The Best Australian Science Writing 2023

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2023

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Should we alter animals' DNA to save them from extinction? What secrets will old ice reveal to us about the Earth's deep past? How is the world's most expensive — and explosive — substance made?

Great science writing offers fascinating insights into our surrounding environments, inspires awe at the wonders of the natural world, and also seeks to understand and address some of the biggest problems of our time.

Science writing encompasses the vastness of the universe and all the diverse life forms within it. Stories abound in both the microscopic and the astronomical, from the scientists trying to reverse-engineer brain circuitry to the largest radio telescope of its kind on Earth which could help us detect alien life.

This much-loved anthology — now in its thirteenth year — selects the most thought-provoking, poignant and dazzling science stories and essays from Australian writers, poets and scientists.

With a foreword by scientist and engineer Professor Mary O'Kane AC, The Best Australian Science Writing 2023 covers another remarkable year filled with watershed moments in science.



Jo Chandler

Angus Dalton

Nicky Phillips

Jacinta Bowler

Helen Sullivan

Heather Taylor-Johnson

Sara Webb

Meredi Ortega

Drew Rooke

Amalyah Hart

Alice Klein

Lauren Fuge

Zoe Kean

Miki Perkins

Bianca Nogrady

Rebecca Giggs

Alice Gorman

Belinda Smith and Alan Weedon

Felicity Plunkett

Clare Watson

Fiona McMillan-Webster

Euan Ritchie

Paul Biegler

Tabitha Carvan

Karlie Noon and Krystal De Napoli

Jane McCredie

Elizabeth Finkel

Smriti Mallapaty

Anne Casey

Jackson Ryan

Carl Smith

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