Iron: A biological element?
Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half of the iron in that object owes its existence to bacteria living two and a half billion years ago.
The infrastructure Australia needs to make electric cars viable
Tesla may have ambitious plans for battery technology for the home but it is also looking to upgrade its electric vehicle batteries, which will allow them to travel twice the distance they currently do. So what will be the implication ...
Australia must prepare for massive job losses due to automation
Australia faces some tough policy decisions to reshape its economy and prepare for an uncertain future, with predictions that up to five million jobs are likely to be automated by 2030, according to Australia's Future Workforce report released today by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). ...
Australian fishermen catch rare basking shark (Update)
Fishermen off Australia who accidentally caught a whopping basking shark have provided scientists with a rare opportunity to study the second-biggest fish on the planet.
Flash flood risks increase as storm peak downpours intensify
Patterns of peak rainfall during storms will intensify as the climate changes and temperatures warm, leading to increased flash flood risks in Australia's urban catchments, new UNSW Australia research suggests.
As nations dither, cities pick up climate slack
Their national governments hamstrung by domestic politics, stretched budgets and diplomatic inertia, many cities and provinces have taken a leading role—driven by necessity—in efforts to arrest galloping ...
DIY satellite launches from backyard shed to lower orbit
Working from his shed in suburban Perth Stuart McAndrew is constructing Australia's first Rubik's Cube-sized satellite which he hopes to launch into orbit next year.
There are better ways to combat piracy than blocking websites
The Senate passed controversial anti-piracy legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, last night. But it's not so clear whether the legislation will actually achieve its stated ends of re ...
Australia hails 'tremendous' UN barrier reef decision
Australia Thursday hailed a United Nations decision to keep the Great Barrier Reef off its in danger list as "tremendous", but activists warned more must be done to improve the marine park's health.
Hackathons take on Islamic State in cyberspace battle
In a small room close by the Sydney Opera House, 60 people representing a vast range of communities and industries are working feverishly to come up with ways to combat the Islamic State group's online propaganda ...
Tree rings denote century-old weather patterns
Wood samples collected from inland Pilbara trees indicate the region recently enjoyed a period of unusually high rainfall, compared to the previous two centuries.
Fed agency blames giant hack on 'neglected' security system
The agency that allowed hackers linked to China to steal private information about nearly every federal employee—and detailed personal histories of millions with security clearances—failed for years to ...
Global pharma firms grilled about tax in Australia
The world's top pharmaceutical companies Wednesday told an Australian parliamentary hearing they were compliant with local and international laws, despite claims they are charging higher prices to minimise tax.
South Australia needs to look beyond wind for its clean energy
South Australia cannot complete its move to clean energy through a continued focus on wind energy. This is the conclusion of the most comprehensive review to date of renewable energy in the state, conducted by researchers ...