Posts by Eliza Keck
A star gazer’s quest to inspire others
As a child a drive in the countryside changed Dr Karen Lee-Waddell’s life, turning her gaze to the stars. Now she wants to inspire others.
Using synthetic biology to catch synthetic athletes
The dizzying amount of banned substances and doping techniques that are known to be in use by some athletes in elite sports has made the challenge of detecting them immense. Using synthetic biology to re-engineer a common diagnostic tool, we might be on the verge of a revolution in our capacity to catch cheats.
How to grow crops on Mars if we are to live on the red planet
If humans are to live on Mars they will need a stable supply of food. Earth plants are not suited to the Mars climate but we can engineer plants that are.
Plastic is deadly: how you can help
We calculated how many MCGs it would take to hold all the plastic in our oceans. Spoiler alert: a lot. Plastic is filling our oceans, killing animals and costing us billions. We need your help to solve this massive problem so here's what you can do about it.
Misty mountains and the Milky Way: out of this world astrophotography
Astrophiles, today is your lucky day: We have a collection of beautiful winning photos from the annual David Malin Awards. From Deep Sky to Solar Systems, Scientific to Aesthetic, the categories challenged photographers not just in their technical skills, but their eye for catching the beauty of the sky and ‘the intrinsic interest of astronomy’.
Happiness helps football players do better, and it could help economies too
Smiling is a reflection of confidence and greater confidence leads to a greater capacity to overcome complex situations, such as scoring a goal in the World Cup. We decided to explore whether this same smiling-creativity link holds for entire societies by looking at the relationship between happiness and creative capacity.
We discovered a 500 million year old gene, and you can name it!
We’ve discovered a gene that plays a critical role in regulating the body’s immune response to infection and disease. Now we want your help to name it.
Helping veterinary science turn over a new leaf
Our patented technology could help turn medicinal cannabis into potent pet pharmaceuticals with fewer side effects.
And the winner is…. Syd-en-ey!
You may have heard about the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery being brought to Australia by Elon Musk, but did you know that Australia actually has its own thriving lithium battery community?
How CSIRO researchers are tracking the evolution of Australian insects
We're working with insects fossilised in 100 million-year-old amber to help track the evolution of Australian insects.
The mysterious beast of Ningaloo Reef: revealing the secrets of whale sharks
We’re uncovering the secrets of whale sharks by tracking their movements at Ningaloo Reef.