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Research suggests motherhood has changed my brain.

Mum is it winter soon?

Yesterday this simple question sent my brain into meltdown. As I tried to work out if summer was over yet, I realised I couldn’t even remember if we should be entering Spring or Autumn.

Feeling defeated, I deflected the question to my 8-year-old daughter Susie. She happily rattled off the answer to the question along with the starting dates of all of the seasons, just in case her younger brother wanted to know that too.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The US just made flying harder for millions. Tips for dealing with the laptop ban

Banned Devices BBC

The US Government has thrown the world of travel into chaos again by banning tablets, laptops and other electronic devices from c


Originally published in The Conversation.

National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

Today the Australian government launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to stop the thieves when all we want to capture is wildlife in action

Many Australian field scientists, including myself, have been swayed in recent years by the attraction of using camera traps to survey wildlife.

But we’ve also attracted some unsavoury characters of the human form who are seriously threatening the viability of our research.

Camera trap devices (typically costing A$300 to A$900 each) don’t require a human operator to push the button; they can be remotely deployed in the bush taking photos for months with the sole function of recording animals.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When politicians listen to scientists, we all benefit

Scientists address the prime minister at last year's Science Meets Parliament. Mark Graham

The Trump administration has just confirmed the appointment of Scott Pruitt, a known climate change denier


Originally published in The Conversation.

When things go wrong in an automated world, would we still know what to do?

Are we losing our skills as we hand more tasks to automated systems? Shutterstock/Michal Staniewski

We live in a world that is both increasingly complex and automated.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Planet or dwarf planet: all worlds are worth investigating

Pluto is a dwarf planet but that doesn't make it any less worthy of our attention. NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

Pluto’s status as a “dwarf planet” is once again stirring debate.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Psychology turns to online crowdsourcing to study the mind, but it's not without its pitfalls

Online tools are changing the way psychology research is conducted. Shutterstock

You may not know this, but a great deal of our data about the human mind is based on a relatively small but intensively studied population: first-year undergraduate university students.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Yahoo hack: are the Russians now go-to bad guys, real spies, or just criminals?

Spies or Crooks? Canadian Military History

If you have found the latest round of allegations accusing Russians of hacking Yahoo confusing, you would be forgiven.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to make a driverless car 'see' the road ahead

Self-driving cars need to 'see' what's going on around them. Intel/Mobileye

Microchip manufacturer Intel has invested heavily in the driverless car race with the latest US$15 billion (A$19.5bn) pur


Originally published in The Conversation.