Driving on the Moon

Nearly obscured by earlier Moon landings – especially Apollo 11 – Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17 had the most significant scientific and exploration return of all their predecessors. Their astronauts stayed longer on the Moon and went further to collect samples and conduct experiments – courtesy of the remarkable lunar roving vehicle, LRV. These … Continue reading Driving on the Moon

Spotlight on photosynthesis

With the world population estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050, food production is a major challenge in keeping the world fed, and Australian science could be part of the solution. One key area of Australian agricultural research is photosynthesis, which is being explored by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis, led by … Continue reading Spotlight on photosynthesis

Spidey crane

If spiders aren’t scary enough, tangle-web spiders can catch really, really big prey with their crane-like pulley-system of silk. Researchers from the University of Trento, Italy, have documented a species of the Theridiidae family – of which the Australian red back is a member – that uses pre-stretched silk to create a pulley system for … Continue reading Spidey crane