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Fraudsters change tactics as a crackdown cuts some losses due to online scams

The scammers are changing the way they can trick people out of their savings. Shutterstock/Africa Studio

The amount of financial loss from online fraud suffered by people in Western Australia has almost halved, dropping from A$16.8 million in 2014 to A$9.8 million for 2015, The Conversation.

New defence trade controls threaten academic freedom and the economy

Even talking to a colleague at an academic conference overseas could have harsh ramifications. Shutterstock

A new round of trade controls will come into effect in Australia next month and they could have a far reaching impact on the way academics do their work, and may end up hurting the economy.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Automation won't destroy jobs, but it will change them

Spreadsheets didn't kill accountancy jobs, it just changed them. Shutterstock

The last few years have seen numerous studies pointing to a bleak future with technology-induced unemployment on the rise.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Police drones: can we trust the eyes in the skies?

Some people are concerned by the presence of drones in the air above them. Shutterstock

In Australia, unmanned aerial vehicles – or drones – are now being used by the police in The Conversation.

Marketers claim 5G will support the Internet of Things but is that really a thing?

network Keiichiro Ono , CC BY

A major focus of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week was around advances in implemen


Originally published in The Conversation.

Hacking the terror suspect's iPhone: what the FBI can do now Apple says 'no'

Tech giant Apple is standing firm behind its decision to refuse a US court order to help the FBI gain access to the iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year’s mass killing in California.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Wild sex: when sex roles get reversed, some females develop a 'penis'

A male African jacana bird mounts a female, but who takes the lead in caring for the young?. Shutterstock/Dave Montreuil

In many species, the males develop elaborated sexual traits to attract females and dissuade pot


Originally published in The Conversation.

Talking serious science using scissors and glue

A student once told me that she would prefer to learn from pages of writing rather than from a single, concise image. When she told me, I think I may have actually frowned and I definitely paused, just long enough to feel slightly uncomfortable and to see that she was not just being reactionary; frustrated at the challenging task we had set.

As a strong visual thinker, learning from well-constructed diagrams is my preference so, to me, the idea that someone would knowingly choose text over a visual option seems utterly preposterous.


Originally published in The Conversation.

See the cosmos with X-ray vision: Japan’s new Hitomi space telescope

An artist's impression of the ASTRO-H telescope. JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita

In June 1962, an Aerobee 150 sounding-rocket blasted above the Earth’s atmosphere from the White Sands Missi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Should scientists engage with pseudo-science or anti-science?

If someone is spouting pseudo-science, should scientists risk legitimising them by getting into a debate with them? Shutterstock

The ABC’s flagship science journalism TV programme, Catalyst, has riled the scientific community once again.


Originally published in The Conversation.