 24, 2019
  • The rings of Uranus are glowing

    Telescopes combine to illuminate little known phenomenon.

    The rings that girdle Uranus are nowhere near as optically spectacular as those that surround Saturn. Indeed, they re...

    June 23, 2019
  • The sea anemone in red

    Algae adds a touch of colour, in the name of science.

    This striking sea anemone, Exaiptasia pallida, isn’t dressed for a big night out. The red fluorescence spots are caus...

    June 20, 2019
  • A new set of eyes heads for space

    Germany’s bold universe observer mission is set for take-off.

    This is a major section of a massive piece of kit called the “extended ROentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Arra...

    June 19, 2019
  • Two ancient galaxies, merging

    About 13 billion years ago there was a titanic collision.

    This is a composite image of a galaxy known as B14-65666, put together by astronomers using the Atacama Large Millime...

    June 18, 2019
  • Rocket science and selfies

    NASA techs take a break to mark a milestone.

    All work and no play makes for dull days, and the team of techs at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California are...

    June 17, 2019
  • Small galaxy, big heart

    Astronomers find there’s a lot going on in ESO 495-21.

    Nestled within this field of bright foreground stars lies ESO 495-21, a tiny galaxy with a big heart. While barely 30...

    June 16, 2019
  • NASA trials new safety system before moon launch

    Nose-tip abort mechanism can save the crew if the rocket detonates on lift-off.

    Next stop: the moon! Well, not quite, but soon.This is a version of the crew module that will sit atop an Orion rocke...

    June 13, 2019
  • Sponge blob square pants

    Analysis overturns understanding of evolutionary history.

    This is a cross-section of a type of cell found in sponges known as a choanocyte. It is not what it seems.Until now, ...

    June 12, 2019
  • Mature, shapely, and with some beautiful bars

    Distant galaxy give clues to the structure of the Milky Way.

    It’s difficult to know what your home looks like if you don’t, or can’t, leave it. Take the Milky Way, for instance....

    June 11, 2019
  • Selfie-flagellation

    New technique provides clues to efficient sperm motility.

    This image shows a human sperm going about its business. It was taken using what’s known as flagellar capture and spe...

    June 10, 2019
  • Watch: NASA’s Mars Helicopter ready to fly

    The space agency releases footage of final preparations for a historic test of the laws of physics.

    Work on what will hopefully turn out to be the first human-made craft to fly and hover on Mars is almost complete, wi...

    June 10, 2019
  • A black hole, a disc and an equator

    Computer simulations confirm astrophysical predictions made more than half a century ago.

    In 1975, Nobel Prize-winning physicist John Bardeen and astrophysicist Jacobus Petterson proposed that the inner-most...

    June 9, 2019
  • Fang you, and goodnight

    Researchers study deep-sea colourless teeth.

    This is a deep-sea dragonfish (Aristostomias scintillans). Researchers have been taking a very close look at its teet...

    June 6, 2019
  • Ceramics in space

    Nano-materials used to explore radiation exposure.

    These are called “nanoceria” – tiny ceramic particles which mimic the behaviour of biological enzymes.In a recent exp...

    June 5, 2019
  • Dense, distant and full of dark matter

    NASA’s Chandra observatory looks at a galaxy in which nothing has happened for billions of years.

    This is a lonely, stunted, ancient galaxy, full to bursting with dark matter.Its name is Markarian 1216, and it forme...

    June 4, 2019
  • Cosmos correspondent wins medical writing award

    Prolific contributions earn early career recognition.

    Cosmos contributor Natalie Parletta. Brian PullingFrequent Cosmos contributor Natalie Parletta is the winner of the 2...

    June 4, 2019
  • A bumper crop of supernovae

    Astronomers photograph disintegrating stars.

    Ever wondered what 1800 exploding stars might look like? Well, wonder no more. Using a 870 mega-pixel digital camer...

    June 3, 2019
  • Feeling small?

    NASA data reveals an amazing deep space vista.

    This extraordinarily beautiful image, compiled from data acquired by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope in 2009, and now ...

    June 2, 2019
  • Save the beetles! Cut down trees!

    Successful Swedish conservation strategy seems counterintuitive.

    This is a rufous-shouldered longhorn beetle (Anaglyptus mysticus), which, like many other wood-living beetles that li...

    May 30, 2019
  • Taking aim, preparing for landing

    Orbiting craft keeps a weather eye on next Mars mission landing spot.

    The prominent circular structure in this image – taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter – has been called Jezero...

    May 29, 2019
  • Another type of cell phone

    Researchers uncover complex communication web in every cell.

    The strange patterns on the individual cells in this montage are natural – there all the time and, in these instances...

    May 28, 2019
  • Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s your retail delivery

    NASA builds drone-management software as numbers grow.

    Modelling suggests that within a year or so there will be about 400,000 commercial drones operating in the US, alongs...

    May 27, 2019
  • Meet the fly-drive drone

    Israeli prototype has several forms of locomotion but one set of motors.

    This is a world-first flying, driving and squeezing drone, made by researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Ne...

    May 26, 2019
  • Voyager science boss wins major award

    Edward Stone has helmed the epic NASA mission for almost half a century.

    The man who has served as project scientist for NASA’s Voyager missions since five years before the first of the two ...

    May 24, 2019
  • A jade blade for the salt of the earth

    This is a blade fashioned over 1000 years ago for use by a Mayan worker at an ancient salt works called Ek Way Nal in...

    May 23, 2019
  • An ancient red rodent

    X-rays reveal pelt colour in three-million-year-old fossil

    This is a very colourful, three-million-year-old mouse.The exceptionally well-preserved animal, complete with remnant...

    May 22, 2019
  • A light pulse in slo-mo

    New camera system takes four pictures every picosecond.

    If shown in real-time this video would last just 33-trillionths of a second – and, no, it’s not a screen-grab for som...

    May 21, 2019
  • T-cells caught in the act

    Immune cells are life-savers, when they know what to attack.

    Researchers in the US have managed to video T-cells at work – and it might help in the fight against autoimmune disor...

    May 20, 2019
  • When galaxies almost collide

    A titanic near miss stirs up stars.

    The image of a massive galaxy called NCG 4485, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows remarkable asymmetry. T...

    May 19, 2019
  • A very early bird

    Archaeopteryx was not alone in the skies.

    This is the fossilised wing of a newly discovered species, Alcmonavis poeschli, embedded in limestone in Germany.The ...

    May 16, 2019
  • The next storage revolution, up close and personal

    Machine-learning helps identify weaknesses in next-gen materials.

    This is an extreme close-up metal-organic framework, or MOF, a self-assembling three-dimensional compound made of con...

    May 15, 2019
  • Blue moon, waxing

    A beautiful lunar image, from 450 kilometres up.

    Being on the International Space Station isn’t all hard work. Just occasionally there is a little free time – an excu...

    May 14, 2019
  • Decisions, decisions

    Researchers pinpoint area critical for coming to conclusions.

    This video, hugely magnified and sped up 20 times, shows a mouse making a decision. In a paper published in the jour...

    May 13, 2019
  • Martian moon, three ways

    Orbiter imaging reveals Phobos from differing perspectives

    This video shows one of the moons of Mars, Phobos, filmed in visible light by NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter.The im...

    May 12, 2019
  • The roots of all goodness

    Plants fuel their own microbial populations, research shows.

    The roots of Thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) produce at least 50 previously undescribed molecules, all belonging t...

    May 9, 2019
  • A bag of godly goodies

    Fox-snout pouch reveals shamanic meds.

    This pouch, made from three fox snouts expertly sewn together, is about 1000 years old, and when it was placed inside...

    May 8, 2019
  • Sparkle and spiral

    Hubble captures the visual splendour of a distant galaxy.

    This is a galaxy dubbed NGC 2903. It lies about 30 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Leo, and si...

    May 7, 2019
  • A positron, smeared

    Antimatter particle conforms to quantum theory, researchers find.

    The grey smudges on this much-magnified nuclear emulsion detector may not look much, but they are highly significant....

    May 6, 2019
  • Bats, better by the dozen

    Analysis probes the evolutionary drivers behind flying mammals.

    The 1300 species of bat found around the world show extreme variation in shape and size, ranging from tiny microbats ...

    May 5, 2019
  • A picture that does a monkey’s head in

    This densely packed selection of images changes, from its start point in the bottom right-hand corner to its conclusi...

    May 2, 2019
  • Sunset on Mars

    InSight captures the end of the day, 55 million kilometres away.

    The daily dying of the light on Mars.NASA/JPL-CaltechIn late April, the NASA InSight Lander took a break from its thu...

    May 2, 2019
  • Plantation blues

    Rare species found living in a coffee crop.

    This is an image of the only known specimen of the super-rare male turquoise cotinga (Cotinga ridgwayi) ever to have ...

    May 1, 2019
  • The end of the trail

    NASA reveals Mars rover Opportunity’s long and winding road.

    And thus, on the rim of a deep crater a very long way from home, the story ended.This image, released by NASA, shows ...

    April 30, 2019
  • Actually, yes, it is rocket science

    NASA models its next journey to the moon.

    This image shows a scale model of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket undergoing testing inside the administratio...

    April 29, 2019
  • Insert head here

    Computer-aided design to assist novice plastic surgeons.

    Repairing, or redesigning, faces is a fiendishly tricky business carrying very high stakes. It is a particularly chal...

    April 28, 2019
  • Slime moulds memories are made of this

    Single celled organisms can exchange ‘knowledge’ through touching.

    Delightfully described by researchers as “a fusion of two blobs”, this image shows to slime moulds (Physarum polyceph...

    April 25, 2019
  • Hey there, bright eyes

    Indonesia’s bird species count increases by two.

    Zoologists have discovered two gorgeous previously unknown bird species in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indo...

    April 24, 2019
  • Sand, bubbling through sand

    Fluid-like motion observed in granular material for the first time.

    Sand will sometimes form bubbles. A study led by chemical engineer Chris Boyce from the Columbia University School of...

    April 23, 2019
  • Close up with a comet

    67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko images placed online.

    This is a picture of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken by a camera system known as OSIRIS on board the Europ...

    April 22, 2019
  • The place where stars are formed

    First image of a distant but important part of the Milky Way.

    This is an area of the Milky Way known as CTB 102, about 14,000 light-years from Earth. The area is classified as an...

    April 17, 2019
  • Once upon a time in America

    Digging in poverty reveals the wealth of nations.

    During the Great Depression scores of unemployed people were put to work digging up fossils in Texas. The fruits of t...

    April 16, 2019
  • Stem cells call the shots

    That’s why flowering plants have genetic backup plans to protect them

    Stem cells are critical for the survival of flowering plants. Whether it’s deep-reaching roots, taller stems, or more...

    April 15, 2019
  • Learning difficult lesions

    MRI is useful for understanding central nervous system disease.

    Using ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to track the emergence of scars in the cortical grey matter o...

    April 14, 2019
  • Meet the cookie micro-monster

    New wasp species named after snack, because why not?

    Science humour is a curious thing. Meet Sathon oreo, a newly described Australian wasp, named after a popular America...

    April 11, 2019
  • The women behind the satellite

    Archive photo reveals strong and talented women in STEM half a century ago.

    Ann McNair and Mary Jo Smith were both talented physicists and mathematicians hired by NASA to work on various projec...

    April 10, 2019
  • Australia has even more large, scary spiders

    Researchers identify four new venomous species.

    Meet Euoplos turrificus, one of four newly described Australian trapdoor spider species. The arachnids are all nativ...

    April 9, 2019
  • A deep-diving sea snake

    Surface-dwelling serpent found in the vasty depths.

    This photograph is unlikely to win any awards for composition, but it is fascinating nonetheless. The image shows a ...

    April 8, 2019
  • An eclipse on Mars

    For Curiosity, two moons mean twice the fun.

    During the past couple of weeks, NASA’s Curiosity rover has observed both of Mars’ moons, Phobos and Demos, passing b...

    April 7, 2019
  • Bye-bye birdies

    Scientists close in on why birds crash into buildings.

    Flying and talking at the same time has been revealed as an exceptionally dangerous combination, at least for nocturn...

    April 4, 2019
  • Last days of an asteroid

    NASA captures a fast-moving rock entering its death throes.

    If this photo taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is any evidence, the small asteroid known as (6478) Gault won’t ...

    April 3, 2019
  • Warm and clammy

    Researchers find new species of tree-eating mollusc.

    Meet the wood-boring clam – and, no, that’s not a euphemism. In a study published in the Journal of Molluscan Studie...

    April 2, 2019
  • Bright lights and toadlets

    Researchers find hidden fluorescence in mini-frog.

    There is more to pumpkin toadlets (Brachycephalus ephippium) than meets the eye – the human eye, at least. Research ...

    April 1, 2019
  • A space butterfly stretches its wings

    NASA image shows a bright red nebula.

    This image, taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, shows a nebula known officially as Westerhout 40, or W40, but pr...

    March 31, 2019
  • Thanks for the mammaries

    New imaging technique promises earlier cancer detection.

    This is a human mammary gland, imaged as never before.The extraordinarily high, detailed resolution was achieved by r...

    March 28, 2019
  • A Pleistocene GPS tracker

    Molluscs contain detailed information recording where and when their giant hosts travelled.

    This is a fossilised barnacle, or, to look at it from another perspective, the travel diary of a long dead whale. Re...

    March 27, 2019
  • Former Cosmos editor wins high honour

    Elizabeth Finkel awarded medal by Australian science advocacy organisation.

    Elizabeth FinkelThe Australian Society for Medical Research (AMSR) has announced that the recipient of its 2019 annua...

    March 27, 2019
  • A fireball with the force of 10 atomic bombs

    NASA captures the moment when a meteorite hits the clouds.

    On December 18, 2018, a large meteorite exploded about 26 kilometres above the Bering Sea, generating approximately 1...

    March 26, 2019
  • Big, burly, and bad to the bone

    Canadian researchers claim their T.rex is bigger than your T.rex.

    Meet Scotty, reputedly the largest Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, at least in Canada.Scotty currently lives at the Roy...

    March 25, 2019
  • The way things were, 12.8 billion years ago

    Revealing the sharpest ever image of the early universe.

    Extraordinary high-quality images from the Gemini Observatory – actually, two separate facilities in Chile and Hawaii...

    March 24, 2019
  • Pulsar cannonball run

    Image captures rare high-speed phenomenon.

    Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico have found a ...

    March 21, 2019
  • It was 50 years ago today …

    The year 1969 was a big one for NASA.

    Fifty years ago, the tension was building in Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre.The Apollo 9 mission had just successfull...

    March 20, 2019
  • Using Pepsi to see magnetic fields

    Astronomers capture forces at work on the surface of a distant star.

    The Potsdam Echelle Polarimetric and Spectroscopic Instrument, part of the at the Large Binocular Telescope in Arizon...

    March 19, 2019
  • Thin and powerful

    Graphene film promises high-efficiency solar harvesting.

    At just 90-nanometres thick – 1000 times finer than the width of a human hair – this ultrathin, graphene-based film m...

    March 18, 2019
  • Inside a Martian crater

    Hghly detailed images of the surface of Mars.

    Rich and varied, the floor of the Kibuye crater on Mars, in the region of Terra Sirenum, looks like an astro-geologis...

    March 17, 2019
  • A cosmic bat in flight

    Astronomers capture image of distant nebula

    Positioned more than 2000 light-years away in an otherwise unremarkable region of the constellation Orion, a formatio...

    March 14, 2019
  • Inside a guppy, heading for the moon

    NASA locks in behind a permanent lunar presence.

    Following a big publicity push this week to cement NASA’s renewed determination to establish a permanent base on the ...

    March 13, 2019
  • Table manners, vulture style

    An impressive Old World griffon vulture in the wild.

    The griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae. It is also kn...

