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  • Hubble, Hubble, toil ends trouble

    Malfunctioning space telescope back in operation.

    The Hubble Space Telescope is back online – for now. ‘Our window on the universe’, as it’s known, suffered a serious ...

    Astronomy July 22, 2021
  • The multilingual how, why and what of vaccination

    A new glossary aims to make vaccination terms easier to understand for Australians from non-Engli...

    There was good news on Monday if, like many of us reading news or information about vaccination, you sometimes strugg...

    COVID July 22, 2021
  • Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

    Scientists uncover unknown viruses trapped in 15,000-year-old ice.

    It sounds like the opening scene of an apocalyptic movie: scientists drilling ice cores from an ancient glacier uncov...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • Super-strength spider silk made by bacteria

    New bacteria engineered to produce fibre as tough as steel.

    If you’re scared of spiders but also need really strong silk, have no fear, because engineers at Washington Universit...

    News July 21, 2021
  • Life after death for planets orbiting white dwarfs

    New modelling to inform the search for life on other planets.

    If life exists on planets orbiting white dwarf stars, it almost certainly evolved after the stars’ deaths, according ...

    Astrophysics July 21, 2021
  • Balloon-borne telescope to rival Hubble

    High-in-the-sky telescope set to study dark matter from the edge of the atmosphere.

    An international team of astronomers has built a telescope that will be carried to the edge of space by a helium ball...

    Astronomy July 21, 2021
  • DNA solves riddle of extinct Xerces butterfly

    Museum DNA confirms the extinction of the Xerces blue butterfly.

    Near-century-old butterfly DNA  has confirmed that the Xerces blue butterfly, famously wiped out by humans in the 194...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • Super-fast Hendra test

    Developers claim new testing kit can detect killer virus in minutes.

    Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever t...

    Innovate & Tech July 21, 2021
  • Under the (social) influence

    Behavioural change comes from the periphery of society – not from influencers.

    The modern-day influence economy would have us believe that the best way to sell a product – or an idea – is to have ...

    Behaviour July 20, 2021
  • Video

    Engineering a Virus

    What you need to know about gain of function research

    Gain-of-function research is a technique used in virology and genetics to alter the function of a virus, in order to ...

    Biology July 20, 2021
  • Australia's vaccination trends: by the numbers

    We’ve looked at the trends that have emerged in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

    As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Australia continues to dominate headlines, and experts tout vaccinations as the ke...

    COVID July 20, 2021
  • A pig problem for climate change

    Wild pigs release as much carbon as one million cars.

    Credit: Scimex.Wild pigs are releasing nearly five million tonnes of trapped soil carbon dioxide annually – abou...

    Climate July 20, 2021
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