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This Material Wouldn't Melt, Even At The Center Of The Earth

Researchers have discovered a material that could break the record for the highest melting point of any substance.


Governments Shouldn’t Be Able To Censor Research Results They Don’t Like

Government departments and agencies routinely commission research to help them understand and respond to health, social and other problems. We expect such research to be impartial and unbiased. But governments impose legal conditions on such research that can subvert science and the public interest.


3D Fingerprint Scans May Be The Ultimate Security Tool

Compared to a password that’s either too simple to be effective, or too hard to remember, a fingerprint is a great security tool. But they’re not infallible, in fact, they can be easily replicated with just a photo. So researchers are taking fingerprint security one step further and scanning them in three dimensions.


A Foggy Holographic Display Lets You Draw In Mid-Air

Many people assume that one day TV and mobile displays will be replaced by floating holograms. And with this unique 3D display that uses invisible fog to generate floating objects, we’re one step closer.


One Bright Idea That Could Transform Innovation In Australia

When it comes to fostering innovation and the commercialisation of world class research, there is something the United States has that we lack. We ought to learn from the successes of the US in this area, and emulate one program they have pioneered to give our own innovative industries a much needed kick start.


I Would Ride This Emergency Vacuum Brake At An Amusement Park

Smart cars are already at the point where they can detect danger and react faster than a driver can. And to help ensure that a vehicle can actually stop in time to avoid an accident, a Swedish company has designed an emergency brake that grabs onto the road using extreme suction.


The Best Stories About Scientists Working Together And Falling In Love

Two weeks ago, Nobel-prize winning cell biologist Tim Hunt created a storm of controversy when he made a comment about how he can’t work with women because he always falls in love with them, or they with him. But why does he think love in the lab is such a problem? Here are four stories of couples who met through science, fell in love, and created a productive scientific collaboration — though not necessarily in that order.


This New Software Turns Any Object Into A Rubik's Cube Puzzle

Turning a cube into a rotating multi-coloured puzzle isn’t terribly difficult. Ernő Rubik did it back in 1974 without the need for a computer. For other shapes, though, like a complicated 3D bunny, you need to figure out the perfect way to slice it up so that every sub-section can rotate freely. But thankfully there’s now software that can automatically do that for you.


A New High-Res 3D Printer Can Print Objects Smaller Than Blood Cells

Those telltale layered stripe marks all over a 3D-printed object might soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new high-res printing technique that’s actually capable of creating 3D objects smaller than a red blood cell.


This 3D Software Designs Furniture That Assembles Without Screws Or Glue

A new piece of software promises to give IKEA a run for its money by designing flat-packed furniture that can be assembled without the need for tools, screws, nails, or glue. By slotting the pieces together in a specific order, they securely lock together eliminating the risk of them falling apart.