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Poll says most people support a ban on whips in Australian horse racing

Three-quarters of Australians quizzed in a poll said they do not support the whipping of horses in racing, a study published today in PLOS ONE shows.

Most of those identified as racing enthusiasts said they would continue to attend or gamble on racing if the whip was banned. Only one in eight of those racing fans said they would no longer watch or bet if the rules did not allow a horse to be whipped for purposes other than jockey safety.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why we developed a microscope for your phone – and published the design

Soon you could be looking at microscopic creatures with your mobile phone.

Originally published in The Conversation.

A brief history of Martian exploration – as the InSight Lander prepares to launch

An artist's rendition of the InSight lander - which will collect data on what's inside the planet Mars.

Originally published in The Conversation.

No, you can't tap your hand to get on the train – where biohacktivists stand under the law

A brave step forward for cyborg rights? A media stunt? Or just indifference to contract law? Those are the questions raised by news that biohacker Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow plans to take Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to court after it cancelled his digital travel card.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Sizes matters for black hole formation, but there's something missing in the middle ground

An artist's impression of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy. NASA/JPL-Caltech

So far, all black holes discovered by astronomers fall into two broad categories: “stellar mass”

Originally published in The Conversation.

We should learn to work with robots and not worry about them taking our jobs

Humans and robots can work together to create jobs for the future. Shutterstock/Gennady Danilkin

We have all heard the dire predictions about robots c

Originally published in The Conversation.

Charging ahead: how Australia is innovating in battery technology

Since sodium is abundant, battery technology that uses it side-steps many of the issues associated with lithium batteries. Paul Jones/UOW, Author provided

Lithium-ion remains the most widespread battery technology in use today, thanks to the fact that products that use it

Originally published in The Conversation.

When galaxies collide, size matters if you want to know the fate of our Milky Way

An artist's impression of the predicted merger between our Milky Way (right) and the neighboring Andromeda galaxy (left). So which galaxy will dominate? NASA; ESA; Z. Levay and R. van der Marel, STScI; T. Hallas; and A.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How the new mozzie emoji can create buzz to battle mosquito-borne disease

Set to land in mid 2018, the new mosquito emoji will give people a new way to talk about mozzies. Cameron Webb , Author provided

Mosquitoes are coming.

Originally published in The Conversation.

No science minister, and it's unclear where science fits in Australia

Science is in Canberra this week, and yet we have no minister for science.

No science minister, on a background of Australia’s complex recent history of affiliating the science portfolio with a range of other ministries.

Originally published in The Conversation.