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  • The Kessler syndrome

    Meet the man who predicted the threat of space junk.

    In Neal Stephenson’s 2015 novel Seveneves, he imagines that the Earth’s moon breaking into seven pieces. This being a...

    Astronomy October 24, 2021
  • Bernardino Ramazzini is on the job

    Delve into the life of the Italian physician who is often called “the father of occupational medi...

    Looking for a career in healthcare? Occupational medicine, with its focus on treating work-related injuries and illne...

    Health October 17, 2021
  • Ruth Benerito saves cotton

    With the world agog over synthetic fabrics, a chemist and her colleagues ‘smoothed out’ cotton – ...

    In 1938–39, a department store in the United States capital, Washington, DC, featured a “Fabrics of the Future” exhib...

    Chemistry October 10, 2021
  • Sir Tannatt William Edgeworth David - knight in the old brown hat

    In 1920, Tannatt William Edgeworth David was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.  This gave b...

    Earth September 19, 2021
  • John Maynard Keynes figures the odds

    It took a deep understanding of high mathematics to reshape the world’s economy.

    In his 1979 book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams introduced the concept of the Infinite Improbabi...

    Core Sciences September 5, 2021
  • John Cade takes a chill pill

    Australian scientist led the way in establishing lithium’s mood-stabilising powers.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared 10 October to be World Mental Health Day, with an aim “to raise awar...

    Australia August 29, 2021
  • Frank Fenner – Australian original

    Best known for his role in eradicating smallpox, Fenner was also passionate about the environment.

    Each year the Australian Government recognises the nation’s scientists and science educators by awarding the Prime Mi...

    Australia August 22, 2021
  • Otto Rohwedder and the greatest thing

    The man that made the thing that made it possible to say the thing.

    How does one describe greatness and its many orders of magnitude? We can say something is simply great, or add a defi...

    Automation August 15, 2021
  • Nobel Prize–winning physicist dies

    Steven Weinberg walked with Newton and Maxwell.

    Steven Weinberg, named by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, as “one of the greatest theoretical p...

    Core Sciences August 8, 2021
  • Alice Hamilton hates heavy metal

    This medical pioneer deplored the devastating effects of leaded petrol when it was first introduc...

    In the early 1920s, scientists from a wide range of disciplines were involved in what the United States Environmental...

    Features July 25, 2021
  • Jane Marcet teaches chemistry

    One of the world’s most influential chemistry teachers wasn’t trained as a scientist.

    Jane Marcet wasn’t a scientist, and yet during her life she exerted tremendous influence over the practice of science...

    Chemistry June 6, 2021
  • History

    Federico Faggin dips a chip

    The man who developed the first commercial microprocessor, the Intel 4004.

    Early 50th birthday greetings to car maker and would-be space traveller Elon Musk, born on 28 June 1971 in Pretoria, ...

    Features May 23, 2021
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