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Don't stop me now! Superluminal travel in Einstein's universe

Hyperspace may one day be a reality. Shutterstock

The story of the drawn-out development of Albert Einstein’s revolutionary rewrite of the laws of gravity has been told many times, but over the past 100 years it has given us extreme st


Originally published in The Conversation.

The art and beauty of general relativity

General relativity isn't only a powerfully descriptive theory, but there's a beauty in its elegance.

One hundred years ago this month, an obscure German physicist named Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Science his General Theory of Relativity.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Imagine if technology could read and react to our emotions

Technology can be so frustrating at times, so what if it could understand your emotions? Shutterstock/Kues

Computers have always been good at doing fast calculations, but adapting to the emotional state of the person using the computer – now there is a grand challenge!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Deus sex machina: the ethics of robot love

Films like Ex Machina explore the bounds of emotional interaction between human and machine. Universal Pictures

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but The Conversation.

Cloudy with a chance of life: how to find alien life on distant exoplanets

The light shining through an exoplanet's atmosphere can give us a hint of whether the planet supports life. NASA, ESA, and G.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia's Olympics medal haul has been in decline: can we do better at Rio?

Sailor Tom Slingsby wins one of Australia's only seven gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics. Reuters/Pascal Lauener

Ever since Sydney played host to the Olympics in 2000, Australia’s medal count at the summer games has been in steady decline.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why is Einstein's general relativity such a popular target for cranks?

Take my radically intuitive theory and 'poof', general relativity will be disproved. Shutterstock/Richard Peterson

Scientists may be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but there


Originally published in The Conversation.

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It's possible that had Einstein not conceived of general relativity, then we'd still be at a loss to explain gravity to this day. Wikimedia

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head


Originally published in The Conversation.

Anonymous takes on Islamic State and that's not a good thing

Anonymous can do more harm than good in its war on Islamic State. Flickr/Pierre Rennes , CC BY

It’s been a week since the


Originally published in The Conversation.