THE NEW THREAT TO OUR WHALES – THE KRILL KILL - PENGUINS AND SEALS ALSO AT RISK
Coming back from the brink, each year we excitedly hear about increases in the Humpback whale population as they migrate up the Australian coastline. But a new threat is emerging for many species of whales, and other iconic creatures, as their tiny food source struggles with increasing acidity in our oceans. A weird-looking lab in Hobart may hold the key to their fate.
AUSTRALIA’S POCKET-SIZED ASSAULT ON THE SPACE RACE
The world is in the grips of a new Space Race, and Australia is a part of the action having launched its own national space agency. But this new battle is not what you might imagine. Forget massive rockets blasting to the Moon (that was so 1960s). Instead picture multiple loaves of bread orbiting the Earth and you’ll be a lot closer to the mark. They’re called CubeSats and they’ve changed the game.
THE NEW 'TASTEBUD' THEORY OF EVOLUTION
Our concepts of the rise of mankind, the evolution of the species, and survival of the fittest is getting a revamp. Rather than the Charles Darwin version of simply outliving our competitors - by being better adapted to the immediate environment – there may be an element of Ancient MasterChef involved. Through taming fire, learning how to cook better, and adding a pinch of salt, we may have set ourselves on the path to greatness (compared to our non-cooking rivals in the animal kingdom).
LEARNING TO LOVE THE VISITORS IN YOUR BACKYARD
Do you try to evict (or even kill) the animals in your backyard? Are you selective about what gets to stay or has to go? We often have a vexed relationship with our fellow inhabitants, and many of us need to learn how to share our territory a little better. A new book is leading the campaign.