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
The Invisible Issue

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

12 August 2015
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.

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.

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 […]

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, […]

5 August 2015
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 […]

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