Unlike purpose-built data storage systems, a data lake can be used to dump data in its original form. This data usually remains unsupervised.
A major cyber attack on a data lake could have immense consequences for any of us. And the damage could be felt anywhere from banking to the healthcare sector.
Race horses should be bred for both speed and durability so owners have an incentive to keep them racing fit and away from the abattoirs.
Awards can make scientific careers, but too often award rules and application processes shut women out.
Manufacturing minerals is an expanding field of study. Making more of them could help alleviate various pressures faced by our growing population. But how are they made, and where can they be used?
Stars begin their life inside very large, fluffy clouds of space dust and gas called nebulae.
The prizes are among the country's most prestigious accolades for science-related achievements. This year marks their 20th anniversary.
Mark Zuckerberg may try to minimise their concerns, but Facebook moderators and other online workers are beginning to organise for their own protection.
We have not been able to develop an intelligence workforce that can keep up with the speed of advancing technologies and their threat to our national security.
Pope Francis continues to champion the importance of science in our world. Having the head of the Catholic Church support various scientific movements is a win for us all.
Kenyan marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge is bidding to break the mythical 2-hour barrier in Vienna this week. Analysis of previous world records suggest he needs to find an extra 15 second from somwhere.
Honeybees are good at maths, but it was thought they could only count to four. That is, unless you present them with a task in which they are punished with a bitter-tasting drink for getting it wrong.
Koala retrovirus is a menace to koalas, but by watching it at work scientists are finding out how the genome defends itself
Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough and Akira Yoshino created a safe, light, rechargeable battery that has revolutionised society and is probably powering the device you're reading this on right now.
Astronomers have found 20 new moons around Saturn, and will keep finding more as technology improves.
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics went to a cosmologist who helped unlock the secrets of the Big Bang's aftermath, and two astronomers who found a "hot Jupiter" orbiting a nearby star.
Research shows that hiding the popularity of posts can change what people consume, and even improve the overall quality of content.
A leaked research paper shows that quantum computer researchers may have overtaken conventional ones for the first time
Under the current rules, the federal government takes the most responsibility for buying carbon credits. A blockchain-driven market would be faster, smarter, and much more open.
From solar sail-powered spacecraft, to laser communications, to asteroid detection systems, there is no shortage of Australian ideas and expertise to help NASA explore the Moon and Mars.
Across science, only around half of published results can be successfully replicated. But while this is a serious problem, the proposed public audit looks like a political bid to cast doubt on science.
Australia is in the midst of a solar energy boom, yet it is lagging behind other countries when it comes to 'building-integrated photovoltaics' - solar cells built into the very fabric of buildings.
Sometimes it feels like everybody on social media is fighting about what's "right" and what's "wrong". Well, figuring out why we all have such unique opinions is now helping experts tackle fake news.
Sections in the brain called "senders" and "receivers" are responsible for directing neural traffic, and we are now a step closer to understanding how they work.
Magpie attacks aren't as common as you (and the media) might think. But here are a few tricks to get you through swooping season unscathed - and a few classic tactics that don't work.
The International Space Station is the biggest human made structure in space and the third brightest object in the sky. But the living conditions for the six astronauts on it are quite cramped.
PayID has been misused and compromised in various ways since its 2018 launch. The system deals only in "incoming" payments, not outgoing ones – but that doesn't mean users are safe from cyber crime.
Google's Stadia and Apple Arcade will rattle the gaming world this year. Both aim to solve current limitations, but as user experience improves, issues around connectivity and cost arise.
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?
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.
Entire populations of prawn 'super-females' are now being commercially distributed. The science behind this continues to advance and could have a far-reaching impact on both humans and animals.
A new analysis of an extinct giant kangaroo skull suggests it was adapted to eat tough, woody material - a feeding style not found in any modern marsupials.
Why do astronomers believe there's dark matter when it cannot be directly detected? Let's look at the evidence, and see what dark matter's presence means for our universe.
The debate about the reliability of forensic evidence reflects a lack of understanding of how forensic science is best used in the justice system, rather than a problem with forensic science itself.
Despite a last-minute crash-landing, efforts behind India's moon mission should be applauded. The endeavor has set an example for emerging space programs across the globe.
Most people think that many millions of years ago, Saturn didn't have rings at all. Instead, it had a big moon moving around it. Eventually, the moon burst and broke into pieces.
