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Young inventor Grace Howard who won a huge grant for her invention "kick me pedestrian button".Picture:Rob Leeson.

Big idea kickstarts Grace’s future career

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A young inventor can now bring her idea to life after it caught the attention of some of Australia’s brightest minds and scored her a big cash prize to help make it happen

Prof Matija Strlic smells a historical book in the National Archives of the Netherlands. Photograph: Matija Strlic

Study using AI to make scents of history

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Scientists and historians will use AI to study and recreate what the world smelled like hundreds of years ago. Called Odeuropa, the pioneering study will build an online smell encyclopaedia

Xingshuo Huang with a sample of laboratory made diamond (Image: Jamie Kidston/ANU).

Like Superman: Aussies making diamonds in minutes

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In nature, diamonds take billions of years, heat and pressure to form. Australian scientists have made diamonds at room temperature by squashing carbon with the weight of 640 elephants

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Broomsticks for Muggles glide through the streets

Child actors (L-R) Rupert Grint, David Radcliffe & actress Emma Watson in 2001 film "Harry Potter & The Philosophers' Stone",   Watson/Actor movies scene broomstick
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Two men have been seen whizzing on broomsticks along the famously traffic-choked streets of Brazilian megacity Sao Paulo. The inventors’ goal is to create a new version of Quidditch

New technology beams sound into your head

Hearing test showing ear of young woman with sound waves simulation technology - isolated on white banner
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Audio technology to be unveiled this week beams music, games or movie soundtracks directly into your head without headphones or wires, which the developers are calling “sound beaming”

Hyperloop rockets passengers in levitating pod

All aboard the Virgin Hyperloop, a pod or capsule that travels very fast through a tube using electromagnets. Picture: Virgin Hyperloop
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The world’s first passengers have ridden a futuristic high-speed transport system known as a hyperloop. The technology uses electromagnets to push pods through a tube at up to 1000kmh

Astronomers find source of fast radio burst

This image from video animation provided by NASA in November 2020 depicts a powerful X-ray burst erupting from a magnetar – a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star. A radio burst detected April 28, 2020, occurred during a flare-up like this on a magnetar called SGR 1935. The radio signal was more powerful than any previously seen in our galaxy. The simultaneous X-ray and radio events implicate magnetars as a likely source of mysterious fast radio bursts observed from other galaxies. (Chris Smith (USRA)/NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center via AP)
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Scientists — with the help of antennae made from actual cake tins — have solved the mystery of what causes fast radio bursts of energy that zip and zigzag through the universe

‘Bionic spine’ brings hope to people with disabilities

Melbourne researchers developing a "bionic spine" - effectively allowing a person to control robotic limbs through their thoughts. Royal Melbourne Hospital lead researchers Dr Tom Oxley and Dr Nick Opie are in the early stages of development.       Photo David Caird
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Melbourne scientists and surgeons have given patients with disabilities the power to work computers with their mind in a world-first “bionic spine” breakthrough

Teen boys more confident than girls, study shows

Teenage Hispanic female high school student is using plastic educational model toy molecules while studying in private school science class. Girl is holding study material while talking to teacher. Student is wearing a private school uniform.
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Smart girls suffer a fear of failure even when they beat boys at school, a new global study of 600,000 reveals. The study also found that girls are better than boys at conflict resolution

Phones and watches are an increasingly popular way to pay

The rise of the digital wallet. For Kids News. iStock image
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We all know you don’t need cash to go shopping these days. But now you don’t even need a bank card, with the rise of digital wallets on smart devices

Signal troubles on Earth? Move to the Moon

Artist's illustration of Artemis astronauts working on the Moon. Picture: NASA
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If you’re struggling with dodgy phone or internet, there’s a chance you’ll soon be better off on the Moon as NASA awards Nokia the job of building the first lunar mobile network

NASA attempts to snatch asteroid rubble

An artist's impression of the Osiris-REX spacecraft near the asteroid Bennu.  CREDIT: NASA
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UPDATED After almost two years circling the asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of kilometres away, a NASA spacecraft has attempted to collect a sample from the treacherous, boulder-packed surface

