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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

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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.

When an artist looks at a chemical element, what do they see?

Artists Damon Kowarsky and Hyunju Kim produced a series of 51 artistic interpretations of elements from the Periodic Table.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the Moon is such a cratered place

Look at the circular patterns on the Moon's surface, as seen from Earth. Flickr/Bob Familiar, CC BY

Look up on a clear night and you can


Originally published in The Conversation.

An electronic chip that makes 'memories' is a step towards creating bionic brains

Researcher Taimur Ahmed holds the newly designed chip. Author provided

What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Teeth 'time capsule' reveals that 2 million years ago, early humans breastfed for up to 6 years

The teeth in these _Australopithecus africanus_ skulls contain important evidence about the nutrition of these individuals as they grew up.


Originally published in The Conversation.