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Dr Owens reading about marine biology to her students, against a backdrop of colourful underwater coral.

Turning the Tide for Black Women in STEM

Joan Murrell Owens is known best for her contributions to the discovery and classification of coral in marine biology, as well as for being a life-long educator. However, her path has not always been so straight-forward.

A cheeseburger with the meat patty replaced by lab-grown ground meat in a petri dish.

Lab-Grown Meat – The Next Big Food Revolution?

Agriculture and farming to produce meats, such as beef, are large contributors to greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change. As the population continues to grow, scientists are cooking up alternative ways to meet our increasing food demands.

A plate of assorted peppers in front of a dish of rice and curry emitting steam in the shape of a flame, and a bottle of hot sauce.

The Science of Spice

From curry to chili to anything smothered in hot sauce, spicy food is savoured by many. But what is it that gives these foods the zing and heat we love? This article dishes out the science behind tasting and enjoying spice.

Illustration of a giant squid with tentacles turning into strands of DNA

Cracking the Code of the Giant Squid

The giant squid is an incredible creature of great interest for researchers. However, the creature has often managed to stay just out of their reach until now.

Illustration of a translucent human eye, a bee, a butterfly, and a mantis shrimp. There are three circles (blue, green, and red) behind the human eye; three circles behind the bee (blue, green, and one uncoloured circle); five circles behind the butterfly (blue, green, red, violet, and one uncoloured circle); and 16 circles behind the mantis shrimp (blue, green, red, and 13 uncoloured circles).

The Stained Glass Windows to the Soul

If you have a dog, you may know that they don’t see the same colours as humans do. Different animals and individuals have different views of the world—literally. But why do these differences exist? Are there whole worlds of colour that we’re missing out on?

A view of space debris floating around the Earth from outer space.

Rockin’ Around the Space Debris

Humans have always looked to the stars for guidance and a sense of belonging, whether it was for celebrations and harvests or for physics and math. But if wanting to feel a part of something is a uniquely human trait, so is the ability to trash every place we’ve ever set foot on.