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Neanderthals didn’t need Nintendos: why we always choose story over technology

Technology aside, we humans are still suckers for a good story.

Originally published in The Conversation.

What do we mean by meaning? Science can help with that

One way to see the value of meaning is to share information and cooperate with others. Mario Purisic/Unsplash

Most of us want our lives to have meaning.

Originally published in The Conversation.

All Boeing 737 MAX flights grounded – and travellers could feel it in the hip pocket

With investigations under way into two crashes of Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 aircraft, the US manufacturer has caved to pressure and grounded the entire global fleet totalling 371 planes. That includes both model 8 and 9 versions of the aircraft.

The company issued a statement saying this occurred:

… out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Experts call for halt to CRISPR editing that allows gene changes to pass on to children

CRISPR is a gene editing tool that can create permanent changes in the human genome.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Becoming more like WhatsApp won't solve Facebook’s woes – here's why

Although WhatsApp is described as en encrypted messaging service, it's not as secure as you might think.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Careful how you treat today's AI: it might take revenge in the future

We might not like the way future AI responds to us. Shutterstock/Mykola Holyutyak

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more like us.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Privacy pivot: Facebook wants to be more like WhatsApp. But details are scarce

From town square to private connections: is that Facebook of the future? Shutterstock/klevo

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg The Conversation.

The internet is now an arena for conflict, and we're all caught up in it

There is a vast infrastructure of digital tools that can be used to strategically manipulate behaviour for tactical gain. Shutterstock

This article is part of our occasional long read series The Conversation.

Hydrogen fuels rockets, but what about power for daily life? We're getting closer

NASA has launched all of its space shuttle missions using hydrogen as fuel.

Originally published in The Conversation.