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Star-making motion • International team produces the world’s highest-resolution simulation of astrophysical turbulence.
We’ve made more than the Earth has grown • Anthropogenic mass now exceeds living biomass, study finds.
THE ORIGINS OF MONEY • Standardised Bronze Age objects may have acted as ancient currency.
Perfect f luid? I like the sound of that • Physicists measure some rare diffusion.
Creating nanobots like they do in movies • Design theory seeks to control how they assemble.
CONTINENTS ‘PRONE TO DESTRUCTION’ IN INFANCY • Geologists model the origin of the cratonic mantle.
Hayabusa2 capsule and cargo are back • Is this the most valuable five grams on the planet?
DOWN WITH THE (ANTIBIOTIC) RESISTANCE! • Phages force problem bacteria to expose themselves.
Past (more) perfect • New technique may sharpen accuracy for measuring past temperatures.
Silicone memory? • Metamaterial can be reprogrammed with different properties.
MAKING OXYGEN ON MARS • Breakthrough process is about more than Perseverance.
Animal magnetism is very real • Snakes repel venom via a magnet-like mechanism.
SPICE UP YOUR SOLAR • A touch of chilli may create more stable photovoltaic cells.
Not just drifting by • Risky crossing likely a migration choice.
Hybrid evolution • Study explores the blending of complex animal patterns.
Scientists brave enough to grow a spine • Stem cells self-organise into trunk-like structures.
HOW WIDE IS THE OCEAN? • If it’s the Atlantic, it’s getting wider all the time.
IT’S FOR MEASURING…
BUBBLES ON ELECTRODES? NOT A PROBLEM • Research shows they can speed up chemical processes.
Cosmic collision spells beginning of the end • Astronomers witness possible new mechanism for galaxies to die.
Golden grains • Australian agricultural innovation relies on the combined harvest of old knowledge and new thinking, says Bruce Pascoe.
MEET THE FLOCKERS • Murmuration is one of the most beautiful – and least understood – natural behaviours
A shot at the Moon • The lessons we’ve learned through coping as Australians – such as living, working and surviving in remote locations, and communicating over great distances – are the things that give us a place at the table of future space exploration. TORY SHEPHERD reports.
ELEMENTAL, MY DEAR WATSON
WHAT LIES BENEATH • Scientists in Slovenia are leading the charge to understand and protect a charismatic, cave-dwelling salamander – and the subterranean habitats that supply much of the region’s drinking water. KATIE JEWETT reports.
IN FOCUS: SALAMANDERS
Vaccine next gen • Molecular clamp technology may prove to be the future of vaccines, but in the fight against COVID-19 it was famously abandoned at the 11th hour. MANUELA CALLARI reports.
IN FOCUS: VIRAL INFECTION
HOW MOLECULAR CLAMP TECHNOLOGY WORKS
FORM AND FUNCTION
LUNAR traditions of the First AUSTRALIANS • The Moon’s movement and light informs knowledge of the land and harvest across the continent. Karlie Noon and Duane Hamacher
LITHIUM Powering the green revolution • A WORLDWIDE CLAMOUR FOR BETTER BATTERY POWER HAS CAUSED A “WHITE GOLD” RUSH ON LITHIUM. SHORTAGES...