Science

When Vernie plays video games in Melbourne, his fans around the world watch. He’s part of a rising trend

A young man wearing headphones and a hoody

Most nights, when Vernie “BlueRukus” Valentos boots up the PlayStation in his home in Western Melbourne, he’s joined by a few dozen online spectators who have gathered to chat and watch him play. They come from all over, teenagers and the middle-aged, and have been doing so for years. For the 28-year-old, they …

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Why the craft of weaving together science and policy is more critical now than ever

Why the craft of weaving together science and policy is more critical now than ever

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, many world leaders asserted something that seemed sensible – and welcome – to fans of science everywhere: put simply, that they would ‘follow the science’. But if you step on to a modern university campus, or take a tour through the variety …

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Take Your Money Off The Grid

Take Your Money Off The Grid

In a time of geopolitical chaos and inflation, Simon Mikhailovich’s extreme wealth preservation strategies don’t seem so paranoid. Cyberattacks. Inflation. Pandemic. Is your money safe? The question is asked by Simon Mikhailovich, a Russian émigré and entrepreneur who is in the business of selling a certain kind of safety. His …

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From the vault: Small, diamond-based quantum computers could be in our hands within five years

From the vault: Small, diamond-based quantum computers could be in our hands within five years

Small, affordable, ‘plug-and-play’ quantum computing is one step closer. An Australian startup has won $13 million to make its diamond-based computing cores shine. Now it needs to grow. ANU research spinoff Quantum Brilliance has found a way to use synthetic diamonds to drive quantum calculations. Now it’s on a five-year …

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