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Charles Darwin's evolutionary revelation in Australia

View of Port Jackson, Fort Macquarie and part of Sydney Cove, in 1836. Govett, William Romaine/National Library

One hundred and eighty years ago today, on January 12, 1836, HMS Beagle entered Sydney Harbour with the 26-year old Charles Darwin on board.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What's up with Twitter, in fewer than 10,000 characters

There's already a lot you can say on Twitter in 140 characters. Flickr/Manuel Schmalstieg, CC BY

The internet erupted in outrage last week at The Conversation.

Shooting the moon: the search for ultra high energy neutrinos

The moon can be used to help in the hunt for high energy particles. Flickr/Neil Hall , CC BY-NC

In 1991 physicists first detected a cosmic ray – a high-energy particle from space – with


Originally published in The Conversation.

Netflix is everywhere (almost), so what does this mean for local media?

In his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, announced that Netflix will now be available in 130 new countries. This sees Netflix more than triple its global presence.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Exploring the solar system: the best of what you can look out for in 2016

NASA's Juno probe will be the fastest object humanity has ever created when it approaches Jupiter. NASA/JPL-Caltech

This year is shaping up to be another exciting one for space after a bonanza of discoveries and celestial The Conversation.

The search for new elements on the periodic table started with a blast

New elements were discovered in early thermonuclear bomb tests. Pixabay

So the periodic table has expanded again with the addition late last year of The Conversation.

What does it mean to think and could a machine ever do it?

Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder? Shutterstock/Photobymhu

The idea of a thinking machine is an amazing one. It would be like humans creating artificial life, only more impressive because we would be creating consciousness. Or would we?


Originally published in The Conversation.

What science can tell us about the 'world's largest sapphire'

How did the Star of Adam grow so big? BBC

The “Star of Adam”, recently found in a mine in Sri Lanka, is believed to be the biggest sapphire ever discovered. It weighs in at over 1,404 carats, that’s around 280g or just under ten ounces.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New ways your smartwatch (and phone) may be spying on you. How worried should you be?

Your smartwatch may be watching Pixabay

A computer science Masters student Tony Beltramelli at the IT University of Copenhagen has demonstrated that software running on a smartwatc


Originally published in The Conversation.