Latest blog entries

Who's the slimiest fish of all?

Hagfishes can produce huge quantities of mucus!  A 50 cm long hagfish can fill an 8 litre bucket of water with slime in minutes.

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 20 Jul 2010

The Australian Museum Hosts CONASTA

The 2010 national conference for the Australian Science Teachers Association held its welcome function at the Australian Museum.

By: Nathan Slawitschka, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 16 Jul 2010

NAIDOC Week 2010 Celebrations!

The Australian Museums NAIDOC Week 2010 Celebrations were exciting and colourful!!! 

By: Laura McBride, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 16 Jul 2010

Research grants recently awarded

The following research grants were awarded to the Australian Musuem or in collaboration with the Museum between January and June 2010.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 14 Jul 2010

A radiation of river snails in Madagascar

Did Madagascar’s famous biodiversity evolve on the island itself or did it arrive from the African continent? Malacologist Frank Köhler reports.

By: Dr Frank Köhler, Category: Science, Date: 14 Jul 2010

Challenging what it is to be a 'warrior'

A new partnership between Juvenile Justice and the Australian Museum is helping young people from Pacific communities build self-esteem by reconnecting with culturally significant artefacts.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 14 Jul 2010

Australian Museum assists prosecution of illegal shark trafficking

Fisheries authorities frequently ask the Australian Museum DNA Laboratory to provide forensic identification of illegally taken shark fins, says Museum geneticist Dr Rebecca Johnson.

By: Dr Rebecca Johnson, Category: Science, Date: 14 Jul 2010

Au Revoir - Plastiki departs New Caledonia

After a few months at sea and one last stop in New Caledonia team Plastiki is making their way towards our shore – hooray!

By: Parrys Raines, Category: Science, Date: 12 Jul 2010

Biological collections are ecological research tools

In an article in Biological Reviews, Australian Museum Senior Fellow Dr Graham Pyke and Stanford University’s Professor Paul Ehrlich, author of the best-seller The Population Bomb, discuss the increasing use of biological collections in museums and herbaria to address environmental and ecological research issues.

By: Rebecca Hancock, Category: Science, Date: 07 Jul 2010

What is Foursquare?

A passing fad, yet another social networking site to annoy us or is there something to Foursquare?

By: Dr Lynda Kelly, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 05 Jul 2010