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SkyWatch: Mars, Saturn, the full moon and Scorpius

Mars and Earth have a close encounter every 26 months. Zolt Levay (STScI)

This weekend Mars appears at its best and brightest.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why we need to do more for the victims of online fraud and scams

Online fraud can lead to desperate measures for the victims so we need to do more to help them. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

As we come to the end of National Consumer Fraud Awareness Week, I can’t help but reflect on


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ahead of its time: Doctor Who's 56 inspiring female scientists

Osgood is one of the many female scientists depicted working alongside the Doctor. BBC

The issue of gender equity in science has received a lot of attention recently.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A bit of numeracy can take the heat out of the asylum debate

Fear of “innumerate and illiterate” asylum seekers arriving in Australia is immigration minister Peter Dutton’s latest broadside in the ongoing to-and-fro over asylum seeker policy.

Unfortunately for the asylum debate, numeracy is rather lost. In this regard, we can all learn something from the 1938 Physics Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The International Space Station: 100,000 laps and counting

After 17 years, the International Space Station makes 100,000 orbits of Earth. NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) has completed more than 100,000 orbits of Earth.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Virtual reality sex is coming soon to a headset near you

Your every fantasy can be brought to life. Shutterstock

The 1992 film Lawnmower Man generated a lot of buzz at the time of its release.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The future of chatbots is more than just small-talk

Intelligent machines are getting better at understanding our conversation. Shutterstock/Gary Blakeley

Human communication goes beyond words. It is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Want to build a moon base? Easy. Just print it

Robotic construction of Lunar and Martian infrastructure using 3D printing. Contour Crafting

Planetary Resources, a company hoping to make asteroid mining into a tril


Originally published in The Conversation.

Getting to know you: the robot assistant who can second-guess your every need

Your friendly AI helper could be available on many devices, from your robot at work to even your smartphone. Shutterstock/Iakobchuk Viacheslav

It’s here – a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day, and yes, become our trusted friend. Science fiction is becoming science fact.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Customers aren't buying fast broadband because that is not what they are being sold

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The NBN has become an election issue in Australia with claims being made that the Australian


Originally published in The Conversation.