Nova: Science in the news
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Latest Nova topics
What is the Higgs boson? For that matter, what is a boson? Why is this Higgs one so important?
How will we feed the world's population as the planet gets warmer? Climate change is predicted to cause higher temperatures, altered rainfall patterns, and an increase in extreme weather events, all of which will have a significant impact upon global agricultural systems.
Australian agriculture has been getting a free ride from honeybees for nearly 200 years. Their pollination services are worth several billion dollars a year, but Australia's honeybees are under increasing threat, including from a mite known as Varroa destructor.
Metal fatigue has been the cause of many airline, ship and bridge disasters . New piezoelectric sensors are now helping to detect, report and even fix such problems as they occur.
Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, scientists have been inundated by biological information. Bioinformatics is helping to make sense of it all.
Geoengineering involves applying technology on a massive scale to change the Earth's environment. It might help to cool the Earth, but at what cost?
Bionic bodies have been depicted in science fiction for decades. Now, researchers are making bionics the new frontier of medical science, by creating hi-tech devices to help people walk, see and hear again.