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Lack of technical knowledge in leadership is a key reason why so many IT projects fail

Poor communication isn't the problem, it's the inability of leadership to understand what's being communicated. Shutterstock

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Originally published in The Conversation.

What Nestlé's attempt to trademark the shape of a KitKat teaches us about design

In July, Nestlé lost its case in the European Union to protect the the four-finger shape associated with KitKat. Shutterstock

For many people there is something irresistible about cho


Originally published in The Conversation.

We've crunched the numbers in McDonald's Monopoly challenge to find your chance of winning

The code that could see you a winner in McDonald's Monopoly competition. Paul McMillan

McDonald’s Monopoly competition is back this month offering a chance to win expensive prizes, all for the price of a Big Mac.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Mobile platforms can give refugees access to vital information when they arrive in Australia

The majority of refugees have access to smartphones. Tür a Tür Digital Factory, 2017, Author provided

Waves of asylum seekers emerging from conflict zones in Myanmar, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere are expected to add more than one million people to The Conversation.

We've got apps and radars – but can ants predict rain?

Folklore says we might be able to predict the coming of rain by observing the behaviour of ants.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A fresh opportunity to get regulation and engagement right – the case of synthetic biology

Synthetic biology has the potential to change how we do agriculture – but will the public accept it?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Dead as the moa: oral traditions show that early Māori recognised extinction

The extinction of important animal resources such as the moa reverberated culturally for centuries after the birds' extinction. John Megahan / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-ND

Museums throughout Ao


Originally published in The Conversation.

Chelsea Manning and the rise of 'big data' whistleblowing in the digital age

Chelsea Manning will appear via video link at events in Brisbane and Melbourne this month – as the Australian government refuses to provide her a visa.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The synthetic biology revolution is now – here's what that means

Clinical trials using immune cells engineered through synthetic biology have been shown to push some patients into remission from blood cancer.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Gender inequalities in science won't self-correct: it's time for action

Coastal geoscience and engineering is a broad discipline focused on physical processes at the interface of land and sea. Marco Ferraz, Author provided

Harassed on fieldtrips. Excluded from projects. On the receiving end of micro-aggressions.


Originally published in The Conversation.