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Attention economy: Facebook delivers traffic but no money for news media

A lawsuit has been filed against Facebook, because it allegedly overstated its video statistics for years. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-ND

Facebook and quality journalism are uneasy compa


Originally published in The Conversation.

Explainer: what any country can and can't do in Antarctica, in the name of science

In Antarctica, many countries want a piece of the action. Flickr/Christopher Michel, CC BY

Antarctica is owned by no one, but there are plenty of countries interested in thi


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: If a star explodes, will it destroy Earth?

The good thing about space is that – even though it has lots of dangerous stuff floating in it, and lots of exploding stars – it's so big and empty that it almost doesn't matter NASA/CXC/U.Texas, The Conversation.

Speaking with: 'Everybody Lies' author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz on why we tell the (sometimes disturbing) truth online

According to Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, everybody lies to preserve social relations.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Protecting the 'right to be forgotten' in the age of blockchain

A new framework gives you full administrative control of your blockchain-stored data. Shutterstock

There’s been a lot of hype about blockchain over the past year.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The search for the source of a mysterious fast radio burst comes relatively close to home

Antennas of CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope first picked up the Fast Radio Burst. CSIRO/Alex Cherney, Author provided

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are just that – enormous blasts of radio waves from space that only last for a fraction of a second.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How flashing lights and catchy tunes make gamblers take more risks

Slot machines flash bright lights and play musical sounds as you play.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Is there anything hotter than the Sun?

The Sun is a star – but it’s not the only one.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why car sharing had a slow start in Australia - and how that's changing

Private cars with built-in sharing technology will soon be available in Australia. Shutterstock

Car sharing arrived on the Australian scene in the early 2000s.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient fish evolved in shallow seas – the very places humans threaten today

A member of a rare group of 410-million-year-old jawless fishes from Australia meets a mate
along the shoreline (artist's impression).
Nobumichi Tamura

You walk and talk and live on land, but your ancient relatives were fish.


Originally published in The Conversation.