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Here's One Way To Build A Time Machine

A couple of scientists recently came to the conclusion that either time travellers have yet to visit us or, they have not mastered the troublesome intricacies of Facebook and Twitter. I propose another theory — perhaps they haven’t had a Wi-Fi signal strong enough to retrieve their time machine prototypes. Any takes?


Melbourne Man Seeks $50 Million To Fund New Season Of Stargate Universe

Look, I was disappointed as well when Syfy decided to can Stargate Universe, the third live-action series to be based loosely on Roland Emmerich’s 1994 movie. I could have started a petition, or cried tears into an ice cube tray shaped like a voodoo doll and cursed the higher-ups at Syfy. What I didn’t think to do was start a Kickstarter campaign asking for $50 million, because that would be utterly mad.


'Escape From XP': Microsoft Parodies Death Of XP With Browser Game

This week, Microsoft officially marked Windows XP as “end-of-life”, which means it will no longer provide updates or support for the aging operating system. The company decided to celebrate XP’s end with a neat browser game called “Escape From XP” that, despite what you may think, doesn’t involve typing “format c:” into a command prompt.


How CSIRO Is Helping Authorities In The Search For Flight MH370

This week, it was reported that the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield had detected multiple signals consistent with those emitted by the underwater beacons from a flight data recorder and/or cockpit voice recorder. While work continues to definitively identify, isolate and eventually retrieve the recorders — which hopefully are from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 — Australia continues to play a major role in the search and rescue effort: this includes the nation’s own science and research organisation, CSIRO.


The Iron Throne Has Never Looked So Kid-Friendly

The Iron Throne is not the most inviting of chairs and given the choice, you’d probably sit on something slightly more comfortable, such as a roaring camp fire or exploding horse. What might help is if the darn thing wasn’t made of swords… would one built from hundreds of toys be better?


If Victorian Suburbs Were Game Of Thrones Houses...

With season four of Game of Thrones around the corner, just about everyone is getting up to some sort of pre-debut antics. This includes the likes of the Herald Sun, which had a crack at transforming the various suburbs of Victoria into their Game of Thrones equivalents.


Destroy New Zealand's King Joffrey Statue With The Power Of The Internet

The character of Joffrey Baratheon from Game of Thrones is not a popular one, to put it mildly. Other than writing horrible fan fiction or cursing loudly at your television, there’s really no way to express one’s dislike for the king of the Seven Kingdoms. Well, there’s another avenue now, at least for the time being — you can watch a statue of the guy being destroyed very slowly, courtesy of our friends across the Tasman.


Where's The Most Painful Place To Be Stung By A Bee?

Pain is a subjective experience, but I think we can all agree that given the choice between being stung on one’s arm or one’s delicate bits, you’re going to go with the arm every time. But are your nether-regions really the most painful spot an insect could assault? One brave scientist decided to answer this question… using himself as a test subject.


This Tiny Lens Promises To Transform Your Phone Or Tablet Into A Microscope

If you’ve ever felt compelled to randomly examine something at 150x magnification, look no further than the “Micro Phone Lens”. Helmed by University of Washington Thomas Larson, the Kickstarter project seeks to turn your regular tablet or smartphone camera into a piece of amateur science gear using a single light and an itty-bitty piece of plastic.


CSIRO Infiltrates Fruit Fly Populations With Blindingly Obvious Micro-Sensors

Far from being the insect-equivalent of sci-fi hipster wear, the chip plastered on the back of this Queensland fruit fly, or Q-fly, allows CSIRO researchers to track the movements of the troublesome pests. With this data, scientists and farmers will be better able to deploy traps and other “management options” — including development of a line of infertile bugs — to help keep numbers under control.