Science, Technology and Innovation

The secret of how life on Earth began

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Today life has conquered every square inch of Earth, but when the planet formed it was a dead rock. How did life get started? By Michael Marshall How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For… The secret of… Read More »

World’s largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

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Delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica will become the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA). Some 1.57m sq km (600,000 sq miles) of the Southern Ocean will gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years. Environmentalists have welcomed the… World’s largest marine… Read More »

Humans create carbon emissions which spawn Australia’s extreme weather – report

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State of the Climate report from CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology says human activities have driven ‘significant changes’ to Australia’s climate Michael Slezak Carbon emissions from human activities have driven significant changes to the climate in Australia, including about 1C of warming and an… Humans create carbon… Read More »

The mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ might be causing the whole solar system to wobble

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Astronomers can’t see “Planet Nine.” But it makes its presence known. By Sarah Kaplan The massive hypothetical object, which supposedly looms at the edge of our solar system, has been invoked to explain the strange clustering of objects in the Kuiper belt and the unusual way they orbit the Sun. Now Planet Nine predictors Konstantin Batygin and… The mysterious ‘Planet… Read More »

Cave art: Etchings hailed as ‘Iberia’s most spectacular’

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Cave art as much as 14,500 years old has been pronounced “the most spectacular and impressive” ever discovered on the Iberian peninsula. About 50 etchings were found in the Basque town of Lekeitio. They include horses, bison, goats and – in a… Cave art: Etchings… Read More »

Australia is vulnerable to cyber threats, so what can we do about it?

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) 2016 Threat Report, released today, has some concerning details about the state of Australia’s cyber security. Jill Slay The report highlights the ubiquitous nature of cyber crime in Australia, the potential of cyber terrorism, and the… Australia is vulnerable to… Read More »

Senator Nick Xenophon moves to bring down ‘dangerous’ drone rules recently introduced by CASA

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Independent senator Nick Xenophon has pledged to move an “urgent disallowance motion” to change new rules that allow people to fly light drones without a licence or training. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently changed rules governing the use of commercial drones. The new… Senator Nick Xenophon moves to… Read More »

Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted

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Federal Government departments — that are not currently permitted to access the metadata of Australians — have attempted to work around the restrictions established in last year’s Data Retention Bill by requesting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) do the searches for them. By the National Reporting Team’s Benjamin Sveen The departments include the… Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted… Read More »

Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows

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A palm-sized robot dubbed Kirobo Mini has been unveiled in Japan, designed to be a companion for the growing number of women left childless by the country’s aging population crisis. The robot, created by Toyota Motor Corp, aims to emulate a human baby and even “wobbles” like a infant “which hasn’t fully developed the… Kirobo Mini: Robot baby unveiled in Japan as population of childless women grows… Read More »

Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus

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Zika has hit Florida and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations on pregnancy, sex and the risk of Zika virus. by MAGGIE FOX Zika’s steady spread across Latin America and Pacific island nations — and its inevitable arrival in parts of the continental U.S. — has many people worried. Here are… Can I Ever Get Pregnant? And Other Questions About Zika Virus… Read More »

10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression

I thought I could just “think positive” myself out of it, and when that didn’t work I tried to make myself as perfect as I could. Puja Uppal I was fooling myself. Publicly I wore a mask of the cheery girl I used to be, privately I was barely keeping m… Source: 10 Things I Wish You Knew About My Struggle With Depression | Puja Uppal Read More »

Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests

Few animals have a worse reputation than the humble cockroach, but almost everything we think we know about them is an urban myth By Henry Nicholls Reputation: Yuck. Cockroaches are filthy, immortal scavengers that are unaffected by radiation. In a post-apocalyptic world, it will be these dirty little critters that survive. We would be better… Source: BBC – Earth – Cockroaches are not radiation-proof and most are not pests Read More »

Is it possible to eradicate all diseases?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife want to tackle all diseases by the end of the century. Just how feasible is this aim? Pledging $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade, Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan said their ultimate goal was to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century”. By any reckoning, it’s a… Source: Is it possible to eradicate all diseases? – BBC News Read More »

375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat

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John Abraham: 375 National Academy of Sciences members sign an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change John Abraham Yesterday, 375 of the world’s top scientists, including 30 Nobel Prize winners, published an open letter regarding climate change. In the letter, the… Source: 375 top scientists warn of ‘real, serious, immediate’ climate threat | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms

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Clues left in genes of modern populations in Australian and Papua New Guinea enable scientists to trace remarkable journey made by first human explorers Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their… Source: Indigenous Australians most ancient civilisation on Earth, DNA study confirms | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

World Leaders to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance

If you are not already concerned about the rise in antimicrobial resistance undermining the world’s precious antibiotics, this week’s discussion at the United Nations is a wake-up call. By Anna George The analysis at the General Assembly’s High Level Meeting on 21 September provides impetus to drive important global reforms around the use of antibiotics. Our public health experts have been developing and… Source: World Leaders to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance – AIIA Read More »