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Space in 2015 was out of this world

A highlight of 2015 was the number of weird and wonderful exoplanets that were found. NASA/JPL-Caltech

This was a golden year for planetary exploration thanks to all of the NASA and European Space Agency missions that were planned and implemented decades ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do robots 'see' the world?

Disney's WALL.E needed to see all the rubbish on Earth so it could clean it up. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

The world has gone mad for robots with articles talking almost every day about the coming of the The Conversation.

2015, the year that was: Science + Technology

2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system. NASA

This year came and went almost as fast as NASA’s New Horizons probe zipped past the distant dwarf planet, Pluto.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Star Wars: these could be the droids we're looking for in real life

BB-8 (left) is a new droid addition to the Star Wars universe. Disney

The latest episode of Star Wars is now upon us and has unleashed a new era of science fantasy robots, or “droids” as they are known.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bone suggests ‘Red Deer Cave people’ a mysterious species of human

Artist’s reconstruction of a Red Deer Cave man. Peter Schouten, Author provided

It’s been an exciting year for human evolution with several discoveries dramatically rewriting major episodes of our ancient past.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bitcoin might not change the world, but the blockchain that makes it work, might

Will the blockchain be what Bitcoin wasn't Sergey Tarasov Shutterstock

Digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin may have failed to unseat their more traditional rivals, but the technology that underpins Bitcoin may yet bring about a revolution in finance and other industries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Court dismisses the Dallas Buyers Club latest copyright claim as 'not Ben-Hur'

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club. Voltage Pictures

The Dallas Buyers Club LLC v iiNet case appears to have come to an interesting junction yesterday when Justice Nye Perram moved to dismiss the case “in its e


Originally published in The Conversation.