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Can't resist splurging on online shopping? Here's why

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The demand for online shopping has obviously increased since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Internet traffic is growing 25% each year. We created a fingernail-sized chip that can help the NBN keep up

This tiny micro-comb chip produces a precision rainbow of light that can support transmission of 40 terabits of data per second in standard optic fibres.
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Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian quantum technology could become a $4 billion industry and create 16,000 jobs

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Quantum technology is not a phrase discussed over kitchen tables in Australia, but perhaps it should be.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Plane cabins are havens for germs. Here's how they can clean up their act

Qantas has unveiled a range of precautions to guard passengers against COVID-19. The safety measures expected to be rolled out on June 12 include contactless check-in, hand sanitiser at departure gates, and optional masks and sanitising wipes on board.

Controversially, however, there will be no physical distancing on board, because Qantas claims it is too expensive to run half-empty flights.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New Zealand's COVID-19 Tracer app won't help open a 'travel bubble' with Australia anytime soon

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New Zealanders finally have access to the government’s new tracing app to help people monitor their movements as lockdown continues to


Originally published in The Conversation.

One, then some: how to count like a bee

If you were a honeybee, how would you choose where to find flowers? Imagine your first flight out of the hive searching for food. What would you do if you saw flower patches with one flower, or three, or twelve, or twenty?

Our new study, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, tested honeybees on exactly this question. We wanted to understand how honeybees choose where to forage in environments like greenhouses where our food is pollinated, in local parks, or in our own backyards.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Coronavirus anti-vaxxers aren’t a huge threat yet. How do we keep it that way?

The first I heard of the “Plandemic” video was when a friend shared it on her Facebook. “I’m pro-vaccine,” was her accompanying statement. “And I’m not a conspiracy theorist.”

For those who don’t know, Plandemic is a misinformation-driven viral video that’s garnered much attention in recent days.


Originally published in The Conversation.

False positives, false negatives: it's hard to say if the COVIDSafe app can overcome its shortcomings

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The Australian government’s contact-tracing app, COVIDSafe, has been touted as crucial for restarting the country’s economy and curb


Originally published in The Conversation.

Humans coexisted with three-tonne marsupials and lizards as long as cars in ancient Australia

Life and death in tropical Australia, 40,000 years ago. Giant reptiles ruled northern Australia during the Pleistocene with mega-marsupials as their prey.
Image Credit: R. Bargiel, V. Konstantinov, A. Atuchin & S. Hocknull (2020).


Originally published in The Conversation.

Two refs are better than one, so why does the NRL want to drop one?

Plans to kick-start the sporting season with a return to rugby league games later this month could be stalled by a row over referees.


Originally published in The Conversation.