Lauren Fuge

Lauren Fuge

Lauren Fuge is a science journalist at Cosmos. She holds a BSc in physics from the University of Adelaide and a BA in English and creative writing from Flinders University.

  • Satellite mapping is preparing Australian cities for a warming earth | Cosmos Weekly Taster

    A new start-up is bringing out-of-this-world data down to Earth, arming urban planners with envir...

    This article on Satellite mapping for future cities first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 17 September 2021. For more st...

    September 24, 2021
  • How to write a letter to your vaccine hesitant friends

    We all know somebody who has concerns about vaccines. How do you address them? YOUR COVID TOOLBOX is five-part ser...

    September 21, 2021
  • Satellite mapping is preparing Australian cities for a warming earth

    A new start-up is bringing out-of-this-world data down to Earth, arming urban planners with envir...

    Imagine you’re an urban planner, worried about your city’s resilience in the face of the growing threat of climate ch...

    September 17, 2021
  • Meet Kanyini, South Australia’s first satellite

    Students capture the spirit of South Australia’s great space adventure.

    The Pitjantjatjara word ‘Kanyini’ means “an enormous caring with no limit; it has no timeframe and is eternal”. It’s ...

    September 16, 2021
  • Black holes exert ‘quantum pressure’ on their environment

    Shedding new light on the true quantum nature of black holes.

    Black holes aren’t as single-minded as we thought. It turns out their quantum behaviour adds a new, recalcitrant dime...

    September 15, 2021
  • Is this frogpocalypse? The frogs are vanishing

    But we can be part of the solution – here is how we can save the frogs.

    Frogs have been vanishing in concerning numbers along the east coast of Australia since June, and we’re not yet sure ...

    September 14, 2021
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    Moths vs bats, weird asteroids, and ancestors with a sweet tooth – catch up on the science you mi...

    Moths vs bats: moths use sound to thwart bat attacks Photograph of the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas). This large silk...

    September 13, 2021
  • Our 5 favourite Ig Nobel Prize Winners

    Upside-down rhinos, nose-clearing sex and chewing gum forensics.

    Every year, the science humour magazine the Annals of Improbable Research awards the Ig Nobel Prizes – a riff on the ...

    September 12, 2021
  • Bruce the beakless kea uses tools to spruce himself up

    Scientists have observed a disabled kea using tools to help look after himself.

    In a world-first, researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand have observed a disabled kea use tools f...

    September 10, 2021
  • Searching for the dawn of animal life

    The new national park preserving Earth’s earliest life.

    Drone footage courtesy of Associate Prof Diego C. García-Bellido (South Australian Museum/University of Adelaide). ...

    September 9, 2021
  • Ice age relics discovered beneath the North Sea

    Scan reveals huge seafloor channels carved by ancient ice sheets.

    Scientists have created spectacular maps of drowned worlds beneath the North Sea, revealing enormous channels forged ...

    September 9, 2021
  • Huge new fossil species uncovered in Canada

    Half-billion-year-old critter belonged to an extinct group of animals.

    Palaeontologists have dug up a brand new animal species from the Cambrian era, more than 500 million years ago. Remar...

    September 8, 2021
  • What does science say about fracking?

    Researchers question why Australia is still pursuing fracking despite risks to human health and t...

    The federal government recently awarded $50 million in grants to private energy companies to fund the exploratory dri...

    September 8, 2021
  • Hot single (cells) in your (ancient) area!

    New model suggests that temperature difference was the main force driving the reproduction and di...

    One simple factor could have made all the difference to cells on the ancient Earth: temperature. A new computation...

    September 4, 2021
  • Explainer: What is gravity?

    From Newton to Einstein, how has our understanding of gravity changed over the centuries?

    We barely think about it, but gravity defines how we interact with our world. We grow up within its constraints, and ...

    September 3, 2021
  • How stingrays became such sleek swimmers

    Have you ever wondered why stingrays are one of nature’s most hydrodynamic creatures?

    With their smooth bodies and flexible fins, stingrays are among the slickest swimmers in the sea – but do their protr...

    September 2, 2021
  • Spotted: Ghost surface polaritons

    Type of hybrid light-matter quasiparticle seen for the first time.

    For the first time, an international research team has demonstrated the existence of ghost hyperbolic surface polarit...

    September 2, 2021
  • Cute critter alert: watch a tardigrade go for a walk

    These microscopic beasties walk like insects, new study reveals.

    A tardigrade goes for a walk on 50 kPa gel, sagittal view. It’s not every day you get to watch a tardigrade go for...

    September 1, 2021
  • Once-in-a-century extreme weather events to happen annually

    Changing climate will see a surge in extreme-sea-level events.

    Even if global warming is limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, once-in-a-century extreme-sea-level events wi...

    August 31, 2021
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    The origins of snakes and lizards, speedy asteroids, tree-ring tsunamis and more – here’s what we...

    Reptile fossil provides clues to origin of snakes and lizards While palaeontologists know quite a lot about the ea...

    August 30, 2021
  • When gravitational waves and dark matter collide

    A world-first detector in WA has spotted weird, unexplained signals that could be gravitational w...

    It’s hard to resist any physics story that starts with Albert Einstein. More than a century ago – in 1916, to be prec...

    August 27, 2021
  • How will El Niño and La Niña events change with the climate?

    High-resolution simulations suggest rising temperatures may end the ENSO cycle.

    For the last 11,000 years, the southern Pacific Ocean has cycled between warm El Niño and cold La Niña conditions, dr...

    August 27, 2021
  • Can quantum tug-of-war explain water’s weirdness?

    High-speed electron camera observes the elusive bonds of water molecules.

    An international team of researchers has used a high-speed electron camera to observe the atomic motion of liquid wat...

    August 26, 2021
  • ‘Climate windows’ allowed the first human migrations

    New modelling reveals when conditions were favourable for ancient humans to leave Africa.

    Migration is part of the great evolutionary story of our species – humans first evolved in Africa several million yea...

    August 25, 2021
  • Coral crusaders

    The power of citizen science collaboration.

    A massive coral has just been discovered on the Great Barrier Reef, more than 10 metres wide - and it's all thanks to...

    August 24, 2021
  • Giant centipedes devour thousands of seabird chicks every year

    Foot-long centipedes are the apex predators on a South Pacific Island.

    Hot on the heels of revelations about murderous tortoises comes a new study about equally deadly centipedes that hunt...

    August 24, 2021
  • World first: Watch a deadly tortoise murdering a baby bird

    Is this a contender for the slowest hunt ever?

    Filmed in the woodlands of Frégate Island in the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, this is the first documented eviden...

    August 24, 2021
  • Interstellar comets are more common than thought

    “We’re finding that there could be substantially more visitors,” say Harvard scientists

    Two years ago, astronomers detected an extraterrestrial visitor to our solar system – a rogue comet called 2I/Borisov...

