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Snap: smartphones give dedicated digital cameras a run for their money

Smartphone cameras do have their uses but can they rival a traditional digital camera? Flickr/AshtonPal, CC BY-NC-ND

Apple’s recent offering of The Conversation.

Brains not brawn is the key to success in international rugby

Pushing for an advantage in a scrum in the Australia v Fiji game at the Rugby World Cup. Reuters\Rebecca Naden

Rugby union is a game that draws on players of all shapes and sizes, from the big and muscular forwards in the scrums, rucks and mauls, to the backs who need to be quick and fast on their feet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Can you grow potatoes on Mars?

If you can grow potatoes here, why not on Mars? Helen Maynard-Casely, CC BY-SA

This is not as odd a question as it sounds, and by next week I reckon a good lot of you will be pondering it. Why?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Technology will play a starring role in Australia's future story

Broadband is one of the technologies that will feature heavily in Australia's future.

The new Turnbull government, which admirably seems to take a genuine interest in science and technology, has arrived just in time: Australia can no longer afford to not fully engage with new technologies. But which ones should it embrace?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Publish or perish culture encourages scientists to cut corners

Which of these researchers has fudged their results to get ahead? wavebreakmedia

Last week there was another very public case of a journal article being retracted as a result of The Conversation.

The war on online advertising is intensifying, and the ads are losing

Adblocking software has online advertising in retreat.

A new front in the war against online advertising has opened up with the official release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 9.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Want your kids to learn another language? Teach them code

Coding: it's just another language to learn at school. Flickrabg_colegio, CC BY

Among


Originally published in The Conversation.

Two visions of the 'new economy' collide where people and technology intersect

WikiHouse is one example of the technology-driven new economy, which focuses on people rather than profits. WikiHouse, CC BY

In Sydney in September, Naomi Klein spoke passionately about how climate c


Originally published in The Conversation.

Selling sex in music videos and Video Music Awards

What's she trying to sell? EPA/PAUL BUCK

That most confected of artificial television spectacles, the MTV Video Music Awards has mercifully passed for another year.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Mauna a Wakea: Hawai'i's sacred mountain and the contentious Thirty Meter Telescope

A visualisation of the planned Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea. TMT

Plans to build a new telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai'i have led to months of protests and arrests, The Conversation.