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The Japanese art of kintsugi and how it can help with defeat in sport

Kintsugi: don't dwell on something that's broken, repair it and make it something new again. Shutterstock/Lia t

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley recently revealed that he’d embraced the Japanese art of kintsugi in coaching a team that few predicted would make the AFL Grand Final at the start


Originally published in The Conversation.

Social media entertainment could be the future of the screen industry, so let's not strangle it with regulation

Until 2010, the pathway to success in the screen industry depended on convincing broadcasters and film producers to give to you airtime or production resources. These days, all you need is an internet connection and a laptop or smartphone.

A new creative industry has been born in the last decade called “social media entertainment”. It’s peopled by young entertainers and activists who you may never have heard of: Hank Green, Casey Neistadt, PewDiePie and Tyler Oakley.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The power of a hug can help you cope with conflict

Who doesn't love a good hug? Flickr/Capture The Uncapturable, CC BY-NC-ND

Friends, children, romantic partners, family members – many of us exchange hu


Originally published in The Conversation.

An insurance discount for your fitness data is a bad deal in the long run

In the brave new world of information capital, data collected from wearables and other technologies could be a slippery slope to a new social hierarchy. The Conversation.

Curious Kids: what's the history of aircraft squawk codes and how do they work?

Perth air traffic control tower. As a pilot flies towards the destination, the air traffic control tower sends an interrogation signal.


Originally published in The Conversation.

And then there were three: finally, another woman awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics

Three, only three, is the number of women who have been awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics in the 117-year history of the prize.

Donna Strickland, aged 59 and an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, is the female academic who this year was awarded the holy grail recognition for her major contribution to physics. She shares the 2018 prize with Arthur Ashkin and Gérard Mourou.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digitising social services could further exclude people already on the margins

Digital or e-government has been prominent on Australia’s political agenda for at least a decade. It has led to improvements in e-services that allow you to pay rates online, submit a digital tax return, or claim rebates for medical bills.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook hack reveals the perils of using a single account to log in to other services

There are several flow-on effects from the recent Facebook hack.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Would a better tsunami warning system have saved lives in Sulawesi?

The death toll from the magnitude 7.5 earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck near Palu, Indonesia, on Friday evening continues to rise, with several regions yet to be reached by rescue teams.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Satellite measurements of slow ground movements may provide a better tool for earthquake forecasting

The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake shattered the surface and twisted railway lines. Simon Lamb, CC BY-ND

It was a few minutes past midnight on 14 November 2016, and I was drifting into sleep in Wel


Originally published in The Conversation.