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Can the Big Bash League's backyard cricket bat flip truly be fair?

Would you go 'flats' or 'hills'? Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson

Ahead of the start of the 2018-19 Big Bash League season comes news of a radical change that will bring a smile to th


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's not so easy to gain the true measure of things

Some things are just tricky to measure. Flickr/Patty O'Hearn Kickham, CC BY

I teach measurement – the quantification of things.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We have a Christmas comet: how to spot 2018's interplanetary bauble

Comet 46P/Wirtanen captured on November 15 this year using the remote iTelescope (Siding Springs Observatory, Australia). Flickr/Victor R Ruiz, CC BY
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Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How does the Moon, being so far away, affect the tides on Earth?

When the sea level rises to its highest point, we call that high tide.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Designer' babies won't be common anytime soon – despite recent CRISPR twins

Editing just one gene in an embryo could create many unanticipated side-effects once the baby is born.


Originally published in The Conversation.

ACCC wants to curb digital platform power – but enforcement is tricky

We need new laws to monitor and curb the power wielded by Google, Facebook and other powerful digital platforms, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The Preliminary Report on the Digital Platforms Inquiry found major changes to privacy and consumer protection laws are needed, along with alterations to merger law, and a regulator to investigate the operation of the companies’ algorithms.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital platforms. Why the ACCC's proposals for Google and Facebook matter big time

The Competition and Consumer Commission is worried about the ability of the platforms we use to determine the news we read. Shutterstock

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released the preliminary report of its The Conversation.

Australia is still listening to Voyager 2 as NASA confirms the probe is now in interstellar space

Both Voyagers are now in interstellar space. NASA

NASA has confirmed that Voyager 2 has joined its twin to become only the second spacecraft to enter interste


Originally published in The Conversation.

How researchers assess whether medications work

Ear infections are no fun. The OSTRICH clinical trial looked at whether oral steroid medications might help.


Originally published in The Conversation.