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Einstein's folly: how the search for a unified theory stumped him to his dying day

Albert Einstein wrestled with unifying gravity with electromagnetism and quantum mechanics until his dying days. Oren Jack Turner/Wikimedia Commons

This month marks exactly The Conversation.

The 'lucky country' needs to be re-invented

We need researchers to collaborate with industry if we're to be an innovation nation. Shutterstock

Despite a lot of talk about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), technical innovation and improved interaction between the re


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple Pay in Australia. Customers lose out and all parties share the blame

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Australian Labor MP Ed Husic has declared that by not suppo


Originally published in The Conversation.

Here's how to get more women promoted to top jobs in universities

Women are the key to encouraging more female academics to seek promotions. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Women may now outnumber men in the ranks of university students but men still outnumber


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don't stop me now! Superluminal travel in Einstein's universe

Hyperspace may one day be a reality. Shutterstock

The story of the drawn-out development of Albert Einstein’s revolutionary rewrite of the laws of gravity has been told many times, but over the past 100 years it has given us extreme st


Originally published in The Conversation.

The art and beauty of general relativity

General relativity isn't only a powerfully descriptive theory, but there's a beauty in its elegance.

One hundred years ago this month, an obscure German physicist named Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Science his General Theory of Relativity.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Imagine if technology could read and react to our emotions

Technology can be so frustrating at times, so what if it could understand your emotions? Shutterstock/Kues

Computers have always been good at doing fast calculations, but adapting to the emotional state of the person using the computer – now there is a grand challenge!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Deus sex machina: the ethics of robot love

Films like Ex Machina explore the bounds of emotional interaction between human and machine. Universal Pictures

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but The Conversation.

Cloudy with a chance of life: how to find alien life on distant exoplanets

The light shining through an exoplanet's atmosphere can give us a hint of whether the planet supports life. NASA, ESA, and G.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's Olympics medal haul has been in decline: can we do better at Rio?

Sailor Tom Slingsby wins one of Australia's only seven gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Reuters/Pascal Lauener

Ever since Sydney played host to the Olympics in 2000, Australia’s medal count at the summer games has been in steady decline.


Originally published in The Conversation.