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The COVIDSafe app is dead. What can we learn from this 'failure'?

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On August 9 2022, Australia’s COVIDSafe app was officially decommissioned, and all its features removed. People were encouraged to uninstall the app.


Originally published in The Conversation.

These unusual moths migrate over thousands of kilometres. We tracked them to reveal their secret navigational skills

Christian Ziegler Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Author provided

Migratory insects number in the trillions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A key feature contributed to sauropods getting so enormous, new dino foot study reveals

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For the first time, we have shown that a soft heel pad was crucial to how sauropod dinosaurs supported their immense weight, according to a new digital reconstruction of their feet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How complex is your life? Computer scientists found a way to measure it

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Nobel laureate economist Richard Thaler famously quipped:

People aren’t dumb, the world is hard.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A new Australian supercomputer has already delivered a stunning supernova remnant pic

CSIRO ASKAP Science Data Processing/Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, Author provided

Within 24 hours of accessing the first stage of Australia’s newest supercomputing system, researchers have processed a series o


Originally published in The Conversation.

iRobot's Roomba will soon be owned by Amazon, which raises privacy questions

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Less than two weeks after the announcement of its acquisition of US healthcare company One Medical, Amazon is continuing its expansion with a The Conversation.

Today's Google outage was brief but disconcerting

Earlier today, reports began emerging Google was down.

While it has since returned, it once again highlights our dependence on technology service providers and shows how reliant many people are on a single operator for daily functions.

There are few things we completely rely upon in our modern lives, but for many people, Google is one.


Originally published in The Conversation.

15 years of experiments have overturned a major assumption about how thirsty plants actually are

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Have you ever wondered just how much water plants need to grow, or indeed why they need it?


Originally published in The Conversation.

A volcano is erupting again in Iceland. Is climate change causing more eruptions?

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The Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland began erupting again on Wednesday after eight months of slumber – so far without a


Originally published in The Conversation.