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The Alauda Aeronautics Mk3 EXA race-craft, designed in Adelaide, will take part in a race series organised by fellow Adelaide company Airspeeder.  , Picture: Supplied

Flying car races set to take off after Aussie trials

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A world-first, global “flying car” Grand Prix series is planned after the success of tests in the South Australian outback

Westminster School Year 7 students Ashwin and Axel guide one of their prototype Sphero Bolt Driven Water Collection Devices watched by Anna and Aijay in the schools pool Thursday ,June,3,2021.Picture Mark Brake

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

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Year 7 students in SA have begun testing robotic rubbish collectors in the school pool, with their sights set on one day cleaning up waste-filled water worldwide

Draco volans, the common flying dragon on the tree in Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, is a species of lizard endemic to Southeast Asia. lizard in wild nature, beautiful colorful lizard

Robot lizards solve prey puzzle

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Why do predators sometimes overlook a seemingly easy meal in the wild? Australian scientists have answered the question with the help of robotic lizards

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China’s wandering elephants become global stars

A migrating herd of elephants graze near Shuanghe Township, Jinning District of Kunming city in the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. Already famous at home, China's wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media, including satellite news stations, news papers and wire services are chronicling the herd's more-than year-long, 500 km trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. (Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP
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After more than a year on the move, the antics of a Chinese herd of elephants are proving irresistible to social and world media

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

Scientists in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of two rhinos in a novel effort to save the species from poachers., James Larkin, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an expert in radiation protection, said that the stable isotopes used were harmless and that he “doesn’t want to kill anyone” with the infusion: “We just want to use the natural reticence towards radioactive material to decrease demand for rhino horn and also make it easier , From sourcE:, https://www.facebook.com/Rhisotope/
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A radical – indeed radioactive – scientific solution has begun in South Africa to save the rhino species by deterring poachers

Say goodbye to needles with vaccine patch

The UQ research team, featuring (foreground, L-R) Dr Chris McMillan, Dr David Muller, (background, L-R) Dr Alberto Amarilla, Dr Naphak Modhiran Ortiz and Ms Jovin Choo.
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We could soon be giving ourselves Covid vaccines without the need for a doctor, nurse or needle, thanks to a “game changing” discovery by Australian scientists

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- News Wire photos MAY 27 2021- (LR)  Laura Kirwan (17), Izzy Raj-Seppings (14), Ava Princi (17) and Liv Heaton posing for a photo out the front of the Federal law court on Phillip st in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
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Aussie teenage climate activists have lost their court bid to stop a NSW mine expansion, but ‘duty of care’ ruling declared a win

NASA releases stunning view of Milky Way

Threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields are weaving a tapestry of energy at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A new image of this new cosmic masterpiece was made using a giant mosaic of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

Picture: NASA

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/images/magnetized-threads-weave-spectacular-galactic-tapestry.html
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An astronomer has spent a year working from home during lockdowns to create a composite image of our galaxy, including billions of stars and countless black holes

Why some sounds drive us crazy

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Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK discover a link in brain processes that could help people who can’t stand certain sounds

How airport sniffer dogs could detect Covid-19

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 18: English Springer Spaniel Floki, who is 1 of 2 South Australian dogs is taking part the Covid-19 detection training at the University of Adelaide on September 18, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Researchers from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide are working to train sniffer dogs to detect COVID-19 in people. The Adelaide study is part of an international research effort aimed at training COVID-19 detection dogs who could be used to screen people for coronavirus such as at airports, hospitals or quarantine facilities. The dogs taking part in the study at the University of Adelaide are being trained to pick the positive COVID-19 sweat sample from a line-up of samples, using positive reinforcement in the form of play with their favourite toy for each correct answer. Early results also show dogs trained in this way are able to identify infected individuals prior to the development of symptoms, or in those who are otherwise asymptomatic. (Photo by Kelly Barnes/Getty Images)
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Sniffer dogs are a step closer to being used in Australian airports to identify Covid-19 carriers after successful first trials

Aussie invention coins reveal national love of chocolate

KIDS NEWS: Australia Post's Great Aussie Coin Hunt. Lucy and Archie, both 7, pictured with a giant M for MILO. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Some of Australia’s best chocolate creations are being celebrated on new $1 coins – along with other great Aussie inventions

