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The government is hyping digitalised services, but not addressing a history of e-government fails

E-government involves using the internet to streamline interaction between government agencies and the public. SHUTTERSTOCK

In politics, when you have little to show for your achievements, you can release a “roadmap” for what will supposedly be achieved in the future.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Stimulus package: brain stimulation holds huge promise, but is critically under-regulated

Neurostimulation is rife with potential and pitfalls. Metamorworks/Shutterstock

This year, a Chinese patient known only as Mr Yan became a medical pioneer.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Returning to country: we should use genetics, geology and more to repatriate Aboriginal remains

Working out where Aboriginal remains came from will in take researchers from several disciplines working together. Michael Westaway, Author provided

The remains of thousands of Aboriginal Australians are scattered around the world in museums


Originally published in The Conversation.

Episode – Choose Your Story: the inappropriate game your kids have probably played

The game's players are able to customise their own storyline, which can then be 'featured' and shared with other players. The catch is, there's more than 12 million creators - and the content isn't exactly well-regulated.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Virtual reality won't make cows happier, but it might help us see them differently

Can virtual reality reality improve a dairy cow's life? Moscow Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Earlier this week, Russian farmers announced they are testing virtual reality (VR) for dairy cows.


Originally published in The Conversation.

On the Battle of Seattle's 20th anniversary, let's remember the Aussie coders who created live sharing

Twenty years ago, a group of Australian activists invented open source online publishing, by creating a website that went on to be pivotal in the Battle of Seattle protests.

The violent clash, which took place on November 30, 1999, between anti-globalisation activists and Seattle police, caught the world’s attention. It was also the first large-scale use of technology that allowed anyone to upload stories, photos, and video in a live feed to a website.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A surprisingly big black hole might have swallowed a star from the inside out, and scientists are baffled

A recently discovered black hole -- found by the way it makes a nearby star wobble -- is hard to square with our understanding of how these dark cosmic objects form. NAOC, Chinese Academy of Sciences

About 15,000 light years away, in a distant spiral arm of the Milky Way,


Originally published in The Conversation.

The internet's founder now wants to 'fix the web', but his proposal misses the mark

Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, an organisation which aims to develop international standards for the web. SHUTTERSTOCK

On March 12, the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the internet’s founder Tim Berners-Lee said we needed to “<


Originally published in The Conversation.

How weather radar can keep tabs on the elusive magpie goose

Magpie Geese taking off from a mango orchard in the Northern Territory Rebecca Rogers, Author provided

You’re probably familiar with weather radar that shows bands of rain blowing in to ruin your plans for the day, or the ominous swirling p


Originally published in The Conversation.