Defecation duration is surprisingly similar throughout the mammal world.
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New parenthood got our fluid dynamics experts thinking about what ends up in the diaper. They headed to the zoo and the lab to come up with a cohesive physics story for how defecation works.
Mathematicians make a splash with new theory that could lead to breakthroughs in 3D printing, climate science and forensics.
It will be quick and it will be hot.
1967 promotional image for the Amana Radarange
It's been five decades of microwave popcorn and piping hot leftovers in home kitchens. A serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create this now ubiquitous timesaving appliance.
Look ma, no gravity!
Every moment of life on our planet has had the force of gravity in the background. But the prospect of long-distance space travel means it's time to figure out what happens to our biology in its absence.
Will NSW physics students learn what these lines represent?
NSW's proposed new rigorous physics syllabus refocuses on the fundamentals, but it'll require investment in teaching skills so all students can benefit from it.
Scientists theorised, disproved, revamped and finally created a bizarre new form of matter in just five years.
Why can’t we see the spaces?
The reason you feel things as solid is all to do with electrons.
Scientific and technological innovations and economic policies promoting growth at all costs have created a consumption and production vortex on a collision course with the Earth system.
Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies.
Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC
As technology advances, tiny satellites no bigger than a loaf of bread have advanced from just proving they work to being big contributors in answering science questions.
Static electricity can cause more than just a bad hair day.
These mini lightning bolts have been known for millennia. Understanding static electricity at the atomic level opens the door for new technologies – as well as ways to cut down on the tiny zaps.
Liquid water develops different properties above around 50℃.
No deep voices here.
Size doesn't always matter when it comes to the pitch of your voice, especially if you're an aquatic mammal.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about antimatter.
One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there is so much more matter than antimatter. Now a new experiment is helping us understand the nature of antimatter better than ever before.
Einstein’s theories are still not taught in school.
Einstein's theories of relativity underpin our understanding of the universe, yet they're not taught in high school. How can we change that?
The temporary laboratory deep in the mine.
A new highly sensitive detector is being built one kilometre underground in a gold mine to detect the elusive dark matter.
That’s no moon.
Scientific breakthroughs in graphene production and nuclear fusion may help us build the super space stations of the future.
Diamonds are a data storers’ best friend?
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With current modes up against their limits, we need new data storage solutions. Tiny defects in diamonds' atomic structure might turn them into a new medium for memory.
Things are kind of different on the quantum level.
Forget solid, liquid, gas. This research used advanced math to theorize about topological phases of matter. And over the years experiments with matter and cold atoms have been validating the ideas.
Math doesn’t get its own Nobel, but is the foundation for much Prize-winning research.
There's no Nobel Prize in mathematics, but math undergirds much high-level science. The 2016 Nobel in Physics rewards work in topology, a branch of math with multiple real world applications.
A visualisation of simulation data showing light successfully trapped at a standstill.
Freezing light in mid-air isn't just the realm of Star Wars, as new research shows. But what do you do with the light once it's trapped? One option is to use it to develop new forms of computers.