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Did a giant radio telescope in China just discover aliens? Not so FAST...

“Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

Carl Sagan (Cosmos, 1980)

This phrase is the standard that astronomers will be applying to a curious signal captured with China’s “Sky Eye” telescope that might be a transmission from alien technology.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bunnings, Kmart and The Good Guys say they use facial recognition for 'loss prevention'. An expert explains what it might mean for you

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Once the purview of law enforcement and intelligence agencies, facial recognition is now being used to identify consumers in Australian stores.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why do frilled sharks look more like sea snakes?

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Why do frilled sharks look more like sea snakes? – Will, age 6, Darlington, Western Australia


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Transparency reports' from tech giants are vague on how they're combating misinformation. It's time for legislation

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On May 30, Meta, Google and Twitter released their 2021 annual transparency reports, documenting their efforts to curb misinformation in Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

65,000-year-old 'stone Swiss Army knives' show early humans had long-distance social networks

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Humans are the only species to live in every environmental niche in the world – from the icesheets to the deserts, rainforests to savannahs.


Originally published in The Conversation.

NASA to launch 3 rockets from Northern Territory in boost for Australian space efforts

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Over the next month, NASA will launch three rockets from the Arnhem Space Centre in the Northern Territory on the D


Originally published in The Conversation.

Buy now, pay later: Apple will now lend you money to keep you spending and expand its empire

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Apple has joined the thriving “buy now, pay later” industry, with a customised service called Apple Pay Later


Originally published in The Conversation.

New rules for crypto assets will protect consumers and innovators

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If you spend any time among the cryptocurrency community you’ll come across the mantra “HODL”.


Originally published in The Conversation.