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Hallo Space Boy, You’re Sleepy Now

This week’s A Week in Science episode certainly had me thinking, plus it started a few very random discussions in the office! Well, any discussion about the impending doom of the Earth fascinates and entertains the RiAus staff, actually anything scientific and slightly off-kilter is classed as entertainment ... Continue Reading »

How Your Breasts Change During Your Periods

Women see big changes to their breasts during pregnancy and lactation, but did you know changes also occur during their periods? Normally these changes are subtle but noticeable increases in breast tenderness or swelling during different parts of the cycle. Just as the uterus grows a tissue lining, which it ... Continue Reading »

Algal Biofuel

If you’re outside enjoying a lunch under clear skies, each square metre surrounding you is receiving about 1,000 watts of energy from the Sun. As we well know, plants and algae convert this light energy into chemical energy via the process of photosynthesis. What may seem ... Continue Reading »

The Science Of ‘Smart’ Cars

Smart cars are, generally, traditional style cars that incorporate new technology to enhance the experience for the driver, make the car safer and to improve the energy efficiency of the car. With a large emphasis being placed on energy efficiency and sustainability, many different types of fuel sources are being ... Continue Reading »

Humans in Space

Space has fascinated us throughout history, from ancient cave paintings to epic sci-fi fantasies. For a long time, the only way we could explore what lay in the great beyond was with our imagination, and later, our technology. It was not until the first heavier-than-air flight in 1903 by the ... Continue Reading »

A Virtual World of Future Discovery

Want to learn more about Careers of the Future? Download our Ultimate Science Guide today! Anthropology isn’t the study of ants (believe me, I’m asked about ants often). It is the study of people or culture. There is a much larger, more complex and heavily debated definition, but that ... Continue Reading »

The Scientific Historians of Life

If you like this, then you should tune into ABC radio every second Thursday to hear Paul discuss science (and whatever else he's interested in). So, what has palaeontology ever done for us? Surely of all the useful, applicable sciences, palaeontology must rank at the bottom? It’s a great ... Continue Reading »

World Health Day 2015 – Food Safety

A casual look through the aisles of your local supermarket will reveal just how globalised our food has become. When many fresh fruits and vegetables are seasonally unavailable, they are often sourced from overseas. This is driven by the demand for the all year availability of food items regardless of ... Continue Reading »

Lights Off! It’s Earth Hour

Have you got your diary handy? A calendar? Your phone? If you do could you write an important reminder for the 28th March: Earth Hour 8:30 pm. You also might want to make a sub note: buy some candles. Earth Hour is a movement that began in Sydney back in ... Continue Reading »

Chuckles, Chortles and Giggles

Chuckles, chortles, giggles - we are all familiar with the experience of laughter. It is an involuntary physical response to happiness and humour, with the ability to cross cultural and language barriers. Laughter is one of the first ways that we learn to interact with the world, with babies developing ... Continue Reading »

The Beauty in Nature

We live in a world where science and technology is everywhere; from the smart phone in your hand to the fuel efficient, automatic parking, city braking hybrid car that can practically drive itself. However, rarely does one stop to consider the beauty of the natural world and the science contained ... Continue Reading »

Be Careful What You Eat

If you like this, then you should tune into ABC radio every second Thursday to hear Paul discuss science (and whatever else he's interested in). What is it with fad diets and quack remedies? While both have been around for as long as people want a quick fix for ... Continue Reading »

World Meteorological Day

Celebrated on March the 23rd each year, World Meteorological Day is in honour of the creation of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) (formerly the International Meteorological Organisation). The purpose of the organisation is to improve our knowledge of climatic influences – including weather and hydrological events. The organisation ... Continue Reading »

The Large Hadron Collider

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is part of a project run by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research or CERN. It is the world’s largest particle collider and was built between 1998 and 2008. The LHC is 100 meters underground at the border of Switzerland and France and ... Continue Reading »

