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...
“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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...