Not all scientific research is about tackling the universe's great problems, in fact most of it doesn't. The Ig Nobel awards celebrate the smaller, quirkier bits of research and a team of Australian scientists have just picked up the Ig Nobel award for showing that people just don't bother reading the instructions.
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A team of Australian and International scientists just wrapped up the biggest study ever into the genetic predisposition for cannabis use - looking at DNA samples from more than 180,000 people from all over the world.
And guess what? There are 35 genes that can influence you to pick up a joint. Or an apple bong, if that's your thing.
Quantum chemistry is tipped to benefit hugely. Because right now, anything but the most-simple chemical processes are beyond the capacity of the biggest and fastest supercomputers.
Leading Australian Artificial Intelligence Expert Professor Toby Walsh, along with Google DeepMind, the XPRIZE Foundation and Elon Musk make up just a few of the 2,500+ signatories of a global pledge to "neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons."
To ol' Musky Boy it may be BS, but to everyone else, it is the future.
Now scientists at the University of Technology Sydney have made a device made of atomically thin materials that will mean smaller circuits inside smartphones, laptops and computers in general than ever before. This latest development comes hot on the heels of University of Adelaide-led research bringing the world one step closer to reliable, high-performance quantum computing.
Maybe Elon should make another visit downunder.
A team of scientists from the University of Melbourne are now not only dead set legends, but World Record holders in simulating quantum power on a classical computer.
They crunched more quantum data than has ever been crunched before - more than a billion laptops worth, more than the largest supercomputer, even.
I'm in Sydney right now, and guess what that means? I can't go watch Alan Duffy talk about Extragalactic Astronomy, Stefania Barsanti chat Massively Multiplexed Spectroscopic Surveys or Rajika Kuruwita explore Planetary Astrophysics.
But if you're in Melbourne - you can. Swinburne University of Technology is hosting the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Astronomical Society of Australia for 2018 at its Hawthorn campus this week. Please go on my behalf, let me live vicariously through you.
Humans have relegated insects to the lower levels of the cognitive totem pole, but scientists are increasingly showing it's a mistake to underestimate invertebrate intelligence. As a case in point, new research by French and Australian researchers suggests honey bees understand the concept of zero - a rare and complex capacity shared by an exclusive group of animals.