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Why you should stay on the grid, even with your solar-powered batteries

There's a good reason to connected to the electricity distribution network. Flickr/Indigo Skies Photography , CC BY-NC-ND

Anything that can help cut our electricity bill is to be


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not dead yet: how email has survived and continues to thrive

Love it or hate it, we still use email. Shutterstock/Melpomene

Ask around – everyone has an opinion about their email and their inbox, and it’s not always positive.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what is FPV drone racing?

Drone racing can be done indoors or out, as long as there are obstacles that make the course interesting. Porco 777

The new sport of drone racing sees small but very fast robots fly around a circuit littered with obstacles.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's part in the global effort to discover gravitational waves

The historic discovery of gravitational waves announced this week involved the work of more than a thousand scientists working tirelessly in several different institutions, across many different countries and timezones.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Timeline: the history of gravity

Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

Our understanding of gravity has gone through a few permutations, from Newton’s equations through to Einstein’s general relativity.


Originally published in The Conversation.

On detecting gravitational waves, landmark science and the media

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A few hours ago the most eagerly-awaited press conference in physics this century was held in the US by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC). It was widely anticipated that the consortium would announce the first direct detection of gravitational waves with the Advanced LIGO interferometers - and they did!!!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Gravitational waves discovered: top scientists respond

Massive bodies can send ripples through space time in the form of gravitational waves. NASA

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity, w


Originally published in The Conversation.

Gravitational waves discovered: the universe has spoken

When two black holes collide, the resulting gravitational ripples can be felt across the cosmos. Henze, NASA

Up until now, humanity has been deaf to the gravitational “sounds” of the universe. At last, we have heard our first message. On September 14, 2015, the first data arrived!


Originally published in The Conversation.

When black holes meet: inside the cataclysms that cause gravitational waves

Binary black holes come in a variety of forms, but they are all astounding. NASA, ESA, and G.


Originally published in The Conversation.