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Clever counting keeps fusion firing The Australian National University recently renovated their fusion reactor. This magnetic marv.

What's the shortest distance from Sydney to Perth?	 	  	 	   If you’re driving and take the right roads, you can make the trip from Sydney to Perth in about 3900 kilometres. But there are other ways of looking at the question, and other ways of answering it, too.

What's the shortest distance from Sydney to Perth? If you’re driving and take the right roads, you can make the trip from Sydney to Perth in about 3900 kilometres. But there are other ways of looking at the question, and other ways of answering it, too.

CensusAtSchool Ad: Open 17 Feb - 1 AugIs life in Australia getting better?	 	  	 	  There are over 23 million people in Australia, and we’re all working to make it a better place. But are we succeeding? Is life in Australia getting better?

CensusAtSchool Ad: Open 17 Feb - 1 AugIs life in Australia getting better? There are over 23 million people in Australia, and we’re all working to make it a better place. But are we succeeding? Is life in Australia getting better?

A diagonal grid. Someone is shading every second line.

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How well do humans play rock-paper-scissors?	 	  	 	  A count of three, and two adversaries throw their signs. A fist and a flat palm, and t...

How well do humans play rock-paper-scissors? A count of three, and two adversaries throw their signs. A fist and a flat palm, and t.

Neuroscientist discovers new solid shapes	 	  	 	  Mathematicians love regular shapes. A regular two-dimensional shape has all its sides the...

Neuroscientist discovers new solid shapes Mathematicians love regular shapes. A regular two-dimensional shape has all its sides the.

A million dollars for an imaginary game of pool	 	  	 	  The things mathematicians imagine are often perfect. A mathematical sphere is smoother than any ball we could ever make, because it is made of ideas, not atoms. But mathematicians don’t just imagine simple shapes. This year’s winner of the million-dollar Abel prize is famous for imagining a mathematical pool table!

A million dollars for an imaginary game of pool The things mathematicians imagine are often perfect. A mathematical sphere is smoother than any ball we could ever make, because it is made of ideas, not atoms. But mathematicians don’t just imagine simple shapes. This year’s winner of the million-dollar Abel prize is famous for imagining a mathematical pool table!

CSIRO and Census – counting the connected	 	  	 	  The internet is a really important communication tool for people in Australia and around the world. We can send emails and instant messages, share photos and videos, and look up information on websites.

CSIRO and Census – counting the connected The internet is a really important communication tool for people in Australia and around the world. We can send emails and instant messages, share photos and videos, and look up information on websites.

A fairer way to queue for a cure	 	  	 	  Whether we’re at a bus stop or in a line at a checkout, we all spend time waiting. To make sure the wait is fair, people often form a queue. In a queue, the person who has been waiting longest is the next person to be served. But in a hospital waiting room, some people can’t wait for their turn. So is there a fairer way to work out who gets treated first in a hospital?

What's the shortest distance from Sydney to Perth? If you’re driving and take the right roads, you can make the trip from Sydney to Perth in about 3900 kilometres. But there are other ways of looking at the question, and other ways of answering it, too.

Polynesian islanders counted like computers	 	  	 	  The way we use numbers, including 1 to 9, 10 to 99, and so on, is understood around the world. But it’s only one of many different ways of counting. Computers use a different system called binary, based on the digits 1 and 0. And recently, anthropologists researching language were amazed when they found Polynesian people historically used a different number system, one with ideas from binary and standard numbers!

What's the shortest distance from Sydney to Perth? If you’re driving and take the right roads, you can make the trip from Sydney to Perth in about 3900 kilometres. But there are other ways of looking at the question, and other ways of answering it, too.

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