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Cold light: astronomers go to the ends of the Earth to see cosmic carbon

The edge of the Horsehead nebula, where it touches the empty space outside it, is rich in carbon. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The carbon cycle is central t


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to feed a racehorse and keep him healthy

Finding the right balance in feeding a racehorse. Cheryl Ann Quigley/Shutterstock.com

As we celebrate the Melbourne Cup today with our drinks and nibbles, it’s worth a passing glance at the way we nourish our champions of the turf.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Are we funding the right researchers in Australia?

Research funding is predominantly going to older male researchers rather than younger men and women. Shutterstock

If we want the Australian university sector to help fuel innovation, then we need to ensure the right researchers are being supported by our funding bodies, such as the Australian Research Council (


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why are humans unique? It's the small things that count

Traditional ceremonial dress at Mount Hagan, Papua New Guinea. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Can there be any more important a question


Originally published in The Conversation.

Read my lips: truly empathic robots will be a long time coming

Aldebaran's Pepper robot is designed to respond to human emotion. Aldebaran

The Japanese robot Pepper, made by Aldebaran Robotics, has sparked interest regarding the potential of robots to become companions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The ins and outs of research grant funding committees

Funding panels have to sift through reams of high quality applications, and ultimately reject most. Shutterstock

“Why wasn’t my grant funded?”


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's back to school for Facebook, and it's personal

Has Facebook found a potential new business venture? Flickr/Franklin Heijnen, CC BY-SA

The Facebook legend has it that Mark Zuckerberg got his big social network idea from the schoo


Originally published in The Conversation.

Japan's slippery earthquake means we might need to rethink our Pacific risk

A wave approaches Miyako City after the earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. Reuters/Mainichi Shimbun

Earthquakes happen every day.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian court holds Google is responsible for linking to defamatory websites

Google is responsible for search results. antb/Shutterstock.com

The South Australian Supreme Court this week found that The Conversation.

Australian Academy of Science President: why we divested ourselves of fossil fuel investments

Part of the coal loading facility at Kooragang Island, NSW. Flickr/eyeweed , CC BY-NC-ND

The Australian Academy of Science has been involved with


Originally published in The Conversation.