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  • 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 ...

    Evolution July 30, 2021
  • The climatic ups and downs of the pandemic and Black Summer fires

    Climate impacted more by catastrophic bushfires than COVID-19 lockdowns.

    A team of US scientists has used modelling to find that Australia’s 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires had a more dramati...

    Climate July 29, 2021
  • Australia joins star wars

    Federal government looks to counter space jams and attacks.

    In the face of emerging space threats, the Australian government is looking for a new ground-based Space Electronic W...

    Space Exploration July 29, 2021
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    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...

    AI 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...

    Climate July 29, 2021
  • Olympic cardboard beds win a silver medal

    Does cardboard cut it as furniture?

    The world’s best athletes are always the focus at Olympics, but this year in Tokyo they’ve been almost outperformed a...

    Materials July 29, 2021
  • Water’s metal tally

    A trick in a synchrotron has made water behave like a metal.

    An international team of scientists has succeeded in making droplets of water behave like a metal.On a chemical l...

    Chemistry July 29, 2021
  • Seeing red – do tomatoes feel pain?

    Fruit sends out warning signals to the rest of the plant when under attack.

    Tomatoes might seem like the strong silent types, but they cry out when they get hurt.A team of researchers, led ...

    Plants July 29, 2021
  • How to give a Neanderthal a blood transfusion

    More information about modern human ancestors emerges from a genetic study of blood types.

    It began as a joke. A paleoanthropologist, a geneticist and a blood specialist were hanging around an espresso machin...

    Anthropology 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...

    Evolution 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...

    Astrophysics July 29, 2021
  • Bees benefit from coffee buzz

    Even the foraging abilities of bumble bees are better focused with a caffeine charge.

    Most of us are familiar with that morning coffee buzz caffeine-hit– and need it to get started on our working day. Bu...

    Animals July 29, 2021
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