Very rarely, depending on where you are in the world, your compass can actually point to true north.
Recently, magnetic compasses at Greenwich pointed directly at true north for the first time in 360 years. This is currently happening in Western Australia too. But what does it mean?
Connected technology could help the visually impaired to recognise people, places or even bank notes.
Water rushes through a breached levee on the Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark., May 31, 2019.
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At a time when storms are becoming more frequent and severe, relying on levees for flood control can create as many problems as it solves.
Players of Red Dead Redemption 2 use a detailed topographic map to navigate the landscape.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been criticised for its portrayals of violence, but it could also be teaching players the lost art of reading a map.
Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Model 10-E Electra, with advanced navigation equipment mounted above the cockpit.
Eight decades after missing aviator Amelia Earhart was declared dead, technologies still don't quite track every airplane all over the globe.
Wait – where am I?
Without their devices, regular GPS users take longer to negotiate a route, travel more slowly and make larger navigational errors.
London's Gatwick Airport has installed thousands of virtual beacons to help passengers navigate when GPS won't work inside.
New research shows the insects use the brightness of different stars to work out which direction to go.
Moana takes to the sea.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Disney's Moana has a remarkably accurate depiction of how Polynesian peoples navigate by the stars, and draws attention to the richness of Indigenous astronomy.
Up a bit, right a bit – Australia is always on the move.
Australia is always on the move thanks to continental drift which means the mapped coordinates of any place can get out of line with any GPS locating system. So what's the plan to fix it?
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Get a taste of a drone-enabled future by looking at innovations and explorations from researchers, students and employees at one of the nation's largest university systems.
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Without a human operator on board, how can a drone steer clear of collisions? Technology from autonomous cars can help.
Can you hear me now?
Mine communications are complex, slow and unreliable. The solution to keeping miners safe, and rescuing them when disaster strikes, might just be in their hands already.
Myrmecia croslandi ant carrying its prey backwards.
The navigation tactics of certain Australian ants could point the way to helping driverless cars find their way around.
DSAC is prepping for a yearlong experiment to characterize and test its suitability for use in future deep space exploration.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Measuring time is a crucial part of navigation – particularly in space, where exacting precision is called for. The DSAC is poised to make a change that will aid future deep space missions.
Leif Erikson discovers America.
Christian Krogh/Wikimedia Commons
A bold theory suggests the Vikings may have used a mysterious method of studying sunlight to navigate the oceans.
How do you make a digital mapping system give directions like a stranger in the street?
How accurate is that GPS navigation?
They are the most accurate clocks on the planet and a few more in space. So why are researchers trying to make atomic clocks even more accurate?
GPS is used in many devices to help us navigate.
It’s well known that severe space weather events – which are quite rare – can have a negative impact on our use of Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled devices. But our research, published in Geophysical…
Sir David Gill, the most important astronomer you’ve never heard of?
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There have been 10 astronomers royal for Scotland since the honour was created in 1834, only three of whom were Scots. I believe Aberdonian Sir David Gill (1843-1914), who never held the honour, trumps…