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Vanessa Hayes

Vanessa Hayes

Humanity’s Birthplace: Why Everyone Alive Today Can Call This Place Home

5 min read

Where was the evolutionary birthplace of modern humans?

News

News

How Graffiti On Bus Shelters Actually Saves Lives

2 min read

Graffiti tags and other forms of vandalism at bus stops are oddly helping to save the lives of billions of birds.

Inspiration

Inspiration

Meet The Snorkeling Grandmothers Who Are Chasing Deadly Sea Snakes

4 min read

Armed with cameras and a bit of courage, this group of snorkelling grandmothers are helping to track a population of lethal sea snakes in waters off New Caledonia.

Byron Wilson

Byron Wilson

With Qantas Flying Non-Stop For 19 Hours, Here's A Reminder How Planes Stay In The Air

3 min read

Now that Qantas has flown into the history books after completing a record 19-hour flight from New York to Sydney, aeronautical engineer Byron Wilson answers the question on everyone's lips.

National

National

An Iceberg The Size Of Sydney Just Broke Off Antarctica's Edge

2 min read

Antarctica's 'loose tooth' is now bobbing around the ocean after an ice sheet the size of Sydney snapped off and floated out to sea.

National

National

Why You Should Take Photos Of Roadkill For Science

2 min read

Aussie drivers are being asked to take photos of roadkill they see because 'vehicles are the new predator on the block'.

National

National

'If Labradoodles Are Frankenstein’s Monster, We Need More Monsters'

3 min read

This week, the breeder who created the world’s first labradoodle made headlines for comparing himself to Dr. Frankenstein and saying the breed was his “life’s regret”.

Elisabetta Barberio

Elisabetta Barberio

I'm A Dark Matter Detective Solving The Universe's Biggest Mystery From 1km Below Ground

5 min read

My mother was a physicist.

Views

Views

There's No Climate Science Conspiracy, Strike Me Down If I'm Wrong

4 min read

The climate scientists are right. We're causing the world to get warmer. Let me explain why we can be sure.

World

World

Meet Kamuysaurus Japonicus, A New Dinosaur Species Discovered In Japan

2 min read

A new kind of dinosaur has been unearthed in Japan, and it's the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found in the country.

News

News

Loch Ness Monster Might Just Be A Giant Eel

2 min read

Scotland’s fabled Loch Ness monster could just be a giant eel, scientists said after an intensive analysis of traces of DNA in the Loch’s icy waters.

World

World

Scientists Have Found Lefty DNA For The First Time

2 min read

Scientists have proved for the first time left-handedness can be found in DNA.

World

World

1 In Every 3,600 British People Of European Descent Are Inbred: Study

2 min read

A new study looking into the health effects of extreme inbreeding has found that 1 in every 3652 British people with European ancestry are inbred.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

The 'No Gay Gene' Study Terrifies Me

6 min read

When I saw the headline, I must admit, my heart sank.

World

World

Science Says There's No Such Thing As A 'Gay Gene'

4 min read

There's no such thing as a single 'gay gene' that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue.

Melina Georgousakis

Melina Georgousakis

Wikipedia Is Sexist, But We're Trying To Fix It

4 min read

There are 1.7 million biographies on Wikipedia, however only about 18 percent of them are on women.

News

News

Hangovers Actually Slow Your Brain Down, Unsurprising Research Proves

2 min read

Aussie researchers tested people on a night out in Brisbane to figure out just how impaired their drinking made them the next day.

News

News

Wild Dolphin Adopts Whale Calf In A World-First Case

2 min read

In 2014, scientists noticed a bottlenose dolphin swimming with a calf that looked extremely strange -- eventually they realised the baby was a melon-headed whale, an entirely different species.

News

News

Human Organs To Be Grown In Animals As Hybrid Embryo Experiments Approved

2 min read

Stem-cell scientists have just received a world-first approval to create animal embryos containing human cells, with the goal of growing organs in animals that can be used for human transplants.

