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Blending science, art and other excrement

Photo Credit: MONA/Rémi Chauvin Image Courtesy MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, CC BY

I think it’s fair to say that I am fairly experienced in dealing with excrement. While some of this comes with


Originally published in The Conversation.

An international day to encourage more women and girls in science

Plenty more needs doing to help plug the gender gap in science. Shutterstock/kurhan

The first United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science is being celebrated today, with a number of The Conversation.

Opposition to genetically modified animals could leave millions hungry

A few genetic tweaks can solve a lot of problems. Chris Marchant/Flickr, CC BY

In a world with a ballooning population and deteriorating environment, we will need to use every trick in the book to stave off mass starvation, disease and politi


Originally published in The Conversation.

My robot Valentine: could you fall in love with a robot?

Can a robot really feel and express emotions such as love? Shutterstock/Charles Taylor

Imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re sitting in a restaurant across the table from your significant other, about to start a romantic dinner.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Violence against women: does technology do more harm than good?

Technology can be used to abuse or harass women, but it can help them too. Shutterstock

Federal MP Tim Watts spoke in parliament on Monday about the ways in which new technologies are being used to stalk, inti


Originally published in The Conversation.

Where aid fails, appropriate technology can succeed

Even something as simple as a water pump might not work if it requires parts or power not readily available where it's installed. The Conversation.

Robots in health care could lead to a doctorless hospital

Would you trust your child's health to a robot surgeon? Shutterstock/magicinfoto

Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Asia is the gift that keeps on giving in prehistory

The Siwalik sandstone complex taken in the city of Jawalamukhi, Northern India. Photo courtesy of Dr.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Raising Lady Gaga-ntuan and her (hopefully) world record breaking young

It’s not often you get to raise a clutch of stick insects that can grow to nearly 60cm long. But I was given the rare privilege of doing so recently when I nursed the batch of eggs laid by the longest Australian phasmid, Ctenomorpha gargantua, nicknamed “Lady Gaga-ntuan”.


Originally published in The Conversation.