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Don't chuck that old mobile phone, there's gold in there

It would be a waste, and environmental hazard, to see them thrown in the bin. Adrian Clark/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

In Australia there are many The Conversation.

Chemistry has a bright future for us and our economy

Chemistry is all around us. Shutterstock

Chemistry is the science of molecules: the basic building blocks of all known matter. In a way, this makes chemistry the science of everything.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Village Roadshow using courts to block pirate sites will achieve little

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Unbowed by the defeat of Voltage Pictures to prosecute illegal movie downloaders, Graham Burke, co-CEO o


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don’t be alarmed: AI won’t leave half the world unemployed

Intelligent machines are good at some jobs that were once done by humans. Shutterstock/SFC

Recent alarmist headlines this week claim artificial intelligence (AI) will put half of us out of work.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What is ransomware and how to protect your precious files from it

What would you do if your files were locked away? Shutterstock

What would it mean if you lost all of your personal documents, such as your family photos, research or business records? How much would you pay to get them back? There’s a burgeoning form of cybercrime that hinges on the answers to these questions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How online advertising can work in a world of ad blockers

Ad blockers are here to stay so advertisers need to think differently to reach their target audience. Shutterstock/Aleksandar Karanov

Ask online advertisers what their biggest headache is today, and they will probably say ad blockers, which are bro


Originally published in The Conversation.

Modern tablets with pens may save handwriting from certain death by computer

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Of all of the manual skills that computers are in the process of replacing, handwriting is taking its time to fade completely.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Do Wi-Fi and mobile phones really cause cancer? Experts respond

There is no firm evidence that mobile phone radiation causes us harm. Shutterstock

On 16th February, Catalyst aired an episode on the ABC titled “Wi-Fried”, hosted by Dr Maryanne Demasi


Originally published in The Conversation.

The earthquakes keep on coming for Christchurch

At risk of being accused of being some sort of sinister harbinger of earthquakes, I must confess I happened to be en route to Christchurch, in New Zealand, when the latest magnitude 5.7 earthquake occurred on Sunday beneath the Pacific ocean.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Regional TV fights back as more programmes are 'broadcast' online

Nine's new online streaming service means it can reach beyond its metro boundaries, and regional broadcasters are not happy. Shutterstock/Antonio Guillem

Australia’s broadcasting regulations are under question again following the announcement last week that a regional broadcaster has The Conversation.