New internet technology out of this world

An Australian-based scientist is hoping a trip into space will help him unlock the secret to creating the next generation of glass fibre for transferring data at up to 1,000 times current rates.

Dr Martin Castillo, the technical director of phenomena and microgravity research at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), has been trying for years to transform the special form of glass into usable fibres.

But he says he has been frustrated at every turn — via

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