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  • Lithium pick powers Pritchard to victory in the shares race

    25 September 2017 2:41 PM 19

    A big lift in the share price of Richard Pritchard's pick of lithium miner Argosy helped the Chartist to increase his lead over his main challenger in the final week of the four-week Shares Race and take line honours. A big lift in the share price of Richard Pritchard's pick of lithium miner Argosy helped the Chartist to increase his lead over his main challenger

  • Agency bosses keen to walk in space

    25 September 2017 7:41 AM 12

    They send astronauts into space, sometimes on difficult and dangerous missions, but the leaders of the world's key space agencies would gladly take their place, given the opportunity. Asked if they would be willing to go on a spacewalk, the heads of NASA, the European Space Agency and the agencies from Russia and Japan all said they would gladly put their

  • Impressive Senior debut for O'Meara-Hunt in Oz

    20 September 2017 2:57 AM 20

    Teenage Wellington karter Rianna O'Meara-Hunt confirmed her potential as one of Australasia's best up-and-coming talents with an impressive debut in the Senior ranks at the final round of Australia's Rotax Pro Tour series at Wodonga in Victoria over the weekend. So far this year the young female racer has competed in the Junior Rotax class. Having just turned

  • Cassini ends 20-year journey

    15 September 2017 1:18 PM 12

    The Saturn probe Cassini has disintegrated in the planet's atmosphere, bringing its 20-year mission to the ringed planet to an end. Cassini had been investigating Saturn and its moons since 2004 as part of a $A4.2 billion project which has unearthed a treasure trove of discoveries. At 9:56 pm AEST time, radio contact with the 22ft-long nuclear-powered

  • International Space Station Welcomes Three New Members

    14 September 2017 8:50 AM 13

    Three new crew members have arrived at the International Space Station, restoring the station's crew to six, NASA said on Wednesday. NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Joe Acaba and Alexander Misurkin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos arrived at the International Space Station at 10.55 pm EDT on Tuesday (8.25 am on Wednesday, India time). The space

  • Image: Large Binocular Telescope snags first glimpse of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft since launch

    10 September 2017 6:11 PM 102

    On Sept. 22, NASA's OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft will make a close approach to Earth, using the planet's gravity to slingshot itself ... NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft fired its thrusters to position itself on the correct course for its upcoming Earth flyby. The spacecraft

  • Cassini’s Final Mission: Solve the Mysteries of Saturn’s Rings

    9 September 2017 12:00 PM 6

    Researchers hope the NASA probe’s measurements will help reveal the rings’ mass, a clue to their age After 20 years in space, a vintage probe called Cassini is entering its last waltz with Saturn with a series of rhythmic maneuvers to explore one of the most dazzling planetary features in the cosmos—Saturn’s vast icy rings. The NASA spacecraft has been swooping

  • Dunking magpie surprises York researchers

    7 September 2017 11:58 AM 16

    SCIENTISTS at the University of York, in collaboration with researchers at Western Sydney University, have shown that the Australian Magpie may ‘dunk’ its food in water before eating. The research could potentially shed more light on the dietary systems of some bird species and how they respond to the defences of its prey. Eleanor Drinkwater, PhD student

  • Koala focus during National Threatened Species Week

    4 September 2017 2:52 AM 22

    Of all the koalas rescued by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital this year, 26 have sadly died. A juvenile rescued from the roadside by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, he was held under observation for a few days before being released into a suitable habitat. Of those rescued by the Koala Hospital in the first months of this year, 26 sadly died. Threatened

  • This 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Clay Tablet Just Changed The History of Maths

    24 August 2017 10:16 PM 182

    A Babylonian clay tablet dating back 3,700 years has been identified as the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, suggesting the Babylonians beat the ancient Greeks to the invention of trigonometry by over 1,000 years. The tablet, known as Plimpton 322, was discovered in the early 1900s in what is now southern Iraq, but researchers have always