Kids putting backpacks on bees for science

A bee wearing a backpack
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Citizen scientist school students are playing an important role in an innovative research project aimed at understanding and protecting the world’s valuable bee population

World Bee Day creates buzz

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Bees are seen on a honeycomb cell  at the BEE Lab hives at The University of Sydney on May 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The BEE Lab researches the behaviour, ecology and evolution of bees combining work in both the lab and the field. Australian bee populations were decimated by the Black Summer bushfires at the end of 2019 and early 2020 with around 2.5 billion bees and 10,000 commercial beehives destroyed in New South Wales and Victoria alone. Increased rainfall over the last year, along with concerted efforts by Australian apiarists has seen bee populations recover in 2021. Australia has an estimated 2,000 species of native bee, along with the European honey bee, which according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries plays an important role in large-scale agricultural pollination services and provide beeswax and honey to the domestic and export market. With bee populations under significant threat globally from extreme climate events, destruction of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, pests and disease, World Bee Day on 20 May aims to increase awareness and highlight the significance of bees and other pollinators to ensure food security, biodiversity and maintain a healthy ecosystem. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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We all know bees make honey, but their importance in Australia extends far beyond producing a beloved breakfast spread

China lands probe and rover on Mars

This handout photograph released on February 5, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows an image of Mars captured by China's Mars probe Tianwen-1. (Photo by - / China National Space Administration / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / China National Space Adminstration " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A rover called Zhurong has joined Perseverance and others on the red planet after China became the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation in its first mission to Mars

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

An artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken its own record as the fastest man-made object in history as its speed brings it closer and closer to the Sun.

Found: early explorer’s lost marker tree

One of the other trees carved by the Wells expedition
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Researchers have used modern technology to find a carved marker tree used by explorers during an 1891 expedition in the South Australia outback

World’s widest plane aces test flight

KIDS NEWS: The Stratolaunch Roc aircraft, a six-engine jet with the world's longest wingspan, completed its second tsr flight, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Mojave, California. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Hartman.
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Two years after its first flight, the gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft took to the skies for a second time above the Mojave Desert in the US.

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

ESCAPE: Toucan, Peru - uniworld, peru, amazon, rainforest, nature, wildlife, animals, toucan, Bird. Picture: Uniworld
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A new scientific study has found as little as 3 per cent of the world’s land surfaces are still home to their full range of native species and remain unspoilt by human activity

Group spends 40 days in French cave for experiment

Members of the French team that participated in the "Deep Time" study pose for a photo after exiting the Lombrives Cave in Ussat les Bains, France, Saturday, April 24, 2021. After 40 days in voluntary isolation, 15 people participating in a scientific experiment have emerged from a vast cave in southwestern France. Eight men and seven women lived in the dark, damp depths of the Lombrives cave in the Pyrenees to help researchers understand how people adapt to drastic changes in living conditions and environments. They had no clocks, no sunlight and no contact with the world above. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)
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Imagine 40 days in a cave without light, clocks or technology. That’s what a group of 15 volunteers has done for a scientific experiment in France

Fitbits for Phillip Island penguins

Ever thought your other half wasn't pulling their weight in the parenting role? Well it appears that Little Penguins have the same issue! A new paper published in the International Society for Behavioural Ecology's journal, shows some individual penguins work harder than their partners to feed their chicks. The study is part of joint research between Australian and French scientists. According to one of the paper's authors, Phillip Island Nature Parks' Penguin Biologist, Dr Andre Chiaradia, the findings come as something of a surprise, as it was previously thought both parents contributed equally to raising chicks.
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Phillip Island’s little penguins are small but mighty adaptable, according to a new scientific study using custom-made ‘fitbits’.

