Why a sense of kinship is key to caring about the living world

Author: Matthew Hall
Date: October 29, 2019
Leading thinkers in environmental economics and conservation are asking a pressing question. Why are we ignoring the destruction of the living world? Recently, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published a global assessment of biodiversity that set ...

Our nature laws are being overhauled. Here are 7 things we must fix

Author: Jan McDonald
Date: October 30, 2019
Environment Minister Sussan Ley yesterday announced a ten-yearly review of Australia’s national environmental laws. It could not come at a more critical time, as the environment struggles under unprecedented development pressures, climate change impacts and a crippling drought. The la...

Curious Kids: can Earth be affected by a black hole in the future?

Author: Janie Hoormann
Date: 31/7/19
That is a great question. As you know, black holes are called that because the gravity in their centre is so strong, it sucks all nearby light in. None can escape. That’s how strong a black’s hole’s gravitational pull is. Black holes create the strongest gravitational pull in the universe (t...

Curious Kids: how are stars made?

Author: Orsola De Marco
Date: 18/10/19
How are stars made? Well, stars are not made, they make themselves! Or maybe I should say: they come into existence because of a powerful force of nature called gravity. Galaxies are where new stars are born. In galaxies, there are very large and fluffy clouds of gas and dust called nebulae. Gravi...

What is the Anthropocene?

Author: Authors Below
Source: TED
Date: 2/9/19
Humanity's increasingly permanent mark on the planet has spurred a new geological age in earth's history: the Anthropocene. Learn how we got to this point — and what our footprint means to the future of the planet.  EMMA MARRIS Nature is everywhere — we just need to learn to see it https://...

Curious Kids: why do spiders need so many eyes but we only need two?

Author: Samantha Nixon, Andrew Walker
Date: 24th of June, 2019
Humans have two eyes that face forward. Our eyes are very good at seeing colours and shapes. Having two big eyes in the front of our head means they can work together to guess how far away something is (we call this “judging distance”). That makes it easier for us to catch another animal so we c...

School holiday reading (and listening) for Curious Kids

Author: Sunanda Creagh
Date: 14/4/19
Editor's note School holidays are here again and if you’re looking for ways to keep smart kids engaged and happy, Imagine This has got you covered. A co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, Imagine This is a podcast aimed at kids aged 4-7 — but really it's a delight for h...

Curious Kids: why do tigers have whiskers?

Author: Alexander Richard Braczkowski
Date: 5/4/19
Just like how the hairs on your arm can feel a soft breeze blowing or a spider crawling on you, whiskers on a tiger’s face and chin give it messages about what is going on around him or her. But whiskers are not just ordinary hairs. They are thicker and go deeper into the tiger’s skin. In fact,...