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Some 'bloody' rocket science gives Pacific Rim Uprising an extra lift

Pacific Ring Uprising. Universal Pictures/Legendary

Pacific Rim Uprising is the sequel to 2013’s smash hit Pacific Rim, in which humanity united to create Jaegers (giant human-operated armoured robot

Originally published in The Conversation.

My dyslexic perspective on academia – and how I found science communication

Academic writing is so different from the spoken word. from

I am an academic with dyslexia and I would like to share my story with you.

Originally published in The Conversation.

We need to talk about the data we give freely of ourselves online and why it's useful

How should your social media data be accessed and used by researchers? Gil C/Shutterstock

The Cambridge Analytica and Facebook data harvesting scandal has provided yet another remi

Originally published in The Conversation.

Australia should strengthen its privacy laws and remove exemptions for politicians

As revelations continue to unfold about the misuse of personal data by Cambridge Analytica, many Australians are only just learning that Australian politicians have given themselves a free kick to bypass privacy

Originally published in The Conversation.

#MeToo must also tackle online abuse

Sharing experiences of #MeToo can open the flood gates for online abuse and physical threats.

Originally published in The Conversation.

60 years in orbit for 'grapefruit satellite' – the oldest human object in space

One of the Vanguard satellites being checked out at Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1958. NASA

Sixty years ago, a grapefruit-sized aluminium sphere with six antennas and some tiny solar cells was launched into Earth orbit.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Legal lessons for Australia from Uber’s self-driving car fatality

There are calls for strong action, including criminal prosecution, following a fatal accident involving an Uber self-driving car. Uber

Consider this thought experiment: a woman pushes a bicycle across a busy road at 10 pm.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident?

The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world.

It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to fruition and autonomous cars are starting to hit the roads in pilot trials.

Originally published in The Conversation.

#MeToo exposes legal failures, but ‘trial by Twitter' isn’t one of them

In a 2016 ABS survey, one in two women reported having experienced sexual harassment, but 90% of them did not contact the police. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Six months after the explosive The Conversation.

Beyond Triple Zero: towards a digital, proactive emergency response

Imagine you’re camping in the Australian outback. Your friend falls and breaks a leg, and you call Triple Zero (000) – but you’re panicking, and can’t remember which roads you took to the rocky outcrop where the accident took place.

Originally published in The Conversation.