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Busting the myth that all food additives are bad: a quick guide for label readers

Are you a food label reader too? allensima/shutterstock

There’s nothing like the concern of a grandmother to bring attention to food safety.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digging for dirt in the digital age: the trouble with journalism and doxing

Even before the march in Charlottesville turned violent, images of white supremacist demonstrators were posted on social media along with requests to identify them.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Written in stone: the world's first trigonometry revealed in an ancient Babylonian tablet

The Plimpton 322 tablet. UNSW/Andrew Kelly, CC BY-SA

The ancient Babylonians – who lived from about 4,000BCE in what is now Iraq – had a long forgotten understanding of right-angled triangles that was much simpler and more accurate t


Originally published in The Conversation.

Terminator 2 in 3D reminds us what we've still to learn about AI and robotics

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, now in 3D. StudioCanal

The classic science fiction action film Terminator 2: Judgment Day has ticked over its 25th anniversary.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science fiction helps us deal with science fact: a lesson from Terminator's killer robots

Terminator's killer robots can help in the real debate on lethal autonomous weapons. Flickr/Edwin Montufar, CC BY-NC-SA

Further calls this week for a crackdown on


Originally published in The Conversation.

Hype and cash are muddying public understanding of quantum computing

An ion-trap used for quantum computing research in the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney. Michael Biercuk, Author provided

It’s no surprise that quantum computing has become a media obsession. A functional and useful quantum computer would represent one of the century’s most profound technical achievements.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Finkel's Law: robots won't replace us because we still need that human touch

The rise of the ChiefBot. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

By now, you’ve probably been warned that a robot is coming for your job.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Science is important but moves too fast: five charts on how Australians view science and scientists

More than 50% of Australians think drugs should be cleared for use before they've completed clinical trials.


Originally published in The Conversation.