Earthworms can sometimes surprise us
Australia is richly endowed with earthworm biodiversity, but of the 750 or so named species of earthworm in Australia, very few have been found in arid environments. The Broken Hill earthworm, a new genus and species, was a serendipitous find in an unexpected location.
Ru Paul flying for science
Together with our research partners, we have given scientific names to 150 new species in the past year.
Breakthrough allows scientists to determine the age of endangered native fish using DNA
Determining the age of fish has been historically difficult, primarily involving lethal methods. A new DNA test solves this problem.
Like finding life on Mars’: why the underground orchid is Australia’s strangest, most mysterious flower
The underground orchid, Rhizanthella, is perhaps the strangest Australian orchid of them all. We explain why.
We accidentally found a whole new genus of Australian daisies. You’ve probably seen them on your bushwalks
This stroke of serendipity shows how much there is still to be learned about the natural history of Australia. Surely more surprises are out there waiting for us.
750 legs and stinky: The miniature lives of millipedes
It's the leggiest animal in the world. It can glow in the dark. And it produces a stinky smell. Dr Juanita Arrieta introduces us to the weird world of millipedes!
We re-imagined Elton John as insects, and it kind of works.
We’re not ones to start a conspiracy theory that Elton John was drawing inspiration from insects throughout his entire musical career but, coincidence? We think not.
10 things you need to know about collections
First compiled by explorers and natural historians, now ecologists and other researchers, collections are catalogues for the phenomenal diversity of life on Earth, which—in a world of receding ecosystems—are only growing more important as records and reservoirs of understanding.
Pen to pixel, 1983–2018 in scientific illustration
Just like the ever-forking numbers of insect species branching off and evolving, so too, do the techniques of the art world ramify in their attempt to capture the beauty of the natural world.
Interronauts | Episode 14: Robolibrarians, medical marijuana for pets, dwindling Antarctica, and +200 new species
Jesse and Ketan talk about robo-cars and thankless waves, medical marijuana for pets, a dwindling Antarctica, and our discovery of over 200 new species.
A spectrum of our insect collection takes flight for Questacon’s ‘Colour’ exhibit
Questacon's latest exhibit 'Colour: See the world in a new light' is now open and features a dazzling array of insects from our collections, their colours, how they use them, and how they evolved.