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.

Not all sperm are able to successfully fertilise an egg. Image: Lukiyanova Natalia / frenta/Shutterstock

Protein could give IVF couples hope

One protein is critical for the beginning of life.

By understanding the changes in the human brain, scientists may be able to develop a cure for epilepsy. Image: LANBO

Scientists find trigger for epileptic seizures

This could be a step towards curing temporal lobe epilepsy.

Mycobacterium tuberculosis stained [red] in sputum sample. Image: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

Fighting tuberculosis with soil bacterium

A natural compound found in soil kills antibiotic-resistant Mycobacterium  tuberculosis.

Human heart

This is how a heart becomes a heart

A “synchronised dance” of thousands of genes generates a healthy heart, but one faux pas may result in congenital heart defects.

Teenagers have more flexible brains than adults and find it easier to adapt to new technology. Image: VLADGRIN/Shutterstock

Teenage brains in the digital world

When it comes to technology, adults won’t be able to keep up with their children.

Can you judge where the halfway point is? Image: Boule/Shutterstock

Can the shape of the glass affect your drinking habits?

Have you ever finished a drink almost twice as fast as your friends?

The sun (in moderation) is an excellent source of Vitamin D. Image: Pond Pond/Shutterstock

Vitamin D’s impact on infection

Low levels of sun exposure may be putting you at risk.

Skin prick tests can be used to determine what types of allergies you have. Image: Alexander Raths/Shutterstock

Allergen overdose

Over the past 20 years, allergies have grown steadily in Australia. Some researchers believe that it is because our immune system doesn’t fight against as many diseases as it use to. Are we…

Many meat and diary products contain low levels of antibiotics. Image: Shutterstock

Obesity linked to early-life antibiotics exposure

Antibiotics may promote fat growth and alter the human microbiome.

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