Environment & Conservation

CROCODILE'S eyes are uniquely adapted to scan riverbanks for prey with equal clarity without moving their heads, thanks to a horizontal band of photoreceptors on the back of their eye.

To mark Big Data Week (May 2-6) ScienceNetwork WA asked Dr Kathryn Barker from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to delve into how a satellite earth-monitoring project that they are supporting will vastly improve mankind’s understanding of how climate change is affecting the planet.

BUNBURY beachgoers may be unsettled to learn that the refreshing, blue stretch of water off the port city was preceded by a huge lava flow almost as large as WA itself and several kilometres thick in places.

Popular boab tree is fighting fit

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

AT 750 years old one could be forgiven for having a few ailments but a recent health check of King's Park's mighty boab tree Gija Jumulu has revealed the popular tourist attraction is in perfect health.

THE FUTURE of four stunning but highly threatened orchid species in WA’s wheatbelt region is now more secure thanks to a special collaboration between community volunteers and a dedicated scientist.

AN EXTREMELY rare phenomenon known as fairy circles—a concept more at home in the pages of fantasy books—have sprung into the vast, arid expanse of the modern day Pilbara.

Threatened bandicoots return home

Thursday, 14 April 2016

TRAVEL deep into WA’s arid interior and you’ll find a harsh and seemingly unforgiving expanse of red dirt that is housing a comeback to one of the state’s many threatened mammals.

THE myriad of shorebirds which forage on Roebuck Bay’s mud flats, and which have long been a hit with visitors and birdwatchers, have been declining over recent years, and researchers have just figured out why.

MORE than 20 years searching for elusive trapdoor spiders across WA’s south-west has culminated in the recent creation of a new genus.

LOCAL researchers have unravelled the germination secrets of WA’s strangely-named snottygobble tree (Persoonia longifolia R.Br.), thereby opening the door for the species to help rehabilitate WA’s landscape.

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