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Expedition reveals how the dinosaur-killing asteroid shook and shaped the Earth

It’s only fair to share…Expedition reveals how the dinosaur-killing asteroid shook and shaped the Earth Stephen Kershaw, Brunel University London The asteroid thought to have killed the dinosaurs smashed into the Earth with a billion times more energy than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many believe the impact caused a mass extinction,… Read more »

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What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong?

It’s only fair to share…What exactly is the scientific method and why do so many people get it wrong? Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland Claims that the “the science isn’t settled” with regard to climate change are symptomatic of a large body of ignorance about how science works. So what is the scientific method,… Read more »

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Where’s your data? It’s not actually in the cloud, it’s sitting in a data centre

It’s only fair to share…Where’s your data? It’s not actually in the cloud, it’s sitting in a data centre Brett Neilson, Western Sydney University; Ned Rossiter, Western Sydney University, and Tanya Notley, Western Sydney University Without data centres, today’s world stops. Flights are grounded, Wall Street closes, and the internet grinds to a halt. Yet… Read more »

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Ancient life in Greenland and the search for life on Mars

It’s only fair to share…Ancient life in Greenland and the search for life on Mars David Flannery, NASA Australian geologists say they have found ancient microbial fossils in 3.7 billion-year-old rocks in Greenland. The finding, reported in Nature last month, is some 200 million years older than previously accepted fossils. Previously, the best-known evidence for… Read more »

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Virtual reality brings new dimension to conservation

It’s only fair to share…Virtual reality brings new dimension to conservation Ivy Shih, The Conversation Virtual reality technology is introducing a new dimension to wildlife conservation by helping researchers anywhere in the world assess the conditions of distant species and environments as if they were on location. The first application has been to better understand… Read more »

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How could we build an invisibility cloak to hide Earth from an alien civilization?

It’s only fair to share…How could we build an invisibility cloak to hide Earth from an alien civilization? David Kipping, Columbia University What would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of “Star Trek” than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science… Read more »

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Gravitational waves discovered: the universe has spoken

It’s only fair to share…Gravitational waves discovered: the universe has spoken David Blair, University of Western Australia Up until now, humanity has been deaf to the gravitational “sounds” of the universe. At last, we have heard our first message. On September 14, 2015, the first data arrived! Our observation of the gravitational waves from the… Read more »

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Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don’t know it?

It’s only fair to share…Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don’t know it? Kevin Schawinski, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly expired a few billion years ago, but… Read more »

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What’s it like to see auroras on other planets?

It’s only fair to share…What’s it like to see auroras on other planets? Nathan Case, Lancaster University Witnessing an aurora first-hand is a truly awe-inspiring experience. The natural beauty of the northern or southern lights captures the public imagination unlike any other aspect of space weather. But auroras aren’t unique to Earth and can be… Read more »

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NASA: streaks of salt on Mars mean flowing water, and raise new hopes of finding life

It’s only fair to share…NASA: streaks of salt on Mars mean flowing water, and raise new hopes of finding life David Rothery, The Open University Salty streaks have been discovered on Mars, which could be a sign that salt water seeps to the surface in the summers. Scientists have previously observed dark streaks (see image… Read more »

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Don’t freak if you can’t solve a math problem that’s gone viral

It’s only fair to share…Don’t freak if you can’t solve a math problem that’s gone viral Kevin Knudson, University of Florida It’s been quite a year for mathematics problems on the internet. In the last few months, three questions have been online everywhere, causing consternation and head-scratching and blowing the minds of adults worldwide as… Read more »

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Transport’s innovation problem: why haven’t flying cars taken off?

It’s only fair to share…Transport’s innovation problem: why haven’t flying cars taken off? John Preston, University of Southampton and Ben Waterson, University of Southampton Flying cars in The Jetsons and Back to the Future, or Star Trek’s spaceships and teleportation, may have captured the imagination decades ago, but most current methods of transport have been… Read more »

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The future of rail travel, and why it doesn’t look like Hyperloop

It’s only fair to share…The future of rail travel, and why it doesn’t look like Hyperloop Roberto Palacin , Newcastle University As the world’s population becomes increasingly urbanised, it is estimated that the number of journeys measured in passenger-kilometres will triple by 2050. Roads simply can’t absorb this increase. Railways, with their greater capacity for… Read more »

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Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit!

