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Melbourne’s monster virus could redraw the tree of life

Melbourne’s monster virus could redraw the tree of life

Felicity Nelson went for a swim in the La Trobe University pond and opened a Pandora’s Box of scientific discovery

A synthetic high

A synthetic high

Lachlan Munro walks you through the known knowns, the known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns of synthetic drugs

Waiting for the drop

Waiting for the drop

Stella Karver reports on new developments in the University of Queensland’s pitch drop experiment

The Arctic is melting

The Arctic is melting

Coleridge foretold our future in the lines, “Water, water, every where, / nor any drop to drink.” The oceans have been slowly warming in recent decades. This year Arctic temperatures were 1-3 degrees Celsius above average, and thousand years old methane frozen on the sea bed is starting to bubble to the surface in plumes. […]

Four legs death, two legs medicine

Four legs death, two legs medicine

For the majority of USYD students, the most significant moral calculation we will undertake in the course of our study is whether or not to lie about the word count on our mid-semester essay. Rosemary Mulway, however, is regularly compelled to reflect on much more serious matters. This year, her Honours year, she has embarked […]

Crazy Fringe Belief Activism Pages

Crazy Fringe Belief Activism Pages

Lachlan Munro explores three of the most insane Facebook activism pages

Coffee Beeans

Coffee Beeans

A paper published in the journal Science last week has found that caffeine in the nectar of some flowers can improve bee’s memories.

Is your sunscreen trying to kill you?

Is your sunscreen trying to kill you?

Kate McDonell investigates the possibilities and risks of nanotechnology

Science is cooler than you

Science is cooler than you

Science did heaps of cool shit over summer

Harvard researchers get high…then drunk

Harvard researchers get high…then drunk

Lachlan Munro has never smoked grass, before or after beer, because it’s against the law

Higgs-Boson team robbed?

Higgs-Boson team robbed?

Virat Nehru questions the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics verdict

Living strong with the Big ‘C’

Living strong with the Big ‘C’

Arghya Gupta addresses the stigma surrounding cancer

A corporate catastrophe: Arctic melt and the race to exploit resources

A corporate catastrophe: Arctic melt and the race to exploit resources

Matt Withers on the double threat facing our vulnerable Arctic

Where Are All the Queer Scientists?

Where Are All the Queer Scientists?

The time is nigh to rise up in the name of fact, writes Fahad Ali.

Eye-Robot

Eye-Robot

Natasha Burrows looks into this crystal ball and assesses the future for bionic vision

Sphynx Cats

Sphynx Cats

Richard Withers favours pets that need minimal grooming

Controlling the Mars rover from the classroom

Controlling the Mars rover from the classroom

School students will soon be able to control a replica NASA Mars rover from their classrooms, write Rob Noth and Diana Pham.

Honi visits SydStart: an ecosystem of startups

SydStart 2012, the fourth annual startup business conference, served up immense talent and inspiration in equal parts, writes Astha Rajvanshi.

A curious solution

A curious solution

Tara Waniganayaka gives her take on the robust rover trawling the red planet

Alligator Gar

Alligator Gar

Matt Withers won’t be seeing this alligator later

Femto photography: faster than the speed of light

Femto photography: faster than the speed of light

Ramesh Raskar’s new camera will light up your life, writes Rafi Alam

Honey Badgers

Honey Badgers

Their punishment must be more severe! Lane Sainty explores a frightfully fearless animal

Cast away

Cast away

Australian kelp forests are struggling to withstand the forces of nature, writes Richard Withers

Adélie Penguins

Adélie Penguins

Richard Withers still has mixed emotions

How social media is changing the university learning experience

How social media is changing the university learning experience

Rob North reports on innovative uses of social media at Sydney University and conducts an interview, over Twitter, with Dr Richard Stanton.

Deep under the sea, whale carcasses breed new life

Deep under the sea, whale carcasses breed new life

The complex ecosystems of whale falls support unique and intriguing life forms, writes Arghya Gupta

Sydney plays host to robots of the future: quadcoptors and self-sculpting sand

Sydney plays host to robots of the future: quadcoptors and self-sculpting sand

Joseph Wang reports on the robotics conference held at Sydney University over the winter break, showcasing the cutting edge in robotics
research.

Higgs Boson team gets help from down under

Higgs Boson team gets help from down under

Felicity Nelson talks to Mark Scarcella about Sydney University’s involvement in the Higgs Boson discovery.

