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An asteroid just buzzed past Earth, and we barely noticed in time

Near-Earth asteroids such as Bennu, and 2019 OK which passed close to Earth this week, pose a potential threat to our planet. NASA

A 100-metre-wide asteroid passed just 70,000km from Earth on Thursday, Australian time.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Training my dog taught me that it's people who really need training

Clara, keen as ever for some well-deserved attention. @anmore, Author provided

As I watched my hunting dog standing off the lead and lined up with all the other Kleiner Münsterländers, awaiting her turn to swi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: does the Sun spin as well as the planets?

When it was young, the Sun spun fast – very fast.


Originally published in The Conversation.

FaceApp's fine print means you effectively can't sue them, unless you send a letter to their Russian office within 30 days

FaceApp fun (terms and conditions apply). FaceApp

Viral photo app FaceApp has taken the world by storm.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why isn't Australia in deep space?

This weekend marks 50 years exactly since humans first walked on the Moon. It also marks Australia’s small but significant role in enabling NASA to place boots on the lunar landscape – or at least to broadcast the event.

Those literally otherworldly images – beamed into countless schools, homes and workplaces – were at times routed through the Parkes Radio Telescope in New South Wales.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What's not to like? Instagram's trial to hide the number of 'likes' could save users' self-esteem

Not enough likes? Not a nice feeling. Shutterstock.com

Instagram is running a social media experiment in Australia and elsewhere to see what happens when it hides the number of likes on photos and other posts.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What's the next 'giant leap' for humankind in space? We asked 3 space experts

Today, we're asking two astrophysicists and a planetary scientist: what's the likelihood we'll be living on Mars or the Moon in future? Pixabay/WikiImages, The Conversation.

Not one but two Aussie dishes were used to get the TV signals back from the Apollo 11 moonwalk

US astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. NASA

The role Australia played in relaying the first television images of astronaut Neil Armstrong’s historic walk on the Moon 50 years ago this July features in the popular movie The Conversation.

We need to protect the heritage of the Apollo missions

Parts of the Apollo missions remain on the Moon, here you can see one of the legs of the base of the lunar landing module. NASA

It


Originally published in The Conversation.

How big is the Moon? Let me compare ...

The size of the Moon can be deceptive when viewed from Earth. Flickr/Ovi Gherman, CC BY-NC-ND

Even though we can see the Moon shining brig


Originally published in The Conversation.