Why do bats sleep upside down?

Author: Amy Edwards
Date: 18/3/19
Evolution allows animals to adapt to their environments by favouring those who have an advantage that helps them survive. If they survive long enough to have babies they pass that advantage onto their children through their genes. That process is what we call adaptation. Animals have adapted to liv...

An end to endings: how to stop more Australian species going extinct

Author: John Woinarski, Sarah Legge, Stephen Garnett
Date: 5/3/19
This is part of a major series called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics examine the key issues facing Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election and beyond. Read the other pieces in the series here. We need nature. It gives us inspiration, health, resources, life. But we ar...

Earth’s wilderness is vanishing, and just a handful of nations can save it

Author: James Allan, James Watson, Jasmine Lee, Kendall Jones
Date: 1/11/18
Just 20 countries are home to 94% of the world’s remaining wilderness, excluding the high seas and Antarctica, according to our new global wilderness map, published today in Nature. A century ago, wilderness extended over most of the planet. Today, only 23% of land – excluding Antarctica – an...

Guns, snares and bulldozers: new map reveals hotspots for harm to wildlife

Author: James Allan, Christopher O'Bryan, James Watson
Date: 13/03/19
The biggest killers of wildlife globally are unsustainable hunting and harvesting, and the conversion of huge swathes of natural habitat into farms, housing estates, roads and other industrial activities. There is little doubt that these threats are driving the current mass extinction crisis. Yet o...

Can bees do maths? Yes – new research shows they can add and subtract

Author: Scarlett Howard, Adrian Dyer, Jair Garcia
Date: 7/2/19
The humble honeybee can use symbols to perform basic maths including addition and subtraction, shows new research published today in the journal Science Advances. Bee have miniature brains - but they can learn basic arithmetic. Despite having a brain containing less than one million neurons, th...

Curious Kids: how do shells get made?

Author: Aurelie Moya
Date: 4/3/19
Common types of shells include seashells, land snail shells, turtle shells or even crab shells. All those animals make their shells in different ways, but my research is all about the sea so today we will focus on seashells. All those seashells you find on the beach were actually once home to small...

The ‘recycling crisis’ may be here to stay

Author: Trevor Thornton
Date: 19/02/19
Over the weekend, Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority issued notices for a major recycling company to stop receiving waste at two of its sites. While the full consequences of these notices are yet to be realised, in the short term this means at least one council will have to dump kerbsi...

Feral cat cull: why the 2 million target is on scientifically shaky ground

Author: Tim Doherty, Dale Nimmo, Don Driscoll, Euan Ritchie, Ricky Spencer
Date: 20/2/19
The Australian government’s target of killing 2 million feral cats by 2020 attracted significant public interest and media attention when it was unveiled in 2015. But in our new research, published today in Conservation Letters, we explain why it has a shaky scientific foundation. The target was...