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How to keep your mobile phone connected when the network is down

When Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland this week, one of the casualties was the region’s mobile phone network.

Phone towers can stop working because they have been damaged by the wind, or because they have run out of diesel to run their generators.

Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: a number of people will find their mobile phones not connected to the network, leaving them without communications for an extended period of time.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The seven deadly sins of statistical misinterpretation, and how to avoid them

Where are the error bars? Shutterstock

Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting those patterns. In this series we look at some of the common mistakes we make and how to avoid them when thinking about statistics, probability and risk.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Now we are six. How The Conversation is transforming the media landscape

Transforming journalism Max Pixel, CC BY-SA

It has been 6 years since The Conversation started with a seemingly radical idea.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Star Trek's Holodeck: from science fiction to a new reality

William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) entering a Holodeck simulation. Star Trek/Screenshot/Memory Alpha, CC BY-NC

Many of the technological advances predicted in Star Trek’s fictional universe have The Conversation.

Why we signed the open letter from scientists supporting a total ban on nuclear weapons

The UN is debating a total ban on all nuclear weapons. Wikimedia

These are dangerous times.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia may be closer to being a cashless society but it won't happen by 2020

The move to cashless society Author, CC BY-SA

The ABC has this week asked the question as to whether “Australia is on the brink of becoming a completely cashless society”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Something big exploded in a galaxy far, far away: what was it?

An artist's rendering of the Swift satellite catching a Gamma-ray Burst. Nasa/Spectrum Astro

At 10:49pm Western Australian time on February 2 this year, cosmic gamma rays hit the NASA satellite, Swift, orbiting the Earth.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Regression to the mean, or why perfection rarely lasts

A perfect night out involves a lot of chance. Shutterstock

Statistics is a useful tool for understanding the patterns in the world around us. But our intuition often lets us down when it comes to interpreting those patterns.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Estonia is putting its country in the cloud and offering virtual residency

Estonian e-Residency Author

Estonia is a small country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe with a population of 1.3 million and a GDP of US $23 billion, roughly 10% of Apple’s annual earnings.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Does everything and nothing change when a cyclist dies?

Two weeks ago today, Arzu Baglar died while cycling in Melbourne’s inner west. She was hit by a truck turning the corner of Somerville road and Whitehall street in Yarraville.


Originally published in The Conversation.