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Ghost Net Art: Stopping the Slaughter

Imagine a mindless killing machine half the size of Botany Bay. It's not science fiction but reality for some places in the Torres Strait.

By: Dr Scott Mitchell, Category: Science, Date: 27 Nov 2013

Isobel Bennett - Pioneering Marine Biologist

As an intern with the Archives, I have been privileged to discover the amazing life and career of Marine Biologist, Isobel Bennett.

By: Elizabeth McKinnon, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 27 Nov 2013

Feathers of the Gods: On the Director's Wall

An office wall says a lot about the occupant and the organisation, especially if that occupant is the Director of the Australian Museum.

By: Frank Howarth, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Nov 2013

A Tricky Question About Cicadas

Our collection managers can’t know everything, but part of their job is knowing who to ask when they don’t have the answer.

By: Dr David Britton, Category: Science, Date: 25 Nov 2013

Finding Land Fish in French Polynesia: Black sands, stormy seas and raining fish!

After a successful week of sampling blennies on Moorea, we gathered our gear and boarded the ferry bound for the island of Tahiti.

By: Georgina Cooke, Category: Science, Date: 25 Nov 2013

Solar-powered Ibis

Satellite transmitters will reveal the inner-city eateries and vacation escapes of Ibis birds.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: Science, Date: 25 Nov 2013

Ancient ceremonial stone tool rescued from bulldozer in Papua New Guinea

A beautiful and expertly-flaked stone tool rescued from a house site opens up a world of meaning for a distant, poorly-known period.

By: Dr Robin Torrence, Category: Science, Date: 25 Nov 2013

A Week of Fish: That's a Moray

Another week of fishes.  How can I find a common thread to tie this lot together?  I'm happy to take suggestions.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 22 Nov 2013

New species of small, fat frog discovered on top of Indochina’s highest peak

Discovered in the cold, wet forest near the top of Mount Fansipan this little frog may already be in trouble.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: Science, Date: 22 Nov 2013

Exotic honeybees are the only effective pollinators of a temperate mangrove

Honeybees were introduced shortly after European settlement and now appear to be the only effective pollinators of a native plant species.

By: Dr David Britton, Category: Science, Date: 20 Nov 2013