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Environment

Lines in the sand

By failing to take Indigenous knowledge seriously, a scientific paper speculating on the origin of WA desert ‘fairy circles’ misses the mark

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Mars attracts

Reviving the Viking mission’s experiments may yet find life as we know it on Mars, but the best outcome would be something truly alien

Microscopic image of Multiple Myeloma cells

Science and technology

Science fiction in university labs?

The case of UNSW and an “anti-cancer superdrug” highlights issues with self-regulation in universities about what constitutes research misconduct

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Heart of old

How an Australian discovered the oldest heart on the fossil record in the Kimberleys

Image of William Shatner speaking to the media on the landing pad of Blue Origin’s New Shepard after flying into space on October 13, 2021 near Van Horn, Texas. Photo © Mario Tama / Getty Images

To boldly not bother going…

From W. H. Auden to William Shatner, there have been doubters about the promise of space travel

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What the James Webb Space Telescope reveals

Why NASA’s new telescope is a huge step forward for understanding the universe

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Red rover

The Australian astrobiologist leading NASA’s search for life on Mars

Image showing detail of a 1965 Soviet Union stamp commemorating the first spacewalk. Image via Wikimedia Commons

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?

Since the first human forayed beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, politics has never left space

An photograph of the spacewarping effect, taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and depicting GAL-CLUS-022058s, located in the constellation of Fornax.

Founding NEMO

Gravitational waves and the secrets of the universe

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Echidna poo has changed our understanding of human evolution

Citizen science is not only helping echidna conservation, but changing how we think about evolution