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The Best Australian Science Writing 2022


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Foreword Norman SwanIntroduction Ivy ShihThe hunt for alien life on Phobos, one of Mars' mystifying moons Jackson RyanSpillover in suburbia Olivia WillisEarth is getting a black box to record our climate change actions, and it' s already started listening Nick KilvertDeep down and Dark: Stawell' s genius lair Jacinta BowlerThe curious case of the hidden ancestor Elizabeth Finkel 2029 Headlines Amanda AnastasiApes, robots and men: the life and death of the first space chimp Alice GormanLove and fear Kate Cole-AdamsChecking in on the fugly fish that broke the internet Angus DaltonThe chemical question Bianca NogradyArtificial intelligence is misreading human emotion Kate Crawford A Syrian seed bank' s fight to survive Helen SullivanProfessor Amnon Neeman doesn' t really mind whether you read this story or not Tabitha Carvan Rise of the preprint: how rapid data sharing during COVID-19 changed science forever Clare Watson Jenner, sure, but here' s to the real pioneers of immunisation Jane McCredieWhen cats are not as cute John Pickrell Anticipation of light Alice SometimesTime travel and tipping points Lauren FugeRising in the yeast Kelly WongCOVID-19 rarely spreads through surfaces. So why are we still deep cleaning? Dyani LewisMy Father' s beautiful brain Suzannah LyonsThe scientific genius that eschewed fame Robyn ArianrhodEel Odyssey Louise Wakeling Why discovering ' nothing' in science can be so incredibly important Michelle StarrSwamp Sentinels Kate EvansCulture shock: how loss of animals' shared knowledge threatens their survival Zoe Kean Mind machines Christine KenneallyWombat dental gags and monster whale needles Angela HeathcoteCould biobanking offer Australian animals a last hope against extinction? Lydia HalesFish out of mortar Drew Rooke

About the Author

Ivy Shih is a science writer and audio producer based in Sydney. A former virus researcher, she now writes about all areas of science, from coconut-cracking megabats to giant viruses. She is also a producer on the ABC podcast Cosmic Vertigo. Her work has appeared in Nature, Cosmos, Hakai, The Best Australian Science Writing 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, and more

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