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We need to ditch the pink ball in day-night test cricket

Australian bowler Mitchell Marsh receives the pink ball during the Test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

The pink cricket ball for day-night t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Electronics are getting small, and that is causing big problems

The microprocessors on this wafer of silicon have transistors measuring in the nanometres. Shutterstock

Your television, computer, smartphone or any other electronic device wouldn’t work without being able to shuttle electric charges around their circuits.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The drive towards ethical AI and responsible robots has begun

Robots and AI can be safe, if we make them that way. Shutterstock

Roboticist Sabine Hauert, from the Britain’s University of Bristol, wrote in Natur


Originally published in The Conversation.

GM salmon may be safe but they're not coming to a store near you just yet

The genetically modified salmon (rear) grows twice as fast as a non-GM fish. Aquabounty Technologies

We have all, most likely unknowingly, eaten products that have contained some form of genetically modified (GM) crops, which remain The Conversation.

Hello Barbie, hello hackers: accessing personal data will be child's play

Who is she talking to? Mattel

At the top of some children’s Christmas present wish list this year will be the new Hello Barbie doll.


Originally published in The Conversation.

You could be suffering from FoMO this Christmas

He's tweeted, Instagrammed and Facebooked, but will he get what he wants? Shutterstock

The holiday season can be a traumatising time for many people, but spare a thought (or retweet) for those who strive to be a part of the cultural zeitgeist at the expense of all sanity and reason.


Originally published in The Conversation.

NRL video refs can still make the call even if they're not at the game

A decision is referred to the video referee in this year's game between Melbourne Storm and the Eels, at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, June 15. AAP Image/Julian Smith

A new centralised video bunker is set to be introduced to the National Rugby League (NRL) games next season as part of a The Conversation.

Desperately seeking Bitcoin's Satoshi Nakamoto

Who is the mystery man behind Bitcoin, and why do we want to know? Flickr/stuart anthony, CC BY-NC

In 2008, someone calling themselves Satoshi Nakamoto posted a The Conversation.

This year's Geminid meteor shower will be a true spectacle

A composite image of the Geminid Meteors. Phil Hart/Tanya Hill, Author provided

The annual Geminid meteor shower is one of the highlights of every year and 20


Originally published in The Conversation.

Darkness is disappearing and that's bad news for astronomy

The Dreamtime constellation of The Emu rises out of the glow of Sydney, 350km away from the Australian Astronomical Observatory. David Malin, Author provided

Astronomers have much to celebrate in the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (The Conversation.