FEATURES - In depth articles on current research in Australia and abroad.
The emergence and rapid rise of flowering plants is one of the most extraordinary and yet still not fully explained phenomena in evolutionary history. Could what Darwin himself called an “abominable mystery” be caused by jumping genes?
It’s long been thought that blue-green algae might cause several brain diseases. Now a missing piece in the puzzle has been found.
Researchers find that light therapy and saffron can protect us against the leading stealers of sight.
Crowdfunded scientific research has hit Australia as researchers communicate and engage with the public in exchange for their funds and their faith.
Bubbles may seem fleeting and fragile but scientists are getting closer to finding the right conditions to turn them into tiny fusion reactors and to recreate the genesis of life itself.
Fewer people now live in the outback than before European settlement, so conservation efforts are aiming to attract more people who can actively manage the landscape.
An NHMRC review finds no evidence for wind turbine syndrome.
The unusual arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye constitutes the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter.
The conclusion of a 4-year saga has cast light on the tactics employed by the climate denial lobby.
What is the evidence for diets that focus on food exclusion?
What is the scientific evidence for reducing the WHO's recommended maximum sugar intake?
Eating whole grain foods is considered better for your health than refined grain foods, but whole grains may have a role in inflammation.
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding food intake and exercise – is it better to eat beforehand or afterwards? And what type of exercise benefits most from eating?
While Australia has few specific regulations around trans fats, US food manufacturers will soon need permission to include them in their products. Should Australia be doing more to remove trans fats from its food supply?
It’s time to begin making consumers aware of the cancer risk associated with regular consumption of particular foods and drinks through front-of-pack warning labels.
Getting enough fibre is important, but getting a combination of fibre is imperative for good digestive health.
QUANDARY - Bioethical issues raised by new technology
A portable stomach pump has been developed so that morbidly obese people can continue to gorge themselves and still lose weight.
NEUROPSY – Adventures in neuroscience
A new case of Alice in Wonderland syndrome draws attention to how little is known about perceived distortions of body size.
THE FIT - How lifestyle affects health
We do more vigorous exercise through housework than walking, but is it enough to keep you in shape?
OUT OF THIS WORLD - Space and astronomy news
The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer has gathered the most detailed observations ever of the dust around the huge black hole at the centre of an active galaxy.
EUREKA - Quirky experiments and conclusions
Does buying organic food make you more judgemental, and why is it better to fart on a plane than hold it in?
LOWE TECH - Ian Lowe examines the role of science in public policy
The Tasmanian government has turned its moratorium on genetically modified crops into an indefinite and complete ban.
THE BITTER PILL - Examining the science in medical claims
Colonic cleansing has persisted as an alternative therapy for centuries despite a lack of evidence.
conSCIENCE - Scientific issues of public interest
Questions over the significance of P values requires the adoption of a new and transparent approach to validating research data.
SIMON SAYS - Commentary by award-winning journalist Simon Grose
The troubled saga of the national school curriculum has more turmoil ahead, and perhaps an unhappy ending.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC - A critical eye on myths and pseudoscience
Has philosophy outlived its usefulness or does it still provide a framework enabling trust in science?
COOL CAREERS - Science beyond the lab bench
The discovery of carbon dioxide seeps surrounded by coral reefs has given Dr Katharina Fabricius a chance to investigate our oceanic future. The news is not good.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY - This month's star chart
Your guide to the night sky this month.
EXPERT OPINION - Experts comment on scientific claims made in the news
The Victorian government may announce a partial evacuation of residents from the smoke-affected town of Morwell. Australian experts comment on the health impacts of coal fires.
The cancer agency of the World Health Organization has revealed that Australian men have the highest incidence of cancer in the world. The data reveals striking patterns of cancer in women and highlights that preventing and controlling breast and cervical cancers globally should be prioritised.
ECO LOGIC - New ways to protect biodiversity
Collaboration is the key to getting managers and decision-makers to better engage with conservation science. What are the problems and some possible solutions to make it happen?
DIRECTIONS - Science policy issues that affect our future
A review by ACOLA has weighed up the risks and rewards of shale gas extraction.
UP CLOSE – a podcast from the University of Melbourne.
Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine.