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A guide to the nanotechnology used in the average home

You'll be amazed how much nanotechnology is found in the average house. Pexels/Binyamin Mellish

As a researcher of nanomaterials, I am often asked: “When are we finally going to start seeing nanotechnology products on the market?”


Originally published in The Conversation.

Despite experts' fears, Australia should be moving to electronic online voting

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Australia’s current election proves that there has never been a greater need for online electronic voting. The country has come to a political standstill as the laborious process of manual counting of ballot papers is conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).


Originally published in The Conversation.

How ants walk backwards carrying a heavy load and still find home

Imagine carrying something heavy, like a couch, and walking backwards as you move it to a desired place. Now imagine doing it alone every day for tens of kilometres, but with the same ease as walking forwards and still reaching the place.

This is similar to what the Jack Jumper ant, Myrmecia croslandi, does almost everyday.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Your wireless footprint can help police catch a thief

Let your wireless fingerprint help catch a thief. Shutterstock/Sergey Mironov

With billions of wireless devices shipped across the globe every year, it is safe to assume that most of us carry at least one wireless gadget with us much of the time.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Earth's biodiversity could be much greater than we thought

How many species of frog are in the picture? Genetics often says 'more than we thought'.


Originally published in The Conversation.

As more vulnerabilities are discovered. Is it time to uninstall antivirus software?

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For years everyone has been told that they should run antivirus software on their computer for the best possible protection against the ever growing ti


Originally published in The Conversation.

What now for Australian research in a post-Brexit world?

Aftershocks from the UK's withdrawal from the European Union will be felt in Australian research. Shutterstock/argus

Nobody can yet predict exactly what the ramifications will be now the United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union but UK science


Originally published in The Conversation.

Does a planet need plate tectonics to develop life?

Some of the Earth's fault lines between tectonic plates in the East Asia region. Shutterstock /Mopic

Plate tectonics may be a phase in the evolution of planets that has implications for the habitability of exoplanets, according to new


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient Deep Skull still holds big surprises 60 years after it was unearthed

Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans left Africa to embark on a journey that would eventually take them across the globe. Yet we still know precious little about the momentous journeys they undertook.

Now, new research by my team and me significantly recasts how we think about the early peopling of Southeast Asia and the relationship the earliest humans had to the indigenous people of the region today.


Originally published in The Conversation.