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Yesterday

Why life is really about survival of the fairest, not fittest

Nature can be deadly competitive, but there are often plants and animals that work together, says author Kristin Ohlson. They are lessons we need to learn.

  • Jeff Allan

This Month

Nobel winner unlocks the secret of Neanderthal DNA

The discovery by Swedenโ€™s Svante Pรครคbo helped researchers track genetic differences in modern humans and how they affect various diseases, including COVID-19.

  • Benjamin Mueller

September

Main Sequence hunts $300m for third fund

The tech correction isnโ€™t stopping the money flowing for the countryโ€™s top venture capital funds.

  • Yolanda Redrup, Sarah Thompson, Kanika Sood and Anthony Macdonald

7 ways mycelium could change our world

Itโ€™s versatile and biodegradable and could replace everything from building materials to clothing.

  • Nick Usborne

This life form could hold the key to beating climate change

Some species of fungi can store exceptional levels of carbon underground and scientists think they could help humans survive in a warming world.

  • Somini Sengupta
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Why this will be the century of the transhuman

Prominent astrophysicist and Astronomer Royal Martin Rees believes we will move from flesh and blood to electronic entities in the not-too-distant future.

  • Harry Lambert

Carnegie names newly discovered fly โ€˜bitcoinโ€™

Venture capital investor Mark Carnegie successful bid for the right to name a long-legged fly from Papua New Guinea.

  • Jessica Sier

More women are studying science, tech. But then the problems start

Women are heeding the call to enter the STEM workforce, but there are still a lot of gender-based problems once they get there, a new report confirms.

  • Julie Hare

How this machine is โ€˜making oxygen out of thin airโ€™ on Mars

A small device situated in the belly of NASAโ€™s Perseverance rover is the closest thing to a small tree on the red planet.

  • Marina Koren

Small-cap biotech makes pancreatic cancer breakthrough

Noxopharm has made a promising pre-clinical breakthrough with the help of UNSW, showing a new molecule is capable of killing pancreatic cancer cells.

  • Yolanda Redrup

When you canโ€™t stand the sound of chewing (or crunching, or sniffling)

Otherwise normal people can be sent into a blind fury by the sound of their loved ones enjoying a meal. Scientists say it is not as weird as it might appear.

  • Melinda Wenner Moyer

Husic orders review of women in STEM

The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and maths is vast and hard to shift, so Science Minister Ed Husic has called for a review of programs.

  • Julie Hare

August

From singing Abba for whales to conducting a $1b budget

The University of Sydneyโ€™s new deputy vice-chancellor, one of Australiaโ€™s foremost marine ecologists, says people must be systematic to save the environment.

  • Julie Hare

How a flying lesson helped me think like a space monkey

The bestselling author of โ€˜Mammothโ€™ was inspired to write about a little known chapter in the history of space flight that was informed by his own experiences in the air.

  • Chris Flynn

Be like the EU: Tech leaders set the scene for new era at jobs summit

They will demand dramatic changes to immigration, increased R&D, digital apprenticeships and incentives to hire more women at the meeting next month.

  • Paul Smith
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How to spot the Emu in the night sky

An Indigenous astrophysicist is sharing ancient knowledge that will change the way you view the heavens.

  • Jeff Allan

How reviving mammoths could fix the climate โ€“ and line your pockets

Around the world, scientists are edging closer to resurrecting long-dead species in the hope it will stabilise ecosystems, and private investors are getting in on the action.

  • Io Dodds

Vaccine and drug development boosted by new CSIRO lab

CSIRO will open the doors of a new $23.1 million lab on Thursday, designed to bolster the countryโ€™s ability to manufacture vaccines and drug candidates.

  • Yolanda Redrup

July

Carbon solutions are hiding in plain sight

Universities and science labs are probably harbouring the answers to our big climate challenges. Itโ€™s time to unlock that potential.

  • Jane O'Dwyer

Australian researchers to build apps for Google quantum computer

As part of a $1 billion initiative, Google has hired researchers at Sydneyโ€™s biggest unis to find applications for the quantum computer itโ€™s building in the US.

  • John Davidson