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Facebook's push for end-to-end encryption is good news for user privacy, as well as terrorists and paedophiles

Facebook's initiative places the company in a complicated situation, as increased user privacy, while positive, could come with potential impunity for offenders.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Call for clearer risk information for tourists following Whakaari/White Island tragedy

The Royal New Zealand Navy during a recovery operation on Whakaari/White Island, on December 13. Rescue and recovery efforts have been hampered by hazardous conditions on the island, and the danger of another eruption.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tough nuts: why peanuts trigger such powerful allergic reactions

The humble peanut. Tasty for most, treacherous for some. Dr Dwan Price, Author provided

Food allergens are the scourge of the modern school lunchbox.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A new study shows an animal's lifespan is written in the DNA. For humans, it's 38 years

A genetic "clock" lets scientists estimate how long extinct creatures lived.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The federal government's response to the ACCC's Digital Platforms Inquiry is a let down

Of the 23 recommendations made in the ACCC's final report, the government supported six in their entirety, ten "in principle", "noted" five and rejected two.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Indonesian cave paintings show the dawn of imaginative art and human spiritual belief

This hunting scene, painted 44,000 years ago, is the oldest known work of representational art in the world. Ratno Sardi, Author provided

Our team has discovered a cave painting in Indonesia that is at least 44,000 years old and which may ca


Originally published in The Conversation.

Happy 6ft: ancient penguins were as tall as people. We've discovered the species that started the downsizing trend

The newly discovered _Kupoupou stilwelli_ would have once swam in the waters around Chatham Island near New Zealand. Illustration by Jacob Blokland, Author provided

A new species of extinct penguin has been discovered.


Originally published in The Conversation.

As heat strikes, here's one way to help fight disease-carrying and nuisance mosquitoes

Although yellow fever does not currently exist in Australia, the species Aedes aegypti - which can transmit the disease - is found widely across northern Queensland.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why were tourists allowed on White Island?

The volcanic alert level on Whakaari/White Island remains at three, one rung higher than it was when the eruption took place. AAP/GNS Science, CC BY-ND

Emergency crews have retrieved six bodies


Originally published in The Conversation.

The X17 factor: a particle new to physics might solve the dark matter mystery

Anomalies in nuclear physics experiments may show signs of a new force. Shutterstock

A team of scientists in Hungary recently published a paper that hints at the existence of a previously unknown subatomic particle.


Originally published in The Conversation.