A new space race is unfolding, driven by commerce and permanent bases on the Moon. To succeed, they’ll need to be self-sustaining.

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One of the first photographs of Earthrise, seen by the three astronauts on the Apollo 8 mission, the first humans to circumnavigate the Moon [Credit: NASA]


Our energy system is based on a rickety 19th century concept, but a revolution in energy storage is changing that.

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The Tesla energy storage facility at the Hornsdale wind farm, 220 km north of Adelaide, South Australia (Neoen)


New research explains how exposure to the wilderness makes us healthy.

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Wilderness soils are replete with biodiversity that can boost your microbiome (Randy Larcombe)


At pains to downplay Facebook’s power and influence, CEO Mark Zuckerberg actually proved both — then lost the battle.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg [Twitter]


Artificial intelligence can mimic human decisions — but also drastically amplify biases.

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When an AI system makes an error, that error can be repeated again and again, no matter how many times it looks at the same data under the same circumstances [Pixabay]


A lack of diversity in Australian newsrooms remains a stubborn feature of modern life. For me, this not academic: it is lived experience.

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Montage art by Wilson da Silva


In the milieu of the Cold War, a roadside accident three generations ago led to Sputnik 1, and the beginning of a new era: the Space Age.

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Working late one night, Alan Guth struck upon a solution to the birth of the cosmos. Until then, he’d had trouble holding down a job.

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For decades forgotten in a warehouse, one of the grandfathers of modern computers — and only the fifth to go live — has been restored.

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CSIRAC reassembled just before its move into permanent display (Paul Doornbusch)


It turns out silk, an ancient natural fibre, has versatile uses in medicine — especially when combined with diamonds.

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Silk protein in a vial; it is a natural protein-based biopolymer long been recognised for its superior properties (Tufts University)

Wilson da Silva

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