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$6 billion for Candy Crush highlights the importance of female mobile gamers

Commuter Candy Crush from sutterstock.com

Computer game publisher Activision Blizzard has this week announced that they intend to buy King Digital, the makers of “


Originally published in The Conversation.

Elementary new theory on mass extinctions that wiped out life

Many marine reptiles like this nothosaur went extinct at the end of the Triassic, one of five major mass extinction events on Earth. Brian Choo, CC BY-NC

Throughou


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is that a human or machine driving? Mistaken identity can lead to tragedy

We need to know if we're interacting with a human or a machine. Shutterstock

Many of Shakespeare’s plays depend on mistaken identity. In Twelfth Night, Viola disguises herself as a boy, and is mistaken for her twin brother Sebastian, complicating an already complicated love triangle.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Mungo Man moves to National Museum, but he's still not home

The 40,000-year-old remains of Mungo Man were discovered in 1974 on the southern sector of the eroding Lake Mungo shoreline. Jim Bowler , Author provided

The figure of Mungo Man has emerged with iconic status, not only for Abor


Originally published in The Conversation.

Cold light: astronomers go to the ends of the Earth to see cosmic carbon

The edge of the Horsehead nebula, where it touches the empty space outside it, is rich in carbon. NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

The carbon cycle is central t


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to feed a racehorse and keep him healthy

Finding the right balance in feeding a racehorse. Cheryl Ann Quigley/Shutterstock.com

As we celebrate the Melbourne Cup today with our drinks and nibbles, it’s worth a passing glance at the way we nourish our champions of the turf.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Are we funding the right researchers in Australia?

Research funding is predominantly going to older male researchers rather than younger men and women. Shutterstock

If we want the Australian university sector to help fuel innovation, then we need to ensure the right researchers are being supported by our funding bodies, such as the Australian Research Council (


Originally published in The Conversation.

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.