Mandy Thoo

Science writer

Location icon Malaysia


Cover stories

The Sydney Morning Herald
The creatures that time forgot

Beneath the very feet of Australians lives a mysterious group of animals known as stygofauna. Named after the River Styx, where dead souls cross from Earth to Hades in Greek mythology, these little creatures dwell in perpetual darkness, in groundwater, and were long thought to be rare in Australia.

The Canberra Times/COSMOS Magazine
Buzzing Off

Professor's tireless work with honeybees hits the sweet spot for future air travel

Smooth Sailing

By 2050 many ships will be able to cross the Arctic's 'northern route' that connects Europe and Asia. For the first time, research is being conducted into how waves behave in these 'new' seas to help pave the way for safer travel.

Warning sign

Researchers at Swinburne are developing a leading-edge sensor that will help detect and diagnose cancers early, potentially saving many more lives.

Feature articles

The Sydney Morning Herald
The hunt for water in the heavens

True gullies on Mars. As NASA's rover Curiosity ambled across the arid Martian surface last month it made a momentous discovery - a deposit of smooth, oval stones lying in a long depression in Gale Crater near the base of Mount Sharp on the Red Planet.

Brain monitor puts patients at ease

Awakening during surgery is a nightmare that haunts patients and doctors alike, but swinburne scientists have found a way to allow both patients and doctors to rest easy.

Australasian Science Magazine
Out of the Darkness

How light therapy and saffron can protect us against the leading stealers of sight.

Test tube cubs in catfight for life

Test tube cubs have emerged as a new hope to halt the slide towards extinction of the snow leopard, Bengal tiger and other endangered big cats driven from their natural habitats. By converting cells taken from the adult animal into embryonic stem-like cells and freezing them, scientists may have dramatically increased the chances of saving animals whose numbers have declined critically in the wild.

A cheap and secure way to deal with avalanche of data

The data tsunami has unleashed a wealth of opportunities for scientific research, better medicine and safer banking. To cope with the explosion, researchers at Swinburne have developed cheaper, faster, lighter, more secure and environmentally friendly ways of storing and transmitting data.

TechHead (science column)

TechHead, The Star
We've got a pulse

What's hot and what's not in world science and technology.

TechHead, The Star
Buzzed bees

What's hot and what's not in world science and technology.