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Nice to meet you, now back off! How to socially distance without seeming rude

Depending on your culture, you are probably used to greeting someone with a handshake, hug or nose bump. Well, not any more.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus infecting Australian jobs: vacancy rates down since early February


The economic impacts of the COVID-19 coronavirus will be enormous. Only blind optimism can deny the dark realities of the moment.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Psychology can explain why coronavirus drives us to panic buy. It also provides tips on how to stop

In an address on Wednesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his dismay at the hordes of “panic buyers” sweeping supermarket shelves clean across the

Originally published in The Conversation.

When fish gave us the finger: this ancient four-limbed fish reveals the origins of the human hand

Katrina Kenny, Author provided

One of the most significant events in the history of life was when fish evolved into tetrapods, crawling

Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus: telcos are picking up where the NBN is failing. Here's what it means for you

Telecommunication providers are taking positive steps to meet consumers’ demands in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the National Broadband Network (NBN Co) is being urged to reduce its wholesale broadband charges for these providers.

Originally published in The Conversation.

What you’re seeing right now is the past, so your brain is predicting the present

We feel that we live in the present. When we open our eyes, we perceive the outside world as it is right now. But we are actually living slightly in the past.

It takes time for information from our eyes to reach our brain, where it is processed, analysed and ultimately integrated into consciousness. Due to this delay, the information available to our conscious experience is always outdated.

So why don’t we notice these delays, and how does the brain allow us to feel like we are experiencing the world in real time?

Originally published in The Conversation.

How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains


People travelling into Australia will now have to self-isolate for 14 days – one of a The Conversation.

What is a virus? How do they spread? How do they make us sick?

NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML), U.S. NIH, CC BY-SA

Viruses are the most common biological entities on Earth.

Originally published in The Conversation.

'Cabin fever': Australia must prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, we’re seeing mass isolation in virus epicentres, with about 500 million people in China “under varying degrees of quarantine”, and all of The Conversation.