Core Sciences

  • Water’s metal tally

    A trick in a synchrotron has made water behave like a metal.

    An international team of scientists has succeeded in making droplets of water behave like a metal.On a chemical l...

    Chemistry July 29, 2021
  • How a 310-million-year-old brain works

    Well-preserved horseshoe-crab brain fills gaps in evolutionary knowledge.

    While hard appendages like bone and shell can be preserved as fossils for millions of years, palaeontology’s enduring...

    Palaeontology July 27, 2021
  • Cherry-picked COVID-19 statistics: Volume 2

    Were the weekend’s “Freedom Rallies” based on science?

    A flyer recently dropped into the letterboxes of some New South Wales residents urged people to attend the controvers...

    Mathematics July 27, 2021
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    Lifting things with sound waves

    Watch a polystyrene ball get levitated by sound waves alone.

    Watch a hemisphere of ultrasound transducers that create sound waves, lifting a polystyrene ball off a reflective sur...

    Physics July 26, 2021
  • For softshell turtles, you’re male until you're female

    The strange world of the reptile gender reveal.

    Softshell turtle embryos start as males, but with the right temperature and proteins can become female before they ha...

    Animals July 26, 2021
  • A quick way to weigh molecules

    Researchers have found a simpler way to identify chemicals.

    A mystery substance is analysed and found to contain, let’s say, five compounds. How is that analysis actually done? ...

    Chemistry July 26, 2021
  • Video

    The polymer brush solution

    Molecule-sized brushes: how on earth could they work?

    Polymer brushes are substances with a range of medical and environmental uses - environmentally friendly cleaning pro...

    Physics July 22, 2021
  • Ancient viruses found in Tibetan glacier

    Scientists uncover unknown viruses trapped in 15,000-year-old ice.

    It sounds like the opening scene of an apocalyptic movie: scientists drilling ice cores from an ancient glacier uncov...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • Super-strength spider silk made by bacteria

    New bacteria engineered to produce fibre as tough as steel.

    If you’re scared of spiders but also need really strong silk, have no fear, because engineers at Washington Universit...

    News July 21, 2021
  • DNA solves riddle of extinct Xerces butterfly

    Museum DNA confirms the extinction of the Xerces blue butterfly.

    Near-century-old butterfly DNA  has confirmed that the Xerces blue butterfly, famously wiped out by humans in the 194...

    Biology July 21, 2021
  • Super-fast Hendra test

    Developers claim new testing kit can detect killer virus in minutes.

    Tests for the deadly Hendra virus, most often found in horses but transmissible to humans, can be quicker than ever t...

    Innovate & Tech July 21, 2021
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    Engineering a Virus

    What you need to know about gain of function research

    Gain-of-function research is a technique used in virology and genetics to alter the function of a virus, in order to ...

    Biology July 20, 2021
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