Researchers at several institutions are searching for microbial solutions for Africa’s low-performing staple crops.
Microbial-based solutions are perhaps the best-kept secret in agricultural innovation.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Our growing dependency on satellites for all forms of communication has made the problem of space weather even more acute.
It’s pretty busy up there.
Back of the net! Litter-picking mission will leave space junk caught up in a web.
There are jobs to be created if Australia does more to tap into the billion-dollar space industry.
Increasing Australia's role in the billion-dollar global space industry has hardly raised a mention in this year's federal election campaign.
Fields showing little signs of plant emergence at a late stage of the season, indicating a near total crop loss in Zimbabwe.
Satellite rainfall data can be used to predict harsh climate events – and to identify food-insecure populations before disaster strikes.
CubeSats upon release from the International Space Station.
Just about anyone can get a tiny, cheap satellite into orbit these days. As we consider how to deploy them responsibly, inspiration comes from an amateur community of enthusiasts.
Four identical NASA spacecraft fly near the sun-facing boundary of Earth’s magnetic field (the blue wavy lines).
After half a century of trying, scientists have finally caught a glimpse of the magnetic process that fuels space weather and the northern lights.
An artist’s impression of the ASTRO-H telescope.
The universe looks very different with X-ray vision, revealing some of the most energetic interactions in our galaxy. Japan's new Hitomi telescope will help us see these wonders.
NASA’s Aqua satellite, carrying sensors used by researchers to measure mosquito-favoring environmental conditions on Earth.
Satellite imaging can locate mosquito-friendly environments, allowing us to predict the advance of diseases they carry.
To international condemnation and beyond!
Why is it so hard to imagine that North Korea might have perfectly sane reasons for going into space?
It’s all a matter of perspective.
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Former PM's business advisor Maurice Newman recently claimed that satellite temperature data tell a different story to data collected on the ground. He's right - but that's how it's meant to be.
Lining up potential pitfalls: nonexperts and computers may misinterpret the vertical line in this image as a natural feature rather than a result of a mosaic compilation of multiple satellite images.
Expert image analysts have an important role to play, even in an age of computer interpretation and crowdsourcing.
We need to find a way to break through the potentially disastrous stalemate wherever everyone waits for someone else to clear up the junk in orbit.
Rural internet users are about to have two satellites launched as part of the nbn.
nbn is set to launch two satellites to bring high speed broadband to rural Australia. Here's how they work.
It looks mean from this close, but it’s still damaging when it reaches Earth.
Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA
Satellites are vital and vulnerable - we need to plan for a worst case scenario.
The future of space travel?
A prototype solar sailing satellite has just successfully been deployed in orbit, pointing the way to the future of space travel.
Space endeavours require capital. And for most African countries, capital is a limited commodity.
Many do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of "space". However, in recent years, many countries on the continent have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology.
An artist’s concept of two NASA Earth-orbiting cube satellites with a typical volume of just one litre (10cm x 10cm x 10cm).
We're already building satellites that can sit in the palm of your hand. But getting them into orbit can be a challneg, and not only for technical reasons.
Better use of the tech we have could substantially improve search and rescue efforts.
The seas are vast. And they claim vessels in significant numbers. The yachts Cheeki Rafiki, Niña, Munetra, Tenacious are just some of the more high-profile names on a list of lost or capsized vessels which…
A US Chinook similar to the one involved in the gun battle of Takur Ghar.
Flickr/The U S Army
Three American soldiers* may have died in Afghanistan’s battle of Takur Ghar because of disruptions caused by plasma bubbles – a form of space weather – according to a new study. Space weather is normally…