April 14, 2018
The neuroscience of thrillseeking
While neuroscience studies are finding differences in the brains of people who are excited by risky behaviour, thrillseekers say anyone can turn fear into a challenge.
October 21, 2017
Memory systems and ancient knowledge
Studies of how cultures without writing maintained their scientific knowledge in ritual, dance and song have led to a better appreciation of their complex understanding of the world
June 2, 2017
MinION pocket DNA sequencer
A new handheld DNA sequencer is releasing scientists from the confines of their labs, aiding in projects from treating contaminated water to potentially testing for life on Mars.
September 9, 2017
Long theorised and disputed, ‘quantum entanglement’ could transform technology as much as the digital revolution did – and its implications may even reshape our understanding of reality.
March 18, 2017
Geoengineering against climate change
While some scientists claim solar geoengineering could be our last, best hope to deal with climate change, others say it will open the door to entirely new risks.
March 11, 2017
Ancient Aboriginal DNA and repatriations
A new genetics study into the movements of First Australians will bolster the campaign for the return of Aboriginal remains held in institutions around the world.
February 18, 2017
MRT and three-parent babies
Britain has approved an IVF technique to prevent mitochondrial disease from being passed on to children, resulting in babies with three biological parents.
January 28, 2017
Drug research and lived experience
Few researchers working with prohibited drugs such as heroin and psychedelics admit ‘inside knowledge’ of their use, but some argue that the culture of non-disclosure is irresponsible.
December 17, 2016
Marijuana use in sport
Inconclusive studies haven’t deterred enthusiasts from claiming marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug, from Ganja Yoga to the world’s first ‘cannabis gym’.
November 26, 2016
New Safe Confinement in Chernobyl
Thirty years since the world’s worst nuclear accident, engineers are sliding a giant shield over the Chernobyl reactor to finally enable its deconstruction and decontamination.
May 28, 2016
The ‘replication crisis’ across science
Researchers are finding they are unable to reproduce studies long taken for granted in their disciplines.
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