Tabitha Carvan


Tabitha Carvan is the Lead Science Writer at the ANU College of Science. 


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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Woman in natural bush setting, she is looking up at a wattle tree and has a mattock under her elbow. Her shirt reads Park Care and she is also wearing a rain coat.

If you’ve walked up Mount Taylor any time in the last few years, you might have seen Dr Kathy Eyles. She’s the one holding the mattock and taking notes.

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