Baby Kaiba seemed healthy, but when he was six weeks old, his parents were shocked to the core. The family was dining at a restaurant, when the little boy suddenly stopped breathing, and…


2014: a space odyssey

Brad Pitt is, Michael Schumacher is, and Stephen Hawking is too. They are waiting. They are excited. Some 580 well-known and unknown people have lined up for the adventure of their lives. They…


Super Telescopes

SOLVING THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE In the most desolate regions of the globe, astronomers and engineers are building a new generation of super telescopes. The high-tech structures will be spread across several…

DIY Space Program

Sandy Antunes did not react to his threatening midlife crisis by buying a motorcycle or climbing mountains. Instead, the 46-year-old American built his own small, customised satellite. Picosatellites like his are available as…

Preschool students learn from observing their peers. Image: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich/Shutterstock

Preschoolers think like scientists

Child’s play is very similar to scientific experiments.

Pond snails that consumed epicatechin found in chocolate developed long-term memories. Image: Kenneth Lukowiak

Snails improved their memory after “eating” chocolate

Turns out that flavonoids make snails smarter.

Astronomers have assembled a new portrait of the stars. Image: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team

Hubble looks deep into the Universe

We can now see further into the skies than ever before.


Alfred Wallace’s life and times

Science historian Dr John van Wyhe and his fellow researchers at the National University of Singapore have compiled the entire collection of Alfred Russel Wallace’s documented life and discoveries from his scientific travels….

PhD student Anirudh Sharma with his new solar cells. Image: Ashton Claridge, Flinders University

Plastic and print power

Plastic solar cells could pave the way for a clean energy industry.

Nafion has a low refractive index and high transparency, making it ideal to observe the plant roots through. Image: Lionel Dupuy

See-through soil will improve crops

The mysterious world of the rhizosphere revealed.

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