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We asked people if they would trust driverless cars

How much would you trust a driverless car? Shutterstock/metamorworks

We’re promised a future with driverless cars on our roads, but do people really trust the technology to take us safely on journeys?


Originally published in The Conversation.

A giant 'singing' cloud in space will help us to understand how star systems form

The dark band is the Dark Doodad Nebula, a place where new stars and planets can form. Flickr/cafuego, CC BY-SA

We know that the birthplaces of stars are large molecular cl


Originally published in The Conversation.

Criminals can't easily edit their DNA out of forensic databases

You're knicked - and so is your DNA.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient ancestors of modern baleen whales were toothy not-so-gentle giants

A life-like reconstruction of _Llanocetus denticrenatus_, the second oldest "baleen" whale ever found. Carl Buell, CC BY-SA

The largest living whales – including the gigantic 30-metre blue whale – are fast predator


Originally published in The Conversation.

How silent signals from your phone could be recording and tracking you

Advertisers may track a customer's shopping preferences within a shopping centre by using ultrasonic beacons emitted from their mobile phones.
Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SA

My lounge room is bugged.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How we're using fish ear bones as 'time capsules' of past river health

An image from 1886 showing a group of Indigenous Australians posed around the lower Murray River in flood.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Budget 2018: when scientists make their case effectively, politicians listen

Budget 2018 confirms that the case for funding science is being heard in Canberra.

Science and research are integrated in the national objectives laid down in the treasurer’s speech: to create jobs, boost health and improve the liveability of communities.

Many of the measures appear to have origins in proposals advanced by the science community.




Read more:
Infographic: Budget 2018 at a glance


Originally published in The Conversation.

We must not punish content creators in our rush to regulate social platforms

By harnessing social media, the teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida massacre in the United States have started a movement that might finally shift the dial on gun control.

Using their cellphones and laptops, they’ve not only organised a march on Washington, but built a digital network of supporters who are putting unprecedented pressure on legislators.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why do crab and prawn shells go red after they have been cooked?

In the wild, when crabs and prawns are freely moving on the ocean floor, their shells usually have a dull colour. Cindy Zhi NY-BD-CC, CC BY-SA

This is an article from The Conversation.

Budget 2018: space agency details still scant - but GPS and satellite imagery funded

The Federal Government has announced $41 million of funding to kickstart the Australian space sector over the next four years.

The $41 million of funding is allocated across:

  • establishing the national space agency ($26 million over four years - $5.7 million in 2018/19, $9.8 million in 2019/20, $11.8 million in 2020/21 and $13.7 million in 2021/22)

  • international space investment ($15 million for grants over three years).


Originally published in The Conversation.