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We're launching Western Australia's first scratch-built satellite, and it's a giant leap towards the Moon

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On August 28, a SpaceX rocket will blast off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying supplies bound for the International Space Station.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Coral, meet coral: how selective breeding may help the world's reefs survive ocean heating

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A single generation of selective breeding can make corals better able to withstand extreme temperatures, according to our new research.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Meet the diverse group of plant-eating dinosaurs that roamed Victoria 110 million years ago

During the Early Cretaceous period, 110 million to 107 million years ago, Australia was much further south than it is today. Yet fossils from several sites on the Otway Coast in Victoria show dinosaurs were common in the region.

The most abundant were ornithopods — small plant-eaters with beaks and cheeks full of teeth. But until recently, it was unclear exactly how many species coexisted at the same time.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'OK Boomer': how a TikTok meme traces the rise of Gen Z political consciousness

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The phrase “OK Boomer” has become popular over the past two years as an all-purpose retort with which young people dismiss their elders for being “old-fashioned”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Is it actually false, or do you just disagree? Why Twitter’s user-driven experiment to tackle misinformation is complicated

Over the past year, we’ve seen how dramatically misinformation can impact the lives of people, communities and entire countries.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why bother calculating pi to 62.8 trillion digits? It's both useless and fascinating

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Swiss researchers at the University of Applied Sciences Graubünden this week claimed a new world record for calculating the number of dig


Originally published in The Conversation.

New Zealanders haven't been scanning in enough, and that contributed to the need for a full lockdown

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Fast isolation of infected individuals is key to containing any outbreak of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, and contact tracing is a critical part of this process.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How machine learning is helping us fine-tune climate models to reach unprecedented detail

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From movie suggestions to self-driving vehicles, machine learning has revolutionised modern life. Experts are now using it to help solve one of humanity’s biggest problems: climate change.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How one simple rule change could curb online retailers' snooping on you

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I spent last week studying the 26,000 words of privacy terms published by eBay and Amazon, trying to extract some straight answers, and co


Originally published in The Conversation.

How hackers can use message mirroring apps to see all your SMS texts — and bypass 2FA security

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It’s now well known that usernames and passwords aren’t enough to securely access online services.


Originally published in The Conversation.