• What’s with COVID-19 “breakthrough infections”?

    It’s true that fully vaccinated people are getting re-infected with the virus, but we shouldn’t b...

    As COVID-19’s Delta variant becomes dominant around the world, there’s an increasing number of confirmed reports of f...

    COVID August 1, 2021
  • Blobs in space

    A new cargo of weird and wonderful experiments is headed for the International Space Station.

    Fake muscles, the Blob, and a 3D printing project that aims to turn Moon dust into human habitats are about to head t...

    Space Exploration August 1, 2021
  • COVID Booster: memory, eyes, and more vaccine data

    Five things we learned about COVID-19 this week.

    Sputnik V might not work well against variantsIn phase III trials, Russia’s adenovirus vaccine, Sputnik V, record...

    COVID July 31, 2021
  • Gold, silver and brass medals

    Tokyo’s Olympic medals made from recycled electronic devices.

    What are the Olympic medals made of? It seems an obvious answer – gold, silver, and bronze; it’s on the label! – but ...

    Chemistry July 30, 2021
  • Dog days in prehistoric Europe

    Remains suggest wild hunting dogs arrived in Europe more than 1.7 million years ago.

    Scientists have unearthed the earliest evidence of wild hunting dogs in Europe, from more than 1.7 million years ago ...

    Evolution July 30, 2021
  • The climatic ups and downs of the pandemic and Black Summer fires

    Climate impacted more by catastrophic bushfires than COVID-19 lockdowns.

    A team of US scientists has used modelling to find that Australia’s 2019–20 Black Summer bushfires had a more dramati...

    Climate July 29, 2021
  • Australia joins star wars

    Federal government looks to counter space jams and attacks.

    In the face of emerging space threats, the Australian government is looking for a new ground-based Space Electronic W...

    Space Exploration July 29, 2021
  • Video

    Machine learning and solar energy

    How to find cheaper and more efficient materials for solar cells.

    As we build a clean energy future, solar cell research is booming. Right now, typical silicon solar cells can only ca...

    AI July 29, 2021
  • Killer carbon emissions

    New metric calculates 83 million climate-related deaths this century.

    A new study has coined another metric for estimating the damage inflicted by climate change – this time, looking at t...

    Climate July 29, 2021
  • Olympic cardboard beds win a silver medal

    Does cardboard cut it as furniture?

    The world’s best athletes are always the focus at Olympics, but this year in Tokyo they’ve been almost outperformed a...

    Materials July 29, 2021
  • Water’s metal tally

    A trick in a synchrotron has made water behave like a metal.

    An international team of scientists has succeeded in making droplets of water behave like a metal.On a chemical l...

    Chemistry July 29, 2021
  • Seeing red – do tomatoes feel pain?

    Fruit sends out warning signals to the rest of the plant when under attack.

    Tomatoes might seem like the strong silent types, but they cry out when they get hurt.A team of researchers, led ...

    Plants July 29, 2021
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