Record fast flight to International Space Station

This NASA handout photo shows Expedition 64 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins seen as she has her Russian Sokol suit pressure checked as she and fellow crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos prepare for their Soyuz launch to the International Space Station on October 14, 2020, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - The trio launched at 1:45 a.m. EDT to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GCTC/ANDREY SHELEPIN/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A new crew has arrived at the International Space Station in less time than it takes to catch a plane flight from one side of Australia to the other

The planets better suited for life than Earth

An artist’s impression of the ARIEL spacecraft as it heads toward its operational position in 2028. CREDIT: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office
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Scientists have discovered 24 “superhabitable” planets that are older, larger, warmer and wetter than Earth, making them ideal for life

Hi-tech fake eggs helping solve sea turtle crime

Green turtle. Picture: iStock.
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Scientists have used 3D-printed fake eggs containing GPS trackers to follow sea turtle eggs stolen from nests by poachers. All seven sea turtle species are listed as threatened and every egg matters

How Australia’s money has changed

The evolution of Australian money. For Kids News. iStock image.
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From “holey dollars” and handwritten banknotes, Australia’s money has seen some big changes. With more people going digital, could the next step be the end of cash?

Scan of 10.3 million stars doesn’t find aliens – yet

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low frequency radio telescope in Western Australia, is seen in this undated aerial view released on September 8, 2020. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)/Curtin University/Handout via REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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In the broadest search for extraterrestrial life ever completed, scientists have looked for aliens in a scan of more than 10 million stars using a radio telescope in Western Australia

Time outdoors is good medicine for hi-tech kids

For a story about SAHMRI/UniAdl research on the benefits of green time versus screen time.Lenny,7 and Nash,4, in their backyard having green time on the 2nd September 2020. Pic Tait Schmaal.
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New research has found green time can reduce the negative effects of too much screen time in front of TVs, computers and video games for kids

Meet Gertrude, the pig with the brain implant

Screengrab  from  Neuralink you tube   shows Gertrude the pig implanted with a Neuralink device and her brain activity graph during a presentation ., Elon Musk has unveiled a pig called Gertrude with a coin-sized computer chip in her brain to demonstrate his ambitious plans to create a working brain-to-machine interface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSutodqCZ74&feature=youtu.be
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A company co-founded by Elon Musk has fitted computer chips into the brains of three little pigs in a trial that could lead to people being able to control computers with their minds

Flying car takes off with passenger

Flying car test in Japan. Picture: AP
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Dreams of zipping around the sky in a flying car are one step closer to becoming reality after a successful test flight with a person in a vehicle that looks like a motorbike with propellers

World-first parachute jump from solar plane

TOPSHOT - Initiator of sun-powered stratospheric SolarStratos plane project Raphael Domjan jumps during a successful world record attempt by jumping with a parachute from a solar-powered plane on August 25, 2020 in Payerne, western Switzerland. - The SolarStratos, a sleek, white, two-seater aircraft with long wings, covered with 22 square metres (237 square feet) of solar panels is set to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight, according to Raphael Domjan, who is behind the project. (Photo by LAURENT GILLIERON / AFP)
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Inventors working to one day fly a solar-powered plane to the edge of space have performed the first jump and free fall from an electric aircraft

Is my pet happy, angry, scared or sad?

Tabby  and white cat and Happy Border Collie crossbreed dog with smiling expression looking at camera. picture iStock
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In a first for animals, researchers in Australia have invented an app that uses AI to tell you what breed your dog or cat is and how it is feeling — happy, angry, neutral, sad and scared

How to protect yourself from scams

Online shopping. For Kids News story on protecting yourself against online scams.
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More of us are buying and banking online, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and scammers are taking advantage of this. But there are ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a scam

Kids urged to get real on fake news

Red Computer Keyboard with balloons showing Fake News or Facts.
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You might have heard US President Donald Trump use these words, but what exactly is fake news and how do you spot it?

