Sep 15, 2021
Black Holes Exert 'Quantum Pressure' on Environment
Black holes aren’t as single-minded as we thought. It turns out their quantum behaviour adds a new, recalcitrant dimension to their monstrous character. In a first-of-its-kind...
Aug 27, 2021
How Will El Niño and La Niña Change With the Climate?
For the last 11,000 years, the southern Pacific Ocean has cycled between warm El Niño and cold La Niña conditions, driving the climate on both sides of the ocean. But...
Aug 26, 2021
Can Quantum Tug-of-War Explain Water's Weirdness?
An international team of researchers has used a high-speed electron camera to observe the atomic motion of liquid water for the first time. These observations – which reveal...
Jul 29, 2021
Spong-Like Fossil Might Be Earliest Known Animal
In the latest instalment in the quest to find our oldest animal ancestor, a Canadian geologist has unearthed a sponge-like fossil on an ancient reef – from a mind-bending 890...
Jul 21, 2021
Balloon-Borne Telescope to Rival Hubble
An international team of astronomers has built a telescope that will be carried to the edge of space by a helium balloon, escaping the distorting effects of the atmosphere. This...
Jul 7, 2021
China Demonstrates Most Powerful Quantum Computer
A Chinese research team has surpassed Google, building a quantum computer that completed a calculation in just over an hour that would take classical computers more than eight years...
Jun 4, 2021
Converting CO2 Into Everyday Materials
A team of researchers has developed an electrochemical system that can turn carbon dioxide into valuable carbon-based products like ethylene and ethanol – which can be used in...
May 31, 2021
Study: Maximum Human Lifespan Is 150
Ageing is a gradual process that happens over our whole life, as our normal body functions slow down. There are at least nine markers of ageing, but a common one is when our cells...
May 27, 2021
A New Universal Law of Human Mobility
How people move around cities follows a predictable and universal pattern, scientist say, which will be crucial not only for urban planning but also controlling pandemics. By...
May 25, 2021
Our Galaxy Probably Isn't That Special
Is the Milky Way galaxy typical or special? Australian astronomers have tackled this question by taking a detailed cross-section of a galaxy very similar to our own – and the...
Apr 30, 2021
Tiny Parasite Could Solve Big Wastewater Problem
Scientists from La Trobe University in Melbourne have discovered a tiny parasite that can kill the bacteria responsible for causing costly and hazardous problems in wastewater...
Apr 22, 2021
An Exciting Exciton Breakthrough
Scientists have just experimentally measured the wave function of an exciton, and they’re excited about it – because they’ve been waiting a century. An exciton is...
Apr 15, 2021
Denisovan DNA May Have Aided Pacific Migration
An international team of scientists has delved into the genetics of the Pacific population to trace the history of human settlement across the vast region – with a few...
Mar 25, 2021
Why Do Humans Have Bigger Brains Than Apes?
Human brains grow three times larger than those of our primate cousins – and researchers have just figured out how. In a study led by the Medical Research Council (MRC)...
Mar 7, 2021
Homo Sapiens: The Water-Saving Ape
It’s an age-old question in evolution: how did humans become the dominant primate, able to venture out from tropical rainforests to the savannah and then populate the entire...
Feb 4, 2021
Scientists Study Properties of Einsteinium for First Time
For the first time ever, US scientists have studied the properties of einsteinium – the highly radioactive, short-lived 99th element. The periodic table is a familiar sight to...
Feb 3, 2021
Turbulence: The Last Great Problem of Classical Physics
“When I meet God,” physicist Werner Heisenberg allegedly once said, “I’m going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe...
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