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)
A solitary planet in an eccentric orbit around an ancient star may help astronomers understand exactly how such planetary systems are formed.
Most of the jobs in regional Queensland’s mega projects are only temporary.
The big ticket resources projects of the past decade have not delivered as hoped for regional Queensland. New approaches are needed.
Tiny and very faint, this fast moving object (centre) was captured by astronomers as it passed through our Solar system.
Queen's University Belfast
The mystery object seen moving through our Solar system shows the void between the stars is far from empty. So can we expect more interstellar visitors?
REUTERS/Jason Reed/File photo
In the push to lower emissions and reduce energy prices, agricultural waste could be Australia's secret weapon.
Cow’s milk … blamed for autism.
We need to stop playing the blame game.
John Fead, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, 1851.
The first recorded performance of the theatre company that Shakespeare co-founded was at a playhouse south of the Thames, but was lost to historians for centuries. Now we know where it lies.
Jarvis Cocker in the film clip for Common People.
Screenshot from Youtube
In Different Class, Pulp got fans singing and dancing to searing commentaries on class and privilege.
Lasers being shone from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile.
These lasers help remove the twinkles in the night sky and help astronomers see stars clearer on Earth than ever before.
How exactly do the stars twinkle in the night sky? As it turns out, the answer is full of hot air... and cold air.
Methane is produced in landfill when organic waste decomposes.
Landfills produce huge amounts of methane. Many of the bigger operators capture it to turn into energy, but they’re wasting about 80% of what’s available. It’s time Australia stepped up.
The Sun is currently middle-aged, having celebrated its 4,568,000,000th birthday at some point in the last million years.
In five or seven billion years time, the Sun's life will come to an end. And it will be really spectacular - if you're watching from far enough away.
Voice authentication technology could be used to increase blockchain security.
Merrill College of Journalism/flickr
Providing security in the blockchain would convert into a degree of predictability in the technology. If this was shown to work in the long term, it would also create trust.
A compactor at work on Australian landfill.
via Wikimedia commons
Australia sends 20 million tonnes of garbage to landfill every year. With thousands of sites across the nation, it's hard to track exactly how many there are, where they are, and what's filling them.
Sweden performs in the 2017 Eurovision grand final.
As always, Eurovision 2017 blended pop and politics. Russia was missing from the Ukrainian-hosted contest, and the UK had healing words, post Brexit.
Almost every star has planets – so there are more planets in our galaxy than there are stars.
NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
Plants on other planets are bound to be even weirder than the strangest ones we find on Earth – if they even exist.
Vouchers give parents more choice over schools.
There is no evidence to suggest that vouchers are simpler, fairer and more transparent than current funding models.
This illustration shows Cassini diving through geyser plumes on Saturn’s the ocean world
moon of Enceladus.
Earth is a relatively dry planet compared to some of the other ocean worlds in our Solar system. Life needs water so what about life on these other places?
The languages children learn in school might not be the most useful for their future.
There is usually a historical reason why schools teach certain languages. But as new economies emerge, such languages may no longer be the best ones to learn.
The most reliable way to find the best school for your child is to visit and find out about its philosophy and programs.
My School data does not show the quality of teaching, and school comparisons and rankings can be misleading.
Learning a language in a classroom is best for early teenagers.
The classroom setting is better for early teenagers, while self-guided language learning is better for adults.
An artist’s concept of what it could look like on the surface of one of the exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1.
Several of the newly-discovered exoplanets orbiting a small star appear to be locked in an intricate dance that hints at how such planetary systems can form.