Just one hour of sunlight is enough to provide all the energy we need for all the people on Earth for an entire year. Technology is constantly improving to capture it.
It looks like a scene from sci-fi movie. But deep sea wind farms could be part of the solution for energy security.
Warmer sea temperatures are having a profound effect, not only on coral reefs but the animals who live there.
"I love that what drives scientists is a thirst for knowledge and the desire to make the world a better, safer, healthier place.” Professor Jennifer Martin AC FAA – recognised on the Australia Day Honours list.
This is why Academy Fellow Prof Graham Farquhar is so extraordinary. Recognised as Senior Australian of the Year
Congratulations to Academy Fellow Prof Michelle Simmons named Australian of the Year. The UNSW quantum physics scientist has pioneered research that could lead to a giant leap in computing.
More evidence of why we should regularly get outside into nature.
Koalas hug tree trunks in heatwaves to cool down. But lack of water and vegetation can leave them dangerously exposed.
It's been 15 years since the Canberra bushfires that killed four people, destroyed more than 500 homes and severely damaged the Mt Stromlo Observatory. But from this devastation came a new era of growth and discovery.
New research shows an extra 90 mins sleep could lead to healthier food choices
In a world-first satellites are exploring our underwater world from space
70% of plane crashes are survivable. This research looked into the safest place to sit in the event of a plane crash.
For some people, seeing someone in pain can trigger a similar feeling called 'pain synaesthesia'
Findings from an ancient grave in south-east Asia are challenging long-held assumptions about gender roles
Four cyclones are predicted to cross the Australian coast this season.
Time is running out for one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef is now severely damaged by bleaching.
Astronomers have revealed what could really be causing the universe's strangest star to flicker
Brace yourself, shatterproof mobile phone glass is coming
Our rapid expansion of road building is causing havoc on the Earth.
The science of making your New Year's resolutions stick!
Researchers showed the more we drink, the less able we are to judge our intoxication.
These sheep were able to recognise human faces, identifying celebrities like Baaarack Obaaama and Hermione, sorry, Emma Watson
The wild plan to protect our planet from asteroids. NASA and ESA will use two spacecraft on the asteroid as a 'dress rehearsal' for what could happen if Earth were in danger.
NASA has done it again - making a wheel that can't be punctured. Out of this world technology that we could all benefit from on Earth.
These infernos aren't the first and definitely won't be the last.
Scientists say we've underestimated the fly's ability to spread disease
Sea snakes have been mysteriously disappearing and now scientists are calling for added protections to their habitats
Earthquakes can tell us a lot about what's happening deep underground
Majestic video of whales from above and the important research studying their health.
Scientists are now attaching 'Fitbits' to these endangered fish
This supercomputer forecasts the weather, helps farmers grow food and saves lives.
The city with homes not just for people but thousands of trees.
A solar power plant in the shape of a panda! What other animals should come next?
It's 50 years today since Australia entered the space race. In 2018 we will take another giant leap, establishing a national space agency.
The incredible citizen-powered search for another planet in our solar system
Flights in and out of Bali have been cancelled after a moderate ash eruption from Mt Agung for the second time in a week. Professor Richard Arculus from The Australian National University explains why it's so hard to predict what will happen next.
Watch this to understand the science behind thunderstorm asthma, and stay safe.
Growing spuds in space could be an important step towards colonising the red planet.
This Aussie discovery could cure a common foot infection
Flat out like a lizard.. fighting. A territorial battle caught on camera.
Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet that's moving towards us.
Spiders get a bad rap. But they don't have to be creepy to be crawly. Check out these cute and colourful examples.
What has eight legs, is no bigger than your hand but eats more than all the whales in the world each year?
If you think a car can't be controlled by computer hackers, think again.
Caught on camera: rare video of penguins calling to each other underwater!
Wait until you see how a dog reacts to a four-legged robot!
How science has gone to war on the cane toad
An iconic insect rediscovered. Now scientists have hatched a plan to return them to their natural home.
Man's best friend home alone. This advice from Pet Problems Solved with Dr Jo will help reduce separation anxiety in dogs.
