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  • The psychology of missing a penalty

    How can football players with near-perfect ball control miss a goal?

    The moments before a penalty kick are incredibly tense, and new research shows that brain activity might be the reaso...

    Behaviour May 7, 2021
  • Humans can have more or less than 150 friends

    A new paper questions the validity of Dunbar’s number, which places a limit on social interactions.

    You may have heard that the human brain can manage social relationships with about 150 people. Or perhaps you heard 2...

    Anthropology May 5, 2021
  • Douglas Mawson in the desert

    The famed Antarctic explorer’s journeys through Australia.

    Today, 5 May, is the birthday of Sir Douglas Mawson, the Australian geologist best known for his Antarctic exploratio...

    Society May 5, 2021
  • History

    John Wanamaker makes a sale

    Is marketing a science?

    John Wanamaker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the US, on 11 July 1838. At the age of 22 he was already we...

    Society May 2, 2021
  • Next Big Thing: Passing the baton

    Australia has the innovators, the expertise, and the ambition. But to fulfil our potential and so...

    As a child I never imagined I would become a scientist. Nor could my school teachers! I have dyslexia, which made tho...

    Society April 30, 2021
  • The health benefits of nature in cities

    How much does an urban tree save the health system? Report outlines nature-based solutions for ci...

    As humans sprawl over the planet and create urban heat islands and habitat degradation, our need for nature – especia...

    Society April 29, 2021
  • Is sport killing us?

    More than 1100 Australians died while playing sport over the last two decades – an average of mor...

    In a study published last Friday in the journal PLOSone, researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) presented the ...

    Culture April 25, 2021
  • COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy on the rise

    Community engagement is key, experts say.

    A recent survey from the Melbourne Institute found that, in the past four months, Australians’ willingness to get vac...

    Behaviour April 23, 2021
  • Odd Jobs: Dr Dog Poo

    Emily Bryson is a “fecal decompologist” with a horticultural spin.

    If anybody knows how to get their hands dirty, it is Emily Bryson, PhD student at Central Queensland University. “...

    Sustainability April 19, 2021
  • 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...

    Society April 16, 2021
  • 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...

    Culture April 16, 2021
  • Conversation

    Less than half of Australian adults know how to identify misinformation online

    A nationally representative survey shows that Australian adults need more help with understanding...

    By Tanya Notley, Western Sydney University; Michael Dezuanni, Queensland University of Technology; Simon Chambers, We...

    Behaviour April 14, 2021
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