    March 12, 2019
  • Ultima Thule in 3D

    Victorian-era photographic gimmickry produces fantastic new view of Kuiper Belt Object.

    If you have a pair of 3D glasses to hand – the cheap cardboard variety, with one red pane and one blue will do – put ...

    March 11, 2019
  • Butterfly shot a clear winner

    Winner of prestigious ecology photo comp announced.

    On the underside of a leaf in the southern Andes of Ecuador, a clearwing butterfly clings. The butterfly (Hypomeniti...

    March 10, 2019
  • Supersonic shock syndrome

    New imaging system produces artful results.

    This extraordinary image shows two Northrop T-38 Talon two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainers hitting supersonic s...

    March 7, 2019
  • An ancient tattoo kit

    Polynesian tools, some made from human bone, discovered.

    That would have hurt. These are the remains of the oldest tattoo kit ever discovered.The tools, some of which are fas...

    March 6, 2019
  • Poetry, science and comedy meet at the Adelaide Fringe

    Hilarity ensues as scepticism and research collide in a pub ballroom.

    Patrick Davies Trumper and Phil Dooley in The Poet’s Guide to Science: a sceptic thinktank.Adelaide FringeTheatre mee...

    March 5, 2019
  • A mathematician, idolised

    GPS collaborator depicted in beautiful artwork.

    This is a portrait of mathematician Gladys West, made by an artist called Geneva B who hails from North Carolina. We...

    March 5, 2019
  • Bubbles in space

    Massive balls of gas seen near a black hole.

    This is an image of the galaxy known as NGC 3079, situated 67 million light-years from Earth.The picture is a composi...

    March 4, 2019
  • A sunburnt moon

    Scientists investigate the power of solar wind.

    Thanks to new data obtained by NASA’s Acceleration, Reconnection, Turbulence and Electrodynamics of the Moon’s Intera...

    March 3, 2019
  • Gallery: Big spiders eating small vertebrates

    The Amazon rainforest is a very bad place for arachnophobes.

    The comforting notion that an evolutionary hierarchy more or less governs predator-prey relationships – specifically,...

    March 1, 2019
  • A bat, released

    The flying mammals are incredibly fuel-efficient, researchers find.

    This is a Nathusius bat (Pipistrellus Nathusii) flying, and not at all stressed. Researchers Sara Troxell and Christ...

    February 28, 2019
  • A protein chaperone

    Microscopy helps reveal a potential therapeutic for serious illnesses.

    This is an extreme close-up of a protein called Hsp104, found in a fungus called Calcarisporiella Thermophila. The ex...

    February 27, 2019
  • A crack in an icy world

    An Antarctic ice shelf gets set to split.

    This is Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf, seen from above by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on NASA’s Landsat 8 in Jan...

    February 26, 2019
  • For insects only

    Experiment measures invertebrate interactions.

    Looking at first glance like something much larger, this tiny cage is designed to protect seeds from hungry mammals, ...

    February 24, 2019
  • Galaxies, merging

    Astronomers find a neutron star about to be crunched between two colliding star systems.

    Images gathered by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) reveal a titanic collision in process.The im...

    February 21, 2019
  • Inducing TB to kill itself

    Cell study suggests new way to tackle killer disease.

    This is an image from a brutal and self-defeating civil war, and it just might point the way to a better treatment fo...

    February 20, 2019
  • Optical illusions aren’t optional

    Brains struggle to determine what moves and what doesn’t.

    For many people, moving nearer to, or further away from, this design triggers an optical illusion: its components app...

    February 19, 2019
  • Together for half a millennium

    Imaging confirms relationship of ancient African art pieces.

    These five clay sculptures, in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago in the US, were unearthed together near...

    February 18, 2019
  • A meerkat stares into an uncertain future

    More heat and less rain will affect the species.

    Meerkats (Suricata suricatta) are without doubt among the most instantly recognisable mammals on the planet, but rese...

    February 17, 2019
  • What goes on inside a chimp’s head?

    Researchers create ape neurons from skin stem cells.

    This is an image of microscopic forebrain neural progenitor cells from a chimpanzee. Researchers at the Salk Institut...

    February 14, 2019
  • The widows are coming

    Mimicking spider revealed to be a highly efficient coloniser.

    Despite appearances, this is not a black widow or redback spider – and that’s the point really. This is a Noble Fals...

    February 13, 2019
  • The Andromeda galaxy, as you’ve never seen it before

    State-of-the-art sky-surveying camera produces exciting early results.

    The Zwicky Transient Facility, or ZTF, which only went into operation at the Palomar Observatory in California in Mar...

    February 12, 2019
  • On top of the world, looking down

    Morning has broken, like the first morning.

    One morning in 2003, the usually busy and professional crew aboard the space shuttle Columbia paused for a moment to ...

    February 11, 2019
  • Uranus is extremely cold

    New image reveals an enormous ice storm.

    This image of Uranus, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and newly released by NASA, reveals the planet’s extreme an...

    February 10, 2019
  • The berth of cool

    The shape of the protein that lets us sense cold is revealed.

    This image is derived from a technique called cryo-electron microscopy, and shows for the first time the intricate st...

    February 7, 2019
  • Watching the macrophage at work

    Research reveals role of specialised cells in peripheral nerve repair.

    Research led by the University of Plymouth in the UK has shed new light on the science behind peripheral nerve repair...

    February 6, 2019
  • On Mars, NASA gets the lid on

    The InSight lander moves one step closer to full operation.

    Gearing up for some serious science, NASA mission controllers this week completed the delicate task of deploying the ...

    February 5, 2019
  • The oldest jewellery in Europe

    Excavations in Russia add details to the lives of mysterious Denisovans.

    This is a collection of bone points and pierced teeth retrieved by researchers led by Katerina Douka of the UK’s Univ...

    February 4, 2019
  • Hey, is that a new galaxy?

    Astronomers makes a lucky discovery in the cosmic neighbourhood.

    Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made an unexpected finding – a dwarf galaxy in our cosmic ...

    February 3, 2019
  • Curiosity says hi from Mars

    When you’re on a big trip, you gotta take a selfie.

    NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took this snappy snap of itself at the "Rock Hall" drill site, located on Vera Rubin Ridg...

    January 31, 2019
  • The life of Riley

    NASA spies cyclone lurking in the Indian Ocean.

    MODIS, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite, captured this image...

    January 30, 2019
  • A caper inside an aurora borealis

    Scientists study the waves that accelerate electrons into our atmosphere.

    The daytime aurora borealis, observed from an all-sky camera in Longyearbyen, Norway.KJELL HENRIKSEN OBSERVATORY/UNIS...

    January 29, 2019
  • New tool offers unprecedented look inside capillaries

    3D-imaging measures blood flow and oxygenation.

    More than 40 billion capillaries are tasked with carrying oxygen and nutrients to the far reaches of the human body, ...

    January 28, 2019
  • Taking magnetism for a spin

    Exploring the mysteries of skyrmions.

    This rather eye-crossing image is of skyrmions - nanoscale whirls or vortices of magnetic poles that form lattices wi...

    January 24, 2019
  • Climbing the cosmic distance ladder

    Hubble reveals a fossil-like relic from the early Universe.

    This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals an ancient, glimmering ball of stars called NGC 1466. It ...

    January 23, 2019
  • A fleeting moment in time

    Observatory captures the last breath of a dying star.

    The faint, ephemeral glow emanating from the planetary nebula ESO 577-24 persists for only around 10,000 years, a bli...

    January 22, 2019
  • It’s busy in the skies above the Atacama Desert

    And very soon there will be many new antennas on the horizon.

    Hundreds of astronomical objects are visible in this image taken at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, inclu...

    January 21, 2019
  • Here’s where the axon is

    Protecting those that protect the wiring of the nervous system.

    Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, US, have blocked the destruction of nerve axon...

    January 20, 2019
  • Look up this Monday, Americans

    Lunar eclipse to offer a visual feast for those in the right place.

    Royal Astronomical SocietyAmericans north and south will have the best seats in the house for a total lunar eclipse o...

    January 20, 2019
  • Beauty at the micro-scale

    Moth under the microscope reveals its true colours.

    Magnified to 20 times its normal size, the wing of the sunset moth (Urania ripheus) reveals a riot of dazzling scales...

    January 17, 2019
  • Algae, tripping the light. Fantastic

    Scientists identify new light receptor in primitive organism.

    In this picture of a multicellular Volvox alga, the green circle represents something very important – its third eye....

    January 16, 2019
  • The artist who ‘saw’ Ultima Thule 40 years ago

    Astronomer and painter imagined ‘snowman’ asteroids long before NASA proved their existence.

    This compound image shows one man’s vision to a tee.In the late 70s, Bill Hartmann and colleagues at the US planetary...

    January 15, 2019
  • A psychedelic chameleon

    Image reveals extraordinary beauty and complexity.

    Using a combination of stereomicroscopy and autofluoresence, American photographer Teresa Zgoda captures the intricat...

    January 14, 2019
  • Impossibly distant, impossibly huge, a fairy

    Observatory images combine to depict galactic anthropomorphic delight.

    Three galaxies collide to form a shape that astronomers have dubbed The Bird – although many prefer the name Tinkerbe...

    January 13, 2019
  • A tiny dot belies great violence

    Star meets black hole. Black hole wins.

    This is an image captured by NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory. It shows neither a star nor a planet, but a bright X-r...

    January 10, 2019
  • Preparing for space, rolling coverage

    Archival image reveals early astronaut crisis training

    Dating from 1959, this time-delay image shows a piece of custom-built NASA training equipment known as the Multiple A...

    January 9, 2019
  • Fire, thunder and devastation

    Researchers seek to understand the sudden transformation of bushfires into firestorms.

    Awe-inspiring though it is, this is not a sight you want to see from your kitchen window.This towering structure is k...

    January 8, 2019
  • Greetings from Mars

    InSight takes a selfie.

    Combining a total of 11 photographs taken by a camera positioned on its robotic arm, NASA’s InSight lander, recently ...

    December 11, 2018
  • Cosmos makes global Top 10

    Our site is one of the best science news outlets in the world.

    Cosmos online is one of the top 10 science websites in the world, according to a list published by news aggregator si...

    December 11, 2018
  • Carrion baggage

    A bird swoops, a shutter clicks.

    A striated caracra (Phalcoboenus australis) swoops down on the exposed remains of an orca, buried under the shifting ...

    December 11, 2018
  • Fox on the run

    Even in deepest suburbia, nature finds a way.

    A wild fox in north London, UK, passes by a piece Banksy-esque street art. This image, taken by UK photographer Matth...

    December 10, 2018
  • Mars, at a stretch

    InSight limbers up, getting ready.

    On its eighth day on the Red Planet, NASA's Mars InSight, preparing to start work, flexes its robotic arm and takes a...

    December 9, 2018
  • A mouse, looking

    New imaging method provides fresh insight into neurology.

    This picture shows activity going on inside a mouse brain while the animal looks at a moving image and undergoes what...

    December 6, 2018
  • A pig in a rocket. What could possibly go wrong?

    Early sketch reveals plan to punt a porker skywards.

    Little Joe was the name of a booster rocket designed by NASA in the early days of space travel research. The solid-fu...

    December 3, 2018
  • A new moth

    Dozens of new species revealed.

    This is Megacraspedus faunierensis, a moth that lives in the Alps, and one of 44 new species described for the first ...

    November 29, 2018
  • InSight’s first image

    History is made on Mars.

    There’s dust all over the lens and a fair bit more floating around, but this blurry image was still enough to send th...

    November 27, 2018
  • Home sweet home: a 3D printed moon base

    The first lunar houses are likely to be made on site.

    The European Space Agency has released this image, depicting one possible scenario for life on the moon.In line with ...

    November 26, 2018
  • InSight gets set to land on Mars

    NASA mission enters critical phase.

    An artist's impression of the InSight mission touching down.JPL/NASANASA’s InSight mission is due to touch down on Ma...

    November 25, 2018
  • A giant Polish lizard

    Fossil bones paint a picture of reptiles that looked like mammals.

    This is a 250-million-year-old limb bone that once belonged to a previously unknown species of mammal-like reptile kn...

    November 25, 2018
  • A cancer and its food supply

    Researchers find surprise involvement of fat receptor.

    The blood vessel, on the left of this image, is a critical nutrient channel for the melanoma tumour seen at the right...

    November 20, 2018
  • Paradise lost

    NASA satellite image shows the appalling extent of California’s fatal Camp Fire.

    With heavy rain complicating the battle to contain the Camp Fire – by far the most destructive blaze in the history o...

    November 20, 2018
  • A shining bat

    Using dust and light to understand infection.

    This tri-coloured bat (Perimyotis subflavus) glows in the half-light because it has been coated in fluorescent dust a...

    November 19, 2018
  • The galaxy clusters that evoke Gene Roddenberry

    New image bears resemblance to classic TV sci-fi.

    It requires a bit of squinting and a benevolent imagination, but it is certainly possible to see why the good folk at...

    November 18, 2018
  • Say hello to the cosmic penguin

    A pair of interacting galaxies look like bird and egg.

    NASA scientists have combined data from the Spitzer and Hubble telescopes to produce an extraordinary image of two ga...

    November 15, 2018
  • Power and stillness

    High above Russia, the ISS witnesses frozen beauty.

    The image captures the powerful Dnieper River, its journey through Russia temporarily halted by below-freezing temper...

    November 13, 2018
  • The Camp Fire: and thus it began

    Satellite image shows the start of the worst fire in California history.

    The Camp Fire in northern California is the worst in the state’s history, so far claiming 29 lives and destroying at ...

    November 12, 2018
  • NASA: 60 years in 60 seconds

    From Apollo to New Horizons, the US space organisation has enjoyed a packed and eventful history.

    NASA from go to whoa.NASA In 1958, President Eisenhower signed a law that catalysed the creation of NASA.Marking...

    November 11, 2018
  • Inside a dinosaur’s tooth

    Close-up photography reveals exquisite adaption to diet.

    Taken under cross-polarised light, this is an image of wavy enamel on the tooth of a dinosaur known as Changchunsauru...

    November 7, 2018
  • Hello, Bennu!

    NASA mission sends back first picture after two year journey.

    This is an image of the asteroid Bennu, its first portrait taken by NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission when it finally reached...

    November 2, 2018
  • Holy astronomy! It’s the Bat Shadow!

    Hubble captures titanic light and shade.

    In the star-forming region known as the Serpens Nebula, 1300 light-years from Earth, vast shadows created by the ligh...

    November 1, 2018
  • The dentist will see you now

    VR deployed to improve the patient experience.

    One of the most disconcerting, and momentarily painful, moments involved in a visit to the dentist is the injection o...

    October 31, 2018
  • Explained: The journey of the first Australians

    Researchers suggest an island-hopping route would have been easier than a land bridge.

    ANU researchers Shimona Kealy and Sue O’Connor explain their research.ANU The Indigenous people of Australia cel...

    October 30, 2018
  • Chute for the stars

    NASA shows that what goes up must come down, but slowly.

    Thar she blows: NASA’s mega-parachute in action.NASAThis is the fastest deployment of a parachute in history.The chut...

    October 30, 2018
  • Meet NASA’s electric pumpkin

    Researchers take a break from aeronautics to make some Halloween decorations.

    NASA’s interactive pumpkin.NASA/JPL-CaltechWhat happens when the boffins in NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory at the C...

    October 29, 2018
  • The Ghost Nebula shimmers

    Hubble imaging reveals dynamic cloud blasted by a star.

    IC 63, a spectacular nebula, portrayed by NASA’s Hubble telescope.NASA, ESA, and STScI Some 550 light-years from E...

    October 28, 2018
  • Sinister beauty of the star-forming Skull and Cross Bones nebula

    A quiet night in South America yields unexpected beauty.

    An unplanned break in research for astronomers at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in C...