Science

Science

This Ominous Memorial Mourns The First Glacier Lost To Climate Change

2 min read

An ominous warning to the future has been erected in Iceland, after the world's first glacier was lost to climate change.

News

News

New Glow-In-The-Dark Shark Discovered, Which Produces Luminous Fluid To Hunt Prey

1 min read

A new species of shark has been identified in the Gulf of Mexico by a team of researchers, and the creature has one very distinctive feature — it glows in the dark.

Views

Views

Do I Have Face Blindness Or Am I Just An A**hole?

5 min read

Two years ago, I invited a girl I met at a lunch if she wanted to join my netball team. The only problem? She was already playing on it.

News

News

Forget The Farm, This Steak Comes From A Lab

1 min read

How would you like your steak done? Rare or singed by a Bunsen burner.

National

National

Body Farms And Brain Banks: Some Of The Ways You Can Donate Your Body To Science

4 min read

Deciding what you would like done with your remains after death can be a daunting decision.

Science

Science

This Cockatoo Is The First Animal Proven To Know How To Dance

2 min read

Snowball the sulphur-crested, headbanging cockatoo has been dancing his way through talk shows and commercials for years, baffling scientists around the world.

World

World

Russian Scientist Wants To 'De-Extinct' Mammoths To Fight Climate Change

4 min read

Could bringing back mammoths be the key to reversing the effects of climate change?

News

News

Scientists Are About To Deliberately Trap Themselves In Arctic Ice

3 min read

As the Arctic begins to freeze over in the coming months, scientists from 17 nations will be right in the middle of it all, studying the impact of climate change.

News

News

Cockroaches Are Crawling Closer To Invincibility From Pesticides

3 min read

The common cockroach are developing powerful resistance to bug spray, making them alarmingly difficult to kill.

Health

Health

Marathon Runner's Poo Makes Mice Run Faster

1 min read

A performance-enhancing microbe has been found in the poo of elite athletes, and it could help the rest of us.

The Project

The Project

The Seals That Are Making A Musical Splash

1 min read

These fresh honks are coming to a top ten playlist near you.

National

National

People Are More Likely To Return A Wallet With Cash In It: Study

2 min read

Would you return a lost wallet?

World

World

New Worm Species Discovered With Eyes In Its Bum

1 min read

This is a worm that can really see through your sh*t... and its own.

Tech

Tech

Most Extensive Search Through Space Confirms We Are Alone

2 min read

Researchers have confirmed we're all alone in the universe... for now.

Views

Views

If You Ask People To Do Climate Change Maths Their Answers Depend On Their Politics

6 min read

In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

World

World

NASA Gives Us Our Best-Ever Look At Saturn's Rings

2 min read

Though Saturn's rings might look smooth from down here, new observations -- closer than ever before -- tell a different story.

Science

Science

Giant Ice Age Wolf Head Found Perfectly Preserved In Russia

1 min read

Scientists have uncovered the head of a wolf, more than 40,000 years old, found in permafrost on the shore of a river

Science

Science

The WHO Just Recognised Traditional Chinese Medicine And Conservation Groups Are Mad

4 min read

The World Health Organisation's recognition of traditional medicines will have "repercussions for wild animals", green groups claim.

News

News

Three-Million-Year-Old "Mighty Mouse" Fossil Had Red Fur, Researchers Say

2 min read

Researchers studying the fossils of an extinct 3-million-year-old mouse made what they called "a major scientific breakthrough" in determining the animal's fur colour.

News

News

The Aussie 'Super Vaccine' That Could Save Millions Of Lives

3 min read

A new 'super vaccine' fighting both flu and pneumococcal diseases could save millions of lives in years to come.

News

News

Overbearing Ape Mums Help Sons Find Sexual Partners

2 min read

No, you didn't read that wrong -- a new study has found that bonobo mothers will do absolutely anything to ensure their son mates with a fertile female.

