Robert Hooke, a man for the times
An underrated overachiever in the world of science.
Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that. Hooke was born in England, ...
Physics and chemistry in PM’s Prize limelight
Australian awards recognise discovery, ideas and teaching.
Four physicists and a chemist have taken out the top awards in this year’s Australian Prime Minister’s Prizes for Sci...
Bulging with a galaxy’s data
Astronomers get to the heart of the Milky Way.
More than 250 million stars in the bulge at the heart of the Milky Way have been surveyed in near-ultraviolet, optica...
Hippocrates and willow bark?
What you know about history of aspirin is probably wrong.
By Philippa Martyr, University of Western Australia Aspirin is one of the most widely used drugs in the world. Its...
Emerging from second wave of coronavirus
Assessing challenges and successes around the world.
By Michael Toole, Burnet Institute, Australia Of the 215 nations and territories that have reported COVID-19 cases...
Georges Lemaître comes in with a bang
Belgian priest a big part of big scientific debates.
In 1927, Catholic priest Georges Lemaître published a paper in the Annales de la Societe scientifique de Bruxelles in...
How do we know stats can be trusted?
Talking to the humans behind the numbers.
By Samantha Vilkins, Sujatha Raman and Will J Grant, Australian National University In April, as the coronavirus p...
Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes flight
Join in on one of Australia’s largest citizen science events.
In celebration of National Bird Week, Australia’s largest annual citizen science event has kicked off, running until ...
Cosmos Q&A: A forgotten foe returns
Scarlet fever is back on the research radar.
Scarlet fever was a feared disease until well into the 20th century. Characterised by a red, sandpapery rash, it typi...
How AI can affect our choices and decisions
We seem more comfortable telling all to robots.
By TaeWoo Kim, University of Technology Sydney Have you ever used Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri or Amazon Alexa t...
Your at-home guide to appreciating snails
Watch what they do, then tell their stories.
Ah, the humble snail. They’re slow, slimy and a have a lousy habit of devouring our hard-grown veggies. However, like...
Barbara Liskov gets with the program
From chess endgames to the top award in computing.
If you’re sitting in front of an internet-connected computer reading this, using an operating system and application ...