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To launch Australia into space, we need inspiration
India’s recent launch of a mission to Mars should cause us to contemplate Australia’s potential role, or lack of one, in such ventures.
We presume India mounted this project at amazing speed to give China pause for thought in its military modernisation and strategic designs.
However, as one of India’s top space scientists said: "To visit another planet is a fantastic thing, the biggest thing."
Trial complete: electric vehicles can work in Australia
By Thomas Bräunl, Professor of Robotics; Director, WA Electric Vehicle Trial at University of Western Australia
Australia’s first electric vehicle trial has been completed.
It ran from early 2010 to the end of 2012 with 11 electric Ford Focus and 23 fast-AC charging bays (Level-2).
We found few technological barriers to the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Australia, but government incentives for early adopters and government programs for the roll-out of fast-DC charging stations would help Australia fully embrace these cars.
Health Check: is your personal music player doing you damage?
It’s happened to all of us – you walk past someone and you can hear every beat, riff and wail coming from their headphones.
If you’ve ever wondered whether this could be damaging their hearing, the answer is yes.
In the past, noise-induced hearing loss typically affected industrial workers because they experienced prolonged exposure to excessive levels of noise with limited or non-existent protective equipment.
How to prevent shark attacks
Environment minister Greg Hunt has said he wants to reduce the risk of attacks.
So what is the best way to reduce that risk?