See the sights on a holiday to nowhere

ESCAPE: How I travel, Celeste Mitchell -  Italian ice - cream cone held in hand on the background of Piazza Navona in Rome , Italy  Picture: Istock
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Business is booming during coronavirus-related restrictions for a virtual travel company that helps you have a holiday without going anywhere

Penguin poop images from space reveal new Antarctic colonies

The smudges on the ice show the existence of an emperor penguin colony. Image taken from the European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite
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New satellite images of emperor penguin droppings have revealed a surprising number of colonies in Antarctica, where the flightless birds are under threat from global warming

Gut play: look inside your insides in real time

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Ever wondered what the inside of your stomach looks like? Now you can see for yourself with new Australian technology to give patients real-time vision of their insides

Star Wars-inspired AI skin passes touch tests

Dr. Benjamin Tee, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), demonstrates how his device can detect the texture of a soft stress ball at a lab in NUS, Singapore July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Joseph Campbell
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Luke Skywalker’s robotic hand in Star Wars has inspired scientists to develop “electronic skin” that could allow people with prosthetic limbs to feel texture, temperature and pain

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic obtained July 28, 2020 shows the Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin design and seats. - Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin interior of its first SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity in a virtual livestreamed event on Tuesday. Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism, optimally positions astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximize an unrestricted astronaut float zone when in zero gravity. (Photo by Handout / Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES
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For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

Australia, the land of great ideas

Amy Beard from Wongawallan is throwing a "retirement party" for her Hills Hoist after upgrading to a better clothesline. Amy and her girls Etta 4 and Millys 2 still love the old clothes line. Pics Adam Head
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Whether you’re in your classroom or reading this story on Kids News from home, you’re most likely using Wi-Fi, an Australian invention and one of a long list of smart ideas we’ve had so far

China’s Mars mission blasts off

TOPSHOT - A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China's Hainan Province on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)
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It’s getting busy on the way to Mars, with China joining the United Arab Emirates to launch a mission to the red planet and NASA preparing to send off its Perseverance rover

Plan to save Australian honey bees

Generic image of a Australian native honey bee seen at Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, with news scientists have worked out how bees fly.
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New Aussie technology could halt one of the 21st century’s most troubling trends: the sudden decline in bee populations around the world

Last 747 flying kangaroo in the sky

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The pilots on Australia's last QANTAS 747 (QF7474) to leave Australia decided to make the QANTAS logo via GPS on their way to the plane graveyard in LA.
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After 50 years of service, the Qantas 747s — nicknamed the Queen of the Skies — are retiring and the last plane on its last flight traced the shape of a kangaroo in the sky

Awesome iPhone photo award winners

Category winners in iphone photography contest
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It’s hard to believe the winners from the annual iPhone Photo Awards — described as the ‘Oscars of mobile photography’ — were taken with an iPhone or iPad. Which is your favourite?

KFC plans to 3D print chicken nuggets

Want nerves with that? Picture: Thinkstock
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A fast-food chicken chain is creating lab-grown meat made from stem cells to create a “meat for the future”, as a burger chain feeds cattle lemongrass to try to cut methane emissions

‘Whisper-quiet’ hybrid jet design revealed

British inventors have unveiled a hybrid airplane that can be used for commercial passenger or cargo flights Credit: EAG
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Aeroplane designers are working on projects that could have us flying around in eco-friendly, almost-silent, battery-powered jets or sleek blended-wing aircraft like military stealth bombers

There’s a huge dinosaur in my kitchen

Generic dinosaur illustrations, tyrannosaurus rex.
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Google has a new feature that lets you view lifelike dinosaurs wherever you are through a smartphone camera with 3D augmented reality technology that works like Pokemon Go

NASA needs inventors to design a new space toilet

NASA wants someone to design a space toilet for use in lunar gravity. Picture: NASA/HeroX
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As part of its planning for a 2024 mission to the Moon, NASA has launched a competition offering almost $30,000 for the design of a space toilet that works in lunar gravity

Big buzz about Aussie bee drone invention

University of Adelaide mechanical engineering students, William Foster-Hall and James Cartwright with their proto type Pollination Drone Wednesday June 24,2020.Picture Mark Brake
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A team of mechanical engineering students in South Australia has invented a small drone that transfers pollen from plant to plant and that could one day replace bees

Call to ban junk food on kids’ social media

Bucking the fast food trend, healthy teens Francesca 14 and friend Issy 15 love a good smooth and making a mess in the kitchen.    Picture: David Caird
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Fast-food companies are bombarding children and teenagers on social media with ads for unhealthy junk food and drinks, according to a new study. Researchers want the ads banned

Lost city found with radar and a quad bike

Face of the Emperor Constantine
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A long-buried ancient Roman city in Italy has been mapped in incredible detail without any digging. Instead, archaeologists used a ground-penetrating radar strapped to a quad bike

