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Lessons learned from the Essendon air crash: the importance of pilot checklists

The importance of check lists. Shutterstock/lillolillo

One of the issues raised in the investigation of a Melbourne air crash that killed five people was the importance of pilots sticking to any pre-flight checklists.

Originally published in The Conversation.

SharkSpotter combines AI and drone technology to spot sharks and aid swimmers on Australian beaches

Many of Australia's beaches are now being monitored for shark safety by drones. from, CC BY-ND

Originally published in The Conversation.

What evolution and motorcycles have in common: let's take a ride across Australia

Evolution and the art of motorcycle development, now that's an interesting connection. Shutterstock/The Conversation

How can the development of motorcycles have anything to do with the story of the evolution of life on Earth?

Originally published in The Conversation.

We need to talk about the mental health of content moderators

Facebook moderators sift through hundreds of examples of distressing content during their shifts. Shutterstock

Selena Scola worked as a public content contractor, or content moderator, for Facebook in its Silicon Valley offices. She left the company in March after less than a year.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Blow that whistle: seven reasons you should respect the ref in the NRL Grand Final

This weekend’s rugby league Grand Final sees the Sydney Roosters face the Melbourne Storm in front of a stadium crowd of thousands – and even more on television. All eyes will be on the referee to make sure the play is fair.

Like elite athletes, the reputation of these full-time professional refs is often summarised by their performance in high-pressure, high-stakes events – watched by people they can never impress.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Unexpected find from a neutron star forces a rethink on radio jets

An artist’s impression of the strong magnetic field neutron star in Swift J0243.6+6124 launching a jet. ICRAR/University of Amsterdam, Author provided

Just a little to the left of the leftmost part of the “W” in the constellation The Conversation.

One reason people install smart home tech is to show off to their friends

Men are more often the instigators for bringing smart home technology into the home and managing their operation.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Study of 1.6 million grades shows little gender difference in maths and science at school

Boys and girls perform about the same in STEM at school so why the gender gap later in life? Shutterstock/LightField Studios

There is a stubborn stereotype that maths and science are masculine.

Originally published in The Conversation.

New colour change wristbands help you balance too much sun vs not enough – no matter your skin tone

Different skin tones need different amounts of UV light to activate vitamin D in the skin.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Automated vehicles may encourage a new breed of distracted drivers

Driving conditions that don’t require frequent use of vehicle controls, but do require constant vigilance for hazards, can reduce driver alertness Shutterstock

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Originally published in The Conversation.