World

World

The Definition Of A Kilogram Officially Changes Today

2 min read

It's World Metrology Day and as a gift to us all, the scientific community has officially changed the definition of the kilogram. 

Science

Science

Keep Buying Tasteless Tomatoes? Scientists Have Found The Genetic Reason Why

2 min read

Scientists compared the genes of tomatoes across the world and discovered the gene that gives them their flavour was missing from around 93 percent of modern varieties.

News

News

Super Processed Foods Make You Eat More And Gain Weight

2 min read

Forget salt, sugar and fat, it's ultra-processed foods we need to worry about, according to a new study.

News

News

The Snake Bite 'Crisis' And The Race To Find A Universal Antivenom

3 min read

Snakebites kill as many as 140,000 people around the world each year, with and another 400,000 victims suffering major disabilities such as amputation.

World

World

Shrimp From The Deepest Point Of The Ocean Show Radiation From Nuclear Bombs

2 min read

Researchers have found that shrimp collected from the deepest points of the ocean contain radioactive carbon that they have absorbed from the detonation of nuclear bombs.

World

World

Plastic Rubbish Found At The Ocean's Deepest Point

1 min read

Victor Vescovo, an American millionaire and undersea explorer just made a record-breaking dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench -- and found plastic rubbish down there.

News

News

An Extinct Bird Species Has Evolved Back Into Existence, Study Finds

2 min read

The Aldabra rail became extinct around 136,000 years ago. Now, it's reclaimed its home island.

Tech

Tech

A Donor Kidney Has Been Transported By Drone For The First Time

2 min read

In a world-first operation, a donor kidney has been transported by drone, cutting down the valuable time needed to ensure successful transplantation.

Good News

Good News

First U.S. State To Pass Complete Styrofoam Ban In Bid To Combat Ocean Pollution

2 min read

It's the first state to prohibit restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and grocery stores from using the to-go foam containers because they cannot be recycled locally.

Science

Science

World-First Box Jellyfish Sting Antidote Has Just Been Discovered

3 min read

Australian researchers have unlocked an antidote for the world's most venomous creature -- the box jellyfish.

Cathal D O'Connell

Cathal D O'Connell

Why Finding Alien Life Seems Inevitable And Could Be Imminent

8 min read

Extraterrestrial life, that familiar science-fiction trope, that kitschy fantasy, that CGI nightmare, has become a matter of serious discussion, a “risk factor”, a “scenario”.

Health

Health

People Are Freaking Out Over An Anatomical Diagram Of Women's Milk Ducts

2 min read

An anatomical diagram detailing women's milk ducts has been shared on Twitter and people can't handle it.

Tech

Tech

Scientists Have Printed A 3D Heart For The First Time. Why Is It So Important?

2 min read

In a breakthrough experiment, researchers from Tel Aviv University have printed a 3D heart for the first time using a patient's own cells.

World

World

A Flight Attendant Is In A Coma After She Contracted Measles

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An El Al Airlines flight attendant is now in a coma and battling encephalitis after contracting measles.

World

World

Scientists Discovers 'Cosmic Beginnings' Of Universe After Decades Of Searching

2 min read

After decades of searching, scientists have finally found the first type of molecule in the universe.

News

News

OK So What's The Deal With The Pig Brain Coming Back To Life?

4 min read

Researchers have managed to restore the function of cells in dead pigs' brains using a circulation of artificial liquid

Science

Science

In A World First, An Ice Age Animal Body Has Been Found With Blood Still Inside

1 min read

For the first time in history, scientists have extracted liquid blood from an ancient animal body preserved in permafrost -- a 42,000-year-old foal.

World

World

Trolls Target The Woman Behind The Groundbreaking Black Hole Image

4 min read

Last week, two photos were beamed around the world: the first ever image of a black hole, and the excited face of the woman who helped make it happen.

Food

Food

Could An Additive In Fish And Chips Stop Your Flu Vaccine Working?

