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Cosmic coincidence: the International Space Station passes by Venus and Saturn

The International Space Station caught gliding across the starry sky. Paul Williams/flickr, CC BY-ND

Look west in the evening sky and Venus is almost impossible to mi


Originally published in The Conversation.

What the universe looks like when viewed with radio eyes

To the naked eye, the universe we can see on a clear night is dotted with thousands of stars, but what would it look like if human eyes could see radio waves?

Deep in the Western Australian outback a radio telescope is demonstrating just that by painting a picture of the cosmos in all the colours of the radio.

It’s called the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and over the past three years astronomers have used it to perform one of the largest sky surveys of all time, covering 90% of the southern sky.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Deaths at Dreamworld theme park could lead to safety changes for amusement rides

Investigations are under way following the tragic accident at the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast on Tuesday that left four people dead.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Senate committee on ABS #CensusFail still points to basic failures on IBM's part

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Blame and recriminations were flying around today at the Senate committee’s inquiry into the ABS’s attempt at a “digital first”, online Australian census.


Originally published in The Conversation.

There’s no ‘Mars curse’ – it's just very hard to land there

Hopes of another successful landing on Mars were dashed last week when the Schiaparelli probe went missing in action during its descent onto the Red Planet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to boost the business of science for the benefit of us all

Finding the way from lab bench to patent office can be hard. anyaivanova/Shutterstock.com

There has been some talk in recent weeks that Australia’s much-vaunted “ideas boom” may be over befo


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is someone really trying to find out if they can destroy the internet?

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A prolonged Internet outage prevented access to major sites like Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and The New York Times on Friday.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet Savannasaurus, Australia's newest titanosaur

Savannasaurus was pretty small, by titanosaur standards Travis Tischler/Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum of Natural History

The outback region around Winton in central Queensland is arguably Australia’s ground zero for giant dinosaur fossils.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Yes, you heard right: more cane toads really can help us fight cane toads

Eighty years ago, an agricultural scientist named Reginald Mungomery brought cane toads to Australia, bred them, and released their offspring in sugar cane plantations near Cairns. Little did he know that he was setting in train one of the greatest ecological disasters to befall Australian wildlife. His decision has been universally condemned since.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Chew on this: we finally know how our jaws evolved

Jaws are crucial to the evolutionary success of many animals, yet their origins have long been shrouded in mystery. Now a new discovery is shedding light on how the jaws of ancient fishes are related to our own.

Prehistoric armoured fishes called placoderms were the first fishes to have jaws. They arose some time in the Silurian Period, about 440 million years ago, to become the most abundant and diverse fishes of their day.


Originally published in The Conversation.