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From disaster planning to conservation: mobile phones as a new tracking tool

Mobile phones can be used as human tracking devices. Shutterstock/Maxx Studio

We can learn a lot about things by studying how they move through the world and interact with the environment.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Seven things to keep in mind if you're going to March for Science

What message is this really sending? Shutterstock

On April 22 scientists around the world are downing microscopes, pipettes and lasers and declaring it’s time take a public stand and be counted.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New skulls from China have scientists and the media in a muddle

Incomplete skulls from Xuchang archaeological site in China are dated to between 125,000 and 105,000 years old. (Credit: Xiu-Jie Wu, IVPP) Xiu-Jie Wu, IVPP

Just a decade ago we thought we had solved the mystery of mysteries. We were confident we had finally puzzled out the evolutionary origins of modern humans.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Women troll on dating apps just as often as men

It's not all about finding love in the online dating world. Shutterstock/Prathan Chorruangsak

Online dating is an increasingly popular way for people to find love, but that also makes it an attractive target for those with less than romantic intentions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New law will force some (but not all) organisations to reveal data breaches

Changes to the way some organisations must reveal a data breach on personal information. Rawpixel com

We live in an era of big data stored digitally, and some of that data is about you.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Faking it: we should make manipulating algorithms for political purposes a crime

Can you trust the news you get on social media? Shutterstock

There has been a lot of noise about “FAKE news” recently, including its ability to influence the polit


Originally published in The Conversation.

The daily life of a Neanderthal revealed from the gunk in their teeth

The typical vision of Neanderthals has not been particularly flattering, often featuring a giant club and spear and unfortunate sartorial choices. For years, researchers have worked to overturn this view, albeit with limited evidence.


Originally published in The Conversation.

DNA reveals Aboriginal people had a long and settled connection to country

Historic hair samples collected from Aboriginal people show that following an initial migration 50,000 years ago, populations spread rapidly around the east and west coasts of Australia.

Our research, published in Nature today, also shows that once settled, Aboriginal groups remained in their discrete geographical regions right up until the arrival of Europeans a few hundred years ago.

So where does the evidence for this rapid migration and long settlement come from?


Originally published in The Conversation.

WikiLeaks Vault 7 reveals staggering breadth of 'CIA hacking'

WikiLeaks today released what it claims is the largest leak of intelligence documents in history. It contains 8,761 documents from the CIA detailing some of its hacking arsenal.

The release, code-named “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, covers documents from 2013 to 2016 obtained from the CIA’s Centre for Cyber Intelligence. They cover information about the CIA’s operations as well as code and other details of its hacking tools including “malware, viruses, trojans, weaponized ‘zero day’ exploits” and “malware remote control systems”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why we're marching for science in Australia

In late January this year, a group of mainly US-based Reddit users were discussing a recent report that all references to climate change have been deleted from the White House website. One user on the forum responded with the suggestion:

There needs to be a Scientists’ March on Washington.


Originally published in The Conversation.