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Nova: science for curious minds

Nova: science for curious minds is the Academy’s science engagement website that explores topical science. It provides jargon-free, accessible and current scientific information to help us understand the complex world around us.

Nova covers a broad range of scientific fields, with topics ranging from the physics of speeding cars to immunisation. Designed for a general audience but not afraid to explain difficult concepts, the site also includes quizzes, infographics, videos and interactive elements. The ‘ask an expert’ section on each topic connects readers with the best science minds in Australia.

All topics are reviewed by expert scientists, including Academy Fellows, to check for accuracy.

Visit the Nova website and connect with Nova on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. You can also subscribe on the website to receive an email each time we post a new topic.

Contact us at to give us your feedback (we welcome all suggestions) or suggest new topics.