Tabitha Carvan


Tabitha Carvan is the Lead Science Writer for the ANU College of Science. Her stories for Science at ANU have appeared in The Best Australian Science Writing in 2023 and 2022. 


Two men seated on a green sofa and one woman standing

What happens to all those stories which start with the promise of an exciting new scientific breakthrough, but don’t end that way?

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A book called Night Parrot and a woman's hands reading

For more than a century, the Night Parrot has inspired gripping tales of obsessive odysseys and miraculous discoveries. But now the truth has gotten in the way of a good story. And Dr Penny Olsen is wearing the cost.

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Hands throwing papers into a firepit

The tradition of burning their PhD thesis has been handed down from student to student at Mount Stromlo ever since the 2003 bushfires.

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Two white mushrooms on leafy ground

Death cap mushrooms don’t actually want to kill us. In fact, mushrooms don’t care about us at all. 

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A man standing next to a blackboard, with maths equations on it

Professor Neeman has solved two open problems in mathematics which have, for the past 20 years, thwarted the efforts of the best algebraists in the world.

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Since it’s Bad Bird Season, we ask cuckoo apologist - sorry, cuckoo expert - Professor Naomi Langmore to explain how it could possibly be that the cuckoo doesn’t mean to be mean, when it sure looks like it does.

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