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a surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out, and scientists are baffled

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out,...

A recently discovered black hole – found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble – is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form. NAOC, Chinese Academy...
145 years after jules verne dreamed up a hydrogen future, it has arrived

145 years after Jules Verne dreamed up a hydrogen future, it has arrived

Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says Australia can be a world leader in hydrogen production and export. Peter Rae/AAP In 1874, science fiction author Jules Verne set out a prescient vision that has inspired governments and...
the most important issue facing australia? new survey sees huge spike in concern over climate change

The most important issue facing Australia? New survey sees huge spike in concern over...

Nearly half of Australians aged 18-24 view climate change as the biggest problem facing Australia in new national survey. James Ross/AAP While most Australians still view the economy as the most important issue facing the...
enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get australia to 200% renewable energy

Enough ambition (and hydrogen) could get Australia to 200% renewable energy

Hydrogen infrastructure in the right places is key to a cleaner, cheaper energy future. ARENA The possibilities presented by hydrogen are the subject of excited discussion across the world – and across Australia’s political divide,...
what are lost continents, and why are we discovering so many?

What are lost continents, and why are we discovering so many?

Lord Howe Island is one of the few places where the lost continent of Zealandia is exposed above sea level. Picture:SHUTTERSTOCK For most people, continents are Earth’s seven main large landmasses. But geoscientists have a...
new report shows the world is awash with fossil fuels. it’s time to cut off supply

New report shows the world is awash with fossil fuels. It’s time to cut...

Australia’s coal production is expected to jump by 34% to 2030, undercutting our climate efforts. Nikki Short/AAP A new United Nations report shows the world’s major fossil fuel producing countries, including Australia, plan to dig...
humans light 85% of bushfires, and we do virtually nothing to stop it

Humans light 85% of bushfires, and we do virtually nothing to stop it

An estimated 85% of bushfires are lit by humans. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP It’s hard to comprehend why someone would deliberately light a bushfire. Yet this behaviour regularly occurs in Australia and other countries. We would...
a surprising answer to a hot question: controlled burns often fail to slow a bushfire

A surprising answer to a hot question: controlled burns often fail to slow a...

Firefighters conduct property protection as a bushfire approaches homes at Woodford NSW, Friday, November 8, 2019. Calls for more controlled burning are common after a major bushfire. DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP As sure as night follows day,...
mr morrison, i lost my home to bushfire. your thoughts and prayers are not enough

Mr Morrison, I lost my home to bushfire. Your thoughts and prayers are not...

Prime Minister Scott Morrison inspecting a burnt-out property in the Gold Coast hinterland in September 2019. Mr Morrison has offered “thoughts and prayers” to those affected by the fires. Dave Hunt/AAP Fires of unprecedented number...
drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Multiple large, intense fires are stretching from Australia’s coast to the tablelands and parts of the interior. AAP Image/Supplied, JPSS Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast...