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Are there ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains? Computers can see a distinction, but they rely strongly on differences in head size

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How useful are the well-known and hotly contested categories of “male brain” and “female brain”?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia’s cybersecurity strategy: cash for cyberpolice and training, but the cyberdevil is in the cyberdetail

Australia’s long-awaited cybersecurity strategy, released yesterday, pledges to spend A$1.67 billion over the next ten years to improve online protection for businesses, individuals and the country as a whole.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We can’t let STEM skills become a casualty of COVID-19

Universities and other research organisations in Australia have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May, a group led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel forecasted severe impacts for our research workforce. These included the loss of the equivalent of up to 21,000 full-time jobs in universities this year, including around 7,000 related to research.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how did the first person evolve?

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How did the first person evolve? Mabel, age 7, Anglesea, Victoria.


Originally published in The Conversation.

In northern China, scientists have found what may be the 2 billion-year-old birthmarks of Earth's first supercontinent

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Far beneath the city of Dongshen in northern China, we have discovered what may be the 2 billion-year-old birthmarks of Earth’s first supercontinent.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What is ammonium nitrate, the chemical that exploded in Beirut?

The Lebanese capital Beirut was rocked on Tuesday evening local time by an explosion that has killed at least 78 people and injured thousands more.


Originally published in The Conversation.

These dogs are trained to sniff out the coronavirus. Most have a 100% success rate

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What does a pandemic smell like? If dogs could talk, they might be able to tell us.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Microsoft's takeover would be a win for TikTok and tech giants – not users

In what seems to be a common occurrence, Chinese video-sharing app TikTok is once again in the headlines.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don't know what day it is or who said what at the last meeting? Blame the coronavirus

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We are all living through a major historical event, a once-in-a-century pandemic that has radically changed how we work, learn, travel, socialise and spend our free time.


Originally published in The Conversation.