Latest news from the region

HUMPBACK whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) on their annual migration along WA’s coast are facing pressure from both reduced food availability because of climate change and being disturbed by mining and boats, according to two studies.

Published in Fisheries & Water

RESEARCH at Ningaloo Reef has found fish species targeted by fishermen, such as trevally and north west snapper, as well as some non-target species tend to be larger and more abundant if they reside in sanctuary zones in the region.

Published in Fisheries & Water

A SINGLE population of a rare hammer orchid species known as a master of sexual deception appears to have recently evolved to seduce a new and wider-spread species of impressionable male wasps.

EARTHQUAKES may be rare in Australia, but an analysis of WA coastline suggests our landscape isn’t as tectonically stable as previously thought.

THIS week WA Museum palaeontologist Dr Mikael Siversson considers the interaction between ancient sharks and extinct marine reptiles and he also talks about what made him sink his teeth into the palaeontology field from a young age.

Published in Perspectives

AS PART of Big Data Week (April 20-26), ScienceNetwork WA invited the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to share some of its insights on big data through a five-part series. Today, Curtin University Radio Astronomy Professor Steven Tingay explores how huge amounts of data generated by local astronomy projects is managed.

Published in Space

AS A youngster growing up amid the green English countryside, his days spent catching frogs and tending to injured animals brought in by local farmers, Dave Algar revelled in Mother Nature’s magic.

THE Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) has used airborne electromagnetic surveying to improve the strike rate of finding quality water supplies in the Gascoyne.

Published in Agriculture & Food

MULTIPLE paternity is common in loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), but the percentage of promiscuous females is unrelated to female population size, research suggests.

COOLING stored wheat grain in silos with aeration fans reduces insect propagation and preserves grain quality, according to recent research.

Published in Agriculture & Food
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