Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Online Feature

70% of people surveyed said they'd download a coronavirus app. Only 44% did. Why the gap?


In late March, we posed a hypothetical scenario to a sample of Australians, asking if they would download a contact tracing app released by the federal government; 70% responded in favour.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Technology, international bonds, and inspiration: why astronomy matters in times of crisis

Alex Cherney / CSIRO

In an international emergency like the present one, you might expect the science of the stars to be the last thing on people’s minds.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Experts solve the mystery of a giant X-shaped galaxy, with a monster black hole as its engine

A team of US and South African researchers has published highly detailed images of the largest X-shaped “radio galaxy” ever discovered – PKS 2014-55.

Notably, they’ve helped resolve ongoing confusion about the galaxy’s unusual shape.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Contact tracing apps are vital tools in the fight against coronavirus. But who decides how they work?

Last week the head of Australia’s Digital Transformation Agency, Randall Brugeaud, told a Senate committee hearing an updated version of Australia’s COVIDSafe contact-tracing app would soon be released.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Not all twins are identical and that's been an evolutionary puzzle, until now

Beth Shepherd Peters/Shutterstock

When a mother gives birth to twins, the offspring are not always identical or even the same gender. Known as fraternal twins, they represent a longstanding evolutionary puzzle.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The US military has officially published three UFO videos. Why doesn't anybody seem to care?

US Department of Defense

On April 27, 2020, the US Department of Defense issued a publi

Originally published in The Conversation.

Overcrowded homes and a lack of water leave some Indonesians at risk of the coronavirus

Scope Images/Shutterstock

A lack of access to a household toilet and clean water are putting many people in parts of Indonesia at risk of infection from the coronavirus.

Originally published in The Conversation.