    August 23, 2021
  • Disintegrating comet was seen by ancient civilisations

    A modern comet’s demise hints at spectacular show 5,000 years ago.

    Researchers in the US have wound back the cosmic clock to determine that a spectacular comet whizzed past the Earth 5...

    August 23, 2021
  • Have you ever seen a coral this big?

    Citizen scientists measure record-breaking coral on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Amid the doom and gloom of news about the Great Barrier Reef comes a feel-good story: volunteer snorkellers have disc...

    August 20, 2021
  • First 2D supersolid in quantum gas

    Scientists create an exotic form of matter using ultracold gases of highly magnetic atoms.

    European physicists have created the first 2D supersolid – a seemingly contradictory type of matter that simultaneous...

    August 19, 2021
  • Acoustic tweezers put the pinch on particles

    Complex acoustic patterns can manipulate matter without touching it.

    There are no physical structures in this video. The “walls” guiding the particles through the liquid are actually a c...

    August 19, 2021
  • Could black holes power alien civilisations?

    Building energy-harvesting structures around black holes could be effective, scientists say.

    For centuries, humans have gazed up and wondered if we are alone in the universe. In 1960, physicist Freeman Dyson ch...

    August 18, 2021
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    A flying rover on Titan, modern-day chain mail and an unbroken line of sharks – here’s what you m...

    Mission to Titan announces ambitious science goals Saturn’s largest moon Titan is an extraordinary world. We know ...

    August 16, 2021
  • How big is a black hole? Watch how it eats

    The more massive a black hole, the longer it takes between ‘burps’ of light.

    A new study in Science has revealed that the feeding patterns of a black hole can tell us about its size. Supermas...

    August 16, 2021
  • How will climate change influence volcanoes?

    A warming atmosphere will change the cooling effects of volcanic eruptions, scientists say.

    UK researchers have begun to unravel the complex relationship between volcanic eruptions and climate change, showing ...

    August 12, 2021
  • Census data gap is a blow for LGBTIQ+ research

    2021 Census asks no questions about LGBTIQ+ communities – with big impacts for research and healt...

    The Census is of the most vital tools we have to collect data at a population level, capturing a snapshot of millions...

    August 10, 2021
  • Sixth time’s the charm: new IPCC report shows climate is still changing

    IPCC releases sixth major assessment report, and it’s clear that the biggest threat now is delay.

    As fires and floods rage across the globe, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its late...

    August 9, 2021
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    Mouse sperm can be mailed, beers snobs are smug, quantum crystals could reveal dark matter – a lo...

    Mailing freeze-dried mouse sperm on a postcard Have you ever worried about a fragile parcel breaking in the post? ...

    August 9, 2021
  • Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ come true?

    Major ocean current system may be approaching a tipping point.

    A German scientist has echoed the warnings of the film The Day After Tomorrow, finding that a major oceanic circulati...

    August 6, 2021
  • Precision planet detection

    New tool to search for worlds beyond our solar system.

    Macquarie University astronomer Christian Schwab has just helped develop one of the most precise tools ever built to ...

    August 5, 2021
  • Tech alone cannot solve climate crisis

    Scientists call for new climate models to challenge the assumption that wealthy countries can gro...

    An international team of scientists says that we cannot rely on technology to meet climate targets – instead, wealthy...

    August 5, 2021
  • Finding alien lava tubes

    How will they help humans live on the moon?

    In order to learn more about worlds beyond Earth, scientists are currently developing cutting-edge tools to attach to...

    August 3, 2021
  • Spinning star hurtling out of the Milky Way

    New data from a runaway star sheds light on its origins.

    Astronomers have discovered that the runaway star LP 40−365 is not only catapulting out of our galaxy, but it’s spinn...

    August 3, 2021
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    Australian killer whales, twist-driven electricity and the secrets of centenarians – here’s what ...

    DNA reveals separate populations of killer whales Using two decades’ worth of DNA samples, Flinders University res...

    August 2, 2021
  • Archaeology for the Anthropocene

    Step aside, Indiana Jones, the next generation of archaeologists is here – and they’re looking ba...

    The word ‘archaeology’ conjures one of the greatest opening scenes in film history: a whip-toting Westerner sprinting...

    July 30, 2021
  • Dog days in prehistoric Europe

    Remains suggest wild hunting dogs arrived in Europe more than 1.7 million years ago.

    Scientists have unearthed the earliest evidence of wild hunting dogs in Europe, from more than 1.7 million years ago ...

    July 30, 2021
  • Machine learning and solar energy

    How to find cheaper and more efficient materials for solar cells.

    As we build a clean energy future, solar cell research is booming. Right now, typical silicon solar cells can only ca...

    July 29, 2021
  • Killer carbon emissions

    New metric calculates 83 million climate-related deaths this century.

    A new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at t...

    July 29, 2021
  • First light detected from behind a black hole

    X-rays bouncing off a black hole’s disc confirm Einstein’s predictions.

    For the first time, astrophysicists have caught sight of light reflected from behind a black hole, proving Einstein r...

    July 29, 2021
  • In search of the oldest animal

    Sponge-like fossil found in ancient reef might be the earliest evidence of animal life.

    In the latest instalment in the quest to find our oldest animal ancestor, a Canadian geologist has unearthed a sponge...

    July 29, 2021
  • Water in Ganymede’s atmosphere

    Hubble Space Telescope finds evidence for water around Jupiter’s largest moon.

    An international team of astronomers has used Hubble to peer into the atmosphere of Jupiter’s biggest moon, Ganymede ...

    July 27, 2021
  • What you may have missed…

    Baby pterosaurs soaring, Venusian weather, crafty crows and more – here’s what went on in last we...

    Baby pterosaurs fly the nest Infant pterosaurs may have taken to the air as soon as they cracked out of the egg, a...

    July 26, 2021
  • Insight into the Martian underworld

    NASA mission maps the Red Planet right down to its molten core.

    What do you call an earthquake if it takes place on another planet? On the Red Planet they’re called marsquakes, and ...

    July 24, 2021
  • Behind the scenes: new national park offers an exclusive window into life at the dawn of time

    Remarkable fossils that date back to the earliest days of complex life on Earth are finally in pu...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 16 July 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly....

    July 23, 2021
  • Moon-forming disc detected around another world

    A distant ring of gas and dust offers new clues about solar system formation.

    For the first time, astronomers have unambiguously spotted a disc of gas and dust around a planet in a distant solar ...

    July 22, 2021
  • Where is the edge of space?

    From billionaires to astronomers to aviation experts, it depends on who you ask.

    As billionaires blast off in an effort to secure bragging rights or stroke their egos, an old question has been reign...

    July 22, 2021
  • Snakes monitor radioactive contamination

    Japanese rat snakes used to measure radioactivity in the Fukushima Exclusion Zone.

    You might be familiar with the concept of canaries in a coal mine, but have you heard of snakes in a radioactive zone...