    October 28, 2018
  • Buzz Aldrin goes for a walk on the Moon

    NASA photo shows the beginnings of practical science conducted on the moon.

    Almost half a century ago, in 1969, Neil Armstrong took this photo of Apollo lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin carrying ...

    October 25, 2018
  • Cat’s Paw nebula blows bubbles

    New images reveal a multi-coloured star-forming extravaganza.

    The Cat's Paw Nebula, captured by NASA.NASA/JPL-CaltechVast red bubbles dominate the latest image of the Cat’s Paw Ne...

    October 24, 2018
  • Watch live! Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell talks pulsars

    Winner of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics set to recount her pivotal discov...

    British astrophysicist and Oxford University visiting professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell is set to talk about her extraor...

    October 22, 2018
  • The sun, two ways

    NASA captures simultaneous images using different wavelengths.

    NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, launched in 2010 and orbiting 36,000 kilometres above the Earth, views the sun thr...

    October 22, 2018
  • Meet the youngest pulsar ever found

    Images reveal an explosion took place around the same time Leonardo da Vinci was alive.

    Moving at an astounding one million metres per second, the wind created by what may well be the youngest pulsar in th...

    October 21, 2018
  • To Mercury! And hopefully not beyond …

    European, Japanese mission set for take-off.

    At some point during the 48 hours comprising Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, an Ariadne rocket will blast off...

    October 18, 2018
  • In a quiet grove, a quoll appears

    Photographer captures an image of a rarely seen creature.

    It took Australian photographer David Gallan three years of patient searching to capture this gorgeous image of a rar...

    October 18, 2018
  • Primate portrait wins major prize

    The winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

    A pair of endangered golden snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana) sit in the temperate forest of China’s Qinli...

    October 17, 2018
  • A sting in the tail

    Photographs reveal an insect’s hidden weapon.

    Blink and you’ll miss it, but if it touches you, you’ll certainly feel it. This image shows a microscopic bubble of v...

    October 16, 2018
  • Deep inside a mouse

    Microphotography reveals intricate secrets of rodent organ.

    Looking like exactly what it is, at least as a metaphor, a complex and busy transportation system, this image reveals...

    October 15, 2018
  • Insect eye attracts compound interest

    Winning entry reveals a weevil eye in exquisite detail.

    This is the compound eye and surrounding scales of an Asian Red Palm weevil (Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer), an insect ...

    October 14, 2018
  • An image of pure weevil

    Micro-photography competition reveals the unseen in detail.

    Looking very much like a villain from a lost episode of Dr Who, a mango seed weevil (Sternochetus mangiferae) stares ...

    October 11, 2018
  • Half a century ago, shockwaves in miniature

    From little things, fast things grow.

    NASA test pilots are justly famed for their bravery, but before prototype planes are built, their response to the bru...

    October 9, 2018
  • A mission ends, and all is well

    A Russian craft touches down on dry land after half a year aloft.

    The Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft touched down successfully early in October, near the town of own of Zhezkazgan in ...

    October 8, 2018
  • Watch: Taking care of coral babies

    Improving reproductive success is one key to saving reefs

    US-based research and campaign organisation SECORE is dedicated to improving the health of coral reefs around the wor...

    October 7, 2018
  • A worm, packed with potential

    Discovery solves an enduring nematode mystery.

    For many years, neuroscientists have regarded the nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, to be a curious exception to...

    October 7, 2018
  • A pseudo-embryo forms

    Scientists watch as stem cells organise into a proto-foetus.

    Researchers from Switzerland’s University of Geneva, the University of Cambridge, UK, and the French Federal Institut...

    October 4, 2018
  • A gulping worm and other micro marvels

    Photomicrography reveal small-scale action.

    The nervous system inside a zebrafish, a laser moving around inside a soap membrane and a polychaete worm digesting i...

    October 1, 2018
  • A species dazzlingly revealed

    Researchers find a coloured fish, never before seen.

    Off the coast of Brazil, more than 120 metres below the surface of the ocean, lives a newly discovered, rare and stri...

    September 26, 2018
  • In deep space, Hayabusa 2 reaches its destination

    Asteroid-sampling mission moves into high gear.

    On Friday, September 21, rovers called MINERVA-II A and B began their descent from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Ag...

    September 21, 2018
  • Hope for cure from cocaine addiction

    The enzyme delivery system overcomes its short half-life.

    Researchers say a radical gene therapy that helped mice beat cocaine addictions may hold promise for human treatment....

    September 18, 2018
  • A dust storm in the Sahara

    Earth looks like an alien world in this space station snap.

    More dust blows out of the Sahara Desert and into the atmosphere than from any other desert in the world, and more th...

    September 16, 2018
  • A galaxy revealed

    European Southern Observatory releases images captured just for their beauty.

    Panning across NGC 3981 in the constellation of Crater (The Cup).European Southern Observatory (ESO), James CreaseySo...

    September 12, 2018
  • The proteins that pull your cells apart

    World-first mitosis map shows the mechanics of cell division.

    An animation tracking the actions of five different proteins involved in cells division: AURKB (red), NUP107 (green),...

    September 10, 2018
  • Aerosol atmosphere

    Earth’s air is filled with tiny solid particles and liquid droplets.

    Take a deep breath. Even if the air looks clear, it is nearly certain that you will inhale millions of solid particle...

    September 10, 2018
  • The algebraic numbers

    Solving polynomials creates beautiful patterns in the complex plane.

    This is a picture of the algebraic numbers in the complex plane. What does that mean?  Well, algebraic numbers are ro...

    September 9, 2018
  • Happiness paper not a joyous event

    Paper was published without author's knowledge.

    A paper on happiness has been withdrawn from publication after the author indicated she was unhappy with it. Academi...

    September 6, 2018
  • Rat king

    Groups of rats can become bound by tails.

    A “rat king” is a group of rats whose tails are intertwined and stuck together. Sometimes the tail hairs are simply e...

    September 6, 2018
  • Royal Institution honours prominent achievers

    Four distinguished Australians accorded one of science’s highest honours.

    The Royal Institution of Australia, the owner of Cosmos, has honoured four prominent Australian scientists and leader...

    September 6, 2018
  • The Lagoon Nebula

    Four thousand light-years away, a young star is sculpting a spectacular cloud of dust and gas.

    At the centre of the photo above, a monster young star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun is blasting powerful ultra...

    September 5, 2018
  • Watch macrophages on guard against invaders

    Microscopy reveals remarkable new structures on immune cells.

    Macrophages at work.Journal of Cell BiologyMacrophages are cells critical to the immune system – and new imaging reve...

    September 4, 2018
  • Islets in the (blood)stream

    Collagen-shrouded blobs of pancreatic cells could treat diabetes.

    The image above shows a tiny blob or islet of pancreatic cells packaged in a collagen solution. When injected into mi...

    September 4, 2018
  • Saturn wears the crown

    Hubble imaging reveals the majesty of a massive planet’s massive aurora.

    For a period of seven months in 2017, NASA’s Hubble Space telescope took a series of images, using ultraviolet light,...

    September 3, 2018
  • Meet the hellbender

    This giant aquatic salamander roams rivers in North America.

    The hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is the largest aquatic salamander in North America. An adult can grow u...

    September 3, 2018
  • Ice on the Moon

    Reflections reveal frozen water at the lunar poles.

    In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence...

    September 2, 2018
  • A metastatic star

    Shaping cancer cells offers clues to hunting them down in the body.

    Scientists studying the ways in which cancer cells migrate from existing tumours to create new, metastatic tumours in...

    August 30, 2018
  • Saturn’s hexagon

    The view over the North Pole of Saturn delivers a spectacular vista.

    In this photo, taken on April 2 2014, the Cassini spacecraft captured three magnificent sights at once: Saturn’s nort...

    August 29, 2018
  • Schistosome larvae

    Hundreds of parasitic worm larvae incubate inside a snail.

    The parasitic worm that causes schistosomiasis hatches in water and grows up in a freshwater snail, as shown here. O...

    August 28, 2018
  • A phytoplankton vortex in the Baltic Sea

    Green blooms of cyanobacteria outline ocean currents in satellite imagery.

    Every summer, phytoplankton spread across the northern basins of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, with blooms sp...

    August 27, 2018
  • Solar magnetism

    Scientists sketch the contours of the Sun’s magnetic field.

    NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magneti...

    August 26, 2018
  • Not-so-permafrost

    Methane is already bubbling up as the Arctic thaws

    The expected gradual thawing and the associated release of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere from the Arctic permafr...

    August 22, 2018
  • Ants avoiding a jam

    Too many ants spoil the tunnel.

    To understand their strategies for working effectively without clogging traffic jams, researchers studied how fire an...

    August 21, 2018
  • Electrons of the valley

    Electrons on the surface of bismuth crystals huddle together in “energy valleys”.

    The image above shows a visualisation of the elliptical orbits of bismuth surface electrons in a large magnetic field...

    August 20, 2018
  • A beetle trapped for 99 million years

    Beautiful fossil reveals link between insects and ancient plants.

    A beetle found preserved in amber provides the earliest known evidence of an intimate relationship between insects an...

    August 16, 2018
  • Baby mudsnails

    Mudsnail larvae being driven closer to shore by ocean waves.

    Threeline mudsnails (Tritia trivittata) live in the deep waters of the continental shelf off the northeast coast of t...

    August 12, 2018
  • Glacier, retreating

    The Columbia Glacier descends from an ice field 3000 metres above sea level, down the flanks of the Chugach Mountains...

    August 10, 2018
  • Art in a Petri dish

    Sometimes medical research produces amazing art.

    This image superficially resembles some sort of invertebrate organism – perhaps a species of zooplankton.In fact, it’...

    August 9, 2018
  • NASA sets the controls for the heart of the sun

    Parker space probe due for launch this weekend.

    Barring any unforeseen circumstances, NASA is set to launch the Parker Space Probe – a vehicle designed to get closer...

    August 8, 2018
  • A hydraulic jump

    When water hits water, a fluid-mechanical mystery arises.

    A hydraulic jump is an abrupt change in the level of a liquid that occurs when a fast-moving stream encounters a slow...

    August 8, 2018
  • Cow, meet brush

    What to buy for the cow that has everything.

    For cows, a good scratch is as important as a good meal, researchers have found. In a paper published in the journal...

    August 7, 2018
  • The California fires from above

    Sparked by extreme heat, the Carr and Ferguson fires generate weather of their own.

    This image of the Carr and Ferguson fires in California was taken by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst ...

    August 7, 2018
  • Aussie Fields Medalist speaks

    Once the youngest ever BSc graduate in Australia, Akshay Venkatesh shares mathematics’ top honour.

    Australian Academy of ScienceAn Australian mathematician with tenure at America’s Stanford University was one of four...

    August 6, 2018
  • Ghost of a supernova

    The remains of this long-dead star still float through the Milky Way.

    Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of the supernova remnant HBH 3 in this image from NASA's Spitzer S...

    August 6, 2018
  • An eclipse on Uranus

    Earth isn't the only planet to witness moons blotting out the Sun.

    This Hubble Space Telescope image shows a moon traversing the face of Uranus, and its accompanying shadow. The white ...

    August 5, 2018
  • Skin mosaic

    The Skinbow technique gives each cell of this zebrafish skin a random, unique colour.

    Zebrafish are a favourite research model for scientists to study vertebrate development and tissue regeneration. The ...

    August 2, 2018
  • A spinal nerve

    A view inside a human spinal nerve.

    Spinal nerves are part of the peripheral nervous system. They run within the spinal column to carry nerve signals to ...

    August 1, 2018
  • A lunar panorama

    Before setting foot on the Moon, Neil Armstrong captured this scenic view of the lunar landscape.

    Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? Assembled from high-resolution scans of the original film frames,...

    July 31, 2018
  • Saturn’s turn to shine

    The ringed planet shows off in this recent Hubble photo.

    Saturn is perhaps the solar system’s most photogenic planet, and in this latest Hubble Space Telescope snapshot it is...

    July 30, 2018
  • Cloud calculations

    Complex cloud simulations may be about to get simpler.

    Simulating the behaviour of clouds is no easy task. Influenced by a huge range of factors acting on scales from the v...

    July 29, 2018
  • Evidence of galactic cannibalism detected in Andromeda

    Astronomers have found that the neighbouring galaxy devoured a lost sibling of the Milky Way two ...

    The Andromeda galaxy shredded and cannibalised a massive galaxy two billion years ago, a new study published in Natur...

    July 26, 2018
  • A Martian dust storm

    The red planet is home to spectacular dust storms.

    The high resolution stereo camera on board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter captured this impressive ...

    July 26, 2018
  • Why do mouth wounds heal so quickly?

    The keys to speedy wound healing inside the mouth.

    Scientists have long known that wounds inside the mouth repair themselves very rapidly but the secret of this fast re...

    July 25, 2018
  • Common agricultural plastic is biodegradable, study finds

    Soil bacteria break down the polyester PBAT.

    A kind of plastic called PBAT can biodegrade in soil, a new study has found. PBAT (or polybutylene adipate terephthal...

    July 25, 2018
  • A comet soars through the stars

    The comet C/2017 S3 in motion.

    This time-lapse animation, compiled from still images by the Austrian amateur astronomer Michael Jaeger, shows the co...

    July 25, 2018
  • The amazing dragon of Lingwu

    Scientists have discovered the remains of an enormous species of diplodocoid dinosaur in China.

    The photo above shows the partially excavated fossil skeleton of a newly discovered species of diplodocoid dinosaur i...

    July 24, 2018
  • Icy dunes of Mars

    Even at the height of summer, these frozen Martian dunes remain frosted with dry ice.

    In early Martian summer, at the time NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image, these dunes are almost f...

    July 23, 2018
  • Cosmos magazine has a new home!

    We're on the move! That's right, the Science of Everything is headed to the Royal Institution of ...

    An exciting future lies ahead for Cosmos at a new home.Nimit Nigam / EyeEmAustralian-based science magazine Cosmos (t...

    July 23, 2018
  • Fire from above

    A satellite view reveals the staggering size of a wildfire.

    The Thomas fire was the largest in the modern history of California, tearing through more than 113,000 hectares of th...

    July 22, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Healing diabetic wounds: a team approach

    Can a single type of cell unlock more effective ways of treating wounds caused by diabetes?

    Scientist Hannah Thomas, University of South Australia PhD titleFlightless I regulation of pericyte function in diab...

    July 19, 2018
  • The stellar and the sacred

    The hunt is on for the world’s best astronomy photographs.

    This extraordinary time-lapse photograph, showing the night sky above sacred Mongolian stone heaps known as Ovoos, is...

    July 19, 2018
  • An ancient baby snake preserved in amber

    A tiny fossil reveals a new environment for Cretaceous snakes.

    Scientists have discovered the oldest known baby fossilized snake in Late Cretaceous amber found in Myanmar. It was o...

    July 18, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: The mistaken identity of the Lightning Ridge croc

    What can cretaceous crocodile specimens teach us about evolution?

    Scientist Lachlan Hart, University of New England PhD titleCretaceous Crocodyliformes from Lightning Ridge, NSW Sum...

    July 17, 2018
  • The centre of the galaxy, in radio-vision

    The MeerKAT radio telescope offers a striking new view of the heart of the Milky Way.

    From Earth’s position out on the periphery of the Milky Way, it can be hard to peer through the clouds of dust and ga...

    July 17, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Proprioception – your sixth sense

    Today's three-minute thesis explores the role of our sixth sense in Parkinson's disease.

    Scientist Hayley Teasdale, University of Canberra PhD titleThe use of high definition trans-cranial direct current s...

    July 15, 2018
  • Wild, free and funny

    Animals are magnificent, noble, fascinating, beautiful … and sometimes gloriously daft.

    Drawing attention to the importance of conservation doesn’t always have to be a serious business. Sometimes a laugh i...

    July 15, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Nanosilica – The future of deep hole cleaning

    Today's three-minute thesis looks at a new way of making deep-bore drilling safer.

