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  • Solving the satellite data challenge

    Australian space start-up promises to revolutionise satellite communication.

    A newly launched Australian space start-up is set to tackle the challenge of a huge influx of satellite data – by tra...

    Space Exploration May 4, 2021
  • Air pollution may impair cognitive function

    Researchers explore the impact of the climate crisis on brain health.

    A joint China-US research team has found that exposure to even short-term air pollution may impair cognitive function...

    Body and Mind May 4, 2021
  • Animals don’t mind inbreeding

    New review suggests animals aren’t hardwired to avoid mating with relatives.

    Because it’s evolutionarily unfavourable, there is a common assumption that animals will avoid mating with relatives....

    Animals May 4, 2021
  • Cleaning up military waste with GM grass

    Genetically modified grass removes toxic military waste, RDX.

    A genetically modified common grass can remove toxic military waste from soil, according to a paper published in Natu...

    Agriculture May 4, 2021
  • Ingenuity: mission extended

    So successful is tiny Mars helicopter Ingenuity that NASA’s decided to extend its mission.

    NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter worked so well on its initial test flights that NASA has decided to extend its missi...

    Space Exploration May 3, 2021
  • You may have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    It’s a boy! In new research from the Australian National University, swift parrot mothers are choosing to hatch th...

    Birds May 3, 2021
  • This week on Mars

    This week on Mars, Ingenuity took its third ever flight. It is already tricky to fly a helicopter on Mars, because it...

    Space Exploration May 3, 2021
  • How can you measure an itch?

    A newly developed device tracks scratches, as a way of quantifying itchiness.

    You may have been asked by a doctor to rate your pain on a scale of one to ten, but have you ever been asked to rate ...

    Body and Mind May 1, 2021
  • COVID booster

    Four things science learned about COVID-19 last week.

    Alpaca nanobodies block SARS-CoV-2 from entering cells Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Med...

    Medicine May 1, 2021
  • Mapping a meteoroid’s long journey from Vesta to Earth

    Motopi Pan left the asteroid 22 million years ago, and now the journey’s been traced.

    22 million years ago, something smashed into the big, bright Vesta asteroid, ejecting a meteoroid into space. Scie...

    Astronomy April 30, 2021
  • Horses and donkeys engineer water for desert ecosystems

    Surprise discovery suggests feral animals aren’t all bad.

    Well-digging horses and donkeys could provide a valuable service for plants and animals in arid ecosystems, according...

    Animals April 30, 2021
  • Tiny parasite could solve wastewater problem

    A new organism may prevent costly foaming in water treatment plants.

    Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsib...

    Biology April 30, 2021
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