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Macro Art Photography Awards - Finalist
Jumping Spider by Richard Kubica from Myjava, Slovakia Picture: Supplied/ Macro Art Awards

Sleepy spiders caught on camera

animals

Do spiders sleep? New research suggests they just might. And not only that, but their human-like sleep patterns might also mean they dream

Russia has said it will pull out of the International Space Station
 "after 2024".

Russia to leave International Space Station

space

After 22 years hosting humans in orbit, the ageing International Space Station’s days are numbered – but Russia’s plan to pull out early has space agencies in a spin and ends an era of co-operation

scene of the giant dinosaur destroy the park.

T-rex reigns as king of dinosaurs

animals

Rejecting calls for a queen and emperor to share the Tyrannosaurus title, dinosaur experts have declared there is only one T-rex

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Artefacts unearthed from old Melbourne slum

Melbourne's Pompeii - hidden city being unearthed in CBD.

A series of old Melbourne buildings have been unearthed below the CBD as developers build a new office tower in Bennetts Lane. The archaeological anomoly includes the remains of terrace houses, fireplaces and old staircases. Picture: Jason Edwards
history

A buried Melbourne has resurfaced in the CBD with the discovery of excavated artefacts, drawing comparisons with the ancient city of Pompeii as a wonderfully intact portrait of our human past

Great Barrier relief as coral returns

The northern and central Great Barrier Reef have recorded their highest amount of coral cover since the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) began monitoring 36 years ago., Published on Thursday, AIMS’ Annual Summary Report on Coral Reef Condition for 2021/22 shows another year of increased coral cover across much of the Reef., In the 87 representative reefs surveyed between August 2021 and May 2022, average hard coral cover in the region north of Cooktown increased to 36% (from 27% in 2021) and to 33% in the central Great Barrier Reef (from 26% in 2021). However, average coral cover in the southern region (from Proserpine to Gladstone) decreased from 38% in 2021 to 34%. Picture: AIMS,
environment

Coral coverage on the northern and central parts of the Great Barrier Reef is at its highest level since monitoring began 36 years ago, a new report shows

Cartwheel Galaxy snaps have space fans in a spin

This composite image from Webb’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) and Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) released by NASA on August 2, 2022, shows the Cartwheel and its companion galaxies, revealing details that are difficult to see in the individual images alone. - This galaxy formed as the result of a high-speed collision that occurred about 400 million years ago. The Cartwheel is composed of two rings, a bright inner ring and a colorful outer ring. Both rings expand outward from the center of the collision like shockwaves. This snapshot provides perspective on what happened to the galaxy in the past and what it will do in the future. (Photo by Space Telescope Science Institut / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The latest cosmic snaps from the James Webb Space Telescope show the Cartwheel Galaxy in unprecedented clarity

‘Fierce’ dino fossil fetches fortune

A Gorgosaurus Skeleton measuring 10 feet tall (3.04 meters) is unveiled at Sotheby’s in New York, on July 05, 2022. - The Specimen is the highlight of Sotheby’s geek week sale series and is estimated at $5 to 8 million. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)
animals

The 77-million-year-old Gorgosaurus skeleton sold at Sotheby’s in New York fetched a whopping $US6.1 million, but dinosaur experts say selling the mighty biter is a gigantic loss for science

Earth spinning faster than ever before

KIDS NEWS 1715 stars currently enjoy a clear view of planet Earth, a new study has found. But is another civilisation using any of them to confirm life on Earth the way that our astronomers use stars to try to assess the possibility of life on other planets? Picture: OpenSpace.
science

A second a day may be shaved off the world’s most accurate timekeepers if the Earth’s daily rotation keeps gaining speed, as a series of faster spins that started in 2020 continues gathering pace

SpaceX junk crashes into Aussie farm at speed

Space junk has been found in paddocks near Dalgety on the banks of the Snowy River in NSW. Pictures: Monaro Police District/Facebook
space

An extraterrestrial torpedo travelling at around 25,000km/h, the trunk of the SpaceX Crew-1 craft, has surprised Snowy Mountains farmers by crashing back to Earth with a mighty bang

Teens make ‘Monster’ mistake with energy drinks

Aussie teens are being deprived of sleep in a major new survey that found teens who consumed energy drinks at least once a week were twice as likely to get less than eight hours sleep on a school night than those who didn't. Mates L-R Jett Jones-Czechowski, Taj Burns and Luan O'Connor pictured at Bondi Skate Park. Picture: Toby Zerna
health

High-caffeine, high-sugar energy drinks sold as performance enhancers are causing confusion among teen consumers who mistakenly believe such products help rather than harm health

Kids join hunt for sore throat vaccine

Cross siblings Thomas (6) and Emily (9) have signed up to be part of a trial into sore throats in children. It is hoped the results from the study will help researchers develop a vaccine for step A infections. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
health

Siblings Emily and Thomas are part of a trial to find a vaccine for Strep A, an infection that causes sore throats and leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths worldwide each year