    Scientist Natalie Vanessa Boyou, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia PhD titleThe Performance of Degraded Water-Based Mud ...

    July 12, 2018
  • Quieter planes

    The aircraft of the future will be faster, but they may also be quieter.

    As air traffic continues to surge, people who live near airports are complaining about the escalating noise. At the s...

    July 12, 2018
  • A parasite-infected snail

    The life cycle of the tiny schistosome parasite takes it through snails and back to humans to cau...

    This confocal microscope image shows a small snail, removed from its shell, which is infected with schistosome parasi...

    July 11, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: No hard feelings – using tissue stiffness for non-invasive cancer detection

    Could less invasive cancer screening methods be on the horizon?

    Scientist Gavrielle Untracht, University of Western Australia PhD titleCellular resolution volumetric structural and...

    July 10, 2018
  • Turning heat into electricity

    Transforming warmth into electric current is becoming a real possibility.

    Turning electrical power to heat is easy. It regularly happens in your toaster, for instance. The reverse, turning he...

    July 10, 2018
  • A storm on Earth

    Super Typhoon Maria is sweeping across the Pacific.

    The powerful tropical cyclone named Super Typhoon Maria is this week heading westward across the Pacific, posing a th...

    July 9, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: A baby’s first roommate

    What role does prorenin play in foetal nutrition?

    Scientist Samantha Rodrigues, University of Newcastle PhD titleThe Role of Prorenin and the (Pro)renin Receptor in S...

    July 8, 2018
  • Glory in the clouds

    Even satellites can see this spectacular optical phenomenon.

    If you have ever seen a series of concentric rings of colour near a mist or fog, you have likely seen a glory. This c...

    July 8, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Keeping a better eye on glaucoma

    Can a handheld recorder of nerve cells lead to more timely interventions in preventing the onset ...

    Scientist Jessica Tang, University of Melbourne PhD titleInvestigating the role of the photopic negative response in...

    July 5, 2018
  • The Homunculus Nebula

    The Homunculus Nebula has been blossoming out from Eta Carinae since the Great Eruption of the 18...

    Eta Carinae is a stellar system about 7800 lightyears away that is more than five million times as bright as the Sun....

    July 5, 2018
  • Eddies in the Gulf Stream

    The intricacies of ocean currents across the North Atlantic.

    The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current that flows from the Gulf of Mexico north along America’s east coast before he...

    July 4, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Healthy ageing

    Understanding the role of mammalian sirtuin could open up new ways of tackling ageing.

    Scientist Shrestha Ghosh, University of Hong Kong PhD titleSIRT6 Activities in DNA Damage Repair and Premature Agein...

    July 3, 2018
  • Next-generation cockroach bot walks on water, swims

    This bug-sized robot is at home on land, underwater, and skating on the surface tension in between.

    Yufeng Chen, Neel Doshi, and Benjamin Goldberg / Harvard University Cockroaches can survive underwater for up to 30 ...

    July 3, 2018
  • The Art of Nature

    There is only one university course in Australia dedicated to the art of natural history illustra...

    Leafy SeadragonPhycodorus equesDigital rendering42 x 29.7 cm (A3)Rosemary CoatesNatural history illustration combines...

    July 3, 2018
  • A simulated galaxy

    Computer models can reveal secrets of galactic history.

    The image above is not some Hubble snapshot of a distant galaxy, but rather the product of a detailed simulation of h...

    July 3, 2018
  • First confirmed view of a newborn planet

    A planet coalesces from the disc of dust and gas around the dwarf star PDS 70.

    The first clear, confirmed image of a still-forming planet has been captured by the European Southern Observatory’s V...

    July 2, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Piezoelectric energy harvesting – human movements will power smartphones

    Energy harvesters could open up exciting possibilities for powering portable devices.

    Scientist Iman Izadgoshasb, Southern Cross University PhD titleVibration based energy harvesting using piezoelectric...

    July 1, 2018
  • Zooming in on Zika

    The clearest picture yet of the shape of the Zika virus.

    The image above is the highest-resolution image yet of the Zika virus – indeed, of any enveloped virus thus far. A te...

    July 1, 2018
  • Through a mouse’s eye

    An injectable mesh can register the nerve impulses inside the eye of a living mouse.

    Scientists have developed an injectable mesh that covers the retina of lab animals, recording the neural activity of ...

    June 28, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Preserving the food of the gods

    How can global demand for cocoa products be met in the face of climate change?

    Scientist Joshua Aboah, Lincoln University PhD titleBuilding Resilient Tropical Commodity Chains in Ghana: The Case ...

    June 28, 2018
  • Dione and Saturn

    Saturn and its rings frame this striking image of the icy moon Dione.

    Taken by the NASA probe Cassini in October 2005 as it sped toward the pale, icy moon Dione, this photo is enriched by...

    June 27, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: The new approach to stop bacteria infection – get them lost!

    How can the effects of bacterial wilt in crops be mitigated?

    Scientist Mattana Tunchai, Hiroshima University PhD titleMolecular biological studies on chemotaxis of Ralstonia sol...

    June 26, 2018
  • A galactic doughnut

    Ring galaxies like this one are a mystery to astronomers.

    Is this one galaxy or two? Astronomer Art Hoag first asked this question when he chanced upon this unusual extragalac...

    June 26, 2018
  • Hare fur changes with the seasons

    The seasonal camouflage of the snowshoe hare has adapted to less snowy environments using borrowe...

    Most snowshoe hares, to cope with the changes in their environment over the course of the year, change their colour t...

    June 25, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Zinc and human health

    How important is the role of zinc in diabetes treatment?

    Scientist Michelle Maier, Federation University Australia PhD titleThe role of zinc in the context of insulin signal...

    June 24, 2018
  • A shadow pointing at the moon

    A rocket launch comes between the moon and the sun to produce a beautiful geometric alignment.

    This is a photograph of the Space Shuttle (STS-98) launch on 7 February, 2001 from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, U...

    June 24, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Catalysing change – light at the end of the tunnel

    Can sunlight be harnessed to lower palm oil mill effluents?

    Scientist Ashwin Charles Benedict, Universiti Malaysia Pahang PhD titlePhotocatalytic Degradation of Palm Oil Mill E...

    June 21, 2018
  • A cosmic bridge

    A panoramic image shows the full sweep of the Milky Way across the sky.

    From horizon to horizon, via the Milky Way.P. Horálek / ESO In this unique panoramic view, the band of the Milky Wa...

    June 21, 2018
  • Parenting, lemur-style

    Unlike humans, lemur dads receive a boost in male hormones from being active parents.

    In humans, when men marry and have children, their levels of male sex hormones often decline. Scientists think this c...

    June 20, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Drones – gone with the wind

    How can we improve the efficiency of drone technology?

    Scientist Edwin Davis, University of Queensland PhD titleAerodynamic Force Interactions and Measurements for Micro Q...

    June 19, 2018
  • Long-range rain connections

    Rainfall in California is unexpectedly linked to sea surface temperatures near New Zealand.

    Winter rainfall in the south-western United States is connected to sea surface temperatures six months earlier near N...

    June 19, 2018
  • To catch a neutrino

    Scientists are building a giant golden cage to catch elusive fundamental particles.

    The image above shows the interior of the liquid argon time projection chamber in one of the two protoDUNE neutrino d...

    June 18, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: War on waste – it’s not just plastic bags

    How much of a threat is hydatid disease to Australia's beef industry, and what can be done to com...

    Scientist Cara Wilson, Charles Sturt University PhD titleIdentification of risk factors and impact of hydatid diseas...

    June 17, 2018
  • A dusty Martian selfie

    The Curiosity rover sends a picture home from the middle of a massive dust storm.

    {%recommended 7340%} Caught in one of the biggest, thickest dust storms ever seen on Mars, the Curiosity rover snappe...

    June 17, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Light-weight and light-based fruit quality sensing

    Can technology predict the sweetness of fruit?

    Scientist Harpreet Kaur, University of Waikato PhD titleAquaphotomics for Low Cost Instrumentation to Investigate Qu...

    June 15, 2018
  • A dolphin listens for danger

    The species can distinguish between a threatening predator, and one just passing by.

    Risso’s dolphins – such as this one swimming off the coast of southern California – can not only distinguish between ...

    June 12, 2018
  • The earliest footprints ever found

    Tiny tracks in China push back the emergence of bilateral movement.

    About 550 million years ago, creatures walked across a sea bed and left their imprints.These footprints, discovered a...

    June 10, 2018
  • Now you see it, now you don’t

    A blind Mexican fish is helping scientists understand eye diseases.

    The Mexican cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus) occurs in two distinct forms. A sighted version lives in open streams, and ...

    June 10, 2018
  • An armoured ant, locked in biological warfare

    Leafcutter ants don protection made of bacteria.

    The white material on the underside of this South American leafcutter ant comprises bacteria called Pseudonocardia. T...

    June 7, 2018
  • Preparing for takeoff

    A rocket rolls to the launchpad.

    A Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad on Monday 4 June 2018 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhsta...

    June 5, 2018
  • Pop songs can save lives

    Study reveals a 25-year-old disco hit can be very useful in an emergency.

    Should you be at risk of a heart attack it might be an idea to keep company with fans of 1990s Euro-disco.That’s the ...

    June 3, 2018
  • Video: watch Virgin’s spaceplane take to the skies

    A successful test flight brings commercial low orbit transport one step closer.

    This week, Virgin Galactic conducted a test flight of its VSS Unity space plane, a rocket-powered suborbital crewed v...

    May 31, 2018
  • Eyes on the prize: extra cameras boost fish number estimates

    Some species of fish are terribly camera-shy, research reveals.

    Fish and crustaceans converging on a baited camera trap.Whitmarsh et alCurrent camera-aided methods of assessing fish...

    May 29, 2018
  • A bamboozled bumblebee

    The bright, shifting colours of iridescence can confuse the humble bumblebee and other, more dang...

    Iridescence is a form of structural colour which uses regular repeating nanostructures to reflect light at slightly d...

    May 27, 2018
  • A tiny 3D printed bunny

    A new 3D printing technique builds structures from delicate networks of ribbons.

    Engineers from the University of Illinois have built a 3-D printer that offers a sweet solution to making detailed st...

    May 24, 2018
  • A hole on Mars

    The Curiosity rover has learnt a new way to drill holes on the Red Planet.

    NASA’s Curiosity rover drilled a hole 5 centimetres deep in a target called “Duluth” on May 20, 2018. The hole is abo...

    May 23, 2018
  • Liftoff

    A rocket streaks for the skies.

    Long exposure photograph showing the NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences GRACE Follow-On spacecraft launching...

    May 22, 2018
  • A green-blooded lizard

    A strange quirk of the blood has evolved several times among Australasian lizards.

    Unlike most animals, the prehensile tailed skink (Prasinohaema prehensicauda) from the highlands of Papua New Guinea ...

    May 21, 2018
  • China’s long lunar march takes the next step

    Weekend launch sets the scene for a landing on the far side of the moon.

    The successful launch of the Queqiao satellite on the weekend represents the next stage in the China National Space A...

    May 20, 2018
  • Among the lasers

    A drone captures a unique perspective on modern astronomical technology.

    Twinkling stars are far more desirable to poets and romantics than to astronomers. Even in the near-pristine seeing c...

    May 20, 2018
  • A bird’s eye view of a Hawaiian volcano

    Things are heating up around the Hawaiian Kilauea volcano.

    Though the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has been erupting continuously since 1983, the eruption took a dangerous turn on...

    May 17, 2018
  • Hawking’s posthumous, timely book

    A new collection of the late physicist’s writing to appear before year’s end.

    A new book of essays by the late theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking will be published in October this year, adding...

    May 17, 2018
  • Warning over crowdsourced stem cell schemes

    Unscrupulous businesses are marketing unproven stem cell procedures – fooling vulnerable people i...

    Just as Dr Google has changed how patients and their families access information about healthcare options, online cro...

    May 16, 2018
  • As the galaxy turns

    Precise observations reveal the rotation of the Large Magellanic Cloud.

    The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is one of the nearest galaxies to our Milky Way. This image shows it as viewed by th...

    May 16, 2018
  • The fine weave of tooth enamel

    Teeth owe their strength and flexibility to the interweaving of mineralised rods.

    Despite appearances, this isn’t an elegantly woven basket or a soft, downy feather: it is an extreme close-up – taken...

    May 15, 2018
  • The retina of a mouse

    A computer-based mosaic stitches together many images to produce a stunning image of a mouse’s re...

    What looks like the gossamer wings of a butterfly is actually the retina of a mouse, delicately snipped to lay flat a...

    May 14, 2018
  • What if ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ was peer-reviewed?

    Movies don’t have to stand up to academic scrutiny – which is probably a good thing. Bill Sulliva...

    Warning: this article contains spoilers for the movie.What if movie scripts were subjected to the same peer-review pr...

    May 13, 2018
  • The Red Rectangle

    An extraordinary geometric nebula surrounds the star HD 44179.

    The star HD 44179 is surrounded by an extraordinary structure known as the Red Rectangle. It acquired its moniker bec...

    May 13, 2018
  • Colourful crystals

    Polarising filters reveal hidden properties in these crystals.

    Crystals of the antiviral drug 2-3 dideoxyadenosine, also known as ddA, seen through a microscope under polarised lig...

    May 10, 2018
  • Fish face

    At only 6 days old, the face of this zebrafish embryo is becoming clear.

    Zebrafish (Danio rerio) is a favorite model for studying development, in part because its transparent embryos make it...

    May 9, 2018
  • Pancreatic plumbing

    Blood supply is all-important for the survival of transplanted tissue.

    We’re one step closer to growing organs from our own cells after researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital ...

    May 8, 2018
  • The delicate shades of the Lagoon Nebula

    A monster young star sends stellar winds blasting through a field of dust and gas.

    This colourful image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope gives a window seat to the universe’s extraordinary tapestry...

    May 7, 2018
  • The biggest moon in the solar system

    Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is still revealing its secrets.

    Far across the solar system, where Earth appears merely as a pale blue dot, NASA’s Galileo spacecraft spent eight yea...

    May 6, 2018
  • Plants warn neighbours of overcrowding

    Swedish study finds maize plants respond to above-ground stress using below-ground signals.

    Plants actively participate in social interactions with their neighbours, and respond to signals generated by roots t...

    May 3, 2018
  • Meet the blanket-hermit crab

    This strange sea creature wears an anemone for protection.

    While most hermit crabs search for empty shells to settle in for protection, blanket-hermit crabs have a different st...

    May 3, 2018
  • Rainbow planet

    Spectral analysis reveals Mercury’s mineral makeup.

    This false-colour image of Mercury was made using data collected by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, which was designed t...

    May 2, 2018
  • Public Lecture: Artificial Intelligence and the Complexity Frontier

    Watch physicist Roger Melko talk about the rapid advance of machine learning and the possibility ...

    In this public lecture at Canada’s Perimeter Institute, titled ‘Artificial intelligence and the complexity frontier’,...

    May 1, 2018
  • Ultra-rare bat found after 22 years

    Just like a bus, researchers don’t see one for ages, then three come along in quick succession.

    A critically endangered bat, found only once and unseen in its main territory for 22 years, has been captured in a fo...

    April 30, 2018
  • The shape of water

    Computer modelling reveals intricate patterns of density among water molecules.

    While liquids seem to be formless masses that flow without structure, the illustration above shows some of the comple...

    April 30, 2018
  • Warning issued on child virus

    Three epidemics of little known infant disease revealed.

    Australia is in the grip of an emerging viral disease that affects babies and can lead to intensive care admissions, ...

    April 29, 2018
  • Skin circuits

    Sensors and solar panels printed on skin on demand may not be far away.

    This image shows an electronic circuit printed directly onto skin using a customised version of a cheap 3D printer. T...

