science   February 17, 2024

Music studies could unlock our evolutionary history

A new study of audience members’ physical response to a concert supports the theory that music has played a pivotal role in human evolution.

science   May 13, 2023

The search for dark matter

In an underground laboratory in the goldfields of Victoria, the search for evidence of dark matter connects with cutting-edge research in the mountains of Italy.

science   March 18, 2023

The many moons of Jupiter

The discovery of 12 additional moons orbiting Jupiter has much to teach us about the evolution of our solar system.

science   December 17, 2022

The woman who could represent Australia in space

A scientist from Wollongong took a call from France last month that put her on a course to become the first Australian woman in orbit.

science   April 23, 2022

How Indigenous astronomy is changing science

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ detailed knowledge of Sky Country – an understanding that goes from the ancient to the modern cosmos – is finding international recognition.

science   April 9, 2022

How scientists hope to preserve endangered marine life

Scientists are studying underwater topography, tides and cool currents to find places where threatened marine species might find refuge from climate change.

science   April 2, 2022

Creating software for the many, not the few

A world-first research project aims to build software tools that respond to myriad human traits and demographic factors, rather than just those that dominate.

science   March 19, 2022

How prepared is Australia for its next big earthquake?

As well as providing vital insights into the risks from future earthquakes, Australia’s most sophisticated seismic network, run by Melbourne University, may also have a role to play in climate change mitigation.

science   February 26, 2022

Why are state governments curtailing rooftop solar?

The uptake of rooftop solar shows no signs of slowdown – but two states have now legislated to ‘curtail’ this power in order to stabilise the grid, a short-term solution that risks damaging investor and consumer confidence.

science   February 5, 2022

What neutrinos mean for our knowledge of the universe

To learn more about the Milky Way, scientists are using underwater telescopes to search for very rare, high-energy neutrinos that travel across the universe.

science   January 29, 2022

How Australia is joining the race to mine the moon

In the international scramble for the moon’s resources, existing agreements may not be strong enough to meet the legal and ethical challenges.