HOW TO RECOGNISE AN ALIEN SPACESHIP - THE E-T CHECKLIST
What if aliens came to visit and we failed to notice them approaching? It seems inconceivable. And yet, barely six months ago, a massive elongated object about the size of a WWII battleship arrived from deep space – but we didn’t spot it until it was closer to Earth than Mars ever gets. It turned out to be a huge rock that has since moved on, but it has helped to develop a crucial 'E-T Checklist' for our next big arrival.
THE RISE AND RISE OF AUSTRALIANA ... ON FOUR WHEELS
It is barely six months since the curtain finally came down on Australian car manufacturing, and yet something extraordinary is already happening. Old Holdens (and Fords) are selling for more money than Ferraris. Select Aussie models have always had their fans, but price records are now rising steadily … and, in some cases, spiking dramatically.
AIHW REPORT: POORER OUTCOMES FOR BABIES BORN TO TEEN MUMS - OFTEN LINKED TO LOW SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS
Babies of teenage mothers often experience poorer health outcomes than babies born to women just a few years older, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s (AIHW) first report on this subject.
BRINGING BACK THE TASMANIAN TIGER - INCREASINGLY POSSIBLE
It was once pure folly. An impossibility. But continual advances in science, particularly in the field of genetics, means that we are getting ever closer to raising the iconic Tasmanian Tiger out of extinction. A discovery in a dusty Melbourne cabinet, and advanced plans to resurrect the mammoth, are paving the way.
CAN SYNTHETIC LIFE SAVE THE DAY?
From pollution-free fuels that can be harvested from vats of yeast, to viruses being programmed to be cancer killers, synthetic life is a game-changer for all of us. To its opponents it is a frightening concept of humans messing with the laws of nature, bringing unforeseen consequences. To its proponents, developing synthetic life is the answer to many of the problems we’ve already created. It’s the fix.
TO BOLDLY GO, WHERE NO LEGO HAS GONE BEFORE
Many of us associate it purely as a building block toy for our kids. But at this moment, three Lego mini-figures are orbiting Jupiter (much further out than Elon Musk’s Mars Car!) onboard NASA’s cutting-edge Juno probe. They are just the latest in a long-line of Lego trailblazers, reshaping the way science is taught and delivered around the world.