NASA is building the largest rocket of all time for a 2018 launch


The plainly-named Space Launch System is designed to take astronauts further into space than ever before Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Space Launch System (credit: NASA/MSFC) NASA has worked on some inspiring interplanetary projects in the last few years, but few have been as ambitious as the simply-named Space Launch System, a new rocket that will be the largest ever built ... Read More »

Former Vietnamese refugee sworn in as SA governor

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A refugee who fled post-war Vietnam in 1977 will today become South Australia’s 35th governor, becoming the first asian migrant to hold the state’s Vice-Regal post. Hieu Van Le will be sworn in during a ceremony in Adelaide at 2.30pm (AEST), with coverage live on Mr Le takes over from retired Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce, who has served as Governor ... Read More »

SAMOA: On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment in small islands

Renewable Energy Solar Panels in Tokelau. UN Photo/Ariane Rummery (file photo)

31 August 2014 – Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability. “Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant source of wealth,” Mr. Ban told the high-level dialogue of the private sector forum. The ... Read More »

Fukushima: Australia’s Radioactive Rocks And Responsibility

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There’s no room for nuclear power in Australia – or anywhere else – argues Australian Conservation Foundation’s Dave Sweeney. In March 2011 people all around the world held our breath as the Fukushima nuclear disaster played out on our screens. Later as the headlines, albeit not the radiation levels faded, it was confirmed that Australian uranium directly fuelled Fukushima. Rocks ... Read More »

Schrödinger’s cat caught on quantum film


Schrodinger’s cat, the good ole thought experiment that’s been twisting (non-Quantum physicist) brains for decades. Scientists might have just caught it. Or not. Typical. What you see above is a combined image where a stencil was bombarded with cosmic rays photons, but the photons that generated the image actually never interacted with the stencil — stay with us. It was ... Read More »

Malaysian women join Middle East jihadists as ‘comfort women’, reveals intelligence report


Malaysian women are believed to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces to offer Jihad Al-Nikah or sexual jihad, senior intelligence officials told The Malaysian Insider. Authorities confirmed that three Malaysian women have journeyed to the Middle East to join up with Isis forces. Jihad Al-Nikah refers to a controversial concept where Sunni women allegedly offer ... Read More »