Australian Popular Science Newshttp://www.popsci.com.auLatest news from www.popsci.com.auMon, 16 Jul 2018 07:17:19 +100010Earth's first large animals probably triggered a change in climatePlankton makes the oxygen, and the rest of us just go ahead and breathe the stuff...http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/earths-first-large-animals-probably-triggered-a-change-in-climate,496784Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:34 +1000Meet China's growing fleet of automated delivery dronesMeals being air freighted, plus armies of delivery robots.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/drones/meet-chinas-growing-fleet-of-automated-delivery-drones,496783Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:33 +1000Descended testicles: DNA study drops new hints on secrets of low hanging glandsKeeping everything outside the body seems like a strange choice.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/descended-testicles-dna-study-drops-new-hints-on-secrets-of-low-hanging-glands,496782Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:32 +1000Thermacell's Radius Zone mosquito repellent keeps your blood inside your bodyIt creates a protective dome around you.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/thermacells-radius-zone-mosquito-repellent-keeps-your-blood-inside-your-body,496781Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:31 +1000This is Jaguar's first real attempt to take on TeslaNew I-Pace is a breakthrough achievement—and a hell of a fun car.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/cars/this-is-jaguars-first-real-attempt-to-take-on-tesla,496780Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:31 +1000Climate change forced a famously old-school museum to go digitalHow do you keep an exhibit up to date when the data is still rushing in?http://www.popsci.com.au/science/climate-change-forced-a-famously-oldschool-museum-to-go-digital,496779Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:31 +1000Another giant study confirms that your coffee habit is probably good for youEnjoy your morning cup of joe with a dash of smugness.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/another-giant-study-confirms-that-your-coffee-habit-is-probably-good-for-you,496778Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:31 +1000Koala genes might reveal how they survive a toxic dietAnd might help us save them from chlamydia.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/koala-genes-might-reveal-how-they-survive-a-toxic-diet,496777Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:30 +1000200,000 asteroids trace their origins to just a handful of obliterated parentsAnd that's only the inner asteroid belt.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/200000-asteroids-trace-their-origins-to-just-a-handful-of-obliterated-parents,496776Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:30 +1000Why suicide is on the rise in the US—even as it falls in EuropeSuicide now ranks in the top 10 leading causes of death in the US. In 2015, 44,193 Americans died by their own hand. That was more than the number killed in motor vehicle accidents (37,757) and over twice the number who died through homicide (17,793).http://www.popsci.com.au/science/why-suicide-is-on-the-rise-in-the-us8212even-as-it-falls-in-europe,496775Wed, 4 Jul 2018 09:19:30 +1000Lego blocks could be the key to detecting nerve gases in the fieldThe worst toys to step on may yet be redeemed.http://www.popsci.com.au/make/hacks/lego-blocks-could-be-the-key-to-detecting-nerve-gases-in-the-field,495962Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:07 +1000You say you hate Instagram's changes, but your eyeballs say otherwiseIt's 2018 and UX designers know us better than we know ourselves.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/computing/you-say-you-hate-instagrams-changes-but-your-eyeballs-say-otherwise,495961Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:07 +1000Blame loose screws and 'excessive optimism' for the latest delay of NASA's new space telescopeJames Webb is now slated for a 2021 launch—only a bajillion years late.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/observatories/blame-loose-screws-and-excessive-optimism-for-the-latest-delay-of-nasas-new-space-telescope,495960Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:06 +1000The weirdest things we learned this week: scientists doing sex magick, ancient mac and cheese, and contagious writer's blockOur editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/the-weirdest-things-we-learned-this-week-scientists-doing-sex-magick-ancient-mac-and-cheese-and-contagious-writers-block,495959Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:06 +1000Run, don't walk, to see New York City's latest corpse flower bloomThe Bronx's stinkiest resident will only blossom for a day or so.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/run-dont-walk-to-see-new-york-citys-latest-corpse-flower-bloom,495958Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:06 +1000This is what it's like to speak with Google's reservation-making AI serviceGoogle Duplex is slowing rolling out.http://www.popsci.com.au/robots/artificial-intelligence/this-is-what-its-like-to-speak-with-googles-reservationmaking-ai-service,495957Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:06 +1000That beer after your workout probably isn't helping you To a lot of folks, a cold drink with your buds after a tough workout sounds like the epitome of relaxation. You've worked hard. You earned that drink. Unfortunately, the frosty bottle in your hand isn't helping you—and it might even be hurting you.http://www.popsci.com.au/gadgets/fitness/that-beer-after-your-workout-probably-isnt-helping-you,495956Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:05 +1000A Japanese spacecraft is zooming towards an asteroid shaped like a gemstoneIt's been nearly four years since the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 blasted off, heading for a small asteroid that was then known only as 1999 JU3.