• Individuality – beyond nature or nurture

    Fruit fly study links it to random variation in brain wiring.

    Whether to walk the straight and narrow or meander through life is one of countless traits attributed to a combinatio...

    People March 5, 2020
  • Pain of discrimination is real

    Neural and social factors contribute to ethnic differences.

    Scientists have found that racial discrimination literally does hurt, showing that African Americans feel more pain a...

    Society February 3, 2020
  • History

    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...

    Society January 19, 2020
  • 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...

    Society December 20, 2019
  • 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...

    Society December 19, 2019
  • 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...

    Society December 19, 2019
  • 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...

    Society December 15, 2019
  • 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...

    Society December 9, 2019
  • 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...

    Society December 4, 2019
  • World map rates sustainable food systems

    Comprehensive tool provides a benchmark for moving forward.

    Scientists have created a new global map of food system sustainability that rates each country on a sweeping series o...

    Society November 26, 2019
  • SCINEMA announces new award categories

    Australia’s largest science film festival is calling for entries.

    SCINEMA International Science Film Festival has officially opened entries for 2020, and this year there’s a host of n...

    Society November 21, 2019
  • Dr Karl wins prestigious Kalinga Prize

    He's been popularising science for almost 40 years.

    Dr Karl Kruszelnicki – or simply Dr Karl as he is best known – has become the first Australian to win the UNESCO Kali...

    Society November 20, 2019
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