Lauren Fuge

Lauren Fuge is an author and science communicator based in Canada.

“Lauren Fuge is an author and science communicator based in Canada.”

  • Encounters with wolves

    Wolf populations are growing, pushing the animals into contact with humans.

    I’m in a boat off an island off another island, and I’ve just spotted a wolf. At first it’s just a grey-white blur a...

    June 10, 2019
  • Earth magma ocean ended up on the moon

    New modelling resolves a few contradictions in hypothesis.

    A large part of the moon was created from a liquid magma ocean that covered much of the early Earth, new modelling su...

    May 2, 2019
  • Hungry like a wolf while young hearts run free

    Identifying the benefits and challenges of letting nature take its course.

    It’s no secret that humans have spent the past few centuries relentlessly degrading environments and ruthlessly sendi...

    April 28, 2019
  • Is an asteroid going to kill you

    With 20,000 space rocks around, it’s a tricky task.

    Take a moment to picture the apocalypse. There’s a good chance your mind might have conjured up an image of an enorm...

    April 23, 2019
  • Are spy probes eating each other?

    Modelling suggests that von Neumann machines probably aren’t a thing.

    In case you were wondering, cannibalistic space probes are probably not the reason we haven’t seen aliens yet, accord...

    March 20, 2019
  • Mechanics of coronal mass ejections revealed

    The genesis of enormous explosions on the sun has long been a mystery, but no more. Lauren Fuge r...

    A coronal mass ejection captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in September, 2017.NASA/SDOAn international tea...

    March 6, 2019
  • Neutron star collisions hold key to universe expansion

    Measuring gravitational wave events might solve Hubble constant uncertainties. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Edwin Hubble, after whom the Hubble constant is named.Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty ImagesObserving cosmic...

    February 18, 2019
  • How do you feed astronauts on a journey that lasts millennia?

    Interstellar travellers will need to produce their own food. A team of astronomers have calculate...

    Long distance space travel, imagined here by NASA, will put a massive strain on the kitchen staff.NASA/JPLEuropean as...

    February 7, 2019
  • Demolition derby: Planet crashes explain different densities

    Research sheds light on the violence of exoplanet formation. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Colossal cosmic crashes may influence how exoplanets form, according to research by an international team of astronom...

    February 4, 2019
  • Race influences our response to cosmetic surgery

    But is that really the most pressing issue with the whole idea? Lauren Fuge reports.

    The phrase “cosmetic surgery” might bring to mind certain Caucasian celebrities, but the percentage of non-white peop...

    January 25, 2019
  • The future of space travel is steam

    An energy source first exploited in the seventeenth century could propel the next generation of a...

    Imagine a spacecraft powered by steam instead of fuel, able to hop from space rock to space rock and extract enough w...

    January 16, 2019
  • Astronomers discover the brightest quasar ever discovered

    Gravitational lensing reveals massive star factory from the universe’s early days. Lauren Fuge re...

    After a decades-long search, the Hubble Space Telescope has spied a quasar as bright as 600 trillion suns – the brigh...

    January 13, 2019
  • Will arrogance lead to our own extinction?

    A sense of entitlement and supremacy is stopping humanity from taking action on climate change, a...

    Humans are sending the planet hurtling towards catastrophe and our own blind self-centredness is to blame, says resea...

    December 13, 2018
  • Deep life: exploring microbial dark matter

    Extremophile life accounts for perhaps 23 billion tonnes of carbon. Lauren Fuge reports.

    “Zombie” bacteria and other forms of life constitute an immense amount of carbon deep within Earth’s subsurface – hun...

    December 10, 2018
  • New observations challenge universe model

    First stars may have been in massive dark matter halos. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Observations of the very first stars to form might change accepted models of the dawn of the universe.A team of astro...

    December 3, 2018
  • InSight lands on Mars

    NASA’s ambitious mission hits the ground running. Lauren Fuge reports.

    NASA’s InSight mission has successfully touched down on Mars after a harrowing entry into the atmosphere.Hundreds of ...

    November 26, 2018
  • Milky Way star set to go supernova

    Explosion due in our own neighbourhood.