What it takes to be a YouTube star

Image of Aussie teen YouTube star ReeKid.  Supplied for Jonathan Moran.
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So, you want to be a famous YouTuber? Aussie teen ‘Reekid’ reveals how he did it, and the down side to his success

Oxygen extracted from thin Mars air

This NASA photo shows the Perseverance Mars rover in a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover, on April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission and taken by the WATSON (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering) camera. - NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet. A livestream confirming Ingenuity’s first flight is targeted to begin around 3:30 a.m. EDT Monday, April 12. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has achieved another first in its mission to Mars, extracting breathable oxygen from the Red Planet’s atmosphere which is made up mostly of carbon dioxide

Kids quizzed by app to gain phone access

Alyssa Elnekave, 13, using the new app 1Question, at home in Rozelle, today.
Her parents, Ann and Issac Elnekave, have invented an app called 1Question and
1Questian Parent.
The app forces kids to answer maths questions to unlock apps and games on their phones. 
Picture:Justin Lloyd
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Two Australian parents have invented an app that asks kids a maths or English problem before they can unlock their phones.

This is what a spider web sounds like

(GERMANY OUT) Gartenkreuzspinne (Araneus diadematus) - European garden spider (Araneus diadematus) (Photo by Alfred Schauhuber/McPhoto/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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Scientists have used artificial intelligence to study spiders and their webs to create eerie music from the vibrations. Listen to what a spider web sounds like

Mars helicopter takes off on first flight

This NASA photo was taken after the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter — and the first powered, controlled flight on another planet,  captured by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, on April 19, 2021. - Flying in a controlled manner on Mars is far more difficult than flying on Earth. Mars has significant gravity (about one-third that of Earth's), but its atmosphere is just 1 percent as dense as Earth's at the surface. Stitched together from multiple images, the mosaic is not white balanced; instead, it is displayed in a preliminary calibrated version of a natural color composite, approximately simulating the colors of the scene that we would see if we were there viewing it ourselves. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet

Robot Sophia’s artwork sells for $900,000

Sophia has created a digital artwork. Picture: AP
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Artwork created by a robot called Sophia has sold at auction for an amount equivalent to more than $900,000, paid in the form of a non-fungible token, or NFT

Earth safe from asteroid hit

An illustration of a large asteroid impacting Earth. An impact this large would result in the extinction of most all life on Earth. Earth texture maps courtesy of NASA - source http
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An asteroid that had threatened to crash into Earth has been removed from NASA’s ‘risk list’ for at least the next 100 years

Aussie Dish to support Moon landings

04/07/2019. CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope, situated outside the town of Parkes in Western NSW. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. Pictures received by the telescope of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface of the moon were broadcast around the world on 21 July 1969. Britta Campion / The Australian
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Australia’s Parkes telescope will be part of one of the first commercial lunar landings, probably this year. The 64m telescope is valuable for spacecraft tracking due to its large dish surface

Mars helicopter ready to take flight

Illustration of the Ingenuity helicopter on the NASA's Perseverance rover that landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. Image supplied by NASA
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NASA’s mini helicopter, Ingenuity, is set to make history on Mars by taking the first powered flight on another planet

‘Lunar ark’ plan to store species’ DNA on the Moon

A team of University of Arizona researchers has mapped out a plan for a "Lunar Ark" to store the DNA of 6.7 million species on the moon in case a disaster destroys life on Earth. Image: Jekan Thanga
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Scientists have mapped out a plan to store the DNA of 6.7 million species in a “lunar ark” on the Moon in case of a disaster on Earth

Kids’ screen time Aussie parents’ biggest worry

Brothers Tommy (blue top), 8, and Ollie (white top), 5. The latest national RCH Child Health Poll has found that Screen time, cyber bullying and lack of exercise are biggest concerns for parents. The brothers were both given iPads during lockdown to keep in touch with friends, but their use is heavily policed by parents. The boys are also super active. Picture: Mark Stewart
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Excessive screen time is the number one health concern of Australian parents, according to The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of almost 2000 parents

Cyber bullies still a big problem for kids

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One in two young people say they have been the target of cyber bullying with a quarter threatened with harm, according to new research that suggests the situation isn’t improving

Digital artwork snapped up for $90 million

CORRECTION / This undated handout image obtained March 10, 2021, courtesy of Christie's shows a digital art collage by Beeple, for sale in New York. - The digital collage by the American artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann, a pioneer of the exploding virtual art market, sold for a record $69.3 million, Christie's announced on March 11, 2021. "Everydays: The First 5,000 Days" is now the most expensive NFT -- non-fungible token, or collectible digital asset transformed using blockchain into something ownable -- ever sold. (Photo by Handout / CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /CHRISTIE'S AUCTION HOUSE/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / “The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Handout has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [American artist Beeple, also known as Mike Winkelmann] instead of [American artist Beeple, also known as Scott Winkelmann]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require.”
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A digital collage by an artist named Beeple has sold for a record price far higher than that paid for traditional works by many well known artists

What fascinating job will Future You do?

