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How safe is COVIDSafe? What you should know about the app's issues, and Bluetooth-related risks


The Australian government’s COVIDSafe app has been up and running for almost a fortnight, with more than The Conversation.

Online plagues, protein folding and spotting fake news: what games can teach us during the coronavirus pandemic

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Most of us don’t take games too seriously. They are a way to unwind, or these days to maybe escape from the world of COVID-19 for a little while.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The COVIDSafe bill doesn't go far enough to protect our privacy. Here's what needs to change

The Australian government will need to correct earlier misstatements and improve privacy protections to gain the trust of the millions of Australians being called on to download the COVIDSafe contact tracing app.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Isaac Newton invented calculus in self-isolation during the Great Plague. He didn't have kids to look after


The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed cracks in many areas of our society, but at the same time it offers the opportunity for a fundamental rethink of what we consider normal. One of these areas is academia.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Millions of products have been 3D printed for the coronavirus pandemic – but they bring risks

With the COVID-19 pandemic, an urgent need has risen worldwide for specialised health and medical products. In a scramble to meet demand, “makers” in Australia and internationally have turned to 3D printing to address shortfalls.

These days 3D printers aren’t uncommon. In 2016, an estimated 3% of Australian households owned one – not to mention those available in schools, universities, libraries, community makerspaces and businesses.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The darknet – a wild west for fake coronavirus 'cures'? The reality is more complicated (and regulated)


The coronavirus pandemic has spawned reports of unregulated health products and fake cures being sold on the da

Originally published in The Conversation.

Dinner to die for: how fish use their spines to fend off hungry seals

Vincent Antony, Author provided

What price are you willing to pay for food?

Originally published in The Conversation.

What dreams may come: why you're having more vivid dreams during the pandemic

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An interesting side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is the number of people who say they are having The Conversation.

Vale Robert May, the legendary scientist who helped us understand ecosystems, chaos theory and even pandemics

Royal Society

Lord Robert “Bob” May, Baron May of Oxford, who has died aged 84, was one of the greatest Australian scientists of the past century.

Originally published in The Conversation.

The COVIDSafe app was just one contact tracing option. These alternatives guarantee more privacy


Since its release on Sunday, experts and members of the public alike have raised privacy concerns with the federal govern

Originally published in The Conversation.