Some clues to why Peter Pan discs exist
British astronomers reveal the ‘Neverland parameters’.
Peter Pan discs that seemingly “never grow up” have intrigued us since citizen scientists first made us aware of thei...
Early disc galaxy puts theories in a spin
It’s huge and distant, so how did it form?
Astronomers have found a massive rotating disc galaxy that formed just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, when the...
Megafauna fossils found in tropical Australia
Rich site suggests climatic change drove extinction.
More than 40,000 years ago, Australia’s tropical northeast was home to species of giant birds, reptiles and marsupial...
Fossil captures plants in transition
A new old species from an important time
Scientists have discovered an ancient plant species they say provides another piece in the evolutionary jigsaw. Th...
Earth ‘wobbled’ before two major earthquakes
It’s not clear, though, whether this will happen again.
The earth “wobbled” before two of the largest earthquakes in recent history, according to a new study, but it’s not c...
Worms programmed to die early
It appears to be all for the sake of the colony.
Here’s one for the evolutionary theorists. British researchers say they have found worms that are genetically pred...
The COVID-19 spread: What do we know?
Cosmos’s Editor-at-Large talks to Australian experts.
Taking my dog out for a walk, I’ve noticed a new etiquette. As I cross paths with people, they are not making eye con...
Gondwana in amber
Fossil trove sheds light on ancient antipodean ecology.
An international team of palaeontologists has discovered an assortment of intact amber fossils in the Southern Hemisp...
Australia’s response to COVID-19 modelled
Moving from preparedness to targeted response.
By Jodie McVernon and James McCaw Mathematical models of infectious disease are representations of the way infecti...
Why some countries have few COVID-19 cases
Several possibilities, hopefully not low testing rates.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Wuhan, China in December 2019, we have seen the virus spread to over 160 countri...
Five vampire traits that exist in the real world
Count Dracula's characteristics can be found in nature.
When asked to describe a vampire, most people think of a tall, pale creature, with fangs and a cloak. But were the cr...
The first photograph of Earth taken from space
On 24 October 1946, rocket scientists captured the first images of Earth taken from space.
This is the first photograph of Earth ever taken from space. It was captured on 24 October 1946 from a rocket 105 km ...