A composite image of one night watching the Orionids meteor shower.
A big year ahead for some of the meteor showers this year. Here's your 2020 guide on when and where to look to catch nature's fireworks.
Toys are becoming increasingly advanced, but this can be more of a hindrance than a perk.
At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be 'connected'. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
From city to country girl, but will she stay?
Life in the country isn't all it's made out to be in popular media. That's what one group of women found who made the move from city life.
With its multiple camera lenses, some people may think the new iPhone favours function over form?
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The idea of a phone that can do everything is hardly new. But the premium pricing of Apple's iPhone 11 begs the question of how far this trend can realistically be taken.
William McInnes and Sigrid Thornton in the original series. Could a new Seachange possibly capture the romantic tensions of the original?
Zombie TV shows are reboots with the same casts and locations. Seachange is the zombie virus's latest victim but the zeitgeist has moved on and the show's comic tone grates.
Why should a Year 3 student score higher in writing skills than a Year 9 student?
This week's NAPLAN results show the writing skill of students is actually dropping as they progress from Year 3 through to Year 9.
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
There are so many number systems! The ones you know now were developed over centuries but we are still making up more now.
The Romans were great engineers but they had a terrible number system. It didn’t even have zero.
The butterfly orchid grows beautifully.
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The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
Astrophysicist Matt Agnew is looking for love on the Bachelor Australia.
Matt Agnew is on the hunt for love as star of the new Bachelor Australia series. But whoever he picks (and he already has, apparently) will have to compete with TESS. So who, or what, is TESS?
Clara, keen as ever for some well-deserved attention.
It can be tough to train a dog – but mainly because humans are even more prone to distraction and inconsistency than our canine companions. Wearable technology might help us be a bit more consistent.
When it was young, the Sun spun fast – very fast. It would do one rotation in a just one or two Earth days.
Yes, the Sun absolutely spins. In fact, everything in the universe spins. Some things spin faster than the Sun, some are slower and some things spin 'backwards'.
Today, we’re asking two astrophysicists and a planetary scientist: what’s the likelihood we’ll be living on Mars or the Moon in future?
What’s the next ‘giant leap’ for humankind in space? We asked 3 space experts.
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What's the next thing that will blow us away or bring us together the way the Moon landing did in 1969? Moon mining? Alien contact? Retirement on Mars? Three space experts share their predictions.
Public libraries can use their status as community hubs to engage the public in scenario planning for the future.
We commonly think of libraries as repositories of knowledge accumulated over centuries. But the public library also connects people in ways that can enable communities to plan for their future.
The size of the Moon can be deceptive when viewed from Earth.
Just 12 people have walked on the Moon and they'll know better than anyone just how big (or small) the place is. But we can make some comparisons with things on Earth to get a measure of the Moon.
People do live outside Earth – on the International Space Station! But humans have had to find a way to make the conditions there more like what we’re used to at home.
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The short answer is yes, but it’s really, really difficult.
It’s true the Sun often looks orange, but it isn’t really orange. It is white.
The very hottest stars actually glow blue.
We found students who played chess didn’t show significant improvements in their standardised test scores.
Previous studies that explored whether chess improves children's cognitive abilities have had mixed results. We found playing chess wasn't linked to better standardised test scores.
The number of students studying Mandarin in Australian schools nearly doubled between 2008 and 2015.
Even if only 130 Australians of non-Chinese heritage can speak Mandarin fluently, there are many more if you count those of Chinese heritage. And a level of fluency is not the only measure of success.
Students with vision impairments should the same opportunities as their peers.
Interviews with students who have a vision impairment show they wish their teachers and friends knew more about them. Here are the four key messages they want to communicate.