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Australia can get a better return on its investment in PhD graduates

What future for PhD students after graduation? Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com

Innovation has become the mantra of the day with the launch of the recent #IdeasBoom and Australia’s National Innovation and Science Age


Originally published in The Conversation.

Nintendo running after the world's mobile gamers with its fun new Super Mario Run

Super Mario Run iTunes App Store

It was a widely anticipated moment and downloads of Nintendo’s first mobile phone game, Super Mario Run, were thre


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digging for cosmic gold: the hunt for dark matter at the bottom of a gold mine

Dark matter is believed to be five times more prevalent in the universe than ordinary matter.

But it interacts so weakly with other matter – like the protons and electrons that make up the stuff around us – that, to date, it has defied our attempts to detect it directly. It doesn’t even interact with light, which is why we call it dark matter.

But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to detect. We can search for dark matter in a number of ways.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Second revealed Yahoo hack means it really is time to delete your Yahoo account

Yahoo! Account Terminated Author

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde; to have all of your user accounts hacked once may be regarded as a misfortune, but to have it happen again looks like gross carelessness.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to choose the best NBN plan for your needs

Which NBN plan should you use to connect to the internet? Flickr/Hideya HAMANO, CC BY-NC-ND

As the National Broadband Network (NBN


Originally published in The Conversation.

Blocking access to illegal file-share websites won't stop illegal downloading

The Australian Federal Court ruled today that TPG, Optus, Telstra and other internet service providers (ISPs) must take “reasonable steps” to stop customers accessing file-sharing websites The Pirate Bay, IsoHunt, TorrentHound and Torrentz.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Server down: what caused the ATO systems to crash

The ATO crash didn't involve a fire, but it almost looked that bad for a while. Shutterstock

Many Australian Tax Office IT systems have been unavailable for days after a major fault, apparently caused by a problem with a large-scale storage server.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Star Wars: Rogue One highlights an uncomfortable fact – military robots can change sides

The latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One introduces us to a new droid K-2SO that is the robotic lead of the story.

Without giving away too many spoilers, K-2SO is part of the Rebellion freedom fighter group that are tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star, the infamous moon-sized battle station from the original Star Wars movie.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster

The modern world is a complex place, even if we don't think it is. Shutterstock

Ants are simple creatures. They live by simple rules: if you see a scrap of food, pick it up; if you see a pile of food, drop the food you are carrying. Out of such simple behaviour, an ant colony emerges.


Originally published in The Conversation.