Curly’s a competitor
Robot beats humans in that compelling sport on ice.
Like most Australians, I know next to nothing about curling, the sport in which competitors slide a polished stone ac...
Forest regrowth’s role in carbon capture
Study maps potential accumulation globally.
Reforesting is considered a prominent strategy in mitigating climate change, with previous research highlighting the ...
Are playful dogs easier to train?
Research suggests working breeds could be the most fun.
Playfulness is serious business. Scientists have gone to great lengths to solve the mystery of why animals play, with...
Is this a face you can rely on?
Portrait analysis suggests rise in trustworthiness.
Europeans have become more trustworthy over the past 500 years, and this is probably linked to an increase in living ...
Chromium steel first made in ancient Persia
Old manuscripts help new technology find the evidence.
Chromium steel, long considered a 20th century innovation, was in fact first made in Persia nearly a millennium earli...
Why boys should be friends with girls
Baboon study suggests it increases chance of a long life.
Close friendships can increase the odds of living a long life – not just in humans but also in animals including hors...
Assessing the various vaccine technologies
They take different approaches to preparing your immune system.
By Suresh Mahalingam and Adam Taylor, Griffith University The World Health Organisation lists about 180 COVID-19 v...
Taking building tips from a glass sponge
Mechanically robust lattice inspired by nature.
This humble deep-sea glass sponge may inspire a new generation of construction. Credit: Matheus Fernandes/Harvard ...
New photodetector is a shining light
Ultra-thin prototype can see the full spectrum.
Australian engineers appear to have raised the bar for photodetector technology, developing a device that is incredib...
Add plasma to biomass to get better biogas
Researchers try a new way to break down the tricky bits.
Producing biogas from the bacterial breakdown of biomass seems a relatively simple idea: just let the bacteria do the...
Cosmos Q&A: How far with genome editing?
Maybe we should let the people decide.
An international group of 25 researchers last week called for national and global “citizen assemblies” to be created ...
Burning up the health budget
2019–20 bushfires cost Australia in so many ways.
Ruined homes and other structures are among the most obvious signs of bushfires, and because there are insurance and ...