Peter Spinks

Peter Spinks

Peter Spinks explores the curiosities of science in his weekly column for The Age's education section. Visit his full archive of articles here.

Science

Clues to saving Barrier Reef could come from coral thriving in warming oceans

Peter Spinks Unusually hardy coral reefs off north-western Australia's Kimberley coastline are prospering under the ravages of global warming.

Small scale, but Napoleon to win

Desert Goby - The Napolean complex (Thumbnail)

Peter Spinks TRY as they might, scientists have been unable to find compelling evidence to support the ''Napoleon complex'', the popular idea that shorter men are more aggressive than taller counterparts.

Plugging into algal power

algae

Peter Spinks THEY are vanishingly small, quite unremarkable under a microscope and anything but exotic. Yet microalgae, found anywhere from oceans, lakes and swamps to soils, rocks and icy mountain tops, are the...