September 2017—January 2018
Don't Panic — we're on hiatus
We are currently on hiatus. But don't worry, we'll be back in February 2018 with a brand new issue. In the meantime, the Lateral editors have pulled some of their favourite Lateral stories from the archives.
Below you’ll find tales of robots that track whales, deadly venoms that might become life-saving medicines, sex robots that may or may not double as works of art, and songs of elemental particles that allow us to hear fundamental physics.
In August 2015, when we launched Lateral, we only ever envisaged the magazine lasting one year. But now that we’ve survived past our second birthday, we’re taking some time to plan for the future, to ensure that Lateral continues to grace your screens in the long term, and to seek feedback from our readers: What are you most excited about? What things would you most like to see Lateral doing, and what might you change?
We’ll still be publishing general articles in this time during our hiatus, so pitch us if you have an idea. Otherwise, explore some of our editors' favourite features from our two-year run. If you like what you see, please do donate to our crowdfunding campaign, so we can help more budding science communicators sharpen their skills and tell more stories of science.
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A selection of our favourites
Over their lifetimes, some migratory shorebirds travel over 380,000km, equivalent to the distance from the Earth to the Moon. One young ecologist plans to follow their annual flight path.
Emotionless physics data can be transformed through a process called sonification. Chris Henschke uses this to tease the music out of light.
Scientists know the world through data, but Aboriginal Australians know the world through the ancient musical tradition of songlines.
Historically, killing an animal was the only way to preserve its likeness for future study. Even with modern technology, we must continue to do this.
The future of sex is designed, digitised, fetishised and controversial — and it might not fit in your bedside table drawer.
Our official processes for threatened species are failing to save the Running River rainbowfish, which is rapidly mating itself into oblivion.
New medical treatments must be proven effective, but the majority of research studies are carried out on men. This discrepancy negatively affects the quality of care women receive.
As robots replace more and more human workers, the world needs to work out how to transition to an automated economy without destroying society.
Modern drone technology is helping to find and protect one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals.
In the search for better, faster, stronger drugs, animal venom could be the answer, as toxins are harnessed to create target-specific treatments.
With Ursula K. Le Guin challenging the gender binary as early as the 1960s, speculative fiction has been pushing society’s boundaries in a way no other genre has been free to do so.
Most PhD graduates won't find a job in academia. So how can people with an ultra-specialised area of expertise convey their value and skillset to non-researchers — including potential employers?