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...

Curious Kids: what makes a shooting star fall?

Author: Lisa Harvey-Smith
Date: 18/02/19
Once upon a time there was a tiny speck of dust - space dust - called Gemma. For many years she had spent her time wandering carefree through space and dancing around the planets and the stars. One day, Gemma noticed a light in the distance. “What’s that?”, she wondered to herself. As she got...

Climate change is killing off Earth’s little creatures

Author: Bill Laurance
Date: 12/02/19
Climate change gets blamed for a lot of things these days: inundating small islands, fueling catastrophic fires, amping-up hurricanes and smashing Arctic sea ice. But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. It co...

How is oxygen ‘sucked out’ of our waterways?

Author: Stuart Khan
Date: 14/01/19
A million fish have died in the Murray Darling basin, as oxygen levels plummet due to major algal blooms. Experts have warned we could see more mass deaths this week. Fingers have been pointed at poor water management after a long period of drought. However, mass fish deaths can also be caused by f...

Martu people preserve bilby population with traditional knowledge

Author: Jared Richards
Date: 18th of July 2016
The Martu people of Western Australia are environmental and cultural custodians, preserving tradition and ecosystems alike. ACROSS THE BIRRILIBURU landscape in remote Western Australia, the Martu people are using their knowledge as traditional owners to conserve the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)...