Features

  • Australia’s computing pioneer

    Trevor Pearcey built one of the world’s first computers – a big computer.

    In the late 1940s and into the ’50s, Australia was at the international forefront of computer design and construction...

    Computing December 5, 2021
  • Conversation

    3 reasons the announcement to dump radioactive waste in South Australia is extremely premature

    The national nuclear waste storage facility will be at Napandee, near Kimba in South Australia. B...

    Radioactive waste from nuclear medicine facilities around Australia will be trucked to and buried near the South Aust...

    Physics December 4, 2021
  • Magazine

    Paddock of dreams

    Dean Nicolle’s childhood passion for eucalypts has blossomed into an immense undertaking that has...

    At Currency Creek Arboretum, an hour south of Adelaide, over 32 hectares and the last three decades, Dean Nicolle has...

    Plants December 2, 2021
  • How do animals see in the dark?

    How is visual performance in dim light possible?

    How do animals see in the dark? On a moonless night light levels can be more than 100m times dimmer than in bright da...

    Biology December 1, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: A new variant of COVID-19

    How do we detect new variants, and should we be alarmed?

    Omicron variant named and spreading. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a new COVID-19 variant of con...

    COVID November 29, 2021
  • History

    Claude Shannon turns us on

    Mathematician, electrical engineer, cryptographer and ‘the father of information theory’.

    Claude Shannon was a 22-year-old graduate student in 1938, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the renowned...

    Mathematics November 28, 2021
  • Cosmos: solving science stumpers for summer

    The summer of science to answer life’s most curious questions.

    Why is the sky blue? What actually is carbon capture and storage? Why does my vacuum cleaner make that noise? What’s ...

    Society November 25, 2021
  • What happens when you don’t get enough sleep

    Sleep deprivation can cause a lot more problems than just feeling cranky in the morning.

    Sleep deprivation Many of us have experienced the effects: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrat...

    Biology November 23, 2021
  • History

    Charles Townes shines a light

    From maser to laser, the development of radiation emission devices became a little messy and liti...

    In the 1964 movie Goldfinger, based on the book of that name by acclaimed British writer Ian Fleming, the avaricious ...

    Physics November 21, 2021
  • Conversation

    How do police forensic scientists investigate a case?

    A clandestine gravesite recovery expert explains.

    By Brendan Chapman, Murdoch University Recent high-profile missing persons cases, including that of William Tyrrel...

    Culture November 20, 2021
  • What is a superbug?

    Bacteria immune to the effects of antibiotics are rising.

    What is a superbug? In simple terms, a superbug is a microorganism that’s resistant to commonly used antibiotics – bu...

    Medicine November 19, 2021
  • What poets and scientists have in common

    Is the gap between poetry and science more myth than reality? Sam Illingworth from the UK’s Manch...

    Poetry and science They haven’t always got along. The English poet John Keats (who also trained as a medical doctor)...

    Features November 18, 2021
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