Cosmos Q&A: Why we must value parasites
Researchers propose a global conservation plan.
Parasites don’t get great PR or a lot of consideration when we're talking conservation. An international team hopes t...
Is this how human sperm really move?
New research challenges centuries-old assumption.
We know what human sperm do, but it seems we may be wrong about one aspect of how they do it. Research by fertilit...
Rachel Makinson and the science of wool
Distinguished career began on a temporary basis.
Rachel Makinson joined the radiophysics laboratory at Australia’s then Council of Scientific and Industrial Research ...
Can water be two types of liquid?
Researchers offer evidence to support decades-old theory.
Cold water behaves strangely. For starters, it expands rather than contracting as it cools (which is why ice floats),...
Filling the gaps in our genomic maps
Scientists report first complete assembly of human chromosome.
Scientists say they have determined the complete sequence of a human chromosome for the first time and at an unpreced...
Build it like an earwig wing
Insect-inspired fans offer wide-ranging applications.
When you marvel over inspirational things in nature, the earwig (Proreus simulans) doesn’t tend to come to mind. A gr...
Maria Goeppert Mayer: from nuisance to Nobel
Success and professorships were family affairs.
The co-winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics was Maria Goeppert Mayer – one of only two women to receive it since...
Here’s why this happens
The physics behind waves that light up a beach.
Blue waves made quite a splash along the coast off southern California earlier this year, but it’s not an unusual phe...
Lab-grown cells used to study viruses
Ability to ‘fast fail’ may accelerate success.
Australian scientists have found that human airway cells grown in a laboratory can reliably be used to study respirat...
The supersizing of quantum physics
Smashing noise limits by squeezing light.
Quantum physics is the realm of tiny particles no longer. Scientists at the giant gravitational wave detector LIGO in...
Understanding how brains fold and misfold
Study offers new genetic insights into a critical process.
Australian and Swiss researchers say they have new clues to how a baby’s brain folds as it develops in the womb, a pr...
Homemade masks can work, physics suggests
But don’t expect a bandana to do the job.
Physics suggests that homemade masks are useful in a pandemic, as long as they’re the right sort and fitted right. ...