School smarts more than reading and maths
Academic and cognitive skill training goes both ways.
It’s well established that cognitive abilities such as reasoning, memory and focussed attention help children do well...
Sign languages grew from five lineages
Scientists merge linguistics with evolutionary biology.
Delving into centuries-old manuscripts depicting dozens of sign language alphabets, scientists have identified five p...
Traditional record of a modern problem
Japanese fish rubbings tell about threatened species.
Welcome to the world of alternative biodiversity records. Since the last Edo period, around the middle of the 19th c...
Modern culture isn’t evolving that quickly
Study suggests it's basically on pace with biological evolution.
We’re surrounded by an avalanche of new arts, technologies and scientific discoveries, so it’s easy for us humans to ...
Melvil Dewey gets things sorted
His classification system made libraries orderly and valuable.
The world of science can be found in the world’s libraries. That we can find it at all, owes much to the work of Melv...
The weird world of science in 2019
Joe Milton from the Science Media Centre picks 10 favourites.
Rats learned to drive tiny cars and loved it Unlike our driving lessons, tests showed rats were less stressed when...
Culture vultures may live longer
Study highlights health benefits of engaging with the arts.
By Natalie ParlettaThose who think enjoying a good dose of culture is arty-farty could be missing out, with a new stu...
Body image a serial problem
Even in remote villages, TV makes people prefer thinner women.
New research adds weight to the claim that watching television makes people prefer thinner female bodies. Research...
Citizens needed to spot Australian butterflies
They’re easy to see and lovely to look at, but data is patchy.
The funny thing about butterfly citizen science in Australia is that you might have contributed already – you just do...
There’s hope for narcissistic teens
They’ll probably grow out of it, like the rest of us.
It’s common for people “of a certain age” to bemoan the self-centredness of today’s teenagers, but they do tend to gr...
An artist, a farmer and a scientist walked into a bar
Unlikely collaboration redefined physicist’s approach to climate.
We generally hear climate change discussed as a technical challenge that will be solved with bigger wind turbines, mo...
Citizen scientists ‘deserve more credit’
Call to recognise indigenous knowledge too.
Academic journals should allow citizen scientists and indigenous knowledge to be formally recognised on papers, resea...