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The secret of TikTok's success? Humans are wired to love imitating dance moves

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Since its launch in 2016, the online video sharing platform TikTok has grown at an astonishing rate.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We asked astronomers: are we alone in the Universe? The answer was surprisingly consistent

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Are we alone in the Universe? The expert opinion on that, it turns out, is surprisingly consistent.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia has hundreds of programs to get women into science, but are they working? Time to find out

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics, collectively known as STEM, are vitally important for keeping Australia competitive in a technology-driven world.

But despite STEM’s importance, we are not training enough people with skills in vital areas such as digital technologies and engineering to make the most of these business opportunities. In particular, there are extremely low numbers of women engaging in these fields.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ransomware attack on sheep farmers shows there's no room for woolly thinking in cyber security

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While many Australians were preoccupied with panic-buying toilet paper, sales of another commodity encountered a v


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper? We asked four experts

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As coronavirus continues to spread around the world, anxiety is rising in Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Dark web, not dark alley: why drug sellers see the internet as a lucrative safe haven

More than six years after the demise of Silk Road, the world’s first major drug cryptomarket, the The Conversation.

Australian police are using the Clearview AI facial recognition system with no accountability

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Australian police agencies are reportedly using a private, unaccountable facial recognition service that combines machine learning and wide-ranging da


Originally published in The Conversation.

Polly knows probability: this parrot can predict the chances of something happening

Avian experts have repeatedly demonstrated the remarkable brainpower of birds.
Parrots, in particular, have established a reputation as skillful imitators – a talent that requires a complex network of neural connections.

Now, researchers Alex Taylor and Amalia Bastos from the University of Auckland have once again observed parrots beating the odds when it comes to intelligence.


Originally published in The Conversation.

From crocodiles to krill, a warming world raises the 'costs' paid by developing embryos

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Apart from mammals and birds, most animals develop as eggs exposed to the vagaries of the outside world. This development is energetically “costly”.


Originally published in The Conversation.