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Twitter tries to tackle abuse as research shows that most of us can be trolls online

Online trolling is the norm Shutterstock

As Twitter announces new measures to deal with abuse on its platform, new research from Stanford and Cornell universities has highlighted how big a chall


Originally published in The Conversation.

The tragic story of Soviet genetics shows the folly of political meddling in science

In Soviet Russia, the science tests you. Wikimedia

A few years ago, one of us (Ian) was lucky enough to be invited to visit the N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in St Petersburg, Russia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Humans are driving a new burst of evolution including possibly our own

Electron microscope image of a human cell vacuole where the bacterium that causes Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii) is busy growing.


Originally published in The Conversation.

3D television is dead... so what next?

What's the bet they didn't buy one? Shutterstock/Dusan Petkovic

Back in 2010 Sony Australia’s Paul Colley forecasted that a large percentag


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tech companies fight Trump's travel ban and may take their business elsewhere

#WeAccept AirBnB/YouTube

127, mostly tech, companies have signed a brief of support opposing US President Trump’s “Muslim travel ban”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Robot rights: at what point should an intelligent machine be considered a 'person'?

Science fiction has already explored the theme of robot rights, such as the film Bicentennial Man. Columbia Pictures

Science fiction likes to depict robots as autonomous machines, capable of making their own decisions and often expressing their own personalities.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia on the move: how GPS keeps up with a continent in constant motion

Up a bit, right a bit -- Australia is always on the move. Shutterstock/Jayjune

Nothing on the Earth’s solid surface is static because all land is moving very slowly due to continental drift.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Snapchat's IPO filing does nothing to justify its US $25 billion valuation

Snap files for IPO Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News

Snapchat’s parent company Snap has filed for its initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock exchange.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The legal minefield of 3D printed guns

3D printed guns are back in the news after Queensland set a legal precedent for giving Kyle Wirth a six-month suspended sentence for fabricating a number of gun parts.


Originally published in The Conversation.