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Spicy plant cuts the mustard as nerve gas fighter

By Madison 0 Comment October 30, 2018

News in Science Spicy plant cuts the mustard as nerve gas fighter AFP Natural antidote The white mustard plant, having added spice to our lives for centuries, may soon be put to a very different use — in the fight against chemical weapons. Tests in the lab showed that mustard plants grown in soil contaminated […]

Frog fresh milk

By Madison 0 Comment October 28, 2018

Dr Karl › Dr Karl’s Great Moments In Science Frog fresh milk If your fridge is on the blink, why not toss a frog in your milk? Dr Karl explains this olden day foodie tip. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki Refrigeration has been around for thousands of years. But before refrigeration, what would you do with […]

Rain wakes your senses and your soil

By Madison 0 Comment October 26, 2018

In Depth › Science Features Rain wakes your senses and your soil Autumn rains are more than just relief after a long, hot summer. The Geeky Gardener explains how rain triggers that delicious smell, and turns your soil into a carbon factory. By Anna Evangeli Autumn rains after a dry summer trigger an instant transformation […]

Could we still find new chemical elements on Earth?

By Madison 0 Comment October 23, 2018

Ask an Expert Could we still find new chemical elements on Earth? Is it possible that Earth still contains some elements that are yet to be found? How are super-heavy elements created in the lab? Is it possible that Earth still contains some elements that are yet to be found?—Jason The periodic table contains more […]

Physicists add another element to table

By Madison 0 Comment October 21, 2018

News in Science Physicists add another element to table Dani CooperABC It’s superheavy A new superheavy element looks set to be added to the periodic table with the help of Australian researchers. An international team of physicists and chemists, led by researchers at Germany’s GSI laboratory, have successfully created atoms of element 117. The work, […]

GM trees ‘designed for deconstruction’

By Madison 0 Comment October 19, 2018

News in Science GM trees ‘designed for deconstruction’ Anna SallehABC Deconstructable trees Pulping trees for paper could one day take much less energy due to a genetic modification process involving a gene from a Chinese medicinal herb. The gene modifies plant lignin, a type to reinforcement in cell walls, so it is more easily broken […]

Flesh-eating water? The truth about acids

By Madison 0 Comment October 17, 2018

Bernie’s Basics Flesh-eating water? The truth about acids Acids have a reputation for eating through flesh and metal, but the truth is that plain old water does most of their dirty work for them. By Bernie Hobbs Acids come with warning labels for good reason — any acid much stronger than vinegar can cause a […]

Ancient proteins may hold megafauna secrets

By Madison 0 Comment October 14, 2018

News in Science Ancient proteins may hold megafauna secrets Dani CooperABC Protein shake-up Ancient proteins could hold the key to unlocking the secrets of Australia’s lost giant megafauna, a new paper suggests. The paper highlights the work of an international team in using ancient proteins to fill in gaps of understanding that ancient DNA cannot […]

Golfers set the course on fire – literally

By Madison 0 Comment October 12, 2018

News in Science Golfers set the course on fire – literally ABC Fore or is that fire Next time sports commentators remark that champion Australian golfer Adam Scott is on fire, they might be talking literally. A study out of the US shows titanium alloy golf clubs can cause fire-producing sparks if they hit a […]

‘Hair bleach’ fuelled primordial soup

By Madison 0 Comment October 10, 2018

News in Science ‘Hair bleach’ fuelled primordial soup Anna SallehABC Primordial fuel Hydrogen peroxide fuelled RNA replication before life as we know developed on Earth, say researchers. The findings could help explain why life on modern Earth doesn’t emerge from non-living precursors, says Dr Rowena Ball from the Australian National University. “The whole problem of […]