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What is beach ‘foam’?

Beach foam is produced from proteins. The white beach foam is due to fat and protein in ocean water, which the surf ‘whips’, just like whipped cream. Animals and plants in both salty…

‘Science: Make the future you want!’ – ASPAC 2019 in Brisbane 4-6 September

Under the theme of ‘Science: Make the future you want!’, researchers and STEM leaders from science centres and museums around the world will converge in Brisbane to collaborate, connect and generate new ideas…

National Science Week

It’s National Science Week!

Australia’s National Science Week is on now, with Australian Science Illustrated a proud partner. And with almost 2000 events on offer, you’ll be left wondering how you are going to fit it all…

Thomas Higham, University of Oxford

Two human species shared the same cave

The two human species to which we are most closely related lived close to each other for thousands of years. This has been established by archaeologists from the University of Wollongong in NSW,…

Whisky tongue

Artificial tongue to lick fake whisky

Who else but Scottish engineers would think of using an artificial tongue to differentiate between whiskies? A new paper published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Nanoscale describe how they built the tiny…

World’s heaviest organism living underground in the US

One of the world’s oldest and biggest inhabitants – a honey fungus – has spread tremendously. Scientists from the University of Missouri in the US have studied a famous honey fungus, Armillaria gallica,…

Why doesn’t a dishwasher dry plastic?

After a dishwasher cycle, the plates and glasses are usually dry, whereas plastic boxes and cups remain wet. The difference is due to the different materials’ ability to absorb heat, also known as…

ESA - S. Corvaja

Moon landing celebrated by new ISS arrivals

ESA, NAS and Russion astronauts were launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday, with the ESA’s Luca Parmitano alongside NASA astronaut Drew Morgan and Russian Roscosmos…

The Sahara will be fertile in 10,000 years

Fossils in the bone-dry Sahara Desert reveal that the sand dunes are located in what was previously a moist, fertile region. Scientists used to believe that the Sahara switched between dry and moist…

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