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Australia 2025: Let's Put Medical Science Under The Microscope

How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, let’s look at how each science discipline will contribute to Australia now and in the future. The past is prologue, or so we should hope for biomedical research. And Australia has a proud history with four Nobel Prizes for Physiology or Medicine given for work done here…


Using Plastic Surgery To Keep Astronauts Human On Long Space Missions

A brief exchange in the back of last week’s issue of New Scientist asks: “I understand that the lines and sagging skin we acquire as we age are due to the sun and gravity. If I lived in a space station in zero or microgravity away from the sun, would I stay looking young?” A perfectly innocuous, if even somewhat boring, question — but the answer, supplied by a reader from London, touches on some fascinating terrain.


Some Of The Worst Failed Tech Predictions Ever

Briefly: From Edison saying that AC electricity was going nowhere to the thousands of journalists claiming that the iPad was going to be a disaster (not me!) the technology world is full of failed predictions. The Week’s Bad Opinion Generator has loads of funny ones, along with other non-tech oriented ones.


Scientists Create Sensor For Night Vision Contact Lenses

It may seem like the stuff from spy and superhero movies but scientists have created “the first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum” which, according to researchers at the University of Michigan, can be made so thin that it can be easily stacked on night vision contact lenses.


Optimising Australia's Future With Mathematics

AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia now and in the future. Written by luminaries and accompanied by two expert commentaries to ensure a broader perspective, these articles run fortnightly and focus on each of the major scientific areas. Today, we add mathematics to the mix.


Someday, I Hope Humans Will Walk This Incredible Landscape

What an astonishing and strange place this is, this vast and fractal landscape on Mars. As Wired describes it, the rolling polar expanse seen above is actually “one of the smoothest, flattest places” on the not-so-Red Planet, a region so well-levelled and repetitive that “there are no landmarks visible”.


A Glimpse Of The Strange Sci-Fi Houses Of Earth's Alien Future

Admit it; you’ve thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you’ve thought about it today, whether it’s a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies cooking.


Prepare Yourself For The Age Of The Super-Rat

Do you hate rats? If so, you’re not going to like what Dr Jan Zalasiewicz, a University of Leicester paleobiologist, has to say about the future of Earth. This week, Dr Zalasiewicz reported on the heartiness — and ambitiousness — of rats, explaining how our rapidly changing planet is soon going to be filled with gigantic, super-evolved rodents. And, like most things that go wrong around here, it’s all our fault.


Sub-Light Colonisation Of The Galaxy Is Possible... It'll Just Take 50 Million Years

Unless technology advances at semi-magical speeds within the next century, it’s unlike any of us will be around a million years from now. Or even 1000 years. That doesn’t mean we can’t have a go at predicting just how crazy humanity, Earth and even the universe will be by then.


I Just Can't Believe This Is An Actual Video Game

For real. I know that we’ve heard it so many times that the phrase has become a tired cliché. But now, for the first time, we are seeing it: Games that can be confused with reality using devices that make our brains believe we are immersed in that reality. Just watch this trailer.