    Brace yourself, because a star in our galaxy is set to explode in one of the most energetic events in the universe. ...

    November 19, 2018
  • The tech we’re going to need to detect ET

    A meeting of astrobiologists results in a target list of developments needed in the next two deca...

    Move over Mars rovers, new technologies to detect alien life are on the horizon. A group of scientists from around th...

    November 8, 2018
  • Vertebrate evolution kicked off in lagoons

    First animals with backbones traced to shallow “hot-spots”.

    Scientists have discovered that shallow, lagoon-like environments were the cradle for vertebrate evolution, giving ri...

    October 25, 2018
  • Juno sees mega-waves on Jupiter

    NASA craft confirms Voyager observation from 40 years ago. Lauren Fuge reports.

    NASA’s Juno spacecraft has confirmed the existence of massive, wave-like structures on the surface of Jupiter.Called ...

    October 25, 2018
  • Fifty years later, scientists reflect on the influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey

    Kubrick’s masterpiece was released in 1968, and continues inspire generations of researchers in A...

    A year before humanity put a man on the moon, Stanley Kubrick released what some argue to be his ultimate masterpiece...

    October 17, 2018
  • Cereal killers: puffed rice yields insight into geophysical collapses

    What do breakfast and ice sheet destruction have in common? Lots, it turns out. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Want to better understand collapsing ice sheets? Then pay attention to the snap, crackle and pop of your breakfast ce...

    October 14, 2018
  • The man who went from cancer to carbon and climate

    Australian marine ecologist Peter Macreadie had an early-life crisis which made him redefine his ...

    When Peter Macreadie calls me, he’s walking home from work. He does this every single day — an hour to Australia’s De...

    September 13, 2018
  • Cold green life: the climate scientist balancing Antarctic research and sustainable living

    Nerilie Abram is living the dream, and trying to ensure it doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Lauren ...

    Nerilie Abram is a scientist, a leader, a mother and a gardener, but above all she is certain — certain that climate ...

    September 6, 2018
  • Heatwaves and hope

    Climate scientist Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick knows more than most about the scorching summers of t...

    When I call Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick early one morning, our conversation naturally starts with the weather. For Perk...

    August 7, 2018
  • Saturn’s moons created by violent collisions

    Modelling supports hypothesis that the planet’s young moons formed from crashes between others. L...

    Saturn’s inner moons were likely formed by cosmic smash-ups between an earlier generation of moons, according to new ...

    May 22, 2018
  • Immigrant asteroid is permanent resident

    Object orbiting the sun in the wrong direction took up residence billions of years ago. Lauren Fu...

    Astronomers have just confirmed the discovery of the solar system’s first interstellar immigrant. Unlike `Oumuamua, a...

    May 21, 2018
  • Australian government seeds a space agency, but will it take off?

    The global space industry is huge, but experts wonder if Australian politics will hold the countr...

    Australia, we’re joining the space club! The 2018 Federal Budget revealed on Tuesday night that $26 million will be a...

    May 10, 2018
  • Laser-powered travel to nearby stars a step closer

    Lightsails for interstellar travel might be possible with current technology, according to new re...

    A key piece of technology for interstellar travel may be within our reach, according to US scientists, but a plan to ...

    May 8, 2018
  • Hubble finds first exoplanet helium

    Scientists looking for methane found something else entirely, and celebrated. Lauren Fuge reports.

    In a happy accident, astronomers have made the first-ever discovery of helium in the atmosphere of a planet outside t...

    May 3, 2018
  • Once again, NASA heads to Mars

    The InSight mission aims to look deep into the planet’s interior. Lauren Fuge reports.

    For the first time since launching Curiosity in 2011, NASA is sending a spacecraft to land on Mars. The InSight missi...

    May 3, 2018
  • Star-forming theory thrown into question

    New observations suggest ideas about the mass of stars are wide of the mark. Lauren Fuge reports.

    One of the most powerful radio telescopes in the world has made a discovery that challenges current theories of star ...

    May 1, 2018
  • Cosmological inflation reproduced in a lab

    Ultra-cold subatomic particles used to model the period immediately following the Big Bang. Laure...

    US physicists have used ultra-cold atoms to model the universe’s expansion in a lab, a process that could be used to ...

