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Using virtual reality could make you a better person in real life

VR gives the user a sense of body ownership over a virtual avatar. Deakin University Asset Bank, Author provided

If you’ve ever participated in a virtual reality (VR) ex


Originally published in The Conversation.

We need human oversight of machine decisions to stop robo-debt drama

One former member of Australia's government review tribunal has described robo-debt as a form of 'extortion'. Shutterstock

Federal MP Amanda Rishworth r


Originally published in The Conversation.

'This is going to affect how we determine time since death': how studying body donors in the bush is changing forensic science

On the outskirts of Sydney, in a secret bushland location, lies what’s officially known as the Australian Facility for Taphonomic Experimental Research (AFTER). In books and movies, it’d be called a body farm.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Genetic risk tests are now widely available, but they aren't always useful – and could even be harmful

Polygenic risk scores currently account for only a small proportion of your total genetic risk. Shutterstock

Genetic testing used to be something that h


Originally published in The Conversation.

To carve out a niche in space industries, Australia should focus on microgravity research rockets

Experiments performed in microgravity – like this one in the International Space Station by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti – can give us data not able to be gathered on Earth.


Originally published in The Conversation.

After defamation ruling, it's time Facebook provided better moderation tools

Online community managers are well-educated and mostly women.


Originally published in The Conversation.

How we closed in on the location of a fast radio burst in a galaxy far, far away

A view from CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) radio telescope antenna 29, with the phased array feed receiver in the centre, Southern Cross on the left and the Moon on the right.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The lowdown on Libra: what consumers need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency

Libra could become more successful than other cryptocurrencies because it has the backing of multiple large international corporations. Shutterstock

Cryptocurrencies have become


Originally published in The Conversation.

Bellingcat's report on MH17 shows citizens can and will do intelligence work

Large groups inherently possess more diverse knowledge, expertise and perspectives. Tim de Groot/Unsplash

Amid the news last week that the perpetrators responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) will be put to trial next March, a report wa


Originally published in The Conversation.