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Hidden costs, manipulation, forced continuity: report reveals how Australian consumers are being duped online

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Australian consumers’ choices on websites and apps are being manipulated through online designs taking advantage of their weaknesses.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This mosquito species from Papua New Guinea was lost for 90 years – until a photographer snapped a picture of it in Australia

Tracking mosquitoes in our backyards, such as Aedes notoscriptus, helps authorities work out future health risks. Cameron Webb (NSW Health Pathology), Author provided

There are already plenty of mosquitoes in Australia.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Do AI systems really have their own secret language?

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A new generation of artificial intelligence (AI) models can produce “creative” images on-demand based on a text prompt.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We're told AI neural networks 'learn' the way humans do. A neuroscientist explains why that's not the case

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Recently developed artificial intelligence (AI) models are capable of many impressive feats, including recognising images and producing human-like language.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia finally has a dedicated minister for cyber security. Here's why her job is so important

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On Tuesday, Australia’s new Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced his government’s first full ministry, with Victorian member Clare O'Neil appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Cyber Security.


Originally published in The Conversation.

This Australian grasshopper gave up sex 250,000 years ago and it's doing fine

Michael Kearney, Author provided

Most animals on Earth have two sexes, male and female, that combine and mix their genes when they reproduce.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Online abuse against women is rife, but some women suffer more – and we need to step up for them

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Women online suffer a disproportionate amount of harm and abuse, but it isn’t all based on their gender.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet the world's largest plant: a single seagrass clone stretching 180 km in Western Australia's Shark Bay

Rachel Austin, Author provided

Next time you go diving or snorkelling, have a close look at those wondrously long, bright green ribbons, waving with the ebb and flow of water.


Originally published in The Conversation.

In the animal kingdom, mating calls and pheromones can attract a mate – or a canny predator

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Reproduction is the ultimate goal in life for most animals, but securing a mate is hard work. You must not only find a potential suitor, but hold their attention, identify yourself, and advertise your quality.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Like the gig economy, crypto gaming is sold with promise of convenience and riches. In practice it’s deeply exploitative

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Video games are increasingly incorporating blockchains, the decentralised databases that underpin cryptocurrencies, as well as NFTs and other “digital assets”.


Originally published in The Conversation.