Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Online Feature

Saving young lives by the million

Professor Ruth Bishop has been named the 2013 CSL Florey Medallist for her discovery of the rotavirus responsible for the deaths of half a million children each year.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

It’s not a jungle out there: rocking the ecological boat

If you were a pharmaceutical company searching for a natural plant compound to use as the basis for a new line of drugs, where would you begin?

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Fighting cancer by the numbers

Terry Speed doesn’t expect to see headlines reading “Statistician cures cancer” any time soon. But he knows that the right mathematics and statistics can help researchers understand the underlying causes of cancer and reduce the need for surgery.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Of heads and headlines: can a skull doom 14 human species?

By Darren Curnoe

A newly discovered 1.8 million-year-old skull from Eastern Europe has been pitched as disproving a decades-old paradigm in human evolution.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Sticks and stones: Brain releases natural painkillers during social rejection

Finding that the opioid system can act to ease social pain, not just physical pain, may aid understanding of depression and social anxiety

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Nobel prizewinners took chemistry from pipettes to programming

By Catherine Whitby, University of South Australia

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded for research that has revolutionised our understanding of how enzymes control the chemistry in our bodies.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Could the Higgs Nobel be the end of particle physics?

By Harry Cliff

While the discovery of the Higgs boson has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics, it hasn’t brought us any closer to answering some of the most troubling problems in fundamental science.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Bread, beer and botox: the science behind the 2013 Nobel Prize for medicine

By Jenny Martin

The 2013 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded "discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic". What does this mean and why is it important?

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Diamond 'super-Earth' may not be quite as precious

An alien world thought to be the first known planet to consist largely of diamond appears less likely to be of such precious nature.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.

Scientists link DNA to marital satisfaction

Study links genetics, emotions and marital satisfaction.

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.