    July 22, 2021
  • Balloon-borne telescope to rival Hubble

    High-in-the-sky telescope set to study dark matter from the edge of the atmosphere.

    An international team of astronomers has built a telescope that will be carried to the edge of space by a helium ball...

    July 21, 2021
  • Millimetre-mountains on neutron stars

    New models reveal the limits of topography on these stellar corpses.

    Computational modelling suggests that neutron stars are even weirder than we thought. According to researchers from t...

    July 19, 2021
  • Galactic fireworks go off

    New images reveal violent births in stellar nurseries.

    An international team of astronomers has snapped stunning images of "galactic fireworks", capturing stellar nurseries...

    July 16, 2021
  • Behind the scenes: new national park offers an exclusive window into life at the dawn of time

    Remarkable fossils that date back to the earliest days of complex life on Earth are finally in pu...

    There’s a place where you can get a glimpse of the world as it was when animals were first becoming animals, and it h...

    July 16, 2021
  • Measuring the Sun’s electric field

    NASA’s solar probe is diving ever closer to our star.

    To the delight of solar physicists, the Parker Solar Probe is taking a page from the story of Icarus and flying too c...

    July 14, 2021
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    Methane on Saturn’s moon, meth-addicted trout and da Vinci’s DNA – here’s what went on in last we...

    Methane on Enceladus might hint at alien life In the vast ocean beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, ...

    July 12, 2021
  • How to recognise a super-recogniser

    Researchers update face-matching test to find facial recognition experts.

    Australian psychologists have developed a new test that aims to identify “super-recognisers” – people with an extraor...

    July 12, 2021
  • Mystery solved: Jupiter’s X-ray aurora explained

    X-ray flares triggered by vibrations in magnetic field lines.

    Chinese and UK researchers have solved a 40-year-old puzzle: how does Jupiter produce regular and spectacular bursts ...

    July 11, 2021
  • Ancient human body size linked to climate change

    Temperature may have driven fluctuating body sizes across human history.

    The average body size of humans over the past million years is strongly linked to temperature, according to an intern...

    July 8, 2021
  • Colossal cataclysm may explain mystery star

    Magneto-rotational hypernova could answer a 13-billion-year-old mystery.

    Australian-led researchers believe they have found evidence for a new type of stellar explosion – a magneto-rotationa...

    July 8, 2021
  • China demonstrates most powerful quantum computer

    Google trumped as physicists set a new quantum computing benchmark.

    A Chinese research team has surpassed Google, building a quantum computer that completed a calculation in just over a...

    July 6, 2021
  • Cosmic cloud in galactic ‘no-man’s land’

    Astronomers find a mysterious cloud bigger than the Milky Way.

    In a first-of-its-kind discovery, US researchers have spotted a cosmic cloud bigger than our own Milky Way, floating ...

    July 6, 2021
  • When is milk chocolate good for you?

    Eating chocolate may affect you differently in the morning or evening.

    It’s always gratifying to hear that our guilty pleasures can have health benefits – like dark chocolate being good fo...

    July 5, 2021
  • Ancient shark-tooth collection uncovered

    Iron Age archaeological site reveals 80-million-year-old fossils.

    Scientists have uncovered an unexpected collection of fossilised shark teeth buried in a basement in ancient Jerusale...

    July 4, 2021
  • Fibromyalgia could stem from autoimmune problems

    New research turns the origin for this chronic disease on its head.

    Many symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are caused by antibodies that increase the activity of pain-sensing nerv...

    July 2, 2021
  • Deep Space Atomic Clock is truly next-gen

    NASA’s orbiting clock set to help probes navigate in deep space.

    The future of space navigation is almost here – NASA scientists have reported that its Deep Space Atomic Clock is up ...

    July 1, 2021
  • Palaeonursery gives glimpse of ancient infants

    Exceptionally preserved Chinese fossil site reveals 500-million-year-old baby organisms.

    Chinese researchers have uncovered a 'palaeonursery' of fossils in the country’s southern Yunnan province, offering d...

    June 30, 2021
  • Black hole gulps down neutron star

    Gravitational-wave astronomers finally spot a black hole consuming a neutron star.

    For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves from a black hole swallowing a neutron star – and no...

    June 29, 2021
  • New type of supernova spotted

    Theory becomes reality as astronomers observe an electron capture supernova, more than 40 years a...

    An international team of astronomers has uncovered the first convincing evidence for a new type of stellar explosion:...

    June 29, 2021
  • Monitoring earthquakes with transoceanic cables?

    New technique could provide early warning of tsunamis and earthquakes from the ocean depths.

    What if we could monitor what goes on at the inaccessible depths of the oceans – using infrastructure that’s already ...

    June 14, 2021
  • Orange-bellied parrots fly free

    Several successes for the critically endangered migratory parrots – one spotted in historic feedi...

    Bird enthusiasts in South Australia’s Coorong region have just spotted an orange-bellied parrot, and heard another on...

    June 14, 2021
  • Are those earmuffs, or beermuffs?

    Presenting a head-warmingly new non-invasive technique for measuring blood alcohol levels.

    Japanese researchers have developed a pair of earmuffs that can measure real-time changes in your blood alcohol conce...

    June 13, 2021
  • How the science won in Federal Court

    A recent court case has found that the Minister for the Environment has a duty of care to protect...

    Earlier this year, eight teenagers and a nun took the Federal Minister for the Environment to court. This may sound l...

    June 11, 2021
  • How do cells know when they’re fully grown?

    Scientists unlock the key to cell size regulation – and it’s all in the DNA.

    UK researchers have answered a long-standing question in biology: how do cells regulate their size? Turns out, they u...

    June 11, 2021
  • New telescope quadruples fast radio burst count in just one year

    535 new observations will help answer fundamental questions about the Universe.

    In just one year of peering up at the Universe, a new telescope in Canada has quadrupled the number of fast radio bur...

    June 10, 2021
  • The quantum microscope revolution is here

    New entanglement-based sensor surpasses light-based microscopes.

    University of Queensland researchers have built a quantum microscope based on the strange phenomenon Albert Einstein ...

    June 10, 2021
  • Interstellar mission powered by lasers

    Researchers present new spacecraft design for the Breakthrough Starshot project.

    Australian researchers have just designed a propulsion system for an interstellar mission to shoot a spacecraft off t...

    June 9, 2021
  • Aurora created in a lab

    Physicists definitively describe how auroras are created.

    A team of physicists has just completed a decades-long quest to experimentally demonstrate the physical mechanism of ...

    June 8, 2021
  • Meet Australia’s largest dinosaur

    Massive plant-eater from southwest Queensland has just stomped into the record books.

    Palaeontologists have just officially named and described Australia’s biggest dinosaur – Australotitan cooperensis, t...

    June 7, 2021
  • Climate science on trial

    We talk to the expert witness in the recent Federal Court case that found a duty of care to prote...

