Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

Online Feature

Five projects that are harnessing big data for good

Often the value of data science lies in the work of joining the dots. Shutterstock

Data science The Conversation.

Phubbing (phone snubbing) happens more in the bedroom than when socialising with friends

Some social situations are more conducive to phubbing than others. Shutterstock

Have you ever been around people who spend more time looking at their phone than they do at


Originally published in The Conversation.

What teeth can tell about the lives and environments of ancient humans and Neanderthals

Fossilised tooth crowns hold lots of information about past climates and life events. Tanya M Smith, Author provided

Increasing variation in the climate has been


Originally published in The Conversation.

How new spinal injury treatments help some people to walk again

A very precise kind of electrical stimulation has allowed three people with spinal cord injury to walk again.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Attention economy: Facebook delivers traffic but no money for news media

A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook, because it allegedly overstated its video statistics for years. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND

Facebook and quality journalism are uneasy compa


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what any country can and can't do in Antarctica, in the name of science

In Antarctica, many countries want a piece of the action. Flickr/Christopher Michel, CC BY

Antarctica is owned by no one, but there are plenty of countries interested in thi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: If a star explodes, will it destroy Earth?

The good thing about space is that – even though it has lots of dangerous stuff floating in it, and lots of exploding stars – it's so big and empty that it almost doesn't matter NASA/CXC/U.Texas, The Conversation.

Speaking with: 'Everybody Lies' author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online

According to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, everybody lies to preserve social relations.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Protecting the 'right to be forgotten' in the age of blockchain

A new framework gives you full administrative control of your blockchain-stored data. Shutterstock

There’s been a lot of hype about blockchain over the past year.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The search for the source of a mysterious fast radio burst comes relatively close to home

Antennas of CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope first picked up the Fast Radio Burst. CSIRO/Alex Cherney, Author provided

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are just that – enormous blasts of radio waves from space that only last for a fraction of a second.


Originally published in The Conversation.