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What you’re seeing right now is the past, so your brain is predicting the present

We feel that we live in the present. When we open our eyes, we perceive the outside world as it is right now. But we are actually living slightly in the past.

It takes time for information from our eyes to reach our brain, where it is processed, analysed and ultimately integrated into consciousness. Due to this delay, the information available to our conscious experience is always outdated.

So why don’t we notice these delays, and how does the brain allow us to feel like we are experiencing the world in real time?


Originally published in The Conversation.

How to flatten the curve of coronavirus, a mathematician explains

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People travelling into Australia will now have to self-isolate for 14 days – one of a The Conversation.

What is a virus? How do they spread? How do they make us sick?

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Viruses are the most common biological entities on Earth.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Cabin fever': Australia must prepare for the social and psychological impacts of a coronavirus lockdown

As the COVID-19 outbreak intensifies, we’re seeing mass isolation in virus epicentres, with about 500 million people in China “under varying degrees of quarantine”, and all of The Conversation.

Working at home to avoid coronavirus? This tech lets you (almost) replicate the office

Working from home is already so common it has its own acronym, and it’s about to get even more common still.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How the humble dung beetle engineers better ecosystems in Australia

Dung beetles play an important role helping clear up all the dung left by other animals in an environment.

In Australia there are approximately 475 native species of dung beetle.

But there’s a problem. Most of them are adapted to deal with marsupial dung. When British colonisers brought livestock down under, they introduced an entirely new type of dung that the native dung beetles were ill-equipped to handle.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The deep evolutionary links between monogamy and fatherhood are more complicated than we thought

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Compared with our closest relatives, the common chimpanzee and the bono


Originally published in The Conversation.

Restricting underage access to porn and gambling sites: a good idea, but technically tricky

Australia should work towards adopting a mandatory age-verification system for gambling and pornography websites, according to a recommendation from the federal parliamentary cross-party commit


Originally published in The Conversation.