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Not dead yet: how MP3 changed the way we listen to music

MP3 compression of digital audio files made music more portable. Shutterstock?Roger Jegg Fotodesign Jegg.de

First developed almost three decades ago, the MP3 format made large digital audio files relatively small and easy to pass across an internet that was largely accessed via a very slow (by today’s standards) phone dial-up connection.


Originally published in The Conversation.

People with creative personalities really do see the world differently

How do you see the world? pixabay.com

What is it about a creative work such as a painting or piece of music that elicits our awe and admiration? Is it the thrill of being shown something new, something different, something the artist saw that we did not?


Originally published in The Conversation.

No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots

Imagine a world where artificial intelligence is in control and humans are brink of extinction. What went wrong?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Pregnant rays and babies pay a price after 'catch and release' from fishing trawlers

This newborn fiddler ray will be released back into the ocean. But will it survive?


Originally published in The Conversation.

From live streaming to TOR: new technologies are worsening online child exploitation

Australia must develop an effective national response to the sharing and creation of child exploitation material online. www.shutterstock.com

This story contains detail of child abuse some readers may find disturbing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Star Wars turns 40 and it still inspires our real life space junkies

The dramatic opening of Star Wars. Star Wars/20th Century Fox/Screenshot

It was 40 years ago today, on May 25, 1977, that Star Wars first burst onto cinema screens, and from that time the world changed for the better.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Sorry everyone: on the internet, you're always the product

Both paid and unpaid apps can track your data.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The way we walk can be used to power and secure our devices

More power than you think in power walking. Shutterstock/lzf

When we walk or move, we create kinetic energy in a way that is unique to each of us. Our latest research shows that it’s so unique, it can be used to authenticate who we are.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: there be some good science in that there film

The iconic Captain Jack Sparrow in action. Disney Enterprises, Inc

It’s hard to believe, but it has been more than 13 years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film set sail on our screens.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The 'digital handmade': how 3D printing became a new craft technology

3D printing can be a powerful tool for designers and artists. www.shutterstock.com

For many people, craft is wooden chairs and pottery, all lovingly constructed by hand. A 3D-printed plastic object? Not so much.


Originally published in The Conversation.