3 min read

A new study has found a link between a commonly-used food preservative and an altered immune response that could change the efficacy of the flu vaccine.

National

National

New Aussie Wasp Species Named After Oreos And 'Doctor Who' Aliens

1 min read

Because why not.

World

World

Ancient Whale Had Four Legs And Could Walk On Land, Scientists Say

2 min read

A fossilised whale with four legs, webbed feet and hoofed toes is revealing new details about the evolution and geographical spread of whales across the globe.

Good News

Good News

It Turns Out Dogs Can Smell Epileptic Seizures

1 min read

Previous research has found that dogs can sniff out diseases such as cancer and malaria with high levels of accuracy. Now a study has found that dogs can also smell epileptic seizures.

Good News

Good News

The Chocolate You Can Taste Through Your Memories

1 min read

Spanish chef Jordi Roca is bringing back a bit of sweetness into the lives of those with an impaired sense of taste, with a chocolate that people experience through memories.

News

News

Anaesthetic Could Help Treat PTSD And Cure Phobias, New Study Finds

2 min read

Scientists have found that sedating a person immediately after recalling a traumatic memory, actually numbs the emotional parts just hours later.

World

World

A Woman Just Won The 'Maths Nobel Prize' For The First Time

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American Karen Uhlenbeck has won the 2019 Abel prize, often referred to as "maths Nobel" prize -- becoming the first woman to do so.

News

News

Science Says You're Not A Real Adult Until Your 30s

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If you're in your 20s and are still struggling to 'adult' -- don't stress, because science has your back.

World

World

Antarctic Solar Farm To Soak Up Heat In World's Largest Desert

2 min read

An Australian research station in Antarctica is a little more enviro-friendly as of Tuesday, after a new solar farm was turned on the first time.

National

National

Mums Inspire Their Girls To Be Their Own Captain Marvel

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Young girls and their mums are coming together at coding workshops aimed at changing their perception of what the internet can -- and should -- look like: more Captain Marvels and less men in hoodies.

#IWD2019

#IWD2019

A Year Of Total Boss Moments From Australian Women

2 min read

International Women's Day is a chance to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world.

National

National

Surprise New Link Between Baby Formula And Obesity

1 min read

A decade-long Australian study has drawn a new link finding that feeding babies earlier can lead to childhood obesity.

National

National

New Aussie Spiders Are The Size Of A Rice Grain, And Harmless

2 min read

Apparently, not every animal in Australia wants to kill you.

Jarryd Bartle

Jarryd Bartle

10 Drop Dead Amazing Facts About Corpses

6 min read

Face it, at some point all of us are going to shuffle off this mortal coil and enter the abyss. But what happens with what is left behind?

National

National

Incredible Breakthrough That Could Turn Back Climate Change

2 min read

Australian scientists have turned carbon dioxide back into coal, in what is being touted as a possible rewind of the emissions clock.

National

National

Why Are We Here? New Aussie Telescope Could Answer The Biggest Question

3 min read

Australia's rugged outback will soon be home to the world's largest telescope, and what it could potentially tell us is mind-bending.

Health

Health

Would You Brush Your Teeth With Broken Glass?

2 min read

That's what scientists who've created a toothpaste ingredient out of glass want to know.

Health

Health

A New Peanut Allergy Treatment Could Mean Peanut Butter For Everyone

2 min read

A new peanut allergy treatment out of Melbourne could help save lives -- and put PB&J sandwiches back on the menu.

Health

Health

Science Says This 15-Minute Trick Will Help You Lose Weight ... And It's Not Exercise

2 min read

Scientists have given this weight-loss trick -- that takes just 15 minutes a day -- a big tick of approval.

Craig O'Neill

Craig O'Neill

How The Dinosaurs REALLY Went Extinct

6 min read

It’s almost 40 years since scientists discovered what wiped out the dinosaurs: an asteroid hitting Earth near modern-day Mexico. That was it, or so we thought.

