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Curious Kids: How do satellites get back to Earth?

Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist. The Conversation.

An award with real gravity: how gravitational waves attracted a Nobel Prize

An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics,


Originally published in The Conversation.

Whose best friend? How gender and stereotypes can shape our relationship with dogs

One man and his dog. Pierre Malou, Author provided

The relationship between people and their dogs can be a lasting and loving bond if the match is right. But when acquiring a dog, how do you know if that match will be a good one?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Sassy, zany and easy-going: the abundance of fun in digital help

Chatbots need a personality. But what type? Hadrian/Shutterstock

In the future, humans will interact more and more with automated help.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ambae volcano's crater lakes make it a serious threat to Vanuatu

If you turned on the television this week, you may have seen coverage of the potentially imminent eruption of Mount Agung volcano in Bali.

However, Mt Agung is not the only volcano in the region behaving badly. An evacuation of 10,000 residents in Vanuatu has been announced thanks to increasing levels of activity at Ambae volcano.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation

Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided

Jonathan Clarke has just returned from another mission to simulate life on Mars.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Initial Coin Offerings are disrupting how startups are funded – but what are they?

ICOs: a new way of funding innovation nomading/Shutterstock

A rapidly growing number of companies are taking advantage of cryptocurrencies to raise massive amounts of funding


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cycling and politics: Australia’s World Road Championships selection controversy

Sport and politics don’t mix, as the saying goes. But like many of those sayings that work in theory, in reality, it’s untrue.

Take Australian cycling, for instance. Politics has been a part of the sport ever since the arrival of money and trophies. The disputes date back to the late 1800s, when amateur and professional cycling bodies started competing for control.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Reach for the sky: why safety must rule as tall buildings aim higher

Q1 on the Gold Coast is currently Australia's tallest building. Flickr/Ben Low, CC BY-NC-ND

Australia’s tallest building is currently the Gold Coast’s


Originally published in The Conversation.

Gravitational Waves arrive in Europe

A 3-kilometre-long arm of the Virgo detector at the European Gravitational Observatory.


Originally published in The Conversation.