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Cable ties probably won't stop magpie attacks – here are a few things to try instead

Stylish? No. Effective? Probably not. Tony Wills/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY

Every spring in Australia is heralded by reports of magpies swooping at people.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How big is the International Space Station?

The ISS is a collaboration between the space agencies of Canada, Russia, Japan, Europe and the United States.


Originally published in The Conversation.

PayID data breaches show Australia's banks need to be more vigilant to hacking

Linking your mobile number to your bank account could have unintended consequences. SewCream/Shutterstock.com

When we think of a bank robbery, we might imagine a safe with the door blown open.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple Arcade and Google Stadia aim to offer frictionless gaming, if your NBN plan can handle it

Google's Stadia will be available through the Google Chrome web browser, on smartphones, smart televisions, tablets, and through Chromecast. dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons, The Conversation.

Explainer: what happens when magnetic north and true north align?

Very rarely, depending on where you are in the world, your compass can actually point to true north.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Apple's iPhone 11 Pro wants to take your laptop's job (and price tag)

What a week it has been in the Apple core. In recent days the tech giant has released a litany of products, including new phones, watches, tablets, and more.

The big-ticket items are clearly the new iPhone 11 range. These hint at some interesting technology directions, which will most likely spread across the mobile sector.

Of course, it’s hardly radical to create a phone that is also a camera, web browser, computer, and gaming device. That idea is as old as smart phones themselves.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Breeding single-sex animal populations could help prevent disease and poverty

The giant freshwater prawn is native to the Indo-West Pacific from northwest India to Vietnam, Philippines, New Guinea and northern Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'There is a problem': Australia's top scientist Alan Finkel pushes to eradicate bad science

Australia's Chief Scientist Alan Finkel AAP

In the main, Australia produces high-quality research that is rigorous and reproducible, and makes a significant contribution towards scientific progress.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it better.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This extinct kangaroo had a branch-crunching bite to rival today's giant pandas

_Simosthenurus occidentalis_ had a body like a kangaroo, a face like a koala, and a bite like a panda. N.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why do astronomers believe in dark matter?

The universe is home to a dizzying number of stars and planets.


Originally published in The Conversation.