• Lessons from the past

    Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?

    The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...

    Culture January 19, 2021
  • Background

    Rewind: Six of the best from 2020

    Another look at great work and fascinating people from Australian science.

    Did you know the Royal Institution of Australia has other platforms? We'd like to introduce you to some of the conten...

    Culture January 18, 2021
  • Do facial expressions transcend culture?

    Study supports similarities in how we show emotion.

    Humans are emotional beings, with feelings that show in our behaviours and facial expressions. But whether these mean...

    Culture December 18, 2020
  • Mental health messages between the beats

    Researchers pick up a trend in rap music lyrics.

    Popular rap songs are increasingly alluding to depression and suicide and mixing in metaphors about mental health str...

    Culture December 8, 2020
  • Newton’s masterwork is still going strong

    Science detectives find new old copies of the Principia.

    How many first-edition copies of Isaac Newton's ground-breaking book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica are...

    Culture November 12, 2020
  • Event

    SCINEMA ready for a new wave of hits

    Science film festival accepting entries for 2021.

    As much as we appreciate a good blockbuster film, science doesn’t seem to always get the screen time (we think) it de...

    Culture November 4, 2020
  • GoT juggernaut wasn’t all fantasy

    Success revealed by data science and network theory.

    Game of Thrones is considered the most successful fantasy series of all time, and that’s in part because the characte...

    Culture November 3, 2020
  • Technology helps make better chess players

    But they still tend to peak in their mid-30s.

    Professional chess players have improved their game over the past century – particularly more recently with the adven...

    Culture October 21, 2020
  • A scientific guide to Western art

    Information theory reveals some interesting patterns.

    A unique collaboration between physicists, data scientists and art historians has provided a fresh look at 500 years ...

    Culture October 14, 2020
  • Be true to yourself on Facebook

    Research suggests it’s good for your well-being.

    It’s at first hard to know what to do with research that links “Facebook” and “authenticity”. Or perhaps that’s merel...

    Culture October 7, 2020
  • Is this a face you can rely on?

    Portrait analysis suggests rise in trustworthiness.

    Europeans have become more trustworthy over the past 500 years, and this is probably linked to an increase in living ...

    Culture September 24, 2020
  • Opinion

    Fred Watson: Greatest Science Cinematography

    Legendary astronomer picks space films that hit close to home.

    On a cold, wintery day there was nothing better than to sit down and check out this year’s SCINEMA International Scie...

    Culture August 18, 2020
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