The reef is supposedly almost dead from the combined effects of a warming climate, nutrient pollution from Australian farms, and smothering sediment from offshore dredging.
This week an infestation of starfish on Swain Reefs heralds the return of more 'reef in crisis' stories, as predictable as summer thunderstorms.
'A favorite word of Freeman's about doing science and being creative is the word 'subversive'.'
The key question now is, what are the criteria for something to be identified as being intelligent?
The nuclear industry is very fond of proclaiming that wastes from small thorium reactors would need safe disposal and guarding for 'only 300 years'. Just the bare 300!
The NBN seems to have been a Kevin Rudd idea, and he used it effectively in his 2007 election campaign. It sounded good, too.
Religion is a man-made construct, and its flawed origins are rooted in the primitive recesses of our limbic brain - and distorted by our innate survival mechanisms.
The very nature of Machine Learning is suited to big data: with high volumes and complexity readily available, the algorithms can improve themselves quickly and efficiently.
French opinion polls were so badly wrong that the leading newspaper La Parisienne took a break from writing stories based on polling results.
But then it dawned on me that Popper had failed to solve his fundamental problem - the problem of understanding how science makes progress.
OK, let's continue dreaming. Assume the ACT's 100% renewables target applies nationally.
Sun Microsystems co-founder Bill Joy and the company he currently backs, Ionic Materials, unveiled a solid-state alkaline battery design.