What it takes to become an astronaut

This undated photo made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronaut Bob Behnkin during training exercises in Hawthorne, Calif. (Ashish Sharma via AP)
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The SpaceX launch of two NASA astronauts is getting a lot of people excited about space travel. But becoming an astronaut requires much more than just enthusiasm. Here’s how to succeed

Australian scientists break internet speed record

27/05/2020. Scientists Bill Corcoran , David Moss and Arnon Mitchell in the lab at RMIT where they worked on the experiment that broke the internet speed world record this week. 
Picture: David Geraghty / The Australian.
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Using 76.7km of ordinary fibre cables between two Victorian universities, Australian computer scientists have achieved incredible internet speeds of 44.2 million megabits a second

Aussie AI song takes global music prize

A scene from the AI song video Beautiful the World
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A three-minute song written by artificial intelligence that turned koala grunts, kookaburra laughs and Tassie devil barks into a kind of instrument has won an international music competition

Aussie helps build ‘time machine’ to study Big Bang

Big Bang Theory. Source: Thinkstock.
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An Australian-made radio telescope is preparing to look back 13 billion years in time to the Big Bang and discover the secrets of our universe. It will be the closest thing we have to a time machine

Drones delivering COVID-19 test kits

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Aussies could soon be self-testing for COVID-19 with the help of a fleet of drones. A Melbourne-based drone company is already using tiny aircraft in Africa to deliver and return test kits

Mystery WWI Aussie soldiers finally identified

Robert Deegan face recognition AWM
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Face-recognition technology has identified unknown Australian WWI soldiers in photos from a precious collection uncovered in a wooden chest in an attic in France in 2011

Virtual safaris into the wild, from home

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Adorable Phoenix the lion cub at Mogo Wildlife Park. Picture: Supplied/ Chad Staples
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Zoos and wildlife parks across the country have risen to the COVID-19 challenge with livestreams from inside animal enclosures and broadcasting feedings, tours, talks and shows

AI chefs and robotic playmates in our hi-tech future

LG showed off several types of CLOi robots at CES 2020, including robots that in a mock restaurant take your order and robotic arms that prepare meals. Picture: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson
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Top technology companies have revealed their ideas for our homes of the future — and they include smart robotic balls as playmates, machinery arms as chefs and robots to serve coffee

Muggles invited free into Harry Potter world

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JK Rowling and Harry Potter are casting a spell to banish coronavirus boredom for children around the world after launching a free website for fans of the boy wizard

Take a virtual tour around the world

Walk the Great Wall of China without moving a muscle. PHOTO: Istock
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Visit the Great Wall of China, see the Mona Lisa or watch zoo animals without leaving home. Here are 10 top virtual experiences plus one very special out-of-this-world tour

Sneak peek behind the scenes at Disneyland

ESCAPE:  Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world. Combining classic favorites and exciting additions, the Disneyland Resort is an essential part of a Southern California vacation. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
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Disney is giving fans take a sneak peek behind its famous walls and letting children discover how rollercoasters and rides are made and how its special “lands” are created

Aussie treasures stored in global code bank

The film reels are sorted by country. Picture: supplied
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The scientific knowledge about Australia’s plants and animals and the contents of our national library are among the digital treasures being kept 250m underground in Norway

Doctors keep heart alive in jar for 24 hours

Heart and stethoscope isolated on white background concept for healthcare and diagnosis medical cardiac pulse test
health

Doctors have kept a heart beating for 24 hours in a jar with the new life-changing ULiSSES device, bringing hope to thousands of patients needing the lifesaving treatment

Being kind online for Safer Internet Day

A mother looks on from the kitchen as two pre-teen boys use a smartphone in the living room.  She is out of focus but it is clear to see her sense of discomfort with what they are doing on the internet.
safe kids

How can kids be safe and kind online? Treat others and look after yourself online just as you would in real life, says KidsHelpline counsellor Hannah

Puss fitted with 3D-printed metal paws

Dymka lost her feet to frostbite before a vet replaced them with 3D printed prosthetics. Picture: Vetclinicka BEST/YouTube
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After losing four paws to frostbite, vets have performed surgery to replace this Russian cat’s front and back-leg paws with 3D-printed prosthetics made from titanium

