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We should work together in the race to mine the solar system

How would people react to mining on the moon? NASA, GPN-2001-000009

With interest in the prospect of mining the moon and asteroids gaining pace, it’s time to take a hard look at what’s really at stake.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why bats don't get get sick from the deadly diseases they carry

Bats are a natural host for more than 100 viruses, some of which are lethal to people. These include Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Ebola and Hendra virus. These viruses are among the most dangerous pathogens to humans and yet an infected bat does not get sick or show signs of disease from these viruses.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Infographic: how fast is the NBN?

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There has been a lot of talk about the National Broadband Network (NBN) in its various guises under the Labor and now Liberal governments.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When humans split from the apes

Cranium of Sahelanthropus tchadensis: a 7 million year old member of the human evolutionary lineage from Chad.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Imagine what we could learn if we put a tracker on everyone and everything

Imagine if all these people were gathering valuable data for public benefit? Scott Cresswell/Flickr, CC BY

We can learn a remarkable amount of information about an individual, such as their health or safety, and about the surrounding environme


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don't chuck that old mobile phone, there's gold in there

It would be a waste, and environmental hazard, to see them thrown in the bin. Adrian Clark/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

In Australia there are many The Conversation.

Chemistry has a bright future for us and our economy

Chemistry is all around us. Shutterstock

Chemistry is the science of molecules: the basic building blocks of all known matter. In a way, this makes chemistry the science of everything.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Village Roadshow using courts to block pirate sites will achieve little

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Unbowed by the defeat of Voltage Pictures to prosecute illegal movie downloaders, Graham Burke, co-CEO o


Originally published in The Conversation.

Don’t be alarmed: AI won’t leave half the world unemployed

Intelligent machines are good at some jobs that were once done by humans. Shutterstock/SFC

Recent alarmist headlines this week claim artificial intelligence (AI) will put half of us out of work.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What is ransomware and how to protect your precious files from it

What would you do if your files were locked away? Shutterstock

What would it mean if you lost all of your personal documents, such as your family photos, research or business records? How much would you pay to get them back? There’s a burgeoning form of cybercrime that hinges on the answers to these questions.


Originally published in The Conversation.