Core Sciences

  • When bacteria behave like liquid crystals

    Two studies watch closely as they move and build.

    Two studies just released cast new light on the cunning ways of bacteria. Both involve collaboration – and prompt com...

    Biology November 24, 2020
  • Solar device that takes pressure off doctors

    Engineers find a way to keep things really hot.

    This rather unassuming looking set-up on a research station roof in Mumbai, India, could play a part in improving med...

    Engineering November 21, 2020
  • Whip you up a diamond? No pressure

    Researchers do it in the lab, at room temperature.

    Australian-led research has taken a leaf out of Superman’s comic book and created diamonds at room temperature for th...

    Physics November 20, 2020
  • On the wings of an owl

    And maybe, one day, the wings of an aircraft.

    There’s a lot of learning going on about how owls fly – and what we can learn from that. Last month, as reported i...

    Physics November 20, 2020
  • Dark chemistry in a lab as cold as space

    Making glycine without UV opens world of possibilities.

    An international team of astrochemists has produced glycine – the simplest amino acid – in a lab that simulates the d...

    Chemistry November 18, 2020
  • Making saliva is quite a complex business

    Study tracks down where all the proteins come from.

    There’s more to saliva than meets the eye – and mouth. Researchers in the US and Norway have taken a close look at wh...

    Biology November 18, 2020
  • Can we control where lightning strikes?

    Laser technology offers some tantalising clues.

    Pioneering laser technology could be used to tame lightning and control where it strikes the ground, according to an ...

    Physics November 14, 2020
  • A cheat sheet to help know your neurons

    Researchers develop new way to sort and classify them.

    Not all neurons are equal, so researcher are building a “cheat sheet” to clarify things. In the largest categorisa...

    Biology November 13, 2020
  • Microbiota catalogue just got bigger

    Thousands of new species discovered using DNA.

    Scientists have deciphered 12,566 new species of microbiotas from DNA samples, expanding the diversity of bacteria an...

    Biology November 10, 2020
  • Shining a light on wine fraud

    New technique looks for fingerprints to prove origin.

    Australian wine scientists are testing the potential of molecular fingerprinting to quickly authenticate the provenan...

    Chemistry November 7, 2020
  • A new spin on atoms

    Strange things happen when they get really close.

    US researchers have developed a way to control and measure atoms that are so close together they are impossible to di...

    Physics November 3, 2020
  • History

    Robert Hooke, a man for the times

    An underrated overachiever in the world of science.

    Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that. Hooke was born in England, ...

    Physics October 30, 2020
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