When astronauts peer down on planet Earth, the one environment they all notice are the deserts, which make up a staggering 30 per cent of the land's surface. From space they look empty and lifeless. A closer look reveals a very different picture.
Trevor Long from Seaworld and Janet Lanyon from The University of Queensland team up to study the elusive dugong off the coast of Stadbroke Island. The groundbreaking research includes capturing the massive mammal for sampling and study.
The platypus has webbed feet like a frog, a bill like a duck and venom like a snake but strangest of all, it lays eggs like a bird. So much of its life is spent underground, that the platypus is still largely unknown.
On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans witnessed the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental US in 99 years. As in all total solar eclipses, the moon blocked the sun and revealed its ethereal outer atmosphere - its corona - in a wondrous celestial spectacle. While hordes of citizens flocked to the eclipse's path of totality, scientists, too, staked out spots for a very different reason: to investigate the secrets of the sun's elusive atmosphere. During the eclipse's precious seconds of darkness, they gathered new clues on how our sun works, how it can produce deadly solar storms, and why its atmosphere is so hot.