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  • Background

    Rewind: Six of the best from 2020

    Another look at great work and fascinating people from Australian science.

    Did you know the Royal Institution of Australia has other platforms? We'd like to introduce you to some of the conten...

    Culture January 18, 2021
  • History

    Jevons learns to economise

    Englishman helped usher in the marginal revolution, which transformed economics.

    According to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle’s word for politics is ...

    Mathematics January 17, 2021
  • COVID Booster: Gut bugs and vaccines

    The five new things science learned about COVID-19 this week.

    1. Gut bugs could influence the severity of COVID COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness, but the gut may als...

    Medicine January 16, 2021
  • School of fishy little robots

    Fish-like Bluebots use LED lights and cameras to swarm like the real thing.

    Why have a school of fish when you can have a school of robots? This is a question recently answered by a team of ...

    Robotics January 15, 2021
  • Animal magnetism is real

    Snakes repel venom via a magnet-like mechanism.

    Franz Mesmer might have been on to something when he described animal magnetism as an invisible force possessed by al...

    Animals January 15, 2021
  • Spice up your solar

    A touch of chilli may create more stable photovoltaic cells.

    Chilli is known to have a range of health benefits, from reducing infections to improving digestive performance. But ...

    Energy January 15, 2021
  • Conversation

    Oldest cave painting of animals found in Indonesia

    Painting of Sulawesi warty pig dates back at least 45,500 years.

    By Adam Brumm, Adhi Oktaviana, Basran Burhan and Maxime Aubert from Griffith University The dating of an exception...

    Archaeology January 15, 2021
  • The wonders of seagrasses

    They help fight marine plastic pollution, study finds.

    Marine ecosystems are incredible. Although they’ve been besieged by plastic – among many other human-generated challe...

    Marine life January 15, 2021
  • ASD and suicide risk

    Tailoring prevention for the neurodivergent.

    A nation-wide study of people aged 10 years and over diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Denmark has lin...

    Society January 14, 2021
  • Profile

    Odd jobs: paleodermatologist

    Looking skin deep can provide new discoveries, at least in this vanguard field of research.

    All manner of unusual jobs exist in science, but perhaps one of the most remarkable is the expertise of Phil Bell, of...

    Palaeontology January 14, 2021
  • Is this a new Silent Spring?

    Decline of insects is a catastrophic loss we can ill afford.

    Entomologists have united to take stock of growing warnings about an “insect apocalypse” in a special feature publish...

    Sustainability January 14, 2021
  • Stark legacy: secrets of dire wolves revealed

    Forensic DNA reveals dire wolves are their own species.

    If you think dire wolves (Canis dirus) are closely related to other wolves then you know nothing, Jon Snow. A new ...

    Evolution January 14, 2021
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