Sydney University harnesses the sun’s energy

Sydney University harnesses the sun’s energy

Hushed away in their labs, our resident physicists are up to something, investigates Darcy Gray.

Saltwater crocodiles develop a taste for sharks

Saltwater crocodiles develop a taste for sharks

Felicity Nelson pits man-eater against man-eater.

The new era of music consumption

The new era of music consumption

Christopher J. Browne test-drives Spotify, the streaming app giving you access to over 15 million songs.

Pangolins

Pangolins

Sorcha McGee sniffs out a small but mischievous mammal.

MateWire

MateWire

Honi Soit’s James Alexander spoke with student entrepreneur, Marius Kramier, about his recent app launch and being an international student and starting your own company in Sydney.

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition

Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition

Rob North discovers why Minecraft, even on the 360, is more than just a lego simulation.

USU Election: Social Media Info-graphic

USU Election: Social Media Info-graphic

BlackBerry Blues: New CEO, new phone, renewed popularity?

BlackBerry Blues: New CEO, new phone, renewed popularity?

Rob North wonders whether the struggling Smartphone company can find its feet in the Apple & Android dominated market.

‘Misleading’ and ‘Deceptive’: Google Under Fire

‘Misleading’ and ‘Deceptive’: Google Under Fire

Justin Pen and Andrew Passarello investigate the under-reported outcome of Google’s mammoth legal battle in Australia.

Conspirators in good company

Conspirators in good company

Felicity Nelson spruiks the best science pranks in history

3 Billion Dollars – What makes a game studio worth so much?

3 Billion Dollars – What makes a game studio worth so much?

Jeff Wong investigates the Steam behind Valve, one of the must successful video game studios in history.

Do I look gay in these genes?

Do I look gay in these genes?

Zara Jackson-Martin discusses the science of sexuality.

Listening to the stars

Listening to the stars

Felicity Nelson gets attuned to the Universe.

‘Gay-mer’: Where are the gay characters in video games?

‘Gay-mer’: Where are the gay characters in video games?

Christopher J Browne investigates why LGBT characters should feature in modern day video games.

Tech & Fashion: the Aussie tech entrepreneur making waves in the USA

Tech & Fashion: the Aussie tech entrepreneur making waves in the USA

James Alexander catches up with Ryan Junee to talk startups, tech culture on campus and what it takes to create a successful company.

Science gets down and dirty

Science gets down and dirty

James O’Doherty soils himself in the search for carbon storage.

Seeing the future

Seeing the future

Joseph Wang peers into his liquid crystal ball to give you a glimpse of the future of display technology.

Narwhals

Narwhals

The narwhal, also known to many show-off scientists as the Monodon monoceros, is a toothed whale that is easily distinguishable by its elongated left incisor that protrudes out from its upper lip like a tusk. Conveniently known as ‘tusking’, narwhals will tussle together in what is one of the most placid and painstakingly boring exhibits […]

Gadget Review: PlayStation Vita

Gadget Review: PlayStation Vita

If you like hand held gaming, it’s hard to ignore the Vita. Rob North explains why.

Seven Wonders of the Natural World

Seven Wonders of the Natural World

Felicity Nelson defies the gods and lists her own.

A compass to the brain

A compass to the brain

Adam Chalmers takes a trip down memory lane.

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3

Sertan Saral decides that Mass Effect 3 is better than having real friends.

Shooting holes in your wallet

Shooting holes in your wallet

Joseph Wang investigates the growing trend in gaming of purchasable post-release content.

Riding the Tech Wave

Riding the Tech Wave

Innovative. Entrepreneurial. And all aiming to stike it big. James Alexander shines the spotlight on the surging number of Sydney University students founding tech startups.

Freaks of Nature: Elephant Seals

Freaks of Nature: Elephant Seals

Richard Withers gets very excited about animals, particularly seals

The Art of Memory

The Art of Memory

Felicity Nelson looks at ways to improve your memory, starting with how to remember people’s names

The new iPad

The new iPad

Clearer, better, stronger and faster – but not in Australia, writes Rob North

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox 360)

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (Xbox 360)

Rob North dives deep into into this horror game but is it scary?

Windows 8: A new approach to the PC & tablet experience

Windows 8: A new approach to the PC & tablet experience

Christopher J. Browne test drives the next version of Windows and why it changes the desktop experience

3D Printing Revolution

3D Printing Revolution

Felicity Nelson ventures into another dimension of design