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Why we should be wary of expanding powers of the Australian Signals Directorate

Last week, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton reignited the debate about new spying powers for Australian authorities during an interview on the ABC Insiders program.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: how is the Sun burning?

A nuclear reaction is under way inside the Sun.

Originally published in The Conversation.

New research could lead to a pregnancy test for endangered marsupials

Knew you were coming: a koala cub on the back of the mother. Shutterstock/PARFENOV

Many women realise they are pregnant before they’ve even done the test – perhaps feeling a touch of nausea, or tender, larger-than-usual breasts.

Originally published in The Conversation.

We know contact with nature makes you feel better. Can virtual contact do the same?

There is a link between exposure to natural settings and better psychological well-being. Shutterstock

You might have noticed that being in nature can improve your m

Originally published in The Conversation.

Sport is full of conspiracy theories – Chris Froome’s horrific cycling crash is just the latest example

The recent crash of four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome put his attempt for a record-equalling 5th title on hold. (The 2019 Tour de France starts on July 6.)

But the spectacular, career-limiting smash also fuelled conspiracy theories surrounding the events leading up to and following the incident.

Originally published in The Conversation.

An incredible journey: the first people to arrive in Australia came in large numbers, and on purpose

The first people to walk along the shores of northern Australia arrived more than 50,000 years ago. Corey Bradshaw, CC BY-NC

The size of the first population of people needed to arrive, survive,

Originally published in The Conversation.

It's time for Australia to commit to the kind of future it wants: CSIRO Australian National Outlook 2019

Australia's future prosperity will require bold action on a number of fronts and a deliberate commitment to careful and considered long-term thinking Hendra Pontomudis / unsplash, CC BY

Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what is 'hybrid warfare' and what is meant by the 'grey zone'?

There is an ongoing, low intensity cyber conflict between nation states that involves attacks and counter-attacks on critical infrastructure like power grids. Shutterstock


Originally published in The Conversation.

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

People often look at issues through the prism of their own particular political identity - and have probably always done so.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Quantum physics experiment shows Heisenberg was right about uncertainty, in a certain sense

Quantum particles are not really just particles... they are also waves. Shutterstock/agsandrew

The word uncertainty is used a lot in quantum mechanics. One school of thought is that this means there’s something out there in the world that we are uncertain about.

Originally published in The Conversation.