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To carve out a niche in space industries, Australia should focus on microgravity research rockets

Experiments performed in microgravity – like this one in the International Space Station by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti – can give us data not able to be gathered on Earth.


Originally published in The Conversation.

After defamation ruling, it's time Facebook provided better moderation tools

Online community managers are well-educated and mostly women.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How we closed in on the location of a fast radio burst in a galaxy far, far away

A view from CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope antenna 29, with the phased array feed receiver in the centre, Southern Cross on the left and the Moon on the right.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The lowdown on Libra: what consumers need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

Libra could become more successful than other cryptocurrencies because it has the backing of multiple large international corporations. Shutterstock

Cryptocurrencies have become


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bellingcat's report on MH17 shows citizens can and will do intelligence work

Large groups inherently possess more diverse knowledge, expertise and perspectives. Tim de Groot/Unsplash

Amid the news last week that the perpetrators responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) will be put to trial next March, a report wa


Originally published in The Conversation.

Can you be liable for defamation for what other people write on your Facebook page? Australian court says: maybe

In some ways, this case just adapts the old authorities on publication to a modern situation. Shutterstock

When you go online and write something nasty about a person,


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape our economy?

The increasing use of sensors in smart homes adds to an ever expanding amount of user data that can be collected and commodified. Shutterstock

I recently p


Originally published in The Conversation.

People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real. Screenshot

The recent viral “deepfake” video of Mark Zuckerberg declaring, “whoe


Originally published in The Conversation.

30 years since Australia first connected to the internet, we've come a long way

Out of the science labs, our internet connectivity is now part of our everyday lives. Shutterstock/AngieYeoh

This article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explor


Originally published in The Conversation.