Science

The Super-Massive Black Hole At Our Galaxy's Centre Is Great At Killing Stars

We don’t have to worry about the gigantic black hole at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy — the scale of its machinations take place over millions of years. There is no doubt however that it is a powerful entity, one NASA recently discovered has the ability to snuff out entire stars with a blast of X-ray “wind”.


To Feed The World, We May Need To Hack Photosynthesis

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century will be figuring out how to feed our rising global population. Now, some scientists are making the radical claim that growing more food won’t be enough — we literally need to hack photosynthesis.


Ancient, Predatory 'Lobster' Is An Ancestor To All Modern Arthropods

More than 250 million years before the first dinosaur, the most fearsome killers on Earth may have been lobsters. Yawunik kootenayi, a common ancestor to spiders, prawns and butterflies, was a predatory “lobster-like” creature that ruled the seas half a billion years ago.


A New Type Of Dyson Sphere May Be Nearly Impossible To Detect

Over fifty years ago, physicist Freeman Dyson proposed an awesome, if slightly insane, idea: That an advanced alien civilisation might construct a massive, energy-harvesting sphere around its star, and bunk up inside.


How A Virus Can Make Water Boil Faster

Here are some things that won’t make water boil faster: watching the pot, adding salt. And here’s something that does: nano-structures made from plant viruses, which subtly alter the physical properties of bubbling water.


CSIRO's New Research Vessel Is Off To Science The Southern Ocean

Even with the government’s dubious stance on science, it hasn’t stopped CSIRO from doing what it does best. The organisation’s recently-commissioned RV Investigator, a purpose-built research ship, set sail last week for the Southern Ocean in a bid to further our understanding of climate change.


Electric Vehicles Just Got Cooler

In case you didn’t think electric vehicles were cooler than their petrol-guzzling counterparts, well, think again. They quite literally are, according to science.


Behold, The Stellar Explosion That Spawned Up To 7000 Earths

Exploding stars are always a sight to behold, but not all supernovae are created equal: Some, for instance, may give birth to thousands of Earth-like worlds.


Only About 2000 Babies Have Been Born Using Cryogenic Egg-Freezing

Egg freezing is about as hot as a women’s reproductive topic can get. But it’s also extremely rare: Only about 2000 humans currently populating the planet can thank this method for their existence. It’s a number that’s surprisingly low for a procedure that’s being so heavily hyped by HR departments and fertility specialists alike.


These Colourful Liquid Droplets Chase Each Other Like Living Organisms

When water hits a glass surface, it usually just spreads itself out. But when water containing the organic molecule propylene glycol (PG) hits glass, it comes alive. In a manner of speaking.