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The Eta Aquariid meteor shower is set to light up the skies. Here's how to get the best seat in the house

There’s something wonderful about sitting under the night sky, watching a meteor shower play out overhead. However, observers in the southern hemisphere usually get the short end of the stick, with most of the best showers strongly favouring those north of the equator.

Every May, however, southern observers get a special treat – the Eta Aquariid meteor shower. This year conditions promise to be perfect, making it the ideal opportunity for some autumnal meteor observation.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Facebook, YouTube, games & Grindr: what we know about online ads in the federal election

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We’re halfway through the federal election campaign, and by now you’ve probably seen a significant amount of political advert


Originally published in The Conversation.

We've used a new technique to discover the brightest radio pulsar outside our own galaxy

Artist's impression of the PSR J0523-7125 in the Large Magellanic Cloud.


Originally published in The Conversation.

ACCC says consumers need more choices about what online marketplaces are doing with their data

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Consumers using online retail marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon “have little effective choice in the amount of data they share”, according to the The Conversation.

We've created a device that could allow instant disease diagnosis – while fitting inside your phone lens

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Infectious diseases such as malaria remain a leading cause of death in many regions.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Honeybees join humans as the only known animals that can tell the difference between odd and even numbers

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“Two, four, six, eight; bog in, don’t wait”.

As children, we learn numbers can either be even or odd. And there are many ways to categorise numbers as even or odd.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: will the big storm on Jupiter ever go away?

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Will the big storm on Jupiter ever go away? — Edgar Nuttall, age 5, Brisbane


Originally published in The Conversation.

Can your mobile phone get a virus? Yes – and you'll have to look carefully to see the signs

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With nearly 84% of the world’s population now owning a smartphone, and our dependence on them growing all the time, these devices have become an attract


Originally published in The Conversation.

The 'digital town square'? What does it mean when billionaires own the online spaces where we gather?

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, seems set to purchase the social media platform Twitter for around US$44 billion.


Originally published in The Conversation.