Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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“Help, I’m being photobombed by SpaceX!” : the woes of satellite internet constellations  

While the space-based Hubble Telescope is often the first to come to peoples’ minds, the majority of telescopes are actually ground-based. This means that their ability to observe celestial objects is affected by light pollution (which can be somewhat mitigated by building them in high, remote locations), atmospheric distortion, and the absorption of certain portions of the electromagnetic spectrum by Earth’s atmosphere. And now, another obstruction has been added to the list: photobombing by Starlink. How? Starlink’s 42,000 satellites constitute as a ‘megaconstellation’. Large networks such as these can completely dominate a telescope’s field of view, leading to them capture images such as the...

India Travel Ban

As should be common knowledge by now, on May 1st, 2021, Health Minister Greg Hunt declared a temporary complete travel ban on...

U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

When the world witnessed the deadliest terrorist act on U.S. soil nearly twenty years ago, no-one had anticipated the subsequent war that...

This one’s for the runners (or walkers)!

Longstanding COVID-19 lockdowns last year prompted thousands of Australians to hit the paths running. A study commissioned by global shoe brand ASICS,...

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; Hope for America?

Though we have long been aware of the progressive and egalitarian vision of US President Joe Biden, I hope that this article...

Week in Review (7-13th February )

COVID-19 COVID, as always, dominated news headlines this week. Melbourne’s Holiday Inn cluster has grown to 13 cases and...

What’s Brewing?

What's Brewing - your monthly pop culture update, complete with movies, shows and books for all! “If we're kind...

Korean Wave Going Mainstream

On May 10, 2020, Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s film Parasite took home three Oscar Awards from the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony....

Luxuries.

Interview with Professor Glyn Davis

Thanks Shivy for the invitation to reflect. So in response to your questions – Professor Davis, for those who may not be intimately acquainted with your work, would you be able to introduce yourself and give a brief overview of...

Week in review 7/9 -13/9

In this article: the latest on the coronavirus in Victoria and the Oxford vaccine trials; a new theory on Jupiter's moons and tidal heating; Australia's journalists return from China; the US is set ablaze and the Yellow Vest movement in France.
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