science

Oxytocin - Lincoln Glasby
Can Love Cure Addiction?

Any first-year psych student knows the story. A mouse is placed in a box with two levers. One delivers food on demand—the other, cocaine. Come back five days later and you will find the outcome is always the same: having tasted euphoria, the mouse has starved itself to death.

5 April 2018
Apocalypse Postponed by Lincoln Glasby
Apocalypse Postponed

Rohan Byrne on the bizarre natural experiment of Hawaii’s aborted doomsday

15 March 2018
I Failed Year 9 Science But Interviewed Bill Nye the Science Guy

In year 9 everyone got their Bunsen burner licence. Everyone except for me. I looked around and saw laughter, joy, happiness – people were quite literally getting ‘lit’ all throughout the class room. In the cold dark corner of the science room I sat with my little ‘safety flame’ which was designed to ensure the […]

12 September 2017
The Science of Scent

There’s something curiously humble about the flask-shaped perfume bottle that holds Chanel No. 5. Surprisingly, it never seems to get drowned out by the noise made by more ostentatious designs (Davidoff, anyone?).

22 August 2017
The Emptiness of Empty Space

Imagine you’re casually flying your spaceship through the solar system. You zoom past Neptune, the final planet, and keep going until you reach the edge of the Milky Way galaxy. But your journey doesn’t stop here. Your engines continue blazing and soon you’re engulfed by the intergalactic medium. Far away from any star, planet, galaxy or galactic cluster

Plastic Poop

There’s no denying that the Baby Born dolls were a childhood gem for us ‘90s kids. Maybe you or your sister had one at some point. Or you can remember hearing the jingle during Cheez TV ad breaks. Perhaps you even have memories of seeing a fellow kid at Toyworld screaming for their parent to […]

11 May 2017
Starstruck

Ah, astrology. The Earth spins, the planets shift and darkened skies tell me that today, a friendship could develop into something more. Regardless of whether you’ve ever cared about horoscopes, you’re almost certainly aware of your star sign and quite possibly know the personality traits it has lumped you with. You can’t help it if […]

Review: Cure

Jo Marchant’s rigorous exploration of the science (and pseudo-science) behind the mind’s ability to heal the body.

1 February 2016
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 […]

12 August 2015
Sleep Paralysis Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tall Grey Man

What do vampires, alien abductions and chest-sitting monsters have in common? Everyone’s heard stories about monsters in the night, ghastly ghouls that ensnare sleepers in a state of paralysis and torment them in their beds. A vampire in the doorway hypnotises vulnerable sleepers, leaving them immobilised and helpless as they are drained of their life […]

23 March 2015