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Cosmos Magazine

All the latest science articles from Cosmos Magazine

Copyright: Copyright 2017 Cosmos Media Pty Ltd

A cool red star blows a bubble

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +1000

The carbon star U Antliae is surrounded by a shell of ejected matter.

Tougher, shinier mirrors boost telescope power

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 +1000

A durable silver coating for mirrors may provide an easy upgrade for optical telescopes around the world, writes Andrew Masterson.

Carbon calculations say sixth mass extinction looms

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +1000

An analysis of past mass extinctions calculates that rising carbon dioxide levels make another one almost inevitable. Andrew Masterson reports.

How polio can fight cancer

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +1000

A modified form of poliovirus attacks cancer cells and also recruits the body’s immune system to the cause, writes Andrew Masterson.

Why universities need to tell better stories

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:30:00 +1000

To make the public care about science research, the universities that employ the scientists must improve the methods they use to communicate their achievements, says Kylie Ahern.

Editor’s Note: Looking after we leap

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:02:00 +1000

Cannabis medicine needs a hefty injection of good science, writes Elizabeth Finkel in the latest issue of Cosmos Magazine. 

Understanding the Earth’s core values

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:01:00 +1000

A better estimate of the makeup of the Earth’s core will help astronomers find exoplanets that may support life, writes Stuart Gary.

Fun physics facts about lasers

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1000

To mark the 60th anniversary of the conception of the modern day laser, the Perimeter Institute brings us these fun physics facts.

The size of a duck’s penis depends on the company it keeps

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +1000

Growing up in an all-male environment makes some duck species grow larger penises and others delay sexual maturity, according to a new study. Andrew Masterson reports.

The bizarre chemistry Cassini found on Titan

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +1000

The chemical mysteries the Cassini probe discovered on Saturn’s moon Titan will keep scientists busy for years to come, writes Andrew Masterson.

Greening the Sahara

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:00:00 +1000

The unmistakable verdant circles produced by centre-pivot irrigation mark out an agricultural outpost deep in the Sahara Desert.

Nanotech skin patch turns white fat into energy-burning brown fat

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:01:00 +1000

A fat-browning drug delivered through the skin may offer a new approach to tackling obesity. Andrew Masterson reports.

Virus testing better than Pap test for cervical cancer screening

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:00:00 +1000

Five-yearly checks for human papilloma virus may replace the current biennial Pap smear regime for early detection of cervical cancer. Andrew Masterson reports.

Concussion sets brain connections in a spin

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:00:00 +1000

New research shows long-lasting neurological effects from even a single concussion, writes Andrew Masterson.

What is concussion?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 01:00:00 +1000

For athletes in contact sports, a knock to the head used to be seen as little more than a temporary inconvenience, an occupational hazard. What exactly is concussion, how do you know if you have it, and what should you do to recover from it?

Artificial muscle does the heavy lifting for soft robots

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 +1000

This flexible artificial muscle can lift more than a thousand times its own weight, writes Andrew Masterson.

The Big Anxiety: What not to miss

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1000

Check our our top picks from The Big Anxiety event program, 2017.

Expect the unexpected from the big-data boom in radio astronomy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:32:00 +1000

The huge amounts of data produced by a new generation of radio telescopes will change the way we see the universe.

A galactic megamaser

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:15:00 +1000

This galaxy is surrounded by clouds of water that radiate microwave energy.

Photonic chips turn lightning into thunder

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:00:00 +1000

Converting data from light to sound can give optical computers the time to think, writes Andrew Masterson.

Rocks, not bacteria, triggered Earth’s oxidation

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:00:00 +1000

Changes in the planet’s crust paved the way for an oxygen atmosphere and the evolution of complex life, writes Andrew Masterson.

The science of stopping batteries exploding

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:10:00 +1000

Why do rechargeable batteries sometimes explode? And more importantly, what can be done about it?

Bacterial baggage: how humans are spreading germs all over the globe

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:44:00 +1000

Human travel and shipping is transporting trillions of bacteria around the globe with unexpected effects.

Some female spiders sacrifice themselves for the children of others

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:09:00 +1000

In one species of social spiders, childless females take babysitting to astonishing extremes, writes Karl Gruber.

Dodgy diesel emissions kill 5000 a year in Europe

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:23:00 +1000

The test-dodging tricks of some diesel car manufacturers result in extra pollution that is responsible for around 5000 premature deaths a year, according to a new study. Andrew Masterson reports.