Grazing goats called in to save little lizard

MELBOURNE, JULY 15, 2022: A tribe of goats has landed in MelbourneÕs Royal Park as part of a City of Melbourne trial to regenerate the habitat of the WhiteÕs Skink, a regionally significant species of lizard. Picture: Mark Stewart
animals

An ingenious trial is underway using grazing goats to munch on grasses threatening the habitat of long-term resident skinks

Buzz Aldrin’s jacket sold for sky-high price

Buzz Aldrin's Inflight Coverall Jacket, worn by him on his  Apollo 11 mission to the Moon is on display July 21, 2022 during a media preview at Sotheby’s in New York. - The  auction is Celebrating Life & Career of Legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin featuring Space-Flown Artifacts from Gemini XII & Apollo 11 Missions. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)
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The jacket worn by US astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin on the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon has sold at auction for almost $4 million

TikTok feeding kids junk diet challenges

Companies such as Pepsi and McDonalds are turning kids into unofficial brand ambassadors for unhealth foods by getting them to post clips of them eating and drinking products. Research from Deakin Uni suggests kids are following challenges by companies to post clips of them eating a burger or drinking soft drink with hashtags and special effects. O'BRIEN With examples.**8.30am embargo**
technology

Hashtag challenges have junior TikTok users becoming unwitting junk ambassadors, as experts say the world’s biggest fast-food names use the platform to bait kids into building their brands

Vic zoos cancel close encounters

MELBOURNE, MAY 2, 2022: Melbourne Zoo has welcomed a gorgeous new 18-month-old Giraffe named Iris. Picture: Mark Stewart
animals

Indonesia’s outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease prompts Victorian zoos to cancel visitor encounters with animals at risk of catching the virus, as politicians debate border and airport security

Organ transplants save Aussie kids’ lives

HOLD FOR SUNDAY HERALD SUNÑÑChristine Cherry and her 11-year-old daughter, Alexis, who were part of a national kidney exchange program when she was just three years old. It's for a story set to run nationally this Sunday as part of our ongoing DonateLife organ and tissue donation campaign.    Picture: Alex Coppel.
health

Transplants have saved the lives of children across Australia. Read their stories and find out how you and your families can help others

Aussies’ secret weapon at Comm Games

It was a Gold Medal line up for the Speedo Commonwealth Games Swim Suit Launch on the Gold Coast.
Lani Pallister ÐAustralian champion 800 and 1500m freestyle; Triple Fina World Junior champion.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
sport

Team Australia’s modest looking Biofire machine could be the difference between our athletes standing on the Commonwealth Games podium or being wiped out by a wave of Covid positives

Great white sharks in growth spurt

Beautiful, powerful and amazing looking creature beside a nightmare opinion from the peoples haven't see face to face underwater with this guy
animals

Bans on shark fishing and the creation of marine reserves have seen the size of great white and tiger species soar, as more food and greater safety mean these underwater beasts could get bigger

Covid jab approved for little kids

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos - SEPTEMBER 22, 2021. 

Vials of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine are pictured at a pharmacy in Brisbane. Pharmacies have began administering the Moderna vaccine to anyone over 12 years-old.

Picture: NCA NewsWire / Dan Peled
health

Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine has been given “first step” approval for use in Australian children aged six months to six years

New dino had tiny arms and giant head like T-rex

Artist's impression of the Meraxes gigas. Picture: Carlos Papolio
animals

Palaeontologists have discovered a new giant meat eating dinosaur that had a massive head and tiny arms, just like Tyrannosaurus rex

Do stem cells grow better in space?

Microscopic image of embryonic tissues and cells used by scientists to explore stem cell research.
Neuronal nebula.
This photo depicts a bundle of neurons (stained green), formed in tissue culture from differentiated mouse embryonic stem cells. The nucleus (containing the genetic material) of each cell is stained purple. The ability to form mature brain cells such as neurons from embryonic stem cells has stimulated much excitement about the possibility of using stem cells to treat brain disease.
space

Much cheaper than buying seats on a commercial space flight, but crazier sounding than far-fetched science fiction, researchers have just shot their own stem cells into orbit to see how well they grow

Australia’s environment report reveals ‘crisis’

Koalas chilling out at Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Supplied
environment

Extreme weather events are having a compounding effect on Australia’s native plant and animal species, as latest five-yearly report reveals the nation’s natural environment is struggling

NASA shows off amazing new cosmic views

This handout composite image by NASA/ESA relased on July 12, 2022 shows the dawn of a new era in astronomy has begun as the world gets its first look at the full capabilities of the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope’s first full-colour images and spectroscopic data, which uncover a spectacular collection of cosmic features that have remained elusive. - The James Webb Space Telescope launched on 25 December 2021, on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. After completing the most complex and difficult deployment sequence in space, Webb underwent months of commissioning where its mirrors were painstakingly aligned, and its instruments were calibrated to its space environment and prepared for science. (Photo by Handout / ESA/Webb / AFP)
space