It’s only fair to share…Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit! Robert Scherrer, Vanderbilt University We’ve been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. “Of course there’s intelligent life out there; I saw it last week on Star Trek.” We’ve seen it all, from the… Read more »

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From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair

It’s only fair to share…From Newton to Hawking and beyond: a short history of the Lucasian Chair Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne and Morgan Saletta, University of Melbourne On July 1 physicist Michael Cates will be the 19th person to sit in what is perhaps the most prestigious “chair” in science when he assumes the… Read more »

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Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial

It’s only fair to share…Busting myths: a practical guide to countering science denial John Cook, The University of Queensland It should go without saying that science should dictate how we respond to science denial. So what does scientific research tell us? One effective way to reduce the influence of science denial is through “inoculation”: you… Read more »

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How we recreated the early universe in the laboratory

It’s only fair to share…How we recreated the early universe in the laboratory Gianluca Sarri, Queen's University Belfast One of the all-time great mysteries in physics is why our universe contains more matter than antimatter, which is the equivalent of matter but with the opposite charge. To tackle this question, our international team of researchers… Read more »

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Hubble in pictures: astronomers’ top picks

It’s only fair to share…Hubble in pictures: astronomers' top picks Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria In this special feature, we have invited top astronomers to handpick the Hubble Space Telescope image that has the most scientific relevance to them. The images they’ve chosen aren’t always the colourful glory shots that populate the countless “best of” galleries… Read more »

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Creating dinosaurs: why Jurassic World could never work

It’s only fair to share…Creating dinosaurs: why Jurassic World could never work John Long, Flinders University When the first Jurassic Park movie hit the silver screens in 1993, I cried. Never before had dinosaurs, those magnificent creatures of bygone days, been brought to life so realistically. It was a palaeontologist’s dream come true. Jurassic Park… Read more »

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Faster-than-light travel: are we there yet?

It’s only fair to share…Faster-than-light travel: are we there yet? Robert Scherrer, Vanderbilt University Long before the Empire struck back, before the United Federation of Planets federated, Isaac Asimov created Foundation, the epic tale of the decline and fall of the Galactic Empire. Asimov’s Empire comprised 25 million planets, knit together by sleek spaceships hurtling… Read more »

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Tesla batteries: just the beginning of how technology will transform the electric grid

It’s only fair to share…Tesla batteries: just the beginning of how technology will transform the electric grid Michael McElfresh, Santa Clara University Tesla Motors already makes batteries for its electric cars. On Thursday, it’s expected to introduce battery systems for homes, businesses and electric utilities. The spread of cost-effective batteries will fundamentally change the way… Read more »

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World’s largest asteroid impact site could be right here in Australia

It’s only fair to share…World's largest asteroid impact site could be right here in Australia Andrew Glikson, Australian National University Not long ago, asteroid impacts weren’t considered as a significant factor in the evolution of Earth. Following the Late Heavy Bombardment, which pummelled the inner solar system around 3.8 billion to 3.9 billion years ago,… Read more »

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Self-driving cars will need people, too

It’s only fair to share…Self-driving cars will need people, too Michael Nees, Lafayette College Self-driving cars are expected to revolutionize the automobile industry. Rapid advances have led to working prototypes faster than most people expected. The anticipated benefits of this emerging technology include safer, faster and more eco-friendly transportation. Until now, the public dialogue about… Read more »

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No more science fiction: 3D holographic images

It’s only fair to share…No more science fiction: 3D holographic images Min Gu, Swinburne University of Technology and Xiangping Li, Swinburne University of Technology Three dimensional holographic images and floating displays outside a screen have long been a favourite of science fiction movies such as the rescue message carried by R2-D2 in Star Wars. The… Read more »

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Life beyond Earth? There may be thousands more exoplanets in our galaxy

It’s only fair to share…Life beyond Earth? There may be thousands more exoplanets in our galaxy Johanna Jarvis, The Open University The number of confirmed planets orbiting stars other than the Sun in our galaxy is rapidly growing. The unusual configurations and locations of these so-called “exoplanets” amaze and challenge our understanding of the universe…. Read more »