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The SAGE Symposium in Brisbane this year brought together hundreds of interested parties across STEM to share and learn best practice in gender and diversity equity. Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)

The recent Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE


Originally published in The Conversation.

Lost in space: Australia dwindled from space leader to also-ran in 50 years

Australia worked closely with the UK, Europe and USA in developing space capability in the 1950s and 1960s.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The origin of extreme cosmic ray particles revealed: they come from distant galaxies

Detecting cosmic ray particles: a water-Cherenkov detector seen against the night sky at the Pierre Auger Observatory in western Argentina. Steven Saffi, University of Adelaide, Author provided

The existence of high-energy cosmic ray particles bombarding Earth was first discovered in the 1960s, but their origin was a mystery.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet 'Jaws', the South American horned frog with a big bite

The South American horned frog packs quite a bite. Shutterstock/Norjipin Saidi

South American horned frogs (Ceratophrys) can capture and swallow whole animals up to their own body size, including other frogs, lizards, snakes and rodents. This is possible because they have jaws that can produce an extremely forceful bite.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia relies on data from Earth observation satellites, but our access is high risk

The NASA satellite Landsat-8 collects frequent global multispectral imagery of the Earth’s surface.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bali's Mount Agung threatens to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years

A marked increase in the number of earthquakes happening below Mount Agung volcano in eastern Bali, Indonesia, over the past few weeks has authorities keeping a close watch on the situation.

The latest alert issued by the national and local government agencies now forbids climbing of the mountain and orders evacuations within 7.5km of the summit.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Preventing Murray-Darling water theft: a space agency can help Australia manage federal resources

This is the first article in the series Australia’s place in space, where we’ll explore the strengths and weaknesses, along with the past, present and the future of Australia’s space presence and activities.


An independent report into allegations of water theft and corruption in the Murray-Darling Basin has recommended fundamental reforms to the system.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why is the Earth round?

The mass of the Earth is big enough that the gravitational force it creates can pull the hard shape of ice, rock and metal into a sphere. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data from Miguel Román, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


Originally published in The Conversation.

A pirate site explores a new way of paying for the Internet that doesn't involve ads

What if ads disappeared? Eddie J Rodriquez/Shutterstock

It would be an understatement to say that advertising as the main business model of the internet is in a crisis.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Speed plus control in new computer chip: slowing down light to sound

You see it, then you hear it: light and sound travel at different speeds. Reeva/shutterstock

Light travels fast – sometimes a little too fast when it comes to data processing.


Originally published in The Conversation.