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Huawei is a test case for Australia in balancing the risks and rewards of Chinese tech

Chinese communications giant Huawei has hit back at detractors in the lead-up to an anticipated decision by the Australian government. The company is likely to be barred from participating in the building of Australia’s next-generation 5G mobile network because of its links to the Chinese government and military.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Gaming or gambling: study shows almost half of loot boxes in video games constitute gambling

A study shows lot boxes in video games meet the psychological criteria to be considered a form of gambling. Aaron Drummond, CC BY-SA

The Australian Senate today The Conversation.

Even a microchipped pet can be lost if your data is out of date

Pets are beloved family members.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Hacking your holiday: how cyber criminals are increasingly targeting the tourism market

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are up 16% in the last year. Shutterstock

Imagine if a hacker shut down the baggage handling system of one of the world’s busi

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How was the ocean formed? Where did all the water come from?

Where all the water in the ocean came from is a very good question. Scientists have been wondering about it for a long time. Shutterstock

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Monster hunt: using environmental DNA to survey life in Loch Ness

With the help of environmental DNA, scientists are compiling a census of life in Loch Ness, which should establish if there is any scientific basis to the centuries-old legend of the Loch Ness monster. Supplied, CC BY-SA


Originally published in The Conversation.

The internet is terrible at answering most tough questions. Our 'wisdom of the crowd' tool can help

In 1906, English statistician Sir Francis Galton observed the median answer of 800 participants trying to guess the weight of a cow was accurate within 1% of the correct answer. Mavis Wong/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

When making tough decisions, humans have long sought advice from a higher power.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Women show sexual preference for tall, dominant men – so is gender inequality inevitable?

The cliche tells us that women go for men who are tall, dark and handsome.

Originally published in The Conversation.

3, 2, 1...liftoff! The science of launching rockets from Australia

Aircraft and missiles on display at Woomera, South Australia. Will we launch more rockets from here in the future?

Originally published in The Conversation.

Science makes art. But could art save the Australian manufacturing industry?

Architect Frank Gehry's computer-designed, hand made staircase at University of Technology Sydney.

Originally published in The Conversation.