Australasian Science magazine online is an independent source of news and commentary on scientific developments. Each month scientists and science journalists write about the latest research in plain language and offer opinions and analysis of topical scientific issues.
In 1954 the journal was transferred to ANZAAS – the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Scien
Since sodium is abundant, battery technology that uses it side-steps many of the issues associated with lithium batteries. Paul Jones/UOW, Author provided
Lithium-ion remains the most widespread battery technology in use today, thanks to the fact that products that use it are both portable and rechargeable. It powers everything from your smartphone to the “world’s biggest battery” in South Australia.
Our Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy – two giant galaxies in our local patch of the universe – are heading for an immense collision with each other in only a few billion years’ time. So which will dominate in this intergalactic tussle?
Our recent work has turned up an interesting result on...
No science minister, on a background of Australia’s complex recent history of affiliating the science portfolio with a range of other ministries.
One interpretation is that successive federal governments struggle to see where science fits in our nations’s operations and future. Perhaps it remains unclear for politicians to see how best to link science with other activities, how to fund it, and how to successfully harness science for economic and other benefits.
The Labor Party’s recent decision to ban its candidates from using their own social media accounts as publicity platforms at the next federal election may be a sign that society’s infatuation with social media as a source of news and information is cooling.
Good evidence for this emerged recently with the publication of the 2018 findings from the Edelman Trust Barometer. The annual study has surveyed more than 33,000 people across the globe about how much trust they have in institutions, including government, media, businesses and NGOs.
This year, there was a sharp increase in trust in journalism as a source of news and information, and a decline in trust in social media...
Australia’s Steven Bradbury is famous for winning Olympic gold through being the last man standing in the 1000m short-track speed skating event in 2002.
In snowboard cross and ski-cross, the “fall factor” also impacts an athletes chance at medalling. But for Aussies to succeed in these two categories at Pyeongchang 2018, it’s their start performance that will be most important.
The structure of the snowboard cross and ski-cross events – a timed solo run followed by knock-out, head-to-head racing over a three-hour competition window – means that keeping muscles warm and ready to fire will be crucial.
In Pyeongchang 2018, the events will run from February 15 – and Australia is fielding realistic medal contenders....