Five spectacular images captured by the James Webb Space Telescope show the universe as we’ve never seen it before

Baby woolly mammoth intact in ice

EMBARGO FOR TWAM 26 FEB 2022. FEES MAY APPLY. Lyuba the baby woolly mammoth in the lab. Credit Copyright RIA Novosti.jpg Supplied for Elizabeth Fortescue for story on Australian Museum exhibition. Picture: Supplied.
animals

A near-complete infant woolly mammoth has been found mummified in Canada’s far north Yukon territory, complete with hair and skin preserved in permafrost for over 30,000 years

Bush and beach beat traditional kinder classes

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Bush Kindergarten owner Natalie Cross runs the weekly outdoor program. Deakin University researchers found pre-school aged kids who played outdoors with sticks, trees and sand were more likely to perform better in those areas once they started school.  Natalie with Frankie, 3 , Loa, 5, and Evie, 5. Picture: Alex Coppel.
humanities

Preschool students who can dump gendered toys and play outside in the bush or at the beach are more likely to perform better in maths, science and technology subjects once they start big school

Skull’s age out by a million years

KIDS NEWS: an unnamed Australopithecus africanus skull. Picture: Dr Luca Fiorenza/Monash University
science

Rethinking the age of an ancient South African skull known as ‘Mrs Ples’ gives her species about a million extra years to have been part of the evolution of the earliest humans

Space junk crash leaves double crater in moon

A rocket body impacted the Moon on March 4, 2022, near Hertzsprung crater, creating a double crater roughly 28 meters wide in the longest dimension. LROC NAC M1407760984R; image enlarged 3x Credits: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
space

The moon has a new and unusual double crater after a mysterious piece of rocket space junk slammed into the lunar surface

Bees in ‘lockdown’ to stop parasite spread

Honey Bee on Pea flower, Muogamarra Nature Reserve Australia
animals

The NSW government has ordered a lockdown of bee hives after the discovery of a deadly foreign parasite that has decimated bee populations overseas

Big bacteria the ‘Mt Everest’ of microbiology

This photo taken between April and May 2022, and released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on June 23, 2022, shows a sampling sites among the mangroves of the French Caribbean archipelago of Guadeloupe, where the giant bacteria Ca Thiomargarita magnifica was found. - Scientists say they have discovered the world's largest variety of bacteria in the mangroves of Guadeloupe. At up to two centimetres (three-quarters of an inch), "Thiomargarita magnifica" is not only around 5,000 times bigger than most bacteria -- it boasts a more complex structure, according to a study published in the journal Science on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Pierre-Yves PASCAL / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / AFP) / XGTY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY / PIERRE-YVES PASCAL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The discovery of a giant bacteria is giving microbiology a ‘shake up’, as the whopper found in mangrove water up-ends what was previously known about the size and structure of a single cell

NASA rocket launches from NT

US space agency NASA launched a commercial rocket from Arnhem Space Centre. Picture: Equatorial Launch Australia
space

A NASA rocket lit up the skies above the Arnhem Space Centre at Sunday night’s launch, the first rocket to leave Australian soil in 26 years and the space agency’s first outside the USA

Classroom ‘doggie dates’ reduce stress

30/09/2021: Wheenie - This South Australian Miniature Schnoodle  works as a therapy dog at Settlers farm Primary School. Picture Kelly Barnes
health

Stress is bad for learning, behaviour, health and wellbeing – and there are many ways schools are trying to tackle it. But new research suggests the best way is having a canine classmate

World’s largest fish caught in Cambodia

The world's biggest freshwater fish, a giant stingray, that weighs 661 pounds (300 kilograms) is pictured with International scientists, Cambodian fisheries officials and villagers at Koh Preah island in the Mekong River south of Stung Treng province, Cambodia June 14, 2022. Picture taken with a drone on June 14, 2022. Chhut Chheana/Wonder of Mekong/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES NO ARCHIVES
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A giant stingray weighing a whopping 300kg and measuring 4m long has been caught by Cambodian fishermen – and released back into the Mekong River

Deadliest snakes could save lives

KIDS NEWS: Australian eastern brown snake being defensive. Picture: Ken Griffiths/supplied
science

Among the world’s deadliest snakes, Australia’s eastern brown and scaled viper could soon enjoy a popularity surge as a protein in their venom significantly slows patient blood loss after injury

Ancient giraffe ancestor was a headbanger

Intermale competitions involving members of the giraffe family are seen in an undated illustration. In the foreground, two males of the extinct species Discokeryx xiezhi that lived 17 million years ago in what is now the Xinjiang region of northwestern China are seen. In the background, two males of the modern giraffe species Giraffa camelopardalis that inhabits parts of sub-Saharan Africa are pictured. Wang Yu and Guo Xiaocong
animals

