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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.

Are we ready for a world even more connected in the Internet of Things?

We are already connected in many ways through technology, and we're about to get a lot more connected. Flickr/kris krug, CC BY-NC-ND

Imagine a world that is even more connected technolog

Originally published in The Conversation.

Women get a much needed boost in research funding gender equity plan

A new plan will help women ascend to the highest levels in academia. Shutterstock

Women make up 44% of Australian academics, but just 24% of professors.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Do you share more genes with your mother or your father?

To whom is she more closely related? Shutterstock

Many of your relatives probably have an answer to the question of whether you are more your mother or your father’s child. But the correct answer to the question is not as simple as it might seem.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Touch screens: why a new transparent conducting material is sorely needed

With reserves of indium tin oxide running low, what will replace it as the leader in transparent conducting materials? B Zedan/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Touch screens are incorporated into almos

Originally published in The Conversation.

The Man Who Knew Infinity: a mathematician's life comes to the movies

Dev Patel plays Ramanujan (right) with Jeremy Iron's as his Cambridge mentor G H Hardy (left) in The Man Who Knew Infinity. Icon Films

The movie The Man Who Knew Infinity is about Sriniv

Originally published in The Conversation.