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People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real. Screenshot

The recent viral “deepfake” video of Mark Zuckerberg declaring, “whoe

Originally published in The Conversation.

30 years since Australia first connected to the internet, we've come a long way

Out of the science labs, our internet connectivity is now part of our everyday lives. Shutterstock/AngieYeoh

This article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explor

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why we should be wary of expanding powers of the Australian Signals Directorate

Last week, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton reignited the debate about new spying powers for Australian authorities during an interview on the ABC Insiders program.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how is the Sun burning?

A nuclear reaction is under way inside the Sun.

Originally published in The Conversation.

New research could lead to a pregnancy test for endangered marsupials

Knew you were coming: a koala cub on the back of the mother. Shutterstock/PARFENOV

Many women realise they are pregnant before they’ve even done the test – perhaps feeling a touch of nausea, or tender, larger-than-usual breasts.

Originally published in The Conversation.

We know contact with nature makes you feel better. Can virtual contact do the same?

There is a link between exposure to natural settings and better psychological well-being. Shutterstock

You might have noticed that being in nature can improve your m

Originally published in The Conversation.

Sport is full of conspiracy theories – Chris Froome’s horrific cycling crash is just the latest example

The recent crash of four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome put his attempt for a record-equalling 5th title on hold. (The 2019 Tour de France starts on July 6.)

But the spectacular, career-limiting smash also fuelled conspiracy theories surrounding the events leading up to and following the incident.

Originally published in The Conversation.

An incredible journey: the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers, and on purpose

The first people to walk along the shores of northern Australia arrived more than 50,000 years ago. Corey Bradshaw, CC BY-NC

The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive,

Originally published in The Conversation.

It's time for Australia to commit to the kind of future it wants: CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2019

Australia's future prosperity will require bold action on a number of fronts and a deliberate commitment to careful and considered long-term thinking Hendra Pontomudis / unsplash, CC BY

Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what is 'hybrid warfare' and what is meant by the 'grey zone'?

There is an ongoing, low intensity cyber conflict between nation states that involves attacks and counter-attacks on critical infrastructure like power grids. Shutterstock


Originally published in The Conversation.