The living coelacanth in its natural environment off the South African coast.
Laurent Ballesta, Gombessa expeditions, Andromede Oceanology Ltd (from the book Gombessa, meeting with the coelacanth)
The discovery of a living coelacanth fish rocked the world in 1939, as scientists thought they had died out with the dinosaurs. A new study illuminates how its skull and tiny brain develop.
Usually, a minor language will adopt words from a dominant language, but NZ English bucks this trend. It has been borrowing a growing number of Māori words, not always to add meaning but to mark identity.
Why is it that some 'fake news' gets us remembering things that are not true? It depends on how our memory works, and there are ways we can avoid being duped.
Farming data collected by governments, agribusinesses and banks is regulated in a piecemeal fashion, and ends up beyond the reach of farmers.
Great areas of rubbish -- known as 'garbage patches' -- are known to form in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, but not the southern Indian Ocean. Why is that?
It's not your intent that matters when you're considering your online behaviour – it's the consequences that create the impact.
We've had ten federal ministers with titular responsibility for science since 2007 – five under the coalition and five under Labor. That variation and a lack of consistent vision has an impact.
Scott Morrison has bragged about 'stopping the boats', but his government has failed to do anything meaningful to bolster cyber security and stop the malware.
Reports say that a new species of ancient human has been identified in a cave in The Philippines. But only a few bone and teeth fossil fragments have been found, so far.
To multiply two numbers by hand take a few steps but it's something we're taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things.
New squid research north of New Zealand nearly doubles the known cephalopod diversity in the Kermadec region, where a proposal to create one of the world's largest marine reserves has stalled.
There are exciting synergies between western science and indigenous knowledge. Surprisingly, the success of our Australian predator conservation research was due entirely to its multicultural nature.
It was not until the late 1990s that the anatomy of the human clitoris was accurately described by Australia’s first female urologist. And now research in animals is starting to catch up.
Smart home technology promises to make our lives easier, but how much control do we want this tech to have over our lives? And do we really trust it?
Small wounds can usually heal by themselves, but larger wounds can be a problem. With a little help from a seaweed we can help the body regenerate new blood vessels.
Facial recognition is a crucial skill, but difficult to test accurately. Researchers are taking advantage of the popularity of Game of Thrones to test the limits of our ability to identify a familiar face.
Taking effective action against online sharing of graphic content isn't straightforward. But, yet again, the government's inclination seems to be to legislate first and discuss later.
Trapdoor spiders that build unique burrows are found only in small areas of Queensland. But they don't travel very far from their location, and that could put them at risk.
Life without pain might seem like a blessing. But pain plays an important role in protecting our bodies from further damage.
If you've never heard of a form of wave called a 'seiche' – which can occur in swimming pools during earthquakes – this is your chance to catch up.
Google+ is the latest online community to shut down, forcing users to seek other options. So why are organisations pulling away from user-generated content such as reviews, comments and debates?
The evolution of live birth from egg-laying is no mean feat. Now new research reports on the first known example where both eggs and a live birth come from the same lizard pregnancy.
Women represent just 22% of board chairs and 13% of CEOs across more than 60 Australian sporting organisations.
TikTok allows users to create and share short videos with music – there's a lot of lip synching.
On 27 March, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite missile test, Mission Shakti. India is now the fourth country in the world displaying this capability.
Estimating our ancestry is hard – because our backgrounds are much more mixed up than we thought. So don't take your DNA ancestry test results literally: they're just a prediction.
On its own it's just tin. But mix it with other elements and it turns into a material that helped shape the ancient world.
A forum of Australian tech companies this week was told the government's encryption laws could see Australian jobs moved overseas. Labor's promised to "fix" the laws, but that could be too late.
Feelgood, high-level data ethics principles are not fit for the purpose of regulating big tech. Applied ethics might be useful ... but stronger regulation is the preferred end goal.