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Scare-mongering about kids and social media helps no-one

Young people are natives to social media, but is that a bad thing? Wesley Fryer/Flickr, CC BY

The way children and young people use social media is often portrayed in the mainstream media via stereotypes in a way that inspires The Conversation.

Who watches the watchers when the watchers use Wickr?

Malcolm Turnbull is known to use secretive messaging apps such as Wickr. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The latest controversy over Malcolm Turnbull’s use of Wickr should provoke questions about accountabi

Originally published in The Conversation.

The VW scandal exposes the high tech control of engine emissions

It's the software that controls how VW's diesel engines perform. EPA/Patrick Pleul

As the fallout continues from the emissions scandal engulfing Volkswagen, the car maker has said it The Conversation.

A code of ethics in IT: just lip service or something with bite?

What's to prevent an IT worker doing something against the public's interest? Shutterstock/oneinchpunch

The emissions scandal that has rocked the car maker Volkswagen has again raised the issue of The Conversation.

Your phone and watch could warn you of deadly heart problems. So why don't they?

Fitbit and Apple Author

The heart rate measurement feature in the Apple Watch was intended as an aid to those using the device during exercise sessions.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry highlights how our bodies can repair our fragile DNA

Tomas Lindahl, pictured here in the lab, along with Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

DNA is the fundamental building block of life.

Originally published in The Conversation.

How a one night stand in the Ice Age affects us all today

Reconstruction of a Neanderthal man in a modern suit, at the Neanderthal Museum. Einsamer Schütze via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

Over the past half decade, ancient DNA res

Originally published in The Conversation.

From 'Huh?' to 'Who?': the universal utterances that keep us talking

Say again? Flickr/Demo, CC BY-NC-ND

There’s more to our discovery that every language appears to have the word “Huh?”, or at least something th

Originally published in The Conversation.

Venus encounters the moon before dawn

The crescent moon and Venus often make a pretty sight together in the sky. Phil Plait/flickr, CC BY-SA

Before sunrise this Friday, October 9, Venus will briefly hide beh

Originally published in The Conversation.

The man behind the Nobel Prize in Physics on neutrinos and their mass

Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita after he won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, along with Arthur B McDonald of Canada. EPA Franck Robichon

Congratulations to Japan’s Takaaki Kajita and Canada’s Arthur B McDonald for winning this year’s Nobel Pr

Originally published in The Conversation.