Health

Health

Depressed? Science Says You Should Go For a 15-Minute Run

1 min read

New evidence suggests that even a small amount of exercise -- 15 minutes of jogging a day, for example -- could lower your risk of depression.

Health

Health

Science Says Cervical Cancer Could Be Eliminated By 2100

4 min read

Cervical cancer could potentially be eliminated as a major public health threat in the majority of the world by the end of this century, a new study says.

News

News

Why Sharks Are Here To Cure You Not Kill You

2 min read

The great white shark, one of the most fearsome predators in the world’s oceans in both fact and fiction, is a formidable creature — right down to its genes.

Health

Health

Aussie Scientists Have Figured Out A Way To Stop Our Memory-Based Fears

2 min read

Researchers at the University of Queensland have discovered a way to modify our DNA to help inhibit fears generated by experience-based memories.

Health

Health

Depression Could Make Your Brain Age Faster

3 min read

Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline -- and finding some worrisome clues.

Health

Health

Scientists Explain Why Your Sunday Roast Could Be Killing You

2 min read

According to research from the University of Colorado, the chemicals released while cooking a roast could make household air more polluted and "worse than Dehli".

World

World

'Truly Remarkable': Scientists Use Harpoon To Skewer Space Junk

2 min read

A European satellite could be the answer scientists are looking for to clean up tonnes of space-junk orbiting through space around Earth.

Tech

Tech

'It's Getting Dark': NASA Makes Final Attempt To Contact Missing Mars Rover 'Oppy'

3 min read

NASA will make its final attempt to get Mars rover Opportunity to phone home on Wednesday night, after "Oppy" lost contact with Earth in a dust storm.

News

News

We're Losing Bees And Butterflies But Gaining Cockroaches And Flies

2 min read

Nearly half of the world's insect species are at risk of extinction, threatening the collapse of nature.

National

National

Why A Taxidermist Has Donated Her Body To Be Plasticised

3 min read

Julia deVille first heard about the practice of plastination when it was embroiled in international controversy. 

News

News

Bee-lieve It Or Not, Bees Can Do Maths

2 min read

Australian researchers have discovered that bees can actually add and subtract.

News

News

Lost A USB Stick? Well, One Was Found In Frozen Seal Poo

1 min read

New Zealand scientists found a memory stick inside of a frozen slab of Seal poo

Tech

Tech

Our Phones Could Soon Be Powered By WiFi

1 min read

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way to convert radio signals into power which could allow phones, tablets, laptops and medical devices to run without a battery.

Health

Health

Science Says These Two Things May Help Women Live Longer

3 min read

A new study has found that body size and exercise may make a big difference for women in the long term.

Health

Health

Sniffing Chips Can Apparently Curb Your Cravings For Them

1 min read

Honestly, is there really anything better in the world than a bag of hot chips?

World

World

CERN Announces MUCH Larger Hadron Collider

2 min read

A 100-kilometre long machine is being built in Europe and could tell us what is making our universe grow and how it does it.

Health

Health

This Study Claims The Pill Changes Who Women Are Attracted To

3 min read

According to the research whether or not you were on birth control when you met your partner is kind of a big deal.

National

National

S'Not Joking, This Marine Biologist Is Collecting Whale Snot For Science

2 min read

We've all seen or watched the majestic moment a whale comes to the water's surface and strikes a blow.

Health

Health

Does Intermittent Fasting Actually Work? This Study May Finally Have The Answer

3 min read

A new study from the University of Adelaide found that obese women lost more weight when following an Intermittent Fasting (IF) diet plan than by cutting calories alone.

News

News

Turns Out ASMR Might Be Good For You

1 min read

It’s not just good for tingles in your neck and head, it might also help you have a happier life

Views

Views

How China Landed A Spacecraft On The Dark Side Of The Moon

5 min read

One small step for no man. One giant leap for China.

Health

Health

Watching Veins Vanish Is 2019's Answer To Pimple Popping

2 min read

Popping cysts and digging out blackheads are so 2018, don't you know?