    April 29, 2018
  • Bacterial biofilm

    These bacteria work together to survive.

    This image shows an intricate colony of millions of the single-celled bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common culp...

    April 26, 2018
  • Massive galaxy cluster found

    A group of 14 proto-galaxies in tight formation is revealed after telescope finds bright sources.

    A massive cluster of young galaxies that are forming stars at rates between 50 and 1000 times that of the Milky Way h...

    April 25, 2018
  • Growing a spinal cord

    A new technique shows growing cells in unprecedented details.

    The image above shows neurons growing in the spinal cord of a zebrafish embryo. It was made possible by a new techniq...

    April 25, 2018
  • When science meets art

    Four artists explain how science informs and inspires their work.

    “The greatest scientists are artists as well,” said Albert Einstein. For as long as artistic expression has existed,...

    April 24, 2018
  • Space salad

    Growing vegetables in microgravity is no mean feat.

    The crew aboard the International Space Station have grown two batches of mixed greens: mizuna, red cos (or romaine) ...

    April 24, 2018
  • A very hungry caterpillar

    Larvae of the Richmond birdwing butterfly are born ravenous.

    The Richmond birdwing butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondi) is a species that is found across north-east Australia, thou...

    April 23, 2018
  • Lightning from above

    From the right angle, a thunderstorm makes Earth look like an alien world.

    Across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and rough...

    April 22, 2018
  • Fruit fly on a leash

    Tying up a fruit fly can help scientists watch its wingstroke.

    This photograph depicts Drosophila melanogaster, better known as a fruit fly, during flight while tethered with tungs...

    April 19, 2018
  • The giant burrowing cockroach

    Though the size of a small mouse, Macropanesthia rhinoceros is a harmless – and valued – member o...

    The giant burrowing cockroach (Macropanesthia rhinoceros) looks like a monster but is in fact a harmless creature. Th...

    April 18, 2018
  • A zebrafish embryo

    A world of detail in an embryo less than a day old.

    The image above shows a live zebrafish embryo only 22 hours after fertilisation. Taken using a technique called light...

    April 17, 2018
  • TESS launch delayed

    Engine issue forces a rethink on take-off timing.

    The launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been delayed for at least 48 hours because of a...

    April 17, 2018
  • Aurora and dawn

    The International Space Station is the perfect place to watch the sun rise.

    Astronaut Ricky Arnold snapped this photo from the International Space Station and posted it to Twitter with the comm...

    April 16, 2018
  • Meet the squidworm from the twilight zone

    Unknown creatures lurk in this little-explored region of the ocean.

    Scientists bestowed the nickname ‘squidworm’ on this previously unknown species found using a remotely operated vehic...

    April 15, 2018
  • The dusty disc of IM Lupi

    An intriguing view of the disc of dusty and gas around a young star.

    This spectacular image from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile shows the dusty disc around ...

    April 12, 2018
  • Inside a melanoma cell

    Electron microscopy provides the details for an alluring vision of a melanoma cell.

    The illustration above shows the three-dimensional structure of a melanoma cell, as derived from ion abrasion scannin...

    April 11, 2018
  • Frosted gullies of Mars

    In frosty conditions, sand on Martian dunes can start to flow.

    Gullies on Martian sand dunes, like these in Matara Crater, have been very active, with many flows in the last ten ye...

    April 10, 2018
  • A model flu

    3D printing makes detailed modelling of the influenza virus a snap.

    A 3D-printed model of the influenza virus. Derived from electron microscope imagery, the model shows the viral membra...

    April 9, 2018
  • A beautiful Einstein ring

    A massive galactic cluster bends light into elegant curves in this dazzling Hubble image.

    This image is packed full of galaxies! A keen eye can spot exquisite elliptical galaxies and spectacular spirals, see...

    April 8, 2018
  • A hunter of alien worlds

    The TESS satellite is a major upgrade for humanity’s ability to find exoplanets.

    {%recommended 5956%}TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is the next step in the search for planets outsi...

    April 5, 2018
  • Humpback whale hunt krill with bubbles

    These giant marine mammals are wily predators who make the most of the tools at their disposal.

    Bubble-net hunting. It’s a sophisticated technique that humpback whales use to scoop themselves up a tasty mouthful o...

    April 4, 2018
  • Public lecture: Building a future from the atoms up

    Watch Stanford physicist Rob Moore talk about the enormous potential of quantum materials in this...

    In this public lecture at Canada’s Perimeter Institute, Stanford materials scientist Rob Moore will explore how the n...

    April 3, 2018
  • Ghost galaxy

    This fuzzy galaxy is light on dark matter.

    {%recommended 6954%}The galaxy NGC 1052-DF2 resides about 65 million light-years away in the NGC 1052 Group, which is...

    April 3, 2018
  • A difficile situation

    This gut bacterium finds antibiotics are its best friend.

    Clostridium difficile is a harmful bacterium that can cause severe, recurrent and sometimes fatal infections in the g...

    April 2, 2018
  • How much sleep do you need?

    Sleep can be hard to come by, but science has some tips.

    Sleep deprivation is bad for your brain. We don’t know exactly why, though we do know that the brain appears to carry...

    April 1, 2018
  • A miniature wire for a Majorana discovery

    Measuring currents in a tiny wire reveals the presence of mysterious quasiparticle.

    {%recommended 6962%}The image above shows a tiny device that was used in recent experiments that found evidence of so...

    April 1, 2018
  • Mutant maize

    Tweaking stem cell production may be a path to greater plant yields.

    The image above shows a tiny, immature ear of maize. It’s no ordinary maize, however: the irregular shape of the tip ...

    March 29, 2018
  • A relic of the ancient universe

    A galaxy full of old, metal-rich stars poses questions about how galaxies form and evolve.

    The lenticular galaxy NGC 1277, shown above, is a member of the famous Perseus Cluster – one of the most massive obje...

    March 28, 2018
  • Up close with golden staph

    The Staphylococcus aureus bacterium is a leader in antibiotic resistance.

    Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium that is often found on the skin and in the nose and respiratory tract. It...

    March 26, 2018
  • First-ever footage of mating deep-sea anglerfish

    This video of a pair of anglerfish shows these mysterious deep-sea creatures in unprecedented det...

    Anglerfish, those denizens of the deep ocean known for their menacing teeth and glowing lures, are difficult creature...

    March 25, 2018
  • Into the abyss

    Fractures and draining lakes are weakening the Greenland Ice Sheet.

    Each summer, lakes of meltwater form on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet, eventually draining away through frac...

    March 22, 2018
  • An aurora named Steve

    Citizen scientists helped NASA boffins understand a previously unknown kind of aurora.

    A composite image show the ‘Steve’ aurora and the Milky Way over Childs Lake, Manitoba, Canada.Krista Trinder Th...

    March 21, 2018
  • Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space

    A very long range portrait of Earth.

    From a distance of a little over 5 million kilometres, Earth really comes into perspective. In this composite image t...

    March 20, 2018
  • May the farce be with you

    If a Star Wars movie was reviewed like a scientific paper, how would it fare? Bill Sullivan finds...

    In celebration of the home release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I thought it would be interesting to portray how the ...

    March 19, 2018
  • The bluest ice

    The undersides of icebergs can contain old, dense, deep blue ice.

    Acquired on November 29 2017 during a flight to Victoria Land, this image shows an iceberg floating in Antarctica’s M...

    March 19, 2018
  • Jupiter’s polar cyclones

    The north pole of the solar system’s largest planet is surrounded by enormous, freezing cyclones.

    This composite image shows the cyclones around Jupiter’s north pole: an enormous central vortex encircled by eight sm...

    March 18, 2018
  • Even dinosaurs had parasites

    Fossilised faeces and holes in ancient jawbones show that dinosaurs, like modern animals, were pl...

    Even mighty dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex were not immune from being pestered by parasites, as this video from ...

    March 18, 2018
  • Lichen elegant sunburst

    Xanthoria elegans is a striking – and scientifically useful – lichen.

    Stretching from France in the west to Slovenia in the east, the Alps are Europe’s largest mountain range and – perhap...

    March 15, 2018
  • Cosmic jets from a baby star

    Beams of superheated gas emerge from the poles of a newborn star.

    This image shows two jets of particles flying out from a newborn star in the Orion B molecular cloud, some 1,350 ligh...

    March 14, 2018
  • The thirst centre of the brain

    A simple circuit in the brain controls thirst.

    It seems simple enough: an animal feels thirsty, it drinks some water, it stops feeling thirsty. Though this unremark...

    March 13, 2018
  • Falling back to Earth

    An empty fuel tank, its work done, drops away from the rocket it has powered into orbit.

    The external tank from the STS-102 mission falls to Earth.NASA On 8 March 2001, the space shuttle Discovery took...

    March 12, 2018
  • Chemtrails? The science of aeroplane contrails

    Far from a sinister conspiracy, contrails are simple chemistry.

    Everyone has seen the cloudy white trails across the sky that sometimes follow jet aircraft. It’s easy to imagine tha...

    March 11, 2018
  • Galaxies on the verge of collision

    As two galaxies draw close together, new stars are formed.

    Two spiral galaxies, about 350 million light-years away, in an early stage of merging.ESA/Hubble, NASA This Hubb...

    March 11, 2018
  • The Orion Nebula as you’ve never seen it before

    The European Southern Observatory releases stunning new images of the nearest massive star format...

    A dazzling panoramic view of the Orion Nebula. (Click for full-screen view.)ESO / ALMA / IRAM / VLT The European...

    March 8, 2018
  • A venomous anemone

    The venomous sea anemones known as nematostella are both predators and prey at different times in...

    Nematostella are sea anemones that belong to the Cnidaria family of jellyfish and corals. They begin their life as ti...

    March 8, 2018
  • Great women who changed science

    A series of posters celebrates women who have made heroic contributions to science.

    All too often, women who make scientific discoveries are denied the recognition they deserve. In an effort at redress...

    March 7, 2018
  • A sunspot the size of the Earth

    The mysterious dark spots on the surface of the Sun can be as big as a planet.

    Twists of plasma writhe in the magnetic field around an enormous sunspot.Queen’s University Belfast A view of a ...

    March 7, 2018
  • Social amoebae reach for the sky

    When times are tough, some amoebae can sacrifice themselves for the greater good.

    Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae are normally independent creatures, but hunger makes them social. Starvation can tri...

    March 6, 2018
  • Stem cells on the brain

    Neural stem cells play a key role in ageing of the brain.

    The photo above shows stem cells taken from the brain of a mouse. The photo was taken as part of research that aimed ...

    March 5, 2018
  • Jupiter overexposed

    An attempt to capture dusk on Jupiter shows the rules of photography apply throughout the universe.

    This image captures the swirling cloud formations around the south pole of Jupiter, looking up toward the equatorial ...

    March 4, 2018
  • Low Antarctic sun

    Sea ice around Antarctica is dwindling to near-record lows.

    The sun hangs low in the sky over the water in this photo taken off the coast of Antarctica.The Antarctic sea ice shr...

    March 1, 2018
  • The magnetic field at the heart of the galaxy

    Magnetic fields swirl around the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core.

    The supermassive black hole at the heart of galaxy, known as Sagittarius A*, is hard to get a good look at. Visible l...

    February 28, 2018
  • Titan and Rhea

    Saturn’s two largest moons meet in the sky in a rare embrace.

    Smog-enshrouded Titan (5150 kilometres across) glows to the left of airless Rhea (1528 kilometres across) in this pho...

    February 27, 2018
  • Thuggish and sluggish behaviour

    A sea slug’s ability to remember serves as the model for new AI software.

    Rhanor Gillette The ability of sea slugs to remember that certain prey-size animals taste awful is being copied in a ...

    February 26, 2018
  • New neurons in an adult brain

    Neurons that grow in the brains of adults help to build associations between sensations and rewards.

    Although scientists have known for several years that the adult brain can produce new neurons, many questions about t...

    February 26, 2018
  • Distant Earth

    From 60 million kilometres away, Earth and the Moon are tiny specks of light.

    As part of an engineering test, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its NavC...

    February 25, 2018
  • Video: How to make your cocoa divine

    Some hot tips to make your hot drink better.

    Every night around the world, especially in the colder bits of it, millions of people relax with a nice mug of hot co...

    February 22, 2018
  • Nudibranch alert

    The little shell-less molluscs are some of nature’s strangest and most beautiful creatures.

    The soft-bodied marine gastropod molluscs known as nudibranchs are some of the most beautiful – and almost the most b...

    February 22, 2018
  • A web of cities in the snow

    Even in a snowstorm, the signs of civilisation can be seen from above.

    Snowfall in central China. Dark grey spots and lines are cities and roads.Joshua Stevens / NASA Earth Observatory ...

    February 21, 2018
  • One million colours

    A million pixels, each one of a different colour.

    A milion pixels, a million colours.Jan-Eric Nyström The image above, when viewed at full size, contains one m...

    February 20, 2018
  • Shining clouds of the night

    Noctilucent clouds are not really clouds at all.

    Noctilucent clouds over Orlando, Florida, in the aftermath of a rocket launch.mike bartils Noctilucent clouds ar...

    February 19, 2018
  • Eye of the krill

    The tiny Antarctic krill has a complex compound eye.

    The Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean contain about 300 or 400 trillion Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). By ...

    February 18, 2018
  • A Martian streak

    A dust avalanche draws a striking pattern on the surface of the red planet.

    This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows streaks forming on slopes when dust cascades downhill....

    February 15, 2018
  • World record genome sequencing good news for sick children

    Medical diagnosis isn’t usually the stuff of Guinness certificates, but this one is different.

    Guinness World Records are usually associated with something gloriously pointless, such as the greatest number of som...

    February 14, 2018
  • A single glowing atom

    An ion trap reveals an imprisoned atom of strontium.

    The small bright dot visible in the centre of the image is a single positively-charged strontium atom.David Nadlinger...

    February 14, 2018
  • Obama boffin in Sydney talk

    Scientists gather to explore the implications of the quantum revolution.

    President Barack Obama’s chief nuclear advisor will speak at a public forum at the University of Sydney on Thursday, ...

    February 13, 2018
  • Water minus gravity

    An astronaut looks through a floating bubble of water aboard the International Space Station.

    Astronaut Karen Nyberg watches a water bubble float freely between her and the camera, showing her image refracted in...

    February 13, 2018
  • The most distant photo ever taken

    The New Horizons probe sent home the most distant photo ever taken by a spacecraft.

    The New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past Pluto in 2015, is now on its way out to the Kuiper Belt, the wide band o...

    February 12, 2018
  • Drone shadows jellyfish

    Drones can help researchers track rising swarms of jellyfish.

    A quadcopter drone photographs a swarm of jellyfish and its own shadow. Keith Holmes / Hakai InstituteAs the world’s ...

    February 11, 2018
  • Sweeter maize

    A gene from rice can make maize produce more sugar.

    The maize shown above has had a gene from rice added to its genome that regulates the accumulation of sucrose in kern...

    February 8, 2018
  • Phage attack

    The tiny viruses that prey on bacteria could be used to fight infections.

    In the image above, bacteriophages attack a bacterial cell. These tiny viruses, often known simply as phages, infect ...

    February 7, 2018
  • Two moons

    Saturn’s moons Titan and Rhea are a study in contrasts.

    In this view, Saturn's icy moon Rhea passes in front of Titan as seen by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Some of the diffe...

    February 6, 2018
  • A 100-million-year-old flower

    An ancient flower perfectly preserved in amber.

    The tiny flower above – around 4 mm in diameter – belonged to a tree that lived 100 million years ago in what was the...

    February 5, 2018
  • A galactic illusion

    Two galaxies on their way to merging look like a penguin and an egg.

    This image of distant interacting galaxies, known collectively as Arp 142, bears an uncanny resemblance to a penguin ...