Bionic jellyfish to explore our oceans

A jellyfish augmented with a microelectronics implant designed by researchers Nicole Xu and John Dabiri is seen in an artist's rendering released January 30, 2020. Rebecca Konte/Caltech/Handout via REUTERS.
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Researchers have created super-fast bionic jellyfish to help explore the world’s oceans and monitor conditions such as temperature, salt levels, acidity and oxygen levels

Space inventions for Earthlings

TOPSHOT - This NASA handout photo obtained October 2, 2019 shows a photo by astronaut Nick Hague as as he prepares to conclude his stay aboard the orbiting laboratory this week, saying October 1, 2019, "Today is my last Monday living on this orbiting laboratory and I’m soaking up my final views, the @Space_Station is truly an engineering marvel, #MondayMotivation." - Hague will return to Earth after a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. He and Expedition 60 and Soyuz commander Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos are completing a 203-day mission, spanning 3,248 orbits of Earth, and a journey of 80.8 million miles. Hague is completing his second flight in space totaling 203 days, while Ovchinin will have logged 375 days in space on his third flight at the time of landing. (Photo by Nick HAGUE / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/NICK HAGUE" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Many of the inventions that make modern life on Earth safer, more efficient and more fun come from NASA or from a company helping NASA solve a space problem

What we searched for on Google 2010-2020

TOPSHOT - A firefighter conducts back-burning measures to secure residential areas from encroaching bushfires in the Central Coast, some 90-110 kilometres north of Sydney on December 10, 2019. - Toxic haze blanketed Sydney on December 10 triggering a chorus of smoke alarms to ring across the city, as Australians braced for "severe" weather conditions expected to fuel deadly bush blazes. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)
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This year’s bushfires prompted a bigger spike in Australian Google search queries than any other news event this decade, with floods and Cyclone Yasi also making the top-topics list

Aussie schoolkids inventing the future

Lawsona and Gabrielle with their Aquerator invention
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A robotic aerator to save river fish, a voice app to help people living with dementia and a photo-recognition app that sorts rubbish have been named Australia’s top student inventions

Worms and mice at International Space Station

Astronauts working on the ISS. Picture: NASA
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Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken delivery of super-muscled mice, pest-killing worms and a robot that can sense how the astronauts are feeling

Drones deliver baby coral to save Reef

Supplied image of the resettling millions of coral babies back onto the Great Barrier Reef, using underwater robots and large larval clouds. Photo - Juergen Freund
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Scientists with an army of robotic drones and a fleet of backpack-sized inflatable pools are working to save the Great Barrier Reef as part of the world’s largest science and tourism group project

Operating on Obama’s 3D-printed brain

Adelaide company Fusetec is 3D printing body parts including brains for surgeons to practice on. Dr Adam Wells operates on the 3D human model. Picture: Tricia Watkinson
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In a world-first, Australian doctors have operated on a 3D-printed brain to rehearse for a real brain operation. Up next, 40 brain surgeons operating on 3D printed brains all at once

First-ever global rule book for the internet

Earth surrounded by a video wall of colorful media and television images, with video stills related to news, lifestyle, travel, science, technology and economy. Global media and entertainment. Blue background. Wide angle effect. Earth on the left side, showing the pacific region with Australia, Indonesia, Asia, China, Japan. Blue sea and white lands: video images are on the right side. Digitally generated image.
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World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has released the first-ever global internet rule book designed to protect people’s rights and help everyone make the internet a better place

Boy’s smart helmet wins invention award

One of the photos from Samuel Meyers' submission of the Hero Helmet for littleBIGidea. Picture: YouTube
technology

A 9-year-old Australian inventor is heading to NASA after his Hero Helmet – designed to lock the wheels of a bike, scooter or skateboard if not worn – won a national innovation award

Smart glasses to find missing kids

A Greensborough father's sense of helplessness when he lost his son in a crowd at Fed Square inspired him to build a world-first community safety platform – smart glasses - a public CCTV network which crowd sources, aiding parents and authorities to locate missing persons. Jerry Farsoun is pictured with the glasses on Tuesday 19th Nov, 2019.
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Hi-tech glasses designed to scan crowds of people and spot missing children “within seconds” come with the promise that the technology won’t invade anyone’s privacy