5/3/21. Enfield Primary school students Shania - 8 and sister Bella Clinch - 9yrs are involved with the "Women in STEM, Future You" Program.
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Breaking stereotypes and giving girls new ideas about careers is the aim of a campaign called Future You, which features videos, games and quizzes about 12 characters with great STEM skills

Make some noise Mars, we’re listening

This image provides a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across Mars. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded for the first time the sound of another planet. It’s hoped there will be more to hear from Mars soon as the rover gets to work

Video games may help boys bond, study finds

(L-R) Imogen (18) and brother Brady (11) say gaming has helped them stay in touch with friends during covid. Boys aged 11 who play video games are 24 per cent less likely to be depressed than non gamers three years later. More of a worry is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok, because it can make them feel depressed. Picture: Josie Hayden
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Boys who aren’t active are not harmed by playing video games, a new study has found. More of a concern is the time girls spend on social media sites such as Snapchat and TikTok

NASA rover touches down on Mars

This NASA handout illustration obtained February 16, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. - After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on TFebruary 18, 2021 after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.The Mars 2020 mission, which set off late from Florida in late July, includes the largest ever vehicle to be dispatched to the Red Planet. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars in its mission to look for signs of ancient life on the red planet

Ditch digital for chalk, says learning expert

Coco, 6, write with chalk. Qld academic wants schools to get back teaching with chalk and slates. He says it's good for fine motor skills they are missing out on with screens. Picture: Tim Carrafa
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Primary school kids should ditch digital and return to using chalk and slates to help develop the brain, motor skills and the ability to construct a story, a leading education expert says

Chinese and UAE spacecrafts enter Mars orbit

Artist’s depiction of the Hope spacecraft travelling to Mars. Credit: UAE
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It’s getting busy around Mars, with two spacecraft recently entering the red planet’s orbit and another about to arrive

More girls to become STEM stars of the future

Secondary school students Hita Keshav, 15, Caitlyn Lewis, 17 and Emily Pham, 16 in the lab at Monash Science School. GIRLS are still underrepresented in STEM subjects despite major investments in recent years to boost pathways. It comes as Thursday marks the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Female students at John Monash Science School, in Clayton, are celebrating the day by attending a virtual event hosted by the Royal Women's Hospital. More than 4000 students across Victoria will be involved in the event, which will see researchers and scientists give insights about their jobs. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Despite still being outnumbered by males, more girls and women are starting careers in science than ever before, now making up 42.6 per cent of the workforce in STEM areas

Experts say pens and pencils rule at school

L to R, Isobel 4yrs, Ariah 4yrs, Thomas 4yrs, Zaira 4yrs, Murdoch University's Dr Anabela Malpique urged parents to pivot away from phones and to old school pencils and paper to boost memory, hand eye coordination and fine motor schools, St Paul's Bald Hills, Monday February 1st 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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Handwriting is more important than typing on a keyboard for kids’ literacy development in the first years of school, according to a handwriting expert

Robots to the rescue for kids too sick for class

Ethan Waller schooling from his home in Sandgate with The Lakes College students Lachlan Aitken and Ashleigh Stevens, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - Picture: Richard Walker
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A telepresence robot nicknamed robo-ethan is helping Ethan Waller attend class virtually and keep connected with his classmates while he can’t be at school in person

Study finds ideal after-school screen hours

Ethan, 9, and Ryan Arnold, 13, at home, in Sans Souci, today. They play video games in the school holidays mainly and the parents say they have to finish their schoolwork before they spend time on the computer.
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Picture:Justin Lloyd.
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A study has found the ideal number of hours students can spend online and playing video games before screen time slows development and affects NAPLAN test results

