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Who's listening? The ethical and legal issues of developing a health app

Developers need to be aware of any legal or ethical issues when creating any healthcare apps for smartphones. Shutterstock/thodonal

From large companies to tiny startups, many people are working on creating apps to monitor and improve our health.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Kitchen Science: the chemistry behind amazing meringue and perfect cappuccino

It's the chemistry that makes it taste so great. Shutterstock

Whether it’s frothing milk for a cappuccino or beating egg whites into meringue for a pavlova or macaroons, you can thank chemistry for th

Originally published in The Conversation.

How to grow an evolutionary tree

A simplified Tree of Life summarising the evolutionary relationships among a broad selection of living organisms. Shutterstock/Zern Liew

You’ve seen them in popular science news, biology textbooks, wall plaques in museums, perhaps even as tattoos

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why artificial intelligence has not revolutionised healthcare... yet

Scans are still largely studied by humans. Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are predicted to be part of the next industrial revolution and could help The Conversation.

Pavlov's plants: new study shows plants can learn from experience

Can plants really think? Shutterstock

The first time I met the Australian evolutionary ecologist Monica Gagliano, she was wearing colourful paisley trousers and was giving an animated talk at a 2014 environmental humanities conference in Canberra.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Regional Australia is crying out for equitable access to broadband

Internet and broadband connectivity are the foundation of the networked economy. But to ensure the benefits of the networked economy are evenly distributed, the Australian government needs to ensure access to the internet to encourage and support innovation.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Our ideas about vertebrate evolution challenged by a new tree of life

The placoderms were a diverse group of ancient armoured fishes and it’s widely believed that they are ancestral to virtually all vertebrates alive today, including humans.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Your smartphone knows a lot about you, but what about your mental health?

A smartphone can be useful to help monitor your behaviour. Shutterstock/GooGag

Smartphones come with an assortment of sensors that can track behaviours such as our internet search and browse history, where we go, what music we listen to, who we speak to, just to name a few.

Originally published in The Conversation.

From 'fascists' to 'feminazis': how both sides of politics are biased in their political thinking

Individuals from both sides of politics will refuse to accept evidence that contradicts their beliefs. Shutterstock

Any frequent user of social media is probably aware of the tendency for both sides of politics to view the other as fundamentally immoral and ignorant.

Originally published in The Conversation.