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Truck platooning involves a lead truck with a driver guiding other trucks through vehicle to vehicle communication. cheskyw / 123rf.com

Coming soon to a highway near you: truck platooning

Elon Musk's new Semi has platooning capability - where multiple trucks commute in a line with a single driver in the lead vehicle. But could it work in Australia?
An artist’s impression of the exoplanet in close orbit to a star. ESA, NASA, G. Tinetti (University College London, UK & ESA) and M. Kornmesser (ESA/Hubble)

We’ve found an exo-planet with an extraordinarily eccentric orbit

A solitary planet in an eccentric orbit around an ancient star may help astronomers understand exactly how such planetary systems are formed.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’s Chief statistician David Kalisch announcing the result of the same-sex marriage postal survey. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

What the numbers say (and don’t say) in the same-sex marriage survey

Not everyone who could vote did vote in the voluntary postal vote on same-sex marriage. So what can we draw from the result if only four out of five eligible Australians took part?
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated. Nigel Roddis/AAP

Three ways robots can save lives in war

Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
Mike Cannon-Brookes (centre), and Scott Farquhar (3rd L), co-founders and CEOs of Atlassian Software Systems, smile during its successful entry into the Nasdaq in New York.

Australian companies should cultivate local tech workers not play the 457 visa game

Australian tech firm Atlassian has recently warned that changes to 457 visas threatens to stunt industry growth. But is there more Oz tech firms could be doing to cultivate local talent?
Humans and their technologies have evolved together over time. Anton Jankovoy / Shutterstock.com

As a human, I don’t do technology. I am technology

What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
Horse racing is enjoyed by many people, employs thousands of people but there are some concerns over the welfare of the horses. Shutterstock/Vladimir Hodac

Why horse-racing in Australia needs a social licence to operate

Horse racing is enjoyed by millions of people but there are others who have concerns over animal welfare. A social license to operate may help keep all sides happy.