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Vanadium Research Recharged

By Stephen Luntz

US President Barack Obama has described Maria Skyllas-Kazacos’ research as “one of the coolest things I’ve ever said out loud”.

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Following the Money Trail

By Stephen Luntz

Astrophysics and banking have a lot more in common than you’d ever imagine.

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The Lords of Lightning

Lord of Lightning

When the two performers stretch their arms towards each other the sparks fly between them, creating brilliant electrical discharges.

By Stephen Luntz

The Big Day Out music festival this year hosted two performers using Tesla coils to hurl lightning bolts at each other.

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The Truth About Lying

By Stephen Luntz

Reality TV shows and YouTube videos are providing insights into lying and arguing.

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Earliest Animal Fossils in the Outback

By Stephen Luntz

Malcolm Wallace has made many contributions to geology, but his discovery of the Arkaroola Reef may overshadow them all.

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Rust Never Sleeps

Robert Park (right) inspects wheat plots in Ethiopia.

Robert Park (right) inspects wheat plots in Ethiopia.

By Stephen Luntz

The battle against crop diseases is gaining increased attention, and Robert Park plays a leading role in keeping the world fed.

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The Truffle Hunter

Club-like roots indicate mycorrhizal infection.

Club-like roots indicate mycorrhizal infection.

By Stephen Luntz

Colin Carter is putting the production of French black truffles onto a scientific footing.

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The Amateur Astronomer

By Stephen Luntz

Trevor Barry has demonstrated that dedicated amateurs can still make important contributions to science, at least in astronomy.

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The Jean Genie

By Stephen Luntz

Dr Yves Al-Ghazi is finding genes that can make better clothing, but plans to put his scientific training to a very different use.

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Slime Moulds Get Smart

Image of Tanya

Dr Tanya Latty has never lost her childhood fascination with “creepy crawlies”.

By Stephen Luntz

How can slime moulds make complex decisions when they don’t have a brain?

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