    In late May, the Federal Court ruled that the Minister for Environment has a duty of care to shelter future generatio...

    June 7, 2021
  • Rewilding: How to build a forest

    We interview Brett Krause about his reforestation projects on Queensland’s Cassowary Coast.

    Ahead of World Environment Day on Saturday, Cosmos spoke to Brett Krause – a self-described “forest builder” – about ...

    June 4, 2021
  • Converting CO2 into everyday materials

    New electrochemical system recycles more carbon into valuable products.

    A team of researchers has developed an electrochemical system that can turn carbon dioxide into valuable carbon-based...

    June 4, 2021
  • Puppies born ready to communicate with people

    It’s in a dog’s genes to interact with humans.

    In a result that won’t come as a surprise to dog lovers, US researchers have found that puppies are born with an inna...

    June 4, 2021
  • A telescope with sharper eyes than Hubble?

    Australian-led adaptive optics project signs agreement with the European Southern Observatory.

    An Australian-led astronomy project has just received the green light to create the most powerful ground-based telesc...

    June 2, 2021
  • ISS struck by space junk

    International Space Station’s robotic arm punctured by mystery object.

    Space can be an unforgiving environment, even for a spacecraft. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has just reported tha...

    June 2, 2021
  • Putting a price on undiscovered Australian species

    The mission to map Australia’s biodiversity will bring big economic benefits.

    What’s the monetary value of our wildlife? Pretty high, according to Deloitte Access Economics, which has just releas...

    June 2, 2021
  • Who benefits from a little white lie?

    Brain scans reveal when selfish motivations are behind a white lie.

    Telling a friend that their new mullet looks fantastic might seem like a generous move, but according to Korean resea...

    June 1, 2021
  • Climate change causes one-third of heat-related deaths

    Huge proportion of global heat-related deaths already attributed to rising temperatures.

    The climate crisis is not a future problem – it is already here and affecting our health. In the biggest study of its...

    June 1, 2021
  • Largest-ever map of dark matter

    Astronomers release the most precise look at the universe’s evolution.

    The Dark Energy Survey collaboration has just released 30 new papers from the first three years of their observing ru...

    May 28, 2021
  • Building a radio telescope on the dark side of the Moon

    It sounds like sci-fi, but a robotics team is planning how rock-climbing robots can build a radio...

    In the not-too-distant future, a spacecraft touches down on the rim of a massive crater on the far side of the Moon. ...

    May 28, 2021
  • Oil giant Shell must halve emissions, Dutch court rules

    Four wins for our planet may mark major steps towards the end of the fossil fuel era.

    In a landmark case, a civil court in the Netherlands has ruled that by 2030 Shell must slash its carbon emissions by ...

    May 28, 2021
  • Listening to the atom group chat

    Scientists overhear the chatter of atoms exchanging quantum information.

    Dutch and German researchers have intercepted a “chat” between two atoms, which may have interesting implications for...

    May 28, 2021
  • What are continuous gravitational waves?

    Scientists are closer than ever to detecting “humming” gravitational waves.

    An artist's impression of two black holes about to collide and merge - which would produce gravitational waves. Credi...

    May 28, 2021
  • Stem cell research guidelines changed

    New international guidelines relax “14-day rule”.

    For the first time in five years, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has updated its guidelines...

    May 27, 2021
  • New universal law of human mobility

    Mapping how humans move will help in future pandemics.

    How people move around cities follows a predictable and universal pattern, scientists say, which will be crucial not ...

    May 27, 2021
  • Could you live to 150?

    A new method to determine biological age suggests a maximum human lifespan.

    An international team of researchers has developed a new way to track the biological ageing process – and the results...

    May 26, 2021
  • Super blood moon madness

    How to view Wednesday’s total lunar eclipse– and understand what causes it.

    On the night of Wednesday, May 26, a cosmic treat will appear in our skies – a super blood moon. So how do you see it...

    May 25, 2021
  • Our galaxy probably isn’t that special

    Astronomers look to another galaxy to solve a mystery close to home.

    Is the Milky Way galaxy typical or special? Australian astronomers have tackled this question by taking a detailed cr...

    May 25, 2021
  • Spotting coral bleaching from space

    First global satellite network is now scanning coral reefs in real-time.

    A world-first space-based coral reef monitoring project has just got off the ground – literally. The Allen Coral Atla...

    May 20, 2021
  • Alien plants may pose risk for flying foxes

    Critically endangered critters aren’t getting much nutrition from non-native plants.

    Introduced 'alien' plant species aren’t providing a balanced meal to Christmas Island flying foxes (Pteropus natalis)...

    May 20, 2021
  • Heavy metal space rock

    Scientists unexpectedly find heavy metal vapours in comets both near and far.

    For the first time, astronomers have detected traces of heavy metals in the atmospheres of comets – both those whizzi...

    May 20, 2021
  • Microscopic device harvests power from heat

    Scientists have used quantum phenomena to build the most efficient “optical rectennas”.

    US scientists have designed the most efficient “optical rectenna” yet. This tiny device, too small to be seen with th...

    May 19, 2021
  • When bushfire experts disagree

    Science relies on dispute – especially in the face of the climate crisis.

    The 2019–20 megafires are seared into the minds of most Australians in a series of red-tinged images: thousands seeki...

    May 14, 2021
  • Ancient mammals gathered by the ocean

    Early mammals used marine habitats just a few million years after the dinosaurs disappeared.

    US scientists have uncovered hundreds of fossilised footprints stretching out over a kilometre in Wyoming – and it’s ...

    May 14, 2021
  • Gene therapy offers cure for an immune disorder

    Genetically modified stem cells restore immune function in more than 95% of patients with the rar...

    An international team of scientists have developed an experimental gene therapy treatment for children with a severe ...

    May 11, 2021
  • Bushfire experts clash over logging impacts

    Did forest management contribute to the severity of the Black Summer bushfires?

    A new report claims that past logging and wildfire disturbance had little effect on the severity of the Black Summer ...

    May 11, 2021
  • An answer to the clean water crisis?

    UniSA researchers refine solar evaporation water tech.

    Researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA) are currently developing and refining a low-cost technique...

    May 10, 2021
  • Highest intensity laser ever

    Physicists demonstrate record-breaking laser pulse.

    After a decade of work, researchers at the Center for Relativistic Laser Science (CoReLS) at the Institute for Basic ...

    May 7, 2021
  • Douglas Mawson in the desert

    The famed Antarctic explorer’s journeys through Australia.

    Today, 5 May, is the birthday of Sir Douglas Mawson, the Australian geologist best known for his Antarctic exploratio...

    May 5, 2021
  • Solving the satellite data challenge

    Australian space start-up promises to revolutionise satellite communication.

    A newly launched Australian space start-up is set to tackle the challenge of a huge influx of satellite data – by tra...

    May 4, 2021
  • Air pollution may impair cognitive function

    Researchers explore the impact of the climate crisis on brain health.

    A joint China-US research team has found that exposure to even short-term air pollution may impair cognitive function...

    May 4, 2021
  • Tiny parasite could solve wastewater problem

    A new organism may prevent costly foaming in water treatment plants.

    Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsib...

    April 30, 2021
  • Glaciers are shrinking faster every year

    Scientists study more than 200,000 glaciers to estimate global ice loss – with distressing results.

    A massive study of nearly every glacier on Earth has confirmed that they are losing more and more ice every year. ...

    April 29, 2021
  • 72% of humanity in an ‘ecological poverty trap’

    Eradicating poverty impossible without focusing on biological resource scarcity, researchers say.

    Three out of four people live in countries that are doubly cursed with both a below-average income and a natural reso...

    April 27, 2021
  • Explainer: What is a rock?

    The definition is caught between a rock and a hard place.

    Everyone is familiar with rocks. It’s hard not to be. They’re everywhere – we walk on them, skip them across ponds, d...

    April 27, 2021
  • The road ahead for driverless cars in Australia

    Seemingly only just over the horizon, autonomous vehicle trials in Australia seem stuck in first ...

    The phrase “driverless cars” likely conjures up images of sleek vehicles cruising city streets, ferrying passengers a...

    April 23, 2021
  • Spinning stars speedier than expected

    Asteroseismologists confirm older stars rotate faster than previously thought.

    From planets to galaxies, asteroids to black holes, everything in the universe moves and spins, largely thanks to the...

    April 23, 2021
  • Young galaxy puts a spin on old models

    Radio telescope combines with cosmic magnifying glass to study the early universe.

    From an arid and isolated plateau in the Atacama Desert, a radio telescope has spied a baby galaxy in the infant univ...

    April 22, 2021
  • Exciting exciton breakthrough

    First ever image of an electron’s orbit inside an exciton.

    Scientists have just experimentally measured the wave function of an exciton, and they’re excited about it – because ...

    April 22, 2021
  • Indigenous stewardship linked to biodiversity

    Research confirms that human land use doesn’t have to be at nature’s expense.

    Humans have inhabited and influenced the majority of the Earth’s land for over 12,000 years, according to a new study...

    April 21, 2021
  • The Great Dying was longer on land

    Earth’s biggest mass extinction took ten times longer on land than in oceans.

    New research published in the journal PNAS has found that, while life in the ocean rapidly disappeared during the Gre...

    April 20, 2021
  • The great unknown of global microbial diversity

    Scientists warn of a gap in our knowledge – with consequences for all life on Earth.

    While biologists are desperately raising the alarm about the rapidly decreasing diversity of plant and animal life, t...

    April 19, 2021
  • World’s smallest stegosaur footprint

    Cat-sized dinosaur footprint discovered in China.

    First dog-sized dinosaurs, and now a cat-sized stegosaur? An international team of paleontologists has discovered ...

    April 16, 2021
  • How many T. rexes ever lived? Billions

    Analysis reveals 2.5 billion of these iconic carnivores roamed the Earth.

    Paleontologists have crunched the numbers to estimate just how many Tyrannosaurus rexes lived and died – and the answ...

    April 16, 2021
  • Boomerangs were used to shape stone tools

    Microscopic analysis confirms boomerangs did more than just come back.

    Archaeologists have analysed microscopic traces on the surfaces of boomerangs to reveal they were used for a wide ran...

    April 15, 2021
  • Denisovan DNA may have aided Pacific migration

    Genomic study traces the spread of humans across the Oceanic region.

    An international team of scientists has delved into the genetics of the Pacific population to trace the history of hu...

    April 15, 2021
  • Living fossil discovered below Earth’s surface

    Microbe may have been in evolutionary stasis for millions of years.

    A microbe that feeds on radioactivity has been at an evolutionary standstill for up to 175 million years, researchers...

    April 12, 2021
  • COVID vaccines: where the bloody hell are we?

    New AstraZeneca advice puts a spanner in the works, so what are our alternatives?

    Australia’s vaccine rollout program is now being overhauled due to new recommendations regarding the AstraZeneca vacc...

    April 9, 2021
  • Could muons rewrite the laws of physics?

    New experiment hints that subatomic particles are behaving weirdly, challenging the Standard Model.

    Muons don’t seem to be obeying the standard laws of physics, which suggests we don’t yet fully understand the standar...

    April 9, 2021
  • Martian climate had ups and downs

    Curiosity rover spies possible evidence for fluctuating wet and dry periods.

    While its sibling Perseverance has just landed on the Red Planet, the Curiosity rover – on Mars since 2012 – continue...

    April 9, 2021
  • Forecasting volcano eruption style

    Magma viscosity could help scientists identify the hazards of future eruptions.

    Scientists studying the 2018 eruption of Kīlauea volcano in Hawai'i have discovered a way to predict the violence of ...

    April 8, 2021
  • Exoplanet atmosphere hints it formed far from star

    Chemical fingerprint in exoplanet, Osiris, shows unexpectedly high carbon.

    An international team of astronomers has uncovered the atmospheric composition of the exoplanet HD 209458b (AKA Osiri...

    April 8, 2021
  • Recycling beer waste

    Spent grain could be used in food and biofuels.

    When you crack open a cold beer at the end of a long day, food waste is probably not on your mind. But the process of...

    April 6, 2021
  • The climate crisis Australia our children could inherit

    Top climate scientists urge action to avoid the dire consequences of a 3°C warmer world.

    The variable origin story of the expression “may you live in interesting times” is something of a metaphor for the cl...

    March 31, 2021
  • Explainer: Myth-busting the Boring Billion

    A thousand million years can’t all be dull, can they?

    Geologists are fond of giving dramatic names to past events, such as “The Great Dying” or “Snowball Earth” or “The Ca...

    March 30, 2021
  • Astronomers find ‘Goldilocks’ black hole

    Early black holes may seed their more massive cousins.

    Last year, scientists used gravitational waves to detect an elusive intermediate-mass black hole for the first time. ...

    March 30, 2021
  • Why do humans have bigger brains than apes?

    Researchers identify key genetic switch in brains grown in a dish.

    Human brains grow three times larger than those of our primate cousins – and researchers have just figured out how.  ...

    March 25, 2021
  • Magnetic fields mapped around black hole

    World-spanning telescope gives new view of supermassive black hole.

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has just snapped a new image of the massive object lurking at the centre of the Mes...

    March 25, 2021
  • Our favourite Iceland volcano shots

    Iceland’s Mount Fagradalsfjall active for first time in 6,000 years.

    After more than 40,000 earthquakes on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland over the past four weeks, lava began to burs...

    March 23, 2021
  • Cosmos Q&A: NSW flooding

    What’s causing the floods, and how do we manage future natural disasters in a changing climate?

    NSW is currently experiencing severe flooding events, after a weekend of heavy rainfall saw flood and evacuation warn...

