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A month at sea with no technology taught me how to steal my life back from my phone

The time we invest in our digital lives is time we don’t get back.


Originally published in The Conversation.

That's a relief! We have a way to recover phosphorus from our urine

Phosphorus was first discovered by boiling down thousands of litres of urine. Shutterstock/Lesterman

To mark the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements we’re taking a look at some of the elements used b


Originally published in The Conversation.

Playing with old phones teaches children good habits, and reflects our bad ones back at us

Hard at play: 'technology corner' can teach kids healthy boundaries around device use. Jo Bird, Author provided

Screens are everywhere, including in the palms of our hands.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Watch the Moon hide the Sun from northern Australia

The Moon passes in front of the Sun during this eclipse at Lake Bolac, Victoria, April 29, 2014. Phil Hart, CC BY-NC-ND

A partial solar eclipse will occur across northern Australia on December 26.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Merry Christmaths: the statistics of Secret Santa

Stokkete/Shutterstock

Last Christmas, my family gathered to organise our Kris Kringle. My sister drew her husband, but they were already buying presents for each other, so we decided to draw again.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Robots, AI and drones: when did toys turn into rocket science?

Toys are becoming increasingly advanced, but this can be more of a hindrance than a perk. Pixabay, CC BY-NC

I’m a geek.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'The size, the grandeur, the peacefulness of being in the dark': what it's like to study space at Siding Spring Observatory

Today we hear about some of the fascinating space research underway at Siding Spring Observatory – and how, despite gruelling hours and endless paperwork, astronomers retain their sense of wonder for the night sky. Shutterstock

How did our galaxy form?


Originally published in The Conversation.

When did _Homo erectus_ die out? A fresh look at the demise of an ancient human species over 100,000 years ago

The site at Ngandong held the remains of the last known members of the ancient human species Homo erectus. Author provided

Imagine your child asked you “When did grandma die?” and you could only respond “It was probably a while ago, but it could have been quite recentl


Originally published in The Conversation.

Robot career advisor: AI may soon be able to analyse your tweets to match you to a job

Tennis professionals like Maria Sharapova (pictured) share similar personality traits to her peers and rivals in tennis, but these traits are entirely different to those in other professions such as technology or science. johanlb/flickr, The Conversation.

For a greener future, we must accept there's nothing inherently sustainable about going digital

Digital technologies are often put forward as a solution to environmental dilemmas.

The spread of the internet came with claims of a huge reduction in printing, and by replacing paper with bytes, we thought we’d reduce our negative environmental impact

But this early promise of solving environmental problems may not be delivering because digital devices, like most technologies, also have environmental impacts.


Originally published in The Conversation.