Tiny fairy wasps are so small they can lay their eggs inside other insects eggs, but they punch above their weight when it comes to keeping pests down.
There is a link between exposure to natural settings and better psychological well-being.
For people who aren't able to spend time in nature every day, exposure to virtual natural environments could be an effective way of improving psychological well-being.
The New York Times decision to end daily political cartoons in its international edition has led to predictions of the death of cartooning. But the decision actually reflects an increasingly globalised, online industry.
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A New York Times decision has led to predictions of the death of cartooning. But rather than perishing, is the global art form just feeling the full force of technological and workplace change?
Dame Edna Everage at Melbourne Town Hall in 2006 after being presented with the Key to the City.
Public taste has changed and that is that. It's not just the references that date in topical satire. Audiences are powerful, and if they feel insulted they can shut down a comedian.
A fossil of the giant new trilobite species
There is evidence to show this monster of the ancient sea was a cannibal, feeding on its own kind.
Governments have been reluctant to work towards increased overbank flows, but the Basin needs it to boost its resilience.
The Murray-Darling Basin might not survive future climate change shocks without changes to the plan.
The horned land frog (
Sphenophryne cornuta) carries babies on its back. New Guinea must be protected from the deadly chytrid fungus, or we could see around 100 frog species be wiped out.
The island of New Guinea is home to 6% of the world’s frogs, but if the deadly chytrid fungus invades it could cause a mass extinction.
Tim Collins classifying a new species of eucalyptus tree, Eucalytus dalveenica, March 2019.
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There are more than 850 different species of eucalypts in Australia, and possibly many more we don’t know about.
This sounds like a good idea at first, but it’s not very practical.
Image Credit: NASA/Mark Vande Hei
Even fridge magnets have magnetic fields approximately 200 times stronger than Earth's.
Building muscle mass and strength is only one of a number of reasons people might use steroids.
When you think of steroid users, it's likely you picture a male in the gym with huge muscles. But all sorts of people use steroids for all sorts of reasons.
Known sweat-collecting stingless bees, Tetragonula sp., from the bee family Apidae.
Bees might not be able to survive inside a person's eye, but they can be drawn to disgusting food sources.
Audio used as evidence in criminal trials can often be unreliable.
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Indistinct forensic audio is often 'enhanced' to make it sound clearer. But how effective are the techniques that are used? A new experiment suggests they can be highly misleading.
We’re having less sex than we used to.
Australians report having sex once or twice a week, on average, but there are many variables. And that's assuming people's estimates are accurate.
A modern arthropod (the centipede
Cormocephalus) crawls over its Cambrian ‘flatmate’ (the trilobite Estaingia).
Michael Lee / South Australian Museum and Flinders University
Modern animals took over our planet much more quickly than previously thought. This has both welcome and disturbing implications for the future of life on our rapidly changing planet
Colonial graziers found it more effective to poison dingoes than rely on convict shepherds to protect their flocks.
Justine Philip/AMMRIC 2017
As soon as white colonists began farming sheep in Australia, they looked for a way to eradicate dingoes.
Does it really pay to spray?
It's easy to whip out the fly spray, but our fondness for pesticides can bring knock-on effects such as increased resistance, and harming beneficial insects in and around our homes.
The Port Arthur historic site is beautiful today – but its isolation would have been overwhelming for former convict inhabitants.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Without due process, archeological digs turn into into expensive and directionless treasure hunts from which little research value can be extracted.
Beginning on Saturday, West Australia's short, intense abalone season will be open for a total of four hours.
The recorder was one of the most popular instruments during the Baroque period, and was more commonly made of wood.
Many school music teachers aren't trained recorder players. And cheap and badly made recorders are often sold in discount stores. But this an instrument with a fine musical pedigree.
Success with conservation of Kangaroo Island’s Glossy Black-Cockatoos can now be compared with other bird conservation efforts around the country.
New research has shown how to measure conservation progress for Australia's 238 endangered bird species