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The Earth viewed from space

Mathematical modelling sheds new light on how continents may have formed

Life is unique to our planet.

Or is it?

Central to this question is the emergence of plate tectonics, which transported oxygen and water from the Earth’s interior to the atmosphere and formed mountain highs and deep oceans,

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 13 September, 2019
Helmeted Honeyeater

First-ever release of mixed gene Helmeted Honeyeaters into wild

In an exciting first for the species, 37 out-crossed Helmeted Honeyeaters were released to Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the recovery program to save the species.

Biology 24 August, 2019
seasonal colour change in birds

Birds balance sexiness and predator-avoidance by changing colour

Most birds remain the same colour year-round, replacing their feathers only once a year.

But some birds undergo a seasonal colour change and replace some of their feathers twice each year – often alternating between dull and bright

Biology 23 August, 2019
Gut Health

Gut health: Investigating the role a high-fibre diet can play in controlling high blood pressure

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

One hundred million micro-organisms live within our gut, influencing our metabolism, our immune system and possibly even our mental health.

Biology 19 August, 2019

Investigating thunderstorms to better predict when they might strike

Thunder claps, lightning bolts, wind and hail – all the opera of an ordinary thunderstorm – aren't entirely understood by climate scientists. As the planet warms, thunderstorms are expected to become more intense, but no one can

Earth Atmosphere and Environment 15 August, 2019
Glitch-neutron-stars-

Glitch in neutron star reveals its hidden secrets

Neutron stars are not only the most dense objects in the Universe, but they rotate very fast and regularly.

Until they don’t.

Physics and Astronomy 13 August, 2019
Velocity kink

Second baby planet found using technique pioneered by Monash astrophysicists

Monash astrophysicists using the ALMA telescope in Chile have made a world-first discovery with the sighting of a second new ‘baby’ planet (two to three times heavier than Jupiter) inside a gas and dust gap.

Physics and Astronomy 13 August, 2019
Purple-crowned fairy

Purple-crowned fairy-wren favours rain for breeding, study confirms

An international study led by Monash scientists has found that rainfall can influence the breeding cycle of the iconic Purple-crowned fairy-wren.

Biology 13 August, 2019
Helmeted Honeyeater

Repairing harmful effects of inbreeding could save the iconic Helmeted Honeyeater, study finds

Habitat destruction results in wildlife populations that are small, made up of relatives, and have low genetic variation.

Biology 2 August, 2019