    February 4, 2018
  • Quality of cancer care depends on income, location

    Tomorrow is World Cancer Day, and the numbers are worrying.

    Poorer Australians with cancer have a 33% lower five-year survival rate than their wealthier counterparts, new data s...

    February 2, 2018
  • A star is born. Two, actually

    Image shows young stars emerging from a dark nebula.

    600 light years distant from Earth, a wolf made of smoke prowls within a scorpion, and stars are born.Well, not quite...

    February 1, 2018
  • A Mars rover snaps a selfie

    Curiosity has sent home another self-portrait.

    A self-portrait beamed home by the Curiosity Mars rover.NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS This self-portrait of NASA’s Curio...

    February 1, 2018
  • Our favourite images of the super blue blood moon

    Skywatchers captured a rare lunar phenomenon that combined three unusual events – a blue moon, a ...

    On the night of Wednesday, January 31, 2018, skywatchers enjoyed a rare lunar event that combined three rare phenomen...

    February 1, 2018
  • How not to ride a bicycle

    Left to its own devices, a bicycle won’t get far.

    The tracks taken by a simulated unsteered bicycle over 800 runs.Matthew Cook What happens to moving bicycle with...

    January 31, 2018
  • Infrared Venus

    Infrared imagery of Venus reveals unexpected detail.

    This view of Venus was acquired by the Japanese Akatsuki probe, which studies the atmosphere of the greenhouse planet...

    January 30, 2018
  • Planets or no planets?

    NASA explores young star theory through stunning visuals.

    GIF of a new simulation performed on NASA's Discover supercomputing cluster that shows how dust and gas in a circumst...

    January 28, 2018
  • An astronaut snaps a selfie

    What better souvenir of a spacewalk than a sneaky self-portrait?

    Astronaut Mark Vande Hei takes a self-portrait during a spacewalk from the International Space Station.NASANASA astro...

    January 28, 2018
  • Seeing stars

    This enigmatic sea creature detects light with cells all over its body.

    The brittle star Ophiocoma wendtii, shown above, is a relative of sea stars and sea urchins that lives among the brig...

    January 25, 2018
  • Snow in the Sahara

    On rare occasions, snow can fall on the high places of the Sahara Desert.

    For the second time in three years, snow accumulated in the desert near the northern Algerian town of Aïn Séfra. Some...

    January 24, 2018
  • New population of “world’s rarest fish” discovered

    As few as 20 new specimens gives hope to marine researchers.

    An undersea area just the area of two tennis courts holds a newly discovered population of what is thought to be the ...

    January 23, 2018
  • A stellar bubble

    When an ageing star shed its outer layers, this blue bubble was left behind.

    The planetary nebula Abell 33.ESO This eye-catching image of the planetary nebula Abell 33 was taken by astronom...

    January 23, 2018
  • Human, by the numbers

    Computer mapping reveals a new way of looking at humans.

    Just a bunch of balls and springs. Brittany BennettMeet Mathematical Man - or Woman, of course - a kind of twenty-fi...

    January 22, 2018
  • Behold, the fattest thing in space

    NASA releases new image of colliding galaxy clusters.

    NASA has released a new image of two colliding galaxy clusters that are busy forming a single enormous entity nicknam...

    January 18, 2018
  • Cholesterol hinders nerve cell repair in MS

    Surprise result finds cholesterol plays a major role in the worsening progress of multiple sclero...

    Things are not always what they seem. In multiple sclerosis (MS), immune cells are traditionally seen as the bad guys...

    January 18, 2018
  • Quantum dots shine

    Tiny crystals known as quantum dots give off incredibly bright light.

    A sample with several green glowing perovskite quantum dots excited by a blue laser.IBM Research / Thilo Stoeferle ...

    January 18, 2018
  • Green turtles of the Great Barrier Reef

    The effects of global warming will be complex and unexpected, as the disappearance of male turtle...

    A green sea turtle from the northern Great Barrier Reef.Camryn Allen/NOAA Fisheries The north of the Great Barri...

    January 17, 2018
  • Ingredients for life in a grain of salt from outer space

    Meteorites that hit Earth in 1998 contained water and complex organic compounds.

    A blue halite (salt-based) crystal from the Zag meteorite, which landed near Morocco in 1998. The crystal contains a ...

    January 16, 2018
  • Tsunami risk in PNG volcano blast

    Landslides could set off tidal wave, warns researcher.

    The eruption of the Kadovar volcano currently happening in Papua New Guinea has the potential to trigger a tsunami, a...

    January 16, 2018
  • A pond in the Arctic ice

    Melting ice shelves are changing the chemistry of the Arctic Ocean.

    A frozen melt pond and sea ice seascape at 86°04'N, 168°21'E on August 30, 2015.A.R. Margolin The Arctic melt po...

    January 15, 2018
  • A scene from the galaxy’s heart

    Stars of all ages zip around the central bulge of the Milky Way.

    Ageing red stars mix with younger blue-white ones in this region near the centre of the Milky Way. NASA, ESA, and T. ...

    January 14, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Let’s talk about sex change

    Does temperature drive sex changes in barramundi?

    Scientist Alyssa Budd, James Cook University PhD titleEffect of temperature on sex in Australian barramundi (Lates c...

    January 11, 2018
  • Unweaving the peacock spider’s rainbows

    Peacock spiders use sophisticated optical nanostructures to produce a dazzling mating display.

    Brightly colored Australian peacock spiders (Maratus spp.) captivate even the most arachnophobic viewers with their f...

    January 11, 2018
  • Young artists show it’s all a matter of chemistry

    Mixing art and science proves very educational at Australia’s Mac.Robertson Girls' High School.

    While the latest issue of Cosmos magazine features the works and words of some of the world’s best science-inspired a...

    January 10, 2018
  • Ultra black bird

    This bird’s feathers remain black even when coated in gold.

    This black feather from a Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) still appears ultra black even when coated with go...

    January 10, 2018
  • Australia has a near-record warm year

    Bureau of Meteorology annual summary shows continuing warming trend.

    Australia experienced its third warmest year on record in 2017, according to the national Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)...

    January 10, 2018
  • A solar question

    A question mark-shaped feature on the surface of the Sun.

    A long, oddly shaped gap in the Sun’s corona.Solar Dynamics Observatory / NASA In this image taken on 22 Decembe...

    January 9, 2018
  • Ancient air, trapped in ice

    The history of Earth’s atmosphere - and ocean - is written in the Antarctic ice.

    The layers of eternal ice trapped in the southern polar ice cap form an archive of the atmosphere, in which not only ...

    January 8, 2018
  • The spiralling storm

    A satellite photo shows the breathtaking scale of a storm running the length of the east coast of...

    This image from the GOES-16 satellite run by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) captures t...

    January 7, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Milk Man: a breastfeeding app for dads

    Can gamification get dads on board with breastfeeding?

    Researcher Becky White, Curtin University PhD titleParent Infant Feeding Initiative: Evaluating the effectiveness of...

    January 4, 2018
  • A false-colour Moon

    Colour filters can help determine the composition of lunar soil.

    The Moon was a focal point for NASA in 2017, whether it was blocking out the Sun during one of the most-viewed events...

    January 4, 2018
  • Meet the reggae spider

    It lives underwater and is named after Bob Marley. What’s not to like?

    One might reasonably wonder why a newly described species of marine spider that lives in inter-tidal zones on Austral...

    January 3, 2018
  • The start of a sonic boom

    This plane is on the verge of crossing the sound barrier.

    When NASA’s next X-plane takes to the skies, it will produce some pretty cool images.Thanks to the completion of a re...

    January 3, 2018
  • Molting mayfly larva

    A stunning photo shows the beauty of invertebrates.

    This image shows a mayfly larva molting as it transitions from one instar to a larger one, on its way to adulthood.

    January 2, 2018
  • Saturn and rings

    In this photo, Cassini eyed the gap between the rings and cloud-tops it would dive through on the...

    Saturn’s graceful lanes of orbiting ice -- its iconic rings -- wind their way around the planet to pass beyond the ho...

    January 1, 2018
  • Three-minute thesis: Prosecuting psychological harms

    How should the law treat psychological harm?

    Researcher Paul McGorrery, Deakin University PhD titleCriminalising psychological harms Summary“Although courts in ...

    December 28, 2017
  • Top 10 science images of 2017

    From growing muscle cells to galactic magnetism, we’ve chosen our favourite images from the year ...

    Muscle builders Cincinnati Children’s HospitalThis microscopic image of fibroblast cells shows the induction of cell ...

    December 28, 2017
  • Western Australia from above

    The great variety of Western Australia is on display in this satellite image.

    From the fourth most populous city to the rugged outback, the Sentinel-3A satellite gives us a wide-ranging view over...

    December 28, 2017
  • 2017 in artificial intelligence

    As the AI revolution continues apace, we look back at a year of rapid change.

    The "deep learning" boom continued in 2017, with another year of rapid advances in artificial intelligence and machin...

    December 27, 2017
  • What Cosmos readers are reading

    We asked readers to nominate their favourite science books. Here are some of the responses.

    Rough-Hewn Land, by Keith MeldahlUniversity of California Press, 2011This book provides one of the clearest descripti...

    December 27, 2017
  • A city on a grain of sand

    A single grain of sand can host tens of thousands of micro-organisms.

    The surface of a single grain of sand can provide a home for as many as 100,000 bacteria, a bustling city of microbia...

    December 27, 2017
  • The top science videos of 2017

    From dividing cells to intergalactic waves and all points in between.

    A century of climate change in 35 seconds The gradual worldwide sweep of global warming is hard to visualise. This ...

    December 26, 2017
  • Kind of blue

    Blues and greys swirl in the Jovian clouds.

    Jovian clouds strike unlikely shades of blue in this view from NASA’s Juno spacecraft.Juno captured the image when th...

    December 26, 2017
  • Measuring the blink of an eye

    Eyelid movements can reveal a lot about the state of the brain.

    The positions of the right (red) and left (blue) eyelids during a stimulated blink are tracked over time using image ...

    December 25, 2017
  • Journal tips neutron star merger as “Breakthrough of the Year”

    One of the world’s leading science publications rates the LIGO-based discovery as the big story o...

    Science has chosen as its 2017 Breakthrough of the Year the first observations of a neutron-star merger, a violent ce...

    December 21, 2017
  • Three-minute thesis: Aptabiotics: fighting resistant bacteria with nanosilver

    Can targeted deliveries of tiny amounts of silver defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

    Scientist Jennifer Soundy, Victoria University of Wellington PhD titleDevelopment of DNA aptamers to Pseudomonas aer...

    December 21, 2017
  • Inside an accelerator

    Australian university puts its heavy ion facilitator online, free.

    Scientists at the Australian National University in Canberra are searching for traces of supernovae in the ocean. The...

    December 21, 2017
  • Greetings from the north pole of Mars

    Each winter, the Martian icecap gets an extra layer of frozen carbon dioxide.

    Perspective view of the north polar ice cap on Mars.ESA/DLR/FU Berlin; NASA MGS MOLA Science Team The north p...

    December 21, 2017
  • The guts of a honeybee

    The tiny intestines of the honeybee contain a world of even tinier life.

    A scanning electron microscope image of a honeybee’s midgut.Åsmund AndersenThe guts of a honeybee are much like our o...

    December 20, 2017
  • Layers of the Martian landscape

    A photo from Mars orbit reveals faults in the complex patterned layers of ground.

    Faulted layers in the Martian ground.NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaiss...

    December 19, 2017
  • Laser by starlight

    Laser tracking helps astronomers the star behind the twinkle.

    Adaptive optics (AO) measures and then corrects the atmospheric turbulence using a deformable mirror that changes sha...

    December 18, 2017
  • New supercomputer funding welcomed by Australian scientists

    Hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for several ongoing science projects were announced to...

    The Australian Academy of Science welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to fund a much-needed upgrade to Au...

    December 18, 2017
  • The forge of elements

    Many of the elements necessary for life are creating in exploding stars.

    An X-ray image of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A shows different elements created in the explosion: silicon (red)...

    December 14, 2017
  • 300 million stars – free

    Australian astronomers release the most comprehensive map of the southern sky yet created.

    A collection of about 70,000 images showing almost 300 million stars and galaxies has been posted online by astronome...

    December 13, 2017
  • Stars are born

    The stellar nursery Sharpless 29 contains many astronomical wonders.

    The stellar nursery Sharpless 29.ESO/M. Kornmesser This image from the ESO’s Very Large Telescope captures a glitte...

    December 13, 2017
  • Bacterial bullseye

    The latest in 3D printing is “living materials” – inks doped with bacteria that produce useful co...

    3-D printed circles with embedded cellulose-producing bacteria.Manuel Schaffner and Patrick A. Rühs A new ink...

    December 12, 2017
  • The South Pole Telescope

    Long polar nights and crisp skies make the South Pole the perfect place for a telescope.

    The Aurora Australis above the South Pole Telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.Keith Vanderlinde / NSF ...

    December 11, 2017
  • A tiny seashell

    New X-ray lenses reveal stunning detail in the shell of a microscopic diatom.

    The silica shell of the diatom Actinoptychus senarius, measuring only 0.1 mm across.DESY/AWI, Andrew Morgan/Sasa Bajt...

    December 10, 2017
  • Three-minute thesis: a novel solution to a warty problem

    Can ancient viruses help us find a cane-toad killer?

    Scientist Alice Russo, University of NSW PhD titleA Novel Solution to a Warty Problem: Ancient Viruses Can Help Us ...

    December 8, 2017
  • A tiny brainlet

    Tiny three-dimensional brain-like structures can help study damage and diseases of the brain.

    An ‘asteroid’ three-dimensional neural circuit generated from human stem cells. Neurons are shown in blue, astrocytes...

    December 7, 2017
  • A starlight rainbow

    A next-level planet hunter splits light from individual stars into its spectral components.

    The spectrum of light from a star from the ESPRESSO instrument at the Very Large Telescope in Chile.ESO/ESPRESSO team...

    December 6, 2017
  • A virtual glacier

    An online tool shows how Earth systems respond to changes.

    A VESL simulation of the Columbia Glacier in Alaska.VESL / NASA The Virtual Earth System Laboratory (VESL) is an...

    December 5, 2017
  • Eyes of the scallop

    Scallops see with an array of up to 200 eyes that use mirrors instead of lenses, like a reflectin...

    Three eyes of a Pecten maximus scallop.Dan-Eric Nilsson, Lund UniversityResearchers have obtained a detailed view of ...

    December 4, 2017
  • A volcano through the clouds

    When Sarychev Volcano erupted in 2009, the International Space Station was in the perfect spot to...

    The eruption of Sarychev volcano in 2009.NASA/JSC/Image Science and Analysis LaboratoryThe picture taken from the Int...

    December 3, 2017
  • Mouse neurons

    A new kind of microscope reveals the delicate tracery of a mouse’s neurons.

    The neurons of a genetically modified mouse. Each bright spot represents a neuron.Vaibhav Joshi / Harvard UniversityT...

    November 30, 2017
  • Three-minute thesis: It’s not coffee science

    How can engineers stop sloshing fuel making a rocket unstable?

    Scientist Hans Phipp Sueltrop, University of Canterbury PhD titleDevelopment of real-time disturbance models for roc...

    November 30, 2017
  • Gravity waves make stripy clouds

    Patterns of cloud demonstrate a fascinating atmospheric phenomenon.

    This stripy band of clouds off the southern coast of Australia is an example of a phenomenon in the atmosphere called...

    November 29, 2017
  • 50 years ago, we touched the sky

    The WRESAT satellite didn’t last long, but it marked Australia’s entry into the space industry.

    Half a century ago today, Australia’s first satellite was launched.The satellite, known somewhat inelegantly as WRESA...

    November 28, 2017
  • Robots bring Asia into the AI research ethics debate

    As the robotics industry grows, Asian players are looking to formalise ethical guidelines for res...

