Nature, food and kinship

Bringing Aboriginal food and plant knowledge to a new audience Most people know that Australia is home to many unique species and ecologies, but fewer of us have thought about how this uniqueness shapes traditional nutrition and other plant uses among Indigenous peoples. Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture by Bruce Pascoe … Continue reading Nature, food and kinship

Soil carbon sequestration: how will it work?

Soil carbon sequestration seems like a win for everyone: it improves soil quality, removes CO2 from the atmosphere, and provides an additional source of income for farmers via carbon credits. It forms a major part of the federal government’s plan to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050, with one official estimate suggesting that up … Continue reading Soil carbon sequestration: how will it work?

Cosmos Briefing: Is COP26 a game changer?

Scientists say that 2021 is our last chance to stop the effects of climate change from fundamentally disrupting the weather patterns we’ve relied on for millennia. After a year’s delay due to COVID, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference — also known as COP26 — is about to begin in Glasgow, providing a crucial … Continue reading Cosmos Briefing: Is COP26 a game changer?

Nature is for everyone

The outdoors has something for everyone, but is nature accessible to all? This panel explores the diverse value of nature, some of the barriers South Australians experience in accessing it, and showcases programs that are working to make it easier for everyone to connect to nature. Cosmos presents this recording from South Australia’s Nature Festival … Continue reading Nature is for everyone

The Hydrogen solution

Recent news about state hydrogen stategies brings this potential fuel solution back into the foreground. But what is hydrogen and why does it matter? Hydrogen is set to accelerate as a fuel source over the next decade, but we need to watch where it’s used, according to a Cosmos Briefing on the 11th of March … Continue reading The Hydrogen solution

Does science even know what truth is, anyway?

“You can’t just hope to pour a big bucket of science into [people] as if they’re just an empty vessel waiting to be filled,” says Associate Professor Antony Eagle.  It’s a matter of volume. It’s a matter of taste. It’s a matter of digestibility. Which means quality comes second. And that’s the core of a modern … Continue reading Does science even know what truth is, anyway?

Cosmos Briefing: The Circular Economy

What is the circular economy, and how can it be achieved? As experts discuss the topic, a new report shows that Australia could make money off recycling lithium-ion batteries. The COSMOS Briefing session was hosted by the Royal Institution of Australia’s lead scientist, Alan Duffy, with guest speakers Professor Veena Sahajwalla from the University of … Continue reading Cosmos Briefing: The Circular Economy

Five things you didn’t know about lithium

Our next regular Cosmos Briefing asks the question: Is Lithium the Answer? We are drilling down on lithium and the future of renewable energy with energy and mining experts. Ahead of the webinar on 21 January, we take a look at five things you didn’t know about lithium. Lithium has cosmic origins Lithium was the … Continue reading Five things you didn’t know about lithium