This invention could revolutionise treatment for sports injuries and arthritis. Research led by Australian Academy of Science Fellow Professor Gordon Wallace tonight named NSW Scientist of the Year.
The breakthrough could make us all safe from online hackers forever.
The humble bee is under threat from a parasite that could spell disaster for our food supply.
Sloths are mysterious creatures not fazed by much. Watch what happens when Sir David Attenborough tries to scare one.
One of the most fearsome animals becomes one of the most tender when caring for her cubs. A beautiful moment captured by Australian Academy of Science Fellow Dr Phil McFadden.
Just like BB-8 from Star Wars, this cute drone keeps astronauts company in space.
Big birds with killer instincts. A co-ordinated attack caught on camera.
Congratulations to Professor Jenny Graves for winning the Prime Minister's Prize for Science. "Sex chromosomes are really weird, that's why I love them."
The scientific discovery that could help scientists look back to the start of the universe.
Big, beautiful and hungry! Watch this extraordinary video of a blue whale feasting.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... follow these rules to avoid getting sick.
Personalised medicine is changing the way we fight cancer forever.
Congratulations to Nuon Solar Team for winning the World Solar Challenge! Here's a look at the journey.
Viking's toilet break unearthed. Wait until you see how excited this scientist gets!
Capturing ocean wind to power the world. Incredible science and a possible end to electricity bill shock.
Have you tried the Asian delicacy that's the world's smelliest fruit?
An overview of haemochromatosis - what it is and how to treat it.
Hands-free World of Warcraft gameplay with an Emotiv EPOC EEG headset.
A little story about climate change
Five facts about the Internet of Things
Fear of Heights-How to Overcome Using Gear VR 2016
Virtual Reality Used To Treat Mental Health Problems
ScienceCasts: Mysterious Objects at the Edge of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Public & Private Keys Expalined (Litecoin/Bitcoin)
Full body VR developed by Agency for Virtual Reality
Let’s clean up the space junk orbiting Earth
Electronic tattoo monitors brain, heart and muscles—Science Nation
‘Frozen zoo’ could be endangered species’ best hope for survival
The fortune contained in your mobile phone
Watch slag foaming as iron ore reacts with rubber at 1500 degrees!
This simulation was produced by Minerva Dynamics to illustrate the way one type of overtopping converter works. (Video has no sound.)
The ability of our brain to continue to change throughout our lives is known as neuroplasticity.
Sam Kean walks us through the astonishing medical case of HM, the man whose hippocampus was removed.
There is no biggest, last number … except infinity. Except infinity isn’t a number. But some infinities are literally bigger than others. Let’s visit some of them and count past them.
Black holes are mammoths in the world of science AND sci-fi. But what exactly IS a black hole? Do events happen inside black holes? Are black holes really a hole? Are black holes really black?!
Astrophysicist Julie Comerford and her group explain what supermassive black holes are and why they're so awesome and mysterious.
The giant triton is a large marine snail that inhabits coral reefs throughout the Indo-Pacific region. They are particularly fond of eating crown-of-thorns starfish, a coral-eating starfish that occurs in outbreak proportions on the Great Barrier Reef.
Underwater surveys of the Great Barrier Reef show that the reef is more than 60% bleached, matching the extent of bleaching detected by aerial surveys in March 2016.
Research is looking at ways to stop sperm going into a special state called ‘hyperactivation’, where it lashes its tail about wildly. This video shows what sperm looks like in various states, including hyperactivation.
The number of sunspots increases and decreases over time in a regular, approximately 11-year cycle, called the sunspot cycle.
NASA solar scientist Holly Gilbert explains a computer model of the sun’s magnetic field.
The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species. Thanks to GoPro, here’s what the journey through it looks like for one of them: a turtle’s eye view of the Reef.
Watch as a crown-of-thorns starfish reacts to the smell of a giant triton.
It settles disputes and commands the complete respects of players, officials and crowds alike. But how does Hawk-Eye function and what do the people behind the scenes do?
The world's largest solar thermal power plant is now online in California and can provide enough power for 140,000 homes.
Canberra-based visual artist Erica Seccombe has captured 'X-ray vision' of mung beans as they sprout, and the results have scientists intrigued.
