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Treasures podcast ep 5: The last tiger

Charles Wooley reveals the tragic tale of the death of the last wild thylacine.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 12 Apr 2018

Science on the Road – Far West Tour

The AM team traversed 3000 kilometres in two weeks to bring science to 350 students from Dubbo to Broken Hill.

By: Ashleigh Harrington, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 11 Apr 2018

How the urban bird gets the worm

Despite their proven predilection for carbohydrates, when the weather changes so does the diet of inner-city ibis.

By: Dr Richard Major, Category: AMRI, Date: 09 Apr 2018

Where did all the tiny brown frogs come from?

How small brown frogs are helping us understand the drivers of biodiversity in Asia.

By: Dr Jodi Rowley, Category: AMRI, Date: 05 Apr 2018

Treasures podcast ep 4: The strange obsessions of Australia’s greatest crab collector

In the 1940s, naturalist Mel Ward created the Gallery of Natural History and Native Art in the Blue Mountains, exhibiting some 25,000 crabs.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 03 Apr 2018

Treasures podcast ep 3: Charles Darwin and the curator’s chair

In 1874, Museum Curator Gerard Krefft espoused Darwin’s theory of evolution. The Board of Trustees were less than impressed.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 26 Mar 2018

How sheep poo can help defend threatened native plants

Are Australia’s sheep eating threatened plants? Turns out they’ve been ‘dropping’ hints…

By: Dr Tim Lee, Category: AMRI, Date: 22 Mar 2018

Nemo won’t find home in an acidified ocean

As oceans become more acid, senses larval fishes need to navigate will become dysfunctional.

By: Dr Jeff Leis, Category: AMRI, Date: 20 Mar 2018

Cosmopolitan species: do they exist?

Cosmopolitan species are reported to occur globally in most habitats from the intertidal to abyssal depths, but can the records be trusted?

By: Dr Pat Hutchings, Dr Elena Kupriyanova, Category: AMRI, Date: 19 Mar 2018

Treasures podcast ep 2: The great gold nugget and the cricket stumps

In the early 1800s, Sydney was the kind of town where you might win and lose your fortune in a single day.

By: Alice Gage, Category: Museullaneous, Date: 19 Mar 2018