Iron: A biological element?
Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half of the iron in that object owes its existence to bacteria living two and a half billion years ago.
Robot Hadrian can lay enough bricks for a house in two days
Flash flood risks increase as storm peak downpours intensify
Patterns of peak rainfall during storms will intensify as the climate changes and temperatures warm, leading to increased flash flood risks in Australia's urban catchments, new UNSW Australia research suggests.
2,000-year-old natural pearl found at remote Australian site
Australian scientists said Wednesday they have uncovered a "very rare" 2,000-year-old natural sea pearl—the first found on the vast island continent—while excavating a remote coastal Aboriginal site.
Global pharma firms grilled about tax in Australia
The world's top pharmaceutical companies Wednesday told an Australian parliamentary hearing they were compliant with local and international laws, despite claims they are charging higher prices to minimise tax.
Science funding should go to people, not projects
Prominent American biologist Ronald Germain, has recently published a remarkable suggestion about research funding in the top bioscience journal Cell. ...
Innovators might be stifled if fees for patents rise too high
Patents are instrumental to our current innovation system. They encourage inventors to share their ideas, rather than keeping them secreted away, by offering the inventor exclusive rights to exploit their ...
Australian fishermen catch rare basking shark (Update)
Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.
There are better ways to combat piracy than blocking websites
The Senate passed controversial anti-piracy legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, last night. But it's not so clear whether the legislation will actually achieve its stated ends of re ...
DIY satellite launches from backyard shed to lower orbit
Working from his shed in suburban Perth Stuart McAndrew is constructing Australia's first Rubik's Cube-sized satellite which he hopes to launch into orbit next year.
South Australia needs to look beyond wind for its clean energy
South Australia cannot complete its move to clean energy through a continued focus on wind energy. This is the conclusion of the most comprehensive review to date of renewable energy in the state, conducted by researchers ...
Evidence of oldest human occupation in Mid-West Australia discovered
A rock shelter in the Weld Range provides evidence of the oldest human occupation in the Mid-West region of Western Australia, a research project partnered between The University of Western Australia and ...
Our obsession with metrics is corrupting science
Not everything that can be counted counts,and not everything that counts can be counted. – William Bruce Cameron
Aboriginal history rewritten again by ignorant political class
Last week Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm was widely reported as suggesting that people other than Aboriginal Australians may have occupied the Australian continent in the past. ...