An ancient relative of today’s docile giraffe was a hardened, head-bashing battler, as males slugged it out in a bid to win a female mate around 17 million years ago in the grasslands of China

Black hole eats an Earth every second

This handout photograph released by The European Southern Observatory on March 24, 2021, shows the polarised view of the black hole in the Messier 87 (M87) galaxy, with lines marking the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole by The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration. - The astronomers who gave the world it's first true glimpse of a black hole have produced another landmark image, this time capturing the polarised light swirling around the same star-eating monster's magnetic fields. But it is more than just a pretty picture. Never before has it been possible to measure polarisation -- which causes light waves to vibrate in a single plane -- so close to the edge of a black hole.  The new observations, based on data collected by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) in 2017, are key to understanding how a galaxy can project streams of energy thousands of lightyears outward from its core, more than 300 scientists reported Wednesday in a pair of studies. (Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A giant black hole 500 times bigger than the one in our galaxy has been spotted by an international team of astronomers led by the Australian National University – and this is one very hungry hole

Kids inspire sustainable switch

3/6/22. MOO is now using plastic that has been washed up on beaches and found in oceans to create environmentally friendly tubs and lids. Minnie Saunders - 11 and Nevada Maio - 11 from Parkside Primary school, where the idea about recycling started from. Picture: Keryn Stevens
environment

Some hard questions at a primary school careers day prompted MOO yoghurt boss Mick Sanders to find a sustainable packaging solution using 100 per cent recycled plastic washed up on beaches

Pet rock hitches ride on Mars rover

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the area in front of it using its onboard Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera A. This image was acquired on May 26, 2022 (Sol 449) at the local mean solar time of 15:39:48. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
space

NASA’s Perseverance rover has picked itself up a pet rock as it explores Mars, carrying the rocky hitchhiker for about 8.5km and counting

Beetroot boosts sporting performance

For The Weekly Times Country Living gardening Feb 24 2021:  For a root vegetable in your garden think about planting beetroot. Picture: Fawcett Media
health

If you’ve got a big sporting comp coming up, you might want to put beetroot on your menu after Australian researchers found the vegetable can give athletes a competitive edge

Shark cam captures life and death struggles

Cameras fitted to tiger sharks in Western Australia are giving scientists an unprecedented view of the life and death struggles of the predators and their prey. Picture: Alex Kydd
animals

Cameras fitted to tiger sharks in Western Australia are giving scientists an unprecedented view of the life and death struggles of the predators and their prey

E-skin to give robots the human touch

Ravinder Dahiya who has developed an electronic skin.
technology

Scientists are developing an electronic skin that is almost as sensitive as human skin when touched

Crackling campfire or healthy coral reef?

A clownfish in an anemone (credit Tim Lamont, Lancaster University)
environment

Scientists have discovered that a healthy coral reef sounds a bit like a crackling campfire. Now they hope to monitor coral health around the globe after training AI to listen to the surprise “song of the reef”

NASA to launch rockets from the NT

The Arnhem Space Centre
space

NASA rockets haven’t launched from Australian shores since the tail-end of last century – now three will lift off from the Northern Territory’s new space centre by the middle of next month

Look out for rare planetary show

A diagram of the planets in our solar system with the planets names
space

Five planets will align in their natural order from the Sun in the early morning sky this month, the first time this planetary show has happened in almost 18 years

New Kosciuszko koalas adapted to survive

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
animals

A previously unknown koala population in Kosciuszko National Park adds ‘insurance’ against species extinction as rare sightings over the past 80 years make the discovery an even bigger surprise

Monster prehistoric Aussie plant discovered

The seagrass Posidonia australis was found in the shallows of Shark Bay in WA. It is the largest plant on Earth and at least 4500 years old. Picture: University of Western Australia
science

Australian scientists have found the largest known plant on Earth in the UNESCO World Heritage Shark Bay of WA – and it’s 4500 years old

Golden chance for jobs in sport

Matildas captain Sam Kerr poses for a photograph before a press conference at HBF Park in Perth, Friday, June 26, 2020. Australia and New Zealand will co-host the Women's World Cup in 2023. (AAP Image/Richard Wainwright) NO ARCHIVING
sport

Australia is on the verge of a “golden decade” of sport, with a host of international events headed our way, but still many teens and their parents don’t recognise career opportunities in sport

Megalodon loses food fight with great white shark

Megalodon prehistoric shark, artwork
animals

An epic clash between aquatic apex predators may have helped drive the megalodon to extinction once they were forced to compete for food with the fearsome and fast great white shark

Fiery planet burns around sun-like star

While this artist’s impression shows what scientists think 55 Cancri e might look like, the James Webb Space Telescope will soon deliver images of the real thing, a rocky planet with a diameter almost twice that of Earth, orbiting close to its sun. Picture: NASA/ESA/CSA/Dani Player/STScI
space

NASA’s powerful James Webb Space Telescope will soon reveal hotly anticipated images of burning lava planet 55 Cancri e, racing around its sun-like star like a ‘super-hot super-Earth’