    March 22, 2021
  • Meet the new chief

    Australia’s chief scientist has outlined the key issues she’ll address.

    Last Wednesday, Australia’s new chief scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, gave the National Press Club Address for Science mee...

    March 22, 2021
  • Cancer risk for First Nations women

    Indigenous women left behind as world races to eliminate cervical cancer.

    Although Australia is on track to become one of the first countries to eliminate cervical cancer, Aboriginal and Torr...

    March 22, 2021
  • Can a circular economy eliminate e-waste?

    Tech companies launch an alliance for circular electronics.

    Top tech companies including Google, Microsoft and Dell have released a vision for a circular economy for electronics...

    March 19, 2021
  • Did lightning spark life on Earth?

    Scientists say bolts could have unlocked a key ingredient for life.

    A quintillion lightning strikes over a billion years may have helped kickstart life on Earth, according to scientists...

    March 17, 2021
  • COVID vaccine and blood clots: connected?

    Science and medicine have rushed to re-check the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

    Germany, France, and Spain have just joined a growing number of European nations pausing the roll-out of the Oxford-A...

    March 16, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Off-switch for alcoholism? Australian-led research has potentially discovered a way to treat alcohol addiction wit...

    March 15, 2021
  • Gold-standard gravitational measurements

    Small-scale experiment could pave the way to observe quantum gravity.

    Physicists have recorded the smallest gravitational field ever measured, showing that Newton’s law of gravity holds e...

    March 11, 2021
  • W boson spotted in Antarctica

    IceCube observatory spots elementary particle needle in a galactic haystack.

    On 6 December 2016, a high-energy particle hurtled from outer space and through an Antarctic ice sheet, where it slam...

    March 11, 2021
  • Pompeii of prehistoric plants

    Excavating the ancestors of seed-bearing plants.

    Nearly 300 million years ago, a volcanic eruption in northern China smothered a nearby swamp under half a metre of as...

    March 9, 2021
  • 1.5° danger line

    Only by meeting the Paris Agreement will tropical regions remain liveable.

    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could prevent the tropics from become too hot to inhabit, say Princeto...

    March 9, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    It's getting hot in here ... 430 degrees Celsius hot, that is. Artist's interpretation. Credit: RenderArea, https://r...

    March 8, 2021
  • Homo sapiens: the water-saving ape

    Humans evolved to run on less water than primate relatives.

    It’s an age-old question in evolution: how did humans become the dominant primate, able to venture out from tropical ...

    March 6, 2021
  • “Fish DJ” drops marine beats

    Speaker system helps scientists understand brain networks of baby fish.

    A DJ-turned-researcher has designed a speaker for zebrafish larvae, playing them a range of beats from sounds they wo...

    March 3, 2021
  • Sierra Negra: Eruption 13 years in the making

    Study captures rare details of volcanic build-up on Galápagos archipelago

    Scientists have tracked the behaviour of one of the world’s most active volcanoes over 13 years, revealing the first-...

    March 2, 2021
  • Video: COVID-monitoring drones

    Australian researchers build drones to remotely monitor health signs.

    What do you get when you combine COVID-19, drones, cameras and AI? Rese...

    February 20, 2021
  • Aussies less keen for COVID jab

    Vaccine resistance sentiment grows as rollout approaches.

    Australians are substantially more hesitant about the COVID-19 vaccination now than they were six months ago, accordi...

    February 19, 2021
  • More massive, more problems

    Heavy black hole may change astronomers’ understanding of their formation.

    The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than we thought, according to an international team of astronome...

    February 19, 2021
  • Magnetic reversal caused massive climate shifts

    Scientists link most recent magnetic instability to global environmental change.

    About 42,000 years ago, a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles triggered massive climate shifts and caused environm...

    February 19, 2021
  • Red Planet bacterial biotechnology

    Cyanobacteria thrives under Mars-like conditions.

    Scientists have just demonstrated that cyanobacteria can be grown in Mars-like conditions, paving the way for sustain...

    February 16, 2021
  • Explainer: How to make a vaccine

    Inside the Australian manufacturing process of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

    There are 80,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine currently being shipped from Europe to Australia to begin a mas...

    February 12, 2021
  • Seismic singing

    Loud and clear fin whale calls could be used for surveys of Earth’s undersea crust.

    The songs of fin whales can be used to survey the ocean crust, international researchers have just discovered. Fin...

    February 12, 2021
  • Quick claw

    This tiny amphipod can snap its claws at dizzying speeds.

    Scientists have just discovered one of the fastest and most energetic motions on the planet – and it’s not what you t...

    February 9, 2021
  • Neanderthals: Gut stubborn

    Some useful human microorganisms have long, long histories.

    Humans and Neanderthals could have more in common than just DNA – we also might share the microorganisms in our gut. ...

    February 8, 2021
  • Super, triple twisted

    New three-layer system opens door for high-temperature superconductors.

    American physicists have made another advance in superconductor development, building on existing knowledge to create...

    February 5, 2021
  • Mixed spice

    How come hotter countries tend to have tangier foods?

    The idea that cooks in hot countries adopted spices to help prevent food poisoning in sweltering conditions may sound...

    February 5, 2021
  • Anthropocene: the musical

    In sonic terms, Earth’s waters have segued from classical to hip-hop.

    Since the (first) Industrial Revolution, the soundscape of the ocean has been undergoing a drastic revolution too. No...

    February 4, 2021
  • Tectonic timelapse

    This just in: one billion years of Earth’s history in 40 seconds.

    It’s not often you can click play and watch deep time unspool before your eyes. An international team of scientists h...

    February 4, 2021
  • Exploring Einsteinium

    First measurements of synthetic, highly radioactive element.

    For the first time ever, US scientists have studied the properties of einsteinium – the highly radioactive, short-liv...

    February 4, 2021
  • Turbulence trouble

    Solving the last great problem of classical physics.

    “When I meet God,” physicist Werner Heisenberg allegedly once said, “I’m going to ask him two questions: why relativi...

    February 3, 2021
  • Baby galaxies born big

    Faint, distant fossil galaxy has massive dark-matter halo.

    The first galaxies in the universe were likely more massive than previously thought, according to new research from M...

    February 2, 2021
  • Quantum brainiac

    Researchers prompt self-adapting atoms to mimic the human brain.

    Dutch physicists have just taken the first steps towards making a “quantum brain” by building a material that stores ...

    February 2, 2021
  • Good as bone

    Australian researchers take 3D printing to the next level with material that mimics bone tissue.

    Australian scientists have 3D-printed bone-like structures containing living cells, which may create a whole new way ...

    January 29, 2021
  • Fungi first

    A microfossil from China might be among the oldest land organisms discovered.

    A US-China collaboration has uncovered the oldest terrestrial fossil ever found: that of a tiny, fungi-like organism ...

    January 28, 2021
  • Parasaurolophus: Old dinosaur, new saxophone snout

    Only second skull found adds new detail to duckbill dinosaur.

