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From Kilauea to Fuego: three things you should know about volcano risk

Recent photographs and video from the devastating eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala show people stood watching and filming hot, cloud-like flows of gas, ash and volcanic material (known as pyroclastic flows) travelling towards them down the slopes of the volcano.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Deterring cyber attacks: old problems, new solutions

The growing global market in cyber crime is projected to hit US$6 trillion by 2021. from www.shutterstock.com, CC BY-SA

As the investigation into The Conversation.

Explainer: why Chinese telecoms participating in Australia's 5G network could be a problem

Chinese telecom giants ZTE and Huawei are facing renewed scrutiny about the potential for their equipment and software to be used in Australia’s 5G mobile network, following revelations from a current court case in the United States.


Originally published in The Conversation.

No evidence that sexbots reduce harms to women and children

Retailers of sexbots claim their use stops men targeting women and children with sexual violence.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Combining the facial recognition decisions of humans and computers can prevent costly mistakes

Students tested on their ability to tell whether two images were of the same person were wrong 30% of the time. Shutterstock

After a series of bank robberies that took place in the US in 2014, p


Originally published in The Conversation.

Remember Turnbull's 2015 'ideas boom'? We're still only part way there

Freelancing and hot-desking are already common in work places – and will continue to rise.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Trolls, fanboys and lurkers: understanding online commenting culture shows us how to improve it

The way user interfaces are designed can impact the kind of community that gathers. Shutterstock

Do you call that a haircut? I hope you didn’t pay for it.


Originally published in The Conversation.

A survey needs to involve how many people before I'm convinced?

The survey results are in, but do they say anything meaningful? Shutterstock/create jobs

Research studies, opinion polls and surveys all rely on asking a number of people about something to try to extract some pattern of behaviour or predict a result.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How we're using Darwin's theory of evolution to build robots that can adapt and learn on their own

A huge range of useful jobs need robots that can adapt to their environmental niches. Shutterstock

The uptake of robotics technology is increasing at a startling rate.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Why nanotechnology is more than just a buzzword

The colour of gold nanoparticles in suspension varies according to the size of the nanoparticles.


Originally published in The Conversation.