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Did the earth move for you? How GPS tracks the slow movements of a world in motion

The Earth's surface is in a constant state of motion, before, during and after earthquakes. Shutterstock/Natee K Jindakum

If you feel that the earth beneath your feet is moving, it’s because it is.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Robots can help young patients engage in rehab

RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO Alvin Aquino/RCH

Anyone who has undergone any intensive physical rehabilitation knows the frustration, boredom and discomfort that comes with repeated exercises over days, weeks and even months.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?

Crewed submarines like the HMAS Rankin might become a thing of the past. United States Navy, Photographer's Mate 1st Class David A.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Selling smart things in the home. Nest's struggles to make it work

Nest Appliances David Glance

The world, it seems, is growing increasingly skeptical of the stuttering revolution of the Internet of Things.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Kitchen Science: everything you eat is made of chemicals

Chemicals or a spice rack? Or both? Hans Splinter/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

This is the first in our ongoing Kitchen Science series exploring the physics, chemistry and biology that takes place in your home.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Twisted light could dramatically boost internet speeds

A new development could mean vastly increase data transfer over optical fibre cables. Shutterstock

Fibre optics allow for the communication of data at the speed of light.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New relaxed drone regulations will help the industry take off

CASA makes it easier for low risk flying of drones. Flickr/Richard Thorek, CC BY-NC-SA

The Australian drone industry is set for a shake up following the announcement of a lon


Originally published in The Conversation.

How ancient Aboriginal star maps have shaped Australia's highway network

Somewhere up there is the road you're on. R.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How secure is your smartphone's lock screen?

There's a big difference between a 4-digit PIN and a 6-digit PIN. Ervins Strauhmanis/Flickr, CC BY

One consequence of the Apple vs FBI drama has been to shine a spotlight on


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Hobbit gets a little older, and science a little wiser

A forensic reconstruction of the appearance of Homo floresiensis (Credit: Cicero Moraes et alii). Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

When a skeleton of the so-called ‘Hobbit’ - s


Originally published in The Conversation.