Core Sciences

  • Waratah genome mapped for the first time

    Genetic puzzle of the iconic Australian flower is finally solved.

    In a world-first, researchers have mapped the genome of the striking crimson flower, Telopea speciosissima – the most...

    Plants January 12, 2022
  • Explainer

    Explainer: what is an isotope?

    And why do they seem to pop up in so many areas of science?

    If you’re a keen reader of science news, you may have seen the words “isotope” or “isotopic analysis” pop up in a few...

    Chemistry January 12, 2022
  • A crowning achievement in understanding head development

    ‘Constellations’ algorithm can accurately predict the fate of stem cells.

    How does a stem cell decide what to be when it grows up? Stem cells are remarkable for their ability to differentiate...

    Biology January 11, 2022
  • Greater Male Variability hypothesis challenged

    Sorry fellas, you’re not ‘more variable’ than women, and it doesn’t explain the gender pay gap.

    For over a century, the idea of ‘greater male variability’ has been used by some biologists to explain why there are ...

    Biology January 11, 2022
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    Stellar magnetism and frisky fairy-wrens.

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    Physics January 10, 2022
  • What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

    They’re unsightly, but school sores usually clear up within a few weeks, without any scarring.

    Impetigo, or “school sores”, is a contagious infection of the very top layer of skin. It’s most common in children ag...

    Biology January 7, 2022
  • History

    Sociobiology’s ant man is born

    A childhood mishap led E.O.Wilson to both ants and the halls of Harvard.

    This article was first posted on 10 June, 2018. Edward O. Wilson died last week, at the age of 92.Edward O. Wilson ...

    Biology January 7, 2022
  • No return to Eden

    The natural world is past conservation and restoration. We need to become interventionists and ec...

    Imagine this scenario. You are standing beside a highway and you see a tortoise slowly making its way across. A few h...

    Biology January 7, 2022
  • The Australian scientists greening ammonia for a sustainable future

    New technology shows the promise of an energy revolution.

    Monash University has exclusively licensed a new green ammonia technology to start-up Jupiter Ionics, a company co-fo...

    Sustainability January 7, 2022
  • Can a crystal change your life?

    There’s nothing mystical about the everyday marvel of crystals. In fact, you might be surprised t...

    The newspaper pull-out headline asked a simple question: “Can a crystal change your life?” As a chemist and crystallo...

    Chemistry January 7, 2022
  • Sonic cleanup: using sound to capture ocean microplastics

    A new, filter-free method of separating microplastics from seawater has been developed in Indonesia.

    Researchers in Indonesia have developed an innovative way to remove microplastics from water without the need for exp...

    Oceans January 7, 2022
  • How does popping candy work?

    What causes that characteristic crackle?

    How does popping candy work?JenniferIf you’ve upped your lolly intake over the past few weeks (we certainly have ...

    Chemistry January 6, 2022
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