World Down Syndrome Day

The blueprint for a human, the DNA is packaged in a specialised way. These packages are called chromosomes. Human beings have 46 chromosomes in every single cell, containing all of the information needed for cell growth and function. Down syndrome occurs when there is an extra copy of chromosome number ... Continue Reading »

Brittany Wenger: A Young Scientist

Entries to the Google Science Fair are now open! It was in 1915, that a 25-year-old Australian-born physicist named William Bragg Jnr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the field of x-ray crystallography. At the time, he was the youngest scientist ever to receive the honour. Flash ... Continue Reading »

The Problems Facing Australian Shorebirds

If you like this, then you should come visit the Flyway Shorebird Exhibition in the Future Space Gallery! Australia is a very important place for shorebirds – over five million migrate from our shores each year to undertake the journey to their Arctic breeding grounds. During October to May ... Continue Reading »

The Superheroes of the Animal Kingdom

Time and time again it seems that even our most astonishing ideas and inventions are no match for Mother Nature. The natural world seems to evolve and perfect the weirdest ideas that humans could possibly imagine. Early explorers used compasses to navigate the seas; birds have been using the Earth’s ... Continue Reading »

Bad News, I’m Afraid

I've never met a stage that I would not gladly strut. Performing is my thing, when that performance is based around discussing the ideas of science. But there is something disheartening walking on stage knowing that all you have to deliver is bad news. And so it was at Womad last ... Continue Reading »

The Year of the Gibbon

When we think of monkeys, we will generally picture a long armed primate, swinging through the trees. They’re gorgeous, and a little alien looking, but they’re monkeys. Actually, they’re gibbons. Gibbons are the group of primates that live in the tropical forests of Asia, and we ... Continue Reading »

My Favourite Women of Science

Tell me who your favourite women of science are in the comments below and look out for the follow up blog on YOUR favourite women of science! In honour of International Women’s Day today (March the 8th), I wanted to look at the top ten women whom have inspired me to ... Continue Reading »

Shorebird Migrations

If you like this, then you should come visit the Flyway Shorebird Exhibition in the Future Space Gallery! What are shorebirds? Shorebirds or wading birds are birds that are usually found on the edges of coastal areas or freshwater wetlands and in the intertidal zones of bays and estuaries ... Continue Reading »

Losing Weight

Today I officially became unobese. For most of my adult life I’ve been fighting the onset of extra flab, a battle I’ve consistently come second in. A few years ago my Body Mass Index slipped over the uninspiring figure of 30; I had moved from ‘overweight’ to ‘obese’. Now I’ve ... Continue Reading »

Food Fads And The Fear Of Fat

Food fads, crash diets and other tricks that claim to promote health and reduce fat come and go, and have been around for a long time. In the 1920’s, there was even ‘obesity soap’ that promised to burn fat in the shower (although since it’s no longer available, I guess ... Continue Reading »

Australia’s First Kidney Transplant

Saturday 21 February 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the first successful kidney transplant in Australia – a breakthrough made in the University of Adelaide’s Department of Surgery at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on 21 February 1965 (B. Tait, 2012, p.63). This Australian first ... Continue Reading »

Jump Into The Year of the Leap Second

If you like this, then you should tune into Weird Science on FiveAA every second Thursday at 2:30pm to hear Ben discuss weird science! If you’re anything like me you might feel like there’s just not enough time to get everything done in your life. But I’ve got some ... Continue Reading »

Who Was Rosalind Franklin?

Watson and Crick, the famed discoverers of DNA’s double helix structure; one of the most celebrated discoveries of the 20th century. But, did you know of Rosalind Franklin, the third discoverer of DNA’s structure? The eldest daughter of a wealthy Jewish family, Franklin was strong willed and brilliant. She applied a year ... Continue Reading »

Revisiting the Jab

Well it seemed like an innocent enough request but from the get-go I knew I was in for a hiding. It was a relatively quiet Friday afternoon here at RiAus when Bradley, our General Manager, came into my office with an unusual request. He had a reporter from the Sunday Mail ... Continue Reading »
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