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It's not just about your data - getting off Facebook can also reduce your stress levels, according to the latest study from a University of Queensland research team. You don't even have to quit forever to see the benefits, either.

But, there's a catch - and this study, which involved people giving up the Minions-meme sharing platform preferred by Aunts everywhere for less than a week - had a surprising mixed bag of results.

In quantum technology, information is carried on quibits, single photons. For the quibits to be actually useful in quantum technologies, though, they need to be produced by Single Photon Emitters that work at room temperature (it's just practical, really) and at telecom wavelength (the most efficient way to transfer information via optical fibres) all at once.

It wasn't easy, but they've done it. Those plucky Australian Scientists have gone and done it. And they did it using a material found in DVDs.

At the CSIRO's Radio-Quiet Zone on Wajarri Yamatji country in outback Western Australia, a team of International researchers have found signals thousands of times fainter than the background radio noise.

These signals are far from common - they come from the formation of stars 13.6 billion years ago.

A team of international and Australian researchers say that even if every nation on the planet meets Paris Climate Agreement Targets for emissions, it won't stop seas levels from rising.

By 2300, we're looking at global rise of 0.7 to 1.2 metres, no matter what. But that doesn't mean we should scrap the agreement, not at all. Because for every five years we delay meeting the set targets, you can add another 20 centimetres to those levels, according to the study.

But what do the experts have to say?

Take a smartphone, any smartphone, and turn it into a microscope. It's an innovation that has huge potential to put science in the hands of everyday Australians, as well as making remote and field work a whole lot easier.

A team of researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics have gone and done it - creating a 3D printable "clip-on" that anyone can use.

Australian Scientists studying at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research just found out something pretty cool. Turns out the Andromeda galaxy, which is our Milky Way's closest neighbour, is around the same size.

See we used to think Andromeda was up to three times larger than the Milky Way, and that one day it would engulf us entirely. Fun times! But we now have fodder for a rivalry that can continue for another few billion years or so.

University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute researchers just changed the game for future cancer research.

Together they have created "The Virtual Biobank" - a world first platform hosting 3D copies of human cancer tissues. With tissue samples digitised, it means everything is accessible for researchers whenever they need it, wherever they are.

Qubits are the "building blocks" of quantum computers. They are also highly unstable - and that means lots of errors.

Enter Australian Scientists: who are smashing it on every level when it comes to quantum computing advancements. Of course, they have found a "quantum hack" - a way to modify qubit surface codes, improving quantum error correction by up to four hundred per cent.

Tomorrow night we are in for a real treat. Look up to the sky and you'll see a Blue Moon, which is also a Blood Moon, which is also a Supermoon, which is also an eclipse.

But what does all this actually mean, and what's the best way to see it? We spoke to Astronomer Kirsten Banks to find out more.

Saildrones are solar and wind powered state-of-the-art unmanned ocean monitoring vehicles, durable enough to spend a year at sea. Based in San Francisco, the start-up making the drones just teamed up with the CSIRO in a move the organisation says will "radically improve" measurement and monitoring in Australian waters and the Southern ocean.

It's that time of year again - when we are inundated with information about what the next great wellness blogger will be instagramming non-stop as a cure-all for, well, all.

So what do the experts make of this year's biggest trends - hemp, proats, flexatarianism, adaptogens and seaweed? I spoke to nutritionist Catherine Saxelby from Foodwatch to find out.

Dr Maria Parappilly is an award winning Physics Educator and Research Section Head for STEM Education at Flinders University. Her pioneering teaching innovations have been recognised with state and national awards, and internationally with the only international D2L Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning. The chair of Physics Education of Australian Institute of Physics, this year she joined the South Australian Women's Honour Roll for 2017.

She's also worked out how to keep physics students from dropping out - with Lego.

Video: Weird science was out in force in 2017 - someone named a planet Bernard, sheep were trained to recognise Baaarack Obaaama, octopuses marched out of the sea, and re-inflated dolphin dangly bits revealed some sea sex secrets.

Queensland University of Technology researchers are sequencing the genome of the Pitjuri plant - an Australian native tobacco plant. Why? Well they are partnering with 17 other research teams from around the world for Newcotiana - a $10.5 million project to develop new tobacco varieties that can be used as biofactories for pharmaceuticals and vaccines.

That's right - one day soon, tobacco could actually save your life.