Glucagon-like peptide-1 (or GLP-1) is a metabolic hormone found in both the venom and the gut of one of the most wonderful and unique creatures on our planet - the platypus. Turns out, it stimulates the release of insulin.
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Humans have relegated insects to the lower levels of the cognitive totem pole, but scientists are increasingly showing it's a mistake to underestimate invertebrate intelligence. As a case in point, new research by French and Australian researchers suggests honey bees understand the concept of zero - a rare and complex capacity shared by an exclusive group of animals.
The black-tailed dusky antechinus and silver-headed antechinus were only discovered in 2013, and the tiny marsupials quickly became known for their sex lives, which well, to call it "rough" would be an understatement, considering the male generally dies immediately afterwards.
Now they are now officially endangered - but don't blaming the rooting just yet.
It's not just about your data - getting off Facebook can also reduce your stress levels, according to the latest study from a University of Queensland research team. You don't even have to quit forever to see the benefits, either.
But, there's a catch - and this study, which involved people giving up the Minions-meme sharing platform preferred by Aunts everywhere for less than a week - had a surprising mixed bag of results.
In quantum technology, information is carried on quibits, single photons. For the quibits to be actually useful in quantum technologies, though, they need to be produced by Single Photon Emitters that work at room temperature (it's just practical, really) and at telecom wavelength (the most efficient way to transfer information via optical fibres) all at once.
It wasn't easy, but they've done it. Those plucky Australian Scientists have gone and done it. And they did it using a material found in DVDs.
At the CSIRO's Radio-Quiet Zone, on Wajarri Yamatji country in outback Western Australia, a team of Australian and International researchers just found signals from 13.6 billion year old stars.
But what does this discovery mean, exactly? We asked the experts.
At the CSIRO's Radio-Quiet Zone on Wajarri Yamatji country in outback Western Australia, a team of International researchers have found signals thousands of times fainter than the background radio noise.
These signals are far from common - they come from the formation of stars 13.6 billion years ago.
A team of international and Australian researchers say that even if every nation on the planet meets Paris Climate Agreement Targets for emissions, it won't stop seas levels from rising.
By 2300, we're looking at global rise of 0.7 to 1.2 metres, no matter what. But that doesn't mean we should scrap the agreement, not at all. Because for every five years we delay meeting the set targets, you can add another 20 centimetres to those levels, according to the study.
But what do the experts have to say?
Take a smartphone, any smartphone, and turn it into a microscope. It's an innovation that has huge potential to put science in the hands of everyday Australians, as well as making remote and field work a whole lot easier.
A team of researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics have gone and done it - creating a 3D printable "clip-on" that anyone can use.
Australian Scientists studying at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research just found out something pretty cool. Turns out the Andromeda galaxy, which is our Milky Way's closest neighbour, is around the same size.
See we used to think Andromeda was up to three times larger than the Milky Way, and that one day it would engulf us entirely. Fun times! But we now have fodder for a rivalry that can continue for another few billion years or so.
University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute researchers just changed the game for future cancer research.
Together they have created "The Virtual Biobank" - a world first platform hosting 3D copies of human cancer tissues. With tissue samples digitised, it means everything is accessible for researchers whenever they need it, wherever they are.
Qubits are the "building blocks" of quantum computers. They are also highly unstable - and that means lots of errors.
Enter Australian Scientists: who are smashing it on every level when it comes to quantum computing advancements. Of course, they have found a "quantum hack" - a way to modify qubit surface codes, improving quantum error correction by up to four hundred per cent.