Nova: Science in the news

Nova, brought to you by the Australian Academy of Science and various sponsors, looks at the science behind the headlines.

Nova’s goal is to provide accessible scientific information that will help to remove confusion surrounding complex science questions featured in the news.

The topics encompass a vast array of scientific fields and provide reliable and up-to-date information for science teachers, students, journalists and anyone who is interested in learning more about the science that is behind topical issues.

We provide ‘real life’ examples of current research and how scientific information is used to make informed decisions. Each topic also includes teachers’ notes, student activities, links, further reading and resources, and provides accessible and up to date information on relevant Australian research.

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Latest Nova topics


CMS diphoton eventOne more piece in the puzzle of the universe: a Higgs-shaped one

What is the Higgs boson? For that matter, what is a boson? Why is this Higgs one so important?

Feeding a hot, hungry world: agriculture in the face of climate change

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.

Getting the buzz on the value of bees

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.

Piezoelectric Sensors and Self Monitoring Planes

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.

Bioinformatics: making sense of the information flood

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: can it help our planet keep its cool?

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?

Rebuilding humans using bionics

Rebuilding humans using bionics

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.