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Layers of cool: a thin layer of glass added to solar cells could help them work better for longer. Minoru Karamatsu/Flickr

More efficient, durable solar cells are possible thanks to glass

Self-cooling, longer lasting and more efficient solar cells are within reach simply by adding a thin layer of glass. A paper…
Smarter chimpanzees owe much of their extra intelligence to genes. Gemma Stiles/Flickr

Chimpanzee intelligence has a genetic basis

Not all chimpanzees are created equal. Not only are some more intelligent than others, but about half of this variation is…
Mapping out Antarctica’s volcanic past will help us predict future climate change. Rita Willaert/Flickr

Volcanic history of the Antarctic helps with future climate models

An international study of ice cores has helped researchers pave the way for a better understanding of how Antarctica’s volcanoes…
Our phones don’t just take calls anymore – they also take our microorganisms. John Watson/Flickr

Your mobile phone carries your microbiome

Mobile phones have become such an important part of our daily lives that they’ve started adopting our microorganisms, according…
This half-million year old skull is helping answer controversial archaeological questions. Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films

Chew on this: Neanderthal jaws evolved before brains

Ancient remains have confirmed that the face and jaw evolved before the rest of the skull in Neanderthals and early human…
Koalas have embraced tree trunks as a handy cooling mechanism during summer. Ross Huggett/Flickr

Tree-hugging koalas beat the summer heat

Keeping cool during summer can be difficult, but new research published in Biology Letters shows that koalas cope with high…
Crickets on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu (pictured) and Kalau have evolved to keep quiet. Trey Ratcliff/Flickr

Sound of silence: crickets rapidly evolved to hide from deadly flies

Crickets are nothing if not noisy, but populations on two Hawaiian islands have embraced silence by rapidly losing sound-producing…
Tinamous are the closest living relatives of the flightless ratites. Brian Gratwicke/Flickr

Study explores evolution of flightless birds

Ratites – a group of flightless birds including the emu, ostrich and extinct moa – were long believed to have evolved from…
Childhood memories seem few and far between – if they still exist at all. So why can’t we dig them up as adults? Rob./Flickr

Neuron study helps explain why we forget

Memories from early childhood are notoriously elusive but why can’t we recall our most formative experiences? New research…
Finding a tasty strawberry can be a bit of a lucky dip at times, but now the tasty gene’s identified it may be easier to consistently get satisfying strawberries. JD Hancock/Flickr

Genetics link found in search for sweet strawberries

If you’ve ever bitten into a strawberry and wondered why it doesn’t taste as sweet or as good as others in the punnet, you…
Climbing the social ladder can be slippery in parts for teenagers. Sadie Hernandez/Flickr

Popular school students get bullied too

The stereotype that popular kids don’t get bullied has been busted by a new study that found becoming more popular at school…
Australia’s Chief Scientist Ian Chubb delivers his speech at the National Press Club today. AAP

Scientists encouraged to better explain ideas to engage MPs

Often scientists spend most of their time concentrating on research, rather than getting out to promote it – but over the…
Hydrothermal vents: nurseries for life on Earth? Wolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Was life on Earth kickstarted by hot water?

Scientists have simulated the electrical energy produced in the Earth that may have led to life 3.5 billion years ago. Using…
Phantom limb pain may be a thing of the past for amputees, thanks to research out today. Jiuck/Flickr (cropped)

Phantom menace: augmented reality eases missing limb pain

Many amputees experience pain in their missing limbs, but allowing them to “see” their missing limbs in action through augmented…