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Apple's slowdown highlights how growth-obsessed investors distort our view of value


Apple has reported its first decline in revenues and income for the past 13 years. The market and media has reacted predictably with an 8% fall in Apple’s stock price.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Up close and personal: virtual reality can be an instrument for social change

Virtual reality can trigger emotions that text can't convey. Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Virtual reality (VR) has arrived.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the French submarine won the bid to replace the Collins-class

The winning submarine is the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A. DCNS

France will be awarded the contract to partner with Australia to build the next generation of submarines to replace the Collins-class, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why are we still searching for the Loch Ness monster?

People are fascinated by the unknown, by the possibility that there are things out there that are yet to be discovered.

We think that most of our planet has been mapped by satellites and continents have been thoroughly explored. Although scientists estimate that millions of species are yet to be discovered, these are mostly assumed to be very small animals, especially invertebrates.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Do wind vent holes in banners make a difference? We used a wind tunnel to find out

The next time you see a banner hung across a street or from a bridge, or hoisted as part of a street march, protest or demonstration, take a closer look. You may see that the banner has holes or slits cut into it.

But why would someone cut holes into a perfectly good banner?

These are so-called “wind vents”, and for some reason people have been mutilating their banners with these holes in the belief that their presence will significantly reduce the wind loading on the banner.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The battle for audiences as free-TV viewing continues its decline

Online vs the traditional broadcaster for watching television. Michal Ludwiczak /

It’s not been a good year so far for Australia’s traditional television industry with reports that The Conversation.

Kitchen Science: bacteria and fungi are your foody friends

You couldn't enjoy cheese like this without the intervention of micro-organisms. Shutterstock

As you sip a cup of coffee, enjoy a rich chocolate treat or savour the aroma of a piece of Roquefort cheese, have you ever considered the extraordinary contribution made by the microscopic creatures that have worked so

Originally published in The Conversation.

Individuals not the priority in the Cyber Security Strategy

The Cyber Security Strategy announced today by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clearly places a high priority on protecting Australian government systems from foreign powers.

But when it comes to protecting citizens' personal information, it appears to be rather a mixed bag.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The Cyber Security Strategy is only a small step in the right direction

Cyber crime costs the Australian economy millions of dollars a year. Shutterstock

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today released the government’s Cyber Security Strategy.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Split-second decisions with little praise: so what does it take to ref a game of NRL

Whomever you support in any National Rugby League (NRL) footy game, it’s important to remember there’s always a third team in play that seldom gets much support: the refereeing crew.

For every knock-on, restart and try scored, this six-person unit deftly coordinates thousands of decisive calls and split-second decisions at match speed.

And all this is done while under intense player and public scrutiny.

Originally published in The Conversation.