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Māori loanwords in NZ English are less about meaning, more about identity

More and more Māori words are commonly used by speakers of New Zealand English.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How fake news gets into our minds, and what you can do to resist it

Your memory can play tricks with you so best not to let fake news get through in the first place. Shutterstock/shipfactory

Although the term itself is not new, fake news presents a growing threat for The Conversation.

Farms create lots of data, but farmers don't control where it ends up and who can use it

All sorts of data is collected on Australian farms, such as stock numbers and crop details.

Originally published in The Conversation.

There's no 'garbage patch' in the Southern Indian Ocean, so where does all the rubbish go?

Plastic waste on a remote beach in Sri Lanka. Author provided

Great areas of our rubbish are known to form in parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. But no such “garbage patch” has been found in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Originally published in The Conversation.

As responsible digital citizens, here's how we can all reduce racism online

No matter how innocent you think it is, what you type into search engines can shape how the internet behaves.

Originally published in The Conversation.

STEM is worth investing in, but Australia's major parties offer scant details on policy and funding

This article is part of a series examining the Coalition government’s record on key issues while in power and what Labor is promising if it wins the 2019 federal election.

Evidence from around the world shows that public investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) can advance nations towards a strong economy, a healthy population and a sustainable environment.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The success of Winx shows the value of symmetry in race horses

As Australia prepares to farewell the beloved racehorse Winx in her final race this weekend, it’s interesting to look at the factors that contributed to her incredible success.

This magnificent mare’s extraordinary career reflects her impeccable genetics, rearing, training, strategic rest periods, and race riding. Optimal heart, lung and muscle function also play a part.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: is water blue or is it just reflecting off the sky?

The sea is blue because of the way water absorbs light, the way particles in the water scatter light, and also because some of the blue light from the sky is reflected. The Conversation.

Observing the invisible: the long journey to the first image of a black hole

The first direct visual evidence of the supermassive black hole in the centre of galaxy Messier 87 and its shadow. EHT Collaboration

The first picture of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy shows how we have,

Originally published in The Conversation.

How much evidence is enough to declare a new species of human from a Philippines cave site?

Callao Cave on Luzon Island in The Philippines, where the fossils of _Homo luzonensis_ were discovered.

Originally published in The Conversation.