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Using My Health Record data for research could save lives, but we must ensure it's ethical

Big data research could improve medical outcomes and reduce the waste of resources. Shutterstock

There has been considerable debate about the The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How many dinosaurs in total lived on Earth during all periods?

If you discovered a new type of dinosaur, what would you name it? Mavis Wong CC-BY-ND

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Only with urgent change can Australia's mobile networks meet our voracious demand for data

Current wireless networks are unequipped to service the extraordinary amount of information the Internet of Things market will require. Shutterstock

We are currently experiencing the most dynamic period the telecommunications industry has ever faced.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Two types of tectonic plate activity create earthquake and tsunami risk on Lombok

Several large earthquakes have struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in the past week, with the largest quake killing at least 98 people and injuring hundreds more.

Thousands of buildings are damaged and rescue efforts are being hampered by power outages, a lack of phone reception in some areas and limited evacuation options.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When did Aboriginal people first arrive in Australia?

Humans would have first seen Kata Tjuta very shortly after arriving in Australia 50,000 years ago Alan Cooper, Author provided

Many Aboriginal Australians would say with conviction that they have always been here.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet me at the bar! How uni students interact on a campus, and why chocolate can help

Students like to join a number of societies, but does that encourage them to mix between different cultures? Shutterstock/Ann Hodgson

A university is not only a place where people go to study. It’s also where people go to meet others, to forge new friendships and networks that can last a lifetime.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Antarctic seas host a surprising mix of lifeforms – and now we can map them

In contrast to common perceptions, Antarctic seafloor communities are highly diverse. This image shows a deep East Antarctic reef with plenty of corals, sponges and brittlestars. Can you spot the octopus? Australian Antarctic Division

What sort of life do you associate with Antarctica? Penguins?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Seven beautiful images that share new stories of science

'Clotted' by Eli Moore reveals microscopic details of red blood cells in a clot, and was the winning entry in the 2018 UniSA Images of Research competition. UniSA , Author provided

No one would doubt the importance of images in our contemporary culture.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We know why short-statured people of Flores became small – but for the extinct 'Hobbit' it's not so clear

Rampasasa people are from Waemulu village, Flores – near Liang Bua where 'the Hobbit' fossils were discovered.


Originally published in The Conversation.