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You could be suffering from FoMO this Christmas

He's tweeted, Instagrammed and Facebooked, but will he get what he wants? Shutterstock

The holiday season can be a traumatising time for many people, but spare a thought (or retweet) for those who strive to be a part of the cultural zeitgeist at the expense of all sanity and reason.


Originally published in The Conversation.

NRL video refs can still make the call even if they're not at the game

A decision is referred to the video referee in this year's game between Melbourne Storm and the Eels, at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, June 15. AAP Image/Julian Smith

A new centralised video bunker is set to be introduced to the National Rugby League (NRL) games next season as part of a The Conversation.

Desperately seeking Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto

Who is the mystery man behind Bitcoin, and why do we want to know? Flickr/stuart anthony, CC BY-NC

In 2008, someone calling themselves Satoshi Nakamoto posted a The Conversation.

This year's Geminid meteor shower will be a true spectacle

A composite image of the Geminid Meteors. Phil Hart/Tanya Hill, Author provided

The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the highlights of every year and 20


Originally published in The Conversation.

Darkness is disappearing and that's bad news for astronomy

The Dreamtime constellation of The Emu rises out of the glow of Sydney, 350km away from the Australian Astronomical Observatory. David Malin, Author provided

Astronomers have much to celebrate in the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (The Conversation.

Your broadband router is not as secure as you think it is

Your broadband router might not look like much, but it's your first line of defence against cyber attack. Matt J Newman/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Between your home network and the internet sits your broadband router.


Originally published in The Conversation.

GM crops can benefit organic farmers too

Genetically modified soybeans. Reuters/Bogdan Cristel

Have you eaten organic food today? If you have eaten anything, then technically you’ve eaten organic.


Originally published in The Conversation.

In the driver's seat of evolution

Rice terraces reshape mountains in southern China. Wikimedia commons

Humans have had a profound influence over evolution; ours and the evolution of many other species.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What to look for when buying a telescope

A telescope can open up on the wonders of the heavens. Grand Canyon National Park/Flickr, CC BY

I’m often asked what inspired me to become an astronomer, and I explain that a pivotal moment for me was stargazing through my grandfather’s telesco


Originally published in The Conversation.