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Israel - the country leading Cannabis research. Here's why.

Israel – the country leading Cannabis research. Here’s why.

CBD oil has been headlining medical news for the past few months. Researchers and scientists in the US are trying to keep up with evidence showing cannabidiol oil’s potential benefits. The most recent news regarding this miracle strain? Studies have shown that regular application of CBD inhibits cancerous cell growth in rats. CBD oil is […] … learn more→

The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction?

Uber has shaken up the taxi industry and is trying to put driverless cars on our roads. Now the company aims to have flying ride-sharing vehicles in our skies by 2020. Uber is not alone in working towards flying cars. But is this realistic, or just marketing hype? To many of us, the concept of […] … learn more→

What happens when scientists stand up for science

What happens when scientists stand up for science

The 2017 March for Science was a powerful political statement by scientists. The marchers opposed political interference, budget cuts and lack of support for science at a government level. More commonly, though, scientists stay in their labs and avoid the public political spotlight. CSIRO scientist John Church – who initially acted as an individual (not […] … learn more→

Can blockchain, a swiftly evolving technology, be controlled?

Can blockchain, a swiftly evolving technology, be controlled?

The headlong pace of technological change produces giant leaps forward in knowledge, innovation, new possibilities and, almost inevitably, legal problems. That’s now the case with blockchain, today’s buzziest new tech tool. Introduced in 2008 as the technology underpinning Bitcoin, a digital currency that is created and held electronically without any central authority, blockchain is a […] … learn more→

What to consider before purchasing cheap web hosting

What to consider before purchasing cheap web hosting

Most of us opt for cheap web hosting, but before making payment to one of the servers certain factors are to be considered. Some of those are as below: Company accreditation It is true you need to spend just few dollars to host your website on one of the cheap service providers, but this does […] … learn more→

We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

We must plan the driverless city to avoid being hostage to the technology revolution

Trials of autonomous cars and buses have begun on the streets of Australian cities. Communications companies are moving to deploy the lasers, cameras and centimetre-perfect GPS that will enable a vehicle to navigate the streets of your town or city without a driver. Most research and commentary is telling us how the new machines will […] … learn more→

We need to break science out of its ivory tower – here’s one way to do this

We need to break science out of its ivory tower – here’s one way to do this

Without hardware, there is no science. From Hooke’s microscope to the Hubble telescope, instruments are modern science’s platforms for producing knowledge. But limited access to scientific tools impedes the progress and reach of science by restricting the type of people who can participate in research, favouring those who have access to well-resourced laboratories in industrial […] … learn more→

Citizen scientists discover new type of aurora

Citizen scientists discover new type of aurora

A collaboration between aurora-hunting citizen scientists and a team of professional researchers has resulted in the discovery of a completely new type of aurora. The finding was made possible thanks to photos taken by aurora enthusiasts from across the globe which scientists could then compare with data from satellites. The aurora, more commonly known as […] … learn more→

Exoplanet discovery by an amateur astronomer shows the power of citizen science

Exoplanet discovery by an amateur astronomer shows the power of citizen science

You don’t need to be a professional astronomer to find new worlds orbiting distant stars. Darwin mechanic and amateur astronomer Andrew Grey this week helped to discover a new exoplanet system with at least four orbiting planets. But Andrew did have professional help and support. The discovery was a highlight moment of this week’s three-evening […] … learn more→

How researchers rose to the challenge of Ebola

How researchers rose to the challenge of Ebola

Peter Piot was a young researcher training in virology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp in 1976 when some unusual samples from Central Africa arrived at the Belgian lab. They had been taken from a Catholic missionary who had died from an unknown disease in a remote village in the Democratic Republic of the […] … learn more→