Meet the hologram you can see, hear, feel

Demonstrations showed a butterfly flapping its wings, a rotating planet Earth and a countdown spelled out by floating numbers
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Researchers have invented a way to create characters that could talk to and interact with us, using speakers that whiz a tiny bead around faster than our brains can track

Revealed: Invisible ink invention

Blank Recycled Paper on an Old Wooden Desk -Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera
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Scientists have discovered a new kind of invisible ink that we all use every day that’s virtually free. Unfortunately, to get it to work, you also need a super-hi-tech piece of coated paper

Fight on over futuristic hi-tech city

A view of the planned city by Sidewalk Labs
technology

Google is trying to get everyone to agree on its plans to redevelop a neglected piece of land to build a hi-tech city complete with heated footpaths and self-driving shuttles

Baking choc-chip cookies in space

This undated photo made available by Hilton in October 2019 shows a Zero G Kitchen Space Oven. The next delivery of supplies for the International Space Station _ scheduled for liftoff on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2019 _ includes the device. Chocolate chip cookie dough is already up there, waiting to pop into this small electric oven designed for zero gravity. (Hilton via AP)
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Astronauts on the International Space Station are getting a special delivery: an oven for baking choc-chip cookies. The dough is already up there waiting to be cooked and eaten

Footy-shaped subs to swarm the seas

A supplied image obtained on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, shows Co-founders of UAM Tec, Ben Fleming (Managing Director) and Shawn Taylor (CEO) beside their Sub Mapping submarine. UAM Tec's Sub Mapping technology is the first fully autonomous and visual-based mapping submarine to exist in the world. (AAP Image/UAM Tec) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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An Australian company is preparing to send a swarm of footy-shaped, mini-submarines into the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways to create an underwater version of Google Street View

Swim and survive with virtual reality

It's the beginning of Patrol Season for Surf Lifesavers. Volunteer lifesaver Zoe Breitkreutz down on the Strand
technology

A new water-safety program designed to prevent drownings uses 360 degree, lifelike, interactive videos to place kids inside virtual rips and teach them how to escape and survive

Tiny computer makes quantum leap

This undated handout image obtained October 23, 2019 courtesy of Google shows Sundar Pichai with one of Google's quantum computers in the Santa Barbara lab. - Scientists claimed on October 23, 2019 to have achieved a near-mythical state of computing in which a new generation of machine vastly outperforms the world's fastest super-computer, known as "quantum supremacy". A team of experts working on Google's Sycamore machine said their quantum system had executed a calculation in 200 seconds that would have taken a classic computer 10,000 years to complete.In a study published in Nature, the international team designed the Sycamore quantum processer, made up of 54 qubits interconnected in a lattice pattern. They used the machine to perform a task related to random-number generation, identifying patterns amid seemingly random spools of figures.The Sycamore, just a few millimetres across, solved the task within 200 seconds, a process that on a regular machine would take 10,000 years -- several hundreds of millions of times faster, in other words. Google's CEO Sundar Pichai hailed the result as a sea change in computing. (Photo by HO / GOOGLE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GOOGLE/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Google has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, developing a processor that took minutes to do what would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years

Wanted: a real human face for robots

Futuristic cyborg concept. High quality 3D rendering. Winky robot. istock
technology

A technology company has begun a global search for a real face to replicate on its personal assistant robots, offering the chosen human a payment of $190,000

Out-there plan for 13-minute journey to Mars

Mars, The Red Planet, imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope. Picture: NASA
space

A NASA scientist has designed a rocket that could reach close to the speed of light without using any fuel, going to the Moon in just over a second and putting distant stars within reach

Scientist becomes world’s first full cyborg

Dr Scott-Morgan’s avatar. Picture: Youtube, Embody DigitalSource:Supplied
technology

A world-renowned roboticist with motor neurone disease is transforming himself into a robot to extend his life, with plenty more upgrades and updates planned for the future

Kid-watching home spy invention on way

Picture: iStock
woman eats sweets at night to sneak in a refrigerator
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Google has legal permission to develop technology that monitors where children are at home and what they are doing, eating and saying, raising concerns about privacy and children’s rights

