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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.

The eyes have it: how vision may have driven fishes onto land

About 375 million years ago, certain fishes had developed powerfully strong paired fins that were capable of transporting them out of the water and onto land.

These fishes would eventually evolve into the first truly terrestrial animals, called tetrapods. They had four limbs bearing digits – fingers and toes – to help them when they walked around on land.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Snapchat's share price already fading as fast as one of its user's photos

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Snapchat’s lofty valuation on the stock market lasted just a little bit longer than one of its user’s disappearing photos.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to protect your private data when you travel to the United States

What do you do if a border official asks for your phone PIN? Ervins Strauhmanis/Flickr, CC BY-SA

On January 30 – three days after US President Donald Trump signed an The Conversation.

The Nintendo Switch breaks convention but lacks a killer app

The Nintendo Switch is a modular gaming console, unlike any other on the market. Nintendo

A little over The Conversation.

Driverless cars, just imagine how we could use them

Look! No driver in the Mercedes F 015 concept car shown at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. Shutterstock/Steve Lagreca

If you happen to live Pittsburgh in the US or Milton Keynes in the UK, then you may occasionally see one of the driverless, or self-driving, cars that are currently being tested around the world.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A survival guide for the coming AI revolution

It's a good idea to keep an eye out for possible signs of AI. Dog Run Pictures

If the popular media are to be believed, artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to The Conversation.

Australia gets its first public display of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The Australian public will get its first chance to see the country’s new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) when two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters fly at Avalon air show in Victoria this weekend.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Kenneth Arrow's legacy and why elections can be flawed

There is no perfect voting rule for three or more options. Shutterstock/Constantin Stanciu shutterstock

Stanford professor Kenneth Arrow was considered one of the most influential economists in history with monumental and lasting contributions to the field.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When mammals took to water they needed a few tricks to eat their underwater prey

Have you ever watched a dog retrieve a ball thrown into water? On land, dogs are swift and agile, but in water they become slow and ungainly.

Kicking relentlessly at the water, they snap at the ball with their jaws, only to find that they are pushing it further away. Having eventually caught the ball, they inevitably go into a fit of coughing and sneezing, as they try to shake off water from their nose and face.


Originally published in The Conversation.