The Milky Way: a pattern of stars, or a pattern of gaps?
Luke Busellato/Wikimedia Commons
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.
Connecting with the digital economy is a trickier prospect out here.
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.
Male (left) and female Heterodoxus spiniger from Borneo.
Natural History Museum, London
Reconsidering an old ecological conundrum comes up with a new perspective on migration, contact and trade in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region.
Since the last ice age, the ice sheet retreated over a thousand kilometres in the Ross Sea region, more than any other region on the continent.
New research shows that ocean and air temperatures both contributed to the melting of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in the past, but melting from below by a warming ocean became more important over time.
Eyes surprise: fossil eyes from a 54 million year old cranefly.
Lindgren et al./Nature
Fossil flies from what is now Denmark reveal some striking similarities between insect eyes 54 million years ago, and our own vision today.
Governments are attempting to regulate tech giants, but the digital disruption genie is already out of the bottle.
For all their good intentions, accidents happen when fallible humans intervene in complex systems they don't understand.
Even when we are asleep, we can still feel if we are comfortable and our ‘sixth sense’ is working to let us know where we are in our beds.
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.
Your online activity can be turned into an intimate portrait of your life - and used for profit.
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.
Everyone forgets things sometimes.
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.
Don’t mourn 8chan, but don’t think online extremists aren’t already taking their hate elsewhere.
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.
Heracles inexpectatus on the forest floor, with three small wrens foraging at its feet.
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.
The air up high is just really bad at ‘holding’ onto the radiation coming from the Sun, and the warmth passes straight through it on its journey toward the ground.
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.
Specialist machine learning and narrow AI could help us to start removing the “four Ds” - dirty, dull, difficult, dangerous - from our daily work.
Artificial intelligence is predicted to contribute some US$15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030. A new report looks at issues specific to New Zealand.
‘Google and Facebook are global companies, headquartered in the US, for whom Australia is a significant but relatively small market.’
Google and Facebook attract plenty of users and advertising dollars in Australia, but the ACCC will have to work with other watchdogs overseas on any effective regulation.
A wild leopard seal on South Georgia.
Cooperation or theft? New observations show wild leopard seals sharing food when targeting king penguins in Antarctica.
A range of laws allow Australian agencies such as local governments to peer over security agencies’ shoulder at your personal data.
Under controversial national security laws, parts of your mobile phone data is accessible by federal police and counterterrorism agencies. But in reality dozens of other organisations can access it too.
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?
The ‘Stairway to the Moon’ as seen from Western Australia.
Australia should be involved in any new mission to the Moon: we have the interest and the expertise so let's be part of the race.
Not all Thoroughbreds mate in the natural way.
Today's the official birthday of all race horses in Australia which means the breeding season is just a month away. It's about to get very busy for stallions and mares on the stud farms.
Another reason you don’t want to get too close to a black hole is because of something we call ‘spaghettification’. If this happened to Earth it would be… unpleasant.
If you got too close to a black hole, it would suck you in and you'd never be able to escape, even if you were travelling at the speed of light.
This point of no return is called the event horizon.
An algorithm is just following rules designed either directly or indirectly by a human.
Algorithms are only human (well, designed by humans) but we need to trust they'll do what they're supposed to do. And that means we need a better way to test them.
According to the ACCC, the number of journalists employed in print and online businesses in Australia dropped by 20% from 2014-18.
The ACCC Digital Platforms Report recommends several ways to revive journalism in the social media age, including A$50m in direct grants to local news services.
Experts expect AI to contribute approximately $US16 trillion to the global economy by 2030.
The idea that robots will take our jobs is not radically new – but artificial intelligence is now completely reorganising the global economy. Australia must act now to keep up with the world.
Facebook and Google potentially face fresh curbs on their market power.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says the sheer dominance of Google and Facebook has distorted other businesses' ability to compete on their own merits.
Near-Earth asteroids such as Bennu, and 2019 OK which passed close to Earth this week, pose a potential threat to our planet.
A 100-metre-wide asteroid passed just 70,000km from Earth on Thursday, and we had little warning it was about to happen. What threat is posed by asteroids and how do we find them?