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A new era (Dreaming of Mars, part 3)

Setting up a permanent base on Mars may no longer be a dream. The plans are already there, we only need funding. Will we reach Mars by 2030?

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…

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…

In times of Transit

We’re often told that an event or offer is a “˜once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity, something not  to be missed; and usually that’s just hyperbole. But on June 6 we’ll witness an astronomical event that is…

The Top End in storm season

In the Top End, you’re never really alone. The red dust and open roads speak of a uniquely Australian brand of isolation; but it only takes a moment’s pause to hear the roar…

Uncovering the secrets of the universe

One of the best observatories in the Southern Hemisphere works night and day to provide us with a better understanding of the universe — and now it could be host to the SKA,…

Discovering Australia’s own sea turtle

Understanding the Flatback turtle requieres more than your average conservation program.

The robots are coming

A new generation of robots is shaping the way in which we perceive technology. Are we ready to work with them?

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