The Original Cliffhanger

Cliffhangers are a hugely popular plot device, to build excitement about the next episode in a series. They first appear in a thousand-year old book of folk tales.  FIRSTS and …

The First Metre

It is hard to imagine, but at some point in history, someone sat down and invented the metre. And its origin story, is surprisingly lively.  FIRSTS and LASTS On July …

Molecules from Space

On September 28, 1969, a fiery meteorite blazed a trail from space, and crashed into regional Victoria. The debris contained an extraordinary surprise; the first organic molecules of extraterrestrial origin. …

The First Boxing Day Test

On December 26 each year, as most of Australia settles into a post Christmas lazing period, a hundred thousand cricket fans will descend on the MCG. This is the Boxing …