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Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty, in a certain sense

  • Written by Howard Wiseman, Director, Centre for Quantum Dynamics, Griffith University
Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty, in a certain senseQuantum particles are not really just particles... they are also waves.Shutterstock/agsandrew

The word uncertainty is used a lot in quantum mechanics. One school of thought is that this means there’s something out there in the world that we are uncertain about. But most physicists believe nature itself is uncertain.

Intrinsic uncertainty was...

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Setka furore opens division within the labour movement – and there is no easy solution

  • Written by Ray Markey, Emeritus Professor, Macquarie University
Setka furore opens division within the labour movement – and there is no easy solutionSetka has form in attracting negative media attention as Victorian state secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union.AAP/Daniel Pockett

John Setka’s reported comments about Rosie Batty have the potential to seriously damage the Labor Party and unions generally in the public eye.

The Labor Party’s new...

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Michelle Grattan on John Setka, press freedom, Adani approval and tax

  • Written by Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
Michelle Grattan on John Setka, press freedom, Adani approval and taxOpposition leader Anthony Albanese has called for John Setka to be expelled from the Labor Party.AAP/Bianca de Marchi

Michelle Grattan talks with University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Academic, Professor Geoff Crisp, about the week in politics.

The discussion includes Anthony Albanese’s call for John Setka, the...

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Built like buildings, boab trees are life-savers with a chequered past

  • Written by Gregory Moore, Doctor of Botany, University of Melbourne
Built like buildings, boab trees are life-savers with a chequered pastA boab tree in the Kimberley. Boab trees can live for thousands of years and their trunks hollow out as they get older. Shutterstock

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When you are in the northern part of Western Australia, one of nature’s joys is seeing a...

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  1. Proposal to mine fossil-rich site in New Zealand sparks campaign to protect it
  2. what it's like to be a pensioner renting privately as Australia's housing costs soar
  3. How a cyber attack hampered Hong Kong protesters
  4. is white meat as bad for your cholesterol levels as red meat?
  5. the all-knowing narrator in Kim Scott's Taboo
  6. City temperatures and city economics, a hidden relationship between sun and wind and profits
  7. Children with autism may use memory differently. Understanding this could help us teach them
  8. Sick with the flu? Here's why you feel so bad
  9. Barry Humphries' humour is now history – that's the fate of topical, satirical comedy
  10. the RBA's marching orders are no longer realistic. They'll have to change
  11. Adani is cleared to start digging its coal mine – six key questions answered
  12. Why too many fearless people on a team make collaboration less likely
  13. Racial abuse is rife in junior sports – and little is being done to address it
  14. 6 actions Australia's government can take right now to target online racism
  15. The battle to stare down the defiant John Setka
  16. Undocumented plant extinctions are a big problem in Australia – here’s why they go unnoticed
  17. Hong Kong in crisis over relationship with China – and there does not appear to be a good solution
  18. A giant species of trilobite inhabited Australian waters half a billion years ago
  19. Our culture affects the way we look after ourselves. It should shape the health care we receive, too
  20. a journey through the inferno to robots and extinction
  21. NT wants to end 'naming and shaming' of juvenile offenders, sparking press freedom debate
  22. Will the Coalition's approach to gender equality actually improve women's lives?
  23. We're not just living for longer – but we're staying healthier for longer, too
  24. our copyright laws and the Australian Aboriginal flag
  25. Creatives in the country? Blockchain and agtech can create unexpected jobs in regional Australia
  26. Parents say their children have tutors to fill gaps, not to charge ahead
  27. how a ‘repair economy’ creates a kinder, more caring community
  28. Why old-school climate denial has had its day
  29. ACTU's Sally McManus to confront CFMMEU's John Setka
  30. why do leeches suck our blood?
  31. The Nightingale - much ado about nothing
  32. A parasite attack on Darwin's finches means they're losing their lovesong
  33. flying taxi trials may lead to passenger service by 2023
  34. How New Zealand’s well-being budget delivers for the environment
  35. Fertility miracle or fake news? Understanding which IVF 'add-ons' really work
  36. why did the dinosaurs die?
  37. The shameful history of blundering asylum seeker policy
  38. Establishing fitness to stand trial as the first step in Christchurch attack court process
  39. Australians are less interested in news and consume less of it compared to other countries, survey finds
  40. Children have fun playing sports and don't need to satisfy adults' ambitions
  41. 3 out of 4 kids with mental health disorders aren't accessing care
  42. More people are retiring with high mortgage debts. The implications are huge
  43. loneliness looms for rising numbers of older private renters
  44. Human trafficking and slavery still happen in Australia. This comic explains how
  45. Silver makes beautiful bling but it's also good for keeping the bacterial bugs away
  46. Not everyone cares about climate change, but reproach won't change their minds
  47. Selective schools mainly 'select' advantage, so another one won't ease Sydney's growing pains
  48. What's so special about the Mona Lisa?
  49. A soft reprimand from one hard man to another
  50. How to get the nutrients you need without eating as much red meat

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Senator Colbeck named Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and Minister for Youth and Sport

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Senator Canavan: Statement on Queensland Government's decision on Adani

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Australians reject Labor’s marine park lock outs

Australians have rejected Labor’s plans to return to their disastrous marine park lock outs policy. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Richard Colbeck said the strong result fo...

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How Car Trailers Benefit Small Farmers

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How to Ensure a Successful Letterbox Drop

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What to Pack for a Tropical Vacation

Going on a vacation is one of the favourite activities for most of us. Sunny beaches and blue sea as far as your eyes can see; all you have to do is relax and enjoy your vacation to the fullest. How...

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Golden Year Guide - Preparing For Post-Retirement Travelling

Retirement is something that many of us spend most of our lives looking forward to, it is supposed to be what all that hard work and sacrifice is for. A lot of us have big plans for when we retire, ...

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5 Glamping Winter Getaways Perfect for this Season

Glamping, also known as “glamorous camping”, is such a huge trend right now all across the globe. Of course, this is no exception for travellers in Australia. From adorable cottages to luxurious be...

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