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Turnbull's 'agile' government borrows from his IT past

Malcolm Turnbull appears to have drawn on his tech background to shape his vision of government. AAP Image/Joe Castro

Malcolm Turnbull has had many high-profile careers, including as a barrister, merchant banker and aspiring media proprietor. By far his most lucrative, however, was in the IT industry.


Originally published in The Conversation.

More Mad Max than max safety: teenagers don't dream of safe cars

Weapons and flames: this 'dream car' design by teenagers doesn't include any safety features. Bridie Scott-Parker, Author provided

Hardly a week goes by without The Conversation.

What now for the NBN under a Turnbull government?

Malcolm Turnbull needs to find the right Communications Minister to handle the nbn AAP Image/Nikki Short

Now that Malcolm Turnbull has been sworn in as prime minister, the choice of a replacement Communications


Originally published in The Conversation.

Turnbull has an opportunity to make Australia a science nation

The new Prime Minister has an opportunity to reverse the cuts to science funding and transform Australia into an innovative nation. Tracy Sorensen/Flickr, CC BY

Australia’s new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, talked a lot in The Conversation.

Did 'rising star' shine too bright?

Homo naledi bones.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We are lucky to live in a universe made for us

Like a cosmic roulette wheel, we exist because of a very lucky combination of factors. NASA/JPL-Caltech

To a human, the universe might seem like a very inhospitable place. In the vacuum of space, you would rapidly suffocate, while on the surface of a star you would be burnt to a crisp.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Your face is part of Australia's 'national security weapon': should you be concerned?

Images of your face can be checked against images held on government databases. Flickr/StephenMitchell , CC BY-NC-ND

Australian government plans to increase the use of facial recognit


Originally published in The Conversation.

Top 10 science stories of 2013

From leaving the solar system to resurrecting a frog, we highlight just some of the science stories that generated headlines around the world this year.

The 10 weirdest science stories of 2013

From farts on a plane to fake fingers, this list of the weirdest science stories of the year contains stories that will make you squirm and some that will have you scratching your head.

  1. Researchers found we can smell ten smells – and one of them is popcorn! We all know tastes can be classified into five distinct flavours, but research released in September suggested there are 10 basic categories of odour – and that one of them is popcorn. The other odours are fragrant, woody/resinous, fruity (non-citrus), chemical, minty/peppermint, sweet, lemon and two kinds of sickening odours: pungent and decayed.

The genetics of epilepsy: bringing hope to families

Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer have changed the way the world thinks about epilepsy, the debilitating condition that affects about 50 million people.

Twenty years ago doctors tended to regard most forms of epilepsy as acquired rather than inherited. In other words, they believed epilepsy was mostly due to injury: the result of things like a crack on the head in a car accident, a bad fall in the playground, a tumour, or something having gone wrong in labour. Parents felt responsible, and the resulting guilt was enormous.