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Airlines take no chances with our safety. And neither should artificial intelligence

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You’d thinking flying in a plane would be more dangerous than driving a car.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How a seasonal snarl-up in the mid-1500s gave us our strange rules for leap years

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Happy February 29! It doesn’t come round very often, so make sure you enjoy it.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn't 'panic buying'. It's actually a pretty rational choice

Recent days have brought reports of shoppers clearing out supermarket shelves from Wuhan and Hong Kong to Singapore and
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Originally published in The Conversation.

Gender diversity in science media still has a long way to go. Here's a 5-step plan to move it along

Public representation of science in the media still struggles to reflect the true diversity of those who work in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).


Originally published in The Conversation.

Stone tools show humans in India survived the cataclysmic Toba eruption 74,000 years ago

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About 74,000 years ago a volcanic eruption at what is now Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, created one of the most dramatic natural disasters of the past 2 million years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Sounds like hype: there's scant evidence the 'binaural beats' illusion relaxes your brain

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You may have heard of binaural beats, an auditory illusion that has been touted as having stress-busing properties, and is the subject of countless hours of videos on YouTube and else


Originally published in The Conversation.

First recorded 'marsquakes' reveal the red planet's rumbling guts

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We’ve all heard of earthquakes, but what about marsquakes?


Originally published in The Conversation.

We won't have fusion generators in five years. But the holy grail of clean energy may still be on its way

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Recent reports from scientists pursuing a new kind of nuclear fusion technology are encourag


Originally published in The Conversation.

More than 70% of the Universe is made of 'dark energy', the mysterious stuff even stranger than dark matter

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You’ve heard of dark matter. You’ve probably heard there’s a fair bit of it out there in space, and that astronomers don’t know for sure what it is.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus quarantine could spark an online learning boom

The spread of the coronavirus disease known as COVID-19 is a public health emergency with economic and social ramifications in China and across the world. While the impacts on business are well documented, education is also facing the largest disruption in recent memory.

Institutions around the world are responding to travel bans and quarantines with a shift to online learning. The crisis may trigger an online boom for education – or at least make us more ready to cope with the next emergency.


Originally published in The Conversation.