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Can big data studies know your thoughts and predict who will win an election?

Who'll be the next president of the United States – Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Flickr/torbakhopper, CC BY-NC-ND

Who will win the battle for the White House to become the next


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: the mysterious missing magnetic monopole

All the magnets we've ever seen have a north and a south, but there might be some out there that have only one end. Shutterstock

You’ve probably heard of the Higgs boson.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What if intelligent machines could learn from each other?

What if these two smartphones could share their learning of their user's behaviour? Flickr/Markus Spiering, CC BY-NC-ND

Take a look around and you’ll see evidence of the widespread


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why technology makes us dishonest: ways to reduce cheating at self-service checkouts

Self-service checkout Wikimedia, CC BY

Despite some technological safeguards, self-service checkout machines in supermarkets rely heavily on cust


Originally published in The Conversation.

One Nation's Malcolm Roberts is in denial about the facts of climate change

The notion that climate science denial is no longer a part of Australian politics was swept away yesterday by One Nation Senator-Elect Malcolm Roberts.

In his inaugural press conference, Roberts claimed that “[t]here’s not one piece of empirical evidence anywhere, anywhere, showing that humans cause, through CO₂ production, climate change”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The man who brought science and a touch of humanity to Australia's Olympic swimming hopes

As we head into the summer Olympics in Rio, many Australians will be looking forward to the swimming events in particular.

As they do they should pause to remember the achievements of our greatest swimming coach, Forbes Carlile, who at age 95, died only a few days before the games.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How we used a particle accelerator to find the hidden face in Degas's Portrait of a woman

The X-rays of the Australian Synchrotron reveal a remarkably clear picture of the woman's face. David Thurrowgood

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Originally published in The Conversation.

Safe passage: we can help save koalas through urban design

Koala numbers are in decline through increased urbanisation, but they can find a safe passage if one's provided. Shutterstock/dirkr

Australian cities are remarkable in the sheer diversity of wildlife that somehow manages to live among us, from flocks of raucous cockatoos or noisy lorikeets to the dusk fly-out of


Originally published in The Conversation.

There's work (and life) outside of universities for PhD graduates

PhD graduates should aim for careers in industry. Shutterstock/Syda Productions

The number of PhD students graduating from Australian universities continues to rise, with more than 8,000 in 2014 and about one in three in science, tec


Originally published in The Conversation.