Big is often better, but when spiders are of a similar size, a male's success can depend on whether he is a sprinter or a marathon runner, explains Dr Michael Kasumovic.
From new ways to protect snow leopards in the Himalaya to keeping native Australian mammals as pets, Asia-Pacific communities are rising to the challenge of reconciling conservation with development.
Disturbed landscapes, such as mine sites, which have been deemed to be successfully restored, won't necessarily see the return of wildlife such as koalas, a landmark Australian study finds.
Good science is unpredictable, says Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, who has been honoured with a prestigious Humboldt Award for his lifetime achievements in research.
UNSW researchers have found that cyclists who do not wear helmets are more likely to engage in risky riding behaviours and be involved in more severe crashes than those who wear protective headgear.
The factors involved in the historical decline of contemporary mammals need to be identified to guard against future biodiversity loss, argues Marie Attard.
The formation of the Antarctic ozone hole has caused changes in the way waters in the southern oceans mix, with possible impacts on climate change, a new study suggests.
UNSW and Parks Australia researchers were surprised to come across a very rare piebald fairy penguin chick during field research on the NSW South Coast.
UNSW's Dr Ravindra Rajarao will be among young leaders from India and Australia gathering this week for a three day conference aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries.
While their friends at home have been sweltering, UNSW scientists, including PhD student Geoff Sims, have just spent five nights camping out in Antarctica in temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees.