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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 here. 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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Microscope: Sleepy sunshine News

by David, 12 April 2017 | 0 comments

Double Helix magazine is looking for your science questions! Our Microscope column answers the thorniest science queries you can throw at us. Email us at Helix.Editor@csiro.au or via our contact details below and you could have your question published. Here’s a sample question to get you thinking. Aisha Goshti asks: Why does the Sun makes…

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Measuring malaria on your breath News

by David, 27 February 2017 | 1 comments

It’s really annoying to get bitten by a mosquito. Your skin often swells, and the bite can itch for days. But in many places in the world, that small bite isn’t just annoying. It can cause a life-threatening disease: malaria. Malaria is a very tricky disease. Once you are infected, it can take weeks before…

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What’s wrong with our tomatoes? News

by David, 7 February 2017 | 0 comments

They’re bright red, a bit crunchy, and they don’t really taste like much. The standard tomatoes you can buy in a supermarket are a bit boring to eat. But if you’ve ever grown tomatoes yourself, you’ll know how sweet and full of flavour they can be. So what’s happened to the humble tomato? It’s not…

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Who knew? Sea birds fight climate change! Activity

by David, 9 January 2017 | 0 comments

You might think we know everything there is to know about climate change. We know that greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are trapping heat. And we know that average temperatures are climbing worldwide. But there’s still lots for us to learn, and new discoveries are being made all the time. For example,…

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New dinosaur! But how did it get here?

by David, 12 December 2016 | 0 comments

Scientists have discovered a new Australian dinosaur, and it’s a big one! Several giant bones, some over one metre long, were uncovered near the town of Winton in central Queensland. But what’s got scientists all worked up isn’t what it looks like: it’s where it came from. Scientists have named the new dinosaur Savannasaurus elliottorum. It…

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Spot the species difference

by David, 30 November 2016 | 0 comments

Spare a thought for taxonomists. Their job is to separate life into groups, from the great kingdoms of plants to animals, all the way down to individual species. Sometimes they have an easy job. For example, brown bears are easy to distinguish from polar bears. Other times, the differences are harder to find, such as…

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Jet lagged sunflowers

by David, 22 November 2016 | 0 comments

If you’ve ever flown overseas, you might have experienced jetlag. For example, daytime in London is night in Sydney, so your body can get very confused on a journey between the two. But jetlag isn’t just a human phenomenon, or even just an animal phenomenon. Turns out sunflowers can get jet lag too!

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