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Ten questions you should ask before sharing data about your customers

If you're handling big datasets, it's important to think about user privacy. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock

In 2016, a group of University of Melbourne researchers


Originally published in The Conversation.

Let's face it, we'll be no safer with a national facial recognition database

Many more faces to be added to a national database, but will it make us any safer? Shutterstock copy/Andrey_Popov

A commitment to share the biometric data of most Australians – including your driving licence photo – agreed at Thursday’s Council of Australian Governments (The Conversation.

Neanderthals didn't give us red hair but they certainly changed the way we sleep

Artist's reconstruction of a Neanderthal male, at the Neanderthal Museum, Germany (Credit: Stephan Sheer).


Originally published in The Conversation.

Super cute home robots are coming, but think twice before you trust them

Cherie Lacey (left) and Catherine Caudwell interacting with a Furby, one of the first cute home robots. VUW, CC BY-ND

Following several delays, a new range of social domestic robots is expected to enter the market at the en


Originally published in The Conversation.

Life frozen in time under an electron microscope gets a Nobel Prize

The electron microscope’s resolution has radically improved in the last few years, from mostly showing shapeless blobs (left) in 2013 to now being able to visualise proteins at atomic resolution (right) in the present. Martin Högbom/The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

The scientists who developed


Originally published in The Conversation.

Error correcting the things that go wrong at the quantum computing scale

Detecting the errors in data is one thing, but correction them is still possible at the quantum computing level. Shutterstock/andriano cz

Computing power has grown exponentially over many decades,


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: How do satellites get back to Earth?

Without satellites, modern technologies such mobiles phones and GPS would not exist. The Conversation.