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What's wrong with the web and do we need to fix it?

Do we need a decentralised web? Shutterstock/cybrain

More than 20 years after the first web server started bringing the internet into our lives, a recent conference in San Francisco brought together some of its creators to discuss its future.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Kitchen Science: beyond the sweetness of sugar

Sugar is a surprisingly versatile substance. Shutterstock

We all know the nutritional “evils” of sugar as a potential cause of obesity, chronic disease and The Conversation.

How CSIRO is turbocharging the world's largest radio telescopes

The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world. NAOC

The world’s largest single-dish radio telescope, FAST (the Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Telescope), is rapidly taking shape in China.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Can cycling help with grief and depression?

My father Lindsay Fry passed away suddenly eight months ago. He had end stage cancer, which was found well advanced on his lung and spine. Sadly, my father died just seven weeks after his diagnosis. He was two weeks short of his 70th birthday.

I was not prepared at all for my father’s death. It was a great shock, and the resulting grief floored me. The people around me seemed under prepared too – the daily conversations at work, around the dinner table, with family, and even out riding bikes with friends didn’t often accommodate deeper dialogue around the bereavement experience.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The need for speed: there's still time to fix Australia's NBN

Australia's is spending billions of dollars a national infrastructure 'that just about meets demand today'. Shutterstock/Dario Lo Presti

A National Broadband Network (NBN) based on Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) was, and still is, the right answer f

Originally published in The Conversation.

Infographic: how much does Australia spend on science and research?

CSIRO has received significant cuts to its budget over the past several years. David McClenaghan, CC BY

The election is rapidly approaching, and all major parties – The Conversation.

Collecting data to help protect Australia's waters from toxic algal blooms

Ever heard of Thalassiosira, Detonula, Leptocylindrus or Chaetoceros? No, they are not the names of Greek gods but arguably some of the most important and beautiful organisms on earth: the diatoms.

Diatoms are largely unseen due to their microscopic size but they are the most abundant and diverse single-celled phytoplankton (or microalgae) in the ocean.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Gender equity can cause sex differences to grow bigger


How do sex differences arise? Few questions animate as much disagreement and contention, in everyday society and in academic study. For as long as the question has been asked, the answers have fallen between two extremes: sex differences arise innately, or they come from social experience.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why so many Australian species are yet to be named

Turns out that in Australia, you are probably closer than you think to hundreds or thousands of species that don’t have names. They are scientifically and culturally anonymous Australians.

If you live in a capital city, these unnamed Aussies are in your state or territory museum, and if you live in a regional area, they are living in your local nature reserve.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Juno is about to peer under the clouds of Jupiter

Jupiter, as seen from my garden in Sydney. The spacecraft Juno will soon be getting a closer view. Andy Casely, CC BY-NC

You’ve all heard the Planets Suite, right?

Originally published in The Conversation.