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The five planets we can see by naked eye were known to the ancient Greeks as “asteres planetai”, meaning “wandering stars”, due to their wandering journey across the sky relative to the fixed stars. This is where we get the word “planet”.

But knowledge of the planets and their movements goes back much further, being prominent in the traditions of the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

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Europeans collected a huge number of Aboriginal artefacts during the colonisation of Australia. These include weapons, bags, toys, clothing, canoes, tools, ceremonial items, and ancestral human remains. Many institutions that hold these items are repatriating them to Aboriginal people. While repatriation is important, what often goes unrecognised is the crucial part that collectors played in the violent dispossession of First Nations people.

Indigenous app developers, digital designers, entrepreneurs, online educators and virtual reality artists are just some of finalists for the inaugural Indigenous Digital Excellence Awards taking place in Sydney on 29 September. The IDX Awards are the centrepiece of the IDX initiative, a $5 million partnership between the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Telstra Foundation, which focuses on building digital skills, entrepreneurship and opportunities for Indigenous peoples and communities.

Yalanji man Luke Briscoe is a finalist for the Pathways and Employment category. The Founder of Indigi Lab is a leader in the Indigenous STEM and sustainable science space - creating projects for social and environmental change through digital culture and Indigenous sciences.

Thousands of Aboriginal artefacts have been unearthed in the Madjedbebe rock shelter on Mirarr country. Located in the Northern Territory, the site is on Jabiluka uranium mining land, surrounded by the Kakadu National Park.

Scientific testing of the site has conclusively shown humans have been in Australia for at least 65,000 years - 5,000 years earlier than thought by some archaeologists.

For the Anangu people, knowledge is the basis of society. It is given by the Elders when you reach a milestone in your life, when you are worthy of it.

But when your land has attracted 250,000 tourists a year since the 1950's, how do you strike the balance between educating about the importance of your culture, and giving away too much? This was the challenge faced when the Northern Territory Government approached Google about doing something special with its Street View technology at Uluru.

Go to your emoji keyboard on your phone.

You'll find a clown, a snowman, a taco and a turtle - but you won't find an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flag among the 253 others available for use. This is despite constant campaigning to unicode (who decides on which emojis are released) to make one available. Often you'll see people use as a substitute.

Now while it's not exactly as widely available as the standard emoji keyboard, Twitter has decided to bring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to the platform, using certain hashtags.

DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years.

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Pack warning labels are motivating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander smokers to quit smoking, according to new research released by Menzies School of Health Research today.

The study has shown that graphic warning labels not only motivate quit attempts, but increase Indigenous smokers' awareness of the health issues caused by smoking.

Five innovative Indigenous startups have been selected to attend a "mini" four-week business-accelerator program at The Capital, the recently opened dedicated venue in Brisbane's CBD for digital technology startups and entrepreneurs.

The program is offered by Barayamal, a new not-for-profit business, which will run Australia's first Indigenous accelerator program from mid-2017.

In a world first, Geoscience Australia has painted an Indigenous artwork on its satellite antenna as part of a major upgrade – making the Alice Springs antenna unique in more ways than one.

The upgraded Alice Springs antenna was commissioned today in a ceremony highlighting both the antenna's key role in the United States Landsat program, and the artwork painted on its surface that recognises the Arrernte people as traditional custodians of the land.

A rock shelter in the Flinders Ranges, 550km north of Adelaide has revealed that Aboriginal Australians settled the arid outback region of Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously evidenced -- around 49,000 years ago.

The finding also pushes back the dates on the development of key technologies, with examples of the oldest bone and stone tools and the earliest-known use of ochre in Australia.

In today's world, digital literacy is fundamental to educational success, however not all children have equal access to the right technologies, training and support to do well at school. Of children aged 5 to 14, only 68 per cent in disadvantaged communities have access to the internet at home, compared with 91 per cent of students from the most advantaged communities.

To help narrow this divide, a partnership between tech company SAP Australia and The Smith Family aims to support disadvantaged students to participate in an innovative digital challenge.

The ancestors of Aboriginal Australians and Papua New Guineans diverged from Eurasian populations around 72,000 years ago according to a new DNA analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians from the Wongatha Nation in the North-Eastern Goldfields of Victoria.

The finding supports the idea that humans spread out of Africa in a single event, in the first comprehensive population-level whole-genome study of human genetic diversity in Australia.