Science & Tech

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Australia is well positioned to develop a practical quantum computer, said UNSW quantum physicist Michelle Simmons as she lauded Australia’s bright future at the Vivid Ideas festival.

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African groundwater helped kick-start the evolutionary history of humans, with the movement of our ancestors across East Africa shaped by the location of springs, new research suggests.

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In this special Speaking With podcast episode, a panel of artists and researchers speculates on the end of the world due to artificial intelligence and killer robots, as though it has already happened.

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The first Australian satellite in 15 years, UNSW-EC0, was successfully deployed from the International Space Station, and UNSW engineers are working to make contact when it next passes above Sydney.

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Two of Australia’s new satellites will deploy from the International Space Station at 3:25pm (AEST) today. A live feed is available at UNSW ground station, plus telemetry graphics.

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UNSW researchers have helped develop an autonomous 3D mapping drone that slashes surveying times and has the potential to save lives, cut costs and even assist in disaster recovery.

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New claims that humans evolved in Europe rather than Africa need to be treated with a good deal of caution, writes Darren Curnoe.

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UNSW New Generation Network Scholar Vaibhav Gaikwad is reframing Australia-India relations while turning mountains of e-waste into valuable products - including a set of Gandhi spectacles that symbolise India's bid to clean up its environment.

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As part of National Science Week, a panel of leading scientists including Paul Davies and UNSW's Martin Van Kranendonk will address some of space exploration's biggest questions at the Sydney Opera House.

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Australia must commit to new “highly secure” systems instead of using inherently vulnerable software and machines, writes Greg Austin.

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