How the super rich conquered London

London is an alpha city – home to 100 billionaires. But does wealth bring social costs? | Continue reading | 10 hours ago

Half the matter in the universe was missing

Cosmologists had only been able to find half the matter that should exist in the universe. With the discovery of a new astronomical phenomenon and new telescopes, researchers just found the rest. | Continue reading | 21 hours ago

Walking, talking and showing off – a history of Roman gardens

The plants a Roman chose could say a lot about the person they were. | Continue reading | 6 days ago

'Anti-ageing' protein shown to slow cell growth is key in longevity

This discovery could be important in helping increase human healthspan and longevity. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Can surgical masks protect you from getting the flu? (October 2019)

Retailers are selling 'anti-virus masks' but there is no strong evidence that they can stop the spread of flu. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Aiming for novelty in coronavirus coverage, journalists end up sensationalizing the trivial and untrue

Reporters are trained to advance a story and report what is new. But that approach can end up shortchanging news consumers, who need greater context and persistent focus on an ongoing story. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Historical films may be decaying fast due to ‘vinegar syndrome’

Archives need to take action now. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Urban fantasy novels: why they matter and which ones to read first

Fictional, magical cities can help us understand our own urban lives. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

The seven traits of conspiratorial thinking

Conspiracy theories about COVID-19, such as those advanced in the video 'Plandemic,' tend to pull from the same playbook. Recognizing that can help keep you from falling for this kind of thinking. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk

Women are underrepresented in technology fields, but especially so in cybersecurity. It's not just a matter of fairness. Women are better than men at key aspects of keeping the internet safe. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Experts solve the mystery of a giant X-shaped galaxy, with a monster black hole

Like a cosmic butterfly in the sky, radio galaxy PKS 2014-55 was observed by CSIRO researchers with the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Remote work worsens inequality by mostly helping high-income earners

The higher a person's salary, the most likely they are to be able to work from home; it's not an option for most low-income workers. Here's what governments can do to help encourage more remote work. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers

Fantasy fiction provides more than escapism for young readers. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Yes, websites are starting to look more similar

Design bloggers have long had creeping suspicion, so a team of researchers decided to analyze the aesthetics of nearly 10,000 websites. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Technology threatens human rights in the coronavirus fight

As governments consider the use of surveillance technologies to trace and contain the spread of COVID-19, it is important to consider human rights in the implementation. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Rents can and should be reduced or suspended for the coronavirus pandemic

Representatives of tenants and agents agree that leaving individuals to try to sort out rent reductions has created a mess. It calls for government to step in to look after both renters and landlords. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

New study shows staggering effect of coronavirus pandemic on US mental health

While there have been spikes across the board, some groups are suffering more than others. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Genes could determine whether the coronavirus puts you in the hospital

Researchers from Oregon Health and Science University found that variations in genes that code for parts of the cellular alarm system might play a role in how well people fight off COVID-19. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Why prime numbers still fascinate mathematicians 2,300 years later (2018)

Prime numbers are the biggest and oldest data set in mathematics. Why have they captivated mathematicians for millennia? | Continue reading | 22 days ago

As most of the world early awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, a smaller group of people scoffs. They could spell real trouble in the effort to build widespread immunity. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

The Sun: study shows it’s less active than sibling stars

Has the Sun entered a stage of old age? | Continue reading | 23 days ago

We found and tested 47 old drugs that might treat the coronavirus

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, identified nine existing drugs that show promise to treat COVID-19. The proteins they target haven't been tried before. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

6 Countries, 6 curves: how nations moved fast against Covid-19 avoided disaster

Countries aiming to flatten the coronavirus curve have one crucial aim: reduce the "effective reproduction number" of the virus to below 1. This means the spread is slowing, rather than accelerating. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

William Shakespeare: archaeology is revealing new clues about his life and death

New technology is helping archaeologists uncover details of the playwright's home, workplaces and his final resting place. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

The Covid-19 genome is like “a shipping label”

Every time the virus copies itself it makes mistakes, creating a trail that researchers can use to build a family tree with information about where it's traveled, and when. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Comparing Today's Crisis to 2008 Reveals Some Interesting Things About China

Beijing might have been ultra-tough on the pandemic, but it has been horizontal in response to the economic shock. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A smart second skin gets all the power it needs from sweat

Lightweight, flexible materials can be used to make health-monitoring wearable devices, but powering the devices is a challenge. Using fuel cells instead of batteries could make the difference. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

We should be sceptical about the benevolence of billionaires

Generosity is good, but philanthropy can come at a significant social cost. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel

Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

What future do airlines have? Three experts discuss

The airline industry has faced many crises before. But these pale in comparison to the economic hit that airlines are currently facing. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Buildings have their own microbiomes

We spend 90% of our lives indoors, and every building has its own indoor microbiome. Can we learn to manage them in ways that support helpful microbes and suppress harmful ones? | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How the rich reacted to the bubonic plague has similarities to today's pandemic

Then – as now – the wealthy fled to the countryside, while the urban poor were forced to work on the front lines. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Personalities that thrive in isolation and what we can all learn from time alone

The COVID-19 lockdown will affect people differently depending on their personality. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How did insects get their colours? Crystal-covered beetle discovery sheds light

Researchers realised a dull-looking 13,000-year-old weevil was actually covered in brilliant green, blue and yellow nanoscopic crystals. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The manipulation of the American mind: Edward Bernays and the birth of PR

“The most interesting man in the world.” “Reach out and touch someone.” “Finger-lickin’ good.” Such advertising slogans have become fixtures of American culture, and each year millions now tune into the… | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Indonesia was in denial over coronavirus Now it may be facing a looming disaster

The government waited to put in place restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Now, millions may soon be on the move for a religious celebration, which could make matters even worse. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Why NZ PM's coronavirus response has been a masterclass in leadership

As someone who researches and teaches leadership, I’d argue New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is giving most Western politicians a masterclass in crisis leadership. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Defoe’s account of the Great Plague of 1665 has startling parallels with today

Written 60 years after the bubonic plague swept London, Defoe's account may have been a hoax, but it still rings true today. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Secret Battle: a World War I novel that put the firing squad on trial (2019)

Sir Alan Herbert's 1919 novel was based on a true story and highlighted the injustice of executing shell-shocked soldiers for cowardice. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Biggest companies pay the least tax, shows new research

Tax rates may be the same for big and small companies, but five charts show how things work out differently in practice. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains

Currently, the number of confirmed global COVID-19 cases is doubling about every six days. At this rate, Australia's health sector will be unable to cope. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Kosovo’s government just fell – but it’s down to US meddling not coronavirus

The collapse of the government in Kosovo is a victory for reactionary forces within Kosovo and the self-seeking agenda of the Trump administration. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Social distancing fashion: 19th-century women had to keep the wrong men away

In the past, maintaining physical distance was an important aspect of public life – and clothes played a big role. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

How knowledge about different cultures is shaking the foundations of psychology

Psychological phenomena have long been thought of as universal. But it turns out scientists may have been blinded by their own culture. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

Coronavirus: South Korea’s Acceptance of Surveillance

South Korea's COVID-19 testing programme relies on what many would call privacy invasions. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

From coronavirus to climate change, it's easy to be misled by some reporting. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

A toilet paper run is like a bank run. The economic fixes are about the same

The fear of others panic buying toilet paper drives panic buying. This is not people acting irrationally. It is a case of 'coordination failure'. | Continue reading | 2 months ago

The meat-eating ducks of South Georgia

On one of the world's most remote islands, a species of duck has learned to scavenge on dead seals. | Continue reading | 2 months ago