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Protecting your privacy if you use a route mapping app

Route mapping apps such as Strava are popular with cyclists, but you need to protect your privacy Shutterstock/antb

There are plenty of smartphone apps that can help map your movements as you are driving, cycling, running or just out for a good


Originally published in The Conversation.

What a tiny micrometeorite from the Pilbara can tell us about the ancient sky

Those tiny streaks sometimes land, and they can tell us a lot about the sky. rwarrin/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Not long ago, my colleagues and I found some micrometeorites in the Pilbara region in Western Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The things people ask about the scientific consensus on climate change

So many questions on climate change. Shutterstock/Kuznetsov Dmitry

It’s been almost a month since the paper I co-authored on the synthesis of research into the scientific consensus on climate change was published.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Students are using 'smart' spy technology to cheat in exams

Students are using smart technology to try to beat the exam system. Shutterstock/hxdbzxy

Students at a medical college in Thailand have been caught using spy cameras linked to smartwatches to cheat durin


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why the long face: just how risky is horse riding?

Eventing is a sport enjoyed by many Australians, but what are the risks? alan feebery/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

The death of 17-year-old horse rider The Conversation.

Kepler finds more 'Earth-like planets', but are they really like Earth?

An artist's concept of select planetary discoveries made to date by NASA's Kepler space telescope. NASA/W.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The danger of overselling science

There's a lot of incentive to hype scientific findings but in the end nobody wins. Overselling findings can undermine the authority of scientists as well as the credibility of the sources and ultimately deceive or even endanger the public. Shutterstock

Imagine seeing this headline:


Originally published in The Conversation.

Confusion over Google's paid services could land it in trouble, again

Some people are still confused over what is paid or sponsored content in a typical Google search. Shutterstock/Denys Prykhodov

Google is the world’s most popular search engine and is by far


Originally published in The Conversation.

The world's oldest axe shows the cut and thrust of academia

The discovery of evidence of the world’s oldest axe is reported by my colleagues and I in a paper published in Australian Archaeology this week.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient Australia: world's first nation of innovators

Ancient human figures painted in red on a rock shelter in northern Australia (Source: Google Art Project, Griffith University). Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
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Originally published in The Conversation.