Core Sciences

  • The physics of porpoises

    When it comes to catching prey, porpoises really use their heads.

    Porpoise sonar is one of many enduring mysteries surrounding porpoises Are they really as happy as they seem? Are the...

    Physics October 21, 2021
  • The plastic wrap

    Tiny plastic debris is changing not just land and sea – now air as well.

    From the deepest ocean trenches to the peaks of the highest mountains, plastics can now be found everywhere, and figu...

    Climate October 21, 2021
  • Giddy-up: origins of the domestic horse uncovered

    Ancient equine mystery traced to the steppes of the northern Caucasus.

    The modern domestic horse is beloved worldwide as a favoured pet or an aid in the busy work of tending crops and live...

    Civilisations October 21, 2021
  • Mountains of space junk could carry us to Mars

    New project aims to recycle and refine space trash into rocket fuel.

    Space is big. Really big. And there's not much up there – except all the trash. And that's suddenly become a valuable...

    Space Exploration October 20, 2021
  • Watching proteins dance

    Study finds a way to visualise these teeny powerhouses of the body.

    Proteins are so small that visualising them working in a cell has long been elusive, but a new study, published in Ce...

    Biology October 19, 2021
  • The drive to put hydrogen on South Australian roads

    Business SA has issued a roadmap for the state to reach a hydrogen-powered future, but a few poth...

    The potential for hydrogen to become an industrial-scale fuel is being touted as an essential state election issue fo...

    Energy October 19, 2021
  • Why are viruses considered non-living?

    Viruses lack many of the features that are considered signs of life.

    Viruses: living or non-living? Viruses are responsible for some of the world's most dangerous and deadly diseases, i...

    Biology October 15, 2021
  • Who’s killing physics?

    The renowned German author, theoretical physicist and Research Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute ...

    On a recent visit to my mom’s place, I searched through my old stuff for something my children might like. One book t...

    Physics October 15, 2021
  • Video

    The Hydrogen solution

    Experts discuss the future of hydrogen as a fuel.

    Recent news about state hydrogen stategies brings this potential fuel solution back into the foreground. But what is ...

    Earth October 14, 2021
  • Epigenetics and pregnancy stress: should we be scared?

    Does stress affect unborn babies, or is that idea just another stress for mothers?

    Preparing for a child is hard, and it’s only exacerbated by all the information that gets thrown at mothers about wha...

    Biology October 14, 2021
  • Adding new buzz to controversial insecticide

    Fast-acting imidacloprid crystals could reduce the quantities needed.

    A team of US chemists has found a way to make the insecticide imidacloprid more effective, claiming that its faster-a...

    Chemistry October 12, 2021
  • Ruth Benerito saves cotton

    With the world agog over synthetic fabrics, a chemist and her colleagues ‘smoothed out’ cotton – ...

    In 1938–39, a department store in the United States capital, Washington, DC, featured a “Fabrics of the Future” exhib...

    Chemistry October 10, 2021
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