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Can we predict who will turn to crime?

Predicting whether a child will commit a crime before their 18th birthday is fraught with problems. Shutterstock/Tomsickova Tatyana

Is it possible to predict whether someone will commit a crime some time in the future?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Windows 10 one year on: it's evolving but privacy still a concern

Windows 10 was designed with more than the desktop in mind. Maurizio Pesce/Flickr, CC BY

This week marks one year since the launch of what is arguably Microsoft’s most ambitious – and possibly most controversial – operating system: Windows 10


Originally published in The Conversation.

Please rewind: a final farewell to the VCR

A rare sight these days, with the decline of the VHS. Allan Foster/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

I grew up with video cassette recorders (VCRs).


Originally published in The Conversation.

Automation can leave us complacent, and that can have dangerous consequences

Is a hands off approach the right way to go when it comes to automation? Shutterstock/riopatuca

The recent fatal accident involving a Tesla car while self-driving using the car’s Autopilot feature has


Originally published in The Conversation.

ANZ and Amex the winners in Australia's banks' fight with Apple over payment apps

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Australia’s banks have always enjoyed a lucrative income from credit card “interchange fees”, the charges that the banks levy on merchants’ sales.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ocean currents suggest where we should be looking for missing flight MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is one of the greatest mysteries in aviation. Costing A$180 million, the search of the seabed to locate the crash site is also one of the most expensive.

But after almost 28 months since its disappearance, the exact crash location has still not been found.

The Australian government, with help from experts from Malaysia and China, has been coordinating the search effort over a 120,000 square kilometre area of the Indian Ocean, off Western Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

As surveillance gets smart, hackers get smarter

It's a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk. Shutterstock/welcomia

There is an escalating technological arms race underway between governments and hacktivists.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do you know you're not living in a computer simulation?

There is no spoon. At least, not the way you think there is. Warner Bros

Consider this: right now, you are not where you think you are. In fact, you happen to be the subject of a science experiment being conducted by an evil genius.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ten facts you need to know about the chicken and eggs on your table

There are a lot of myths about the way chickens are farmed in Australia. Shutterstock

When I am asked by friends what I do for living, I tend to raise eyebrows because my job is somewhat odd to many city people. That’s because I’m a poultry nutritionist.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is it back to the future for human origins science or just a case of science media misleading us again?

The falling quality of journalism is accelerating with the looming death of traditional newspapers and magazines.

Science reporting like so many specialist areas is also a victim of collapsing newspaper revenues and the rapid demise of the ‘newspaper business model’ - a trend that’s playing out globally.


Originally published in The Conversation.