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TikTok tries to distance itself from Beijing, but will it be enough to avoid the global blacklist?

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TikTok, the made-in-China, video-sharing platform beloved by youth and influencers alike, is suddenly everywhere i


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australians want more funding for higher-quality aged care — and most are willing to pay extra tax to achieve it

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It’s often said the true measure of any society is how well it treats its most vulnerable members. By this measure, Australia is falling woefully short.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Chinese fishing boats took half a billion dollars of illegal squid from North Korea. Scientists used satellites to catch them out

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A “dark fleet” of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels has illegally caught more than half a billion dollars worth of squid in North Korean waters since 2017, according to The Conversation.

Curious Kids: why can't humans grow wings?

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Why can’t humans grow wings? Christina, age 9, Beijing, China.


Originally published in The Conversation.

People are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. Would you?

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An online app called Amica is now using artificial intelligence to help separating couples make parenting arrangements and divide their assets.


Originally published in The Conversation.

Australian cities are quiet during lockdown. Earthquake scientists are making the most of it

Our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically changed human activity all over the world. People are working from home, schools are closed in many places, travel is restricted, and in some cases only essential shops and businesses are open.

Scientists see signs of these changes wherever they look. Carbon dioxide emissions are down, air quality has improved, and there is less traffic.


Originally published in The Conversation.

The Twitter hack targeted the rich and famous. But we all lose if trusted accounts can be hijacked

The list of US figures whose Twitter accounts were hijacked by scammers on Wednesday US time reads like a Who’s Who of the tech and celebrity worlds: Tesla boss Elon Musk, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former president Barack Obama, current Democratic nominee Joe Biden, celebrities Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, billionaires Warren Buffett and Mike Bloomberg, the corporate accounts of Apple and Uber, and more besides.


Originally published in The Conversation.