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Mathematical discoveries take intuition and creativity – and now a little help from AI

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Research in mathematics is a deeply imaginative and intuitive process. This might come as a surprise for those who are still recovering from high-school algebra.


Originally published in The Conversation.

500,000 or 20,000? How to estimate the size of a political rally properly

Mining magnate Clive Palmer created controversy last week when he claimed on ABC Radio that 500,000 people had attended the COVID “freedom” protest in Melbourne on Saturday November 20. Maverick MP Craig Kelly opted for the marginally more modest “tens of thousands of people as far as the eye could see”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What's the secret to making sure AI doesn't steal your job? Work with it, not against it

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Whether it’s athletes on a sporting field or celebrities in the jungle, nothing holds our attention like the drama of vying for a single prize.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Up to half of Earth's water may come from solar wind and space dust

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Water is vital for life on Earth, and some experts say we should all drink around two litres every day as part


Originally published in The Conversation.

The government's planned 'anti-troll' laws won't help most victims of online trolling

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Yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Michaelia Cash announced


Originally published in The Conversation.

Burnout by design? Warehouse and shipping workers pay the hidden cost of the holiday season

What’s the meaning of Christmas? For many, it’s about feasting, family, and napping while watching the cricket.

But for e-commerce giants like Amazon, Christmas is the most lucrative time of the year. During the 2020 holiday season, Amazon processed more than A$6.6 billion in sales.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Could we really deflect an asteroid heading for Earth? An expert explains NASA's latest DART mission

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A NASA spacecraft the size of a golf cart has been directed to smash into an asteroid, with the intention of knocking it slightly off course.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do birds make their nests?

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I would please like to know how birds make their nests? How do they know how to weave the twigs together and what makes the twigs stick together? – Miguel, age 10, Brisbane


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ending online anonymity won't make social media less toxic

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In recent months the government has proposed cracking down on online anonymity.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Climate change is likely driving a drier southern Australia – so why are we having such a wet year?

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As the climate changes, southern Australia is likely to keep getting drier on average, particularly in the southwest.


Originally published in The Conversation.