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The ugly truth: tech companies are tracking and misusing our data, and there's little we can do

While leaks and whistleblowers continue to be valuable tools in the fight for data privacy, we can't rely on them solely to keep big tech companies in check. The Conversation.

'Gay gene' testing apps aren't just misleading – they're dangerous

No, a DNA swab can't tell you if you're gay, or likely to be obese, or depressed.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Tesla's Blade Runner-inspired pickup truck kind of flopped. Here's why

Tesla’s new “Blade Runner-inspired” electric cybertruck has the world turning its head.

The internet has had a field day since the vehicle’s launch on Thursday, with users finding creative ways to ridicule the truck’s eccentric design.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What are lost continents, and why are we discovering so many?

Lord Howe Island is one of the few places where the lost continent of Zealandia is exposed above sea level.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A push to make social media companies liable in defamation is great for newspapers and lawyers, but not you

At his Wednesday address to the National Press Club, Attorney-General Christian Porter said the federal government is pursuing “immediate” defamation law reform.

The announcement seemed a bit odd, as defamation is a subject for state and territory governments to legislate on. A NSW-led law reform process has been ongoing for years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why does wood crackle in a fire?

If you've ever put wet wood on to a fire, you may have noticed it makes a lot more noise than dry wood.
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Why does wood crackle in a fire? – Rocco, age 6 (nearly 7!)


Originally published in The Conversation.

An American company will test your embryos for genetic defects. But designer babies aren't here just yet

No gene for cuteness has yet been identified -- but give it time. Shutterstock

Designer baby, anyone? A New Jersey startup company, Genomic Prediction, might be able to help you.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A collapsing star in a distant galaxy fired out some of the most energetic gamma rays ever seen

The HESS telescopes in Namibia are on the alert for high-energy gamma rays. HESS Collaboration / Clementina Medina

The brightest fireworks in the universe are called gamma-ray bursts and are created by the death throes of certain kinds of stars.


Originally published in The Conversation.

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't

Synthetic biology can help agriculture adapt to a changing world. Shutterstock

We need to revolutionise agriculture in the next 30 years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Instead of showing leadership, Twitter pays lip service to the dangers of deep fakes

Neural networks can generate artificial representations of human faces, as well as realistic renderings of actual people. The Conversation.