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Does batting second in T20 world cup cricket offer a crucial advantage? A statistics professor explains

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While Australian cricket fans celebrate their team’s triumph at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the tournament’s results have sparked a debate over whether the team that bats second has a potentially match-winning advantage b


Originally published in The Conversation.

How do pigeons find their way home? We looked in their ears with a diamond-based quantum microscope to find out

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Homing pigeons are known for their uncanny ability to find their way home – navigating complex and changing landscapes. In fact, they do this so well they were used as a source of secure communication more than 2,000 years ago.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Antarctic bacteria live on air and make their own water using hydrogen as fuel

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Humans have only recently begun to think about using hydrogen as a source of energy, but bacteria in Antarctica have been doing it for a billion years.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A chunk of Chinese satellite almost hit the International Space Station. They dodged it – but the space junk problem is getting worse

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Earlier this week, the International Space Station (ISS) was forced to maneouvre out of the way of a potential collision with space junk.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and we're training AI chatbots to do the same

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While the art of conversation in machines is limited, there are improvements with every iteration.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Technology-enabled abuse: how 'safety by design' can reduce stalking and domestic violence

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Mobile phones and online technologies are frequently used by perpetrators of domestic and family violence to coerce, control and restric


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Moon's top layer alone has enough oxygen to sustain 8 billion people for 100,000 years

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Alongside advances in space exploration, we’ve recently seen much time and money invested into technologies that could allow effective space resource utilisation.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We revisited Parramatta's archaeological past to reveal the deep-time history of the heart of Sydney

Australian paintings by J.W. Lewin, G.P. Harris, G.W. Evans and others, 1796-1809; State Library of NSW, Author provided

We know quite a lot about the past 200 years of history in Parramatta.


Originally published in The Conversation.