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The latest RN makeover is largely about talk – a cheap format that costs little to produce. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Changes to Radio National are gutting a cultural treasure trove

Sweeping changes proposed at Radio National undermine the network's specialist knowledge and documentary-making savvy. Yet amid the echo chambers of social media, we need RN more than ever.
The GLEAM view of the centre of the Milky Way, in radio colour. Red indicates the lowest frequencies, green indicates the middle frequencies and blue the highest frequencies. Each dot is a galaxy, with around 300,000 radio galaxies observed as part of the GLEAM survey. Natasha Hurley-Walker (Curtin / ICRAR) and the GLEAM Team

What the universe looks like when viewed with radio eyes

To the naked eye the universe we can see on a clear night is dotted with thousands of stars. See through radio eyes, then things look very different.
The 1972 Panasonic Toot-a-Loop portable radio was inspired by rotary phones and designed to be worn around the wrist.

Briefcase phones, bracelet radios and other obsolete design gems

Here's to the Kodak camera, the transistor TV, the portable typewriter and other casualties of a throwaway age. They may be old hat but they are objects of beauty, as a new exhibition shows.
Are we in the midst of a podcasting revolution? Mikael Nyberg

Video didn’t kill the radio star – she’s hosting a podcast

The mobile-first delivery of podcasts has created a powerful relationship between listeners and host that bypasses traditional broadcast gatekeepers. Could this format trigger new narrative genres and promote social engagement?
The Large Hadron Collider is playing a key role in enabling the collection of big data. Supplied

The big data challenge and how Africa can benefit

Big data is about processing large amounts of data. It is often associated with multiplicities of data. But the ability to generate data outpaces the ability to store it.
As regional television flounders, a new approach to deregulation is needed. www.shutterstock.com

To save local voices we need a different kind of deregulation

The Save Our Voices campaign argues that existing media rules are "squeezing the life out of our regional TV networks". But the real story is more complex. Reform is necessary, but so too is local content.

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