Dig deeper on International Dinosaur Day

Melbourne Museum Life-like Baby Triceratops puppet unveiling of Melbourne Museum's triceratops exhibition.      Sam 4, bumps into the baby triceratops in the Forest Gallery.                 Picture: David Caird
animals

A Melbourne palaeontologist has shared some of his favourite dinosaur facts as the creatures take centre stage on their international day. WATCH THE VIDEO

Google AI to help rescue Great Barrier Reef

A critically endangered hawksbill turtle about to eat a small jellyfish at Saxon Reef on the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Cairns on February 25, 2022. Picture: Shannon Myers/Down Under Cruise and Dive
environment

Global tech giant Google has teamed up with CSIRO scientists to tackle the crown-of-thorns starfish that preys on coral and is one of the top three threats to the Great Barrier Reef’s future

Ancient tooth provides clue to extinct humans

The tooth discovered in the cave sediments of Ngu Hao 2 Cave. Picture: Fabrice Demeter, University of Copenhagen/CNRS Paris
history

The discovery of a child’s tooth in a Laos cave can teach us a lot about an extinct and mysterious group of ancient people known as Denisovans

Tomato delivers vitamin D turbocharge

Purple tomatoes
health

Over a billion people worldwide don’t get enough vitamin D in their diet or from the sun – but an engineered tomato could prevent health conditions by closing the gap in dietary deficiencies

Surprise! Seeds grow in moon soil

Lunar Plants Research Documentation, Tuesday May 18th, 2021. Placing a plant grown during the experiment in a vial for eventual genetic analysis. Credits: UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones
space

Brought back by Apollo astronauts, soil from the moon has stunned scientists by supporting plant growth despite billions of years of cosmic radiation and solar wind on the lunar surface

First image of black hole in our galaxy

This handout image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on May 12, 2022, shows the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. - An international team of astronomers on May 12, 2022, unveiled the first image of a supermassive black hole -- a cosmic body known as Sagittarius A*. The image, produced by a global team of scientists known as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, is the first, direct visual confirmation of the presence of this invisible object, and comes three years after the very first image of a black hole from a distant galaxy. Black holes are regions of space where the pull of gravity is so intense that nothing can escape, including light. (Photo by Handout / European Southern Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / European Southern Observatory" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A global team of scientists has captured the first shot of a supermassive black hole in our own Milky Way galaxy

Great Barrier Reef’s summer of bleach grief

Coral bleaching on Stanley Reef, Great Barrier Reef, March 23 2022. Picture: Harriet Spark
environment

Cooler La Nina conditions over summer were not enough to stop mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef as the annual snapshot reveals 91 per cent of surveyed reefs show signs of stress

Gaming and sport could restore maths mojo

28/4/22: Samantha Devlin CEO of The Careers Department at St John XXIII Catholic College with year 6 students Mia Lucas (glasses), Rafael Nicodemus (boy) and Denika Fernandopulle (dark skinned girl) doing a science experiment. The story is about about careers counsellors going into primary schools to try to get kids interested in careers in maths and science.John Feder/The Australian.
mathematics

Online gaming or sports could help those teaching STEM subjects to better connect with kids, as dated methods fail to excite modern mathematical minds and experts warn of future skills shortage

Monstrous megaraptor unearthed in Argentina

Life reconstruction of Maip macrothorax. Image credit: Agustín Ozán.
animals

Boasting terrifying talons, one mighty big belly and a bulky body the length of a three-storey building, this Cretaceous era Argentinian dinosaur was once the apex predator of the Andes

Chopper catches rocket … then drops it

Kids News: aerial view of the helicopter simulation of the rocket recovery, which was attempted for real on Tuesday in New Zealand. Picture: Rocket Lab
space

In scenes straight from the set of a Hollywood blockbuster, a real life helicopter crew in New Zealand has attempted to catch a falling rocket midair – and very nearly pulled it off

Covid jab heroes now beat malaria

In this 2005 photo made available by the University of Notre Dame via the CDC, an Anopheles funestus mosquito takes a blood meal from a human host. The quest for the world's first malaria vaccine appears to have taken a big step. The first results from a late-stage test in seven African countries were released 18/10/2011. They show the experimental shots cut the number of cases of malaria in half in young children. In Africa, the major vectors for malaria are the Anopheles funestus and Anopheles gambiae.
health

The scientists behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine have now come up with a vaccine to fight malaria which claims the life of a young child every minute

Super koala Jagger to the rescue

Two-year-old Jagger has been bred as part of the Living Koala Genome Bank pilot project. Picture: University of Queensland
animals

Scientists are breeding super koalas with healthy genes in a conservation project to boost endangered populations along Australia’s east coast

Crocs no match in trapdoor plant quest

STALKING: Keeping an eye on us while we were fishing in the Ord River W.A.
environment

Australian researches had to trek for three days in a crocodile-infested WA river to find a rare carnivorous plant that captures its prey with a trapdoor

Beacon to send out message to aliens

Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope
space

No ordinary invitation to meet the neighbours, NASA’s new Beacon in the Galaxy signal includes plans to mark out Earth’s location for any aliens living in the Milky Way

Major Covid-19 rules scrapped

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA : AUGUST 21ST 2021 - Kids are expected to wear masks under the state of Victoria's strictest restrictions yet.

