Aww, rats: Australian research rodents prove to be poor earners
Australia’s primary supplier of rodents for scientific research is closing down in a couple of years – it doesn’t make enough money, says its owner, the Western Australia Government. Experts believe that unless something’s done, we’ll likely face a critical shortage of research rats and mice in the future.
A short history of driving on the Moon
A new book examines the last three Apollo Moon missions and the remarkable lunar rovers that assisted their astronauts’ explorations.
Australian made mRNA vaccines
For months, experts have been calling for mRNA to be manufactured onshore. It’s not too late to kick-start the process, if the will is there.
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The city of the future
The planet is in crisis. Sustainable cities must be the answer – and engineers can build them.
23 - 29 Jul 2021
What Gorgon’s shortfall means for carbon capture; billionaires blast off; Mitra Safavi-Naeini on using physics in the fight against cancer; the age of water; should we keep native animals as pets?
16 - 22 Jul 2021
International lessons for Australia’s reopening; Starlink’s threat to astronomy’s future; video calls enter the third dimension; new National Park showcases oldest animals on Earth; Claudia Vickers on the synthetic biology revolution.
02 - 08 Jul 2021
The path to reopening Australia; Water woes in the Murray-Darling Basin; Studying dementia through sound; Lidia Morawska on how to build to protect against aerosol; Construction embraces an AI future.
25 Jun - 01 Jul 2021
Barry Jones’ $15billion plan; Science of truffles; Do we need an AI Commissioner?; Silicon chip an atom wide; Geologist Nicholas Flament’s Next Big Thing.
18 - 24 Jun 2021
Where your flight carbon offsets go; Alan Finkel on the future of transport; astrophysicists posit UFO possibilities; Sarah Pearce explains how the new WA telescope looks back to the Big Bang; why Venus is the next planet of interest.
11 - 17 Jun 2021
Sports injury forecast in a blood test; Ross Garnaut’s $15bn plan; winning with climate science in Federal Court; Next Big Thing: krill and Earth’s health; developing viruses for forgotten flaviviruses.
04 - 10 Jun 2021
Mitochondria helping fitness; robots that can choose; Ian Gust spends $15bn on Australia’s future; the science of breaking bad; Éva Plagányi brings maths to marine resources
28 May - 03 Jun 2021
What could be built instead of the Hunter Valley gas-fired power station; Agri-tech innovator Sarah Nolet’s next big thing; Deepfake geography’s perils and potential; Building a telescope on the moon; Behind the scenes with the world’s most powerful microscopes;
21 - 27 May 2021
Internet of livestock things; COVID-19 and the ethics of patent waiver; Carbon capture creativity; PCR’s unexpected uses; CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall’s next best thing.
14 - 20 May 2021
Flying cars; genetic doping in sport; AI hunting misinformation; the questions of long COVID; and arguments in bushfire science.
07 - 13 May 2021
A seismograph on your phone; Inside Australia’s vaccine advisory group; Bruce Pascoe’s farm of the future; Next Best Thing: PM’s innovation prize-winner Thomas Maschmeyer; Modelling’s non-COVID uses.
30 Apr - 06 May 2021
Whyalla’s green steel; Can we get brainjacked?; Chief Scientist Cathy Foley’s Next Big Thing; How algorithms can transform clinical trials; What’s it like to be a test pilot?