Mutations, variants and strains

What’s the difference between mutations, variants and strains? A guide to COVID terminology. This resource is an excellent example of how scientific understanding is continuously being refined. It is best suited to Year 8 and 9 Biology students who are … Continued

How modelling helped our COVID response

Modelling is a term that is well known by scientists but has only recently been making headlines. So what does it actually mean? What does it do? And why has it become so prevalent during COVID-19? In this briefing, epidemiologists … Continued

The Internet of Temporary Things

Cash in your silicone chips – paper and plastic are about to make a comeback. As sensors fill the world with an endless stream of data on every aspect of our lives, Moore’s Law dictates that traditional silicon-based systems won’t … 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