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/a-japanese-spacecraft-is-zooming-towards-an-asteroid-shaped-like-a-gemstone,495955Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:05 +1000Social media's political role got its start in the Middle EastWe're only beginning to feel the full effects.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/social-medias-political-role-got-its-start-in-the-middle-east,495954Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:05 +1000We haven't been giving Neanderthals enough creditNew evidence suggests they were skilled hunters.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/we-havent-been-giving-neanderthals-enough-credit,495953Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:04 +1000China's hypersonic military projects include spaceplanes and rail gunsThe nation is focusing its research and development on tech that moves faster than the speed of sound.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/military/chinas-hypersonic-military-projects-include-spaceplanes-and-rail-guns,495952Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:03 +1000Why biologists are so excited to find a bunch of puny manta raysYoung manta rays have a sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/why-biologists-are-so-excited-to-find-a-bunch-of-puny-manta-rays,495951Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:39:03 +1000CRISPR could use gold nanoparticles to edit your brainResearchers were able to turn down behavioral problems in mice.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/crispr-could-use-gold-nanoparticles-to-edit-your-brain,495628Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:46 +1000The White House is calling for Space Traffic ControlIt's time to stop sending up so much garbage.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/space-travel/the-white-house-is-calling-for-space-traffic-control,495627Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:45 +1000Why it would have been impossible for a T. rex to stick out its tongueEverything we thought we knew about dinosaur tongues is wrong.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/why-it-would-have-been-impossible-for-a-t-rex-to-stick-out-its-tongue,495626Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:44 +1000Thinking about aliens could help us beat climate changeJust because we didn't mean for the industrial revolution to kickstart climate change, doesn't mean we can ignore it now.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/thinking-about-aliens-could-help-us-beat-climate-change,495625Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:40 +1000Yes, you can stop snoring. Here's how.Finally sleep soundly (and silently).http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/yes-you-can-stop-snoring-heres-how,495624Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:39 +1000Trying to figure out where you fit on the sexuality spectrum? Dabbling in these tests might help.Human sexuality spans too wide a scope to possibly be covered by a single test.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/trying-to-figure-out-where-you-fit-on-the-sexuality-spectrum-dabbling-in-these-tests-might-help,495623Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:39 +1000Childhood trauma can change the way your genes behave and leave you more vulnerable to illnessAnd it starts happening quickly.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/childhood-trauma-can-change-the-way-your-genes-behave-and-leave-you-more-vulnerable-to-illness,495622Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:39 +1000It's surprisingly hard to tell if someone's drowning, so we made you a guideWhat to look for—and what to do about it.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/its-surprisingly-hard-to-tell-if-someones-drowning-so-we-made-you-a-guide,495621Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:38 +1000Connections between Alzheimer's Disease and viruses are building, but stop freaking out about herpesFirst of all, it's not the herpes you're thinking of.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/connections-between-alzheimers-disease-and-viruses-are-building-but-stop-freaking-out-about-herpes,495620Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:38 +1000Meet the designer who wants to make fruit labels out of soap and save the world from swizzle sticksInside the mind of Scott Amron.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/meet-the-designer-who-wants-to-make-fruit-labels-out-of-soap-and-save-the-world-from-swizzle-sticks,495619Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:38 +1000Finding Qianlong III: China's New UnderWater DronesFirst Cars, then Finding Nemo, now... Subs? Finding Subs? Ugh Pixar has totally jumped the Bruce.