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

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.

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.

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


When wild weather hammered Australia’s east coast, researchers leapt into action, collecting the most detailed data ever — and creating powerful tools to predict future storms.

Stormy ocean waves strike the coast of Sydney, Australia [Gergo Rugli/Shutterstock]


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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg [Twitter]


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

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.

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.


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.


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

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

Wilson da Silva

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