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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.

Addicted to social media? Try an e-fasting plan

Easy tips on how to disconnect from social media and connect with the real world. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Social media is a double-edged sword, providing both benefits and drawbacks.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The "halving" sounds like a horror story and may well turn out to be one for Bitcoin

Broken Bitcoin Unknown

Bitcoin relies on the participation of people and organisations to act as the “bankers” of the system.


Originally published in The Conversation.

If we really want an ideas boom, we need more women at the top tiers of science

Tanya Monro (left), Emma Johnston (centre) and Nalini Joshi (right) at the National Press Club. National Press Club of Australia

On Wednesday March 30, Emma Johnston, Nalini Joshi and Tanya Monro spoke at the National Press Club for a special The Conversation.

Something new under a (dead) sun

The closest white dwarf to Earth just 8.6 light years away as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and it’s not the obvious bright object in the centre (the Dog-Star Sirius) but rather orbiting it at bottom left is a tiny point of light.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Discovering the bath scum on Titan

Titan's Ligeia Mare in false color NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/Cornell

It’s not everyday that you get to discover something new. But when you do it is a rather strange and quite brilliant feeling.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Eye in the Sky and the moral dilemmas of modern warfare

Tough decisions are made from distant control rooms. Bleecker Street Media

Director Gavin Hood’s new film, Eye in the Sky, places our intuitions about the ethics of war firmly in the cross hairs.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The 'hobbits' were extinct much earlier than first thought

Excavations in Liang Bua, a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. Smithsonian Digitization Program Office Liang Bua Team

New discoveries at the Indonesian cave site of Liang Bua are changing the way we look at the mysterious Homo floresiensi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tablets at the table can influence child development, not always in a good way

How you let young children use a tablet device can influence their behaviour in later years. Shutterstock/Nataliia Budianska

Do you “i-Pad your child” when you go to a restaurant?


Originally published in The Conversation.

The FBI drops its case against Apple that only made everyone's security worse

Cracking the iPhone Author

The FBI has succeeded in hacking into an iPhone that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook without Apple’s help.


Originally published in The Conversation.