Paralysed man walks with exoskeleton

TOPSHOT - This handout combination of photographs taken on September 2019 and released on October 3, 2019, by Clinatec Endowment Fund (fonds de dotation Clinatec) shows French tetraplegic 'Thibault' as he stands while wearing an exo-skeleton at The University of Grenoble in Grenoble. - Paralysed since a fall four years ago, 'Thibault' now manages to direct the movements of an exoskeleton by thought, a kind of motorized armour. A first by French researchers, which opens up important perspectives for paraplegics. (Photo by HO / CLINATEC ENDOWMENT FUND / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  FONDS DE DOTATION CLINATEC - CLINATEC ENDOWMENT FUND" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A man paralysed from the shoulders down has walked using a four-limb robotic exoskeleton controlled by signals sent from sensors implanted in his brain

First robotic shop open for business

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Millie Baker, 7
Kibunja Kiarie ,8. Australia's first robot retail store is opening on Tuesday at Federation Square. Three robots take your order, scoop the ice cream and serve you. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Robots served ice cream to excited kids on day one at Australia’s first robotic shop, in a move said to be about enhancing the customer experience rather than taking humans’ jobs

Hungry? Order a drone to bring lunch

Alphabet has been testing its Project Wing drone deliveries in areas around Canberra, ACT. Picture: supplied
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Flying roast chickens, hot coffee, milk, bread and hardware will drop from the air into Australian backyards in a world-first drone delivery trial expected to launch within weeks

Are parents ignoring kids’ rights?

Frustrated little toddler throwing a temper tantrum. angry. annoyed. sad. tantrum. istock. generic. stock. Picture: SUPPLIED
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As the UN reviews the rights of children in the digital age, it has found parents who share online their children’s pictures or personal information may be violating their human rights

Happy or sad? Students send teachers emojis

09/09/16 - Lazar Petrusic, 4, and Orlando Azzaro, 5, with emojis which researchers say help get more information out of children.
Photo Tom Huntley
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School kids will soon be able to use emojis to instantly tell their teachers whether they’re feeling happy, confident, overwhelmed, bored or confused by what’s going on in the classroom

Students see benefit of phone bans, like it or not

Year 11s and year 9s, Priyash Uppal, Stephani Vottari, Principal David Harriss, Ryley Schroeder and Jemma Manfre with their mobiles at Underdale High, which has banned phones from class to help kids to concentrate on their work in Adelaide, Friday, June 28, 2019. (The Advertiser/ Morgan Sette)
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Not everyone likes or agrees with banning phones in schools, but students with bans in place admit school is better without devices. We check in on phone bans around the country

Feeling sick? Pepper the robot is here to help

Pepper robots by SoftBank Robotics are seen in an exhibitor's suite during CES 2018 in Las Vegas on January 11, 2018.  The humanoid robot is designed to be a companion and is capable of recognizing human emotions. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel Ngan
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Get ready for robots offering health advice and even criticising your bad health habits. In fact, humanoid robots have already been on the job in Australian hospitals and clinics

Teen Fortnite world champ now a millionaire

Bugha of the US celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Solo competition at the 2019 Fortnite World Cup July 28, 2019 inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium, in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)
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A teenager has collected more than $4.3 million in prizemoney after becoming world champion of the computer game Fortnite, beating 40 million gamers who applied to compete

Flying man with jetpack wows Sydney crowds

21/07/2019.  Australian entrepreneur David Mayman demonstraighting the worldÕs first real jetpack after successfully designing, building and test flying it at the Sydney Opera House today.
Before becoming an inventor,  David founded True Local, one the worldÕs first B to C search engines that he sold in the early 2000Õs. Jane Dempster/The Australian.
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Personal flying devices look closer to becoming a reality after a man wearing a jetpack flew around Sydney Harbour and another man zoomed over Paris on a high-speed hoverboard

Chatty family dinners at risk of dying out

Offended teenager girl sitting at the breakfast table in the kitchen while upset mother standing behind her for Northern Family story about mums
technology

Few Australian families sit down together for dinner every night and many use their phones, watch TV or sit in silence or argue while they eat, according to new research

Celebrating World Emoji Day with Tears of Joy

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World Emoji Day on July 17 is a fun, annual celebration of one of the world’s newest ways of communicating. We look at what emojis are, who invented them and if they are a real language

Plan to power Singapore with Australian sunshine

3/04/2018: Generic image of AGL Energy's Broken Hill Solar Farm in NSW. Hollie Adams/The Australian
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Our hot Northern Territory sunshine could soon be farmed for electricity to power Singapore in an ambitious plan to make Australia a world leader in making renewable energy

