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  • The origins of money

    Standardised Bronze Age objects may have acted as ancient currency.

    From cowrie shells to native resources and animals, currency in some shape or form has long been a part of human hist...

    Archaeology January 21, 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...

    Astronomy January 21, 2021
  • Conversation

    75% of Australia's marine protected areas have 'partial' protection

    Not all marine protected areas are created equal. Here’s why that’s a problem.

    By John Turnbull, Emma Johnston, Graeme Clark from UNSW, Carly Cook from Monash University and Kelsey Roberts from St...

    Sustainability January 21, 2021
  • To orbit… and beyond?

    South Australia to be first Australian state to send a satellite into space.

    South Australian Premier Steven Marshall today announced a $6.5 million partnership with the growing South Australian...

    Space January 20, 2021
  • Fold here for success

    DNA origami might be the answer for making superconducting nanomaterials.

    DNA is a clever molecule that folds easily, so it can be used to act as scaffolds for nanomaterials. This involves lo...

    Materials January 20, 2021
  • Egghead concussion

    Yolk study sheds light on traumatic brain injuries.

    Scientists say they have identified for the first time what type of impact most likely causes concussion – a serious ...

    Physics January 20, 2021
  • COVID inequality explained

    Higher expression of ACE2 protein is found in the elderly and men.

    As COVID-19 vaccine rollouts begin, a large focus has been on vaccinating target groups, including the elderly. Choos...

    Medicine January 20, 2021
  • Butterfly turn-off, flower turn-on

    Chemical scent plays a remarkably different role for insects and plants.

    Seems that some smelly butterflies don’t get a lot of action, thanks to an anti-aphrodisiac. A new study, led by C...

    Animals January 20, 2021
  • Raising the dead

    Planning a séance? Read this first.

    Research into spiritualism – a belief system based on the idea that human souls endure beyond death and communicate w...

    Social Sciences January 20, 2021
  • Focus

    Learning the Star Knowledge of First Australians

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use their understanding of the night sky for a range...

    By Peter Reeve and Duane Hamacher. What comes to mind when you think of an “astronomer”? Perhaps a scientist peeri...

    Astronomy January 20, 2021
  • Lessons from the past

    Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?

    The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...

    Culture January 19, 2021
  • Pipe dream

    Access to water a win in many ways for Zambian women.

    Those of us in the developed world tend to take our privileges for granted: it’s exactly what drove the Internet meme...

    Sustainability January 19, 2021
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