    April 25, 2018
  • Old galaxies get fat

    As the billions of years roll by, galaxies start to get rounder and rounder. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Astronomers have discovered that galaxies suffer from middle-age spread, too: the older they get, the rounder they be...

    April 23, 2018
  • TESS leaves our planet to hunt for many others

    NASA’s new exoplanet mission is now underway, with a wealth of discovery expected. Lauren Fuge re...

    NASA’s TESS spacecraft launched successfully on Thursday (Australian time) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, kick-startin...

    April 19, 2018
  • Researchers model the violent birth of Martian moons

    Study stirs up debate on whether Phobos and Deimos are captured asteroids or the aftermath of a p...

    The two moons of Mars may have formed after a violent crash early in the solar system’s history, according to a new m...

    April 18, 2018
  • Black hole hum: the background noise that fills the universe

    A new way to detect the faint sounds of distant stellar collisions may reveal hidden black holes ...

    Australian astrophysicists have devised a new technique to eavesdrop on the distant whispers of merging black holes.E...

    April 15, 2018
  • Multiple black holes punctuate the middle of the Milky Way

    Predictions confirmed as astronomers find at least a dozen. Lauren Fuge reports.

    The centre of the Milky Way is packed with black holes like cosmic Swiss cheese, astronomers say, with new research c...

    April 4, 2018
  • Snapshots of the Sun

    Solar photography has come a long way since the first daguerreotype of the Sun in 1845, writes La...

    Humans have worshipped the Sun throughout all of recorded history and began to study it systematically as early as th...

    April 1, 2018
  • Gone in a flash: supernova burns up in just 25 days

    Huge, bright and incredibly violent, a new supernova provides new challenges for astronomers. Lau...

    Astronomers have witnessed a blazing supernova explosion that faded away 10 times faster than expected.A supernova is...

    March 26, 2018
  • Five weird quantum effects

    Beyond Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle lies a whole world of quantum weirdness

    You might have heard of Schrödinger’s cat and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and maybe even quantum entanglement...

    March 23, 2018
  • The other bright stars in the sky

    Now that Stephen Hawking has gone, who will be the next superstar space scientist? Lauren Fuge su...

    Last week the world lost an incredible mind: Stephen Hawking. Hawking needs no introduction — his name is synonymous ...

    March 20, 2018
  • Profile: The isotope fingerprint expert

    A geochemistry degree has taken Bernadette Proemse to some of the most remote places on Earth. La...

    “It’s always difficult to describe to people what I do because I work on so many different projects,” says Bernadette...

    March 14, 2018
  • Relax. You probably won’t get hit by a plummeting Chinese space station next month

    Out-of-control Tiangong-1 will fall back to Earth very soon. What could possibly go wrong? Lauren...

    China’s Tiangong-1 space station will make an uncontrolled re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere within weeks, and whi...

    March 13, 2018
  • Uncovering Jupiter’s secrets

    A huge haul of data provides startling insights into the depths of the gas giant. Lauren Fuge rep...

    Massive amounts of new data gathered by NASA's Juno spacecraft have drawn back the veils on Jupiter’s cloudy surface,...

    March 7, 2018
  • New physics needed to explain the universe, study finds

    More accurate estimates of the Hubble Constant throw current models off-track. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Astronomers have made the most precise measurements to date of the expansion rate of the universe and are now turning...

    February 28, 2018
  • Milky Way neighbours “ripped out” by colliding galaxy

    Analysis finds stars in satellite galaxies were once part of the our stellar home. Lauren Fuge re...

    Stars currently orbiting the Milky Way were violently ripped from our own galaxy by an invading satellite galaxy, ast...

    February 26, 2018
  • Diamonds are a molecule’s best friends

    Minuscule gems break molecular bonds in chemical twist. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Scientists have turned tiny specks of diamond into “molecular anvils” with the power to trigger chemical reactions, p...

    February 22, 2018
  • Caught on camera: the birth of a supernova

    Amateur astronomer looks at a distant star, just as it explodes. Lauren Fuge reports.

    Argentinian amateur astronomer Víctor Buso expected a quiet night out testing a new camera on his telescope, but inst...

