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This newly discovered neutron star might light the way for a whole new class of stellar object

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The discovery of a neutron star emitting unusual radio signals is rewriting our understanding of these unique star systems.


Originally published in The Conversation.

There are systems 'guarding' your data in cyberspace – but who is guarding the guards?

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We use internet-connected devices to access our bank accounts, keep our transport systems moving, communicate with our colleagues, listen to music, undertake commercially sensitive tasks – and order pizza.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Small step for Nature, giant leap across the gender gap: leading journal will make sex and gender reporting mandatory in research

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Like in many aspects of life, there remains an undercurrent of sex bias against women in the STEM fields. And this bias has a negative impact on not only women, but men too – and those who don’t fit within a binary category.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Fragments of a dying comet might put on a spectacular show next week – or pass by without a trace

The 1833 Leonid Meteor storm, as seen over Niagara Falls. Edmund Weiß (1888)

As Earth orbits the Sun, it ploughs through dust and debris left behind by comets and asteroids.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How plate tectonics, mountains and deep-sea sediments have maintained Earth's 'Goldilocks' climate

For hundreds of millions of years, Earth’s climate has warmed and cooled with natural fluctuations in the level of carbon dioxide (CO₂) in the atmosphere.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Planetary waves, cut-off lows and blocking highs: what's behind record floods across the Southern Hemisphere?

From February to May 2022, many places in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia have seen record-breaking daily and monthly rainfall. Repeated periods of persistent and intense rain have caused devastating and widespread floods.


Originally published in The Conversation.

When self-driving cars crash, who's responsible? Courts and insurers need to know what's inside the 'black box'

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The first serious accident involving a self-driving car in Australia occurred in March this year.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Pay 'with a smile or a wave': why Mastercard's new face recognition payment system raises concerns

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Mastercard’s “smile to pay” system, announced last week, is supposed to save time for customers at checkouts.


Originally published in The Conversation.