Aussie teen inventor’s big chicken nugget plan

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WENTWORTH COURIER ONLY Ben Pasternak in NYC.
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A young Australian inventor plans to change the world one chicken nugget at a time, with one of the biggest food companies investing millions of dollars to help him develop his recipe

NASA to send dragonfly to Saturn’s moon Titan

This artist's rendering made available by NASA shows multiple views of the Dragonfly dual-quadcopter lander that would take advantage of the atmosphere on Saturn's moon Titan to explore multiple locations, some hundreds of miles apart. On Thursday, June 2u7, 2019, NASA announced it would send the drone to the jovian planet's largest moon. Scientists have long considered Titan an attractive place to study whether it would be capable of supporting microbial life. (NASA via AP)
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Using a drone called Dragonfly, NASA will have a good look around Titan to see if microbial life or even humans could live on Saturn’s large, icy moon

Victoria bans student phones at schools

L-R
Teacher Lauren Mauger with McKinnon Secondary students:
Alyssa, 15
Akira, 15
Jordan ,14
Ben, 15
Kosta, 14

 All public schools in Victoria will ban students from having mobile phones from the first bell to the last. Students will have to keep phones in their lockers. Picture: Jason Edwards
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Students at all Victorian government schools will be banned from using or carrying phones from first to last bell from next year in an attempt to reduce distraction and cyber bullying

Push for in-ground traffic lights for phone users

The lights will work better at night but the brightness can be increased during the day. Picture: TAC
technology

Looking at a smartphone while walking near or across roads is dangerous. To keep people safe, Sydney and Melbourne have trialled in-ground traffic lights, with Adelaide set to follow

Weird ways tech could be changing our skeletons

Handsome teenager boy outdoors using mobile phone
health

Modern life could be causing big changes to our bodies. Not all the possible changes are desirable and some of them are alarming, from spiky skull growths to narrower elbows

Flying cars preparing for take off in Australia

Uber Air EmbraerX prototype aircraft flying over Melbourne.

Picture: Supplied
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Melbourne has won a global competition to host the first international base for Uber flying cars, with test flights to begin next year and driverless flights planned for the future

NASA welcomes holiday-makers to space

(FILES) This handout file photo taken on February 23, 2017 and received from the European Space Agency (ESA)/ North American Space Agency (NASA) shows French Austronaut Thomas Pesquet juggling and eating "Macarons" which were specially modified for consumption in space by French master pastry chef Pierre Herme, aboard the International Space Station,      Pesquet will come back to Earth on June 2, 2017 after spending six months in space.  / AFP PHOTO / ESA/NASA / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / European Space Agency (ESA)/ North American Space Agency (NASA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The International Space Station is about to become the latest holiday destination with the first tourists blasting off next year. A ticket will cost about $83 million, air included

Billionaire reveals space cities to house a trillion people

Jeff Bezos reckons his private space firm Blue Origins will one day help to build enormous space habitats for humans Credit: BLUE ORIGIN
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The world’s richest person has unveiled his plans to colonise space with huge, floating, rotating habitats holding cities, farmland and even national parks

Exploring Minecraft’s new Australian city

A look at 'mini Melbourne' built in the Minecraft video game. Federation Square
technology

Dig for false teeth, look for drop bears and search for wildlife in a new Minecraft mini Melbourne to learn about science, maths, archaeology and engineering

What is cryptocurrency and how does it work?

Beijing, China - December 29, 2017: Two months after the closure of Chinese exchanges, Bitcoin price broke $11000 in December 2, 2017, and some new forks of Bitcoin were launched: Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Btcoin Gold (BTG), Bitcoin Diamond (BCD). Photos of cryptocyrrencies Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, dogecoin with trditional money, new currency system, full  depth of focus istock image
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Bitcoin, Litecoin and Etherium are three examples of cryptocurrencies being used to buy goods online. We explain what cryptocurrency is, how it works and if it is here to stay

3D printer making recycled plastic fantastic

This is one of the prosthetic hands that will be 3D printed using waste plastic.
technology

An Australian hairdresser is turning plastic shampoo bottles into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, helping repurpose waste and giving a hand to those who need one