Queensland schoolgirl gets special 3D-printed ear

Grace Smart with mum Debbie Smart pose for a photograph in a park in Goodna. Grace Smart was born a non-identical twin at 29 weeks with right sided anotia (absent external ear). Friday January 22, 2021. Picture, John Gass
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A 10-year-old girl has become the first person to receive a patient-matched 3D-printed ear in groundbreaking surgery just in time for the start of the new school year

Big idea kickstarts Grace’s future career

Young inventor Grace Howard who won a huge grant for her invention "kick me pedestrian button".Picture:Rob Leeson.
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A young inventor can now bring her idea to life after it caught the attention of some of Australia’s brightest minds and scored her a big cash prize to help make it happen

Study using AI to make scents of history

Prof Matija Strlic smells a historical book in the National Archives of the Netherlands. Photograph: Matija Strlic
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Scientists and historians will use AI to study and recreate what the world smelled like hundreds of years ago. Called Odeuropa, the pioneering study will build an online smell encyclopaedia

Like Superman: Aussies making diamonds in minutes

Xingshuo Huang with a sample of laboratory made diamond (Image: Jamie Kidston/ANU).
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In nature, diamonds take billions of years, heat and pressure to form. Australian scientists have made diamonds at room temperature by squashing carbon with the weight of 640 elephants

Broomsticks for Muggles glide through the streets

Child actors (L-R) Rupert Grint, David Radcliffe & actress Emma Watson in 2001 film "Harry Potter & The Philosophers' Stone",   Watson/Actor movies scene broomstick
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Two men have been seen whizzing on broomsticks along the famously traffic-choked streets of Brazilian megacity Sao Paulo. The inventors’ goal is to create a new version of Quidditch

New technology beams sound into your head

Hearing test showing ear of young woman with sound waves simulation technology - isolated on white banner
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Audio technology to be unveiled this week beams music, games or movie soundtracks directly into your head without headphones or wires, which the developers are calling “sound beaming”

Hyperloop rockets passengers in levitating pod

All aboard the Virgin Hyperloop, a pod or capsule that travels very fast through a tube using electromagnets. Picture: Virgin Hyperloop
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The world’s first passengers have ridden a futuristic high-speed transport system known as a hyperloop. The technology uses electromagnets to push pods through a tube at up to 1000kmh

Astronomers find source of fast radio burst

This image from video animation provided by NASA in November 2020 depicts a powerful X-ray burst erupting from a magnetar – a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star. A radio burst detected April 28, 2020, occurred during a flare-up like this on a magnetar called SGR 1935. The radio signal was more powerful than any previously seen in our galaxy. The simultaneous X-ray and radio events implicate magnetars as a likely source of mysterious fast radio bursts observed from other galaxies. (Chris Smith (USRA)/NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center via AP)
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Scientists — with the help of antennae made from actual cake tins — have solved the mystery of what causes fast radio bursts of energy that zip and zigzag through the universe

Robots get private viewing of art show

A visitor poses a robot that can be digitally controlled to explore the exhibition remotely during next to an art work during the press preview of 'Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis' at the Saatchi Gallery in London on October 29, 2020. - Lobsteropolis gives audiences the opportunity to view artwork in person or digitally via robots from the comfort of their own home in an innovation designed to make the exhibition   'lockdown-proof' during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION
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A gallery is holding a private viewing for robots and humans, allowing people and machines to wander through together. Meanwhile, a stolen robotic lawnmower texts its owner for help

‘Bionic spine’ brings hope to people with disabilities

Melbourne researchers developing a "bionic spine" - effectively allowing a person to control robotic limbs through their thoughts. Royal Melbourne Hospital lead researchers Dr Tom Oxley and Dr Nick Opie are in the early stages of development.       Photo David Caird
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Melbourne scientists and surgeons have given patients with disabilities the power to work computers with their mind in a world-first “bionic spine” breakthrough

Teen boys more confident than girls, study shows

Teenage Hispanic female high school student is using plastic educational model toy molecules while studying in private school science class. Girl is holding study material while talking to teacher. Student is wearing a private school uniform.
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Smart girls suffer a fear of failure even when they beat boys at school, a new global study of 600,000 reveals. The study also found that girls are better than boys at conflict resolution

