Six spooky creatures to scare you this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, so we’ve asked the staff here at Cosmos to nominate their favourite scary creatures to share with you. Irukandji jellyfish These tiny jellyfish, found in tropical waters including around northern Australia, carry a mean sting. Both the ‘bell’ (main body) and tentacles carry highly venomous stingers. Getting stung leads … Continue reading Six spooky creatures to scare you this Halloween

Bone idle: distressed palaeontologists call for a halt to fossil digs

Happy Fossil Day from Cosmos! Palaeontologists simply can’t stop finding fossils, and leading researchers say it’s beginning to get concerning. “We have museums bursting at the seams with specimens – every day we’re rediscovering and reclassifying species we collected centuries ago,” says Associate Professor Trevor ‘Tee’ Wrecks, a palaeontologist from the State Museum of Eastern … Continue reading Bone idle: distressed palaeontologists call for a halt to fossil digs

Middle-earth region achieves 100% renewable energy

Happy Hobbit Day from Cosmos! The Shire has become Middle-earth’s first region to run entirely on sustainably renewable energy for a year. Five years ago, advocates in the Shire set up a hydroelectric generator harnessing the rivers that run through the region. The scheme was the brainchild of a well-respected gardener. “I travelled a lot … Continue reading Middle-earth region achieves 100% renewable energy

Vaccine rollout to begin for Wookiees

The new Ergapa vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 has been approved for immediate emergency delivery on Kashyyyk. The rollout will be available for all Wookiees involved in border control, or over the age of 470 from May the 4th. A demographic at great risk of contracting COVID-19 are Wookiees. Despite their shaggy exterior, Wookiees are considered an … Continue reading Vaccine rollout to begin for Wookiees

Astronomers declare no further research required

Scientists across the world have declared that no further research is required in the field of astronomy, saying that everything about space is now sufficiently understood.  The decision, announced today at the virtual Global Consortium of Astronomy, Astrology and Astrophysics conference, was met with applause but not surprise from the astronomical community.  “The Pluto thing distracted … Continue reading Astronomers declare no further research required