Many plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds, but this proved difficult in thick forests. The plants solved this problem by arranging the help of animals—but it took some animals longer than others to get on board.
Could zombies actually exist? Are they real? Well, maybe if you're talking about zom-bees! Discover some of nature's strangest mind-controlling parasites who make zombies of the natural world.
Just how dangerous would a zombie epidemic be? How fast would they take over the world, and can we stop them?
Discover the weird world of the Cordyceps; killer fungi that invades the body of an insect to grow and diminish the insect population.
As a physicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Marina Brozovic studies and measures near-earth asteroids—you know, the ones that can potentially cause catastrophic damage.
Buckle up for a trip to the asteroid belt—though it's not nearly as dangerous out there as you might think.
Learn about the 3 biggest collisions that Earth has experienced with celestial objects.
What exactly is in makeup, and should we trust the substances that we apply to our bodies?
Most mammals have two sex chromosomes, but the platypus has ten! Why? How do they work? And do these extra sex chromosomes make the platypus extra sexy?
Earth had a climate long before we showed up and started noticing it, and it's influenced by a whole series of cycles that have been churning along for hundreds of millions of years.
No more forgetting names one second after hearing them! AsapTHOUGHT gives you seven clever tricks for remembering names.
A time-lapse simulation of human embryo development from days 24 to 56, based on optical photographs of human embryos.
How was it possible for primitive life forms to spawn the millions of different creatures that exist today?
Ever wonder how Amazon delivers your packages so quickly? In some cases, robots.
At Rio Tinto's Northparkes Mines, machines that dig underground but are supervised remotely by operators are improving safety and efficiency.
Terminal Manager Jamie Wardley and his team explain the benefits of the redevelopment of the Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, now with giant automated robots.
Researchers at UNSW reveal breakthrough bionic eye implant that restores sight to the partially blind and points towards future discoveries for the complete cure for blindness.
With a little help from an optical illusion, take a look inside your eyes to try to figure out how your sense of vision works, and how it can be tricked.
Neuroscientist Sheila Nirenberg is developing a non-surgical and vastly improved artificial retina strategy that deciphers neural cell codes, potentially reversing some types of blindness.
This animation shows how resistant starch moves through the intestine, feeds the healthy bacteria of the gut microbiome and helps prevent cancer
What is a poop transplant, and why would anyone consider one? MinuteEarth explains.
Tesla is building what will be the world's largest battery factory. Drone footage taken in the desert of Nevada shows how construction has moved along.
Laurence Kemball-Cook is the inventor of the Pavegen, a deceptively simple but functional innovation which converts the bounces from our everyday footsteps into energy.
What is hay fever, and what does it have to do with parasitic worms?
The Royal Institution and Dr Tim Cockerill explore the science of Leeches.
This computer simulation shows (in slow motion) what two colliding black holes would look like.
You're in space, you've had your space coffee and space breakfast, and now you need the toilet. How does that work?
This video narrative tells the story of the history and legacy of LIGO from the genesis of the idea to the detection of gravitational waves in September 2015.
Brian Greene gives an overview of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and how gravity curves spacetime.
Biofabrication is a method of creating tissue to help reconstruct from catastrophic injury, and various diseases.
Lawrence Bonassar describes a cutting-edge process to create body parts using 3D printers and living "ink".
Why do batteries diminish over time, and how do they store charge in the first place?
MIT's Hugh Herr discusses how his biomechatronics division is pioneering technologies that aim to augment human physical capabilities.
Les Baugh, who lost both his arms in an electrical accident, was able to operate two prosthetic limbs simply by thinking about them.
Marine biologist Kristin Westdal discusses the unseen threat of nose in our oceans.
Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Research Scientist at Parks and Wildlife Western Australia, provides an introduction to some of the more flammable kinds of vegetation.
Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Research Scientist at Parks and Wildlife Western Australia, provides a short overview of why prescribed burns take place.
A number of computer models have been developed to help predict the spread and shape of fires across the landscape.
After the catastrophic bushfires in Canberra, Australia, researchers from the University of New South Wales made some fascinating discoveries, including what led to a rare fire tornado.
The season of giving is often also the season of overindulging at the dinner table. Reactions takes a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.
