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SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY

It’s 2022. Why do we still not have waterproof phones?

Image: Shutterstock While manufacturers have successfully increased the water-repelling nature of smartphones, they are still far from “waterproof”. A water-resistant product can usually resist water...

The iPhone turns 15: a look at the past (and future) of one of the 21st century’s most influential devices

Image: Shutterstock It is 15 years since Apple released what’s arguably its flagship device: the iPhone. A decade and a half later, there are few...

The clean energy revolution isn’t just a techno-fix – it’s about capturing hearts and minds

Image: Shutterstock The Black Summer bushfires devastated parts of the Eurobodalla region in New South Wales. Then earlier this year, the area was hit by...

The national electricity market is a failed 1990s experiment. It’s time the grid returned to public hands

Image: Dean Lewins/AAP A crisis, as the saying has it, combines danger and opportunity. The dangers of the current electricity crisis are obvious. The opportunity it presents...

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SCIENCE

In the new Disney Pixar movie Lightyear, time gets bendy. Is time travel real, or just science fiction?

Image: Disney/Pixar Spoiler alert: this article explains a key plot point, but we don’t give away anything you won’t see in trailers. At the beginning...

Is there evidence aliens have visited Earth? Here’s what’s come out of US congress hearings on ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’

Image: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA The United States Congress recently held a hearing into US government information pertaining to “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs). The last investigation of this kind...

TECHNOLOGY

It’s 2022. Why do we still not have waterproof phones?

Image: Shutterstock While manufacturers have successfully increased the water-repelling nature of smartphones, they are still far from “waterproof”. A water-resistant product can usually resist water...

The iPhone turns 15: a look at the past (and future) of one of the 21st century’s most influential devices

Image: Shutterstock It is 15 years since Apple released what’s arguably its flagship device: the iPhone. A decade and a half later, there are few...

COMPUTERS

Hidden costs, manipulation, forced continuity: report reveals how Australian consumers are being duped online

Image: Shutterstock Australian consumers’ choices on websites and apps are being manipulated through online designs taking advantage of their weaknesses. That’s according to research on...

Is Russia really about to cut itself off from the internet? And what can we expect if it does?

Image: Shutterstock The invasion of Ukraine has triggered a significant digital shift for Russia. Sanctions imposed by governments around the world – together with company...

ENERGY

The clean energy revolution isn’t just a techno-fix – it’s about capturing hearts and minds

Image: Shutterstock The Black Summer bushfires devastated parts of the Eurobodalla region in New South Wales. Then earlier this year, the area was hit by...

The national electricity market is a failed 1990s experiment. It’s time the grid returned to public hands

Image: Dean Lewins/AAP A crisis, as the saying has it, combines danger and opportunity. The dangers of the current electricity crisis are obvious. The opportunity it presents...

ENVIRONMENT

Research reveals fire is pushing 88% of Australia’s threatened land mammals closer to extinction

Image: David Mariuz/AAP About 100 of Australia’s unique land mammals face extinction. Of the many threats contributing to the crisis, certain fire regimes are among the most pervasive. In a new paper, we...

Recognising Indigenous knowledges is not just culturally sound, it’s good science

AAP Image/Supplied by DFES, Evan Collis - Cultural burning practices can clear out flammable plant materials that lead to bushfires.  Floods, fires and droughts in...

BIOLOGY

Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

  Image: Shutterstock US startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of...

We found more than 54,000 viruses in people’s poo — and 92% were previously unknown to science

 Image: Shuttlestock Research published yesterday in Nature Microbiology has identified 54,118 species of virus living in the human gut — 92% of which were previously unknown. But...

ASTRONOMY

Did a giant radio telescope in China just discover aliens? Not so FAST…

Image: Liu Xu / Xinhua / AP “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan (Cosmos, 1980) This phrase is the standard that astronomers will be applying to a curious...

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is set to light up the skies. Here’s how to get the best seat in the house

An Eta Aquariid meteor (centre) along with comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) in the background, photographed during the 2020 Eta Aquariid shower. Photo by Jonti Horner, Author...

SPACE

Australia wants a space industry. So why won’t we pay for the basic research to drive it?

Image: Australian Space Agency In the past few years, Australia has formed its own space agency and launched a defence “space command”. Billions of dollars for defence,...

We’re launching Australia’s first scratch-built satellite, and it’s a giant leap towards the Moon

  Picture:Curtin University, Author provided   On August 28, a SpaceX rocket will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying supplies bound for the International...

ARCHEOLOGY

Homo who? A new mystery human species has been discovered in Israel

 Picture: Yossi Zaidner An international group of archaeologists have discovered a missing piece in the story of human evolution. Excavations at the Israeli site of Nesher...

INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTRE TO ADVANCE OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS

The International Space Centre at The University of Western Australia has been awarded Federal funding to advance optical communications between Earth and space –...