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We need a fairer system for deciding rain-affected games in Twenty20 cricket

The sixth World Twenty20 cricket tournament begins in India this March and the competition comes at a time when the shortest version of the game is gaining popularity at a remarkable rate.

But there’s a potential dark cloud hanging over the tournament’s intrinsic fairness – literally – when it comes to deciding who’s the winner if a game is cut short.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The evidence is in: greater gender diversity in science benefits us all

Evidence shows science benefits from having researchers from both genders and a wide range of backgrounds. Shutterstock

The World Economic Forum estimated last year that at the current slow rate of progress, it will take until 2133 to The Conversation.

Two years on since flight MH370 disappeared and the search has found nothing: what now?

Rough conditions in the Southern Indian Ocean as the search for MH370 continues. Australian Transport Safety Bureau/John Draves, CC BY

It’s two years since Malaysia Airlines flight

Originally published in The Conversation.

Jupiter returns as king of the night sky

Jupiter stands out as the brightest object in the evening sky. Hypervel\flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Since January, there have not been any planets to see in the evening sky.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Who (or what) is behind the wheel? The regulatory challenges of driverless cars

A legal opinion by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set the internet alight in February.

Originally published in The Conversation.

A partial solar eclipse for northern and western Australia

The moon partly hides the sun from Lake Bolac, Victoria, April 29, 2014. Phil Hart, CC BY-NC-ND

This Wednesday, March 9, the sun and moon will meet together in

Originally published in The Conversation.

Here’s why the recent changes to NSW cycling laws may be a good move

Cycling in Newtown, Sydney. Flickr/Steven Lewis, CC BY-NC-SA

This week the New South Wales Baird government, as part of its The Conversation.

A digital beehive could warn beekeepers when their hives are under attack

Honey bees are responsible for pollinating crops worth more than US$19 billion and for producing about US$385 million in honey a year in the United States. In Australia, honey bee production is a A$92-million industry.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Besides feverish excitement, hackathons really can spur innovation

A 360 of a hackathon in full flight. Carbon Visuals/Flickr, CC BY-SA

It’s 26 hours into the Random Hacks of Kindness hackathon, and I am on my ninth cup of coffee.

Originally published in The Conversation.