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Ancient Australia: world's first nation of innovators

Ancient human figures painted in red on a rock shelter in northern Australia (Source: Google Art Project, Griffith University). Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Originally published in The Conversation.

The DAO: a radical experiment that could be the future of decentralised governance

The DAO is so democratic that even the logo is up for popular vote.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why nosebands should be loosened on dressage horses at the Olympics

How we treat horses in the public domain always attracts public interest. That’s not surprising considering the animal protection movement started in Victorian England as a public response to the plight of pit-ponies and tired work-horses being beaten.

But despite the 2016 Olympics in Rio on the horizon, the practice of clamping together the jaws of horses has gone unchecked.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Blockchain is useful for a lot more than just Bitcoin

The distributed nature of blockchain networks make them useful for many applications. Shutterstock

Blockchain technology is not just useful for creating digital currencies such as Bitcoin or developing

Originally published in The Conversation.

Fans deserve fair play in major sports, not cheating and corruption

Fans who go to the stadium or barrack from their living rooms need to be assured that sport is real. Shutterstock/Oleksii Sidorov

Why is global sport business booming and why does this come with the increasing frequency and growing size of integrity scandals of bribery, corruption and cheating?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Integrity in sport needs to grow from the grassroots level

Integrity in sport should start from the bottom up. Shutterstock/Paolo Bona

The sporting world was shocked by yet another scandal last week when the Parramatta Eels were found guilty of what National Rugby League CEO The Conversation.

In the Nakamoto fiasco, Reddit proves a more reliable source of crowdsourced analysis

Bitcoin Reddit Reddit

The world last week was treated to another episode in the saga of discovering the real identify of the person behind the creation of Bitcoin.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Rhythm on the brain, and why we can't stop dancing

Some of us can't help moving to a beat. Shutterstock

Music and dance are far from idle pastimes. They are universal forms of expression and deeply rewarding activities that fulfil diverse social functions. Both feature in all the world’s cultures and throughout history.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Kitchen Science: A salt on the senses

Salt seems common enough, but it has some astounding properties. Shutterstock

When we say “salt”, we usually mean the stuff we sprinkle on our chips, which is sodium chloride (NaCl). But, technically speaking, this is just one example of a salt.

Originally published in The Conversation.

What's Mother's Day if you've been born in a machine and raised by robots?

Could a robot raise a child without the need for a mother? Shutterstock/Linda Bucklin

As far-fetched as it may seem today, there are a couple of compelling reasons why some humans may one day be born without either a mother or father as we now know them, and with no other humans around to bring them up.

Originally published in The Conversation.