Issue 3: Collaboration
Like many things in life, science requires cooperation in order to thrive. So to pay tribute to this simple fact, this month's issue of Lateral is all about the wonder of collaboration. It's what drives cutting-edge medical research, great educational strategies, fantastic art and music, and even manned missions to other planets — in the future, anyway. Where would we be without it? Not here, that's for sure.
Cover illustration by Kallum Best.
Donated tissues are an essential resource in medical research, but joining the dots from these tiny samples to their sick donors can evoke mixed emotions.
How many people does it take to launch someone to another planet? Travelling to Mars will take more teamwork than any other human endeavour to date.
How did you learn science and maths — rote learning facts and theorems? As innovation escalates, our education system must adapt to keep up with advancing technologies and ideas.
Collaborations between science and the arts have a long history. Today, visual artists are crunching big data and musicians are contemplating DNA and climate change.
Fighting agricultural pests is an arms race against evolution, and the diamondback moth is one of the most adaptive combatants. But its resistance to pesticides has also made it an important research species.
The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics was recently awarded for the discovery of neutrino oscillation. What makes this strange property so intriguing?
Neal Stephenson has called on his fellow science fiction writers to dream big, stay optimistic, and step away from the dystopian writing of the past. But not everyone agrees.
Australia is one of the highest consumers of antidepressants, but these medications can have unwanted side effects if not used wisely.