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Dreaming of Mars, part 2

When the Mariner 9 space probe entered into its orbit around Mars in November 1971, it was met with cheers from the control centre in California, in the US. The probe had been…

Dreaming of Mars, part 1

Since the 1960s, humans have been tested in preparation for a journey to Mars. Subjects have been crammed into sealed steel containers of only a few square metres, with minimal water, food and…

Land of science and discovery

Antarctica seems so unwelcoming that it has awakened the imagination of scientists and adventurers. One hundred years ago, it was almost impossible to live there, but today the endless ice deserts of the…

The science behind Spiderman

The blockbuster The Amazing Spiderman has plenty of physics and quantitative biology references. To get things right, the filmmakers consulted with James Kakalios, a physics lecturer at the University of Minnesota who wrote the book…

Back on their feet

Robotic limbs may provide mobility to paraplegics or augment the strength and endurance of nurses, firefighters and soldiers. Science writer Henrik Bendix explores some of the exoskeleton options that are being developed. Additional…

New Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary opened its doors this week. Their main new exhibit is Penguin Cove, which allows visitors to see Manly’s iconic Little Penguins all year round. Once you are there, you…

Why do some snails float?

In the case of the snail, the eggs came first.

100 years of solitude

Lonesome George, the last remaining Pinta Island Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) — who was around 100 years of age — passed away on Sunday in his enclosure in the Galapagos Islands. The giant…

Sayonara: Android-Human Theatre

  Geminoid F will make its Australian debut in August at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. Written by Oriza Hirata and professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, Sayonara: Android-Human Theatre delves into the question, “what do…

What is an induced coma?

An induced coma gives the brain the rest necessary to recover. Medically induced coma requires an extreme type of general anesthesia that essentially deactivates the brain; this prevents the patients from being revived…

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