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In the ongoing battle between weasels and science, I think we can call it a tie. In November last year the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) based outside Geneva suffered an unexpected shutdown, and the reason has only just been revealed. An enterprising...
There are lots of challenges about going into space. Some big, some small. But even what might seem like a small challenge can be difficult to solve – like how to go to the toilet in space. Last year we announced NASA’s Space Poop Challenge – NASA...
What’s it like to prepare for the biggest race of your life? That’s more or less the challenge that entrepreneur Elon Musk set up with his SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition – to design and build a pod that could one day transport people through a...
Does the idea of living forever fill you with delight or a slight sense of apprehension? The concept and search for immortality has been around for thousands of years, and although humans have dreamed of eternal life, we are not yet immortal. The...
Science Update is a monthly written series from Dr Paul Willis tackling some of the controversial topics in the public and aims to provide the current research behind these subjects. There is some confusion about what’s happening with respect to...
Are you someone who loves dark humour? The twisted humour that makes everyone else say “Hmmmmm, too soon”? Well we might have some good news for you - you may be more intelligent. Researchers have linked an appreciation of dark humour with higher...
Brew Ha Ha - How your body reacts to heatwaves
It's really bloody hot in Australia. Talking about blood, extreme and prolonged heat exposure to the human body can do disastrous things to your blood, your organs... it doesn't end well. It looks like Aussie summers are going to get more...
You know those days where you feel like you’re carrying the world on your shoulders? Well, in reality that’s every day. We carry around 200 grams of bacteria on our skin and in our bodies. When you think of how small bacteria are, that’s a whole lot...
Brew Ha Ha - #ShareScience
Sick and tired of seeing your newsfeed overrun with politics? We have an experiment - share science stories and content on your social media with #sharescience and turn your feed sciencey. Brew Ha Ha: science in less time than it takes to order a...
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