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Is Alpha Centauri the right place to search for life elsewhere?

Alpha Centauri is actually the outer star (bottom right) of The Pointers, which point to the Southern Cross. Y. Beletsky (LCO)/ESO, CC BY

It sounds like science fiction.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Living in a bubble: inflatable modules could be the future of space habitats

A render of the BEAM attached to the International Space Station. Bigelow Aerospace

The astronauts of the International Space Station welcomed the arrival of what we call the “Bigelow Bungalow


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the victim can also become the offender in online fraud

Online scammers use a number of tricks to recruit victims. Unsplash/Jay Wennington

It’s bad enough when someone loses money to an online scam, but in some cases the victim can also recruit others into the scam causing even further heartache and loss.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Shifting the field of view: science stories in virtual reality

Screenshot from Random42 Virtual Reality (VR) 360 Showreel CC BY-ND

Since first donning a Virtual Reality (VR) headset only eight months ago, my personal relationship with this technology has progressed at lightning speed, way past the awkward getting-to-know-you phas


Originally published in The Conversation.

Did the earth move for you? How GPS tracks the slow movements of a world in motion

The Earth's surface is in a constant state of motion, before, during and after earthquakes. Shutterstock/Natee K Jindakum

If you feel that the earth beneath your feet is moving, it’s because it is.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Robots can help young patients engage in rehab

RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO Alvin Aquino/RCH

Anyone who has undergone any intensive physical rehabilitation knows the frustration, boredom and discomfort that comes with repeated exercises over days, weeks and even months.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?

Crewed submarines like the HMAS Rankin might become a thing of the past. United States Navy, Photographer's Mate 1st Class David A.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Selling smart things in the home. Nest's struggles to make it work

Nest Appliances David Glance

The world, it seems, is growing increasingly skeptical of the stuttering revolution of the Internet of Things.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Kitchen Science: everything you eat is made of chemicals

Chemicals or a spice rack? Or both? Hans Splinter/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

This is the first in our ongoing Kitchen Science series exploring the physics, chemistry and biology that takes place in your home.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds

A new development could mean vastly increase data transfer over optical fibre cables. Shutterstock

Fibre optics allow for the communication of data at the speed of light.


Originally published in The Conversation.