Science

How Can We Better Spend Australia's $9 Billion In Research Funding?

Australia allocates around A$9 billion a year of taxpayers’ money for research, but how do we know if that money is being spent wisely? With the Australian Government threatening to reduce the amount of money allocated to research, it is time for researchers to take a more serious look at how to improve the research funding system.


UV-Powered Blood Test Could Make Universal Cancer Detection Possible

Early detection is the best tool to fight cancer, but biopsies can be painful and inconclusive. New research shows a simple blood test can detect cancers by blasting white blood cells with UV and seeing how they respond. Painless, universal cancer detection could be a drop of blood away.


The Webb Space Telescope's Sunshield Is Complete And It Looks Amazing

NASA has finished and stacked the Sunshield for the Webb Space Telescope and it’s now getting ready to test it. Look at this huge thing. That’s enough tinfoil to cover a roasted chicken — if the chicken was the size of Tyrannosaurus Rex. According to NASA, it provides the equivalent of a 1,000,000 Sun Protection Factor.


The AFL Is Testing Smart Footballs That Know Where They Are

We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of involving technology in sports, from the mundane usage of broadcast footage to aid a score review to full-blown, dedicated solutions like Hawk-Eye for tennis and cricket. The Australian Football League (AFL) has a reputation for being more measured when it comes to introducing such aids, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t investigating its options, with the most recent research involving “smart” footballs that can communicate their position via GPS.


The Rotating Globe Of Mars Geology Looks Pretty Much Like The Earth

Video:We’ve already seen the detailed map of Mars but now the US Geological Service just released this video that integrates that map into a rotating Martian globe. It’s amazing to see how similar the red planet looks to Earth when you see it spinning.


Saturn's Hexagon Unlikely To Be An Alien Base... It's Far Too Windy

Saturn’s hexagon-shaped “storm” is really a base for the Illuminati. No, wait, actually it’s an alien space base. Erm… would you believe a gateway to Hell? Alright, let’s stop with the conspiracy theories and hear what science has to say, thanks to Discovery News.


If You Fold A Paper In Half 103 Times It Will Get As Thick As The Universe

The myth: You can’t fold a paper in half more than eight times.* The reality: Given a paper large enough — and enough energy — you can fold it as many times as you want. The problem: If you fold it 103 times, the thickness of your paper will be larger than the observable Universe: 93 billion light-years. Seriously.


U-Boats, Spies, And White Magic: The Invention Of Wireless Cryptography

The wireless telegraph station in Sayville, New York was one of the most powerful in the world. Constructed by the German company Telefunken in 1912, it served as a transatlantic relay point for diplomatic messages and business communications. It was a beacon among amateur wireless enthusiasts around the United States who could tune their home-made sets to the station’s nightly press dispatches. All of this changed when one of those amateurs uncovered the station’s true purpose.


If Humans Shed So Much Dead Skin, How Are Tattoos Permanent?

Video: Your body is constantly throwing off dead skin cells — a million every day. So how come tattoos don’t fall off with them? It turns out, your body’s immune system tries to get rid of the ink under your skin, but in the process, it makes those marks permanent, as this video from TED-Ed explains. Funny how that works — your body tries to get rid of something, but only succeeds in making it hang around for the rest of your life. Joke’s on you, dermis!


Your Skin Has A Sense Of Smell And The Aroma Of Sandalwood Makes It Heal

Ready for some weird science? Some of the same olfactory sensing equipment that give your nose its sense of smell can be found in your skin cells. In other words, your skin has a sense of smell. And researchers have just figured out that your skin loves the scent of sandalwood — in fact, the aroma revs up your skin’s natural healing abilities.