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Why the COVID-19 variants are so dangerous and how to stop them spreading

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With new, more infectious variants of COVID-19 detected around the world, and at New Zealand’s border, the ris

Originally published in The Conversation.

Web's inventor says news media bargaining code could break the internet. He's right — but there's a fix

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has raised concerns that Australia’s proposed News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code could fundamentally break the internet as we know it.

His concerns are valid. However, they could be addressed through minor changes to the proposed code.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Family matters: why people can hold political views that disadvantage their own sex

The views of women and men can differ on important gendered issues such as abortion, gender equity and government spending priorities. Surprisingly, however, average differences in sex on this front are usually small. Many women adopt social and political positions that favour men and many men favour women-friendly positions.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Upgrade rage: why you may have to buy a new device whether you want to or not

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We’ve probably all been there. We buy some new smart gadget and when we plug it in for the first time it requires an update to work.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Love in the time of algorithms: would you let your artificial intelligence choose your partner?


It could be argued artificial intelligence (AI) is already the indispensable tool of the 21st century.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why social media platforms banning Trump won't stop — or even slow down — his cause

Last week Twitter permanently suspended US President Donald Trump in the wake of his supporters’ violent storming of Capitol Hill. Trump was also suspended from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely.

Originally published in The Conversation.

We found the oldest known cave painting of animals in a secret Indonesian valley

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The dating of an exceptionally old cave painting of animals that was found recently on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is reported in our The Conversation.

Despite being permanently banned, Trump's prolific Twitter record lives on

For years, US President Donald Trump pushed the limits of Twitter’s content policies, raising pressure on the platform to exercise tougher moderation.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Artificial intelligence can deepen social inequality. Here are 5 ways to help prevent this


From Google searches and dating sites to detecting credit card fraud, artificial intelligence (AI) keeps finding new ways to creep into our lives. But can we trust the algorithms that drive it?

Originally published in The Conversation.

3 reasons to study science communication beyond the West

A wall relief from the British Museum shows three scribes amid a military campaign of the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III, in Babylonia (Iraq). WikiCommon

Originally published in The Conversation.