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Hacking your holiday: how cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the tourism market

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are up 16% in the last year. Shutterstock

Imagine if a hacker shut down the baggage handling system of one of the world’s busi

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How was the ocean formed? Where did all the water come from?

Where all the water in the ocean came from is a very good question. Scientists have been wondering about it for a long time. Shutterstock

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Monster hunt: using environmental DNA to survey life in Loch Ness

With the help of environmental DNA, scientists are compiling a census of life in Loch Ness, which should establish if there is any scientific basis to the centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness monster. Supplied, CC BY-SA


Originally published in The Conversation.

The internet is terrible at answering most tough questions. Our 'wisdom of the crowd' tool can help

In 1906, English statistician Sir Francis Galton observed the median answer of 800 participants trying to guess the weight of a cow was accurate within 1% of the correct answer. Mavis Wong/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

When making tough decisions, humans have long sought advice from a higher power.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Women show sexual preference for tall, dominant men – so is gender inequality inevitable?

The cliche tells us that women go for men who are tall, dark and handsome.

Originally published in The Conversation.

3, 2, 1...liftoff! The science of launching rockets from Australia

Aircraft and missiles on display at Woomera, South Australia. Will we launch more rockets from here in the future?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Science makes art. But could art save the Australian manufacturing industry?

Architect Frank Gehry's computer-designed, hand made staircase at University of Technology Sydney.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Refugee crisis: the immediate and lasting impacts of powerful images

This article is about the power of emotive images to create social and political change. However, we have chosen not to display distressing images, including those of Aylan Kurdi, for ethical reasons.

Recent images and footage of migrant children housed in wire cages near the United States’ southern border have fuelled global outrage.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Data ethics is more than just what we do with data, it’s also about who’s doing it

Power over business, democracy and education will likely continue to lie with data and data-dependent tools, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why I joined #500queerscientists

LGBTQ+ scientists feel like they have to come out over and over again.

Originally published in The Conversation.