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Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Salt water is fun to swim in – but it also carries the electrical signals vital for life.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Once upon a time ... 'sleeping beauties' and the importance of storytelling in science

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I’m a regular biomedical scientist, although in one sense I’m perhaps a bit different, in that I really like the process of w


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Predator: you're gonna need a bigger rope to tie down this alien hunter

A prettier predator we have not seen. 20th Century Fox / Davis Entertainment

The Predator blasts into cinemas today.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: where do clouds come from and why do they have different shapes?

Sometimes air goes up past the condensation level then falls back below the condensation level, then up, then below, again and again. This creates clouds that are stripy, often with lines between the clouds.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Yes, AI may take some jobs – but it could also mean more men doing care work

Care work isn't confined to the home, or care professions such as nursing or childcare, it also happens in professional life – and it's mostly done by women.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Whacking the mole: how Australia scrambles to regulate Chinese technology

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Did you ever go to your local show as a child?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why it's so hard to reach an international agreement on killer robots

The MK 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system, on the USS Reuben James guided-missile frigate, fires during an exercise.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital government isn't working in the developing world. Here's why

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The digital transformation of society has brought many immediate benefits: it’s created new j


Originally published in The Conversation.

This is bigger than Serena Williams: lessons from the 2018 US Open tennis

Judging by the fallout from Sunday’s dramatic spat between Serena Williams and umpire Carlos Ramos during the women’s final of the US Open, it is clear that the greatest female player of all time divides opinion like few others.


Originally published in The Conversation.

I've Always Wondered: How do we know what lies at the heart of Pluto?

Pluto in enhanced color, to illustrate differences in the composition and texture of its surface. NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

This is an article from The Conversation.