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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.

Startup nation: the rhetoric and the reality

New Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, has his sights set on Silicon Valley. AAP Image/Lukas Coch for Buzzfeed

If recent statements from both the government and opposition are any guide, then entrepreneurship may be a key battleground for the next federal election.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient minerals on Earth can help explain the early solar system

The early solar system was once a turbulent place. Flickr/Philippe Put, CC BY

A new discovery of an extremely rare mineral, called reidite


Originally published in The Conversation.

The role of science and innovation in a 21st-century government

A fresh start is needed for science and innovation from new PM Malcolm Turnbull and Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st-century government”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Fact over fiction on the 'apocalyptic' super blood moon

Dramatic, but not apocalyptic. Stanimir G Stoev

For many people, the sight of the moon turning deep red – some would say blood red – during a lunar eclipse is a wonderful sight.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Where are the missing gravitational waves?

A visualisation of gravitational waves emitted by two orbiting supermassive black holes. CSIRO, Author provided

Neutron stars – the dead stellar remnants of old, burned-out stars – are some of the most extrem


Originally published in The Conversation.