Science + Technology – Analysis and Comment

Women are the key to encouraging more female academics to seek promotions. Shutterstock/

Here’s how to get more women promoted to top jobs in universities

Men outnumber women almost two-to one in senior academic positions in Australia's universities. But there is a way that female academics can play a vital role in bridging that gap.
General relativity isn’t only a powerfully descriptive theory, but there’s a beauty in its elegance.

The art and beauty of general relativity

Einstein's theory of general relativity is a triumph of reason and imagination, of art and science, with a profound beauty of its own.
Technology can be so frustrating at times, so what if it could understand your emotions? Shutterstock/Kues

Imagine if technology could read and react to our emotions

How often do you get angry or frustrated with a machine or some piece of technology? Well what if a machine could sense our emotion and then change its behaviour to suit?
Films like Ex Machina explore the bounds of emotional interaction between human and machine. Universal Pictures

Deus sex machina: the ethics of robot love

There are possible emotional and social pitfalls to love and sex with robots, but does that mean we should ban them entirely?
We are already connected in many ways through technology, and we’re about to get a lot more connected. Flickr/kris krug

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

Imagine a world that's even more connected technologically than ours today. It's coming soon and the Australian Communications and Media Authority wants to know if we're ready for it.
An image of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud, suspected of being behind the Paris attacks, was published in the Islamic State’s social media website. Reuters

How social media was key to Islamic State’s attacks on Paris

The tools that protect people's privacy on social media are being used by terrorists to spread their messages of hate and attack.
Have questions about robots and artificial intelligence? Shutterstock

Your questions answered on artificial intelligence

Is genuine artificial consciousness possible? Should we protect jobs from automation? Your questions on AI and robots answered here.
You can feel the weight of an object on Earth because of its mass. But what is mass? Flickr/Jeremy Brooks

Explainer: what is mass?

We talk about mass all the time but what is it that actually gives an object mass? And why do some things have mass and others have no mass at all?
Dagne Mojo (centre) and Petr Matous (right) discuss resource-conserving technologies with the inhabitants of Arsi Zone, Ethiopia. Tatsuya Ishikawa

Engineers don’t just build things, they can help save the world

The role of an engineer has diversified over the years to be something more than just building structures. But that is yet to be reflected in the way we teach the engineers of the future.
Esenna O'Neill’s dramatic departure from YouTube and Instragram was precipitated by her feelings of inauthenticity. Vimeo

When authenticity and advertising collide on social media

Essena O'Neill's dramatic rejection of her successful social media channels raises important questions about how advertising and sponsored posts are regulated on social media.