Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia

In this image made from a video, a rescuer pours water on one of stranded whales on Ocean Beach, near Strahan, Australia Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. More than 200 whales have been stranded on Tasmania’s west coast, just days after 14 sperm whales were found beached on an island off the southeastern coast. Credit: Australian … Read more

Australia may be heading for emissions trading between big polluters

The current safeguard mechanism has not worked as intended, with emissions still high. Credit: Pexels, CC BY Could Australia soon have a form of emissions trading? Yes, if Labor’s much-anticipated paper on fixing Australia’s mediacre emissions-reduction framework, released today, is any guide. At present, Australia relies on the controversial safeguard mechanism to encourage big emitters … Read more

Wealth inequality in Australia and the rapid rise in house prices

The research points to the precariousness of life for people on low incomes in Australia. Credit: Shutterstock A report launched today by UNSW Sydney and Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) Poverty and Inequality Partnership confirms that even though Australians are now, on average, the fourth richest people in the world, the distribution of our … Read more

Natural systems in Australia are unraveling. If they collapse, human society could too

Credit: Shutterstock In the long-delayed State of the Environment report released this week, there is one terrifying sentence: “Environmental degradation is now considered a threat to humanity, which could bring about social collapses.” Hyperbole? Sadly not. Climate change has already warmed Australia 1.4℃ and changed rainfall in some regions. Natural ecosystems are already struggling from … Read more

Australia just flew its own ‘vomit comet’

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Gail Isles (opens in new tab)Senior Lecturer in Physics, RMIT University On June 18, a two-seater SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet took off from Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne with an expert aerobatic pilot … Read more

NASA to launch 3 sounding rockets from Australia

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Melissa de Zwart (opens in new tab)Professor (Digital Technology, Security and Governance), Flinders University. Over the next month, NASA will launch three rockets (opens in new tab) from the Arnhem Space Center … Read more

Australia just flew its own ‘vomit comet’. It’s a big deal for zero-gravity space research

Steve Gale (pilot) and Gail Iles (right) next to the Marchetti jet. Credit: Kieran Blair, Author provided Last Saturday, a two-seater SIAI-Marchetti S.211 jet took off from Essendon Fields Airport in Melbourne with an expert aerobatic pilot at the controls and a case full of scientific experiments in the passenger seat. Pilot Steve Gale took … Read more

Australia is investigating a digital currency, or e-dollar, but its benefits seem slight and the risks to privacy are large

Credit: Shutterstock We are used to thinking of money as notes and coins, the kind most of us hold in our wallets. But the most money—in Australia it’s 96.3%—is digital, held by financial institutions and moved around via bank transfers, debit cards and credit cards. Late last year Treasurer Josh Frydenberg promised to consult about … Read more

Plan Now for the 2023 Solar Eclipse in Western Australia – Sky & Telescope

How far would you travel for 76 seconds of totality? On April 20, 2023, the next central eclipse of the Sun takes place across the Indian Ocean and the Timor Sea. This unusual “hybrid” solar eclipse will only be observable from one town in Western Australia as well as Timor Leste and West Papua. Here’s … Read more