Phones and watches are an increasingly popular way to pay

The rise of the digital wallet. For Kids News. iStock image
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We all know you don’t need cash to go shopping these days. But now you don’t even need a bank card, with the rise of digital wallets on smart devices

Lessons from a beetle’s almost unbreakable shell

This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant. (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)
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Engineers hope to learn how to design stronger planes and buildings by studying a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry car

Signal troubles on Earth? Move to the Moon

Artist's illustration of Artemis astronauts working on the Moon. Picture: NASA
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If you’re struggling with dodgy phone or internet, there’s a chance you’ll soon be better off on the Moon as NASA awards Nokia the job of building the first lunar mobile network

Drones helping secure a future for koalas

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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The World Wildlife Fund is using drones to drop eucalypt seeds on NSW forests burned in last summer’s bushfires in an effort to provide a future food source to help koala populations recover

NASA attempts to snatch asteroid rubble

An artist's impression of the Osiris-REX spacecraft near the asteroid Bennu.  CREDIT: NASA
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UPDATED After almost two years circling the asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of kilometres away, a NASA spacecraft has attempted to collect a sample from the treacherous, boulder-packed surface

Record fast flight to International Space Station

This NASA handout photo shows Expedition 64 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins seen as she has her Russian Sokol suit pressure checked as she and fellow crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos prepare for their Soyuz launch to the International Space Station on October 14, 2020, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - The trio launched at 1:45 a.m. EDT to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GCTC/ANDREY SHELEPIN/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A new crew has arrived at the International Space Station in less time than it takes to catch a plane flight from one side of Australia to the other

The planets better suited for life than Earth

An artist’s impression of the ARIEL spacecraft as it heads toward its operational position in 2028. CREDIT: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office
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Scientists have discovered 24 “superhabitable” planets that are older, larger, warmer and wetter than Earth, making them ideal for life

Hi-tech fake eggs helping solve sea turtle crime

Green turtle. Picture: iStock.
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Scientists have used 3D-printed fake eggs containing GPS trackers to follow sea turtle eggs stolen from nests by poachers. All seven sea turtle species are listed as threatened and every egg matters

How Australia’s money has changed

The evolution of Australian money. For Kids News. iStock image.
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From “holey dollars” and handwritten banknotes, Australia’s money has seen some big changes. With more people going digital, could the next step be the end of cash?

Scan of 10.3 million stars doesn’t find aliens – yet

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low frequency radio telescope in Western Australia, is seen in this undated aerial view released on September 8, 2020. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)/Curtin University/Handout via REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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In the broadest search for extraterrestrial life ever completed, scientists have looked for aliens in a scan of more than 10 million stars using a radio telescope in Western Australia

Time outdoors is good medicine for hi-tech kids

For a story about SAHMRI/UniAdl research on the benefits of green time versus screen time.Lenny,7 and Nash,4, in their backyard having green time on the 2nd September 2020. Pic Tait Schmaal.
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New research has found green time can reduce the negative effects of too much screen time in front of TVs, computers and video games for kids

Meet Gertrude, the pig with the brain implant

Screengrab  from  Neuralink you tube   shows Gertrude the pig implanted with a Neuralink device and her brain activity graph during a presentation ., Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSutodqCZ74&feature=youtu.be
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A company co-founded by Elon Musk has fitted computer chips into the brains of three little pigs in a trial that could lead to people being able to control computers with their minds

Flying car takes off with passenger

Flying car test in Japan. Picture: AP
technology

Dreams of zipping around the sky in a flying car are one step closer to becoming reality after a successful test flight with a person in a vehicle that looks like a motorbike with propellers

World-first parachute jump from solar plane

TOPSHOT - Initiator of sun-powered stratospheric SolarStratos plane project Raphael Domjan jumps during a successful world record attempt by jumping with a parachute from a solar-powered plane on August 25, 2020 in Payerne, western Switzerland. - The SolarStratos, a sleek, white, two-seater aircraft with long wings, covered with 22 square metres (237 square feet) of solar panels is set to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight, according to Raphael Domjan, who is behind the project. (Photo by LAURENT GILLIERON / AFP)
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Inventors working to one day fly a solar-powered plane to the edge of space have performed the first jump and free fall from an electric aircraft

Is my pet happy, angry, scared or sad?