Drug-resistant bacteria mean we're entering a post-antibiotic world—and it won’t be pretty. There are, however, things we can do ... if we start right now.
Where are the limits of human technology? And can we somehow avoid them? This is where quantum computers become very interesting.
The Australian Academy of Science aims to help with the promotion of science in Australia, through education, outreach and policy programs.
X inactivation is a vital process that occurs in all DNA-containing cells of the female body.
Hank & his clone Circus Hank explain the power of epigenetics, which studies the factors that determine how much or whether some genes are expressed in your body.
Associate Professor Cath Suter tells us how epigenetics—literally ‘above our genes’—works to control how our DNA instructions are interpreted.
What it would have looked like as the Philae lander descended on comet 67P/G-C.
Rosetta tells us what she’s learned in her first year studying Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and Philae wakes up from hibernation.
The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in
Embark on a journey to Titan's surface through images from the Cassini-Huygens mission.
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us his ‘kitchen’ in space and prepares a treat.
Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg shows how she washes and rinses her hair in microgravity aboard the International Space Station.
Learn how we extract energy from hot, fractured rock beneath the surface—geothermal energy.
Methane hydrate is a mysterious icy substance that burns when lit and holds vast amounts of potential energy
Scientists drill into a frozen lake to ignite methane gas that is trapped in bubbles beneath the surface.
An overview of the layout of utility-class wind turbine generators—where are the major components, what do they do, and what differences can be found between models and size ranges.
Watch Earth's magnetic shield protect the planet from a pelting by the solar wind, and see how the sun's energy drives a remarkable planetary engine: the climate.
What is dark energy? What is dark matter? Well, if we knew exactly we would have a Nobel prize – we know that they exist though. So what do we know about those strange things?
In 2015 the bees are still dying in masses. Which at first seems not very important until you realise that one third of all food humans consume would disappear with them.
There is a shift coming in the very nature of computing which is being led by the likes of quantum physicist Michelle Simmons.
Research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found two different ways to solve a critical challenge and greatly accelerate the realisation of super powerful quantum computers.
In a remarkable feat of micro-engineering, UNSW physicists have created a working transistor consisting of a single atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal.
Nova is a science information website from the Australian Academy of Science that explores and explains complex concepts in language anyone can understand.
The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has a team of scientists testing micro and nano technology to use on spacecraft, including carbon nanotubes.
The next three decades will see an end of the era of big ozone holes.
The immune system is a powerful army of cells that fights like a T-Rex on speed and sacrifices itself for your survival.
For many, climate change often conjures up images of polar bears and icecaps. But it also poses great risks to human health.
A quantum computer works in a totally different way from a classical computer.
In this animation, Jorge Cham talks to Physicist Daniel Whiteson at CERN about what the Higgs boson is, and how they know if they've found it.
Joe Hanson looks at why are people afraid of something that has saved so many lives, as well as the history and science of vaccines.
Learn the basic science of climate change in 24 easy steps.
Dr James Grime discusses the duodecimal (base 12) number system, and how our lives might be easier if we decided to use it.
Zoom into a coral reef and discover photosynthetic algae inside the coral’s cells.
Mark J. Kiel takes an in-depth look at the science behind the human genome.
What are stem cells, where do they come from, and what do we really know about them?
Are we just living in a chemical soup? Find out about the chemicals we encounter every day.
Why are the oceans becoming more acidic and how does that threaten biodiversity?
Dr Paul Willis investigates the science facts and myths behind genetically modified foods.
Hank from Crash Course introduces that wondrous molecule deoxyribonucleic acid - also known as DNA - and explains how it replicates itself in our cells.
Low-level speeding is dangerous! Find out why in this short science animation from RiAus.l
This time lapse shows off CSIRO's new telescope, the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP), standing tall in Western Australia.
Dr Steve Morton talks about the different values that humans obtain from biodiversity and the role we will need to play in shaping its future.
Dr Steve Rintoul, Dr John Church and Dr Pep Canadell of CSIRO discuss our climate science research to understand how and why the Earth system is warming.
Catalyst investigates the substances at the forefront of the sports doping controversy and asks whether we are all potential candidates for life enhancing drugs.