    February 21, 2018
  • Edible electronics are on the way

    US team converts toast into graphene, opening the way for a new class of sensors. Lauren Fuge rep...

    Graphene patterns can be written onto everyday materials such as food, paper, cloth and cardboard, say US scientists,...

    February 18, 2018
  • Caged fury: study sheds light on solar flares

    Magnetic ropes and cages determine how the sun erupts. Lauren Fuge reports.

    French astrophysicists have found that solar eruptions may be controlled by one unique phenomenon, in a discovery tha...

    February 7, 2018
  • Schrodinger for Prez? Quantum models may solve inaccurate election predictions

    Data analysts show quantum approaches can avoid computing problems that bedevil election forecast...

    Quantum computation can be used to train models to accurately predict election results, say US researchers.The 2016 U...

    February 7, 2018
  • Linking through public comms boosts radio telescope reach

    Australian researchers use fibre-optic networks link telescopes 300 kilometres apart. Lauren Fuge...

    Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) have shown that radio telescopes can be linked through the te...

    February 4, 2018
  • The 10 “great challenges” for robots

    An international panel suggests moral boundaries and better power supplies are among the difficul...

    Developing the capacity to make moral decisions is one of the 10 greatest challenges facing robots in the near future...

    January 31, 2018
  • Paleolithic human DNA reveals migrations and exchange

    Pre-agricultural genomes help track how populations met and cross-fertilised, creating modern hum...

    Advances in ancient DNA sequencing are shedding light on the genetic links between our Stone Age ancestors and modern...

    January 25, 2018
  • Tech triumph produces 3D holograms

    US proof-of-concept promises to make Star Wars comms a standard of home entertainment. Lauren Fug...

    2018 may be so far disappointing in terms of flying cars and faster-than-light drives, but US scientists have brought...

    January 24, 2018
  • 5 sounds science can’t explain

    From mysterious skyquakes to enigmatic undersea shrieks...

    A lot of unexplained sounds – some one-offs, some repeating – have been reported around the world. Some have remaine...

    January 1, 2018
  • Waves of joy: why astronomers are ecstatic about colliding neutron stars

    Witnessing the collision of a pair of neutron stars was the biggest science event of 2017. Lauren...

    Every few years, a discovery is announced that makes scientists so excited they could explode – consider the rockstar...

    December 21, 2017
  • Planet’s odd orbit hints at an unseen companion

    Astronomers suggest a planets weird behaviour indicates a massive hidden presence. Lauren Fuge re...

    The flipped orbit of an exoplanet 33 light years from Earth hints at the existence of another massive undiscovered pl...

    December 19, 2017
  • Dinosaurs were ticked off by ancient parasites

    Myanmar finds link Cretaceous parasite and host for the first time. Lauren Fuge reports.

    In a Jurassic Park-esque discovery, palaeontologists have unearthed fossilised amber containing several 99-million-ye...

    December 12, 2017
  • Extragalactic jets, and why they collapse

    Mathematics shed light on a powerful but poorly understood astronomical phenomenon. Lauren Fuge r...

    Weak points in the structure of extragalactic jets may be what causes them to collapse into enormous plumes, accordin...

    December 12, 2017
  • How to recognise an alien spaceship

    If someone visited the solar system, how would we detect it?

    In October 2017 the first interstellar visitor ever spotted by human astronomers passed through our solar system. It...

    December 11, 2017
  • New species of Australian marsupial lion unearthed in remote Queensland

    Marsupial lions were lethal predators that once terrorised Australia. Now, palaeontologists have ...

    Australian researchers have discovered a new species of extinct marsupial lion that stalked the continent’s lush rain...

    December 7, 2017
  • Models of star and galaxy cluster formation incorrect

    Astronomers have resolved a long-standing paradox in celestial dynamics. Lauren Fuge reports.

    The dominant explanation of the formation of star and galaxy clusters is flawed and misrepresents the nature of time,...

    December 4, 2017
  • What is radioactivity?

    A source of immense energy with a long and dangerous history.

    We owe the discovery of radioactivity to bad weather. French physicist Henri Becquerel was trying to study fluorescen...

    November 27, 2017

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