Frankie, 7 having her mask put on by her mum Tara, to adhere to the new COVID recommendations.

**Tara contact : 0412 650 018**

Picture : Nicki Connolly
health

Mask rules have been eased and close contact isolation scrapped in Victoria and NSW, with Queensland about to follow in rolling back Covid-19 restrictions

Spinosaurus’ underwater life was in its bones

Undated : Artwork of 'Spinosaurus' : PicInternet - dinosaurs illustrations dinosaur extinct prehistoric animals
animals

Scientists have scratched their heads over Spinosaurus since the Cretaceous carnivore was first discovered – now a study has shed new light on how the giant dinosaurs hunted prey underwater

Inside tragic final months of King Tut’s life

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs will be showing at the Melbourne Museum in 2011. King Tut.
history

Archaeologists don’t know for sure what killed Egypt’s “Boy King” Tutankhamun but a new documentary reveals his final months were probably pretty miserable

The smells the world loves and hates

horizontal portrait of a seven-year-old boy reacting to a stinky smell, isolated on white background
humanities

When it comes to the smells we like and dislike, new research shows we are the same no matter where we are from. Guess what our favourite is

Star sighted from cosmic dawn

This image obtained from the European Space Agency on March 30, 2022, shows the star nicknamed Earendel (arrow) captured by  the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, establishing a new record by detecting the light of a star that existed within the first billion years after the Universe’s Big Bang, the most distant individual star ever seen. - The Hubble space telescope has peered back to the dawn of cosmic time and detected light from a star that existed within the first billion years after the Big Bang -- a new record, astronomers said on March 30, 2022. The newly discovered star, called "Earendel," is so far away its light has taken 12.9 billion years to reach Earth, when the Universe was seven percent its current age. "We almost didn't believe it at first, it was so much farther than the previous most distant," astronomer Brian Welch of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, lead author of a paper in Nature describing the discovery, said in a statement. The previous record holder was detected in 2018 when the universe was four billion years old. (Photo by NASA/ESA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA, ESA, B. Welch (JHU), D. Coe (STScI), A. Pagan (STScI)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Mysteries dating back to the dawn of the cosmos may be one step closer to being solved as the Hubble telescope detects a super-hot, super-bright giant star formed nearly 13 billion years ago

Saturn’s rings won’t hang around

Images taken by the Cassini spacecraft May 07 2004, show a wide view of the planet Saturn.  AP Pic/NASA. space planets astronomy
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The famous rings of Saturn will eventually disappear – and scientists think they know when

Flying dino had two tummies

illustration of a pterosaur. Source: Shutterstock
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New pterosaur fossils from the Late Jurassic period suggest these flying predators had two stomachs, great for digesting unlucky prey they gobbled in one gulp

Towering ice volcanoes found on Pluto

This image released by NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute on March 29, 2022, shows a perspective view of Pluto’s icy volcanic region. The surface and atmospheric hazes of Pluto are shown here in greyscale, with an artistic interpretation of how past volcanic processes may have operated superimposed in blue. - Strange lumpy terrain on Pluto unlike anything previously observed in the solar system indicates that giant ice volcanoes were active relatively recently on the dwarf planet, scientists said on March 29. The observation, which was made by analysing images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, suggests that Pluto's interior was hotter much later than previously thought, according to a new study in the Nature Communications journal. (Photo by Isacc HERERA and Kelsi SINGER / NASA/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY/APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY/SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute/Isaac Herrera/Kelsi Singer  - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has identified giant ice volcanoes on Pluto unlike anything else in our solar system – and they could still be active

How vampire bats got a blood diet

Pic of the common vampire bat shows the detail of the face and nose-leaf. The bat's heat detecting system is located on the nose-leaf. Also evident are the tips of the upper incisors, the teeth used to make the feeding wound - the bat secretes the enzyme desmoteplase to stop the blood clotting.   animals bats medical
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Scientists have figured out why vampire bats are the only mammals that live on blood alone, with a low-fat, low-carb diet keeping these ‘living Draculas’ flying high in the night sky

Mystery lunar sample to share its secrets

This handout photo released by NASA shows NASA researchers opening an Apollo 17 Moon rock sample at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on February 15, 2022. - The Apollo missions to the Moon brought back to Earth a total of 2,196 lunar rock samples. But NASA has only just begun to open one of the last, collected 50 years ago. (Photo by Robert MARKOWITZ / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA / ROBERT MARKOWITZ " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has opened a 1972 sealed sample, taken from the lunar surface by the astronauts of Apollo 17 during the last manned mission to the moon

