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The way your children watch YouTube is not that surprising – but it is a concern. Here are some tips

Clips of Peppa Pig on YouTube aren't always what you expect them to be.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bali's Agung – using 'volcano forensics' to map the past, and predict the future

Mt Agung, known locally as Gunung Agung, is a 3,142 metre high volcano located at the eastern end of the island of Bali, Indonesia.

It’s erupting ash and steam right now, and has been since Saturday November 25, 2017.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tourists are stuck at the airport, but erupting Mt Agung has a deeper significance for the Balinese

Mount Agung began erupting last week, sending ash columns two kilometres high.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Three new reports add clarity to Australia's space sector, a 'crowded and valuable high ground'

Three new reports examine Australia’s existing space capabilities, set them in the light of international developments, and identify growth areas and models for Australia to pursue.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How do x-rays see inside you?

X-rays are like light rays, but they can pass through more stuff. Marcella Cheng/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

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Originally published in The Conversation.

Fifty years ago Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars and changed our view of the universe

CSIRO Parkes radio telescope has discovered around half of all known pulsars. Wayne England, Author provided

A pulsar is a small, spinning star – a giant ball of neutrons, left behind after a normal star has died in a fiery explosion.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Loot boxes' and pay-to-win features in digital games look a lot like gambling

Kids love Angry Birds. But features in the latest version of the game allow exchange of cash for game progress.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We need robots that can improvise, but it's not easy to teach them right from wrong

One day we could have an intelligent robot cook up surprise meals at home. Besjunior/Shutterstock

Industrial robots have existed since the 1960s, when the first Unimate robotic arm was installed at a General Motors plant in the Unit


Originally published in The Conversation.

Uber was hacked, so change your password right now. Here's what else you need to know

Uber has admitted that a 2016 data breach put at risk the personal information of 57 million Uber users worldwide and at least 600,000 drivers in the United States.

The ride-share firm’s CEO said that:

two individuals outside the company had inappropriately accessed user data stored on a third-party cloud-based service that we use.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We learn from our mistakes: how to make better predictions from tweets

How do we know that what people tweet is what they really think? Shutterstock/AlesiaKan

Social media is viewed as a potential goldmine of information. The key is to work out how to mine this abundant source of public sentiment.


Originally published in The Conversation.