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Why Do We Yawn?

The yawn remains a brain­ boggling phenomenon, know that you are revelling in one of life’s most enduring mysteries.

25 February 2016
Science Lab: The Stanford Science Experiment

Grab a few friends and witness the breakdown of social niceties based on arbitrary allocations to opposing groups.

19 August 2015
Your Brain and Hot Drinks

Among other things, holding a hot drink increases the likelihood that you will judge strangers to be more welcoming and trustworthy.

12 August 2015
Science Lab / Recipe for an Existential Crisis: The Rubber Hand Illusion

In this experiment, learn to amaze your friends and lead them to the crushing realization that their self-image isn’t as stable as they probably assumed. Method: Step One: Sit your friend at the table and instruct them to place their hands onto the surface. They can be palms-up or palms-down. Step Two: Obscure their view […]

Drawn to Science / The Spiny Leaf Insect

The ‘Fearsome’ Spiny Leaf Insect When PhD student Yasaman Alavi first saw a spiny leaf insect, it was not exactly love at first sight. “To be honest, I was a bit sceptical of working with them,” she says. “I had never seen insects that big.” Spiny leaf insects (Extatosoma tiaratum) are large and a little […]

The Invisible Issue

One in six Australians have hearing loss. By 2050, it will be one in four.

Nobel Women

Can you name a living scientist? What about a living, female scientist? What about a living, female scientist who has won a Nobel prize?

Think Different

As technology becomes more intertwined with our experience of the world and reality, we really must consider whether this evolution is such a good thing.

Science Lab / Strawberries and DNA

DNA is cool stuff: it gives your cells the instructions to make you, well…you. Yet with only a two per cent difference in its composition you would be a chimpanzee. It’s amazing to think that your entire being is pretty much governed by tiny strands of the junk. But alas, we never really get to […]

5 August 2015
Your Brain and Depression

Depression not only affects your mood, but lowers your cognitive ability, possibly even after you’ve recovered. Depression has been a huge topic of conversation societally in recent years, which is fantastic in helping to break down the stigma of mental illness, however, it is still a widely misunderstood dis-order. Depression, described beautifully by Mike Martin, […]

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