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  • 5 remarkable reptile facts herpetologists want you to know

    Scientists share their wackiest, weirdest and most interesting reptile facts.

    Today is Reptile Awareness Day! We reached out to our lizard-loving scientist friends to learn their favourite reptil...

    News October 21, 2021
  • Cretaceous crab revolution in exquisite detail

    The world’s most complete crab fossil preserved in amber shows gills, may have climbed trees..

    Picture the scene: you’re a crab minding your own business, scuttling along the shoreline on a balmy day when, out of...

    Palaeontology October 21, 2021
  • The plastic wrap

    Tiny plastic debris is changing not just land and sea – now air as well.

    From the deepest ocean trenches to the peaks of the highest mountains, plastics can now be found everywhere, and figu...

    Climate October 21, 2021
  • Giddy-up: origins of the domestic horse uncovered

    Ancient equine mystery traced to the steppes of the northern Caucasus.

    The modern domestic horse is beloved worldwide as a favoured pet or an aid in the busy work of tending crops and live...

    Civilisations October 21, 2021
  • Cosmic roadkill: when planets collide, what happens to their atmospheres?

    Stellar sleuthing finds first evidence of an atmosphere without a planet; likely giant impact.

    Around 200,000 years ago there was an epic crash on the cosmic highway. In the solar system orbiting the lyrically na...

    Astrophysics October 21, 2021
  • When the Vikings reached the Americas

    Solar-storm evidence dates a Canadian Viking settlement to (exactly) 1000 years ago.

    New research from the Netherlands has more accurately dated a Viking settlement in Newfoundland, Canada, revealing th...

    Civilisations October 21, 2021
  • Do COVID vaccines affect male fertility?

    Social-media theories don’t hold firm.

    Vaccines do have side effects, but there are some social-media users peddling myths that COVID-19 vaccines cause male...

    COVID October 20, 2021
  • Mountains of space junk could carry us to Mars

    New project aims to recycle and refine space trash into rocket fuel.

    Space is big. Really big. And there's not much up there – except all the trash. And that's suddenly become a valuable...

    Space Exploration October 20, 2021
  • New insights into the Moon’s evolution

    The results from China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission are in.

    The Moon rocks from China’s Chang’e 5 lander have been analysed, adding to the story of the Moon’s thermal and chemic...

    Space Exploration October 19, 2021
  • Opening Australia: It's not a model problem

    Mathematical models can tell us many things about the pandemic, but can they predict the best tim...

    With Christmas looming, many Australians are keen to see international borders reopen. But how do we know the right t...

    COVID October 19, 2021
  • Watching proteins dance

    Study finds a way to visualise these teeny powerhouses of the body.

    Proteins are so small that visualising them working in a cell has long been elusive, but a new study, published in Ce...

    Biology October 19, 2021
  • COVID's genetic solution?

    A lucky few are unusually resistant to COVID-19. Scientists are trying to find a reason in their ...

    Some people get severely sick with COVID-19. Others don’t even notice they’ve caught the infection. The phenomenon...

    COVID October 19, 2021
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