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The Australian government needs to be more open about the cyber threat from China

China may be undertaking more cyber attacks than the Australian government has admitted. Shutterstock

Tonight’s ABC Four Corners program revealed that China, as we all suspected, is seen by the Australian government as a repeat and


Originally published in The Conversation.

FactCheck Q&A: what has the Children’s eSafety Commissioner done in its first year to tackle cyberbullying?

Minister for Communications and Arts, Mitch Fifield, speaking on Q&A on August 23, 2016. Q&A

The Conversation is fact-checking claims made on Q&A, broadcast Mondays on the ABC at 9.35pm.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The plug and play city: how shipping containers are changing infrastructure

German developer Jörg Duske has built student accommodation out of recycled shipping containers. Holzer Kobler Architekturen

We often take for granted our access to vast quantities of inexpensive goods manufactured overseas.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The winners and losers in the race for driverless cars

Taking the drive out of the car will change the transportation industry. Shutterstock/Rob d

The ridesharing service Uber is pretty close to getting the go-ahead in almost all states and territories in Australia, with


Originally published in The Conversation.

Earthquakes don't kill, our collapsing structures do. So how can we build them to stay up?

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy this week has so far resulted in the deaths of at least 250 people. Victims range in age from infants to pensioners and it is a tragedy that we unfortunately witness too often.

However, as this is written, there are stories of survivors being pulled from the rubble nearly 24 hours after the main quake.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Interview: Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder and inventor of the home computer

If you haven’t heard of Steve Wozniak, it is because he has been overshadowed by his fellow co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. This is despite the fact that he was the sole person behind the invention and building of the Apple 1, the first home computer that used a keyboard and normal TV screen as a display.

Steve Jobs was arguably the force behind the creation of Apple, but the technology came from the mind of Wozniak.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What you see is not always what you get: how virtual reality can manipulate our minds

Who are you really talking to in your virtual chat? Shutterstock

It is often said that you should not believe everything you see on the internet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Say hello to the Earth's nearest exoplanet neighbour: Proxima Centauri b

An artist’s impression shows the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system. ESO/M.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is that porn your child is watching online? How do you know?

Children can easily be exposed to porn online. Shutterstock/bikeriderlondon

Adult sexual content and culture has woven itself seamlessly into the fabric of the internet.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A pub brawl over research funding doesn't benefit any of us

Is this really how we want to decide where research funding should be allocated? Shutterstock

Here we go again.


Originally published in The Conversation.