Nature

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….

A radiographer’s view of animals

How the cheetah gets its spots

There may be a big difference in size, but cheetahs and tabby cats have things in common.

Armour-covered floating beauty

‘Ehux’ is a micro-organism vital to marine food chains — it is also visually mesmerising.

Why do whales and humans have such long menopause?

Long menopause allows killer whales to care for sons.

Robots inspired by nature

Nature has often been a source of inspiration in film and literature, but more recently, engineers have gotten into the natural trend, designing robots inspired by wildlife. This development demonstrates how our surrounding…

Australian wasp becomes arachnophobe’s hero

The notorious redback spider has a predator of its own.

Nature’s spicy insect repellent

Mustard plants have developed a defense mechanism against insects.

New bat species found in Malaysia

Misclassification of species suggests that there is need for a revision of the taxonomic status of muricola bats.

Can Australia’s shores cope with a super trawler?

What do history and science tell us about the impacts of trawling.

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