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Why would anyone believe the Earth is flat?

The Earth as seen from space -- looks curved from up there. Flickr/NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, CC BY-NC

Belief in a flat Earth seems a bit like the attempt to The Conversation.

How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: reboot the system

Enough! There is a way to end the harassment of women in science. Shutterstock/Dean Drobot

The culture in astronomy, and in science more broadly, needs a major reboot following revelations early this year of another case of harassment against women by a senior male academic.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Flat wrong: the misunderstood history of flat Earth theories

A 'flat-Earth' map drawn by Orlando Ferguson in 1893. This rendering of a flat Earth still gets some truck today. Wikimedia/Orlando Ferguson

For most people, being described as a “flat Earther” is an insult.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Feeling emotional? Facebook's Reactions finally let you say more than just Like

Facebook Reactions Tim Peterson

Facebook has decided that the Like button is not expressive enough and are going to add 5 new icons, called “Reactions” that Facebook calls “


Originally published in The Conversation.

Corals, crochet and the cosmos: how hyperbolic geometry pervades the universe

The frilly forms of corals and sponges are biological variations of hyperbolic geometry, as seen here on the Great Barrier Reef, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Wikimedia/Toby Hudson, CC BY-SA


Originally published in The Conversation.

The science _for_ climate change only feeds the denial: how do you beat that?

Some people just refuse to believe in climate change no matter what the science says. Shutterstock/rangizzz

As the scientific consensus for climate change has strengthened over the past decade, the arguments against the science of climate change have been on the increase.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is Theranos a tech revolution in healthcare or marketing hype cloaked in secrecy?

Elizabeth Holmes Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch), CC BY

If one company were to symbolise the entire ethos of Silicon Valley, it would be Ther


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: the ins and outs of peer review

Every academic journal article is rigorously screened by other experts in the field Shutterstock

If you are at all familiar with the operation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) you will know that, while the various authors are (unpaid) professionals of one sort


Originally published in The Conversation.

Giant monster Megalodon sharks lurking in our oceans: be serious!

An artist's impression of the giant shark, megalodon. Shutterstock/Catmando

The sighting of a seven-metre shark off the South Australia coast this month has excited the The Conversation.

East Asia makes a comeback in the human evolution stakes

Facial reconstruction of Homo erectus from China. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Archaeological discoveries in East Asia over the last decade or so have


Originally published in The Conversation.