French fungus to the rescue of little penguins

Little penguin close up at Port Campbell National Park. Picture: Darren Donlen
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The CSIRO hopes a French fungus will be the answer to controlling a weed that is threatening the nesting sites of Victoria’s little penguins

Simultaneous heatwave at North and South Poles

Temperatures in the poles are skyrocketing.
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A weather event has seen temperatures jump at opposite ends of the globe despite the Arctic and Antarctic regions being in opposing seasons

Insect wings inspire food safety solution

Debbie Polley - A colourful Dragonfly at Wook-Koo Park Lagoon (at Oakhurst near Maryborough). I think Dragonflies are beautiful.
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Dragonfly and cicada wings act as deadly armour against bacterial attack, giving scientists an unexpected blueprint for better protecting our food

Solar storm could bring light show

A coronal mass ejection. Photo Contributed
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The latest solar flare ejected from the sun could deliver a beautiful aurora light display … and possibly switch off the power

NASA’s new ‘time travel’ telescope

(FILES) In this still picture from a NASA TV broadcast, the James Webb Space Telescope separates from Arianespace's Ariane 5 rocket after launching from Europe’s Spaceport, the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. - The James Webb Space Telescope completed its two-week-long deployment phase on January 8, 2022, unfolding the final mirror panel as it readies to study every phase of cosmic history, NASA said. "The final wing is now deployed," NASA said on Twitter, adding the team was now working "to latch the wing into place, a multi-hour process". (Photo by various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA TV" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s cutting-edge new James Webb telescope has captured the imagination of stargazers everywhere with the magic words ‘time travel’ – but what does that really mean and how can it be?

Eiffel Tower gets a growth spurt

TOPSHOT - This photograph taken in Paris on March 15, 2022 shows a new antenna installed by a Eurocopter AS355N Ecureuil 2 at the top of the Eiffel Tower. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
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The Eiffel Tower was already the tallest building in Paris, but the French capital’s most recognisable structure just got even higher

Hi-tech hunt for pharaoh’s tomb

‘Mysterious voids’ were discovered in Great Pyramid of Giza. Picture: Sui Xiankai/Xinhua via Getty Images
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An ultra-powerful scan will be done of Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza under plans to identify two mysterious spaces that could house the pharaoh’s secret burial chamber

World’s biggest spud is a dud

Giant potato found in New Zealand found not to be a potato afterall
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A couple who believed they’d dug up the world’s largest potato in New Zealand have had their hopes mashed after tests showed it wasn’t a potato after all

Two epic blobs below Earth’s surface

An artist’s impression of the collision between Earth and the object called Theia, resulting in the formation of the Moon over 4 billion years ago. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Beneath the surface of our planet lie two gigantic ‘rock blobs’ that are 100 times taller than Mount Everest and could be the remains of an alien world

Octopus fossil found with extra arms

Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris). Wildlife animal.
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A well-preserved, 10-armed fossil puts octopuses on Earth ahead of dinosaurs, more than 80 million years earlier than previously thought

Amazon could become treeless savanna

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2021 Officials from Para State, northern Brazil, inspect a deforested area in the Amazon rain forest during surveillance in the municipality of Pacaja, 620 km from the capital Belem. - Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon set a new record for the month of February 2022, according to official data released on March 11, 2022, the latest sign of a surge in destruction under President Jair Bolsonaro. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)
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Lowering the Amazon Basin’s ability to withstand climate change and sustained deforestation would have worldwide impacts

Aussie weed could be turned into space food

4/3/22 - Adelaide scientist Associate Professor Jenny Mortimer with samples of locally found Òduck weedÓ which she is studying to turn into food for the future at Waite Campus. Picture: Naomi Jellicoe
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A native Australian weed could join the next frontier of space food as scientists look for nutrient-rich options for astronauts

Explorer’s lost ship found after 107 years

The Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust is pleased to confirm that the Endurance22 Expedition has located the wreck of Endurance, Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship which has not been seen since it was crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
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Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, hadn’t been seen since it was crushed by ice and sank in 1915 – until now

World’s best Triceratops moves in

Friends and dinosaur enthusiasts Anika Ford, 9  
and Max Preuss, 9. Triceratops reveal at Melbourne Museum. The 67 million year old fossil is the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Dubbed the Mona Lisa of fossils, Horridus is the most complete and finely preserved Triceratops in the world. And it’s right here in Australia

Rain could last until August

DAILY TELEGRAPH. MARCH 8, 2022.