    In the arid badlands of New Mexico, paleontologists have uncovered the first new skull of the rare dinosaur Parasauro...

    January 26, 2021
  • Green lantern shoots straight

    Record-breaking laser cuts through atmosphere

    Scientists have set a world record for the most stable transmission of a laser signal through the atmosphere, effecti...

    January 25, 2021
  • Dam old

    Around the world, long-in-the-tooth large dams pose a growing risk.

    Ageing dams will pose a growing risk over the next few decades, warns an analysis from United Nations University’s Ca...

    January 25, 2021
  • Past (more) perfect

    New technique may sharpen accuracy for measuring past temperatures.

    Gravitational waves, marine fossils and climate change don’t usually appear in the same sentence, but a unique intern...

    January 22, 2021
  • “Puffed-up” planet unlike any other

    Gas giants may form more easily than suspected, say astronomers.

    New observations of the exoplanet WASP-107b suggest that existing models of how gas giant planets form may not be qui...

    January 21, 2021
  • Deadly weapon: frog peptide

    Skin secretion of Australian toadlet combats bacterial infections

    An unassuming Australian amphibian may inspire novel synthetic drugs to combat bacterial infections, according to Eur...

    January 19, 2021
  • Cosmic collision spells beginning of the end

    Astronomers witness possible new mechanism for galaxies to die.

    Astronomers may have just witnessed a new way for galaxies to “die”, using the super-sensitive Atacama Large Millimet...

    January 13, 2021
  • Young tools rewrite old history

    The Middle Stone Age lasted millennia longer than thought – but only in some places.

    Scientists have uncovered the youngest known Middle Stone Age tools in modern-day Senegal, on the west coast of Afric...

    January 11, 2021
  • Bacterial bioclock

    Some single-celled micro-organisms have circadian rhythms.

    The ebb and flow of our daily lives revolves largely around our sleep cycle, which is governed by our body’s biologic...

    January 9, 2021
  • Mathematical Modelling: Biology by the numbers

    Biological sciences and maths have a growing friendship.

    Before 2020, the phrase “mathematical modelling” may have made your eyes glaze over. But as COVID-19 escalated across...

    January 6, 2021
  • Mapping the undersea landscape of the reef

    Four researchers on a boat, despite the pandemic.

    About 160 kilometres off the Queensland coast, the RV Falkor is exploring the deep blue waters of the southern Great ...

    December 17, 2020
  • In search of that quantum advantage

    Studies suggest we may be getting a little closer.

    December is a hectic time of year for everyone, but quantum physicists seem to be especially busy. In particular, two...

    December 17, 2020
  • Mapping the impact of soil salinity

    Researchers track a big problem on a broad scale.

    Turns out artificial intelligence can get its hands dirty: UK and German researchers have just used machine learning ...

    December 16, 2020
  • People still cautious about biotech research

    Survey highlights nuanced nature of public opinion.

    As new biotechnologies become a reality, scientists and governments are grappling with the ethical and regulatory imp...

    December 11, 2020
  • How’s the weather in Proxima Centauri?

    Stellar flares with a chance of radio bursts, it seems.

    Wild space weather may mean most of the exoplanets in the Milky Way are uninhabitable, according to new research. Ove...

    December 10, 2020
  • Nature inspires a new hydrogen sensor

    Microstructures imitate the surface of butterfly wings.

    Some see hydrogen as the fuel of the future, with the potential to service energy-intensive industries – like aviatio...

    December 9, 2020
  • Creating nanobots like they do in movies

    Design theory seeks to control how they assemble.

    Researchers in Australia and the UK are bringing a sci-fi concept closer to reality as they work to overcome a major ...

    December 8, 2020
  • AI makes its mark in the stratosphere

    Unmanned balloons kept in position for weeks.

    Canadian and US scientists have kept an unmanned balloon in position in the stratosphere for weeks at a time by teach...

    December 4, 2020
  • Rolling out the red dirt carpet

    South Australia ready to welcome home Hayabusa2.

    In the dusty red heart of the South Australian outback, a small town with an explosive past is waiting for a delivery...

    December 3, 2020
  • Continents ‘prone to destruction’ in infancy

    Geologists model the origin of the cratonic mantle.

    Digging deep into the planet’s past, Australian geologists have discovered why no trace remains of the continents for...

    December 3, 2020
  • New and detailed atlas of the skies

    Telescope maps three million galaxies in 300 hours.

    A new radio telescope in outback Western Australia has just created an atlas of the southern sky in record-breaking t...

    December 1, 2020
  • Hold on, that’s why we have fingerprints

    Researchers explore the ridges, wet and dry.

    Researchers have discovered that by regulating moisture levels, our fingerprints play a key role in our ability to gr...

    December 1, 2020
  • Trees tell tales of climate change

    Heatwaves in Mongolia and falling leaves in Europe.

    As the climate crisis intensifies, forests are feeling the heat, as two studies just published in the journal Science...

    November 28, 2020
  • Swift by design, drone by nature

    Ornithopters not just a flight of fancy.

    Hovering, darting, gliding, diving and braking, the fleet-winged contraption in the video below is at the cutting edg...

    November 27, 2020
  • Next-gen drones could bee like this

    Agility and perception the keys to navigating tight spots

    An Australian-led team says it has uncovered the secret to the agile flight of the bumblebee, which could influence t...

    November 25, 2020
  • Southern recovery of ecosystem engineers

    Helping cool-water oyster reefs make a comeback.

    We tend to default to the colourful – to coral – when we think of oceanic reefs, but 200 years ago, thousands of kilo...

    November 24, 2020
  • Rethinking the origins of complex life

    Studies shift timeline by 100 million years.

    Scientists from Australia, Germany, France and the US have shifted the timeline of the origin of complex life, overtu...

    November 24, 2020
  • Science from the top of the world

    Two months, 10 teams, troubling discoveries.

    The science is in from an ambitious interdisciplinary expedition to Mt Everest – and the results are appropriately ch...

    November 21, 2020
  • Whip you up a diamond? No pressure

    Researchers do it in the lab, at room temperature.

    Australian-led research has taken a leaf out of Superman’s comic book and created diamonds at room temperature for th...

    November 20, 2020
  • Dark chemistry in a lab as cold as space

    Making glycine without UV opens world of possibilities.

    An international team of astrochemists has produced glycine – the simplest amino acid – in a lab that simulates the d...

    November 18, 2020
  • Rethinking the Milky Way’s evolution

    Telescopes combine to reveal orbits of ancient stars.

    An investigation into the odd orbits of the galaxy’s oldest stars may prompt astronomers to rethink how the Milky Way...

    November 18, 2020
  • Volcano link to end of Triassic extinction

    Researchers analyse molecular and isotopic evidence.

    An Australian-led team of scientists has shed new light on the timing of one of the most catastrophic mass extinction...

