A researcher from Australian government science organisation CSIRO collects gametes – sperm and eggs – from the stony coral species Acropora millepora in a lab at Exmouth, Western Australia.
As corals spawn at night, the biologist must wear a red headtorch to fool them into thinking it’s still past dusk.
Curated content from the editorial staff at Cosmos Magazine.
Read science facts, not fiction...
There’s never been a more important time to explain the facts, cherish evidence-based knowledge and to showcase the latest scientific, technological and engineering breakthroughs. Cosmos is published by The Royal Institution of Australia, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Financial contributions, however big or small, help us provide access to trusted science information at a time when the world needs it most. Please support us by making a donation or purchasing a subscription today.