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  • NASA robonaut gets to work at Woodside

    19 June 2017 2:59 AM 11

    A NASA robonaut has arrived in Perth for a five-year stay with Woodside to allow the oil and gas company to develop ways for future robots to complete tasks such as turning valves and sensing gas leaks. NASA and General Motors developed robonauts to work alongside astronauts and to do dangerous work alone. Woodside’s robot, R2C3, is only the third to leave

  • Scientists Think They Have Solved The Mystery Of Our Atmosphere's Missing Xenon

    10 June 2017 7:05 AM 11

    Xenon is a peculiar element. It certainly has one of the most mysterious names (from the Greek xenos, or "stranger"). As a noble gas, it refuses to bond with other elements except under exotic conditions. And its uses are all about as creepy as its name: Folks use it for its eerie glow, to detect radiation, or in its liquid form to hunt for the universe's

  • Stranded whale near Coffs Harbour beach euthanised

    10 June 2017 6:06 AM 89

    A JUVENILE humpback whale that has been beached on the NSW mid north coast for more than a day has been euthanised after its condition worsened. “It’s been a very, very difficult afternoon for everybody involved,” marine rescue organisation ORRCA vice president Shona Lorigan said from Sawtell Beach, south of Coffs Harbour. Ms Lorigan confirmed the young

  • Supercars in space: NASA shows off 'Batmobile', minibus and chariot we'll drive on Mars

    9 June 2017 2:14 PM 94

    SUPERCARS will be speeding across Mars in less than two years – and this is what they’ll look like. A glorious golden Lunar Chariot could soon be the latest high-end motor to cart us around the Red Planet, space boffins reckon. NASA scientists have built a fleet of flashy space supercars – and they might just be our ride across Mars in 2020. A whopping

  • In the spotlight: CSIRO's Dr Anita Hill

    8 June 2017 11:45 PM 93

    CSIRO Chief Scientist Dr Anita Hill was elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science for her work with membranes and the design of porous materials. The Australian Academy of Science has recently elected 21 Australian scientists to their prestigious Fellowship to recognise and celebrate excellence in their respective fields

  • » Young boy’s wheelchair stolen from Reservoir home

    6 June 2017 8:56 PM 51

    An 11-year-old boy has had his wheelchair stolen in Reservoir, just days after being released from critical care in hospital. The theft from his family’s Henty Street home happened sometime between 4.30pm and 7pm on Monday. The young boy has spent the last 25 days in a critical care unit recovering from a serious lung infection. His mother says the heartless

  • SpaceX's first recycled Dragon arrives at space station

    5 June 2017 2:48 PM 61

    SpaceX's first-ever recycled spaceship arrived Monday at the International Space Station, two days after the unmanned Dragon cargo capsule launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Live images on NASA television showed the spaceship approaching the orbiting outpost, then being grabbed with the station's robotic arm at 9:52 am (1352 GMT). "Capture

  • NASA Rebrands Future Solar Probe Spacecraft to Honor Astrophysicist Eugene Parker

    5 June 2017 1:03 PM 18

    NASA has renamed its future mission to a star called the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft to honor astrophysicist Eugene Parker for his studies on the solar wind phenomenon and research on how stars engage orbiting planets. The space agency said Wednesday that the spacecraft, now known as the Parker Solar Probe, is slated for launch in 2018 as part of NASA’s

  • Tim Cook Sends Memo To Apple Staff Condemning Departure From Paris Agreement

    2 June 2017 1:34 AM 15

    Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders are speaking out against President Trump's decision today to yank the US out of the Paris climate agreement in which 177 nations pledged to reduce their carbon emissions. Cook addressed employees in an internal email, while other CEOs made their comments on social media. Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and many other

  • Queensland government settles on royalty plan but doubts remain

    27 May 2017 10:18 AM 24

    The future of Adani's proposed multibillion-dollar Carmichael coal mine remains under a cloud even after Queensland declared it had settled on a royalty regime. The future of Adani's proposed multibillion-dollar Carmichael coal mine remains under a cloud even after Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk declared her cabinet had secured a late agreement