Genetic testing could help us build targeted and effective training routines for athletes, but the emerging science could also introduce opportunity for discrimination in the sporting world.
The first peer-reviewed survey of Doctor Who fans' attitudes to science reveals it was literally life-changing TV for some. But the verdicts were surprisingly nuanced and sometimes contradictory.
Many remote communities in Australia's north rely on bore water. But a new microbiology analysis suggests that the chemistry of untreated water can allow disease-causing bacteria to grow unchecked.
It's established Mars was once a planet with surface-level water. So with multiple MARS missions starting next year, the key to seeking out martian life may instead lie in the contents of its 'dust'.
The news that malware can invade iPhones and other Apple devices via the Safari web browser has damaged Apple's reputation for security. But you can fix the problem by updating your phone's software.
_Hydrophis cyanocinctus_ is the only sea snake species known to breathe through the top of its head, using a special arrangement of blood vessels in much the same way as fish gills.
Since the feudal ages, fences have become a symbol of separation and ownership. Now, sensors and technology allow for a system of pooling resources which is not only sustainable but also productive.
The largest study of its kind - comparing the genetic sequences of almost half a million people - has revealed many different parts of our genetic code that seem to influence same-sex sexual behaviour.
Computer capabilities have boosted our decryption technology to great heights. How will the future compare to a past, one in which codes were thought to be a means of communicating after death?
British cyclist Neil Campbell has set a new men's speed record for slipstreaming behind a car. But his speed of 280km an hour, while breathtaking, has not taken human cycling performance to the limit.
NASA is reportedly investigating the first alleged crime in space. But criminal jurisdiction aboard the International Space Station is much more straightforward than it would be for space tourists.
The truth is scientists aren't exactly sure why our fingers and toes get wrinkly in the bath. But here's what we know, and what we suspect.
The quest for immortality is as old as humanity itself, but the prospect of being able to copy the neural networks of a person's brain shifts the pursuit of perpetual life into the digital world.
South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
Mathematician Hannah Fry has called for tech and data scientists to make an ethical pledge, as medical doctors do. But the same result might be delivered by simply asking people to mind their bias.
The Romans were great engineers but they had a terrible number system. It didn’t even have zero.
A real-life experiment to mimic future conditions for soils affected by climate change suggests that some of the biggest impacts could be to ecosystems buried out of sight beneath our feet.
Around the world and throughout history, we find remarkably similar constellations defined by disparate cultures, as well as strikingly similar narratives describing the relationships between them.
Remote Queensland farmers are among the least "digitally included" communities in Australia, according to a new report that documents the impacts of low access, affordability and digital ability for families and communites.
Reconsidering an old ecological conundrum comes up with a new perspective on migration, contact and trade in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region.
Fossil flies from what is now Denmark reveal some striking similarities between insect eyes 54 million years ago, and our own vision today.
For all their good intentions, accidents happen when fallible humans intervene in complex systems they don't understand.
Our body knows how it is moving and where it is because of a sense called proprioception, a 'sixth sense' that helps your body know where it is in the world. And it works even while you're asleep.
An entire industry exists to trade on your personal data - everything from your shopping habits to your political views and medical conditions. The results can genuinely harm consumers.
Have you ever walked into a room and realised you can’t remember what you were looking for? We tend to do this more when we are thinking of a few things at once or doing two things at the same time.
We should celebrate the 'deplatforming' of the 8chan message board, linked to the El Paso shootings, as a win for the fight against online hate speech. But its removal does not mean the fight is over.
The newly discovered Heracles inexpectatus stood nearly a metre tall. And its fossil bones sat undiscovered on a museum shelf for more than a decade before its hefty status was finally appreciated.
It helps if you imagine the ground here on Earth as a big heater. It keeps us warm, and if you move away from the heater you feel cold.
New research shows the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way spat out an enormous beam of radiation 3.5 million years ago
Drones are now an integral part of defence force capability, from intelligence gathering to unmanned theatre engagement. But what happens if our own technology is turned against us?
Trust Me, I’m An Expert: forensic entomology, or what bugs can tell police about when someone died.
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James Wallman is one of Australia's few forensic entomologists. It’s his job to unpack the tiny clues left behind by insects that can help police solve crimes.