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Curious Kids: when I swipe a matchstick how does it make fire?

A lot of chemical reactions happen in the very short time it takes to light a match. Shutterstock

Curious Kids is a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Online tools can help people in disasters, but do they represent everyone?

Social media helped some people cope with the Townsville floods earlier this year. AAP Image/Andrew Rankin

With natural hazard and climate-related disasters on the rise, online too


Originally published in The Conversation.

Enough with the pilot programs: we need to kickstart innovation in Australia

Karen Andrews will continue as Australia’s Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, sworn in today with other cabinet members in Scott Morrison’s refreshed Coalition government.

As one of the shepherds of the Australian innovation system, Andrews finds herself between a rock and a hard place.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Will we ever agree to just one set of rules on the ethical development of artificial intelligence?

Everyone has their own idea on the ethical use of AI, but can we get a global consensus? Shutterstock/EtiAmmos

Australia is among 42 countries that last we


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do sea creatures drink sea water and not get sick?

Everything in an animal's body is made out of cells. And these cells need chemicals, such as salt, in and around them to work properly. The chemical balance needs to be just right.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Misreporting the science of lab-made organs is unethical, even dangerous

You'll be waiting a while for functional 3D-printed human organs.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Lights in the sky from Elon Musk's new satellite network have stargazers worried

The panel of 60 Starlink satellites just before they were released to go into orbit around Earth. Official SpaceX Photos

UFOs over Cair


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: are humans going to evolve again?

Two-footed walking, large human brains and using stone tools are all examples of evolution.

SpicyTruffel/Shutterstock

The Conversation.

Call for independent watchdog to monitor NZ government use of artificial intelligence

New Zealand is among a group of countries whose governments use predictive algorithms to help them make decisions. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND

New Zealand is a leader in government us


Originally published in The Conversation.