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What is a ray of light made of?

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 in Featured, Journalism, Physics

Light is one of those things that we don’t tend to understand. If you were to zoom in on a ray of light, what would you see? Sure, light travels incredibly fast, but what is it that’s doing the travelling? Many of us would struggle to explain. Image: ilovepics11

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Zoologger: The giant sea spider that sucks life out of its prey

Posted on 31 Jul 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

The Southern Ocean giant sea spider is the stuff of nightmares – its leg span of 25 centimetres more or less equals that of the world’s largest land spiders like the Goliath Bird-Eating tarantula of South America. Image: NOAA Photo Library

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Strewth – Australian genetic link to founding of the Americas

Posted on 22 Jul 2015 in Human Origins, Journalism

Deep in the Amazon, geneticists have found an unexpected Australian twist to the story of how the Americas were founded. Image: Orlando Calheiros

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Two dolphin species band together to form unprecedented alliance

Posted on 22 Jul 2015 in Animal Behaviour, Conservation, Evolution, Journalism

It’s a social network like no other. The dolphins of the Bahamas forage and play together and forge alliances – even though they belong to two distinct species. They’re not the only example of mixed-species dolphin groups, but this level of interaction is unprecedented. Image: harrisongavin18

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Fussy eating may have doomed ape-like humans

Posted on 15 Jul 2015 in Earth Science, Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

It was the first fussy eater. Most ancient hominins ate a broad diet, but one species specialised on sedges, which might have led to its downfall. Image: PriscillaBurcher

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The three ancestral tribes that founded Western civilisation

Posted on 1 Jul 2015 in Evolution, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Not too long ago, the founding of Europe seemed beguilingly simple. Our species arrived 45,000 years ago from the Middle East, outcompeted the Neanderthals, and that was that. But ancient DNA studies have led to a revolution in European prehistory studies. Image: Effervescing Elephant

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