Guest Work

What social insects can teach us about resilient infrastructure

Guest Work May 26, 2016

By Eliza Middleton, University of Sydney Accidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow. How do we protect those networks from becoming vulnerable and failing? Social insects may provide some inspiration. Social insects, … Read More

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Octopus and squid populations are booming – here’s why

Guest Work May 25, 2016

By Alexander Arkhipkin, University of Aberdeen Squid, octopus and cuttlefish populations are booming across the world. These fast-growing, adaptable creatures are perfectly equipped to exploit the gaps left by extreme climate changes and overfishing, according to a study colleagues and I published in the journal Current Biology. Humans have reached and in many cases surpassed sustainable fishing … Read More

Antarctic glacier’s unstable past reveals danger of future melting

Guest Work May 19, 2016

By Alan Aitken, University of Western Australia New mapping of one of the most remote areas in Antarctica has revealed regions deep within Earth’s largest ice sheet that are particularly prone to rapid melting. Our study, published today in Nature, is focused on East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier, the outlet for the world’s largest ice catchment. The results … Read More

Ahead of its time: Doctor Who’s 56 inspiring female scientists

Guest Work May 19, 2016

By Rachel Morgain, Australian National University and Lindy Orthia, Australian National University The issue of gender equity in science has received a lot of attention recently. Governments are throwing money at it, scientists are speaking up about it and news agencies are reporting on it. Researchers interested in fictional scientists are also concerned … Read More

Southern hemisphere joins north in breaching carbon dioxide milestone

Guest Work May 17, 2016

By Paul Krummel, CSIRO and Paul Fraser, CSIRO As we predicted two months ago, the background atmospheric carbon dioxide levels measured at Cape Grim on Tasmania’s northwest coast have officially passed the 400 parts per million (ppm) mark. Our measurements, compiled by our team at CSIRO together with the Bureau of Meteorology, show that the … Read More

Getting to know you: the robot assistant who can second-guess your every need

Guest Work May 17, 2016

By David Tuffley, Griffith University It’s here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact. As sci-fi writer William Gibson has apparently noted: “The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed.” The demand … Read More

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