    November 17, 2020
  • Can we control where lightning strikes?

    Laser technology offers some tantalising clues.

    Pioneering laser technology could be used to tame lightning and control where it strikes the ground, according to an ...

    November 14, 2020
  • Mining with microbes in space

    Can bacteria extract useful materials from rocks?

    The first mining experiments in space have revealed that microbes can efficiently extract elements from rocks in zero...

    November 11, 2020
  • Well-preserved addition to the evolution story

    South African cave throws up another important find.

    A two-million-year-old hominin skull has been uncovered in a South African cave, providing fresh insight into the mic...

    November 10, 2020
  • Jupiter’s moon Europa may glow in the dark

    An exciting destination just got more intriguing.

    In news that is sure to delight every kid with stickers of stars and planets on their ceiling, planetary scientists h...

    November 10, 2020
  • Playing detective on a galactic scale

    Huge new dataset will solve Milky Way mysteries.

    An Australian-led team of “galactic archaeologists” has just released the largest set of stellar chemical data ever c...

    November 6, 2020
  • To create a sponge, just add acetic acid

    Scientists find a strange kind of calcium carbonate.

    Canadian scientists have chanced upon a soft and spongy type of calcium carbonate, a material that is usually found i...

    November 6, 2020
  • In search of a better way with plastic

    Chinese scientists unveil bio-based fabrication method.

    Plastic has permeated every corner of the planet, from the highest mountains to the deepest ocean trenches, from the ...

    November 5, 2020
  • Step aside barcodes, here’s the Porcupine

    Researchers say they’ve raised the bar for molecular tagging.

    Scannable barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags may soon be surpassed by DNA-based tagging technology. Researchers from...

    November 4, 2020
  • A step forward for molecular machines

    Near-infrared light antenna powers nano-scale motor.

    European chemists have achieved a long-standing goal in the field of molecular machines, developing a nano-scale moto...

    November 3, 2020
  • A new spin on atoms

    Strange things happen when they get really close.

    US researchers have developed a way to control and measure atoms that are so close together they are impossible to di...

    November 3, 2020
  • Study puts Denisovans on roof of the world

    Findings expand understanding of humans in eastern Asia.

    DNA evidence has confirmed that a cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of huma...

    October 31, 2020
  • The big data storage question

    Is there an answer that ticks all the boxes?

    Data is being created at a breakneck speed, and researchers have their hands full trying to figure out what to do wit...

    October 30, 2020
  • Black hole mergers? 44 confirmed, and counting

    Analysis of gravitational-wave data leads to wealth of discoveries.

    A global network of scientists has completed the first major analysis of gravitational wave data, providing exciting ...

    October 30, 2020
  • How pterosaurs flew and what they ate

    More insights into the great lizards of the sky.

    Two new studies have uncovered details about how pterosaurs – the winged cousins of dinosaurs – evolved to become dea...

    October 29, 2020
  • It’s confirmed. There is water on the Moon

    Flying telescope detects unique spectral signature.

    US researchers have presented the first unambiguous evidence of molecular water on the Moon – and it could be more ab...

    October 27, 2020
  • Pushing the laser limit

    Researchers offer a taste of what’s possible.

    Australian quantum researchers have shown it’s possible to vastly improve the coherence of lasers, overcoming a bound...

    October 27, 2020
  • Delicate balance in the Falklands

    Threat to seabirds is a threat to the ecosystem.

    Seabird droppings helped shape the delicately balanced ecosystem of the Falkland Islands, which is in danger of abrup...

    October 24, 2020
  • Making it easier to find ‘new Earths’

    Australian sensor can correct the distortion of starlight.

    Australian researchers have combined artificial intelligence and photonics to develop a new type of adaptive optics s...

    October 23, 2020
  • Signs of change from a turbulent era

    Drill core reveals boom-bust landscape in Africa’s Rift Valley.

    A new drill core, preserving a million years of environmental history in the East African Rift Valley, is helping unt...

    October 22, 2020
  • Looking at perovskite in a new light

    Australian team tackles a stability problem.

    Australian researchers may have overcome a significant hurdle in the global quest to develop next-generation perovski...

    October 21, 2020
  • Rain really can move mountains

    Himalayan study describes dramatic impact of erosion.

    Plate tectonics tends to dominate the common view of the formation of mountains: where two plates meet, rock is pushe...

    October 17, 2020
  • Superconductor happy at room temperature

    Physics first achieved under great pressure.

    US physicists have created a material that appears to conduct electricity with perfect efficiency at 15 degrees Celsi...

    October 16, 2020
  • New view of Tweed Valley’s attraction

    It’s a ‘natural laboratory’ to test carbon sequestration.

    Australia’s Tweed Valley region, in northern NSW, boasts world-class surf breaks and sub-tropical rainforest – and ac...

    October 14, 2020
  • A scientific guide to Western art

    Information theory reveals some interesting patterns.

    A unique collaboration between physicists, data scientists and art historians has provided a fresh look at 500 years ...

    October 14, 2020
  • The science behind our sense of touch

    There are some surprising similarities with earthquakes.

    European researchers have developed a new universal scaling law for the sense of touch, and it’s paving the way for a...

    October 13, 2020
  • Elements of surprise in new star study

    Carbon discovery has implications across astrophysics.

    Stars churn out carbon much faster than previously thought, according to new measurements by Australian and Norwegian...

    October 10, 2020
  • Megafauna struggled in the rainforest

    Research reveals impact of change in SE Asia.

    In today’s human-dominated world, rampant deforestation is driving many of Southeast Asia’s species towards extinctio...

    October 8, 2020
  • Shedding new light on star formation

    The missing ingredients were heavy metals.

    Australian astronomers have developed a new model to study the birth of stars, spanning cosmic time from the beginnin...

    October 7, 2020
  • Encounters with a wolf

    Wolf populations are growing pushing them closer to 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 ag...

    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

    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 enormo...

    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.

    A coronal mass ejection captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory in September, 2017. Credit: NASA/SDO   An in...

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

    Measuring gravitational wave events might solve Hubble constant uncertainties.

    Observing cosmic fireballs might hold the key to determining the rate of the universe expansion, according to a team ...

    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 response to cosmetic surgery

    Is that really the most pressing issue with the whole idea?

    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. A...

    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

    Particles used to model the period following the Big Bang.

    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

    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

    More accurate estimates throw current models off-track.

    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 friend

    Minuscule gems break molecular bonds in chemical twist.

    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.

    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.

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

    February 7, 2018
  • Radio telescope reach boosted

    Fibre-optic networks link telescopes 300 kilometres apart.

    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

    Moral boundaries are one of the difficulties faced by bots.

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

    January 31, 2018
  • Ancient DNA reveals migrations and exchange

    Genomes help track how populations cross-fertilised.

    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 remained...

    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 first time.

    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 marsupial lion unearthed

    Marsupial lions were predators that once terrorised Australia.

    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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