Ediacaran animals probably didn’t look like their fossils

Ediacarans are truly ancient organisms, but the fossils we do have might be of their internal structure, meaning we don’t know what they looked like at all. This resource is best suited to Year 7, 8, and 10 Biology and … Continued

Rising in the yeast

The science of sourdough bread is anything but run of the mill. Kelly Wong gets a starter lesson from sourdough librarian Karl De Smedt. Apply students' knowledge of chemical reactions in this resource about the science of bread baking. It … Continued

Odd Jobs: Paleodermatologist

Looking skin deep can provide new discoveries, at least in this vanguard field of research. This article is best suited for Year 7, 8, and 10 Biology and Earth and Space students as well as Senior Science students who are exploring … Continued

Food, tools and medicine: 5 native plants that illuminate deep Aboriginal knowledge

To honour Australia’s history, from 18 to 26 January, Education – RiAus will be exclusively publishing content by and about First Nations Australians. These resources will look back at our favourite pieces from 2020 and also provide new content and … Continued

Live Fast, Die Last

In complete defiance of one of nature’s most fundamental laws, a species of tiny, frenetic bat is living 10 times longer – and healthier – than it should. Andrew Bain talks to the research team embarking on the project of … Continued

What Colours Can You Hear?

Stephen Fleischfresser talks with the world’s first legally recognised cyborg, Neil Harbisson, about how he experiences the world. The article explains how Neil Harbisson found a connection between colour and other frequencies – like sound. His antenna allows him to … Continued

The Battle for Ningaloo’s Nursery

Exmouth Gulf is unprotected and in the sights of oil and gas developers. The gulf is home to a globally-unique ecosystem and acts as a nursery for many fish species. But, as Michelle Wheeler investigates, a proposed pipe-line bundling facility … Continued

Naracoorte Caves: A rolls-royce record of biodiversity

The geological records below ground in Naracoorte, South Australia are relatively young, dating 500,000 years to less than 1000. But researchers hope these records can inform conservation efforts about extinctions, adaptations, climate change and human impact. These fossils from the … Continued