Nature

  • Snails carrying tiny computers solve survival mystery

    The miniature computers were fixed atop snail shells.

    Snails carrying the world’s smallest computers on their shells have helped explain the mystery of their own survival ...

    Computing June 16, 2021
  • Introducing a new plant organ – the cantil

    The previously undiscovered cantil was named after the cantilever.

    We already know quite a bit about plant architecture, so it's somewhat surprising that a new natural organ was discov...

    Plants June 16, 2021
  • 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
  • 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
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    The domestic history of goats How and where were goats domesticated? 10,000-year-old DNA might be able to tell us....

    Palaeontology June 14, 2021
  • Small, but mighty important

    Krill are crucial to the marine ecosystem, and new research being undertaken has the potential to...

    I vividly remember the moment back in Tokyo when I first borrowed an encyclopedia about zooplankton from my primary s...

    Marine life June 11, 2021
  • Giant map of giant kelp forests

    Satellite data shows where kelp is sticking around – and where it needs help.

    A paper published in Communications Earth & Environment has tracked 35 years of satellite data to create a comprehens...

    Marine life June 10, 2021
  • Looking ‘weird’ protects robot lizards from predation

    Turns out predators don’t like odd-looking prey.

    It’s often thought that prey animals face a complicated biological paradox: how do they stand out to attract potentia...

    Robotics June 9, 2021
  • Sensitive sea snakes are sexier

    A touching review of how sea snakes mate.

    In honour of World Ocean Day, here’s a nice little story about…sea snakes, sex and sensitive males. Male and fema...

    Marine life June 8, 2021
  • Rotifers survive being frozen for 24,000 years

    In cryptobiosis for millenia, this microscopic beast is ready to reproduce.

    Resurrected and hardier than a tardigrade, rotifers are the new bad boy from the (ice) block. A new paper, publish...

    Biology June 8, 2021
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    New shark mass extinction discovered Scientists have uncovered a previously unknown mass die-off of sharks, 19 mil...

    Animals June 7, 2021
  • What is a gene drive?

    The NSW Government has funded a genetic biocontrol solution to the current mouse plague. What doe...

    As part of its $50 million mouse control package, announced in May, the NSW Government yesterday committed $1.8 milli...

    Animals June 4, 2021
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