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Second detection heralds the era of gravitational wave astronomy

An illustration showing the merger of two black holes and the gravitational waves that ripple outward. LIGO/T.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Snapchat has its risks but it's a powerful tool for youth creativity and socialisation

Snapchat is a powerful tool for teens to communicate and experiment. Maurizio Pesce/Flickr, CC BY

Charlene takes a picture of her dog with her smartphone and morphs his face onto hers to make a hybrid creature.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is there life through the looking-glass? The riddle of life's single-handedness

The molecules that make up life may have arrived from space, and many are chiral. NASA / Jenny Mottar

Try shaking a colleague’s left hand with your right hand. It just doesn’t work, does it?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: How to find an exoplanet (part 2)

An artists’s impression of how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. ESO/M. Kornmesser

The search for planets around other star systems has been going on for decades and the results are now coming in thick and fast.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple emphasises social responsibility and new features but is superficial on both

Homeless in San Francisco Author

Apple’s world-wide developer’s conference (WWDC) kicked off today in San Franisco with a keynote that many expected to be low on new product announcements.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Labor's NBN plan shows it listened to critics of the current broadband rollout

Labor’s broadband plan includes few surprises and fulfils Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s commitment to responsibly increase the construction of fibre to the premises (FTTP). At the same time, it would ensure the completion of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is not delayed further.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Computing gives us tools to preserve disappearing languages

Jamie Milpurr translates archived stories told by his grandfather Frank Ambidjambidj with help from his grandmother Margaret Marlingarr.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How citizen scientists discovered a giant cluster of galaxies

It used to be that you had to have years of training before you could participate in cutting-edge science.

But that has changed, with the power of the internet enabling thousands of ordinary people to contribute to one of humanity’s most exciting endeavours from the comfort of their homes.

It was announced in May that a cluster of galaxies millions of light years away was discovered by a team of citizen scientists clicking on images on their computers at home.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do Labor and the Coalition differ on NBN policy?

As hinted in earlier announcements by Shadow Communications Minister, Jason Clare, Labor’s much-anticipated policy for the National Broadband Network released Monday commits the party – if elected – to move away from the Coalition’s fibre to the node (FTTN) network and transition back to a roll-out of fibre to the premises (FTTP). This was the central pillar of Labor’s original NBN.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Computers may be evolving but are they intelligent?

Computers may be smarter than humans at some things, but are they intelligent? Shutterstock/Olga Nikonova

The final in our Computing turns 60 series, to mark the 60th anniversary of the first computer in an Australian university, looks at h


Originally published in The Conversation.