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The race to find even more new elements to add to the periodic table

The expanding periodic table of elements. Shutterstock/Olivier Le Queinec

In an event likely never to be repeated, four new superheavy elements were last week simultaneously added to the periodic table. To add four in one go is quite an achievement but the race to find more is ongoing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Buzz, buzz, slap! Why flies can be so annoying

Many more where these came from. Shutterstock

You know the drill. A picnic in the park, a walk in the bush or a barbecue with friends and family – all perfect summer activities that can be ruined by annoying flies that never leave you alone.

So why do they do it and what do they want?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2016

A brilliant fireball lights up the sky above the Southern Ocean at the 12 Apostles National Park on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. Alex Cherney, Author provided

Many meteor showers, caused by the Ear


Originally published in The Conversation.

Movie pirates break records for stolen previews of latest Hollywood movies

Hunting movie pirates? BagoGames/flickr, CC BY-NC

Hollywood has broken two very different records this holiday season.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Space in 2015 was out of this world

A highlight of 2015 was the number of weird and wonderful exoplanets that were found. NASA/JPL-Caltech

This was a golden year for planetary exploration thanks to all of the NASA and European Space Agency missions that were planned and implemented decades ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do robots 'see' the world?

Disney's WALL.E needed to see all the rubbish on Earth so it could clean it up. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

The world has gone mad for robots with articles talking almost every day about the coming of the The Conversation.

2015, the year that was: Science + Technology

2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system. NASA

This year came and went almost as fast as NASA’s New Horizons probe zipped past the distant dwarf planet, Pluto.


Originally published in The Conversation.