Tabby  and white cat and Happy Border Collie crossbreed dog with smiling expression looking at camera. picture iStock
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In a first for animals, researchers in Australia have invented an app that uses AI to tell you what breed your dog or cat is and how it is feeling — happy, angry, neutral, sad and scared

How to protect yourself from scams

Online shopping. For Kids News story on protecting yourself against online scams.
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More of us are buying and banking online, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and scammers are taking advantage of this. But there are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a scam

Kids urged to get real on fake news

Red Computer Keyboard with balloons showing Fake News or Facts.
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You might have heard US President Donald Trump use these words, but what exactly is fake news and how do you spot it?

See the sights on a holiday to nowhere

ESCAPE: How I travel, Celeste Mitchell -  Italian ice - cream cone held in hand on the background of Piazza Navona in Rome , Italy  Picture: Istock
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Business is booming during coronavirus-related restrictions for a virtual travel company that helps you have a holiday without going anywhere

Penguin poop images from space reveal new Antarctic colonies

The smudges on the ice show the existence of an emperor penguin colony. Image taken from the European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite
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New satellite images of emperor penguin droppings have revealed a surprising number of colonies in Antarctica, where the flightless birds are under threat from global warming

Gut play: look inside your insides in real time

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Ever wondered what the inside of your stomach looks like? Now you can see for yourself with new Australian technology to give patients real-time vision of their insides

Star Wars-inspired AI skin passes touch tests

Dr. Benjamin Tee, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), demonstrates how his device can detect the texture of a soft stress ball at a lab in NUS, Singapore July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell
technology

Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand in Star Wars has inspired scientists to develop “electronic skin” that could allow people with prosthetic limbs to feel texture, temperature and pain

Dream machine to choose your own adventure

cute young baby toddler asleep with teddy bear
science

Scientists have invented a wearable device that helps you dream about suggested topics then records you talking in your sleep to help you remember your dream when you wake up

NASA’s Perseverance rover joins race to Mars

This NASA photo shows a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard as it launches from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on July 30, 2020, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. - The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. (Photo by Joel KOWSKY / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JOEL KOWSKY/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The Perseverance rover has joined spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates and China on the 480 million kilometre journey to Mars

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic obtained July 28, 2020 shows the Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin design and seats. - Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin interior of its first SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity in a virtual livestreamed event on Tuesday. Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism, optimally positions astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximize an unrestricted astronaut float zone when in zero gravity. (Photo by Handout / Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES
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For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

Australia, the land of great ideas

Amy Beard from Wongawallan is throwing a "retirement party" for her Hills Hoist after upgrading to a better clothesline. Amy and her girls Etta 4 and Millys 2 still love the old clothes line. Pics Adam Head
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Whether you’re in your classroom or reading this story on Kids News from home, you’re most likely using Wi-Fi, an Australian invention and one of a long list of smart ideas we’ve had so far

China’s Mars mission blasts off

TOPSHOT - A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China's Hainan Province on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)
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It’s getting busy on the way to Mars, with China joining the United Arab Emirates to launch a mission to the red planet and NASA preparing to send off its Perseverance rover

Plan to save Australian honey bees

Generic image of a Australian native honey bee seen at Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, with news scientists have worked out how bees fly.
technology

New Aussie technology could halt one of the 21st century’s most troubling trends: the sudden decline in bee populations around the world

Last 747 flying kangaroo in the sky

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The pilots on Australia's last QANTAS 747 (QF7474) to leave Australia decided to make the QANTAS logo via GPS on their way to the plane graveyard in LA.
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After 50 years of service, the Qantas 747s — nicknamed the Queen of the Skies — are retiring and the last plane on its last flight traced the shape of a kangaroo in the sky

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

Category winners in iphone photography contest
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It’s hard to believe the winners from the annual iPhone Photo Awards — described as the ‘Oscars of mobile photography’ — were taken with an iPhone or iPad. Which is your favourite?

