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We Still Don't Know Why The Heck There Are So Many Blue Tarantulas

A very particular shade of blue hair has evolved independently on eight separate occasions and in at least three different ways in tarantulas, a new study finds. And scientists are having a hell of a time figuring out why.

This Cambridge Cathedral's Light Display Is A Glorious Ode To Knowledge 

The interior of a Cambridge chapel comes alive with light in an eye-popping immersive project art installation. It’s the creation of artist Miguel Chevalier and the installation was commissioned by the University of Cambridge for a fundraiser last month — the first time the university has invited an artist to do such a project in its famed King’s College Chapel.

SpaceX's Launch Escape System Looks Totally Badass

In two years, SpaceX will begin ferrying astronauts into orbit. But before it can do so, the commercial spaceflight company must prove to NASA that the ride will be safe. A big part of that guarantee comes from the fire-breathing propulsion system pictured above.

The World's Best Microphones May Soon Be Made Of Graphene

Graphene, everybody’s favourite wonder material, has yet another trick up its sleeve. The ultra-strong, highly conductive carbon lattice is extraordinarily good at detecting faint and high frequency sound waves.

Simulation Of A Leg Gushing Blood Is As Gross As You'd Expect

If you’ve watched any modern action movies, you’ve probably got a pretty good mental picture of what happens when a person haemorrhages blood. But this, my friends, is the first scientific visualisation of the splatterfest. Squeamish viewers, look away.

The Next Alien Film, Covenant, Will Be Shot In Sydney (With Two More To Follow)

Well, hopefully two more. But definitely one, with director Ridley Scott confirming last week that Sydney would play host to Prometheus follow-up Alien: Covenant.

The Aussiest Things You Can Ask Cortana In Windows 10

Last week, Microsoft released an official Australian version of Cortana on Windows 10. In addition to having a genuine accent, the Australian version of Cortana will give Aussie-centric response to a range of questions and commands. Does it do a decent job? Read our Q&A session and decide for yourself…

NSW To Get Digital Driver Licences By The End Of 2018

That digital NSW licence thing we heard about earlier this year? Yep, that’s official happening, according to Dominic Perrottet, the state’s Minister for Finance and Services. You’ll have to wait a couple of years for it though, unless you’re really into fishing.

Email Is The New Generation Gap

Two weeks ago, we surveyed 3670 people online about how they communicate. We discovered a remarkable difference between people over 41, who say they often talk on email more than they do in real life, and younger people who love in-person meetings and use a variety of apps. Is this our first digital generation gap?

An Up-Close Look At The Exclusive Engine For The Next Airbus

Rolls-Royce Holdings has just released this cool factory photograph of their newest large turbofan aircraft engine, the Trent 7000. It’s the seventh generation of their Trent family, and built exclusively for the upcoming Airbus airliner, the A330neo.

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