Issue 21: Up in the Air
Cruising up above us in the atmosphere, birds and insects probably aren't aware of the turmoil happening down here on Earth. So much is, ironically, up in the air. So why not devote an issue to it? At least then we would have something to plan for, we thought.
Read on for explorations of astrology, gene editing patents, moonstruck birds and immigrant scientists. We hope they'll help keep you grounded.
Cover illustration by Ben Coy.
The notion that the skies hold some kind of divine meaning is one that humans have held for centuries. What is it about astrology that still holds such fascination today, in an age where science reigns supreme?
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.
Since its discovery in 2012, the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool has been used by countless laboratories globally. Five years on, an important question remains: who does it belong to?
For decades, the US has enjoyed the scientific and economic benefits that come from being able to attract the world’s best and brightest students and researchers. Is this about to change?
Australians are more ready than ever to risk it all for a high. To understand our nation’s growing drug habit, and know how to combat it, we need a bit more science.
To the uninitiated, science can seem specialised beyond reach. But armed with affordable new technologies, and a bit of creativity, ordinary people are discovering their inner researcher.
Climate change, urbanisation and globalisation are changing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases around the world. So how do we keep track of mosquitoes in Australia?
The late Terry Pratchett once wrote that “noble dragons don't have friends." PhD student Kasha Strickland is putting that to the test.