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I'm a Luddite. You should be one too

Poster showing 'The Leader of the Luddites' (1812) Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

I’m a Luddite. This is not a hesitant confession, but a proud proclamation.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What's behind the spate of super-fast sprints at the Tokyo Olympics? Technology plays a role, but the real answer is training

The Tokyo Olympic Games have seen incredible performances in the short-distance track events. We have seen two major world records fall: the men’s and women’s 400-metre hurdles - and numerous personal best times.

In the women’s 400-metre hurdles, five of the eight competitors in the final ran personal bests. Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah set an Olympic record to win the women’s 100-metre event. A European record was set in the men’s 100-metre event, and all medallists in the race were slightly faster than the respective medal-winning times at the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Originally published in The Conversation.

What is the metaverse? A high-tech plan to Facebookify the world

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the tech giant will shift from being a social media company to beco


Originally published in The Conversation.

When faces are partially covered, neither people nor algorithms are good at reading emotions

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Artificial systems such as homecare robots or driver-assistance technology are becoming more common, and it’s timely to investigate whether people or algorithms are better at reading emotions, particularly given the ad


Originally published in The Conversation.

How AI can help choose your next career and stay ahead of automation

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The typical Australian will change careers five to seven times during their professional lifetime, by some estimates.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How ancient Babylonian land surveyors developed a unique form of trigonometry — 1,000 years before the Greeks

This stone tablet records the restoration of certain lands by the Babylonian king Nabu-apla-iddina to a priest. Babylonian, circa 870 BCE.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Dancing ghosts': a new, deeper scan of the sky throws up surprises for astronomers

Jayanne English/EMU/Dark Energy Survey

Scanning through data fresh off the telescope, we saw two ghosts dancing deep in the cosmos. We had never seen anything like it before, and we had no idea what they were.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Giant bird-eating centipedes exist — and they're surprisingly important for their ecosystem

Giant bird-eating centipedes may sound like something out of a science-fiction film — but they’re not. On tiny Phillip Island, part of the South Pacific’s Norfolk Island group, the Phillip Island centipede (Cormocephalus coynei) population can kill and eat up to 3,700 seabird chicks each year.


Originally published in The Conversation.

I'm training to become Australia's first woman astronaut. Here's what it takes

Me (top, third from right) with others from the International Space University, in front of the Shuttle Atlantis at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Author provided

I’m currently training to become Australia’s first woman astronaut.


Originally published in The Conversation.