These mice have brains that are part human. So are they mice, or men?

From ABC Science, 29 July 2018: In Greek mythology, the chimera was a beast of fire and fury; a terrifying creation part-lion, part-goat, part-serpent, and all destruction. It took demigod Bellerophon to slay the monster, driving a lead-tipped lance into its throat. One wonders what Bellerophon might have made of the chimeras running around Steve Continue reading These mice have brains that are part human. So are they mice, or men?

Talking science on Triple J with Linda Marigliano and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I got to join Dr Karl and astrophysicist Professor Tara Murphy in the Triple J studio with Linda Marigliano, and talk science with Triple J callers. We had questions coming in on everything from whether burning hydrocarbons in fossil fuels add water to the hydrosphere to why some people Continue reading Talking science on Triple J with Linda Marigliano and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

Milky Way’s fast-moving galactic hypervelocity stars may have come from another galaxy

From ABC Science, 5 July 2017 The fastest-moving stars in our galaxy may have been shot off the bow of a passing smaller galaxy. These so-called “galactic hypervelocity stars” are large and short-lived but travel up to 1,000 kilometres per second. Strangely, most of them appear to be in an unusual cluster in the northern Continue reading Milky Way’s fast-moving galactic hypervelocity stars may have come from another galaxy

Volcanic eruptions may have contributed to war in ancient Egypt

From ABC Science, Wednesday 18 October, 2017: Distant volcanic eruptions may have indirectly triggered a series of revolts by the people of ancient Egypt against their despised Ptolemaic overlords. The eruptions, which took place between 305-30BC far from Egypt itself, may have altered the climate enough to reduce the annual Nile flooding. The resulting crop Continue reading Volcanic eruptions may have contributed to war in ancient Egypt