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Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

The modern-day space race has led to thousands of satellites being scattered through Earth’s outer orbits. If left unchallenged, these companies risk overpopulating an already crowded space environment – potentially pushing dark skies to extinction.

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The modern-day space race has led to thousands of satellites being scattered through Earth’s outer orbits. If left unchallenged, these companies risk overpopulating an already crowded space environment – potentially pushing dark skies to extinction.

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6 Jul 2020

Why outer space matters in a post-pandemic world

Australia's space industry is booming despite the impact of coronavirus.

9 Jun 2020

We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often

Snow was once a regular feature of the southern Australian climate, but it has become less common because of climate change.

9 Jun 2020

Love the parasite you're with - the entertaining life of unwelcome guests from flea circuses to Aliens

In fiction and popular culture, parasitic characters appear as a metaphor for the threat and spread of disease.

21 May 2020

After the bushfires, we helped choose the animals and plants in most need. Here’s how we did it

No other event in our lifetimes has brought such sudden, drastic loss to Australia’s biodiversity as the last bushfire season. Governments, researchers and conservationists have committed to the long road to recovery. But in those vast burnt landscapes, where do we start?

Person in labcoat reading documents on screen

20 May 2020

Researchers use 'pre-prints' to share coronavirus results quickly. But that can backfire

What is a pre-print and how should we be using them?

The parched Murray Darling

20 May 2020

It's official: expert review rejects NSW plan to let seawater flow into the Murray River

A major independent review has confirmed freshwater flows are vital to maintaining the health of the Murray River’s lower lakes.

14 May 2020

One cat, one year, 110 native animals: lock up your pet, it’s a killing machine

We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife, but pet cats are wreaking havoc too.

Mother with two kids trying to work at desk.

7 May 2020

Isaac Newton invented calculus in self-isolation during the Great Plague. He didn't have kids to look after

The COVID-19 pandemic offers the opportunity for a fundamental rethink of what we consider normal. One of these areas is academia.

Ecologist, Kate Grarock.

18 Apr 2020

Nature is my happy place and I watched it burn. Now I need nature more than ever.

How does it feel when your 'happy place' is razed in the summer fires? And where do you go to from there?

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

8 Apr 2020

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

The climate crisis has been ticking along in the background. Here's what you've missed.

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