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The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks

Numerous cyber attacks in recent years have targeted common household devices, such as routers. Shutterstock

Up to 400 Australian organisatio


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science isn't broken, but we can do better: here's how

The Golden Age of science is in the future. Joker/Shutterstock

Every time a scandal breaks in one of the thousands of places where research is conducted across the world, we see headlines to the effect that “The Conversation.

How the Pilbara was formed more than 3 billion years ago

In the field studying the rock association in the Doolena Gap greenstone belt, 30 km north of Marble bar in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. David Murphy, Author provided

The remote Pilbara region of northern Western Australia is one of Earth’s oldest blocks of cont


Originally published in The Conversation.

What children can teach us about looking after the environment

6-year-olds have the social skills to cooperatively overcome the competition of a resource dilemma. from www.shutterstock.com

United States President Donald Trump sparked outrage last year when he


Originally published in The Conversation.

Plants use advertising-like strategies to attract bees with colour and scent

A honeybee (left), a scarab beetle (middle), and a fly (right) feeding on flowers of the white rock rose in a Mediterranean scrubland.
Aphrodite Kantsa., Author provided

Watching plants and pollinators such as bees can teach us a lot about how complex networks work in natu


Originally published in The Conversation.

Shadow profiles - Facebook knows about you, even if you're not on Facebook

Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg faced two days of grilling before US politicians this week, following concerns over how his company deals with people’s data.

But the data Facebook has on people who are not signed up to the social media giant also came under scrutiny.

During Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony he claimed to be ignorant of what are known as “shadow profiles”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We've made 'smart egg-cartons' to transport cells to cure diabetes

Isolated pancreas cells stained bright green are shown sitting in the wells of the transport "egg carton".


Originally published in The Conversation.

What Wikipedia can teach us about blockchain technology

Wikipedia depends on the collaborative effort of volunteer writers to add information, bypassing trusted authorities.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A sperm race to help save one of New Zealand’s threatened birds, the sugar-lapping hihi

A male hihi on a flowering flax bush. Mhairi McCready, CC BY-SA

It’s likely you’ve never heard of a hihi, let alone seen one in the wild.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Would regulation cement Facebook's market power? It's unlikely

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a four-hour grilling from the US Senate Commerce and Judiciary panels yesterday in response to a number of revelations – that Russian operatives had targeted Facebook users to influence the US election, that Cambridge Analytica had gained personal information on 87 million users, and that “malicious actors” (Facebook’s words) were able to identify and collect data on most of its 2.2 billion users.


Originally published in The Conversation.