The unbeatable poker-playing program
Artificial intelligence knows when to hold ’em and fold ’em.
When it comes to games, machines have left us in the dust – we’ve been trounced at draughts, chess, even the TV quiz ...
How animals survive the challenges of Antarctic
Video on the animals of the Antarctic.
This week Paul Willis of RiAus looks at the animals of the Antarctic and the harsh conditions under which they live. ...
The myriad uses of amazing graphene
Graphene has been hailed as a wonder-material.
What’s stronger than steel, tougher than a diamond and more conductive than copper? It’s graphene. This one atom thi...
Live prawns and gamma detectors
Powerful insights into the health of aquatic ecosystems.
Some research subjects can be very uncooperative. When Tom Cresswell started studying freshwater prawns to assess whe...
'May contain traces of nuts' – meaning?
What does this mean for those with allergies?
When someone suffering from a potentially fatal nut allergy reads "may contain traces of nuts" on a food product labe...
New antibiotic battles against drug resistance
A game-changer in the fight against drug-resistant infection?
A new class of antibiotic could be a game-changer in the fight against drug-resistant infection, scientists say. Te...
Whale holds the secrets to longer human life?
The bowhead whale is the longest living mammal on Earth.
The bowhead whale is the longest living mammal on Earth - it can live for more than 200 years and shows little eviden...
Is winemaking an art or science?
In vino veritas – in wine there is truth – says the Latin prover.
Coldstream in mid-winter is living up to its name. The township lies deep within the Yarra Valley, a region on Melbou...
Why can’t anything travel faster than light?
How we began trying to measure the speed of light.
We all know the number one traffic rule of the universe – nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. And that...
Building a robin red breast from Lego
A flock of British birds using Lego.
Tim Poulson has created a flock of British birds using Lego – a robin, kinfisher, puffin, goldfinch, woodpecker and b...
Seeing and believing
When seeing and believing aren’t the same.
The above circles are not moving, although they appear to be. The image comes from Clive Gifford's book Eye Benders: ...
Origami and the laws of physics
Ancient art provides solutions for folding telescopes and airbags.
Robert Lang's origami Black Forest cuckoo clock of 1987. More at www.langorigami.com – Robert Lang/ www.langorigami.c...