    Universities in China and elsewhere in Asia are belatedly joining global alliances to promote ethical practices in ar...

    November 28, 2017
  • A rush of new microbes

    Scientists take inspiration for new species names wherever they can find it.

    Pseudotrichonympha pearti, a microbe named after Canadian musician Neil Peart of the band Rush.Patrick KeelingThe new...

    November 28, 2017
  • A floating droplet

    How can droplets “levitate” on liquid surfaces?

    Visualization of vortices in a drop of silicone oil sitting on a warm bath. The temperature difference generates a re...

    November 27, 2017
  • Cut your cake by rocket

    US inventors combine cake and downwards thrust, with messy results.

    As the technology improves and costs come down, rocket science is playing an ever greater role in human endeavour. {%...

    November 26, 2017
  • Finger rafting on the Weddell Sea

    When thin ice floes collide, spectacular fractures result.

    “Finger rafting” produced by colliding ice floes in the Weddell Sea, off the Antarctic Peninsula.NASA/John Sonntag/Ic...

    November 26, 2017
  • How fish grow a spine

    New research shows that a shark’s spine is more like a human’s than a salmon’s.

    The first vertebrates arose some 525 million years ago, during huge outburst of evolutionary creativity known as the ...

    November 23, 2017
  • Cassini’s last portrait of Saturn

    Two days before plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, the Cassini probe took a final series of photo...

    The final full mosaic image of Saturn captured by the Cassini probe.NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteAfter mor...

    November 22, 2017
  • Video: Half bug, half machine, all cyborg

    Singapore research produces biologic-electronic hybrid.

    Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have created a beetle-robot hybrid.Meet the Cyborginsect...

    November 21, 2017
  • Tiny DNA nets to catch bacteria

    Some immune cells use their own DNA as a last line of defence against pathogens.

    Blood teems with wonders. The image above shows some of its lesser-known denizens in action.When a certain kind of im...

    November 21, 2017
  • Above the clouds

    A spaceship brings supplies to the International Space Station.

    The Cygnus resupply ship pays a visit to the ISS.NASAThe Cygnus resupply ship approaches the International Space Stat...

    November 20, 2017
  • Capillary action

    A new technique shows tiny blood vessels at work.

    A capillary network.Igor GurovThe image above, showing a nailfold capillary network, was created using a new techniqu...

    November 19, 2017
  • Leonids set to light up the sky

    An annual meteor shower hits its peak this weekend, and all you need to do to see it is stay awake.

    The 2017 Leonid Meteor Shower hits its peak tonight – Friday – and tomorrow night, affording sleep deprived astronome...

    November 17, 2017
  • Three-minute thesis: Anti-consumption and slow fashion

    Companies in the ‘slow fashion’ movement get ahead by positioning themselves as pro-environment a...

    Researcher Miriam Seifert, The University of Auckland PhD title Anti-consumption as a driver to achie...

    November 16, 2017
  • Coral from above

    A satellite view shows the beautiful structure of a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The Arrecife Alacranes, or Scorpion Reef, is the largest coral formation in the Gulf of Mexico.USGS / NASA Earth Obse...

    November 16, 2017
  • Southern exposure

    A new image from Juno shows Jupiter’s southern hemisphere in stunning detail.

    Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image from publicly available Juno data.NASA / JPL-...

    November 15, 2017
  • Public or private? The dilemma of cord blood banking

    Today is World Cord Blood Day. Storing blood from your baby’s umbilical cord might be a life-save...

    Cord blood — collected from the umbilical cord at birth — is rich in blood-forming stem cells, and can be used as a r...

    November 14, 2017
  • Martian secrets

    Filtered light reveals the composition of Martian rocks.

    The Curiosity Mars rover looks at a lot of rocks. Most of them are covered in the red planet’s characteristic red dus...

    November 14, 2017
  • A circle on the Sun

    NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spotted this stellar oddity.

    Dramatic scenes on the surface of the Sun.NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics ObservatoryThe image above shows an oddity that NA...

    November 13, 2017
  • Why nothing is faster than the speed of light

    A physicist explains the universe’s ultimate speed limit.

    In a vacuum, light travels at a mind-bending 300,000 kilometres per second. That’s not just very fast, it’s as fast a...

    November 12, 2017
  • Ready to clot

    Platelets play a key role in making blood clots contract so they are more effective and don’t blo...

    Platelets, or thrombocytes, are the cells in your blood responsible for making clots. After a clot is made to stop up...

    November 12, 2017
  • Video: Robot catches elevator

    Swiss software system lets dog-like robot do things dogs can’t.

    Roboticists in Switzerland have developed a software framework that significantly extends the movement capabilities o...

    November 9, 2017
  • Galaxy clusters crash and make fireworks

    Four billion light-years away, thousands of galaxies slam together.

    A composite image of the Abell 2744 region, combining radio, X-Ray, and visible light data.Pearce et al.; Bill Saxton...

    November 9, 2017
  • Tiny bees are better than large ones at pollinating

    When it comes to rainforest insects bigger isn’t always better a new study finds.

    Long-distance relationships can be difficult when you’ve put down roots and have no ability to move. For trees, as wi...

    November 7, 2017
  • Breaking ice

    NASA scientists keep an eye on the sea ice of the Antarctic.

    The photo above, taken by NASA’s IceBridge mission, shows broken ice floes off the coast of West Antarctica.IceBridge...

    November 7, 2017
  • Asteroids photobomb Hubble shots of distant galaxies

    Rude interlopers jump between the space telescope and its intergalactic targets.

    This Hubble photo of a random patch of sky is part of a survey called Frontier Fields. It contains thousands of galax...

    November 6, 2017
  • Supernova snapshot

    A supercomputer simulation reveals the beauty of an exploding star.

    This snapshot of a simulation of the explosion of a supernova in its first seconds shows an area more than 2,500 kilo...

    November 5, 2017
  • Three-minute thesis: Does breathing kill?

    When bacteria reach the central nervous system, the results can be deadly. But how do they get th...

    ScientistHeidi Walkden, Griffith University.PhD titleBacterial infection of the brain: how bacteria penetrate the CNS...

    November 2, 2017
  • Dancing liquid crystals

    Liquid crystal droplets in soapy water produce dazzling patterns.

    These entrancing patterns are created by soapy molecules attracted to the surface of liquid crystal droplets in water...

    November 2, 2017
  • When neutron stars collide

    A supercomputer simulation shows details of a violent neutron-star merger.

    This image shows a snapshot of the first milliseconds in the violent merger of two neutron stars, revealing the tidal...

    November 1, 2017
  • Salt lakes of the Great Sandy Desert

    The salt deposits left behind by these evaporating lakes are visible from space.

    This photograph of Lake Willis and Lake Hazlett was taken by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station whil...

    October 31, 2017
  • Testing life for long-distance spaceflight

    NASA scientists are studying how genetics affects the suitability of plants for long-haul space t...

    Organisms in a Petri plate are exposed to blue excitation lighting in a prototype of a unit that will be used aboard ...

    October 30, 2017
  • The shadow of Amalthea

    One of Jupiter’s lesser known moons casts a shadow on the gas giant.

    Jupiter’s moon Amalthea casts a shadow on the clouds of the gas giant.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seá...

    October 29, 2017
  • Selfie with space telescope

    Testing the mirrors on the James Webb Space Telescope is no easy feat.

    Optical engineer Larkin Carey is reflected in the James Webb Space Telescope’s secondary mirror, as he photographs th...

    October 26, 2017
  • A planet carves through the dust around a distant star

    A dark strip in the ring of dust around a hot young star reveals a planet’s path.

    The young, hot star V1247 Orionis.ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) / S. Kraus This image from the Atacama Large Millimeter/s...

    October 25, 2017
  • Evolutionary tricks of a water-walking bug

    Rhagovelia water striders have evolved tiny flippers that help them move on fast-flowing water.

    The fan of a Rhagovelia water strider.Abderrahman Khila Some water striders – insects that walk on the surface of ...

    October 24, 2017
  • Sunrise and space station

    Astronaut Mark Vande Hei outside the International Space Station.NASA Bright sun lights NASA astronaut Mark Vand...

    October 22, 2017
  • A symbiotic star in Aquarius

    Sometimes two stars look better than one.

    The symbiotic system R Aquarii.Hubble Space Telescope / Judy Schmidt The variable star R Aquarii is in a fact tw...

    October 19, 2017
  • A blue bubble in space

    This entrancing cloud of dust and gas is the product of a rapidly burning Wolf-Rayet star.

    The Wolf-Rayet star WR 31a.ESA / Hubble / NASA / Judy Schmidt The star at the centre of this image from the Hubb...

    October 18, 2017
  • The view from Mars orbit

    Wispy clouds and ancient lava can be seen from hundreds of kilometres above the surface of the re...

    A view from Martian orbit.ESA/Roscosmos/CaSSISThe outlines of ancient lava flows dominate this Martian landscape, whi...

    October 17, 2017
  • Astronomers’ heaven

    The Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama Desert is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.

    The Atacama Desert.G. Rojas/ESO The breathtaking Chajnantor Plateau in the Atacama Desert, at an altitude of 500...

    October 16, 2017
  • Shifting ice

    Keeping an eye on the Larsen ice shelf in Antarctica.

    The Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica.ESA The image above shows the Antarctic Peninsula and the adjacent Larsen Ice...

    October 15, 2017
  • Watch DNA at work

    This video shows the intricate dance of chromosomes bringing genes together.

    Inside the nucleus of each human cell are two metres of DNA, bundled tightly into 46 chromosomes.The long molecules m...

    October 12, 2017
  • Martian melt

    As the seasons turn on Mars, the frozen carbon dioxide at the poles melts away.

    Evaporation in the southern polar ice cap of Mars.HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA Toward the end of every so...

    October 10, 2017
  • The penguin and the jellyfish

    Antarctic penguins seek out and devour many different species of jellyfish.

    A jellyfish (Diplulmaris Antarctica) and an Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) swim in Antarctic waters near Dumont ...

    October 9, 2017
  • Darkness visible

    A dark molecular cloud blots out the stars behind it.

    The dark molecular cloud Barnard 68 may one day give birth to new stars.FORS Team, 8.2-meter VLT Antu, ESO This ...

    October 8, 2017
  • A Martian moon

    A dazzling colour image of Phobos.

    A colour image of Phobos imaged by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on 23 March 2008. NASA / JPL-Caltech / University ...

    October 5, 2017
  • Death of a star

    A star caught while transforming from a red giant to a planetary nebula.

    The Calabash Nebula, pictured here — which has the technical name OH 231.8+04.2 — is a spectacular example of the dea...

    October 4, 2017
  • World Space Week 2017: Exploring new worlds in space

    World Space Week 2017 is being launched today with thousands of events planned across the globe f...

    Over 86 countries are ushering in World Space Week 2017 today with a huge array of events planned to mark the occasio...

    October 3, 2017
  • The icy ring around Fomalhaut

    The star Fomalhaut is surrounded by a well-defined ring of ice that puzzles astronomers.

    The image above shows the icy ring around the star Fomalhaut. Easily visible in the night sky, Fomalhaut is around 25...

    October 3, 2017
  • The soybean nematode

    A tiny parasitic nematode wreaks havoc on soybean crops.

    This devastating agricultural pest, the soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines), is the bane of soybean crops in ...

    October 2, 2017
  • A costumed insect

    The harlequin beetle brightens up the tropics of South America.

    A female harlequin beetle (Acrocinus longimanus).Didier DescouensThis brightly-coloured bug is the harlequin beetle (...

    October 1, 2017
  • Glacial rift

    A glacier cracks on its way into the sea.

    A satellite image of Pine Island Glacier.NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua StevensPine Island Glacier is one of the mai...

    September 28, 2017
  • The Saturn nebula

    This stunning planetary nebula is the remnant of a stellar explosion.

    The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-sha...

    September 27, 2017
  • The crescent Enceladus

    A close-up sliver of the Saturnian moon Enceladus spied by Cassini.

    The brightly lit limb of a crescent Enceladus looks ethereal against the blackness of space. The rest of the moon, li...

    September 26, 2017
  • Explosive failures in rocket landing

    To learn how to land a rocket safely, you might have to blow a few up.

    Space travel isn’t cheap. Getting a 20-tonne payload into low Earth orbit will set you back US $62 million, according...

    September 26, 2017
  • Regrowing a zebrafish heart

    The dynamics of cell regeneration in a zebrafish heart are unexpected - and beautiful.

    Regrowing cells in a zebrafish heart.Jingli Cao, Duke UniversityBy taking videos of a tiny beating zebrafish heart as...

    September 25, 2017
  • Complex clouds of Jupiter

    The Juno spacecraft’s images of Jupiter continue to amaze.

    This striking image of Jupiter was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft as it performed its eighth flyby of the gas gia...

    September 25, 2017
  • Plants lure bugs with colour-smell combo

    Researchers have found that some plants use colour and fragrance together to identify themselves ...

    Researchers on the Greek island of Lesbos have discovered that many of the plants there – like the one shown above – ...

    September 21, 2017
  • A cool red star blows a bubble

    The carbon star U Antliae is surrounded by a shell of ejected matter.

    This ALMA image reveals much finer structure in the U Antliae shell than has previously been possible.ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/...

    September 20, 2017
  • Greening the Sahara

    The unmistakable verdant circles produced by centre-pivot irrigation mark out an agricultural out...

    This photograph, taken from the International Space Station, shows the agricultural outpost of Sharq El Owainat in so...

    September 19, 2017
  • The Big Anxiety: What not to miss

    Check our our top picks from The Big Anxiety event program, 2017.

    The Big Anxiety 2017 - the world's mental health and arts festival - is set to take over the streets of Sydney today ...

    September 19, 2017
  • A galactic megamaser

    This galaxy is surrounded by clouds of water that radiate microwave energy.

    The galaxies MCG+01-38-004 (the upper, red-tinted one) and MCG+01-38-005 (the lower, blue-tinted one). ESA/Hubble & N...

    September 18, 2017
  • The science of stopping batteries exploding

    Why do rechargeable batteries sometimes explode? And more importantly, what can be done about it?

    Headlines keep on popping up in the news about exploding cellphones, laptops, and hover-boards. This is due to a phen...

    September 18, 2017
  • Brightly coloured inks use silicon balls to mimic duck feathers

    ‘Structural colour’ may soon be available for everyday use.

    Different shades of ‘supraball’ pigment.Ming Xiao at the University of AkronSilica-coated balls mimicking the structu...

    September 17, 2017
  • The clouds of Saturn

    As it prepares for a final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, Cassini observes dreamy streaks and s...

    The clouds of Saturn.NASA / CassiniNASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward the northern hemisphere of Saturn to spy su...

    September 14, 2017
  • 13 finalists from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017

    Finalists from the 53rd Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

    The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition showcases the world's best nature photography and photojournalism a...

    September 14, 2017
  • Signs of life

    541 million years ago, some of the earliest mobile organisms left these tracks in the mud.

    The fossilised tracks of creatures more than half a billion years old.Luke Parry / University of BristolThis image sh...

    September 14, 2017
  • How hurricanes can suck water away from shorelines and expose the sea floor

    The huge winds and air-pressure fluctuations of a hurricane can make water do strange things.

    Hurricane Irma was so strong that it literally pushed water out of its way. The result? Shorelines in the Bahamas and...

    September 13, 2017
  • Cassini’s last look at Enceladus

    Before its plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, the Cassini probe took one final look at the icy moon...

    14-hour timelapse of Saturn’s moon Enceladus as observed by Cassini.NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science InstituteThis ...

    September 12, 2017
  • Nucleus walls are a ticking clock for cell life

    New research has found an internal clock for the life of a cell.

    Human cell nuclei with fluorescently labeled chromatin (purple) and nuclear envelope (green).Fang-Yi Chu and Alexandr...

