Old, goopy museum specimens can tell fascinating stories of wildlife history. Finally, we can read them
Recovering important historical genetic data has been severely impeded by the methods used to preserve specimens.
We analysed data from 29,798 clean-ups around the world to uncover some of the worst litter hotspots
Litter hotspots were associated with socioeconomic factors such as a concentration of built infrastructure, less national wealth and the level of lighting at night.
Plastic in the ocean kills more threatened albatrosses than we thought
We examined the causes of death of 107 albatrosses and found ocean plastic is an underestimated threat.
A thread of the cosmic web: astronomers spot a 50 million light-year galactic filament
Until recently, the Universe's gas filaments have been elusive. But now one was detected with our ASKAP radio telescope.
Bad space weather may make life impossible near Proxima Centauri
We recently detected the signature of fierce space weather from Proxima Cen, which implies an orbiting planet could be blasted with hazardous particles and magnetic fields.
Healthcare, minerals, energy, food: how adopting new tech could drive Australia’s economic recovery
The pandemic has created or intensified opportunities for economic growth across six sectors benefiting from science and technology.
Aristotle and the chatbot: how ancient rules of logic could make artificial intelligence more human
By building therapy chatbots, we found using another kind of logic produces results that are more fallible, but also more like real people.
From superheroes to the risqué: 5 scientists tell the stories behind these species names
From a Hugh Jackman-esque spider to honouring traditional Indigenous words, these species have memorable names.
Vaccine progress report: the projects bidding to win the race for a COVID-19 vaccine
The race is on to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Australian researchers are leading several major clinical trials that might help bring an end to the deadly disease.
Emissions of methane – a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon dioxide – are rising dangerously
In Australia, methane emissions from fossil fuels are rising due to expansion of the natural gas industry, whereas agriculture emissions are falling.
Just how hot will it get this century? Latest climate models suggest it could be worse than we thought
The new values are a worrying outcome that no one wants, but one we must still grapple with.