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A genetic approach to mosquitoes can stop them spreading infections

Why do mosquitoes not suffer from the infections they pass on? Shutterstock/chakkrachai nicharat

Summer is the time of year when we head out for trips to the beach or picnics in the park. But we need to keep in mind that this is also when mosquito season reaches its peak.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Game, set and scandal: the winners and losers amid claims of match-fixing in tennis

Who wants to gamble on a sport if they know the result has been fixed before the game is played? Shutterstock/Lucky Business

The BBC and BuzzFeed News say they have access to secret f


Originally published in The Conversation.

Digital diagnosis: intelligent machines do a better job than humans

It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey

Until now, medicine has been a prestigious and often The Conversation.

Even if Netflix is serious about blocking VPNs, it is unlikely to succeed

Netflix's Global Audience Author and Netflix

Netflix has sent the world into a frenzy of anxiety by announcing through their The Conversation.

All five bright planets come together in the morning sky

Mercury rises out of the early morning glow to complete the full set of five bright planets. Museum Victoria/Stellarium, CC BY-SA

For the first time in more than 10 years, it will be possible to see all five brigh


Originally published in The Conversation.

Not so science fiction after all, the internet could out-evolve humanity

Beware the digital evolution. Pixabay, CC BY

Living things accumulate and reproduce information. That’s really the driving principle behind life, and behind evolution.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How not to write about science

This is what happens when science writing gets too turgid. Shutterstock

Amid the many calls for scientists to engage with the general public, there are some who feel that scientists ought to remain aloof and disconne


Originally published in The Conversation.

A case of mistaken identity for Australia's extinct big bird

Australia is renowned for once being home to a group of gigantic birds known as the mihirungs. These birds are distantly related to waterfowl and included the impressive Dromornis stirtoni, the largest bird ever known on the planet at about 450kg in weight.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Governments undermining encryption will do more harm than good

Western governments are threatening to undermine the encryption that keeps our online communications private. Shutterstock

Western governments, notably the UK and the US, are pushing the software industry to open “backdoors” into our encrypted communications.


Originally published in The Conversation.