    September 11, 2017
  • Crab-hunting octopus takes to land

    This octopus species of northern Australia wanders between rock pools while searching for crab.

    Octopuses are marine animals that live and breath underwater. If caught near the shore at low tide, most find themsel...

    September 11, 2017
  • Colour and structure in the rings of Saturn

    A Cassini close-up of Saturn’s rings shows intricate detail at all scales.

    A close-up view of the rings of Saturn.NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science InstituteThis is one of the highest-resolution ...

    September 10, 2017
  • The Sun flares up

    An active region on the Sun has fired off several sizeable solar flares in recent days.

    This animation shows both the X2.2 and the X9.3 flares that the Sun emitted on September 6, 2017. The imagery was cap...

    September 7, 2017
  • Mental health meets science at Sydney’s September festival

    The Big Anxiety festival is due to be held in Sydney this September, with unique events across th...

    The Big Anxiety brings together mental health and science for a festival like no other in Sydney each September. Head...

    September 7, 2017
  • How do hurricanes form?

    It all begins with warm, moist air over the ocean.

    {%recommended 4317%}Hurricanes form when warm, moist air over the ocean rises and forms clouds. The details, as this ...

    September 7, 2017
  • Hurricane Irma charges through the Caribbean

    Satellite images show the churning eye of yet another monster storm heading for the US.

    31 minutes in the life of Hurricane Irma.NASA / SPORTA mere handful of days after Hurricane Harvey inundated Texas wi...

    September 5, 2017
  • Reaching for the stars: Voyager at 40

    Four decades after leaving Earth, the twin Voyager spacecraft continue their mission into interst...

    In 1977, NASA launched the twin Voyager spacecraft to traverse the far reaches of the solar system and beyond. Voyage...

    September 4, 2017
  • Return to Earth

    Astronauts and cosmonauts from the International Space Station return to terra firma.

    The Soyuz MS-04 lands in Kazakhstan, bringing astronauts home from the International Space Station.NASA / Bill Ingall...

    September 4, 2017
  • When aluminium meets mercury

    What happens when aluminium meets mercury? The answer will surprise you.

    When aluminium meets mercury, a spectacular amalgamation reaction results.

    September 4, 2017
  • Bacteria trigger sex for single-celled sea creatures

    Tiny single-celled marine organisms called choanoflagellates use bacteria as a sign that it’s tim...

    A mating swarm of the marine choanoflagellate S. rosetta, triggered by the bacterium V. fischeri. Tubulin is labeled ...

    September 4, 2017
  • How glial cells wire up a fly’s eye

    The ‘connective tissue’ of the brain plays a surprisingly active role in the development of the i...

    A confocal micrograph of a developing fruit fly visual system. Vilaiwan M Fernandes / Despian Lab, NYUGlials cells, o...

    August 31, 2017
  • Sax Institute calls for Research Action Award applicants

    The Research Action Awards are designed to honour early career researchers who are making real wo...

    The Sax Institute is calling for early career researchers to apply for their highly esteemed Research Action Awards t...

    August 31, 2017
  • Asteroid Florence to make closest encounter with Earth in 600 years

    Large near-Earth asteroid will come within 7 million km of Earth on September 1.

    Named after the founder of modern nursing, the large near-Earth object known as Asteroid Florence this week makes its...

    August 30, 2017
  • The brain’s wiring as you’ve never seen it before

    This video shows a stunningly detailed 3D rendering of a map of the brain’s axons.

    Scientists at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre have produced the world’s most detailed scans of t...

    August 30, 2017
  • A readable map for all movement found deep in the brain

    All possible movements an animal can do can be mapped to neural activity stored within the centra...

    All possible movements an animal can do can be mapped to neural activity stored within the central brain structure kn...

    August 30, 2017
  • The snowy dunes of Mars

    In winter, frozen carbon dioxide collects in drifts on the dunes of Mars.

    Frozen carbon dioxide traces intricate patterns on the red dunes of Mars.NASA/JPL/University of Arizona{%recommended ...

    August 30, 2017
  • What Cassini saw on Saturn

    As the Cassini mission approaches its end, this video looks back on its amazing discoveries.

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has explored the Saturn system since 2004, re-writing our understanding of the giant planet...

    August 29, 2017
  • A Russian volcano pokes through the clouds

    A highly active volcano floats in a sea of white clouds in this satellite photo.

    The Klyuchevskoi volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia.NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S...

    August 29, 2017
  • Free public seminar: AMRI documents Indigenous history

    The next instalment of the AMRI seminar series will be held this September 13th at the Australian...

    The Australian Museum Research Institute is closing the gap in documented indigenous history, and will be presenting ...

    August 29, 2017
  • All the solar eclipses between now and 2040

    This video shows where and when all the total and annular solar eclipses between now and 2040 wil...

    Solar eclipses are rare, but not as rare as you might think. And fortunately, they can be predicted with great precis...

    August 28, 2017
  • The latest in space fashion

    Elon Musk has revealed the stylish lines of the new SpaceX spacesuit.

    Multifaceted entrepreneur/futurist Elon Musk has made no secret of his long-term goal to have his aerospace company, ...

    August 28, 2017
  • STARportal making STEM more accessible for Australian students

    The Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineers Australia have launched a new online portal desig...

    Engineers Australia, together with The Office of the Chief Scientist, launched a new searchable database of STEM acti...

    August 27, 2017
  • Secrets of schooling

    Shimmering schools of fish have dazzled scientists for centuries with their synchronized maneuver...

    Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In eac...

    August 25, 2017
  • Tethys by Saturnlight

    Sunlight reflected from Saturn brightens the tiny moon Tethys.

    1.2 million kilometres from Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft looks across the planet’s rings to the icy moon Tethys. A ...

    August 23, 2017
  • Moon shadow

    This loop from the GOES-16 satellite shows the shadow of the Moon passing across the Earth.

    A timelapse loop of the shadow of the Moon passing across Earth on 21 August 2017 compiled from images taken by the G...

    August 22, 2017
  • 10 of the best photos from the total solar eclipse

    Spectacular images from the 21 August 2017 solar eclipse, the latest pirouette in the cosmic ballet.

    On 21 August 2017 a much-anticipated total solar eclipse swept across the United States. Tens of millions of people s...

    August 22, 2017
  • 400 years of eclipse images in one 2-minute video

    A look at how people have responded to eclipses from 1571 to the present.

    Eclipses have fascinated people through human history. Our ability to observe and study these celestial phenomena has...

    August 20, 2017
  • Worms inherit epigenetic traits

    It’s not only genes that C. elegans inherits from parents – it’s the way the genes are expressed,...

    Adult C. elegans worms can be seen with embryos inside them.Adam Klosin, CRGGeneticists love the tiny worm Caenorhabd...

    August 20, 2017
  • The chemistry of durian, the stinky king of fruits

    What gives the durian fruit its unique and pungent odour?

    Durian is known as the king of fruits in Southeast Asia, but it’s also banned from many public spaces due to its powe...

    August 18, 2017
  • Watching quasicrystals form

    Scientists have for the first time seen quasicrystals forming in nanoparticles.

    A transmission electron microscope image of a mesoporous silica nanoparticle, showing the tiling with triangles and s...

    August 17, 2017
  • Splashdown!

    Building boats from soft material could make for a smoother ride.

    A deformable sphere dropped into water.Splash LabResearchers at Utah State University’s delightfully named Splash Lab...

    August 16, 2017
  • Cloud spirals

    When high winds hit a high-profile landmass, swirling clouds fly.

    Von Karman vortices form downwind of the island of Tristan da Cunha.NASA Earth Observatory / Joshua StevensIn 1912, p...

    August 16, 2017
  • A spiral galaxy with an extra twist

    The arms of spiral galaxy NGC 7098 are wound around the centre twice.

    The double-wound spiral galaxy NGC 7098.ESOApproximately 95 million light-years away, in the southern constellation o...

    August 14, 2017
  • Pursuing the storm

    Storm-chasing is not for the faint of heart.

    Storm chaser Mike Olbinski documents his obsessive pursuit of tornados and supercell storms in this video.He spent mo...

    August 14, 2017
  • Hazy shade of Saturn

    The haze on Saturn’s horizon shows the fate of the Cassini mission.

    Looking over Saturn’s horizon to the rings.NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science InstituteThis false-color view from NAS...

    August 13, 2017
  • Salt ponds from space

    Potassium chloride mining in Utah can be seen from the International Space Station.

    Potassium chloride evaporation ponds in Utah.NASAAn astronaut aboard the International Space Station took this photog...

    August 10, 2017
  • Women in STEM: Dava Sobel and Elizabeth Finkel in conversation

    Cosmos Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Finkel and renowned science writer Dava Sobel talk about women i...

    Join author and journalist Dava Sobel and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow Dr Elizabeth Finkel as they discuss women in scien...

    August 10, 2017
  • Australian robot blows away the competition to take home first prize

    The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision has won the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge with their ro...

    A team of Australian scientists have taken home the $80,000USD first prize for their entry in the 2017 Amazon Robotic...

    August 9, 2017
  • A far northern storm on Jupiter

    There’s more to Jupiter’s storms than the Great Red Spot

    Not the Great Red Spot: this Jovian storm is called the North North Temperate Little Red Spot.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/M...

    August 9, 2017
  • Auroras over Saturn

    Earth isn’t the only planet to have auroras in the skies above the poles.

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft gazed toward high southern latitudes near Saturn's south pole to observe ghostly curtains o...

    August 8, 2017
  • How the fan worm got its tentacle-eyes

    The strange compound eyes of the tiny fan worm may shed light on the evolution of vision

    The tiny compound eye of the fan worm has a diameter of only 250 microns.Michael BokFan worms live in tiny tubes on t...

    August 7, 2017
  • Special event: Blood, taboo and self identity

    The University of Melbourne presents a special event for National Science Week that isn't for the...

    As part of National Science Week, The University of Melbourne is calling for the curious and the brave to take part i...

    August 7, 2017
  • Sea predators unite to devour sardine shoal

    If there’s one thing that unites whales, sharks, dolphins and sea lions, it’s the prospect of a s...

    A sizeable shoal of sardines proves to be quite a magnet for a variety of different sea predators. Surprisingly, none...

    August 6, 2017
  • The Sun gets loopy

    An active region on the surface of the Sun puts on a show.

    Solar active region AR12665 putting on a show.NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDOOn July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dyn...

    August 6, 2017
  • A century of climate change in 35 seconds

    This video shows how the world has heated up since 1900

    We know that the climate is changing and temperatures have gradually been creeping up. But when a change happens so s...

    August 4, 2017
  • Making sense of the natural world

    A new database will help researchers understand the vast variety of the world's museum collections

    The invertebrate zoology collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Chip Clark, Smithsonian...

    August 4, 2017
  • Get involved in National Science Week 2017

    Find out how you can participate in National Science Week 2017.

    National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, due to be held this year from Augu...

    August 3, 2017
  • An unfamiliar lunar landscape

    A scene from one of the less famous Moon landings

    An unfamiliar lunar landscapeNASAEveryone knows the first people to walk on the Moon: Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin,...

    August 3, 2017
  • Circles or squares? It depends on your point of view

    Clever design and careful construction make these dazzling illusions possible

    Professor Kokichi Sugihara, a doctor of engineering at the Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Science...

    August 2, 2017
  • The view from orbit: Super Typhoon Noru

    Super Typhoon Noru is the strongest storm of 2107, but the view from the International Space Stat...

    Super Typhoon Noru, photographed on 1 August 2017 from the International Space Station.Randy Bresnik / NASA / ISSSupe...

    August 2, 2017
  • Special event: Join the debate on GMOs in our society

    Agriculture Victoria Research present an exclusive screening of Food Evolution this Thursday, 3 A...

    Catch an exclusive screening of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new documentary, Food Evolution, this Thursday 3 August in the ...

    August 1, 2017
  • How loud is a balloon pop?

    Your surroundings play a much bigger role in what you hear than you might think

    When a balloon pops, how much of the sound you hear comes straight from the balloon itself and how much is reflected ...

    August 1, 2017
  • True colours of the Great Red Spot

    Even without enhancement the Great Red Spot is one of the wonders of the solar system.

    A true-colour image of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot.NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Björn Jónsson{%recommended 3732%} This ima...

    July 31, 2017
  • We have liftoff

    A Soyuz rocket launches at night, headed for the International Space Station

    A Soyuz rocket lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.NASA/Joel KowskyThe Soyuz MS-05 rocket is launched at Baikonur ...

    July 31, 2017
  • Impact7: Celebrating innovation

    Join us in celebrating Australia's most exciting innovations at this years' Impact7 conference.

    Be the first to hear about Australia’s most exciting innovations at this years’ Impact7 conference. Organised in part...

    July 30, 2017
  • Becoming a cell

    How a cell decides on its fate is a complex, dynamic process

    Confocal microscope image of two cells with different morphologies.Jeremy CosetteAt every moment from fertilisation o...

    July 27, 2017
  • Massive Larsen C iceberg on the move

    The giant chunk of the Larsen C ice shelf is beginning to break up and drift out to sea.

    The massive Larsen C iceberg shown in an infrared image taken by Landsat 8.NASA Goddard / UMBC JCET, Christopher A. S...

    July 26, 2017
  • Why neutrinos matter

    The IceCube telescope in Antarctica searches for neutrinos from the across the universe

    {%recommended 1698%}The neutrino is one of the tiniest and most elusive of the elementary particles that make up the ...

    July 26, 2017
  • Hubble spies tiny Martian moon Phobos

    Phobos may be small, but not small enough to escape the eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope.

    This composite image made from 13 photos taken over 22 minutes shows Phobos emerging from behind Mars. NASA’s Goddar...

    July 26, 2017
  • Australia’s marine science agency names new CEO

    Environmental engineer Dr Paul Hardisty has been appointed as CEO of the Australian Institute of ...

    The Australian Institute of Marine Science has named Dr Paul Hardisty their new Chief Executive Officer, due to start...

    July 25, 2017
  • A two-headed snake

    Two-headed snakes are rare, but they do exist.

    Are two heads better than one? This snake with two heads (or it is two snakes with one body?) might have an opinion. ...

    July 24, 2017
  • Tracks on Mars

    A Mars rover looks back on its own tracks in this panoramic scene

    An enhanced colour panorama looking over Perseverance Valley on Mars.NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Universit...

    July 23, 2017
  • Apollo 11: the first humans on the moon

    Images that redefined our relationship with space.

    On July 20 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Mo...

    July 21, 2017
  • Take a virtual tour of the International Space Station

    Using Google Street View you can now have an interactive, zero-gravity wander around inside the ISS

    Ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut aboard the International Space Station? Now, thanks to the French ast...

    July 21, 2017
  • A short flight over Pluto

    This amazing NASA video takes you on a low-altitude trip over Pluto’s otherworldly terrain

    Using data from the New Horizons Pluto flyby in 2015 and digital elevation models of the far-off dwarf planet, NASA s...

    July 20, 2017
  • An Australian first: Uni of Adelaide now accredited to train drone pilots

    The University of Adelaide has become the first Australian university to offer an accredited trai...

    The University of Adelaide has become the first university in Australia to gain accreditation to train students to op...

    July 20, 2017
  • Technicolor chromosomes

    Tagging regulator proteins reveals new ways that cells control the activity of genes

    A microscopy image of the complete set of chromosomes in a 2-cell stage mouse embryo reveals chemical tags that decor...

    July 19, 2017
  • Simulating the inner life of an HIV virus

    It took two years and two supercomputers to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of an HIV capsi...

    The genetic material of the HIV virus is encased in multiple structures that hide it from the host immune system. The...

    July 19, 2017
  • Tiny spider shoots 25-metre web

    The Darwin’s Bark Spider produces the world’s toughest fibre.

    Which marvel of nature can build a 2 metre orb web with a silk that ranks as the world’s toughest natural fibre? The ...

    July 19, 2017