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Gold, water and platinum: Australians lead the way towards asteroid mining boom

Australia will have asteroid mining before we have people living on Mars, according to leading Australian scientists.

And Australian National University astrophysicist Brad Tucker says the incentive is simple.

“You know why? Because there is money involved.”

Based at Mount Stromlo Observatory, Dr Tucker is part of a national research team developing a model for future Australian mining operation on asteroids.

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NLC Grant Lease for Rocket Launch Facility

AUSTRALIA’S first civilian spaceport is another step closer with Northern Territory traditional owners preparing to lease land to a company that wants to blast off small rockets.

The Northern Land Council has granted a 275ha lease in northeast Arnhem Land to the Gumatj clan for use as a commercial rocket launching facility. That’ll pave the way for Gumatj Aboriginal Corporation to sublease the site to Equatorial Launch Australia, a firm whose $236 million space base proposal is being considered by federal and NT infrastructure funds.

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NT could be launching within a year

Australia has the potential to capture a greater slice of the $330 billion space industry, and NT’s chief minister says the Top End must be front and centre.

Rockets could be blasting off into space from the Northern Territory within a year, chief minister Michael Gunner says.

During a speech in Darwin on Wednesday, the NT Labor leader is expected to reveal his plans to make the Top End a national security and space exploration hub.

“We could be launching rockets into space from Arnhem Land within a year,” he is expected to tell the Northern Australia Defence Summit.

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Is this Mary Magdalene?

Is this Mary Magdalene? Forensic reconstruction of a holy relic puts a face to the skull of a Saint

WAS she a prostitute? Was she Jesus’ wife? Mary Magdalene has generated fascination and controversy for more than 2000 years. Now we may know what she looked like.

THE relic is one of the most precious in all Christendom.

It’s a blackened skull. A scattering of bones. A bundle of human hair.

But these human remains have been kept as holy relics in a crypt beneath a basilica of a medieval town in the south of France for more than 1800 years.

Now, scientists have been able to put a face to the skull many believe belongs to one of the most controversial players of the New Testament.

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Is the world going to end on September 23?

IN WHAT is sure to be bad news for NRL and AFL fans, conspiracy theorists say the world is meant to end in six days.

DOOMSDAY could be sooner than you think if you are to believe conspiracy theorists claiming a planet will collide with Earth on September 23.

That’s this coming Saturday in case you had any last minute things to get done.

Bible passages apparently supporting a centuries’ old prediction of the end of the world have intrigued many around the world — but what’s it all about?

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Yolŋu Land Could Launch Satellites

Documents obtained by The Weekend Australian reveal that the Northern Land Council will shortly begin consulting tradi­tional owners and other locals about plans to lease a site in Arnhem Land to Equatorial Launch Australia, a firm that wants to blast off small satellites.

The land on the Gove Peninsula belongs to Galarrwuy Yunu­pingu’s Gumatj clan, and is close to the site known as Gulkula that is used for the Garma Festival.

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Fluoridation myths and why they’re wrong

Evidence gathered over 60 years about adding fluoride to drinking water has failed to convince some people this major public health initiative is not only safe but helps to prevent tooth decay.

Myths about fluoridated water persist. These include fluoride isn’t natural, adding it to our water supplies doesn’t prevent tooth decay and it causes conditions ranging from cancer to Down syndrome.

Now the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is in the process of updating its evidence on the impact of fluoridated water on human health since it last issued a statement on the topic in 2007.

Its draft findings and recommendations are clear cut:

NHMRC strongly recommends community water fluoridation as a safe, effective and ethical way to help reduce tooth decay across the population.

It came to its conclusion after analysing the evidence and issuing a technical report for those wanting more detail.

Here are four common myths the evidence says are wrong.

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Astronaut John Glenn has died aged 95

JOHN Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first US astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the US Senate, has died aged 95.

The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalised for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero. He was the first American to orbit the Earth, a war hero fighter pilot, a record-setting test pilot, a longtime senator, a presidential candidate and a man who defied age and gravity to go back into space at 77.

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