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Why are humans unique? It's the small things that count

Traditional ceremonial dress at Mount Hagan, Papua New Guinea. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Can there be any more important a question

Originally published in The Conversation.

Read my lips: truly empathic robots will be a long time coming

Aldebaran's Pepper robot is designed to respond to human emotion. Aldebaran

The Japanese robot Pepper, made by Aldebaran Robotics, has sparked interest regarding the potential of robots to become companions.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The ins and outs of research grant funding committees

Funding panels have to sift through reams of high quality applications, and ultimately reject most. Shutterstock

“Why wasn’t my grant funded?”

Originally published in The Conversation.

It's back to school for Facebook, and it's personal

Has Facebook found a potential new business venture? Flickr/Franklin Heijnen, CC BY-SA

The Facebook legend has it that Mark Zuckerberg got his big social network idea from the schoo

Originally published in The Conversation.

Japan's slippery earthquake means we might need to rethink our Pacific risk

A wave approaches Miyako City after the earthquake struck on March 11, 2011. Reuters/Mainichi Shimbun

Earthquakes happen every day.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian court holds Google is responsible for linking to defamatory websites

Google is responsible for search results. antb/

The South Australian Supreme Court this week found that The Conversation.

Australian Academy of Science President: why we divested ourselves of fossil fuel investments

Part of the coal loading facility at Kooragang Island, NSW. Flickr/eyeweed , CC BY-NC-ND

The Australian Academy of Science has been involved with

Originally published in The Conversation.

Fatal error: why we don't fully trust technology

The dreaded blue screen of death has become so ubiquitous it's now fodder for comedy. Tony Webster/Flickr, CC BY-NC

We’ve all been there. The presenter is about to begin, but then disaster strikes: the computer technology fails.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Reaction: Alan Finkel to be Australia's next Chief Scientist

Alan Finkel is a well respected member of the Australian scientific community. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dr Alan Finkel, has been appointed Australia’s new Chief Scientist, and

Originally published in The Conversation.

From student to start-up – how a PhD can boost budding businesses

Academia and business can learn from each other. Shutterstock

What should an undergraduate student who’s inspired to change the world do? Should they continue their education in a PhD or found a startup?

Originally published in The Conversation.