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  • Sonic deception: stealth moths

    If you evolve to live in the dark, it’s handy if you develop some predator-evasion attributes.

    Forget stealth military jets. Moths were there first. But rather than dodging enemy radar, they’re playing a differen...

    Evolution June 15, 2021
  • Overcoming atomic level perovskite defects

    Impurities found in the crystal structures of perovskites could be hindering their performance.

    A group of Australian and Chinese researchers have found tiny defects – and ways to resolve them – in the atomic stru...

    Chemistry June 15, 2021
  • Ancient bird turns out to be a lizard

    Researchers reveal the true identity of a bizarre, ancient lizard.

    A bizarre, extinct animal that puzzled researchers and was previously misidentified as bird has now been classified a...

    Palaeontology June 15, 2021
  • Video

    Protecting human rights from AI

    Watch Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow outline the reasons why an AI commissioner is needed.

    Artificial intelligence technology brings the promise of improvements in many areas of life, but it's not without pro...

    AI June 15, 2021
  • Explainer

    Explainer: why is a drought contributing to the silicon chip shortage?

    What needs to happen to make a silicon chip – and why it needs so much water.

    The ongoing computer chip shortage has multifaceted causes, including drought, an uptick in demand following the pand...

    Computing June 15, 2021
  • How far can SARS-CoV-2 travel into the airways?

    A mathematical model shows it reaches deep into our lungs, and more to the right than the left.

    SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted by aerosols – tiny particles delivered through coughing, sneezing and talking that remain s...

    News June 15, 2021
  • Material with zero thermal expansion

    Australian researchers have found an advanced material that doesn’t change size over a huge tempe...

    It’s a basic rule of chemistry and physics: when you heat things up, they get bigger. While there are exceptions (lik...

    Chemistry June 15, 2021
  • Infertility of mice and men

    New research locates a gene that causes infertility – and then gives it to mice.

    A team of Chinese researchers has used mice to identify a gene that causes male infertility, which may pave a way tow...

    Body and Mind June 14, 2021
  • Monitoring earthquakes with transoceanic cables?

    New technique could provide early warning of tsunamis and earthquakes from the ocean depths.

    What if we could monitor what goes on at the inaccessible depths of the oceans – using infrastructure that’s already ...

    Physics June 14, 2021
  • The surprisingly complicated technology that goes into picking winners

    Choosing and gathering an apple is simple for humans, but it’s a task that has frustrated robotic...

    This article first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 4 June 2021. For more stories like this, subscribe to Cosmos Weekly. ...

    Robotics June 14, 2021
  • Orange-bellied parrots fly free

    Several successes for the critically endangered migratory parrots – one spotted in historic feedi...

    Bird enthusiasts in South Australia’s Coorong region have just spotted an orange-bellied parrot, and heard another on...

    Birds June 14, 2021
  • Climate and biodiversity loss must be tackled together

    Report shows that conservation and climate change are two sides of the same coin.

    Efforts to conserve the environment and slow climate change should be tackled together rather than as separate issues...

    Climate June 14, 2021
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