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Raw meat pet food may not be good for your dog, or your own health

Be careful what you feed your dog. Shutterstock/fetrinka

You might think raw meat pet food is good for your dog.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Virtual reality adds to tourism through touch, smell and real people's experiences

Virtual reality can bring historical sites to life.

Back in 2001, an acquaintance who worked for Lonely Planet told me about a surprise discovery. The travel guide business had an audience of people who would buy their travel books, but never travel. Lonely Planet dubbed them “virtual tourists”.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how do shells get made?

A few days after baby molluscs come out from tiny eggs, they start building their shell layer after layer. Emily Nunnell/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids is a series for children.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Spill at a nuclear facility shows potential burn risks from a household chemical

Sodium hydroxide among a series of chemistry bottles in a typical school science lab. Shutterstock/ipmphotographers

Three people were taken to hospital following a chemical spill at


Originally published in The Conversation.

Your car is more likely to be hacked by your mechanic than a terrorist

Lego Mechanic might look sweet and innocent, but what’s that smile really hiding? Flickr/Jeff Eaton, CC BY-NC-SA

When it comes to car hacking


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australians want to support government use and sharing of data, but don't trust their data will be safe

A new survey reveals community attitudes towards the use of personal data by government and researchers. Shutterstock

Never has more data been held about us by government or companies that we interact with.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Seven ways the government can make Australians safer – without compromising online privacy

We need a cyber safety equivalent to the Slip! Slop! Slap!


Originally published in The Conversation.

Your period tracking app could tell Facebook when you're pregnant – an 'algorithmic guardian' could stop it

The way it is now, we have almost no way to know how our data are being shared and used. Shutterstock

Most of us know tech platforms such as Facebook and Google track, store and make money from our


Originally published in The Conversation.

How long before we break the two-hour barrier in the men's marathon?

What can you do with 99 seconds? Check your email? Fire off a tweet? Walk 100 metres?

For current men’s marathon world-record holder, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, 99 seconds is all that stands between him and the sub two-hour (or “sub-2”) marathon run.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Regulating Facebook could hinder small businesses with overseas customers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into digital platforms. Shutterstock

Digital platforms provide a host of challenges for governments.


Originally published in The Conversation.