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The world’s first lab-grown beef burger, the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post at the University of Maastricht. Reuters/David Parry/pool

No animal required, but would people eat artificial meat?

We might be able to grow artificial meat but are people really prepared to eat such produce over meat from farmed animals?
A rocket carrying the NBN’s Sky Muster II satellite. Perhaps one day Australia might have more direct involvement in space activities. AAP Image/National Broadband Network

Why it’s time for Australia to launch its own space agency

An Australian Space Agency could capitalise on our history working with NASA and the ESA and boost our entry into the expanding commercial space industry.
An artist’s impression of a Sun-like star close to a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole, with a mass of about 100 million times the mass of our Sun. ESA/Hubble, ESO, M. Kornmesser

Black holes are even stranger than you can imagine

The discovery of a new black hole adds to our understanding of these celestial objects that fascinate in both fact and fiction.
What’s the bet they didn’t buy one? Shutterstock/Dusan Petkovic

3D television is dead… so what next?

TV manufacturers have turned their backs on 3D technology. But there's a new technology hoping to win over viewers, and you don't need to buy a new TV.
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint? Richard Matthews

The legal minefield of 3D printed guns

3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
The red shows rat cells in the developing heart of a mouse embryo. Salk Institute

What’s the benefit in making human-animal hybrids?

Human-animal hybrids - or 'chimeras' - might sound strange, but they offer great hope for new life saving therapies, as long as key ethical boundaries are respected.
It’s important to get the research across to and understood by decision-makers. Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com

Listen up: a plan to help scientists get their research heard by decision-makers

Research comes with risk and uncertainty so getting the right message across to the people who matter can be a challenge for scientists. A new plan out today hopes to change that.