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Opinion: ‘Dancing ghosts’: a new, deeper scan of the sky throws up surprises for astronomers

Scanning through data fresh off the telescope, we saw two ghosts dancing deep in the cosmos. We had never seen anything like it before, and we had no idea what they were.


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Opinion: Should pregnant women have a COVID vaccine? The evidence says it’s safe and effective

Having a baby brings enough stress and uncertainty without having to deal with a pandemic. Added to that is the difficult decision to have a recently developed vaccine or not.


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Opinion: Is the truth out there? How the Harvard-based Galileo Project will search the skies for alien technology

Can we find alien technology? That is the ambitious goal of the Galileo Project, launched this week by Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb with substantial private financial backing.


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Opinion: Keen to sign up for space tourism? Here are 6 things to consider (besides the price tag)

It’s been a momentous month for space-faring billionaires. On July 11, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s Unity “rocket-plane” flew him and five fellow passengers about 85 kilometres above Earth.


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Opinion: The Brisbane Olympics are a leap into an unknowable future

There’ll be two types of Australian high jump in Tokyo this month. The first, most likely scripted, was Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s front row leap after Brisbane was awarded the right to host the 2032 Olympics.


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Opinion: Understanding how African-Australians think about COVID can help tailor public health messaging

NSW reported 98 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. Twenty of those were infectious while in the community, a number which needs to get close to zero before the lockdown can end.


Fairfield, the essential heart of Sydney, according to Director of Centre for Western Sydney

A beacon of cultural diversity, the city of Fairfield is so much more than its current COVID-19 “hot spot” label, said a Western Sydney University expert.


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Opinion: The Tokyo Olympics are supposed to be a ‘landmark in gender equality’ — are the Games really a win for women?

If you believe the hype from the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be a “landmark in gender equality” and the “first gender-balanced games in history”.



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