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/military/finding-qianlong-iii-chinas-new-underwater-drones,495618Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:37 +1000These 1950s experiments showed us the trauma of parent-child separation. Now experts say they're too unethical to repeat—even on monkeys.Yes, we're going to make you read about those poor monkeys again. Don't like it? Imagine how the monkeys felt.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/these-1950s-experiments-showed-us-the-trauma-of-parentchild-separation-now-experts-say-theyre-too-unethical-to-repeat8212even-on-monkeys,495617Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:37 +1000Weather got you down? The entire planet of Mars is buried in a dust storm right now.But that's not too weird for the red planet.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/weather-got-you-down-the-entire-planet-of-mars-is-buried-in-a-dust-storm-right-now,495616Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:36 +1000Koko, the beloved gorilla who communicated through sign-language, dies at age 46Remembering, as Koko once put it, a 'fine-gorilla-person.'http://www.popsci.com.au/science/koko-the-beloved-gorilla-who-communicated-through-signlanguage-dies-at-age-46,495615Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:35 +1000Massive atmospheric wave on Venus could explain the planet's weird rotationMore than a light Venusian breeze.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/massive-atmospheric-wave-on-venus-could-explain-the-planets-weird-rotation,495614Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:09:34 +1000Getting on a plane? Here's how they're inspected to keep you safeThis is what the FAA demands when it comes to ensuring the safety of commercial aircrafts.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/aerospace/getting-on-a-plane-heres-how-theyre-inspected-to-keep-you-safe,491516Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:36 +1000There's finally a drug that prevents migraines instead of just treating themThe FDA's approval shows we're getting closer to understanding these headacheshttp://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/theres-finally-a-drug-that-prevents-migraines-instead-of-just-treating-them,491515Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:35 +1000Boeing's new 777x planes have wings so wide they need to fold just to fit at the gateAviation can be such a drag.http://www.popsci.com.au/tech/aerospace/boeings-new-777x-planes-have-wings-so-wide-they-need-to-fold-just-to-fit-at-the-gate,491514Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:35 +1000The biomechanics behind Michael Jackson's impossible dance movesSome neurosurgeon fans decided to investigate.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/the-biomechanics-behind-michael-jacksons-impossible-dance-moves,491513Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:34 +1000Best known for aliens and Elvis, this remote town is now at the vanguard of a global revolutionHow folks in rural Australia are pushing back against climate change.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/best-known-for-aliens-and-elvis-this-remote-town-is-now-at-the-vanguard-of-a-global-revolution,491512Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:34 +1000What are quantum dots, and why are we making them out of tea?They're everywhere and they can also treat cancer.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/what-are-quantum-dots-and-why-are-we-making-them-out-of-tea,491511Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:33 +1000The elusive Planet Nine might be behind this asteroid's bizarre orbitSomething's got the Kuiper belt's rocks off, and there's a scramble to find it.http://www.popsci.com.au/space/the-elusive-planet-nine-might-be-behind-this-asteroids-bizarre-orbit,491510Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:33 +1000Lightning strikes seen from spaceNOAA's GOES-17 satellite is ready for action.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/lightning-strikes-seen-from-space,491509Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:32 +1000NASA is about to create the coldest spot in the known universeThe Cold Atom Laboratory launched this morninghttp://www.popsci.com.au/science/nasa-is-about-to-create-the-coldest-spot-in-the-known-universe,491508Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:31 +1000Thunder fever sounds fake, but it's a real danger to asthma sufferersWhen spring and summer storms strike, asthma attacks can get worse.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/medicine/thunder-fever-sounds-fake-but-its-a-real-danger-to-asthma-sufferers,491507Wed, 23 May 2018 08:43:29 +1000Scientists taught a spider how to jump so they can one day do the same for robotsKim the spider has a thing or two to teach us.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/scientists-taught-a-spider-how-to-jump-so-they-can-one-day-do-the-same-for-robots,490574Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:06 +1000The Kilauea volcano is 'speaking in a code' we don't yet understandHawaii's latest eruption has much to teach us about hazard mitigation, volcanology, and even outer space.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/the-kilauea-volcano-is-speaking-in-a-code-we-dont-yet-understand,490573Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:06 +1000These sea creatures create magnificent mucus nets to catch their foodScientists think these critters deserve their own category in recognition of this strange feeding method.http://www.popsci.com.au/science/nature/these-sea-creatures-create-magnificent-mucus-nets-to-catch-their-food,490572Wed, 9 May 2018 09:34:05 +1000