Pictured is flooding on Pittwater Road in North Manly today as Sydney is hit by another deluge of rain today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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The east coast of Australia could be in for a wet, wet, wet autumn and winter as La Niña looks set to be here for the long haul

Scientists decode what pigs are saying

Maverick Clark on the family farm, "Splitters Farm" in Bundaberg which has welcomed a bunch of babies over summer including ducklings and a plucky piglet called "Chunky". Pics Adam Head
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Not just a pretty face, the pig is a smart, chatty animal with an emotional range communicated via vastly different grunts

Following a funnel-web’s footsteps

The Australian Reptile Park is issuing a warning to the public as recent wet weather conditions followed by hot days this Spring will create perfect conditions for funnel-web spiders to thrive. This means male funnel-webs will be leaving their burrows in search of a mate, sometimes ending up in houses or residential gardens.
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The secret life of male Sydney funnel-web spiders is being captured at night thanks to minuscule headgear the size of a grain of rice

Fly your name to the moon

KIDS NEWS: A fully functional Launch Abort System (LAS) with a test version of Orion attached launched e in July 2019. Picture: NASA/supplied
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Space fans stuck on planet Earth can now register their name and become a virtual passenger on the coming Artemis I moon mission

Seals in hi-tech helmets help Antarctic study

Eight Weddell seals have been fitted with helmet devices to help Japanese researchers survey Antarctica. Picture: Nobuo Kokubun, National Institute of Polar Research
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Japanese researchers have fitted eight Weddell seals with hi-tech monitors to help survey the waters under the thick ice sheet of Antarctica

Space junk on collision course with moon

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 13, 2019 shows a view of the moon in Cannes, southern France. - A Canadian astronaut will take part in a lunar mission for the first time in 2023, as part of the NASA-led Artemis project, the minister for innovation, science and industry announced on December 16, 2020."I am proud to announce another first: Canada will join the US on the first crewed mission to the Moon since the Apollo mission," the minister, Navdeep Bains, told a press conference. (Photo by Laurent EMMANUEL / AFP)
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A chunk of an old rocket is set to leave a large crater in the moon when it hits at 9300km/h after tumbling through space for eight years

Tech exists to resurrect Tassie tiger

Professor Andrew Pask is launching a project to bring the Tassie Tiger back to life. Involves the surrogate uterus of another animal. Professor Pask holds a skull of a Tasmanian tiger and a test tube containing DNA.                      Picture: David Caird
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A bold plan to bring back the Tasmanian tiger in just 10 years is fuelling the scientific race to restore the lost species to life

Global warming threat to outdoor sport

Courier-Mail real estate, Home, advertising feature - Ausbuild - The Sanctuary at Warner.



Cropped portrait of cheerful little girl playing football with her family in the park on a sunny day. She is having fun while passing the ball. Family, kids and nature concept. Horizontal shot.
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The Australian way of life will have to change unless leaders take greater action now to address climate change

T-rex may be three different species

An artist's impression of a tyrannosaurus imperator attacking a triceratops herd. Researchers believe the Tyrannosaurus rex might actually have been three species of dinosaur rather than one after finding differences in Tyrannosaurus leg bones and dental structures across specimens. They suggest that the larger specimens should be attributed to a new species called Tyrannosaurus imperator (tyrant lizard emperor) and the smaller, more slender specimens should be attributed to a species called Tyrannosaurus regina (tyrant lizard queen). MUST CREDIT: Gregory S Paul, 2022.
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Tyrannosaurus rex might have to make room on the dino royal throne, with experts believing there could be two more distinct species of T-rex dubbed the emperor and the queen

Baby ghost shark looks like an alien

New Zealand researchers found this rare baby ghost shark during a survey off the country's South Island.
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It looks like an alien from outer space and it’s almost as rare! This weird creature is a baby ghost shark, found by scientists off the coast of New Zealand

Flying reptile fossil has scientists ‘gobsmacked’

Artist's impression of the pterosaur on Skye, by Natalia Jagielska.
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The discovery of a Scottish pterosaur shows the flying reptile grew larger much earlier than previously thought – and long before the Cretaceous period when they had to compete with birds

Why kids are better at fighting Covid

Generic photo of happy students in their classroom wearing their school uniform
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Children’s "innate" immune systems are better at overcoming Covid-19 than adults’ – and another factor stalling the spread in schools is really something to sing about

Giant strawberry sets world record

Israeli farmer Tzachi Ariel displays a 289 grams strawberry that was found in his agricultural field and set a new Guinness World Records for the heaviest strawberry, in the Kadima village in central Israel on February 17, 2022. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)
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A gigantic Israeli strawberry has delighted its growers by setting a new world record even after shrinking in the freezer over the past year

New dino study is nothing to sneeze at

Researchers believe dinosaurs caught colds just like humans. They investigated unusual bony protrusions on a young diplodocid fossil's neck. They believe these bony abnormalities probably grew in response to an infection in its respiratory system. The researchers say this is the first evidence of a respiratory infection in a dinosaur, and it is possible the young diplodocid experienced flu or pneumonia-like symptoms such as weight loss, coughing, fever and breathing difficulties or even died as a result of this illness.
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An international team of researchers believes dinosaurs caught colds and other respiratory illnesses, just like humans