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A new study from researchers at Western Sydney University shows how radio astronomy can help our understanding of how galaxies form and evolve - and could change everything about how we study the universe.

The team believes we are on track to uncover "strange new objects" and phenomena never seen before, by harnessing the power of radio astronomy to map the sky and make it accessible online.

"We turned the telescope into the Sauron of space – the all-seeing eye," says CSIRO's Dr Keith Bannister, gleefully referring to the dark overlord in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.

What he's describing (in gloriously geeky fashion) is how the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) on Wajarri Yamatji country near Geraldton in Western Australia has found its first "fast radio burst" from space - after less than four days of searching.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.