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Speaking with: Meg Urry on supermassive black holes

Supermassive black holes, containing as much mass as millions or billions of suns, exist at the centre of all galaxies, including our own Milky Way. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BY-SA

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Originally published in The Conversation.

Loyalty in sport: who to support if your team is not in the weekend's footy finals

Some fans take their sport very seriously such as this Hawthorn supporter during the 2013 AFL Grand Final.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Who has the edge as the Broncos face the Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Grand Final?

Can the Cowboys player Johnathan Thurston shake the Dally M curse to beat the Broncos on Sunday? AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Will it be the Brisbane Broncos or the North Queensland Cowboys who are crowned as 2015 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiers after Sunday evening’s Grand Final?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not every partnership is about sex

Many animals form life-long partnerships, but they're not always about sex. Brett Sayer/Flickr, CC BY-NC

Many species form long-term partnerships in life.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Martian review: science fiction that respects science fact

He's going to have to 'science the shit out of this'. 20th Century Fox

Picture yourself as an explorer in a distant and dangerous place. Something goes wrong, and you and your team have to abandon the venture and head straight for home.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Where were the whistleblowers in the Volkswagen emissions scandal?

The emissions scandal has already taken its toll on Volkswagen. Reuters/Dado Ruvic

The “defeat device” used by Volkswagen to cheat emissions test


Originally published in The Conversation.

Broadband is the key infrastructure for the 21st century

The internet is becoming the essential infrastructure of the 21st century.

Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st-century government”. This article is part of The Conversation’s series focusing on what such a government should look like.


Originally published in The Conversation.

There is water on Mars, but what does this mean for life?

This digital false-colour image shows the dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on the planet. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Inskip beach collapse: just don't call it a 'sinkhole'

What caused the dramatic collapse of the coast on a Queensland island? AAP Image/Higgins Storm Chasing

As was widely reported in the media, at around 10pm last S


Originally published in The Conversation.