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24 03 2021 | 12:44

Scientists Want to Build a Solar-Powered Ark on the Moon to Protect Earth Species.

Scientists at the University of Arizona have proposed a literal conservation moonshot. The plan? A solar-powered ark containing seed, spore, sperm and egg samples from 6.7 million Earth species, to…

22 03 2021 | 10:28

One of the largest ecosystems on Earth lives beneath the seafloor and eats radiation byproducts.

That's pretty metal! Researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography report that a whole ecosystem of microbes below the sea dines not on sunlight, but on…

22 03 2021 | 09:50

Common Misconceptions About Science I: “Scientific Proof”.

Why there is no such thing as a scientific proof. Misconceptions about the nature and practice of science abound and are sometimes even held by otherwise respectable practicing scientists themselves…

22 03 2021 | 09:27

Exotic crystals of 'ice 19' discovered.

Scientists have identified the 19th form of water ice. The exotic, four-sided crystals of this rare ice variety, now dubbed ice XIX, form at ultra-low temperatures and ultra-high pressures.  It only…

12 03 2021 | 09:24

Rare red sprite and blue jet create otherworldly light show above Hawaii.

Sprites and jets are fleeting atmospheric phenomena, hard enough to witness, let alone photograph.  But a new image from an observatory in Hawaii captures both a red sprite and a blue jet in the…

03 03 2021 | 10:57

Changes in Atlantic currents may have dire climate implications for the next century.

Without modifying human behaviour we run the risk of violent weather swings and a drastic effect on crops and ocean life.

16 02 2021 | 11:26

Chemists create and capture einsteinium, the elusive 99th element.

Scientists have uncovered some of its basic chemical properties for the first time.

09 02 2021 | 09:08

The Atlantic Ocean Is Getting Wider, Scientists Think They Know Why.

The Atlantic Ocean is getting wider and, after a uniquely ambitious expedition, scientists finally think they know why. The reason? An upwelling of matter from much deeper below Earth's crust than…

03 02 2021 | 11:16

UNSW academics rank among the most influential globally.

UNSW Sydney had 43 researchers in the top 10,000 last year in the world’s most comprehensive standardised citation database.   The latest release from the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford…

27 01 2021 | 10:19

Why is snow white?

It has everything to do with optics. Imagine waking up after a night of heavy snowfall — you look out the window and see a world of white. But if you turn on a faucet or open the freezer, you'll…

01 01 2021 | 11:16

Nature’s 10: ten people who helped shape science in 2020

A COVID vaccine developer, an Arctic voyager and a prime minister are some of the people behind the year’s big research stories. The Nature’s 10 list explores key developments in science this year…