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Dramatic advances in forensics expose the need for genetic data legislation

The issues surrounding the use of genetic data are complex. image created by James Hereward and Caitlin Curtis

Many people first became familiar with DNA testing through its use in the OJ Simpson murder trial in 1994.


Originally published in The Conversation.

New guidelines for responding to cyber attacks don't go far enough

If Australia's electricity grid was targeted by cyber attack the fall out could be severe. Shutterstock

Debates about cyber security in Australia over the past few weeks h


Originally published in The Conversation.

Conform to the social norm: why people follow what other people do

Some people just follow the social norm, whether it's right or not. Shutterstock/LENAIKA

Why do people tend to do what others do, prefer what others prefer, and choose what others choose?


Originally published in The Conversation.

Broken records, 'crunch' and freemium that's not free: 2018 was a huge year in gaming

Digital games are incredibly time-consuming and costly to produce. Shutterstock

2018 has been a big year for video games – and not just because of the games that were released.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Can the Big Bash League's backyard cricket bat flip truly be fair?

Would you go 'flats' or 'hills'? Shutterstock/Brian A Jackson

Ahead of the start of the 2018-19 Big Bash League season comes news of a radical change that will bring a smile to th


Originally published in The Conversation.

It's not so easy to gain the true measure of things

Some things are just tricky to measure. Flickr/Patty O'Hearn Kickham, CC BY

I teach measurement – the quantification of things.


Originally published in The Conversation.

We have a Christmas comet: how to spot 2018's interplanetary bauble

Comet 46P/Wirtanen captured on November 15 this year using the remote iTelescope (Siding Springs Observatory, Australia). Flickr/Victor R Ruiz, CC BY
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Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How does the Moon, being so far away, affect the tides on Earth?

When the sea level rises to its highest point, we call that high tide.


Originally published in The Conversation.

'Designer' babies won't be common anytime soon – despite recent CRISPR twins

Editing just one gene in an embryo could create many unanticipated side-effects once the baby is born.


Originally published in The Conversation.