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What the stats say: is Steve Smith the second-best Australian cricket batsman ever?

The Ashes may be over once again, but one of the biggest talking points during the cricket test series between Australia and England was the continued meteoric rise of Australian captain Steve Smith as a test batsman.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why can some cups go in the microwave and some not?

The short answer is that it depends on the material the cups and plates are made of, and even what shape they are. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

This is an article from The Conversation.

Doctors already use phones to share clinical images of patients – legislation needs to catch up

Images are so useful in medical diagnosis - but there are legal and ethical concerns about how they're used.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The origin of 'us': what we know so far about where we humans come from

The story of where we come from evolves almost every year. Shutterstock/Eugenio Marongiu

The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as The Conversation.

Listen up! How to get your message across in just 60 seconds

Your minute is nearly up. Shutterstock/Mike Flippo

Do you have something important to say, but find it hard to get people’s attention?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Virtual reality has added a new dimension to theme park rides — so what's next for thrill-seekers?

The author on a VR waterslide in Germany. Because why not? Malcolm Burt, Author provided

Rollercoasters have come a long way since the theme park rides of old, as thrill-seekers and park operators look for the next big thing.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The five most anticipated digital games of 2018

Next year’s must-have games include a number of sequels to popular franchises. from

It’s been an interesting year for digital games.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Look up! Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018

The 2017 Geminids as seen from Ecuador, against the backdrop of the splendid Milky Way (centre) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (right). Flickr/David Meyer, CC BY-NC-ND

Originally published in The Conversation.

AI is learning from our encounters with nature – and that's a concern

In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions.

Originally published in The Conversation.