Five things we learned about COVID this week.
Physical inactivity a risk factor for severe COVID and death A paper published in BMJ Sports has established a lin...
When to talk to children about racism
Research suggests it’s parents, not kids, who don’t want to talk about it.
A study by Monash University suggests kids want to talk about issues of race and racism in the classroom, but parents...
Electronic mouth guards in AFL aid science
Clubs that use the wearable technology aid sport science data collection.
New wearable technology, such as electronic mouth guards, being trialled in AFL (Australian Football League) and othe...
World’s smallest stegosaur footprint
Cat-sized dinosaur footprint discovered in China.
First dog-sized dinosaurs, and now a cat-sized stegosaur? An international team of paleontologists has discovered ...
Laser to zap space debris, funding for SKA
ANU team helps build a laser to move space debris; PM announces funding boost for astronomy.
Australian National University researchers working with defence technology company EOS have developed lasers to blast...
Vaccine efficacy on variants
How do we know if current vaccines will be effective against new variants?
The emerging of new COVID variants around the globe is raising concerns on whether these might blunt the efficacy of ...
How many T. rexes ever lived? Billions
Analysis reveals 2.5 billion of these iconic carnivores roamed the Earth.
Paleontologists have crunched the numbers to estimate just how many Tyrannosaurus rexes lived and died – and the answ...
Neanderthal nuclear DNA unlocks ancient human history
Nuclear DNA extracted from cave sediments for the first time.
Scientists have extracted Neanderthal nuclear DNA from cave sediments for the first time, greatly improving the scope...
Whitest, coolest paint ever made
The highly reflective paint could reduce reliance on air conditioning.
A team of US engineers has developed the whitest – and therefore coolest – paint in the world, able to reflect 98.1% ...
First entanglement-based quantum network
Dutch researchers build the basis for the internet of the future.
A team researchers from quantum-computing company QuTech in the Netherlands has established the first multi-node quan...
Boomerangs were used to shape stone tools
Microscopic analysis confirms boomerangs did more than just come back.
Archaeologists have analysed microscopic traces on the surfaces of boomerangs to reveal they were used for a wide ran...
How do COVID variants emerge?
Evidence suggests that people with weak immune systems may be accelerating mutations.
Since its first appearance in Wuhan, China, SARS-CoV2 has been acquiring random mutations. In recent months several n...