Curiosity Series

Last week, I had a Zoom meeting with a colleague, entomologist James Tweed from the University of Queensland (UQ). We were chatting about insects on islands when he suddenly told me about a new species he had just described. Of course, that was fascinating, and...

On a recent camping trip to the stunning Washpool National Park we were captivated by the sight of a Spotted-Tail Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) visiting our campsite. Our little visitor arrived just on dark as we were preparing our campfire dinner. This national park is located...

Continuing our theme of palaeontology, let's look at some recent discoveries made in the field of palaeontology here in Australia. Our country is an important place for finding fossils; the rocks here are some of the oldest in the world, so some of the oldest...

Palaeontology is a science plagued by an incomplete record. Most fossils only preserve “hard” parts such as shells, teeth, and most notably, bones. It is very rare to find fossils with skin or muscle preserved, for example. When we think of fossils, often what comes...

Do you need a fix of earth science? Do you have a craving to see some lava? Do you want to check out some crystals and fossils up close? UNE Discovery has got you covered from the 7th-9th of March!...

While we celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, we thought we’d also celebrate some of our female counterparts in nature too....

In the Northern Hemisphere, on the eastern edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, you’ll find the man-made Lake Abraham where an amazing natural phenomenon occurs during Winter.  ...

Kiwirrkurra is a remote Indigenous community nestled in the Western Desert region of Western Australia, that recently commemorated the 40th anniversary of its establishment. The 40-year celebration was held around the time the first bore was sunk on Kiwirrkurra Country....

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kate Grarock last month at an Entomological conference in Albany, Western Australia. I watched her deliver a great presentation on her work in Bush Blitz. Bush Blitz is a conservation initiative that unites researchers and volunteers in an...

On November 30th and October 1st, 2023, UNE Discovery was delighted to bring back Far Out Science! After a hiatus from 2020 until this year, it was wonderful to see the event return and bring so many school students back to visit the UNE Armidale...