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The battle for open access is far from over

A majority of academic research is still locked away from public eyes. Shutterstock

Today marks the beginning of the 8th Open Access (OA) week, a global event to highlight all things open

Originally published in The Conversation.

Whatever the strangest star in the galaxy is, it's sure to be amazing

Is this what we're seeing around KIC 8462852 - a colossal megastructure built by alien intelligence? Probably not.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Four things you should be doing to protect yourself from cyberattack

There are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe online. Shutterstock

It is easy to get lost in a sea of information when looking at cybersecurity issues. And hearing about hacks and cyberattacks as they happen is a surefire way to feel helpless and totally disempowered.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the drop in illegal movie downloads in Australia?

Play your part in reducing online piracy: a campaign by the IP Awareness Foundation. Screengrab/IP Awareness Foundation

There has been a decline in online piracy in Australia, according to a report by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (

Originally published in The Conversation.

Life plus 70: who really benefits from copyright's long life?

How many of these are still protected by copyright? Samuel John/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Few of us wish to disclose our age. But, for the purposes of this article, I am willing to do so: in 2012, I turned 30.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Can't take the heat? We need a universal measure on temperature

A measure of temperature here may be different to elsewhere. Flickr/Pete Johns, CC BY-NC-ND

Which weighs more: a kilo of cheese or a kilo of Vegemite?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Change is possible when sexual harassment is exposed

Why should astronomy be different from any other field when it comes to sexual harassment? Flickr/PROnate, CC BY-NC-ND

When the The Conversation.

Improving safety in horse racing: it's all in the data

So much data is collected from horse racing that could be used to prevent accidents. Flickr/Matthew Kenwrick, CC BY-NC-ND

It is one year since the tragic deaths of joc

Originally published in The Conversation.

Crossed wires: ISPs are already struggling to retain our metadata

The internet is complex, but the metadata laws may be even more so. Siaron James/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Today we learnt that 84% of internet service providers (ISPs) in Australia have The Conversation.