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Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds

A new development could mean vastly increase data transfer over optical fibre cables. Shutterstock

Fibre optics allow for the communication of data at the speed of light.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New relaxed drone regulations will help the industry take off

CASA makes it easier for low risk flying of drones. Flickr/Richard Thorek, CC BY-NC-SA

The Australian drone industry is set for a shake up following the announcement of a lon


Originally published in The Conversation.

How ancient Aboriginal star maps have shaped Australia's highway network

Somewhere up there is the road you're on. R.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How secure is your smartphone's lock screen?

There's a big difference between a 4-digit PIN and a 6-digit PIN. Ervins Strauhmanis/Flickr, CC BY

One consequence of the Apple vs FBI drama has been to shine a spotlight on


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Hobbit gets a little older, and science a little wiser

A forensic reconstruction of the appearance of Homo floresiensis (Credit: Cicero Moraes et alii). Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

When a skeleton of the so-called ‘Hobbit’ - s


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why did early human societies practice violent human sacrifice?

Illustration of ritualised human sacrifice in traditional Hawaiian culture, as documented by the French explorer and artists Jaques Arago in 1819. Arago, Jacques. (1822). Promenade autour du monde: pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820, sur les corvettes du roi l’Uranie et la Physicienne, commandées par M.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tesla's gamble on its 'affordable' electric car

Tesla announced what it calls its “most affordable” electric vehicle in the Model 3 last week. The car can now be ordered with a deposit of A$1,500 in Australia (US$1,000 in the United States) but won’t be delivered until late 2017.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How often does Donald Trump wash his hands?

How clean is that finger, Donald? youtube, CC BY-SA

Move over Nate Silver!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Hidden stars, baby planets and blowup spaceships

Except for a few blue foreground stars, the stars are part of the Milky Way’s nuclear star cluster, the most massive and densest star cluster in our galaxy. NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA, Acknowledgment: T. Do, A.Ghez (UCLA), V.


Originally published in The Conversation.