KFC plans to 3D print chicken nuggets

Want nerves with that? Picture: Thinkstock
science

A fast-food chicken chain is creating lab-grown meat made from stem cells to create a “meat for the future”, as a burger chain feeds cattle lemongrass to try to cut methane emissions

‘Whisper-quiet’ hybrid jet design revealed

British inventors have unveiled a hybrid airplane that can be used for commercial passenger or cargo flights Credit: EAG
technology

Aeroplane designers are working on projects that could have us flying around in eco-friendly, almost-silent, battery-powered jets or sleek blended-wing aircraft like military stealth bombers

World’s pile of electronic waste grows

Recycled mobile phones - image courtesy of Mobile Muster
environment

Massive mountains of discarded TVs, phones and computers around the world grew to a record high in 2019, but in Australia, the precious resources in your old devices can be recycled

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
technology

Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

NASA needs inventors to design a new space toilet

NASA wants someone to design a space toilet for use in lunar gravity. Picture: NASA/HeroX
space

As part of its planning for a 2024 mission to the Moon, NASA has launched a competition offering almost $30,000 for the design of a space toilet that works in lunar gravity

Big buzz about Aussie bee drone invention

University of Adelaide mechanical engineering students, William Foster-Hall and James Cartwright with their proto type Pollination Drone Wednesday June 24,2020.Picture Mark Brake
technology

A team of mechanical engineering students in South Australia has invented a small drone that transfers pollen from plant to plant and that could one day replace bees

Call to ban junk food on kids’ social media

Bucking the fast food trend, healthy teens Francesca 14 and friend Issy 15 love a good smooth and making a mess in the kitchen.    Picture: David Caird
health

Fast-food companies are bombarding children and teenagers on social media with ads for unhealthy junk food and drinks, according to a new study. Researchers want the ads banned

Lost city found with radar and a quad bike

Face of the Emperor Constantine
history

A long-buried ancient Roman city in Italy has been mapped in incredible detail without any digging. Instead, archaeologists used a ground-penetrating radar strapped to a quad bike

What it takes to become an astronaut

This undated photo made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronaut Bob Behnkin during training exercises in Hawthorne, Calif. (Ashish Sharma via AP)
space

The SpaceX launch of two NASA astronauts is getting a lot of people excited about space travel. But becoming an astronaut requires much more than just enthusiasm. Here’s how to succeed

Australian scientists break internet speed record

27/05/2020. Scientists Bill Corcoran , David Moss and Arnon Mitchell in the lab at RMIT where they worked on the experiment that broke the internet speed world record this week. 
Picture: David Geraghty / The Australian.
technology

Using 76.7km of ordinary fibre cables between two Victorian universities, Australian computer scientists have achieved incredible internet speeds of 44.2 million megabits a second

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
technology

A three-minute song written by artificial intelligence that turned koala grunts, kookaburra laughs and Tassie devil barks into a kind of instrument has won an international music competition

Aussie helps build ‘time machine’ to study Big Bang

Big Bang Theory. Source: Thinkstock.
science

An Australian-made radio telescope is preparing to look back 13 billion years in time to the Big Bang and discover the secrets of our universe. It will be the closest thing we have to a time machine

Drones delivering COVID-19 test kits

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Aussies could soon be self-testing for COVID-19 with the help of a fleet of drones. A Melbourne-based drone company is already using tiny aircraft in Africa to deliver and return test kits

Mystery WWI Aussie soldiers finally identified

Robert Deegan face recognition AWM
technology

Face-recognition technology has identified unknown Australian WWI soldiers in photos from a precious collection uncovered in a wooden chest in an attic in France in 2011

Virtual safaris into the wild, from home

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Adorable Phoenix the lion cub at Mogo Wildlife Park. Picture: Supplied/ Chad Staples
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Zoos and wildlife parks across the country have risen to the COVID-19 challenge with livestreams from inside animal enclosures and broadcasting feedings, tours, talks and shows

AI chefs and robotic playmates in our hi-tech future

LG showed off several types of CLOi robots at CES 2020, including robots that in a mock restaurant take your order and robotic arms that prepare meals. Picture: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
technology

Top technology companies have revealed their ideas for our homes of the future — and they include smart robotic balls as playmates, machinery arms as chefs and robots to serve coffee

Muggles invited free into Harry Potter world

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JK Rowling and Harry Potter are casting a spell to banish coronavirus boredom for children around the world after launching a free website for fans of the boy wizard