Curious Kids: what are cells made out of?

Author: Georgia Atkin-Smith, Ivan Poon
Date: 16/9/20
The human body is just like a big puzzle, but with billions of tiny pieces called cells. Our cells come in many different shapes and sizes. Together, they make up all of the parts of our body, from our veins to our brain. Our cells are really, really small. For example, look at how thin a single st...

Living Planet Report

Author: WWF
Source: WWF
Date: 16/09/2020
Every two years, WWF publishes the Living Planet Report, a science-based analysis on the health of our planet and the impact of human activity. Global Footprint Network contributes the Ecological Footprint assessment as a measure of human demand. The Living Planet Report uses the Ecological Footpri...

An obedient nation of larrikins: why Victorians are not revolting

Author: Frank Bongiorno
Date: 10/9/20
The late historian John Hirst liked to tell students from overseas that Australians are an obedient people. To those of us raised on the idea that we were an anti-authoritarian nation of larrikins, his suggestion seemed mischievous. Hirst explained: The Australian people despise politicians, but ...

Research reveals shocking detail on how Australia’s environmental scientists are being silenced

Author: Don Driscoll, Bob Pressey, Euan Ritchie, Noel D Preece
Date: 9/9/20
Ecologists and conservation experts in government, industry and universities are routinely constrained in communicating scientific evidence on threatened species, mining, logging and other threats to the environment, our new research has found. Our study, just published, shows how important scienti...

Curious Kids: why is there gravity?

Author: David Blair
Date: 3/9/20
Hi Xander, great question! I’m told you were rolling marbles when you asked that question, wondering why they roll down more easily than they roll up. To understand this, we need to know what gravity is. Something seems to hold us down on the ground. It makes us hit the floor with a thump if we...

We pieced together the most precise records of major climate events from thousands of years ago. Here’s what we found

Author: Ellen Corrick, John Hellstrom, Russell Drysdale
Date: 21/8/20
Between 115,000 and 11,700 years ago, the Earth would have been almost unrecognisable. Massive ice-sheets covered northern Europe and northern Asia, and about half of North America, and global sea-levels were as much as 130 meters lower than today. In this period, known as the “last glacial perio...