Curiosity puts wheels on Mars via Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex


Today I found myself among a privileged few visiting NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), one of the tracking stations which form the Deep Space Network, built to track and manage the space agency's travelling ambassadors to other worlds and managed by the CSIRO. Arriving early to ensure our space, for seats were limited on a … Continue reading Curiosity puts wheels on Mars via Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

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Melbourne Skeptics first ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ at Docklands tomorrow!


In addition to the exciting launch of Melbourne Eastern Hills Skeptics in the Pub in February, my good friend Chris Higgins has launched a brand new skeptical group, Melbourne Skeptics, who will also hold monthly 'Skeptics in the Pub' events in Docklands. The first event is tomorrow evening *yay*, and I will be there along … Continue reading Melbourne Skeptics first ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ at Docklands tomorrow!

Launching Melbourne Eastern Hills Skeptics in the Pub


Well, it's happening folks. After scouring my designated search area, I have found a location for the Melbourne Eastern Hills SitP to meet, which is the 'Knox Club' on the corner of Stud and Boronia Roads, Wantirna South Vic. The group currently comprises 19 interested parties, 11 of whom have indicated their intention to come … Continue reading Launching Melbourne Eastern Hills Skeptics in the Pub

Queensland floods, La Niña and impacts of Global Warming


Like so many of my countrymen and women, throughout the last two days I have sat transfixed by the horrific scenes of the flood-induced tragedy occurring in Queensland, our second-largest state. Known as 'The Sunshine State', Queensland covers a huge area, three-quarters of which has been officially declared a 'Natural Disaster Area', an area almost double … Continue reading Queensland floods, La Niña and impacts of Global Warming

Independents, passion and towing the Party line


Whilst watching the National Press Club press conference the other day featuring independent MPs Bob Katter, Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Greens MP Adam Brandt, I was struck by how fresh it was to hear unrehearsed, unscripted, impassioned opinion from politicians, something which has been long absent from our screens as the big parties' campaign … Continue reading Independents, passion and towing the Party line

UFO Sighting over Australia confirmed! …Oh, hang on – maybe not…


This is another cross-post from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Blog - Oh, those Falcon UFOs! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine. Yesterday there was a frenzy of 'UFO streams across Eastern Australia' news stories, blog posts and Tweets, but thankfully common sense generally prevailed and links were quickly drawn to the launch of private space … Continue reading UFO Sighting over Australia confirmed! …Oh, hang on – maybe not…