Study assesses Victoria’s COVID-19 response
Reproduction ratio down and thousands of infections 'averted’.
COVID-19 control measures in the Australian state of Victoria reduced the reproduction ratio of the virus from 1.75 t...
Cars rule as pandemic changes travel trends
Data shows walking is doing better than public transport.
By Neil G Sipe, University of Queensland As with other parts of the global economy, COVID-19 has led to rapid chan...
Grooming and the social lives of cows
Study highlights link to mood and behaviour.
Cows, it seems, are more complex creatures than we thought. Earlier this year, Cosmos reported on the mood swings ...
Evocations of abstract art
Blending art theory and cognitive science.
Art has been an integral part of human existence since time immemorial, prompting scientists to try to understand its...
Dingo size linked to culling campaigns
Study suggests significant growth in baiting areas.
Culling dingoes (Canis lupus dingo) – Australia’s native canines – through baiting has been common for decades, and i...
SpaceWatch: spiral arms and space junk
News of space exploration, astrophysics and astronomy.
Mars is space flavour of the month, with three spacecraft on their way and suggestions of a possible icy past, but th...
When Mars was like Canada
Analysis suggests early landscape was icy, not warm.
Ancient river channels on Mars may have formed beneath thick ice sheets, scientists say. It’s an important find, b...
Pandas doing well, but predators at risk
Single-species conservation not enough, study finds.
The panda is one of the world's conservation success stories, and dedicated efforts to protect it also have benefited...
Why biocrust is useful in the desert
Study highlights the value of tiny plants and organisms.
Miniscule plants and microscopic organisms growing on desert soils reduce water erosion by an average of 68% worldwid...
NZ glacier melt linked to climate change
Extreme event attribution used to calculate human influence.
It is “very likely” that the increased melting of 10 glaciers in New Zealand’s South Island is caused by human greenh...
More on the language of immunity
Peter Doherty explains some other perplexing terms.
This continues the process from last week (the I essay) of introducing terms that will be encountered as we engage wi...
Insect disguises and pygmy-possum ID
Investigate mimicry or go on a virtual expedition.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about Citizen Science in Australia. This week, with winter and cor...