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Instant health check with a new sweat patch News

by Phil Cleaver, 19 October 2017 | 0 comments

Sweaty arm

Health monitoring devices are all the rage at the moment. It’s easy for people to find out how many steps they have taken each day, and how many calories they have burned. But our ability to monitor our health in real time has stepped up a notch.

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The language of time News

by David, 5 October 2017 | 0 comments

A sand timer on a road.

How do you imagine time? Is it a road, with the future fading off into the distance? Or is it an ocean, slowly draining as we spend our precious seconds? Surprisingly, the way you imagine time might affect the way you experience it!

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Rocks and genes tell the same story News

by David, 19 September 2017 | 0 comments

A map of a world where all the land is connected into one blob.

The rocks beneath your feet tell an amazing story. Back when dinosaurs roamed the land, all the continents of Earth were joined together in a supercontinent we call Pangaea. But it wasn’t to last. About 180 million years ago, Pangaea started to split apart – first into two, and then into smaller and smaller pieces. Eventually,…

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Focus on bonobo sight News

by David, 7 September 2017 | 0 comments

An older bonobo (45 years old), grooms another with arms outstretched

While observing bonobos in the wild, researchers from Japan noticed an interesting and familiar behaviour. Older bonobos were grooming with their arms outstretched. While this might not sound particularly noteworthy, check it out in the picture below. Look familiar? You might have seen your parents, or grandparents, do the same thing when reading the newspaper….

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Wild weeds of the subantarctic News

by David, 22 August 2017 | 0 comments

A scientists studies the ground as pengins walk past

Double Helix talks to weed hunter and botanist, Laura Williams. Read on to find out about her research on Macquarie Island, a remote subantarctic island fondly referred to as ‘Macca’. What do you like most about your work? I really love solving problems, which is the most important part of being a scientist! I also…

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Weird and wacky spiders

by David, 10 August 2017 | 4 comments

A small, furry spider.

Some of Australia’s spiders have terrifying names. Funnelweb and Redback are names that scream danger. Even the helpful Huntsman Spider sounds like it could be out to get you. But not all spiders have scary names. How would you feel about meeting a spider called Sparklemuffin?

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A wiggly photo shoot for the Moon

by David, 19 July 2017 | 0 comments

A wiggly photo of a cratered surface.

If humans return to the Moon, they will need good maps. Luckily, one plucky little spacecraft has been making them. For the past seven years, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been painstakingly photographing almost all of the Moon’s surface. But the mission has not always gone to plan. One day, a photo came out…

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This supercomputer is super-fast, and super-cool News

by David, 7 July 2017 | 0 comments

A diagram illustrating undergraound lakes fedin into a supercomputer.

A few kilometres from the centre of Perth sits the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. This futuristic building contains several supercomputers, including the fastest computer in the southern hemisphere, Magnus. Pawsey is dedicated to supporting science, but it takes a lot of science to keep the building running.

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Making bricks on Mars News

by David, 25 May 2017 | 0 comments

An illustration of an underground Mars base.

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on Mars, you’ve probably realised you’ll need a place to live. That’s one reason to be excited about Martian brick research being conducted by scientists in the United States. Recently, a team showed that it’s actually quite easy to make bricks out of Mars dirt. But how did they…

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Hovering surprise for earthquake scientists News

by David, 12 May 2017 | 0 comments

A blue helicopter.

Iceland is a remote and beautiful island, brimming with volcanoes. Volcanic eruptions give the Earth an almighty shake, so it’s no surprise that Iceland has lots of earthquake measuring seismometers. But you might be surprised to find out what these instruments are picking up. Recently, a team of scientists placed several seismometers around an Icelandic…

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