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Quasar from the dawn of time gives window on infant Universe

Astronomers have discovered a supermassive black hole and a quasar from the Universe’s infancy – around 690 million years after the Big Bang. The black hole has a mass that is 800 million times that of the Sun and is 13 billion light years away – the most distant we have ever detected and a window on what the Universe was like before the deionisation of hydrogen into the form it exists in today. What […] See more

Published 4 years ago. Author: Bill Condie from Australia's Science Channel
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New sodium battery could be the beginning of the end for lithium

A new battery technology offers the chance for a cheaper, greener and safer replacement to lithium batteries. The key is replacing the lithium with the far more common, and less flammable, sodium. Recharge your battery facts To understand this technology, let’s quickly refresh the basics behind batteries. All batteries convert chemical energy into electrical energy by moving metal ions from one side of the battery to the other. In a battery, a metal ion reacts […] See more

Published 4 years ago. Author: Alan Duffy from Australia's Science Channel

Duck-billed predator dinosaur discovered in Mongolia

A bizarre new species of dinosaur has been discovered in Mongolia, that had penguin-like flippers as forelimbs, the neck of a swan, the bill of a duck, except lined with teeth like a crocodile’s. The animal, which is believed to have lived around 71-75 million years ago, is thought to have spent part of its life in the water and used its razor sharp claws to hunt down prey. The species, Halszkaraptor escuilliei, is described in […] See more

Published 4 years ago. Author: Bill Condie
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Genetic technology is ‘changing the way we do medicine’

Aldgate schoolboy Angus Bond is the human face of the genomic revolution being led by South Australian researchers. The nine-year-old, who has the rare bone marrow disease Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA), has given UniSA and SA Pathology researchers a global breakthrough in genetic mapping. Thanks to state-of-the-art genetic DNA sequencing technology being employed by UniSA and SA Pathology Professor Hamish Scott and his team at the Centre for Cancer Biology, the cause of Angus’s condition has […] See more

Published 4 years ago. Author: Hilary Jones from Australia's Science Channel
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Latest images from Juno's close fly-by of Jupiter

The Juno mission to Jupiter has produced another stunning image of the giant planet, this one taken from just 18,906 kilometres about the tops of the planet’s clouds. The colour-enhanced image is of a cloud system in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, taken on 24 October from a latitude of 57.57 degrees – 60% of the way Jupiter’s equator to its north pole. It was the spacecraft’s ninth close fly-by. An earlier release of an image from […] See more

Published 4 years ago. Author: Australia's Science Channel Editors
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Chemists say watering down whisky improves the taste

Science has confirmed that the whisky purists are right. Nick Lucas explains. Just like wine, whisky is an amazingly complex beverage, with as many ways to drink it as there are drinkers. Purists will tell you the only thing you should add is a few drops of water just before drinking to improve the flavour, and scientists have just figured out why – but we’ll get back to that. On a chemical level, whisky contains […] See more

Published 4 years ago. Author: Nick Lucas from Australia's Science Channel
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