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There is water on Mars, but what does this mean for life?

This digital false-colour image shows the dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on the planet. The streaks are roughly the length of a football field. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Inskip beach collapse: just don't call it a 'sinkhole'

What caused the dramatic collapse of the coast on a Queensland island? AAP Image/Higgins Storm Chasing

As was widely reported in the media, at around 10pm last S


Originally published in The Conversation.

Startup nation: the rhetoric and the reality

New Assistant Minister for Innovation, Wyatt Roy, has his sights set on Silicon Valley. AAP Image/Lukas Coch for Buzzfeed

If recent statements from both the government and opposition are any guide, then entrepreneurship may be a key battleground for the next federal election.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient minerals on Earth can help explain the early solar system

The early solar system was once a turbulent place. Flickr/Philippe Put, CC BY

A new discovery of an extremely rare mineral, called reidite


Originally published in The Conversation.

The role of science and innovation in a 21st-century government

A fresh start is needed for science and innovation from new PM Malcolm Turnbull and Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st-century government”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Fact over fiction on the 'apocalyptic' super blood moon

Dramatic, but not apocalyptic. Stanimir G Stoev

For many people, the sight of the moon turning deep red – some would say blood red – during a lunar eclipse is a wonderful sight.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Where are the missing gravitational waves?

A visualisation of gravitational waves emitted by two orbiting supermassive black holes. CSIRO, Author provided

Neutron stars – the dead stellar remnants of old, burned-out stars – are some of the most extrem


Originally published in The Conversation.

Should we treat chronic disease patients only if they agree to lifestyle monitoring?

keeping tabs Best Fitness Trackers

Being overweight and inactive are two of the major causes of chronic diseases The Conversation.

Snap: smartphones give dedicated digital cameras a run for their money

Smartphone cameras do have their uses but can they rival a traditional digital camera? Flickr/AshtonPal, CC BY-NC-ND

Apple’s recent offering of The Conversation.

Brains not brawn is the key to success in international rugby

Pushing for an advantage in a scrum in the Australia v Fiji game at the Rugby World Cup. Reuters\Rebecca Naden

Rugby union is a game that draws on players of all shapes and sizes, from the big and muscular forwards in the scrums, rucks and mauls, to the backs who need to be quick and fast on their feet.


Originally published in The Conversation.