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If we find ET, don't talk to it, says the man who wants to find ET

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The question of whether there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe has been asked by people for many years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Amazon's new Grand Tour series could be the next illegal download victim

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, and some very fast cars for The Grand Tour.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Small earthquakes could help warn of the next big quake in Australia

Small earthquakes can point to a region where larger, destructive and potentially deadly quakes may occur. Shutterstock/sfam

Australians rely on government organisations to protect us from and advise us of natural dangers that are reasonably foreseeable.


Originally published in The Conversation.

It is hard to see how Snapchat parent Snap will live up to expectations after its IPO

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Snap, the parent company of Snapchat is looking to go public with an IPO in March of 2017.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not everyone loves wheat -- so why not remove the bad bits

Wheat is everywhere. It’s in bread, pasta, pastries, biscuits, pizza, batter, cereals, soups, sauces, instant drinks, salad dressing, processed meats and sweets, to name but a few.

The western diet is so infatuated with wheat that most of us eat a kilo or more a week. So why do we love it?

It’s simple. It provides the texture of our pasta, the spring in our bread, the thickening in our soups and sauces, and the crunch in our batter and pastries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Humans are still evolving but in ways that might surprise you

A sea of humans at a sporting match (Image: "orange and blue" by Rhett Maxwell"). Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

It’s often said that through our in


Originally published in The Conversation.

Be prepared, always: the tsunami message from New Zealand's latest earthquake

The tsunami warnings from the latest New Zealand earthquake show how important it is for people to be prepared for such an event.

The early messages from New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) on its Twitter account @NZcivildefence said it was “assessing whether there is any tsunami threat”, but just 30 minutes later it changed this advice to say a tsunami was “possible”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What happened in New Zealand's magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Local residents Chris and Viv Young look at damage caused by the earthquake, along State Highway One near Ward on New Zealand's South Island. ReutersAnthony Phelps

At least two people have died in the The Conversation.

Tasmanian devils reared in captivity show they can thrive in the wild

One of the concerns of any conservation breeding program is how well a species raised in captivity will survive when released into the wild.

Evolutionary changes that are beneficial for an individual while in captivity may reduce its fitness when translocated to the wild.

For some species, like many fish, rapid evolutionary changes can occur within the first generation in captivity. And carnivores raised in captivity have a low chance of surviving the first year following their release.


Originally published in The Conversation.

IBM's Watson would do a better job at being a bank teller than most current staff

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Customer service in banking is hard. Take a look at any bank’s Facebook or Twitter account and complaints heavily outnumber compliments. Westpac, one of Australia’s largest banks is a good example.


Originally published in The Conversation.